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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Show One Presents Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky in Toronto March 20

A Show One Presentation ĺ─ý Saturday, March 20 at Roy Thomson Hall



He has been called ĺ─˙the supreme singing actorĺ─¨ ĺ─˙with a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing.ĺ─¨ With her ĺ─˙rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity,ĺ─¨ she is hailed as the top Verdi soprano of our age.

Show One Productions presents the first joint North American concert by two of the worldĺ─˘s operatic superstars, baritone DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY and soprano SONDRA RADVANOVSKY, Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall.

An Italian Opera Spectacular features an evening of passionate arias and duets from Un Ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball), Simon Boccanegra, and other great stage works by Verdi, along with such favorites as the Song to the Moon from Dvorakĺ─˘s Rusalka, and the final scene from Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Eugene Onegin.

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky will perform with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of Constantine Orbelian. Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the orchestraĺ─˘s music director, will conduct some of the finest orchestral selections from opera, by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni.

Tickets, $65-148.75, are available via or by calling 416-872-4255. Information is also available at

ĺ─˙This concert is certain to be a highlight of 2010,ĺ─¨ promises Svetlana Dvoretskaia of Show One Productions. ĺ─˙When you get two talents of this magnitude in the finest operatic music ever written, it is both a rare and unforgettable experience!ĺ─¨

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky first performed together in Russia in 2009. The Toronto concert marks the start of a North American tour that takes the artists to Montrealĺ─˘s Place des Arts March 26 (also presented by Show One Productions), Washingtonĺ─˘s Kennedy Center March 29, and New Yorkĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall April 1.

BOTH STARS FEATURED IN NEW VERDI RECORDINGS: In addition to regular performances at the Metropolitan Opera, both Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky have toured widely. Their recent joint concerts of Verdi scenes and duets in Russia were recorded and will be released shortly on Delos. As well, Radvanovskyĺ─˘s Moscow performances led to her first solo recording of Verdi arias, also on Delos and scheduled for release in April.

HVORSTOVSKYĺ─˘S SIMON BOCCANEGRA: While the versatile Russian baritone is a great interpreter of Russian opera and music of his homeland, he is in demand worldwide as a recitalist and for his Verdi roles. When he first performed the title role in Simon Boccanegra in 2006 with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Chronicle praised his ĺ─˙magneticĺ─¨ stage presence and ĺ─˙lustrousĺ─¨ sound, marveling at ĺ─˙his ability to convey the emotional point of words.ĺ─¨ When he reprised the role for the San Francisco Opera in September 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle raved, ĺ─˙His vocal production was superb, a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing.ĺ─¨ The Bay Area Reporter summed him up at the ĺ─˙supreme singing actor.ĺ─¨ This year (2010) sees Hvorostovsky again at the Met, as well as the Covent Garden and Vienna opera houses, and touring extensively in Russia, North America and Canada.

Vanity Fair wrote that Hvorostovsky ĺ─˙is sending aficionados the world over into a collective swoon, inviting an adulation that recalls the advent of Baryshnikov in the dance world of the seventies.ĺ─¨ And he was a rare classical musician to be named one of People Magazineĺ─˘s 50 most beautiful people.

RADVANOVSKYĺ─˘S FIRST TOSCA & AIDA: One month after her Toronto performance, Sondra Radvanovsky will sing her first Tosca in the Opera Colorado production of the Puccini melodrama ( In October 2010, she will make both her Canadian Opera Company and role debuts in the title role of Verdiĺ─˘s Aida. On March 20, audiences will enjoy a foretaste when she includes Aidaĺ─˘s aria O Patria Mia in the program.

The New York Times has praised her ĺ─˙rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity,ĺ─¨ while The Times (UK) hailed her as ĺ─˙a true Verdian, with a big, juicy, vibrato-rich sound.ĺ─¨ San Franciscoĺ─˘s Chronicle summed up her September 2009 performance in Il Trovatore: ĺ─˙Even if nothing else happens during the rest of the San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s 2009 fall season, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has already provided us with at least one extraordinary and indelible musical memory.ĺ─¨ (Hvorostovsky alternated as Count di Luna in that production.)

This January has seen her as Lina in the Metropolitan Operaĺ─˘s remount of Verdiĺ─˘s Stiffelio, with Plł░cido Domingo conducting ĺ─ý in what the New York Times described as ĺ─˙a richly expressive performance as Lina, Stiffelioĺ─˘s guilt-stricken wifeĺ─ She sang with utter integrity, supple phrasing, nuanced colorings and aching vulnerability. Her bright, strong voice filled Verdiĺ─˘s lines and penetrated the orchestra without forcingĺ─ She won me over, and the cheering audience, with her impassioned performance.ĺ─¨

Radvanovsky is also appearing this season as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Paris Opera; and in the Verdi Requiem with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

David Shermanĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Daily Miracleĺ─¨

While a winter storm threatens to shut down the city and the corporate big wigs meet behind closed doors across the hall to decide the fate of the newspaper, four copy editors hammer out tomorrowĺ─˘s edition. It's just another night on the news desk, where the battle-scarred and overworked wrestle with fractured syntax and crushed ideals to get the next edition out. Tempers frayed from layoffs, cutbacks and corroded ambitions; it's a miracle they can get the paper out at all ĺ─Â a miracle that happens every day.

Performance Information
Dates & Times Jan. 26 ĺ─ý Feb. 14
Previews Jan. 26 & 27
Opening Night Jan. 28
Tues. through Sat. 20:00
Sunday Matinłęe 14:00 (Jan.31 PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN)
Monday DARK

General Admission $20
Seniors & Students $15
Groups (6 or more) $10

Bain St-Michel
5300, St-Dominique

Box Office
(514) 987 ĺ─ý 1774


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To the Sea in Ships

Songs and stories of sailors, adventurers and fishers the world over
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at 8 pm

Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, January 13, 2010: Torontoĺ─˘s Talisker Players return to Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 9 and 10 with To the Sea in Ships. Offering concert-goers an escape from Toronto in winter to adventure on the high seas, this is an evening of music about sea-faring from across the ages and around the world. Mezzo-soprano Vicki St. Pierre, tenor Keith Klassen and baritone Alexander Dobson are the renowned guest artists joining the instrumentalists of Talisker Players.

The programme starts with British composer John Ireland's setting of the famous John Masefield poem, Sea Fever ("I must down to the sea again / To the lonely sea and the sky") for baritone and piano.  It also features Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe's evocative Island Dreaming, for mezzo soprano and string quartet, and American Lee Hoiby's Bermudas, a gorgeous setting of a poem by Andrew Marvell about the first British sailors to come upon the Caribbean islands, for tenor, baritone and piano quartet.

The Talisker Players have a strong commissioning programme, and always take pride in featuring Canadian composers.  To the Sea in Ships features the premiere of a new work by the promising young Toronto composer Juliet Hess. The Mariner's Albatross is a setting of an excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the famous narrative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, for an unusual combination of tenor, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and double bass.  The evening also includes Sir Ernest MacMillan's rollicking setting of Three French Canadian Sea Songs, for baritone and string quintet. As always, this Talisker Players production includes the spoken word.  Readings will be from the great seafaring classic Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana.

Vicki St. Pierreĺ─˘s lush voice is both dark and brilliant, an unusual combination. Still at the beginning of her career, she has distinguished herself in a wide variety of styles and genres. An acclaimed interpreter of early music, she is also at ease on the opera stage, and is in great demand as an oratorio and recital artist.  

Tenor Keith Klassen has emerged as one of Canada's busiest and most versatile tenors. His voice has been described as "pure honey, with its ease of high notes and lyrical grace of phrasing", and his acting as passionate and dramatically convincing. He is a member of the studio company of Tapestry New Opera Works, and has appeared in numerous workshops and premieres. Keith is also a sought-after oratorio singer, and has performed across Canada and abroad.

The British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on the opera, concert and recital stage. Recent highlights include his portrayal of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin in Montreal, a performance lauded for his "gripping embodiment of Wozzeck", which he later reprised at the Orford Festival, and debuts at Covent Garden (U.K.) and New Yorkĺ─˘s Bard Festival. Alexander is also a noted performer of new music; he has premiered several roles with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Tapestry New Opera and Toronto Masque Theatre.

To the Sea in Ships
 Songs and stories of adventure on the high seas
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 9 & 10, 2010, 8 PM
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo soprano; Keith Klassen, tenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone; The Talisker Players

TICKETS:  $30 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students)

Tel: 416-978-8849
Information: 416-466-1800

Talisker Players Chamber Music offers one of the most imaginative and exciting concert series in Toronto. In collaboration with some of Canadaĺ─˘s finest young singers, Talisker Players present the rarely-heard repertoire for voice and chamber ensemble. Their unique programming includes readings that illuminate the music and delight audiences with a stimulating, theatrical concert experience. The music, engaging and varied, includes both celebrated works and unknown gems from all styles and periods, with a strong presence of Canadian compositions.

Upcoming: Illuminations
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 & Wednesday, May 12, 2010 ĺ─ý 8 pm
A window on the world of mystics, visionaries and seers
Featuring Meredith Hall, soprano; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor


EMI Classics and Virgin Classics Highlights for January 2010 Include Solo Recordings and a DVD

From Some of Todayĺ─˘s Hottest Singers, Including Diana Damrau, Philippe Jaroussky, and Natalie Dessay

Plus, an All-Ravel Album from Fast-rising Conductor Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, and a Veritable (and Danceable) Feast of Ballet Music

Virgin Classics Artist Philippe Jaroussky Makes NYC Solo Recital Debut, Performing His Opium Program Live at Carnegieĺ─˘s Weill Recital Hall (Jan 14)

Diana Damrau, soprano
Mł║nchner Rundfunkorchester / Dan Ettinger
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

ĺ─˙Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.  Itĺ─˘s impossible to know whether Diana Damrau was born great, but she has ĺ─ý without question ĺ─ý achieved greatness; Damrau has firm technical command, unaffected mastery of characterization, and beauty of toneĺ─Â . More, please.ĺ─¨    ĺ─ý Opera News

After two highly-praised Virgin Classics releases of 18th-century repertoire, the superb German soprano Diana Damrau adds a dazzling new title to her Virgin Classics discography: COLORaturas.  With the support of the Mł║nchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Dan Ettinger, Damrau is showcased in repertoire that ranges from Rossini (including ĺ─˙Una voce poco faĺ─¨ from Barber of Seville) and Verdi to Stravinsky and Bernstein; from comedy to tragedy; and covers four languages: German, Italian, French, and English.  It includes Zerbinettaĺ─˘s marathon coloratura aria from Ariadne auf Naxos, one of the operas that spearheaded Damrauĺ─˘s international career.

Opera News has named COLORaturas its Criticĺ─˘s Choice selection for February 2010.  Under the headline ĺ─˙Shattering Expectations,ĺ─¨ Judith Malafronteĺ─˘s review begins with this observation: ĺ─˙Diana Damrau is one of those singers who gobble up the music only to spit it back out with more originality, verve, precision and ease than seems possible.  Listening to such a smart singer is an absolute delight as well as a challenge; expectations are shattered by authoritative readings that leave the listener amazed at this artistĺ─˘s imagination and the inevitability of the results.ĺ─¨

Diana Damrauĺ─˘s operatic engagements in the U.S. for the current season include starring roles in Donizettiĺ─˘s La fille du rłęgiment (Feb) and Rossiniĺ─˘s Il barbiere di Siviglia at New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera (Feb ĺ─ý March), as well as Ambroise Thomasĺ─˘s Hamlet in Washington, D.C. (May).  She will also take center stage at New Yorkĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall on January 24, performing orchestral songs by Richard Strauss with the MET Orchestra and James Levine.

J.C. Bach: La Dolce Fiamma ĺ─ý Forgotten Castrato Arias
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Le Cercle de Lĺ─˘Harmonie / Jłęrłęmie Rhorer
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

ĺ─˙The countertenor Philippe Jaroussky wields his sweet-toned, radiant voice to emotive effect, displaying both a rapid-fire coloratura technique and a poignant, lyrical expressiveness.ĺ─¨ĺ─ý New York Times

Philippe Jarousskyĺ─˘s previous operatic recital for Virgin Classics was a collection of arias written for a castrato singer, Carestini, whose star had been somewhat eclipsed by his contemporaries Farinelli and Senesino.  In this newest release, the young and charismatic French countertenor turns to a composer who ĺ─ý despite his famous last name, his celebrity during his lifetime, and his influence on the young Mozart ĺ─ý is still not given his full due: Johann Christian Bach (1735-82).  The repertoire comprises arias from six of his operas, written for Milan, Mannheim, and London, the city in which he spent the last 20 years of his life and where, in 1764, he met Mozart, then a touring child prodigy. 

La Dolce Fiamma ĺ─ý Forgotten Castrato Arias is Jarousskyĺ─˘s seventh solo disc for Virgin Classics.  Reviewing the new album, a critic for the Toronto Star observed, ĺ─˙Franceĺ─˘s Jaroussky, 31, is probably the finest of the younger generation of countertenors.  Here, he tackles 13 airs and arias originally written for castrati by Johann Christian Bachĺ─Â . J.C. wrote a lot of operas, all of them forgotten ĺ─ý which may change, given the impressive performances by Jaroussky and Le Cercle de lĺ─˘Harmonie under conductor Jłęrłęmie Rhorer.  This beautiful music spans the full emotional spectrum.

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns praised Jarousskyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙electrifying treble voiceĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙pinpoint brillianceĺ─¨ in a recent review of this and other important new vocal albums.  He calls La Dolce Fiamma ĺ─˙a must,ĺ─¨ noting, ĺ─˙On Jarousskyĺ─˘s disc, Johann Christian Bach sounds so good that one can only assume his music simply got lost in the historic shuffle.  The Jaroussky disc is necessary for anyone interested in pre-Mozartean opera.ĺ─¨

Jarousskyĺ─˘s star is already high in the firmament in Europe, especially in France, where his albums have been extraordinary bestsellers.  Audiences in two American cities will have the opportunity to hear his work in a broad range of repertoire early in the New Year.  On January 14, Jaroussky will give a recital of sensuous and seductive French melodies from the late 19th and early 20th centuries ĺ─ý the so-called Belle łÔpoque ĺ─ý at Carnegieĺ─˘s Weill Recital Hall; it will mark his New York City solo recital debut.  Jaroussky recorded many of these songs on his Virgin Classics album Opium, which was released this past spring.

Much of the Opium repertoire will also appear on a program Jaroussky will give at the Cleveland Institute of Music on January 16 with the dynamic young ensemble Apolloĺ─˘s Fire.  Writing about Opium, a critic for All Music Guide observed, ĺ─˙Jaroussky rose as a star of Baroque opera not only because of his flawless technique and the exceptional clarity and purity of his voice, but for his ability to bring life, through the depth and emotional honesty of his characterizations, to cardboard roles that had primarily served as vehicles for coloratura fireworks.  Itĺ─˘s not surprising, then, that he excels in this intensely personal and emotionally transparent repertoire.ĺ─¨

Additional information about the album is available on-line at 

Debussy: Pellłęas et Młęlisande 
Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri, Stłęphane Degout
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Bertrand de Billy 
DVD available January 12 from Virgin Classics

ĺ─˙Natalie Dessay admitted that Młęlisande poses few vocal challenges, noting that the role lies comfortably enough for both sopranos and lightweight mezzos.  Indeed, the role is vocally a good fit for her ĺ─ý splendid, in fact.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Opera News 

ĺ─˙Thereĺ─˘s more to life than top notes,ĺ─¨ Natalie Dessay has said.  She has, of course, made her reputation with the florid, stratospheric heroines of Romantic French and Italian opera, but in this new DVD from Vienna she portrays a heroine who presents few opportunities for vocal display, but many for subtle characterization ĺ─ý Debussyĺ─˘s Młęlisande.  Dessay had sung the role just once before, in concert in Edinburgh in 2005.  Pellłęas et Młęlisande is full of ambiguity and its vocal lines closely reflect Maurice Maeterlinckĺ─˘s hauntingly enigmatic text.  A few unaccompanied, ballad-like phrases are the closest Młęlisande comes to an aria.

For this production, premiered in January 2009 at the Theater an der Wien, Dessayĺ─˘s French and French-Canadian colleagues included stage director Laurent Pelly ĺ─ý celebrated for riotous comedy (notably La fille du rłęgiment with Dessay, also a Virgin Classics DVD) ĺ─ý and his preferred designer, Chantal Thomas; Dessayĺ─˘s real-life husband, bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, as her jealous stage husband, Golaud; the lyric baritone Stłęphane Degout as her Pellłęas; and the contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as his and Golaudĺ─˘s mother, Genevił«ve.  Conductor Bertrand de Billy completes the high-caliber Gallic line-up.

A preview segment from the DVD is available at this link:

Natalie Dessayĺ─˘s ever-rising profile in the U.S. has been fueled by a series of critically-acclaimed performances with the countryĺ─˘s leading opera companies, particularly New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera.  She returns there in March to star as Ophelia in the companyĺ─˘s production of Ambroise Thomasĺ─˘s Hamlet (eight performances, March 16 through April 9).  Listeners can preview that performance on Virgin Classicsĺ─˘ recently released Mad Scenes, which features Dessay going off the rails ĺ─ý emotionally, but with perfect musical precision ĺ─ý in works from five 19th-century operas, along with a surprising live performance from Bernsteinĺ─˘s Candide.  In his review of the album for the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns calls Dessay, ĺ─˙a modern-day Sills: her sense of theatrical comprehension wins the day.ĺ─¨

Ravel: La Valse, Mother Goose, Daphnis et Chlołę Suite No. 2, etc.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

ĺ─˙In everything, Nłęzet-Słęguin ĺ─ý who is flashy and hyper-expressive in his gestures ĺ─ý got a sound I had never quite heard before from the Angelenos.  It was lean, sleek, tart in the French manner, yet also very bold and forward.  It reminded me of the sound of the Montrłęal Symphony during the Charles Dutoit era, but with more punch.ĺ─¨ĺ─ý Los Angeles Times 

A new album of orchestral works by Ravel marks Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguinĺ─˘s debut recording with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  The French-Canadian conductor finds Maurice Ravel to be the greatest orchestrator that French music has ever had, which is what he and the orchestra want to showcase on this recording.  ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s all about colors,ĺ─¨ Nłęzet-Słęguin explained, ĺ─˙[and] the contrast between intimacy and grandeur, Valse being one of his greatest and most powerful symphonic poems, and yet the Valses nobles et sentimentales being much more in the intimate wayĺ─Â . In Ma mł«re lĺ─˘Oye, we are being so intimate, while Daphnis and Chlołę is also one of his most uplifting and triumphant [works].  Thereĺ─˘s a lot of contrast.ĺ─¨

In the 2008-09 season, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin succeeded Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and also became Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2000, he has been Artistic Director of the Orchestre Młętropolitain in Montreal, gaining many awards for his work there.  He has worked with all the leading Canadian orchestras and returns regularly to the Toronto Symphony.  He made his European debut in late 2004 with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and has since been invited back by all the orchestras with which he has worked.

Nłęzet-Słęguin has been busy in New York this winter, making his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a new production of Bizetĺ─˘s Carmen, which opened on December 31 (six performances through Jan 21), and will soon head across the Lincoln Center plaza to lead the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in two orchestral concerts at Avery Fisher Hall (Feb 17 and 19). 

Schubert: String Quintet in C (D.956); String Quartet No. 15 in G (D.887); String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (D.810), ĺ─˙Death and the Maidenĺ─¨
Belcea Quartet; Valentin Erben, cello 
Two-CD set and downloads available January 12 from EMI Classics 

The Belcea Quartet adds three late masterpieces by Franz Schubert to their impressive discography on EMI Classics: the String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, ĺ─˙Death and the Maidenĺ─¨ (D.810), the luminous and transcendent String Quartet No. 15 in G (D.887), and the life-affirming String Quintet in C (D.956) with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg String Quartet as the second cellist.  The Belcea Quartet has garnered much praise for their take on Schubert, with the New York Times recently stating, ĺ─˙In the Belceaĺ─˘s account [of ĺ─˛Death and the Maidenĺ─˘] the work seemed so formidable and emotionally complex that there was nothing more to say.ĺ─¨ 

Chopin: ĺ─˙Journal Intimeĺ─¨
Alexandre Tharaud, piano 
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics 

ĺ─˙Alexandre Tharaud plays Chopin with superlative techniqueĺ─Â[his] intelligent playing ĺ─Âmatches its clarity with perception and sensitivity, and variety of touch with sonic beauty.  Tharaud is unfailingly responsive to melodic nuance and seems to relish every new twist of the texture.  But there is also immense power when the dark energy beneath is unleashed.  His concept plumbs the depths of Chopinĺ─˘s musical psyche with humilityĺ─Â a brilliant and original performance.ĺ─¨
ĺ─ý BBC Music magazine 

Already established as one of todayĺ─˘s most individual and thoughtful pianists, Alexandre Tharaud makes his debut on Virgin Classics with a diverse and very personal collection of pieces by Frłędłęric Chopin, just in time for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composerĺ─˘s birth (he was born on March 1, 1810).

ĺ─˙Journal intimeĺ─¨ (Private diary) features works by Chopin ĺ─ý mazurkas, nocturnes, ballades, the famous Fantaisie-impromptu, and a number of other, lesser-known works that have special importance and significance to Tharaud, who cites the pianism of Vlado Perlemuter and Sergei Rachmaninov as a particular influence on his approach to the music of Chopin.  Many of these pieces have been in Tharaudĺ─˘s repertoire since his student days.  ĺ─˙I let time work for me,ĺ─¨ he explains.  ĺ─˙It is extraordinarily enriching to study a work when you are young and then revisit it in the course of your life.  It becomes part of you.ĺ─¨  A preview video for the project is available at the following link:, and a full track listing follows below.

Tharaud, born in Paris in 1968, takes a discerning approach to repertoire, highlighting and often juxtaposing composers such as Bach, Rameau, Couperin, Chabrier, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc, and Thierry Płęcou (b.1965).  His catalogue of recordings for Harmonia Mundi has contributed substantially to his reputation.

This winter and spring, Tharaud will give a number of recitals in America, including performances at the Frick Collection in New York City on March 7 and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on March 12 (these and other dates are listed in the artist tour section at the end of this news release). 

Track list
1.    Mazurka, Op. 63, No. 3
2.    Ballade, Op. 23, No. 1
3.    Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 2
4.    Mazurka, Op. 68, No. 2
5.    Fantaisie, Op. 49
6.    Nocturne posthumous
7.    Mazurka, Op 7, No. 2
8.    Ballade, Op. 38, No. 2
9.    Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 4
10.  Largo
11-13.  Trois łÔcossaises, Op. 72, No. 3 (I-III)
14.  Contredanse
15.  Fantaisie-impromptu, Op. 66
16.  Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 

Lehł░r: La veuve joyeuse (The Merry Widow)
Vłęronique Gens, Ivan Ludlow, Gordon Gietz, Magali Lłęger
Opłęra de Lyon / Głęrard Korsten
DVD available Janaury 12 from Virgin Classics 

The heroine of La veuve joyeuse is called Missia Palmieri, but she had started off in 1905 as Hanna Glawari in Vienna, where this operetta is known as Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow); its French premiere followed in 1909.  The story of the merry widow and her rekindled romance with dissipated diplomat Count Danilo takes place in Paris ĺ─ý notably Chez Maximĺ─˘s in the final act ĺ─ý and in fact has its roots in a French play, Lĺ─˘attachłę dĺ─˘ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  With Ludovic Halłęvy, Meilhac was the librettist of Carmen, a number of Offenbachĺ─˘s operettas and a play called Le Rłęveillon, which forms the basis of that other supreme Viennese operetta Die Fledermaus.  Johann Straussĺ─˘s waltzes and polkas were clearly an influence on Lehł░r, but his sumptuous and often touching score also frequently furnishes reminders that he was a contemporary of both Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini.

This production, mounted in December 2007 at the Opłęra de Lyon (the source of Virgin Classicsĺ─˘ DVD of Offenbachĺ─˘s La vie Parisienne in a riotous contemporary updating by Laurent Pelly) is by the French director Macha Makeieff.  She treats the work as the masterpiece it is: ĺ─˙Macha Makeieffĺ─˘s reading ĺ─Â turns its back on the conventions of operetta frippery, of musical champagne bubbles to keep the crowds happy ĺ─Â . In defining the personalities of the two lovers ĺ─ý two wounded birds who have put up barriers to protect themselves from love ĺ─ý she brings depth and gravity to the work, giving it new statureĺ─¨ (Le Progrł«s).

In the title role is the leading French lyric soprano, the graceful Vłęronique Gens, whose two Tragłędiennes recitals are on Virgin Classics; her Danilo is the dashing British baritone Ivan Ludlow, while the roles of the secondary pair of errant lovers are played by the Canadian tenor Gordon Gietz and the delightful Magali Lłęger, with the latterĺ─˘s long-suffering husband portrayed by baritone Franł▀ois Le Roux.  Conducting is Głęrard Korsten, born in South Africa but with long experience as both student and performer in Austria, notably Salzburg. 

Special compilations, boxed sets, and reissues 

Aldo Ciccolini: The Complete EMI Recordings 1950-91
Specially-priced 56-CD set available January 12 from EMI Classics 

Beyond Aldo Ciccoliniĺ─˘s two bestselling complete Satie recordings and other proofs of his natural affinity with the French repertoire (which put him very much in tune with the artistic policy of French EMI under the leadership of Renłę Challan, Eric Macleod, and Grłęco Casadesus), and his unflashy Liszt ĺ─ý the ideal alternative to someone like Georges Cziffra ĺ─ý the public knows surprisingly little of the recordings that Ciccolini made for EMI between 1950 and 1991.

In 1950, as winner of the 1949 Marguerite Long Competition, the 25-year-old Ciccolini recorded his first 78; it was devoted to Scarlatti, a composer to whom he later returned.  Following soon afterwards was Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by Andrłę Cluytens ĺ─ý the pianist asked for the tapes of the second concerto to be destroyed, since he did not like the piece ĺ─ý and then produced an anthology of Mozart sonatas which has a finesse, balance, and sonic splendor still typical of Ciccoliniĺ─˘s concert performances today.

EMIĺ─˘s new 56-CD collection contains numerous items which have become available for the first time (such as Mozart sonatas and Bach inventions previously only released in Japan, or his first Debussy disc, dating from 1969), or which have never before been released, such as the magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition recorded in 1976.  With particular care taken over the transfers, including re-masterings of all the late recordings, this box will convince any remaining skeptics that Aldo Ciccolini, though born in Naples, holds a place at the very summit of French pianism. 

The Complete Chopin Edition ĺ─ý 200th anniversary
16-CD set and downloads available January 26 from EMI Classics. 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frłędłęric Chopinĺ─˘s birth in suitably grand fashion, EMI Classics is proud to release the Polish composerĺ─˘s complete works in an exclusive, specially-priced 16-CD boxed set.  The collection brings together all of the works ĺ─ý the piano sonatas, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, łętudes, impromptus, preludes, and other works ĺ─ý that established Chopin as one of the greatest Romantic composers and virtuosos who ever lived.  Featured artists include Leif Ove Andsnes, Claudio Arrau, Daniel Barenboim, Andrei Gavrilov, Benjamin Grosvenor, Garrick Ohlsson and Ronald Smith. 

American Classics series ĺ─ý five new titles
Various artists 
Single and two-CD sets and downloads available January 26 from EMI Classics 

EMI Classics expands its attractively-designed and smartly-programmed American Classics series by five new and diverse titles this month, spanning the characteristically wide spectrum of the American music scene, from music theater and spirituals to minimalism and the avant-garde.

The five programs and their contributing artists are as follows: 

John Adams: Harmonielehre; John Cage: Three Dances; Conlon Nancarrow: Three Canons for Ursula 
Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson, Thomas Adł«s
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle 

Kim Criswell, Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; London Voices / Sir Simon Rattle 

Florence Quivar sings black music of America
Florence Quivar, Larry Woodard, Joseph Joubert, Harlem Boysĺ─˘ Choir 

Elliott Carter: Clarinet Concerto (ĺ─˙Graĺ─¨); Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint; Howard Sandroff: Tephillah; John Adams: Gnarly Buttons 
Alain Damiens, Andrłę Trouttet
Ensemble InterContemporain / David Robertson 

Porgy and Bess ĺ─ý A Symphonic Picture; Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (ĺ─˙Rhapsody in Rivetsĺ─¨); Concerto in F
Cristina Ortiz
London Symphony Orchestra / Andrłę Previn 

Two New Titles in ĺ─˙100 Bestĺ─¨ series:
Best Violin 100
Best Chopin 100
Various Artists
Two six-CDs-for-the-price-of-one sets available January 26 from EMI Classics 

EMI Classics adds two titles to its enormously popular ĺ─˙100 Bestĺ─¨ series (now numbering 23 titles with a combined total sales of two million sets worldwide).  Like its predecessors, each of the new titles features a plethora of superb artistry from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics at an unbeatable price: six CDs for the price of one!

The first contains 100 violin masterpieces, performed by some of the worldĺ─˘s greatest artists past and present, including Renaud Capuł▀on, Sarah Chang, Kyung-Wha Chung, Augustin Dumay, Christian Ferras, Leonid Kogan, Fritz Kreisler, and Gidon Kremer.

Each CD is themed by eras and genres, as follows: 

CD 1: Vivaldi and the Italian Baroque
CD 2: Bach and Mozart
CD 3: Beethoven and Brahms
CD 4: The 19th-Century Violin
CD 5: The 20th-Century Violin
CD 6: Encores and Showpieces

The second new title, Best Chopin 100, features a glittering galaxy of keyboard stars performing the most beloved and famous works by the great Polish composer.  Featured artists include exciting new performers, established stars, and legendary artists such as (in alphabetical order): Dmitri Alexeev, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Daniel Barenboim, Stanislav Bunin, Georges Cziffra, Youri Egorov, Ingrid Fliter, Samson Franł▀ois, Andrei Gavrilov, Nelson Goerner, Stephen Kovacevich, Dinu Lipatti, Garrick Ohlsson, Mikhail Pletnev, Maurizio Pollini, Arthur Rubinstein, Maria Tipo, and Alexis Weissenberg. 

Three special ballet titles:
The Ballet Edition (ten two-CD sets)
A Festival of Ballet (50-CD boxed set in luxury packaging)
I Love Ballet (Greatest hits on two mid-price CDs)
Available January 26 from EMI Classics 

Some people love the total experience of the ballet.  Others just love to listen to the glorious music ĺ─ý romantic, dramatic, tragic, comic, charming, exhilarating ĺ─ý composed for the theater by supreme figures like Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Ravel; by lesser masters such as Glazunov, Delibes, and Adam; or by the ĺ─˙one-hit wonderĺ─¨ specialists, like Lovenskiold and Drigo.  With this winterĺ─˘s three complementary ballet strands, EMI Classics draws on its rich catalogue to present releases for the balletomane, the new ballet enthusiast, or simply the lover of enthralling music, all superbly performed. 

The Ballet Edition
This new series, with a special focus on complete ballet scores, is launched with ten two-CD sets.  It includes a number of landmark performances: Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker and Prokofievĺ─˘s Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella from the London Symphony Orchestra under Andrłę Previn ĺ─ý interpretations that have long set the standard in these magnificent works; Ravelĺ─˘s Daphnis et Chlołę and Debussyĺ─˘s Jeux from the Orchestre de Paris under Jean Martinon, a master of French style; and Stravinskyĺ─˘s Rite of Spring, Petrushka, Firebird, and Apollo ĺ─ý the kind of repertoire that first established Sir Simon Rattleĺ─˘s international reputation ĺ─ý with the British maestro and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  The collection also includes Delibesĺ─˘ Coppłęlia and Sylvia, performed by Parisian forces; Adamĺ─˘s Giselle and Lovenskioldĺ─˘s La Sylphide; and extracts from Glazunovĺ─˘s Raymonda, Minkusĺ─˘s La Bayadł«re, and Drigoĺ─˘s Le Corsaire, all in the hands of expert ballet conductors. 

A Festival of Ballet
This sumptuously-packaged 50-CD set provides an epic survey of ballet music as a genre, from its origins in the Baroque era with composers such as Purcell and Rameau, through its establishment in the 18th and 19th centuries in France and Russia, to the great narrative works of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and the works of modernism, some jazz-inspired.  Many rarely-heard scores are included alongside essential repertoire.

The array of Russian music exemplifies the setĺ─˘s impressive scope: beyond substantial highlights from the great Tchaikovsky ballets and other works by the composer, there is music by Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky (from Firebird of 1910 through to Agon of 1957), Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shostakovich and a number of lesser-known figures such as Liadov and Glił«re.  The discs devoted to French, British, German, and American repertoire also yield a plethora of scores, and there are even four CDs of dances from operas, oratorios, and plays.

Among the fascinating rarities in the set are John Antillĺ─˘s Corroboree (1950), a spectacular work inspired by the Aborigines of Australia; Charles Koechlinĺ─˘s tone poem Les Bandar-Log (based on Rudyard Kiplingĺ─˘s Jungle Book), which underpinned Antony Tudorĺ─˘s 1967 ballet Shadowplay; and Constant Lambertĺ─˘s Horoscope.  Presented beside much-loved scores by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland is songwriter Cole Porterĺ─˘s only classical ballet, Within the Quota.

The recordings feature the worldĺ─˘s great orchestras under leading conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Andrłę Previn, Simon Rattle, Carlo Maria Giulini, Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli, Charles Mackerras, Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Roger Norrington, John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Slatkin, Kent Nagano, and Michel Plasson, and also leading ballet specialists such as John Lanchbery, Barry Wordsworth, Terence Kern, and Robert Irving. 

I Love Ballet
These two richly-filled CDs provide a perfect introduction to the joys of ballet music, with many of its greatest hits included: highlights from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppłęlia, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Sylvia, Cinderella, La fille mal gardłęe, Gayaneh (the soaring theme from the BBC TV drama The Onedin Line), and the charming Tales of Beatrix Potter; the complete ĺ─˙Dance of the Hoursĺ─¨ from the opera La Gioconda (made famous by Disneyĺ─˘s Fantasia), the can-can overture from Gaitłę Parisienne, and the sparkling opening dance from Pineapple Poll (set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan); two numbers from Fał▀ade, and The Dying Swan, so closely identified with the legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.  The impressive line-up of conductors includes Herbert von Karajan, Andrłę Previn, Sir Malcolm Sergent, and Sir Charles Mackerras. 

EMI Classics and Virgin Classics: Artists on tour ĺ─ý Winter 2010 

Jan 14
Philippe Jaroussky: Opium program 
Carnegieĺ─˘s Weill Recital Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 15 and 16
Ingrid Fliter: Ravelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in G major
St. Louis Symphony (St. Louis, MO)

Jan 16
Philippe Jaroussky: Songs from Opium program and other works
Apolloĺ─˘s Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra)
Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)

Jan 21
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Carnegieĺ─˘s Zankel Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 22
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Mandel Hall, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Jan 23
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
First Congregational Church (San Francisco, CA)

Jan 24
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Beekman Auditorium (Los Angeles, CA)

Jan 24
Diana Damrau: R. Strauss orchestral songs
MET Orchestra / James Levine
Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 26
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Cabell Hall, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Jan 26
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
Schwab Auditorium, Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

Jan 27
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
Rockefeller University (New York, NY)

Jan 28
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

Jan 29
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Jan 29
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Struthers Library Theatre (Warren, PA)

Jan 30
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons
Southern Theatre (Columbus, OH)

Jan 31 and Feb 1
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC)

Feb 1
Fabio Biondi: recital
Carnegieĺ─˘s Zankel Hall (New York, NY)

Feb 2
Capuł▀on-Angelich Trio
La Maison Franł▀aise (Washington, DC)

Feb 5-23
Quatuor Ebł«ne: North American tour
Appleton, WI (Feb 5); Columbia, MD (Feb 6); Toronto, ON (Feb 8); Tucson, AZ (Feb 10); Los Angeles, CA (Feb 12-14); New York, NY (Poisson Rouge, Feb 16); Burlington, VT (Feb 19); Athens, GA (Feb 21); and Washington, DC (Feb 23)

Feb 6 (six performances through Feb 22)
Diana Damrau: title role in Donizettiĺ─˘s La fille du rłęgiment
Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)

Feb 17
Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Messiaen, Liszt, Strauss
Avery Fisher Hall (New York, NY)

Feb 19
Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms, Verbey, Bartłäk

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La Scena Musicale numłęro de fłęvrier 2010 - publicitłę

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LSM Sept 2009

The Music Scene Hiver 2010
Bonjour !

Au nom de toute lĺ─˘łęquipe dĺ─˘employłęs et de błęnłęvoles de La Scena Musicale, je vous souhaite une bonne et heureuse annłęe 2010. Nous amorł▀ons lĺ─˘annłęe avec un nouveau blogue, Vidłęo de musique classique dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui, qui sĺ─˘inscrit dans notre nouvelle stratłęgie de communications łęlectroniques et qui propose chaque jour une nouvelle vidłęo.

Malheureusement, lĺ─˘annłęe musicale compte dłęjłŢ ses mauvaises nouvelles. Le producteur de disques Pierre Dionne (des Disques XXI), un grand ami de LSM et de la musique classique canadienne, a perdu la semaine dernił«re son combat contre le cancer. Voir plus bas les prłęcisions sur les obsł«ques.

En fłęvrier, La Scena Musicale tourne les projecteurs vers les jeunes musiciens prometteurs.
  • En couverture, le pianiste Wonny Song et la violoniste Alexandre da Costa, qui ont tous deux commencłę leur carrił«re musicale au dłębut de lĺ─˘adolescence et qui sont aujourdĺ─˘hui des modł«les pour dĺ─˘autres
  • Notre CD Dłęcouverte du mois est consacrłę łŢ des interprłętations de Wong (lesTableaux d'une exposition de Moussorgski) et da Costa (les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi).
  • Nous mettons ce mois-ci lĺ─˘accent sur lĺ─˘enseignement de la musique au primaire, au secondaire et privłę.
  • Ce numłęro comprendra notre guide annuel des łęcoles ainsi que leurs calendriers, des conseils et des articles, entre autres des conversations avec de grands professeurs, des musicologues, des adultes professionnels et de jeunes musiciens.
  • Entrevue avec le pianiste de 14 ans Jan Lisiecki
  • Les lecteurs en sauront un peu plus sur la toute premił«re tournłęe nord-amłęricaine de Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin et de lĺ─˘Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam qui commencera en fłęvrier.
  • ł─ Montrłęal, le festival MusiMars approche et lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre McGill cłęlł«bre un important anniversaire en 2010.
  • La Scena Musicale rencontre le gagnant du Prix dĺ─˘Arts-Affaires Maurice Forget et la gagnante du grand prix dĺ─˘Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal Annie Sanschagrin.
  • Aria du mois : Č┤ Vissi d'arte Ȭ de Tosca de Puccini
Tout cela et plus encore en musique classique, en jazz et en musique du monde ĺ─ý y compris nos indispensables critiques, concerts łŢ venir et calendriers mensuels.

La date de tombłęe pour les annonces dans le numłęro de fłęvrier est le 25 janvier, les maquettes devant nous parvenir au plus tard le 26 janvier.

Promotion Č┤ Abonnements Ȭ de janvier ĺ─ý Pourquoi pas sĺ─˘abonner ?

Jusquĺ─˘au 31 janvier 2010, les nouveaux abonnłęs obtiendront une rłęduction de 10 $ sur un abonnement łŢ LSM sĺ─˘ils sĺ─˘abonnent en ligne. Cette łęconomie łęquivaut łŢ 4 numłęros gratuits et lĺ─˘abonnement comprend des privilł«ges comme lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ la Discothł«que Naxos et le tłęlłęchargement gratuit de le la collection łęcouverte en format MP3 (10 CD). ł─ noter : łŢ partir de 2010, seuls les abonnłęs payants recevront le CD Dłęcouverte matłęriel.
Nous recommandons aux lecteurs łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur du Canada notre option łęcologique, la Carte verte La SCENA, vendue seulement 25 $/annłęe. Voir les dłętails ci-dessous.

Collecte de fonds
Enfin, nous commenł▀ons lĺ─˘annłęe 2010 en lanł▀ant notre Campagne Fonds de dotation : pour chaque dollar de don, nous recevrons 1,50 $ du programme Placement Culture du gouvernement du Qułębec. Notre objectif est de recueillir 100 000 $ afin de crłęer un fonds de dotation de 250 000 $ qui maintenira l'excellence et assurera la płęrennitłę de nos magazines. Veuillez faire un don ou vous joindre łŢ notre comitłę de financement. Voir ci-dessous.

Pour nos lecteurs montrłęalais, nous levons aussi des fonds en vendant des billets pour la prłęsentation de Tosca de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal du 11 fłęvrier 2010 (billets de 46 $ łŢ 99 $).

Nos meilleurs vëýux pour 2010.

Salutations amicales,

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


La Scena Musicale fłęvrier 2010
  • Thł«me : łÔducation musicale
  • En couverture : le pianiste Wonny Song et la violoniste Alexander da Costa
  • Sortie : le 29 janvier 2010
  • Tombłęe (publicitłę) : le 25 janvier 2010
  • Maquettes : le 25 janvier 2010
  • Tirage : 25 000 exemplaires
  • Qułębec : 2 500
  • Montrłęal : 18 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000
  • Public visłę : artistes amateurs et professionnels, passionnłęs de musique et dĺ─˘art
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  • Trousse Młędia :
ł─ venir : La Scena Musicale mars 2010 et The Music Scene Printemps 2010
  • Thł«me : Camps d'łętłę


Funłęrailles pour Pierre Dionne
Date : le samedi 23 janvier 2010
Lieu : Trois-Rivił«res
La famille recevra les amis et collł«gues de Pierre au Centre Funłęraire Rousseau, 445 rue des Volontaires (juste en face de la cathłędrale), le samedi 23 janvier dł«s 10 h 00. Les funłęrailles suivront łŢ 13 h 30 łŢ la cathłędrale de Trois-Rivił«res, 362 rue Bonaventure.
Contact : Olivier Godin,


PromotionČ┤ Abonnements Ȭ de janvier ĺ─ý Pourquoi pas sĺ─˘abonner ?

Jusquĺ─˘au 31 janvier 2010, les nouveaux abonnłęs obtiendront une rłęduction de 10 $ sur un abonnement łŢ LSM sĺ─˘ils sĺ─˘abonnent en ligne. Cette łęconomie łęquivaut łŢ 4 numłęros gratuits et lĺ─˘abonnement comprend des privilł«ges comme lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ la Discothł«que Naxos et le tłęlłęchargement gratuit de le la collection łęcouverte en format MP3 (10 CD). ł─ noter : łŢ partir de 2010, seuls les abonnłęs payants recevront le CD Dłęcouverte matłęriel.

Nous recommandons aux lecteurs łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur du Canada notre option łęcologique, la Carte verte La SCENA, vendue seulement 25 $/annłęe.


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Notre demande au programme de subventions de contrepartie, Placement Culture, a łętłę officiellement approuvłęe. Par consłęquent, le gouvernement du Qułębec versera 1,50 $ pour chaque dollar de don reł▀u par LSM. Le programme Placement Culture exige que La Scł«ne Musicale crłęe un fonds de dotation. Notre objectif est de recueillir 100 000 $ au cours des douze prochains mois. Si lĺ─˘on y ajoute la subvention de contrepartie du gouvernement, le montant du fonds sĺ─˘łęlł«verait łŢ 250 000 $. Lĺ─˘atteinte de cet objectif est dĺ─˘une extrłüme importance pour maintenir l'excellence et assurer la survie de nos płęriodiques, et cĺ─˘est pourquoi nous annonł▀ons maintenant le lancement de notre campagne 2010 de contributions au fonds de dotation. Veuillez faire un don ou vous joindre łŢ notre comitłę de financement.

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La Scena Musicale February 2010 Issue Details

[Version franł▀aise]

The Music Scene Winter 2010


On behalf of La Scena Musicaleĺ─˘s dedicated staff and volunteers, I want to wish you a Happy 2010. We began the New Year with a new blog Todayĺ─˘s Classical Music Video as part of our 2010 digital strategy, which presents a music video pick each day.

Unfortunately, the year has already its share of sad music news. Record producer Pierre Dionne (of XXI Records), a dear friend to LSM and the Canadian classical music community, lost his battle with cancer last week. See below for funeral details.

In February, La Scena Musicale shines the spotlight on the young and budding musician.
  • Gracing our cover are pianist Wonny Song and violinist Alexandre da Costa, who both started their musical careers as young teens and serve as role models for other young musicians.
  • The monthly Discovery CD (in collaboration with XXI Records) will feature a double program by both Song (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition) and da Costa (Vivaldi's Four Seasons).
  • This monthĺ─˘s focus on primary, secondary, and private music education includes our annual guide to schools plus related calendars, tips and articles, including conversations with top music educators, musicological scientists, professional adult and young performers.
  • Interview with 14 year old piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki.
  • Readers will also learn more about Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestraĺ─˘s first ever North American tour which begins in February,
  • Montreal news such as the upcoming MusiMars Festival and the McGill Chamber Orchestra, which celebrates an important anniversary in 2010.
  • La Scena Musicale sits down with Prix dĺ─˘Arts-Affaires winner Maurice Forget, Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra of the Opłęra de Montrłęal winner Annie Sanschagrin and soprano Danielle de Niese.
  • Aria of the Month: The heart wrenching "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca
All this and more from the worlds of Classical, Jazz, and World music ĺ─ý including our indispensable monthly reviews and concert previews and calendars.

The deadline for advertising in the February 2010 issue is January 25 with artwork due on January 26.

January Sale - Why not consider a subscription?

Until January 31, 2010, new subscribers will get $10 off an LSM subscription if they subscribe online. This savings is equivalent to receiving 4 free issues, and the subscription include benefits such as the Naxos Music Library and free MP3 downloads of the Discovery CD Collection (10 full CDs). Note: New for 2010, only paying subscribers will receive the physical Discovery CD.
For non-Canadian readers, we recommend the new environment-friendly La SCENA Green Card for only $25/year. See below for more details.


Finally, we are launching our Endowment Fund Campaign: For every dollar we raise, the Quebec government Placement Culture program will match it with $1.50. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to create a $250,000 endowment fund that will ensure the continued excellence and longevity of our magazines. Please donate or join our fundraising committee. See below. For Montreal readers, we are also raising funds by selling tickets to the Montreal Operaĺ─˘s production of Tosca for February 11, 2010 (Tickets: $46 to $99).

All the best for 2010.

Yours sincerely,

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


Upcoming Issues:

La Scena Musicale February 2010
  • On the Cover: Wonny Song and Alexander Da Costa
  • Theme: Music Education
  • Distribution: January 29
  • Deadline for ad reservations: January 25
  • Deadline for artwork: January 26
  • Total 25,000 copies, 50,000 readers
  • Montreal: 18,500
  • Quebec City: 2,500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000
  • Target Readership: professional and amateur artists, music and art lovers
  • Contact : 514-948-0509 or
  • Media Kit:
Upcoming: La Scena Musicale March 2010 Issue

Theme: Summer Camps

The Music Scene: Spring 2010

50,000 readers
Theme: Summer Camps

English Canada

circulation: 25,000 copies
  • Toronto : 15,000 
  • Ottawa : 5000
  • English Canada (Schools): 3,000
  • Mailing: 2,000
Distribution date: March 15
Advertising deadline: March 5
Materials deadline: March 8


Funeral for Pierre Dionne
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Place: Trois-Rivił«res
The family will receive friends and colleagues of Peter Rousseau Funeral Center, 445 rue des Volontaires (just opposite the Cathedral), Saturday, January 23 at 10:00. The funeral will follow at 13:30 at the Cathedral of Trois-Rivieres, 362 rue Bonaventure.
Contact: Olivier Godin,


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Montrłęal, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Tosca by Puccini
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ross Reynolds, former Universal Music Canada President/Chairman, honoured with 2010 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Founding Director of CARAS to receive the prestigious award at
the 39th Annual JUNO Awards in St. John's, NL

St. John's, NL (January 13, 2010) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is very pleased to be honouring one of its own today as it announces Ross Reynolds as the 2010 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipient. For more than four decades, Reynolds has been a major player in the music industry, notably as a founding board member of CARAS and long-time Universal Music Canada President and Chairman.

"On behalf of the CARAS board, we are so proud to see our friend and colleague honoured in this capacity and recognized for his tremendous contributions to the Canadian music industry," said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS. "Not only has he been instrumental in helping to steer CARAS to where it is today, Ross Reynolds has wholeheartedly dedicated his career toward fostering Canadian talent on a variety of levels."
"Receiving this award is the result of me having the extraordinary good fortune of timing and being supported by wonderful people, particularly my wife, Jane," said Ross Reynolds. "Nevertheless I'm thrilled to be honoured. It's an exciting ride."

Reynolds is a respected music industry veteran who once held the position of President at GRT Records for 10 years (from the label's inception in 1969), where he signed such Canadian artists as Dan Hill, Dr. Music, Ian Thomas, Lighthouse and Moe Koffman. His resume also includes five years as Executive VP in Canada for WEA (now Warner Music Canada).

He is perhaps best known for his long and outstanding tenure as President then Chairman of Universal Music Canada (formerly MCA) for nearly two decades from 1983 to 2001, during which he oversaw the development of a Canadian roster that included soon-to-be global stars such as The Tragically Hip. Under his leadership, Universal Music Canada experienced exponential growth to achieve a market share of approximately one-third. Today it is still considered one of Canada's most influential music companies. In 2001, Reynolds moved to the position of Chairman Emeritus where he was responsible for administering Universal's multi-million dollar commitment to the support of Canadian culture, which came as a result of the Universal/Polygram merger.

Reynolds' involvement with CARAS dates back to 1975, initially as one of the organization's founding directors. Years later in 2001, he was elected by his peers to the full-time position of Chairman, and immediately made an impact by expanding the focus of the JUNO Awards and setting out to create a brand that Canadians from coast to coast could be proud of. He was instrumental in taking Canada's Music Awards show "on the road" for the first time to St. John's, NL, in addition to growing the singular celebration into a full weekend of events that showcases the successes of Canadian music. In 2006, Stephen Stohn succeeded Reynolds as Chairman of CARAS.

His experience and expertise in the music industry has him currently acting as an advisory board member for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame; MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS; in addition to serving on the board of St. Lazarus Hospice. Reynolds is also a past Chairman of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and has served on the boards of the Starlight Children's Foundation, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, The Audio Visual Preservation Trust Fund, and Canada's Walk of Fame.

For more information about the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, or to download photos of Ross Reynolds, go to

JUNO Week takes place April 12-18, 2010, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, culminating in the live broadcast of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, Sunday, April 18, on CTV.

Sponsors of the 2010 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," with commitments from The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John's and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Sponsors of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV include Chevrolet, Garnier, Pepsi and Rogers.

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The JUNO Awards come full circle making a much anticipated return to St. John's, NL

JUNO Week excitement builds in the city that first hosted the Awards' cross-country road trip in 2002

ST. JOHN'S, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - It's been eight years, eight Canadian cities, and one remarkable journey for the JUNO Awards since the landmark decision was made to take the annual show on the road across Canada. Now the JUNO Awards come full circle! Canada's greatest music celebration returns to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador - site of the unforgettable first leg of the cross-country road trip - for the 39th Annual JUNO Awards.

Today at a media conference held in St. John's, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the official dates, venues and ticketing details for JUNO Week Events converging on the city April 12 - 18. JUNO Week culminates with THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast from Mile One Centre, Sunday, April 18 on CTV.

Tickets for THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast go on sale Saturday, March 6 at 12pm NDT. Tickets are $189 plus HST and surcharges and can be purchased at the Mile One Centre Box Office; by phoning (709) 576-7657, (toll free) at 1-800-361-4595 or online at

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Major Changes Announced by Russian Ministry of Culture for XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011

MOSCOW, RUSSIAĺ─´Maestro Valery Gergiev, the recently appointed Chairman of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition by the Russian Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeev, accepted the position with a mission to elevate the competition to the level of prestige it enjoyed in past decades. The event, to be held June 14ĺ─ýJuly 2, 2011, will be bound by a new set of rules, regulations and a voting system designed to assure fairness, openness and transparency. To maintain the highest standards of integrity, Maestro Gergiev, the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre and Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, is assembling four juries composed of performers of world-renowned stature.

 ĺ─˙From the beginning, the Tchaikovsky Competition inspired me with awe, when, as a child, names soon to become legendaryĺ─´Van Cliburn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Grigory Sokolovĺ─´were blossoming on the Moscow stage.  The competitions also served as a gathering of a spectacular array of the greatest musicians of their dayĺ─´Dmitri Shostakovitch, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Aram Khachaturian.  Today we are inviting my colleagues, the worldĺ─˘s most celebrated performing artists, to join together in helping us discover a new generation of brilliant young talents.  We will all do our very best to ensure that the XIV Competition serve as a milestone in the illustrious history of this great event,ĺ─¨ Gergiev said.

The new Organizing Committee under Maestro Gergiev consists of such influential individuals as co-chairpersons Avdeev and Liudmila Shvetsova, the First Deputy of the Mayor of Moscow;  Yuri Laptev, Councilor of the President of Russia; Sergey Khudiakov, Head of the Cultural Department of Moscow; Konstantin Ernst, General Manager of the  First TV Channel; Rodion Schedrin, composer; Denis Matsuev, pianist and member of the Presidentĺ─˘s Cultural Council and Alexei Shalashov, Head of the Ministryĺ─˘s Department of Contemporary Art and International Cultural Relations. Also appointed as Senior Advisor to the Organizing Committee and Chairman of the Working Committee is Richard Rodzinski, President Emeritus of the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Many of the recently approved rules and conditions are designed to conform to those adopted by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  ĺ─˙There is no more important attribute a competition may enjoy than a reputation for being crystal-clean,ĺ─¨ said Rodzinski. ĺ─˙The Tchaikovsky Competition, one of Russiaĺ─˘s great cultural icons, deserves to be restored to a position of international prominence and recognition.ĺ─¨

For the first time in its history, and in keeping with practices encouraged by the World Federation of International Music Competitions, the Tchaikovsky Competition will organize prestigious concert engagements for its laureates both in Russia and abroad. Maestro Gergiev has announced that he plans to engage the winners to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Russians can look forward to Cliburnĺ─˘s return to Moscow as an Honorary Chairman, and to a host of other internationally acclaimed musicians selected by Maestro Gergiev for the jury.  Cliburn said of this distinction:

ĺ─˙When the Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeev, graciously invited me to serve as honorary chairman of the piano division of the Fourteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition, I was very touched and I am deeply honoured to accept. The great Valery Gergiev, my friend and chairman of the competition, and his distinguished colleagues of the Organizing Committee are blending their talents, wisdom, inspiration and commitment to one of the crown jewels of Russia's cultural crown: the world famous Tchaikovsky International Competition for Piano, Violin, Cello and Voice. The enormous wealth of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s immortal masterpieces written for each of those instruments will again be heard in their glory by young musicians from all over the world, beginning in June 2011 in the beautiful city of Moscow. This competition is not only a fitting memorial to the world beloved Tchaikovsky but also a tribute to the exalted position in which classical music is held in the hearts and minds of the great Russian people.ĺ─¨

The Competition unveiled its preliminary website (, which includes the application form, repertoire requirements, rules and general information. The appearance of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, unchanged since 1958, will be newly designed by internationally recognized graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar in New York.  They are especially noted for creating symbols and logotypes for hundreds of companies, including Mobil Corp., Chase Manhattan Bank and National Geographic. Also for the first time in its history, the Tchaikovsky Competition is undertaking a major international public relations and advertising campaign to support its new initiatives.

The deadline for all applications and submission of a DVD of a 50-minute recital will be December 1, 2010. An international screening jury will review all materials and propose to select 30 pianists, 25 violinists, 25 cellists, and 20 male and 20 female singers. The names of the selected musicians will be announced in March. The competition will consist of three rounds of live performances, all of which will be open to the public. Among new features of the competition will be a classical concerto to be performed by the instrumentalists during the semifinal round.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five competitors in each discipline of piano, violin, cello, and to each of the top four competitors in the menĺ─˘s and womenĺ─˘s solo vocal categories. First prize (always to be awarded) is 20,000 Euro; second, 15,000 Euro; third, 10,000 Euro; fourth, 5,000 Euro; and fifth, 3,000 Euro. An additional prize, a Grand Prix of 10,000 Euro, may be awarded to one of the gold medalists deemed outstanding by the juries. Additional awards will be given for best performance of the chamber concertos and the commissioned new work.


Isaac Albłęniz's lyric comedy The Magic Opal

The Orquesta Sinfłänica de Chamartłén conducted by Silvia Sanz will present a concert version with full orchestra, soloists and chorus of Isaac Albłęniz's lyric comedy The Magic Opal (new critical edition by Borja Marił▒o) on February 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM. The performance will take place at the Symphonic Hall of the Auditorio Nacional, located at Principe Vergara, 146 in Madrid (Spain). Tickets are available via Serviticket + 34 902 33 22 11. For more information go to

The Magic Opal is the last of the stage works of Albłęniz to be brought to life since its original premiere 1893. This lyric comedy shows Albeniz's innate talent to compose in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan, causing George Bernard Shaw to say in a review of the work that the composer was ĺ─˙well ahead of his competitorsĺ─¨. A fantasy tale that takes place in Greece with pirates and magic stones, Albeniz is at home in the lyric comedy theatre, lending the work with his own Spanish aesthetic touch and flourish. The date of the premił«re on February 27, 2010 marks precisely to the day the 117th anniversary of the London last performance of this work.

The Orquesta Sinfłänica Chamartin and Chorus
Silvia Sanz, Director
Javier Franco (Carambollas)
Estefanłéa Perdomo (Lolika)
Josłę Ferrero (Alzaga)
Cłęsar San Martłén (Trabucos)


Venez Voir Divines paroles mettant en vedette les finissants 2010 du Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Montrłęal, du 22 au 30 janvier

Montrłęal, le 11 janvier 2010 ĺ─ţ Les łęlł«ves finissants du Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Montrłęal prłęsentent, du 22 au 30 janvier 2010, Divines paroles de Ramłän del Valle Inclł░n, dans une traduction, une adaptation et une mise en scł«ne de Philippe Soldevila, au Thłęłótre Rouge situłę au 4750, avenue Henri-Julien łŢ Montrłęal.

VENEZ VOIR Divines paroles qui prend vie dans lĺ─˘Espagne profonde du dłębut du XXe sił«cle. Juana la Reina trałĂne son fils, un nain hydrocłęphale, de foire en foire depuis des annłęes. Lĺ─˘attraction quĺ─˘il suscite lui permet de gagner son pain et de subsister dans un monde misłęreux. Mais voilłŢ quĺ─˘elle meurt subitement, laissant son nain orphelin. Flairant la bonne affaire, tout le village est intłęressłę par la garde du prłęcieux hłęritage.

Interprłętłęe par les finissants 2009-2010, avec une scłęnographie signłęe Katia Talbot, des costumes dessinłęs par łÔrica Schmitz, des łęclairages de Claude Accolas et une musique composłęe et interprłętłęe par Alexis Raynault, Divines paroles sera joułęe łŢ 19 h 30 (relłóche les 24 et 25 janvier) et le samedi 30 janvier łŢ 15 h et łŢ 19 h 30.

Lĺ─˘auteur espagnol Ramłän del Valle Inclł░n est nłę le 28 octobre 1866 en Galicie. Le pays de son enfance laissera une empreinte profonde sur son ëýuvre avec ses traditions, ses superstitions, ses sortilł«ges moyenłógeux et son dialecte propre. Ses extravagances ne tardent pas łŢ lui valoir une certaine cłęlłębritłę. Il porte une longue barbe, les cheveux longs jusquĺ─˘aux łępaules et un lorgnon. Son insolence et sa verve font de lui une des figures les plus łęminentes et les plus pittoresques de la bohł«me littłęraire espagnole de la Č┤ głęnłęration 98 Ȭ. Il łęcrit, entre autres, sa trilogie Comłędias bł░rbaras (Comłędies barbares) qui łęvoque les paysages et les passions fłęroces de lĺ─˘łóme galicienne. Il publie en 1920, Divinas palabras (Divines paroles), sa Č┤ tragicomłędie de village Ȭ considłęrłęe dĺ─˘emblłęe comme un chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre. Il meurt le 5 janvier 1936.

Les billets au coł¬t de 5 $ sont disponibles łŢ la billetterie du Conservatoire (514 873-4283, poste 313), du mardi au vendredi, entre 13 h 30 et 17 h 30, ou une heure avant les reprłęsentations ainsi que sur le rłęseau Admission : (514 790-1245).

Vous pouvez voir un court extrait de Divines Paroles en rłępłętition, dans le site web du Conservatoire :


Music with Bite returns to Harbourfront Centre Feb. 14

FREE family concert features trombone quintet ĺ─˙I Tromboniĺ─¨

TORONTO, ON (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to present the next installment of Music with Bite, our interactive and intimate FREE concert series designed especially for kids ages five to 12.

Satisfy your ears and your taste buds! Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists performing bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. After the concerts, children can enjoy a complimentary NatrelČĂ milk beverage and cookie. In partnership with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario.

Upcoming Music with Bite concerts include trombone quintet I Tromboni on Feb. 14, cabaret performer Patricia Oĺ─˘Callaghan on April 18, and erhu master George Gao on May 23. Performances take place Sundays at 1 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.


I Tromboni
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 ĺ─ý 1 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)

Kids can discover the magic of the trombone on a voyage that strays off the beaten path. I Tromboni is compiled of five young trombonists who are ready to entertain and enlighten you! Since forming in 1999, they have worked to break down the myths & stereotypes that have kept trombones in the back row of the band for too long! Nicknamed ĺ─˙Team Canada of Trombones,ĺ─¨ this dynamic Vancouver-based quintet incorporates music of many genres including jazz, romantic, popular and original compositions. I Tromboni entertains, educates and brings great music-making to kids of all ages. For more information visit

Patricia Oĺ─˘Callaghan
Sunday, April 18 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.  (Brigantine Room)
The whole family can enjoy a vocal performance by the most promising cabaret performer of her generation, Canadaĺ─˘s own Patricia Oĺ─˘Callaghan. Oĺ─˘Callaghan has performed her European cabaret show around Europe and North America. She has also toured the Juno Award-winning opera Constantinople. Oĺ─˘Callaghan is no stranger to the camera; she appeared in CBCĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Youkai Hotelĺ─¨ and the acclaimed series, ĺ─˙Foolish Heart.ĺ─¨ For more information visit

George Gao
Sunday, May 23 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.  (Brigantine Room)
Hailed as one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters today, the Gemini Award-nominated erhu master George Gao performs at Music with Bite as part of an exciting HarbourKIDS weekend festival. Gao has performed with multiple orchestras around the world including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Billions of people around the world have watched him on CCTV, China's most watched TV station. Gao fuses traditional Chinese music with jazz, Western Classical music, New Age and other ethnic music from different world cultures. For more information visit

HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Sign up to be a HarbourKIDS Club Member and receive your very own ĺ─˙Splooshyĺ─¨ tattoo! Pick up a copy of our Kidĺ─˘s Guide to Harbourfront Centre and explore our site on an interactive discovery walk! If you want, weĺ─˘ll send you periodic emails to let you know what fun family events are coming up at Harbourfront!

Jeunesses Musicales Ontario is a non-profit arts organization that fosters the careers of outstanding young professional musicians at home and abroad. JMO promotes the development of the arts in Ontario by bringing fine classical music to audiences of all ages. As young artists gain valuable experience and exposure, students, families and the general public enjoy high-quality, affordable, accessible musical entertainment. For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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George F. Walker's And So it Goes World Premiere at Factory Theatre

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Tuesday, January 12, 2010 ĺ─ý The World Premiere of AND SO IT GOES, written and directed by George F. Walker, continues Artistic Director Ken Gassĺ─˘ Factory Theatre 40th Anniversary Season in 2010. Walker has had 23 shows produced at Factory, including three revivals, but this is his first new play in a decade.  AND SO IT GOES plays January 30 ĺ─ý February 28, 2010 in the Mainspace Theatre.

ĺ─˙Walker has been a huge part of Factoryĺ─˘s history, and his plays have resonated in a big way with audiences,ĺ─¨ says Gass, ĺ─˙So that when George called to say that he had written a new play, I pretty much leapt at the opportunity. AND SO IT GOES is quite different stylistically from the East End plays that Walkerĺ─˘s audiences are most familiar with, but the intensely obsessed characters, troubled social landscapes and signature Walker humour are ever present.  This is very much a play for our times.ĺ─¨

AND SO IT GOES is about Ned and Gwen, middle-class victims of the recession grappling with the fallout of their daughterĺ─˘s schizophrenia and Nedĺ─˘s downsizing. Pushed to the edge during their downwardly mobile spiral, perhaps the unorthodox therapy of a quirky literary legend may keep them from going all the way over.  Starring Martha Burns (Stratford, Shaw, NAC, Tarragon) as Gwen; Peter Donaldson (Soulpepper, Stratford) as Ned; Jenny Young (Factory, Shaw, Royal Shakespeare Co.) as Karen, their 25-year old daughter; and Jerry Franken (Factory, Tarragon) as Vonnegut. 

The creative team assembled by Walker includes Set & Costume Designer Shawn Kerwin, Lighting Designer Rebecca Picherack and Sound Designer John Roby. The Stage Manager is Joanna Barrotta and the Apprentice Stage Manager is Heather Thompson. Assistant Director Courtney Walker will be making blog entries throughout the rehearsal process to provide behind-the-scenes comments about the creation of this show at

George F. Walker is one of Canada's most prolific and widely-produced playwrights. He has received nine Chalmers Awards, five Dora Awards, and three Governor Generalĺ─˘s Awards. He is also the recipient of the Order of Canada. His plays have met with critical and popular success in hundreds of productions worldwide and have been translated extensively. In 1997, Suburban Motel--six plays located in the same motel room--premiered in Canada under Walker's direction at Factory Theatre. Since then, individual plays from the series have had numerous productions throughout the USA, the UK and Germany. Walkerĺ─˘s last play was Heaven (January 2000 at Canadian Stage Company). In addition to his playwriting, Walker has written extensively for television, co-creating three major series: CBCĺ─˘s This is Wonderland, the Movie Networkĺ─˘s The Line, and the recently-filmed Living in Your Car. Other screen work includes the feature film Niagara Motel, based on three of the plays from his Suburban Motel cycle, CBS's Due South and CBCĺ─˘s Newsroom.

AND SO IT GOES is 75 minutes long with no intermission. It previews January 30 - 31 and February 2 - 3, opens February 4 and closes February 28, 2010. Shows run Tuesday ĺ─ý Saturday, 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m. (with the exception of the Sunday, January 31, preview show at 7 p.m.) in the Factory Mainspace Theatre. 

Single tickets run $15 - $35 (discounts for previews, seniors, students or theatre artists as well as groups of ten or more) and may be purchased online at 24 hours a day, or by calling (416) 504-9971 or by visiting the Factory Theatre Box Office in person Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., at 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide Street), Toronto. In addition, 3ĺ─ýplay subscriptions, Pay-What-You-Can Sunday and a limited number of $10 RUSH tickets (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) are also available.

Factoryĺ─˘s 2009/2010 season continues with the World Premiere of ahdri zhina mandielaĺ─˘s who knew grannie: a dub aria (March 13 ĺ─ý April 4) produced by Obsidian Theatre Company in association with Factory Theatre, and Walkerĺ─˘s Featuring Loretta (May 1 ĺ─ý June 6).  Where the Blood Mixes, by Kevin Loring, winner of the 2009 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Literary Award for Drama, plays April 7 ĺ─ý 18, headlining Factoryĺ─˘s annual Performance Spring/CrossCurrents Festival, April 6 ĺ─ý 25. See

Listings Information:

SHOW The World Premiere of And So It Goes by playwright/director George F. Walker is about Ned and Gwen, middle-class victims of the recession grappling with the fallout of their daughterĺ─˘s schizophrenia and Nedĺ─˘s downsizing. Pushed to the edge during their downwardly mobile spiral, perhaps the unorthodox therapy of a quirky literary legend may keep them from going all the way over.  Starring Martha Burns, Peter Donaldson, Jerry Franken and Jenny Young; LENGTH 75 minutes - no intermission; DATES January 30 ĺ─ý February 28, 2010; TIMES Tuesday ĺ─ý Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (exception is Sunday, January 31, 7 p.m.); TICKET PRICES $15 previews (January 30 ĺ─ý 31 & February 2 ĺ─ý 3); $25 Tuesday ĺ─ý Thursday; $35 Friday ĺ─ý Saturday; P-W-Y-C Sunday or $25 in advance; $10 limited RUSH Tickets Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (7 p.m. lineup and 7:50 p.m. purchase); VENUE Factory Theatre ĺ─ý Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street (Adelaide Street Doors); BOX OFFICE (416) 504 ĺ─ý 9971; WEB PAGE


Friday, January 15, 2010

Pierre Boulez leads The Cleveland Orchestra in all-French program featuring music by Debussy, Messiaen, and Ravel at Severance Hall on February 4, 6, and 7

Pierre Boulez 

Concerts are part of international celebrations of Boulezĺ─˘s 85th birthday
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is soloist in Ravelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto  in G major and Concerto for the Left Hand

CLEVELAND, January 12, 2010 ĺ─ý In the first week of Cleveland concerts marking the 85th birthday year and the 45th anniversary year of Pierre Boulezĺ─˘s American professional orchestra debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, the conductor/composer will lead the Orchestra in a program of French music including Debussyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Ibłęriaĺ─¨ from Images and Messiaenĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘Ascension at Severance Hall on Thursday, February 4, at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 6, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m.  Mr. Boulez will also conduct the Orchestra in concerts on February 11, 12, and 13, featuring music by Mahler.  (A separate concert announcement will follow.) 
The program for February 4, 6, and 7 begins with Olivier Messiaenĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘Ascension (Four Symphonic Meditations). Next is Maurice Ravelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in G major.  After intermission, the program continues with Ravelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand.  The program concludes with Claude Debussyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Ibłęriaĺ─¨ from Images.
Mr. Boulez, who from 1970-72 served as musical advisor of The Cleveland Orchestra, turns 85 on March 26.   He has been a regular and favorite guest conductor of the Orchestra, leading more than 200 concerts. Among his many recordings with the Orchestra, five have won Grammy Awards, including the 1969 award in the ĺ─˙Best Classical Performance, Orchestraĺ─¨ category, for their album including Debussyĺ─˘s Images.
When Pierre Boulez turned 80, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, ĺ─˙ĺ─Â how many enfants terribles of the music world have lived to see their work, their contributions as composers, conductors and advocates celebrated around the world as they mark their 80th birthdays? The category is unique, and the sole designate is Pierre Boulez.ĺ─¨  
  Pierre-Laurent Aimard will be soloist in both of the Ravel piano concertos, which will be recorded live for future release on the Deutsche Gramophone label.  Mr. Boulez and Mr. Aimard have worked together as colleagues over many years, since Pierre Boulez appointed Mr. Aimard (then age 19) as the first solo pianist of the Ensemble InterČéContemporain ĺ─ý the Paris-based contemporary music ensemble Mr. Boulez founded in 1976.

            French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez is regarded as one of the worldĺ─˘s most distinguished musicians.  His 2009 Kyoto Prize affirms the importance of his compositions and activities as author, teacher, and advocate of contemporary music. 
Mr. Boulez made his American professional orchestra debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in March 1965.  In 1969, he became the Orchestraĺ─˘s first principal guest conductor.  Following the death of Music Director George Szell in July 1970, he served as musical advisor through the 1971-72 season.  Since then, he has been a frequent guest conductor with the Orchestra, most recently in February 2008. 
Pierre Boulez was born in 1925 in Montbrison, France.  After initial training in mathematics, he studied piano, composition, and choral conducting at the Paris Conservatory, where his teachers included Olivier Messiaen and Renłę Leibowitz.  In 1953, Mr. Boulez founded a modern music concert series that later became the Domaine Musical.  Throughout the next decade, he taught at Basel University and in Darmstadt, and was a visiting professor at Harvard University.  He later joined the faculty at the Collł«ge de France.
In 1971, Pierre Boulez became music director of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic; he held the posts until 1975 and 1977, respectively.  In 1974, French President Georges Pompidou invited Mr. Boulez to establish and direct a music research center ĺ─ý the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).  He also founded the Ensemble InterContemporain, and now holds honorary positions with both organizations.
Pierre Boulez has fostered close relationships with the worldĺ─˘s major orchestras and opera companies.  His conducting highlights include the inaugural concert of the Citłę de la musique in Paris; a four-orchestra festival of his compositions in Tokyo; tours with the London Symphony Orchestra celebrating his 70th, 75th, and 80th birthdays; and new productions of Bartłäkĺ─˘s Bluebeardĺ─˘s Castle, Schoenbergĺ─˘s Moses and Aron, and Wagnerĺ─˘s Parsifal.  More recently, Mr. Boulez has led Janł░čšekĺ─˘s From the House of the Dead in Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, and Vienna; served as composer-in-residence at Salzburgĺ─˘s Mozartwoche; and conducted Mahlerĺ─˘s complete symphonies at Carnegie Hall.
            An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 1992, Pierre Boulez has focused his discography on 20th-century works.  His recordings have garnered Gramophone, Echo, and Deutscher Schallplatten awards and more than 25 Grammys.  Mr. Boulez also has received the Glenn Gould Prize and Wolf Prize, numerous honorary doctorates, and many other awards.

            French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is acclaimed as a key figure in both the music of our time and the standard piano repertoire.  He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1996.  Mr. Aimard appeared with the Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival in August 2008, in the world premiere of George Benjaminĺ─˘s Duet for piano and orchestra, and in subsequent performances of the work at Severance Hall in September 2008 and at Carnegie Hall in February 2009.  He served as artist-in-residence with the Orchestra for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
          Born in Lyon, France, in 1957, Pierre-Laurent Aimard studied at the Paris Conservatory with Yvonne Loriod, and in London with Maria Curcio.  He received first prize in the 1973 Messiaen Competition and was appointed at age 19 by Pierre Boulez as the Ensemble InterČéContemporainĺ─˘s first solo pianist.  For nearly 20 years, Mr. Aimard collaborated with GyłĆrgy Ligeti, and he has recorded Ligetiĺ─˘s complete works.  Pierre-Laurent Aimard received the Royal Philharmonic Societyĺ─˘s Instrumentalist Award in 2005 and 2006, and was named Musical Americaĺ─˘s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2007. 
Mr. Aimard performs with the worldĺ─˘s leading orchestras and conductors.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 and maintains a regular relationship there, as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Vienna, Lucerne Festival, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie Cologne, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.  His teaching activities include professorships in Paris and Cologne, as well as concert lectures and workshops worldwide.  Mr. Aimard served as inaugural artist-in-residence at the Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Josephine-Charlotte in Luxembourg in 2005 to 2006, became an artistic partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2006, and in 2008 was artistic director of the Southbank Centreĺ─˘s Messiaen centenary festival in London.  In 2009, he became artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival in England.    
           Pierre-Laurent Aimard has an extensive discography with Sony Classical and Teldec, and now records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.  His first DG release, ĺ─˙Bachĺ─˘s Art of the Fugue,ĺ─¨ won the Diapason dĺ─˘Or award and the prize for the Choc du Monde de la Musique.  Mr. Aimard also has received two ECHO Classic Awards:  in 2003 for his recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, and in 2004 for Debussyĺ─˘s Images and Etudes.  His recording of Ivesĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Concordĺ─¨ Sonata and Songs with Susan Graham garnered a 2005 Grammy Award.  Mr. Aimardĺ─˘s recent releases include solo works by Carter, Messiaen, and Ravel, and the Mozart piano concertos, which he conducted from the keyboard.

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Celebrated Australian trio Splintergroup showcase incredible physicality and inspired storytelling harvested from myths and paranoia of the outback

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 12, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10 performing arts series resumes this winter with the celebrated Brisbane-based company Splintergroup and the intense contemporary dance-theatre piece roadkill. This edge-of-your-seat show runs four performances only, Feb. 3 ĺ─ý 6, at Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s Enwave Theatre.

Choreographed by Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood and Sarah-Jayne Howard, the trio of collaborators who currently comprise Splintergroup, roadkill is set in Australiaĺ─˘s legendary and treacherous outback. A couple are stranded with a car that wonĺ─˘t start next to a phone booth that doesnĺ─˘t work with a mobile phone out of range. The vast and unforgiving outback offers them little salvation, until a stranger comes along who seems all too eager to help. Splintergroup brings exceptional physicality to the stage in this work that explores dark and terrifying themes.

With a cinematic feel, roadkill surveys both the hyper-realized folklore of the outback and the realities of being stranded in itĺ─˘s almost limitless emptiness. Drawing on similar themes from news headlines ĺ─ý such as the recent and infamous Falconio case wherein an Australian man was convicted of murder and assault on a couple travelling through the outback ĺ─ý and the horror film genre, such as the 2005 film Wolf Creek, roadkill is a gripping foray into the psychology of isolation in the midst of imminent danger.

Splintergroup boast unorthodox movement and an arsenal of wildly inventive choreography, notably demonstrated with the use of the coupleĺ─˘s car ĺ─ý a red Toyota which sits centre stage throughout the show ĺ─ý as the site of many dazzling and innovative performance feats. The much heralded sound design of Luke Smilesĺ─˘ sinister soundtrack adds to the unnerving drama, and the clever lighting design from Mark Howett creates a spine-chilling environment where the audience never knows what lies beyond the dark edges of the stage.

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Choreographed by Splintergroup

Produced by Brisbane Powerhouse and Dancenorth
Feb. 3 ĺ─ý 6, 8 p.m. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets: $30

Creative Team Choreographers: Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood & Sarah-Jayne Howard
Performers: Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood & Gabrielle Nankivell
Dramaturg: Andrew Ross
Sound Design: Luke Smiles / motion laboratories
Lighting Designer: Mark Howett
Rehearsal Director: Michelle Ryan
Stage Manager: Melanie Dyer
Production Manager: Liam Kennedy

Complete information about performance times, single tickets, packages and the Performance Card ($15 tickets for arts workers and students, Tues. ĺ─ý Thurs. performances only) is available through the Harbourfront Centre box office by phone at 416-973-4000, or

Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10 gratefully acknowledges the support of Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Westin Harbour Castle, the official hotel of World Stage.


Kaufman Center and New York Festival of Song Present The Voluptuous Muse



On Tuesday and Thursday, February 16 and 18 at 8 PM, Kaufman Center and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS, present The Voluptuous Muse, a celebration of the lush tonality and decadent Romanticism of late 19th- and early 20th- century song. NYFOS will bring its ĺ─˙A-list artistryĺ─¨ (TimeOut NY) to the music of Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alban Berg, Gustav Mahler, and Karol Szymanowski. The concerts will be presented at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10023.

Tickets, $40 - $55 with group discounts, are available by calling 212-501-3330, or visiting In addition, there are a limited amount ospecial $15 student discounts available by calling New York Festival Of Song at 646-230-8380.

The artists will be tenor Joseph Kaiser, a rising young star of the Metropolitan Opera who just scored a major triumph at the Opłęra Comique in Paris in the rarely-performed operetta Fortunio; Dina Kuznetsova, the Russian-American soprano who starred as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Chicago Lyric Opera; mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, another fast-emerging Met artist, most recently heard in their new production of The Tales of Hoffmann; NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier (ĺ─˙A national treasure when it comes to the art of songĺ─¨ ĺ─ý The New York Times) and Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett (General Director of the Caramoor Center For Music and the Arts) as pianist/hosts.

NYFOSĺ─˘s next concert at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center will be The Sweetest Path, on March 16. This program, which celebrates the first great flowering of French art song, is the second annual collaboration between NYFOS and the Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars program. It will also be presented on March 13 in the Music Room at Caramoor. The NYFOS season ends with The Newest Deal (May 4 and 6), a program of recent American works including the premiere of the Harold Meltzer song cycle Beautiful Ohio*, created for and performed by tenor Paul Appleby, and a complete performance of Gabriel Kahaneĺ─˘s instant classic, Craigslistlieder.

Program to include:

JOSEPH MARX                                     Marienlied                                                                    
FRANZ SCHREKER                            Sommerfłžden
NICOLAI MEDTNER                          Elfenlied
ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY             Geflł║sterderNacht
GUSTAV MAHLER                              Frł║hlingsmorgen
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF              Kakojeschastĺ─˘je(ĺ─˙What wealth of raptureĺ─¨)

From Opus 38
Pied Piper
                                                                        Song of Songs
RICHARD STRAUSS                            Liebeshymnus
                                                                          Ich trage meine Minne

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI                   selections from Pieë§nimuezinaszalonego
                                                                           (Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin)                        
ALBAN BERG                                        selections from Siebenfrł║he Lieder                      
HUGO WOLF                                           Ganymed             
MAHLER                                                    Scheiden und Meiden
(Program subject to change)


Erich Korngold (1897 ĺ─ý1957). Called (with Max Steiner) ĺ─˙the father of film music,ĺ─¨ he created famous movie scores, but also romantic instrumental and vocal classical music, including the opera Die Todt Stadt. His work was praised by such composers as Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini.

Gustav Mahler (1860 ĺ─ý 1911) wrote mainly symphonies and songs, often fusing the two into symphonic lied. He was greatly influenced by Wagner, but his work is also distinguished by the use of folk themes and progressive tonality.

Joseph Marx (1882-1964) was an Austrian composer of opera, symphonies, symphonic poems, choral works, piano concertos, songs, and chamber music, as well as organ and piano music, characterized by modern harmonies and complex polyphony.

Nikolai Medtner (1880 ĺ─ý 1951) was a Russian composer who wrote a substantial number of instrumental and vocal compositions, all of which include the piano. His work was characterized by an intimate connection with Russian poetry and its images.

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was the last great representative of Russian late romanticism. His music had a thoroughly personal idiom which included lyricism, expressive breadth, often unique structure and rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 ĺ─ý 1908) composed operas, symphonies and smaller-scaled works laced with Russian folk and exotic harmonic elements mixed with traditional Western composition. He is considered a main creator of the ĺ─˙Russian styleĺ─¨ of composition, and taught and influenced many prominent 20th-century composers.

Richard Strauss (1864 ĺ─ý1949) was one of the most famous late romantic/early modern era composers. Profoundly influenced by Wagner, he created operas (including the Der Rosenkavalier and Salome), lieder and tone poems.

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) was born in Russia to a Polish family, and his music drew on Polish folk styles and those of contemporary Russian and French composers. He wrote orchestral and solo instrumental works, as well as songs and choral works in a highly individual rhapsodic style.

Hugo Wolf (1860 ĺ─ý 1903) created instrumental and vocal works, but was most famous for his hundreds of songs, greatly influenced by Richard Wagner. They are marked by their concentrated intensity, using tonality to express feeling.

Alexander Zemlinsky (1871ĺ─ý1942), a protłęgłęe of Johannes Brahms, wrote orchestral works, operas, chamber music, choral works and songs, influenced by his teacher, Wagner, Mahler and others. He also taught, and among his students was Erich Korngold.


Joseph Kaiser - Over the past year, the young tenor has performed the title role of Faust at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; the title role of Messagerĺ─˘s Fortunio at the Opłęra Comique under the baton of Louis Langrłęe; and the role of Admete in Gluckĺ─˘s Alceste at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, also with Mr. Langrłęe.  The artist sings the role of Narraboth in a concert performance of Salome with Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 9 with Ivor Bolton and the Wiener Symphoniker at Viennaĺ─˘s Konzerthaus, and Stravinskyĺ─˘s Pulcinella with Roberto Abbado and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Other recent roles have included Tamino in Die ZauberflłĆte under the baton of James Conlon at the Los Angeles Opera and as Steva Burja in Jenëěfa at the Bayerische Staatsoper in a new production by Swiss theatre director Barbara Frey, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.  He returned to the Salzburg Festival as Septimius in a new Christoph Loy production of Handelĺ─˘s Theodora, conducted by Ivor Bolton, and sang Narraboth in Salome at the Metropolitan Opera, (where he had previously played Romeo to the Juliet of Anna Netrebko) with Patrick Summers conducting (seen internationally on The Met: Live in HD experience).  His dynamic concert schedule has featured performances of the Berlioz Requiem, under Marek Janowski, with the combined forces of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zł║rich and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 9 with Christoph von Dohnł░nyi and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Elijah with Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin and the Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, and a European concert tour with soprano Annette Dasch and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrł║cken Kaiserslautern under the direction of Christoph Poppen. He can be heard with the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the NYFOS performance of Spanish Love Songs, accompanied by Steven Blier on Bridge Records.

Dina Kuznetsova - the Moscow-born soprano graduated from The Academic Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (piano). She received her vocal training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 1999, while attending the Music Academy of the West, California, Dina Kuznetsova sang the title role in Handel's Rodelinda and won the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, which granted her a New York debut recital in May 2000. That summer, she gave a duet recital under the auspices of Renata Scotto's Opera Academy in Savona, Italy. Ms. Kuznetsova's international performances in a wide variety of lyric and coloratura repertoire began with Merab in Saul in Brussels, followed by Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Berlin Staatsoper), Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (London's English National Opera) and the title role in Rodelinda (Munich's Staatsoper). She has brought her Musetta to San Francisco, her Violetta to Costa Mesa (Opera Pacific) and Boston Lyric Opera, and her Gilda to Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Cincinatti. Kuznetsova sang the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also returned there as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette. Highlights of the past year included a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, her Vienna State Opera debut as Gounod's Juliette and her Royal Opera and Covent Garden debut as Lauretta in a new production of Gianni Schicchi.

Kate Lindsey returns this season to the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Nicklausse in Offenbachĺ─˘s Les Contes Dĺ─˘Hoffmann, and makes her debut at the Bayerische Staatsopera as Cherubino in Mozartĺ─˘s Le Nozze di Figaro. A graduate of the Metropolitan Operaĺ─˘s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Lindseyĺ─˘s roles with the company have also included Cherubino, Wellgunde in Wagnerĺ─˘s Ring, Stłęphano in Gounodĺ─˘s Romłęo et Juliette, and Siłębel in Gounodĺ─˘s Faust. Additional performances include Cherubino at Thłęatre des Champs-łÔlysłęes and Boston Lyric Opera, Lazuli in Chabrierĺ─˘s łÔtoile and Angelina in Rossiniĺ─˘s Cenerentola at Wolf Trap Opera. As a Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Lindsey sang Mercłędł«s in Bizetĺ─˘s Carmen, Stłęphano, and Rosina. She made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as Zerlina in Mozartĺ─˘s Don Giovanni, and returns to the company this summer as Nancy in Brittenĺ─˘s Albert Herring and Nicklausse. Concert performances include Ascanius in Berliozĺ─˘s Les Troyens at the Tanglewood Music Festival and Ravelĺ─˘s L Enfant et les sortilł«ges with the New York Philharmonic, as well as performances with the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Cleveland Orchestra. She will make her Seattle Opera debut this year in the title role in Daron Aric Hagenĺ─˘s Amelia.

Steven Blier
Artistic director Steven Blier co-founded the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festivalĺ─˘s inception he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated over one hundred vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney.

Mr. Blier also enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. His recitals with Renłęe Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Samuel Ramey, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, and Jessye Norman, have taken him to the stages of Carnegie Hall, La Scala, and Londonĺ─˘s Wigmore Hall. He has premiered works of John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom, John Musto, Paul Moravec, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, and Lee Hoiby, many of which were commissioned by NYFOS.

In addition to his many recordings with NYFOS, Mr. Blierĺ─˘s discography includes four volumes of songs by Charles Ives with baritone William Sharp (Albany Records), a Grammy-nominated CD of American songs with Mr. Sharp (New World Records), and first recordings of music by Busoni and Borodin with cellist Dorothy Lawson (Koch International). His two most recent releases are The Land Where the Good Songs Go with Sylvia McNair and Hal Cazalet, and Spanish Love Songs with Joseph Kaiser and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Bridge Records).

Mr. Blier is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, and has been active in encouraging young recitalists at summer programs, including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Center.

Michael Barrett
NYFOS co-founder and Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett is Chief Executive and General Director of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. In 1992, he co-founded the Moab Music Festival with his wife, violist Leslie Tomkins. From 1994 to 1997, he was the Director of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

A protłęgłę of Leonard Bernstein, Mr. Barrett began his long association with the renowned conductor and composer as a student in 1982. He is currently the Artistic Advisor for the estate of Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Barrett has been a guest conductor with the Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France, among others. He also has served variously as conductor, producer, and music director of numerous special projects, including the world premiere of Volpone by John Musto.

Mr. Barrettĺ─˘s discography includes: Spanish Love Songs, recorded live at Caramoor with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Steven Blier, and Joseph Kaiser; Live from the Moab Music Festival; the Grammy-nominated Evidence of Things Not Seen (New World Records); Aaron Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits (New Albion); On the Town (Deutsche Grammophon); Kaballah (Koch Classics) by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie; Schumann Lieder with Lorraine Hunt and Kurt Ollman (Koch); and Arias and Barcarolles (Koch) by Leonard Bernstein (Grammy Award).

New York Festival of Song was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett.  NYFOS is dedicated to creating intimate song concerts of great beauty, humor and originality, combining music, poetry, and history to entertain, educate and create community among audiences and performers. With a far-ranging repertoire of art songs, concert works and theater pieces, its thematic recitals have included programs from Brahms to the Beatles, from the nineteenth-century salons of Paris to Tin Pan Alley, from Russian art song to Argentine tangos, from sixteenth-century lute songs to new music.  NYFOS particularly celebrates American song literature and culture, and specializes in premiering and commissioning new American works.

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Julian Bliss to Tour the United States

Starting in January, Julian Bliss, international clarinet soloist, will begin a tour of the United States, visiting Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Nevada. While on the road, Julian will present recitals, masterclasses, and clinics at universities and public schools in the South, Midwest, and Nevada. He will also make appearances at the Alabama and Illinois Music Educators Association Conferences. Stop by the Conn-Selmer booth at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama January 20th - 23rd to meet Julian. He will also be at the booth during the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference January 28th - 30th in Peoria Illinois. On January 24th, Julian will present a recital and master class from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Recital Hall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. 
Julian's tour through the Midwest will continue with appearances at Conn-Selmer dealers, public school districts, and universities in late January. The Band Source in Downer's Grove, Illinois will host a "Meet and Greet" with Julian on January 25th. Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois welcomes Julian on January 27th, where he will present a masterclass from 6 PM to 7 PM for the Department of Music at the Sloane College of Communications and Fine Arts. On January 26th, The Music Shoppe in Bloomington, Illinois will host an in-store event with Julian as well. Julian will visit schools in Elkhart and Mishawaka, Indiana on February 1st, followed by a visit to the Grand Rapids, Michigan area on February 2nd. Several school and dealer visits in the Detroit area are scheduled for February 3rd and 4th. The tour will conclude with a performance and school clinics in the Las Vegas, Nevada area February 5th and 6th. 

If Julian is in your area during the tour, please make sure to meet him and learn more about the new line of Bliss clarinets. For complete information please visit our artist news website at

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Sunday Showcase: Celebrate the marriage between the music of medieval magic and folk-art celebration in European Inspirations

Sunday, January 17th ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─ Music of medieval magic and folk-art celebration come together in your Edmonton Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s (ESO) first Sunday Showcase series event of 2010.  On Sunday, January 17th, Music Director William Eddins will fill ENMAX Hall of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the sounds of European inspired works by Dvo뢳░k, Liszt, Arutunian, Estacio, and Falla. 

Young promising Canadian pianist, Shean Competition winner, and Juilliard graduate student Daniel Fung joins the ESO on stage for Lisztĺ─˘s Totentanz, a dazzling showpiece of daring stylistic innovations based on the famous monastic chant Dies iraeNot to be outdone, our Principal Trumpet Robin Doyon plays Arutunianĺ─˘s Trumpet Concerto, an energetic concerto of Eastern European lyricism and harmonic texture.  Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin will lead the orchestra through John Estacioĺ─˘s poignant work for strings Such Sweet Sorrow, which will be complemented by a suite from Falla's wonderful comic ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, and Dvo뢳░k's celebratory Carnival Overture.

Post-concert, guests are invited to sit down, relax, and engage in a casual conversation with Lucas Waldin and Daniel Fung in the main lobby.  Sunday Coffee Shop offers a uniquely interactive Q&A setting with our Resident Conductor and guest artists this season.

Flute duo Chiara and Juliana Concini will be performing in the main lobby beginning at 1:15 pm, as part of our Musicians in the Making program, generously supported by TELUS.

Ticket prices range from $20 ĺ─ý $65 (agency fees apply), and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office.  Call (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at

The next performance of the Sunday Showcase series takes place on March 21st, 2010.  Acclaimed Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra makes her ESO debut presenting richly colourful musical blends of tango and classical tradition.  Marimbist Pius Cheung appears as guest soloist, performing a Bach masterpiece as youĺ─˘ve never heard it before.

Thank you to our season media sponsor CBC, and our series media sponsors CKUA Radio Network and Edmontonĺ─˘s Child.

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.


Foodies invited to join the WSO on a gourmet

Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý January 11, 2010 ĺ─ý Winnipeg foodies are invited to explore the world of music and food as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and four fine dining establishments partner up to provide lovers of fine cuisine and symphony music with a gourmet journey ĺ─ý all in one location at the Centennial Concert Hall.

The Winnipeg Symphony will be presenting a gourmet journey of food and music in partnership with: Fude, Bistro 7 Č║, Bergmannĺ─˘s on Lombard and Lobby on York.

Each restaurant will be offering a three course meal that is themed to a specific WSO concert - thereby offering patrons a unique opportunity to explore cuisine from Russia, the New World, North America, Italy and Mexico.

ĺ─˙The WSO wants to create memorable musical experiences for audience members. One way we can do this is by considering the opportunities to build other pleasurable components into a concert evening. Winnipeg has so many fine restaurants and chefs, and we can make it easy to explore new restaurants with cuisine inspired by the musical offerings in the concert,ĺ─¨ said Trudy Schroeder, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

The dates of the four dining and concert experiences are as follows:

January 23: Rhythm & Heat ~ Local & Inspired Cuisine
Rhythm & Heat examines the exotic flavours and rhythms from Mexico, Spain and Egypt in partnership with Fude (dinner at 5:30 pm; concert at 8:00 pm).

Cardini Salad (Fude version of classic Caesar):
Field greens, leaf lettuce and artichoke hearts, tossed with
house-made cardini vinaigrette, topped with fresh parmesan cheese

Chili Chocolate Chicken with Cayenne Cream:
Manitoba free range chicken breast, seared then grilled to finish, slathered in a house-made dark chocolate sauce off-set with a spicy cayenne cream and chilies. Served with our featured potatoes & featured veggies

Boomerang Gorang:
An Indonesian classic reworked Manitoba-style, curried basmati & Lac
du Bonnet wild rice sautłęed in exclusive ĺ─˙boomĺ─¨ sauce with celery, red peppers, red onion & bananas, topped with mango, pineapple, tart apples to bring on the cool house-made rhubarb chutney (vegan friendly)

Grand Marnier-Callebaut Chocolate Mousse Flute

February 20: Boreyko and Russian Masters ~ Russian Cuisine
Boreyko and Russian Masters explores the monumental and raw with former WSO music director Andrey Boreyko in partnership with Bistro 7 Č║ (dinner at 5:30 pm; concert at 8:00 pm).

An array of marinated mushrooms, minsk eggs, meat and cabbage piragi, russian potato salad, cured fish and pickled vegetables to be eaten with dark bread and ice cold vodka

Beet ĺ─˙caviarĺ─¨ with sour cream and potato blini
Salmon or Cabbage cooked in pastry with vegetables served with horseradish sauce and green beans

Trio of Aleksandr Torte, Gogol Mogol and Strawberries Romanoff
March 27: Classic Movie Heroes and Villains ~ American Cuisine
Classic Movie Heroes and Villains delves into a musical battle of good vs. evil, featuring the themes of some of your favourite pop culture heroes and villains with Bergmannĺ─˘s on Lombard (dinner at 5:30 pm; concert at 8:00 pm).

Hero Spinach Salad:
Shaved Red Onion, Mushrooms, Bothwell Cheese Crumble and Creamy Herb Dijonette

Slow Roasted Breast of Chicken ĺ─˙Martini:ĺ─¨
Crowned with a Vermouth Jazzed Olive & Tomato Tapenade
Set on Fire Roasted Bell Pepper Infused Angry Rice
Sinister Streaked Balsamic Current Reduction

Bow tie pasta with truffle cream, vegetable julienne and parmesan
All American Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle
May 15: Pines, Fountains & Festivals ~ Italian Cuisine
Pines, Fountains & Festivals investigates the colour and pageantry of Rome brought to life through Respighiĺ─˘s stunning orchestral trilogy in partnership with Lobby on York (dinner at 5:30 pm; concert at 8:00 pm).

Insalata Caprese

Veal Marsala with Mushroom Risotto
Penne with Grilled Peppers and Rose Sauce
Panna Cotta garnished with Berries

Prices are $85 per person for each event, which includes the meal and a ticket to the concert. Concert goers who already have a ticket to these concerts can enjoy the meal for just $60 per person. Or create a world package tour and enjoy all four dinner and concert events for only $75 per person per evening.

Tickets for the dinner and concert are only available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at


The Victoria Symphony rolls out the red carpet for A Night at the Oscars

January 11, 2010
Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On January 14, 15 & 16, Regina Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s Music Director Victor Sawa conducts Oscar-winning music with the Victoria Symphony at the Royal Theatre.  Symphony goers will walk the red carpet as they make their way into the theatre for a glamorous evening of music from movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Psycho, The Way We Where and Jaws.

A Night at the Oscars, led by Regina Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s Music Director Victor Sawa, was first introduced into the Victoria Symphony Pops series in 2008. Brought back by popular demand, this yearĺ─˘s programme features music filled with action, adventure and a little bit of romance.  From early scores, 1938ĺ─˘s The Adventures of Robin Hood, to major blockbuster hits, 2008ĺ─˘s Dark Knight, this concert will entertain all audiences.  Full concert programme is available at

ĺ─˙These concerts are not only full of great music but also a lot of fun. We hope that the audience gets into the glamour of the evening by dressing the part, strutting on the red carpet and smiling for the cameras as they head into the Royal Theatre for an exciting live performance of award-winning musicĺ─¨ states Bethany Wilson, Director of Marketing and Development.

Maestro Victor Sawa, Music Director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, is known for his impressive reputation, engaging audience interaction and passion for bringing new faces to classical and pops performances.  Sawa has made several guest appearances all over the world and won countless awards, including the Queen's Jubilee Medal and a Grammy.

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.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of series sponsor Beltone Better Hearing Centre.

For complete programming details of the 2009-2010 season please visit

A Night at the Oscars
January 14, 2:00 pm
January 15 & 16, 8:00 pm
Royal Theatre
$30.50, $39.50, $50.50
$20.10 (web special), $12.00 (vsSoundcheck)


Boston Baroque Performs its Grammy-Nominated Interpretation of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

Saturday March 6, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Boston Baroque, the first permanent Baroque orchestra in North America, will perform Monteverdiĺ─˘s masterpiece, the Vespers of 1610, under the leadership of music director Martin Pearlman, on Saturday, March 6, 2010.  The performance will take place within another masterpieceĺ─ţthe Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.  With its extraordinary beauty and scale, the Cathedral will provide a dramatic setting for the Vespers, which, in its own time, brilliantly exploited the spatial and acoustical possibilities of St. Markĺ─˘s Basilica in Venice.  The performance will mark both the 400th anniversary of the Vespersĺ─˘ publication and Boston Baroqueĺ─˘s first appearance in New York since the mid 1980s (a Carnegie Hall performance of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah under the ensembleĺ─˘s original name, ĺ─˙Banchetto Musicaleĺ─¨).
Tickets for the March 6 concert, at $20, $35 and $55, are available online at and; and from Boston Baroque by telephone at 617/484-9200.

Boston Baroque
Martin Pearlman, conductor
Mary Wilson ............ soprano
Kristen Watson ....... soprano
Derek Chester ......... tenor
Aaron Sheehan ........ tenor
Lawrence Jones ....... tenor
Sumner Thompson ... baritone
Donald Wilkinson ..... baritone

Saturday, March 6, 2010 8:00 PM
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025
Tickets: $20, $35 and $55; available online at and; or by calling 617/484-9200

ĺ─˙The Vespers is a work of extraordinary emotional power,ĺ─¨ declares Martin Pearlman, ĺ─˙astonishing for the grandeur of its conception and the opulence of its sound.  No other surviving work from that period is written on such a scale, combining the grandest of public music with the most intimate of solo songs.  Like the music itself, our performing forces are on a grand scale: seven solo singers; a chorus large enough to divide into anywhere from four to ten voice parts; and an orchestra with a rich variety of instrumental colors, including virtuosic solo parts for violins and cornetti.ĺ─¨

The instrumentation for the Vespers, however, is specified by Monteverdi only in certain movements.  For much of the piece, it is the conductor who determines the orchestration ĺ─ý whether and where to double voice parts with instruments, as well as which instruments to use.  It is also left to the conductor to decide whether to assign certain passages to the chorus or to solo singers.  Thus, the piece can vary greatly from one performance to another. 

Boston Baroqueĺ─˘s recording of the Vespers, in a performing version by Martin Pearlman and under his direction on the Telarc label (catalogue number 80453), received a GrammyČĂ nomination in 1998 for Best Choral Performance; and they have performed the work to acclaim in Boston, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and at the Ravinia and Tanglewood music festivals.

About the decision to perform at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Martin Pearlman remarks, ĺ─˙For our return to New York City, I was looking for an extraordinary venue worthy of this piece, and was really struck with the sense of space at St. John.  I thought it might well reflect the scale and grandeur of the Vespers, and its profound intimacy as well; but the challenge was to make it work acoustically for a Baroque ensemble.  After an initial visit to the Cathedral in which we tried out instruments and voices in various placements, we began to see that we could carve out an intimate performance area in which we will sound warm, clear and big enough without amplification.  This acoustical ĺ─˛sweet spotĺ─˘ is almost entirely within the area that they call the Great Crossing, and will hold an audience of just 700, plus a platform for the performers.  The lighting design will add to the sense of ĺ─˛intimacy within grandeurĺ─˘ that seems perfect for the Vespers.ĺ─¨

The New York performance will be presented as part of the Boston University Incite Arts Festival, a New York showcase for the BU College of Fine Arts and its Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Art.  Boston Baroque is the resident professional ensemble for Boston Universityĺ─˘s Historical Performance Program, where it is helping to train the next generation of period-instrument performers.
About Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman
Founded by Martin Pearlman in 1973, Boston Baroque was the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America, and is now widely regarded as one of the worldĺ─˘s premier period-instrument ensembles.  Boston Baroque reaches an international audience with its 20 recordings on the Telarc label, three of which received GrammyČĂ nominations.  The ensemble produces a subscription concert series in Greater Boston, now in its 36th season, and made its European debut in 2003, performing Handelĺ─˘s Messiah to sold-out houses and standing ovations in Krakłäw and Warsaw, Poland.  In addition to its acclaimed Disney Hall, Ravinia and Tanglewood performances of the Monteverdi Vespers, Boston Baroque has performed Purcellĺ─˘s Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Chicago and Ann Arbor.  In 2009, the ensemble made its debut with two programs at the international Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Ricoĺ─ţthe first period-instrument orchestra invited to perform there.  Boston Baroqueĺ─˘s latest recording on Telarc, Mozart: Arias for Male Soprano, featuring soloist Michael Maniaci, was released in January 2010.

For more information, visit


The Segal Centre for Performing Arts Presents Geometry in Venice

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Saputo Inc.

In association with Crowĺ─˘s Theatre


Geometry in Venice

By Michael Mackenzie

Directed by Chris Abraham

January 31-February 14, 2010

ĺ─˙One day you may understand that murder, incest and infanticide are the very stuff of domesticity.
We modern people just practice them in a more...refined garb.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Mrs. Moreen

MONTREAL January 2010 - The Segal Theatre is excited to launch the new year with the Montreal English premiere of Geometry in Venice, an intelligent and moving play featuring a stellar director, cast and design team.

Adapted from The Pupil, a novella by Henry James, who himself was inspired by the childhood of painter John Singer Sargent, Geometry in Venice brings us into the lives of the Moreen family, an outwardly aristocratic British family living in Venice towards the end of the nineteenth century. Unlike the novella, award-winning Montreal playwright Michael Mackenzie includes Henry James as one of his characters. 

In this poignant and timely story, Pemberton (played by Graham Cuthbertson) is a Canadian Cambridge grad and aspiring writer who is hired by the Moreens to provide their sickly, genius son Morgan (played by Montrealer Eliott Larson) with a classical education. Desperate to keep up appearances, they travel to the fashionable salons of Europe in search of a wealthy suitor to marry their daughter Amy. Henry James becomes the promising Paris suitor in this reading.

ĺ─˙Geometry in Venice is a powerful and timely examination of a familyĺ─˘s obsession with wealth and status, raising questions of ethics and moralityĺ─¨, says Bryna Wasserman, Artistic Director of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. ĺ─˙In the very capable hands of creative director Chris Abraham, outstanding actor Damien Atkins and other talented cast members, Geometry in Venice promises to provide an exceptional time at the theatreĺ─¨.

Damien Atkins, who has delivered excellent performances at the Segal in the past, says he looks forward to playing the role of Henry James. ĺ─˙I am excited to work again with Chris Abraham, with whom I collaborated on one of the most richly rewarding theatrical experiences of my life, The Glass Menagerie.ĺ─¨

The set created by Julie Fox is dramatic, Spartan, and its unique colour palette of whites, sand tones and cool beach hues are meant to reflect the Lido beach in Venice. A grand piano will be played by the young prodigy.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Geometry in Venice. The play was performed in French for 5 years as Le Prłęcepteur and has also been produced in German, Italian and Chinese.

Other cast members include: Allegra Fulton as Mrs. Moreen (Stratford, solo tour-de-force Frida K.); Aiden Devine as Mr. Moreen (Balconville, multi-awards for film and television); and Susanna Fournier as Amy (Segalĺ─˘s The Diary of Anne Frank).

The integral designs are by Julie Fox, set and costume; Luc Prairie, lighting; and Antoine Błędard, sound. Merissa Tordjman is the stage manager and Luciana Burcheri completes the team as assistant stage manager.

Sunday @ the Segal - January 31 at 11am
In keeping with the Segal Centreĺ─˘s objective to enhance the theatregoing experience, we are also pleased to announce that the playwright has accepted to give a lecture about his play.  Michael Mackenzie will talk about what inspired him to write Geometry in Venice and describe his process of translating Henry James to the stage.


Le pianiste Raoul Sosa devient membre de l'ordre du Canada

MONTRłÔAL, 11 janvier 2010.   Raoul Sosa vient tout juste d'łütre honorłę comme Membre de l'Ordre du Canada pour sa contribution łŢ l'avancement de la musique au pays en tant que pianiste, compositeur, chef d'orchestre et professeur et pour la dłętermination avec laquelle il a poursuivi sa carrił«re.

Interprł«te łŢ la fois exceptionnel et authentique, le pianiste, chef d'orchestre et compositeur qułębłęcois  Raoul Sosa  est considłęrłę par la critique locale et internationale comme un des musiciens actuels les plus importants.

Raoul Sosa est un spłęcialiste de la musique romantique, bien que son panorama musical embrasse toutes les łępoques.  Il est aussi reconnu comme un des plus grands interprł«tes des ëýuvres pour la main gauche, rłępertoire pour lequel il a dłęveloppłę une małĂtrise et une virtuositłę qui suscitent lĺ─˘łęmerveillement.
Trł«s vite,  Raoul Sosa sĺ─˘est imposłę comme un musicien de premił«re grandeur et a gagnłę de nombreux prix dans des concours nationaux en Argentine (Sociłętłę Hłębrałěque, Les Jeunesses Musicales, etc.) et internationaux (France, Espagne, Belgique, Canada, etc.).
En 1978, il a reł▀u du Conseil canadien de la musique łŢ Ottawa le Prix de la meilleure łęmission radiophonique d'un soliste canadien. 

Raoul Sosa est membre du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, compositeur agrłęłę au Centre de musique canadienne et a siłęgłę pendant plusieurs annłęes au Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.
II s'est acquis une solide rłęputation, laquelle lĺ─˘a amenłę łŢ se produire dans les principaux centres artistiques dĺ─˘Amłęrique, d'Europe et d'Asie en tant que pianiste, chef dĺ─˘orchestre et pour donner des cours de małĂtre.

C'est un triomphe partout et il laisse une profonde impression sur les musiciens et le public. Les critiques sont unanimes łŢ louer la magnifique dimension sonore, musicale et expressive absolument complł«te qu'il confł«re łŢ ses interprłętations. ł─ Tokyo, la critique a łętłę słęduite par sa sonoritłę et a parlłę du pianiste Č┤ łŢ la main gauche en or Ȭ.

En plus dĺ─˘une triple carrił«re de chef, pianiste et compositeur, Raoul Sosa est frłęquemment invitłę comme expert en technique pianistique et en interprłętation et partage son expłęrience avec de nombreux jeunes musiciens. Professeur de piano et de musique de chambre au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, iI est łęgalement membre du jury de nombreux concours.

La fał▀on unique de Raoul Sosa de faire chanter le piano et sa grande sensibilitłę expliquent bien pourquoi la rłęputation de cet artiste de chez nous a depuis longtemps dłępassłę nos frontił«res.


Information vegetable, animal and mineral: Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance

EDMONTON, AB ĺ─ý Complete with high-jinx, high-silliness and high-notes on the high-seas, Edmonton Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, Pirates of Penzance, February 6, 9 and 11, 2010 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. All performances begin at 7:30pm. Tickets, ranging from $32 to $165, are on sale now at Ticketmaster, call 780-451-8000 or visit
ĺ─˙This show makes fun of absolutely everything,ĺ─¨ says Edmonton Opera Artistic Director Brian Deedrick.  ĺ─˙And who better to bring the hilarity and exuberance of Gilbert and Sullivan back to Edmonton Operaĺ─˘s stage than the director/conductor team, Rob Herriot and Peter Dala, who brought us the Sterling Award-winning H.M.S. PINAFORE and Daughter of the Regiment!ĺ─¨
Also known as The Slave of Duty, Pirates of Penzance follows young Frederic as he celebrates the end of his 21-year apprenticeship with a band of merry pirates. When he leaves the ship and reaches civilization, he meets Mabel, (modern) Major General Stanleyĺ─˘s daughter, and the young couple falls in love instantly. Plot twists abound before Frederic discovers his apprenticeship contract is to end on his 21st birthday. Technically, having been born February 29, only five of Fredericĺ─˘s leap-year birthdays have passed, and he owes the pirates another 64 years of apprenticeship. Mabel and Frederic agree to remain faithful to each other until they are reunited upon his release, whereupon the plot thickens once more.
Comedy super-duo Director Robert Herriot and Conductor Peter Dala team up once more, with Curt Olds as Major General Stanley, Aaron St. Clair Nicholson as the Pirate King and Lawrence Wiliford as Frederic. The powerhouse cast includes Edmontonĺ─˘s own Andrew MacDonald-Smith at the Police Sergeant, Sonia Gosse as Ruth, Nikki Einfeld as Mabel, Kendra Oĺ─˘Connor in her Edmonton Opera dłębut as Edith, and Edmonton-favourite Renłęe Brad as Kate. The production also features live accompaniment by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Opera Chorus. Pirates of Penzance is sung in English, with English surtitles projected above the stage.
Watch Brian Deedrick and the Edmonton Operateersĺ─˘ Pirates of Penzance synopsis here.

For more information about Edmonton Operaĺ─˘s season, signature events and education programs, visit


Shaw Festival Box Office Now Open for 2010 Season

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, January 11, 2010 . . . The Shaw Festival Box Office is accepting online, mail and fax orders from the general public for the 2010 season starting today.  Commencing January 16, the Box Office will be open for phone and in-person orders. 

The Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s 2010 season resonates with the wit, social commentary and relevance for which Bernard Shaw himself was well known and features two plays by the Festivalĺ─˘s namesake: The Doctorĺ─˘s Dilemma, Shawĺ─˘s relevantly comedic exploration of the medical establishment, directed by Morris Panych; and John Bullĺ─˘s Other Island, Shawĺ─˘s exploration of the culture of misunderstandings and misconceptions, directed by Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton.  

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs An Ideal Husband, Shawĺ─˘s favourite Oscar Wilde work, featuring Shaw Festival favourites Patrick Galligan and Steven Sutcliffe.  Mr. Galligan will also be performing in The Doctorĺ─˘s Dilemma, while Mr. Sutcliffe will also be featured in Eda Holmesĺ─˘s production of Caryl Churchillĺ─˘s Serious Money.  Ms. Maxwell will also direct Linda Griffithsĺ─˘ Age of Arousal.

Deborah Hay, who garnered rave reviews as Billie Dawn in the 2009 runaway hit Born Yesterday, returns as Sylvia Fowler in Alisa Palmerĺ─˘s production of Clare Boothe Luceĺ─˘s The Women and as the whip smart Molly Grant in the S.J. Perelman, Ogden Nash and Kurt Weill musical One Touch of Venus, directed by Eda Holmes

Shaw Festival notables Benedict Campbell, Jim Mezon and Corrine Koslo will be featured in John Bullĺ─˘s Other Island.  Mr. Mezon and Mr. Campbell will also be performing in Tom Murphyĺ─˘s adaptation of Anton Chekhovĺ─˘s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Jason Byrne; while Ms. Koslo will take on the role as society-conscious Veta Simmons in the Joseph Ziegler production of Mary Chaseĺ─˘s Harvey.

The Shaw welcomes back Norman Browning, Diana Donnelly, Kelli Fox, Jonathan Gould, Catherine McGregor, Moya Oĺ─˘Connell, Jennifer Phipps and Severn Thompson to its stages this season. 

The Shaw Festival also offers a reading series of contemporary Shavian writers and a variety of enrichment activities that include workshops and seminars.  Affordable overnight and day packages are also available making a trip to The Shaw an enjoyable and hassle-free experience.

Ticket information and brochures can be obtained through the Shaw Festival Box Office:
Čů       Toll free in North America: 1-800-511-7429
Čů       Local: (905) 468-2172
Čů       Fax: (905) 468-3804
Čů       Internet:
Čů       Mail: Shaw Festival, Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  L0S 1J0

The Festival Theatre Box Office and Bernardĺ─˘s, the Shaw Festival Shop, are located at 10 Queenĺ─˘s Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  To best serve our patrons, the Box Office will be open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from January 11 to January 24. Beginning January 25, Box Office hours will be Monday to Friday 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Shawĺ─˘s 2010 season begins April 1 and features An Ideal Husband, The Women, The Doctorĺ─˘s Dilemma, The Cherry Orchard, John Bullĺ─˘s Other Island, Age of Arousal, Harvey, One Touch of Venus, Half An Hour and Serious Money.


Canadian Debuts Highlight of First February Events at the Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory is offering a wide-ranging roster of enriching experiences in the first half of February, with performances from top international artists, and our stellar faculty and gifted students.  

Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer, Mark Oĺ─˘Connor, comes to Koerner Hall on February 13 for the Canadian premiere of his genre-crossing String Quartet No. 2 (Blue-Grass) & No. 3 (Old-Time), issued on his 2009 album for OMAC Records. Joining him are Ida Kavafian (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola), and Matt Haimovitz (cello), in the quartetĺ─˘s Canadian debut. Like all of Oĺ─˘Connorĺ─˘s works, these string quartets are inspired by, and evocative of, American musical traditions.  He is perhaps best known for his work with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer on the Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey discs.  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described his music as ĺ─˙uniting the strains of classical music with American hill country music.ĺ─¨  Oĺ─˘Connorĺ─˘s musical vision also extends pedagogically; in November 2009, he issued the latest edition of his two-volume Oĺ─˘Connor Violin Method, whereby students learn violin technique through a wide range of pieces, including traditional American songs.  As he puts it, ĺ─˙students do not want to be ĺ─˛left outĺ─˘ of the great sounds and energy of fiddling and jazz because they wish to become fine classical players.ĺ─¨  Oĺ─˘Connor will demonstrate his passion for education during a free public master class on February 12.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO) returns to Koerner Hall on February 12.  For this concert, the orchestra will be under the baton of Canadian Opera Company Music Director, Johannes Debus.  Recently described as a ĺ─˙masterĺ─¨ conductor by the Toronto Star, Debus is making his debut with the RCO.  Joining them will be award-winning mezzo-soprano and Conservatory alumnus, Wallis Giunta, and pianists Nicholas King and Lucas Porter, both of whom are current students of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory.  Debus will be leading the orchestra in a passionate program including Prokofievĺ─˘s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 ĺ─˙Classiqueĺ─¨, Poulencĺ─˘s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D Minor, Ravelĺ─˘s Shłęhłęrazade, and Stravinskyĺ─˘s Firebird Suite (1945).

The internationally renowned double bassist Jeffrey Beecher is performing a wide-ranging recital on February 7 in Mazzoleni Hall.  The program includes the Canadian premieres of Deyishme, a composition for tabla, bass, and string quartet by Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and the Sonata for Double Bass and Piano by American composer David Anderson.  Also on the program is Bachĺ─˘s Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 2 in D Minor, and John Harbisonĺ─˘s Concerto for Bass Viol and Piano.  This accomplished faculty member of The Royal Conservatoryĺ─˘s Glenn Gould School has toured extensively as a member of Yo-Yo Maĺ─˘s Silk Road Ensemble and is currently the Principal Bass with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Fellow faculty member David Louie will charm the audience of Mazzoleni Hall on February 14 with a harpsichord recital.  Described as ĺ─˙a pianistic sensationĺ─¨ (Rhein-Zeitung, Germany), this award-winning instrumentalist has appeared with orchestras across North America and Europe.  He will perform a special all Bach program that will include the Goldberg Variations, the Ricercar A 3 in C Minor, and Mr. Louie's own transcription of the Partita No. 2 for solo violin. 

Legendary pianist and pedagogue Leon Fleisher makes a welcome return to The Royal Conservatory from February 10-12, to continue his long-running series of master classes.  Held in Mazzoleni Hall, they provide a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and wisdom from the legendary pianist and pedagogue as he listens to students of The Glenn Gould School and provides insights into issues of technique, interpretation, and style. 

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 Partner
RBC ĺ─ý Royal Conservatory Orchestra Guest Conductor Program Sponsor
MasterCard ĺ─ý Royal Conservatory Orchestra Performance Sponsor
Classical 96.3 ĺ─ý Media Sponsor (Mark Oĺ─˘Connor)
The family of Lily Kertes Rolin ĺ─ý Performance supporter (Johannes Debus Conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra)

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

Jeffrey Beecher: Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2pm; $20-$30 (MH)
Leon Fleisher Master Classes: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10am & 2pm;
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10am & 2pm; Friday, February 12, 2010 at 10am & 2pm; $10 (MH)
Mark Oĺ─˘Connor Master Class: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 5pm; FREE (CT)
Johannes Debus Conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8pm; $10-$20 (KH)
Mark Oĺ─˘Connor: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$50 (KH)
David Louie: Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2pm; $20-$30 (MH)

Tickets are available online at, 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


Pentał«dre presente Visages d'Amłęrique

Diffłęrentes visions musicales de lĺ─˘Amłęrique

Mardi 2 fłęvrier 2010, 20 h

Salle Tanna Schulich
555, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Młętro McGill

25 $ rłęgulier ĺ─ý 15 $ łętudiants / ałĂnłęs
Billets : 514-398-4547

Montrłęal, 11 janvier 2010 - L'Amłęrique, avec ses nombreux visages, a depuis longtemps inspirłę les crłęateurs d'ici et d'ailleurs. Cĺ─˘est łŢ un voyage łŢ travers le temps et les łępoques auquel vous invite Pentał«dre le mardi 2 fłęvrier, 20 h, łŢ la salle Tanna Schulich.

Pentał«dre propose un programme centrłę autour de la crłęation amłęricaine des cent dernił«res annłęes dans lequel l'audace de John Cage, l'extrłüme virtuositłę du fabuleux quintette de John Harbison, le romantisme du fameux quatuor "amłęricain" de Dvorak dans une transcription pour quintette, ainsi qu'une crłęation du montrłęalais Blair Thompson composeront une courtepointe sonore riche et colorłęe. De courts extraits de cłęlł«bres discours amłęricains viendront s'insłęrer łŢ diffłęrents moments du concert, transformant de fał▀on ludique ce portrait musical amłęricain en une exploration łŢ caractł«re historique.

Comme l'a dit Franklin Delano Roosevelt en 1933, Č┤ la seule chose que nous ayons łŢ craindre, cĺ─˘est la crainte elle-młüme Ȭ. Alors, nĺ─˘hłęsitez pas łŢ venir nous rejoindreĺ─Â.

Au programme :
Antonin Dvorak   Quintette no 12 op. 16 (transcription de David Walter)
John Cage   Living Room Music
Blair Thompson    Empathie (crłęation)
John Harbison   Quintette


Mixed Company Theatre: ĺ─˛Bouncing Backĺ─˘ from Homelessness

Mixed Company Theatre Banner

Toronto, January 11, 2010 ĺ─ý Every year Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s initiatives include a homelessness project. Betty Joe Morris, a 2009 project participant described her experience as: ĺ─˙It kept me clean and off the streets of the drug life.ĺ─¨
This year, our artists collaborate with youth who are ĺ─˛at-riskĺ─˘ or have experienced homelessness to develop an original, interactive, and issue-based play in the Bouncing Back Project, funded by the City of Torontoĺ─˘s Drug Prevention Community Investment Program. This production will tour shelters, community centers, and schools across Toronto to raise awareness surrounding the issues of homelessness and substance abuse.
The first step of this 4-week project is auditions for young people ages 15 ĺ─ý 25. On Wednesday, January 27, Mixed Company Theatre encourages those who have experienced homelessness and have a passion for performing to attend an open call for performers.
Garnering intense media interest over the years, Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s homelessness projects result in astonishing experiences that transform the lives of participants, company members and audiences alike. 
WHERE: Mixed Company Theatre, 157 Carlton Street (at Sherbourne), Toronto ON
WHEN: Wednesday, January 27 2010
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Interested youth are encouraged to book an audition appointment. Please contact 416 515 8080 or for more information.


A Total of 14 Spectacular Harbourfront Centre March Break Camps for Ages Three to 17 Including Circus, Fashion Design, Pop Star, TheatreKids, Senior Fine Arts, Junior Architects ĺ─ý and more

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 11, 2009) ĺ─ţ Keeping the tradition of providing Toronto parents and children with the most diverse selection of day camps, Harbourfront Centre announces its one-of-a-kind March Break Camps 2010 session. At Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s beautiful 10-acre waterfront site, campers aged three through 17 can engage in a fully enriched environment with exceptional facilities and the cityĺ─˘s best counsellors.

Harbourfront Centre is expanding on its reputation of providing fun opportunities for skill development and personal growth by offering 14 arts-based programmes. Whether a child is keenly interested in problem-solving and design or craves the spotlight to showcase singing and dancing talents, diverse programmes maximize learning and fun. A complete description of camps and fees is included at the bottom of this release.

Harbourfront Centre March Break Camps take place from Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. A supervised extended hours programme, perfect for working parents, is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at an additional cost of $65. Registration is now underway. To register or for more information, the public can call the Camps office, 416-973-4093 or visit Early registration is advised as camps fill up quickly.


Camp by the Water
Ages 3ĺ─ý5, $222

Our highly qualified staff foster a safe and nurturing environment for first-time campers, encouraging new friendships, camper enrichment, creativity and self-expression. Small groups offer a 6:1 camper-to-counsellor ratio, ensuring safe supervision and individual attention while facilitating camper learning and development. Our exemplary staff are selected based on enthusiasm, prior experience and capacity to supervise our youngest campers.

Discovery Day Camp
Ages 6ĺ─ý8, $222

Campers participate in arts and craft projects, drama and active games, science activities, and cooperative programming. Working with skilled staff and specialists, campers explore a world of imagination, creativity and culture.

Ages 7ĺ─ý13, $263

Circus camp includes juggling, stilt walking, acrobatics and clowning. Equipment is specially designed with youth and safety in mind. Circus professionals work with camp counsellors to maximize safety and allow groups and individuals to move at their own pace in accordance with age and ability. This camp is coordinated by Marsha Kennington, an instructor/trainer with Cirque du Monde ĺ─ý the Social/Action division of Cirque du Soleil. *Please note: due to the cold winter weather this camp will be held in the Brigantine Room and not in a circus tent.

Junior Creative Arts
Ages 6ĺ─ý8, $232

Campers are encouraged to follow their creative instincts and let the imagination reign. Diverse cultural and artistic perspectives are explored through a variety of hands-on activities. Campers learn to appreciate art through lively workshop sessions, with emphasis on personal creativity and technique. Our skilled artist-instructors encourage campers to draw on imagination, creativity and artistic vision.

Intermediate Creative Arts
Ages 9ĺ─ý11, $232

Campers discover art, culture and creativity in this art camp for older campers. Diverse cultural and artistic perspectives are explored through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking! Guest artists blend traditional and contemporary art forms, while guiding campers through our galleries and craft studios for context and inspiration.

Fashion Design Camp
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $232

Under the guidance of our experienced staff, campers learn about the world of fashion. Fundamentals of design provide the basis for campers to create sketches, illustrate, design and execute projects from start to finish. Campers work with raw fabrics, old jeans and shirts to craft their final masterpiece, concluding with a runway show.

Digital Photo Camp
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $232

Our innovative, hands-on introduction to the creation of images using our new media lab will give campers the opportunity to experiment with contemporary digital photography. Campers learn creative vision and composition and shooting technique through the lens of our Digital Cameras (provided). Campers will have the opportunity to create and edit digital photographs by working on such projects as spoof advertising campaigns, digital photo collages, and self portrait photo projects.

Chess Challenge
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $222

Chess enthusiasts, from beginner to advanced, enjoy unparalleled instruction in chess strategy. Our skilled instructors will teach campers to "see" the chessboard as tournament professionals do. Campers will be taught elementary techniques such as: how to open a game, defend a piece, mate, avoid stalemate and more.

Junior Authors
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $227

For aspiring writers, junior authors and avid readers, these campers explore the wonderful world of literature with experienced camp staff and special guest authors. Campers read and discuss the material then participate in creative writing workshops. This camp stimulates creativity and the imaginative spirit of budding young readers and writers, exploring what lies below the surface of children's literature.

Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $232

For the budding actor, this camp is created for campers who love being in the spotlight. TheatreKids explores the world of theatre in a relaxed, supportive, hands-on environment. Working together with the director, campers learn aspects of performance and theatre production while rehearsing and preparing for their own show, to be presented to family members and friends at the end of the session. Special guests are brought in when available to showcase aspects of drama or stage production.

NEW! Senior Fine Arts
Ages 12ĺ─ý16, $237

This camp is for the young artist planning to take his/her artistic endeavours to the next level. Campers learn skills of art appreciation and critiquing through engaging workshop sessions, while emphasis is placed on both personal creativity and fine art technique. With the assistance of our qualified instructors and guest artists the campers will continue refining their artistic abilities as they prepare original artwork using artist quality materials.

Dungeons & Dragons
Ages 10ĺ─ý15, $212

In this medieval role-playing game, campers harness their imagination through assumed characters; overcoming obstacles and outwitting opponents. Campers learn cooperation, independence and problem-solving skills while interacting with peers in this well-supervised programme. Suitable for first-time or experienced D&D-ers.

Junior Architects
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $232

This groundbreaking camp allows campers to explore the world of architecture through design, engineering, and hands-on building and model-making activities. Projects are designed to develop decision making and problem solving skills, while emphasizing cooperation with peers. Workshops led by our skilled staff will provide real-life context to camp components.

Pop Star
Ages 8ĺ─ý12, $232

Campers explore different genres of music and learn to write their own songs as they work on their vocals and choreography with qualified instructors and guest musicians. Campers will then showcase their new learned skills on stage in a concert for their screaming fans!

For more information about registration, fees, policies and financial assistance, the public can call the Harbourfront Centre Camps Office at 416-973-4093 or visit for further details.

Harbourfront Centre is a proud member of the Ontario Camps Association.


Free View Points forum series returns to Harbourfront Centre Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 with Inside the Musicianĺ─˘s Studio

Featuring Charles Spearinĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Happiness Projectĺ─¨

TORONTO, ON (Monday, Jan. 11, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s View Points is a forum series that explores issues in contemporary culture and showcases current culture-makers. The series examines contexts that influence contemporary artists and communities, contexts that shape the ways in which culture is produced, viewed, consumed and discussed. It is timely, responsive and designed to stretch the definition of ĺ─˙cultureĺ─¨.

2010ĺ─˘s four-part View Points series kicks off Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at 8 p.m. with Inside the Musicianĺ─˘s Studio featuring Charles Spearinĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Happiness Project,ĺ─¨ hosted by Stuart Berman. Admission is FREE.

Inside the Musicianĺ─˘s Studio is a unique opportunity for audience members to experience what motivates a body of creative musical work, from inspiration to collaboration and production. It is also a chance to discover new perspectives, whether audience members are established musicians, aspiring artists or just curious observers. It is a tłüte-łŢ-tłüte between the audience and the artists. Previous artists have included Final Fantasy and Emily Haines.

Charles Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canadaĺ─˘s indie music community since the mid-90s. He is best known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. Spearinĺ─˘s most recent work, his first solo album entitled ĺ─˙The Happiness Project,ĺ─¨ is focused on the natural, unselfconscious ĺ─˛musicĺ─˘ of speech. The album is based on recorded conversations with his downtown neighbours about the concept of happiness; he plays with the cadence and melody of the speaking voices as though they were songs. His inspiration was drawn from his great love of music, a fascination with sound, and lifelong studies in Buddhism. By replicating the rise and fall of the recorded voices on different instruments, he succeeds in illuminating some of the hidden beauty of ordinary life. As Spearin says, "All of the melodies on this album are the melodies of every day life."

With ĺ─˙The Happiness Project,ĺ─¨ Spearin blurs the line between speaking and singing - life and art - and writes music based on these accidental melodies. With the help of some musical friends, Spearin plays the instruments to match these natural neighbourhood melodies inspired by thoughts of happiness. The end result is a unique and inspiring musical work that speaks to hidden beauty all around us.

For more information about Charles Spearin and ĺ─˙The Happiness Project,ĺ─¨ visit or

Stuart Berman is Online Editor at Eye Weekly and has been writing about the Toronto music scene for over 10 years. His writing on music and pop culture has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post,, Magnet, The Village Voice, Toro and Azure. He is the author of 2009ĺ─˘s This Book Is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story and lives in Toronto.


Inside the City
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
This forum event will explore the inner workings of a city, looking to provide audiences with new insights about the urban by tackling issues such as architecture, city life and politics.

Behind the Lens
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
Explore the ever-changing trends in film and culture with this interactive screening and forum event. A current film will be presented followed by a discussion with directors and other insiders.

Inside the Musicianĺ─˘s Studio
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
The 2010 View Points series comes to a close with a second music-based tłüte-łŢ-tłüte. Featured artist and host TBA.

All View Points events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Rebecca Makonnen, Porte-Parole de Racines



Montrłęal, 11 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘animatrice Rebecca Makonnen vient dĺ─˘łütre nommłęe porte-parole de RACINES, le nouveau concours national de crłęation młędia de Radio Canada International. ł─ ce titre, elle encourage chaleureusement les Canadiens et rłęsidents canadiens łŢ participer łŢ cette activitłę qui leur permet de sĺ─˘exprimer en sons et en images sur leur histoire et leurs origines, en mettant en relief leur contribution łŢ la grande mosałěque canadienne.

Nłęe dĺ─˘un pł«re łęthiopien et dĺ─˘une mł«re qułębłęcoise, Rebecca Makonnen anime Studio 12 sur Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada. Bien connue des młędias (Musique Plus, TQS, Radio-łÔnergie), elle a łęgalement łętłę chroniqueuse culturelle łŢ On fait tous du show business et łŢ Cĺ─˘est bien meilleur le matin avec Renłę Homier-Roy, respectivement łŢ la tłęlłę et łŢ la radio de Radio-Canada. Č┤ Je suis trł«s heureuse que lĺ─˘on mĺ─˘ait choisie pour parler du concours Racines, une initiative de RCI qui me touche beaucoup. Jĺ─˘espł«re que je saurai convaincre un grand nombre de personnes łŢ sĺ─˘inscrire et łŢ faire valoir leur origine et leur culture avec fiertłę! Č¬, dłęclare-t-elle.

La date limite pour soumettre une oeuvre est le 7 mars 2010. Ce concours est ouvert tant aux amateurs quĺ─˘aux professionnels.

Pour participer, les intłęressłęs doivent soumettre une ëýuvre de 3 łŢ 8 minutes ĺ─ý court młętrage ou document multimłędia ĺ─ý qui nous parle de leurs racines et nous raconte une partie de leur histoire, un aspect de leur culture. Toutes les formes sont permises et dans tous les styles : fiction, reportage, documentaire, animationĺ─ Au printemps 2010, les jurłęs choisis par Radio Canada International słęlectionneront les ëýuvres qui rłępondront le mieux aux critł«res. Les internautes pourront łęgalement voter en ligne pour leurs ëýuvres prłęfłęrłęes. Au total huit laurłęats (quatre dans chaque langue) se partageront en prix des appareils de haute technologie, tels camłęscopes, ordinateurs, iPod Touch et iPhone.

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Sudbury pianist Yoko Hirota will perform selections from her new CD, ĺ─˙Small is Beautiful: Miniature Piano Pieces,ĺ─¨ in the next concert of the 5-Penny New Music Concerts series

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Sudbury pianist Yoko Hirota will perform selections from her new CD, ĺ─˙Small is Beautiful: Miniature Piano Pieces,ĺ─¨ in the next concert of the 5-Penny New Music Concerts series. The concert is on Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. at St. Peterĺ─˘s United Church in Sudbury. Special tickets, which include a complimentary copy of the CD, are $25 and $20 for students.  General admission (without the CD) is $15 and $10 for students.  Both tickets are available at Black Cat, Laurentian University Bookstore, Laurentian Music Department and at the door. CDs may also be purchased at the concert at a cost of $15.

A celebration of the miniature in music, Hirotaĺ─˘s program takes the listener on a musical journey from early twentieth-century Vienna to twenty-first century Northern Ontario. The opening set, entitled ĺ─˙Six Little Piano Pieces,ĺ─¨ opus 19, was composed by Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna in 1911. One of the most admired compositions of its kind, the set presents in snapshot style a series of mood pictures ranging from playful to meditative. The moving sixth piece is said to be a tribute to Schoenbergĺ─˘s friend and mentor, Gustav Mahler, who died a short time before. Composers from Germany, Hungary, Italy, and the United States are also represented on the program.

Hirota pays particular attention to Canadian composers, including Brian Cherney (ĺ─˙Elegy for a Misty Afternoonĺ─¨), Aris Carastathis (ĺ─˙Tracesĺ─¨) and Robert Lemay (ĺ─˙Tanze vor Angstĺ─ÂHommage łŢ Paul Kleeĺ─¨). It is striking how the genre allows each of these composers to capture the essence of the moment while imaginatively exploring the technical and expressive possibilities of the piano.

 ĺ─˙Small is Beautifulĺ─¨ is earning favorable reviews. Writing in the Toronto classical music magazine, The Wholenote, John S. Gray praised Hirotaĺ─˘s performance, noting that the album adds to her already impressive set of laurels. ĺ─˙But it is the works from her adoptive land, Northern Ontario, which make the disc unique,ĺ─¨ wrote Gray. ĺ─˙Aris Carastathisĺ─˘ ĺ─˛Tracesĺ─˘ and two recent works by Robert Lemay are remarkable.ĺ─¨ Carastathis is a music professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, while Lemay is an international prize-winning composer who teaches at Laurentian.

Prior to Hirotaĺ─˘s performance, Lucien Pelletier, a philosophy professor at the University of Sudbury, will discuss the significance of the miniature in art.  Pelletierĺ─˘s presentation begins at 7 p.m.

The event is presented in cooperation with Laurentian University, Cambrian College and  Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in the Humanities of Laurentian University. It is also made possible with the financial support of the SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Greater Sudbury.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

David Shermanĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Daily Miracleĺ─¨ is a bittersweet ode to a rapidly fading industry

MONTREAL, January 2010 - Ever wonder what itĺ─˘s like to work for a major daily newspaper?  Former Gazette copy editor, David Sherman, offers a keyhole view of the newspaper industry with his play The Daily Miracle, directed by Guy Sprung and playing at the Bain St-Michel from January 26 to February 14, 2010.  

ĺ─˙What has more dramatic possibilities than a room full of people under constant stress?ĺ─¨ asks Sherman and the elements he combines in his petri dish create a virtual powder keg.  While a winter storm threatens to shut down the city and the corporate big wigs meet behind closed doors across the hall to decide the fate of the newspaper, four copy editors hammer out tomorrowĺ─˘s edition.  It's just another night on the news desk, where the battle-scarred and overworked wrestle with fractured syntax and crushed ideals to get the next edition out.  Tempers frayed from layoffs, cutbacks and corroded ambitions; it's a miracle they can get the paper out at all ĺ─Â a miracle that happens every day.
The genesis of The Daily Miracle was in 2004 while Sherman was still copy editor at the Gazette as well as playwright-in-residence at Centaur Theatre.  The play sat on a shelf until one day when Sherman was screening films for the Gemini awards and met fellow juror, Guy Sprung.  When Infinithłęłótre initiated the Write-On-Q playwrighting competition last year, Sherman submitted his play and Infinithłęłótreĺ─˘s independent jury chose it as one of the top three.  Its topical resonance was irresistible to Sprung, who couldnĺ─˘t wait to announce its inclusion in the following seasonĺ─˘s line-up.
The Daily Miracle is Shermanĺ─˘s love song to the newspaper industry.  "The men and women I worked with on the desk at The Gazette were almost all unsung heroes," Sherman says. "They worked their hearts out under what has become impossible conditions for what I believed was a noble cause. Getting the paper out, every night, no matter what. The reporters got the credit. The deskers went bald and crazy."

Shermanĺ─˘s fascination with the industry was triggered at the tender age of 6 when his schoolteacher recommended the class read the newspaper to augment their reading skills.  Magically, The Montreal Star arrived at his doorstep every afternoon.  He would dash home from school to be the first to open those ungainly pages in search of new words and mythic tales of greed, corruption, courage and victory.  By the time he was 17 he was a copy boy at that very same paper.  A few years after graduating from Dawson College, Sherman worked at The Star as circulation manager but eventually quit to write freelance for both The Star and The Gazette and then took a job at the Sherbrooke Record.  Over the years Sherman has been a music critic, feature writer, reporter and finally a copy editor working the desk at The Gazette.
As an added bonus for hard-core news junkies, Infinithłęłótre is hosting a special event on Wednesday February 3.  The Bain will open its doors at 6:30 PM for an early showing of The Daily Miracle at 7 PM.  Directly following the performance, there will be a panel discussion with four of Montrealĺ─˘s senior journalists: Alan Allnutt, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Gazette; Henry Aubin, author, historian, and columnist at The Gazette; Josłęe Boileau, editor-in-chief at Le Devoir and Franł▀oise Gułęnette, free-lance journalist and reporter for Radio-Canada.  Itĺ─˘s anticipated that the panel and audience will be working up quite a thirst so cocktails will be served at a post-discussion reception.  To buy a ticket or for more information, call (514) 987 ĺ─ý 1774 or e-mail

Arthur Holden, celebrated Montrłęal actor (most recently seen on History Television in September as General James Wolfe in Galafilmĺ─˘s Battlefield Quebec), and writer (his play, Father Land, won the Write-On-Q competition last year and will round up Infinithłęłótreĺ─˘s season with a March production) is Marty, newly back on the job after a nervous breakdown and clearly headed down that road again.  Ellen David, well known to Canadian audiences (Mambo Italiano, The Carpenter and In Piazza San Domenico) and who currently stars in the new CBC comedy series 18 to Life, plays Elizabeth, a dedicated professional trying to balance motherhood and an all-consuming career in a predominately male environment.  Howard Rosenstein makes an about-turn from paedophilic clown in Infinithłęłótreĺ─˘s Rabbit Rabbit last fall to Benjamin, the womanizing night editor determined to get the paper out with a minimum of histrionics so he can hightail it to the nearest bar to drown his troubles.  New kid on the block with dreams of television news anchor fame is Carrie, played by Sheena Gazłę-Deslandes in her theatrical debut and veteran Qułębec actor Jean-Guy Bouchard is Roland, resident philosopher and fallen demi-God reduced to janitor.

Hot commodity, James Lavoie, designs the set and costumes and Eric Mongerson returns to Infinite as lighting designer with assistance from Mylł«ne Choquette.  Making his Infinithłęłótre debut as sound designer is Julien St. Pierre and Kathryn Cleveland is two for two this season as stage manager with Michael Panich as her apprentice.

Performance Information

      Dates & Times    Jan. 26 ĺ─ý Feb. 14

      Previews     Jan. 26 & 27
      Opening     Jan. 28
      Tues. through Sat.    20:00
      Sunday Matinłęe    14:00
      Monday     DARK


      General Admission         $20
      Seniors & Students    $15
      Groups (6 or more)    $10


      Bain St-Michel
      5300, St-Dominique

      Box Office

      (514) 987 ĺ─ý 1774

      Web Site


Introducing Artistic Director Josh Grossman

Toronto ĺ─ý Executive Producer and CEO of Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ), Patrick Taylor announces the appointment of Josh Grossman as the organizationĺ─˘s new Artistic Director.  At 33, Grossman is a young leading figure in the local jazz scene and is an educator, producer and performer.
The appointment begins immediately as TDJ prepares for this summerĺ─˘s 24th edition of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival. ĺ─˙The opportunity to have such young talent with an ear to the ground on the local scene will bring a fresh perspective to the Festival,ĺ─¨ states Taylor. ĺ─˙We are excited to move forward with the next generation of jazz impresarios and educators and feel that Joshĺ─˘s artistic vision will carry the Festival to the next decade and beyond.ĺ─¨
ĺ─˙I am excited to be working with TDJ and building on an outstanding 23-year tradition,ĺ─¨ states Grossman. ĺ─˙Some of my favourite musical experiences have been at the Festival and I look forward to creating memorable experiences for the current and next generation of jazz fans. Itĺ─˘s an honour to get to work closely with Torontoĺ─˘s jazz community and the fantastic talent in this city, this country and on the international stage.ĺ─¨
Having previously held positions as the Artistic Director of the Markham Jazz Festival, Manager of High Park Choirs of Toronto and Production Manager of The Royal Conservatory of Music, and through his continuing work as Programming Co-Chair for the Jazz Performance and Education Centre, Grossman has been steadily building relationships in the local, national and international jazz, classical and world music communities. In addition to the organizational and production aspects, Grossman is a musician and Founder of the Toronto Jazz Orchestra which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as a big band for young, local emerging talent.
As Artistic Director, he will also be instrumental in further developing the educational components of TDJ during the off-season with community partner, Regent Park School of Music. Through master classes and other educational opportunities, TDJ will be exposing a new generation of students to jazz. Grossmanĺ─˘s experience with The Glenn Gould School, and the Jazz Performance and Education Centre will help build a solid foundation of the Festival and jazz community at the grassroots level. 
Josh Grossmanĺ─˘s appointment as Artistic Director follows the retirement of Founding Artistic Director Jim Galloway last year.
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Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents confluence, a fascinating collision of science and art

Toronto, December 16, 2009 - Peggy Baker is one of Canada's most outstanding, influential and celebrated dance artists. For her company's first-ever season at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, she unveils a fascinating collision of science and art in confluence, February 24-28, 2010.

A triptych of richly detailed contemporary dance works inspired by the subtle movement and communication patterns of insects, confluence is a bracingly original evening of dance that features two choreographies from Peggy Baker (a world premiere trio and Toronto premiere of a new solo) and the Canadian premiere of an intimate new duet by the masterful New York choreographer Doug Varone.

The centrepiece of the evening is the world premiere of coalesce, a trio by Baker created for superb dancers Kate Holden, Sean Ling and Sahara Morimoto. This complex and unpredictable piece inquires into the nature of communication received through vibration, heat, light, scent, and touch, musing on alternate sensory and movement pathways for eliciting interconnected action.

Baker's new solo earthling, first on the program, receives its Toronto premiere (it premiered at Vancouver's Dances for a Small Stage in January of 2009). The dancer is confined to a small tipped and tilted platform that provides the audience with a skewed, almost overhead view of her movements as she rocks and reaches, like a beetle caught on its back. The richly painted platform appears to repel or absorb her, creating images of stark contrast and muted harmony. earthling reflects on the irony of how solitary one can feel despite the utter impossibly of not being a part of something larger.

Both coalesce and earthling were inspired by the work of Montreal visual artist Sylvia Safdie and the scientific essays of Lewis Thomas in his 1974 classic Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.

The latter also inspired Doug Varone's duet armour that is danced by Baker with Varone company veteran Larry Hahn. It is a direct choreographic response to a Thomas essay concerning the communicative necessity among social insects regarding being touched: "It is the being touched that counts, rather than the act of touching." Originally created as part of the full evening work Dense Terrain, Varone suggested it to Baker for her own repertoire.

The evening is illuminated by Montreal lighting wizard Marc Parent, and is performed to an evocative and other-worldly electro-acoustic score, commissioned from composer Debashis Sinha.

A founding member of Dancemakers (Toronto/1974), Peggy Baker toured internationally with Lar Lubovitch's New York company throughout the 1980s and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inuagural season of their White Oak Dance Project, subsequently forging important creative relationships with choreographers Paul-Andrłę Fortier (Montreal), and Doug Varone (New York City). Since 1990 she has created and commissioned dances through her Toronto-based Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Appointed Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School in 1992, Baker is the recipient of the 2006 Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary, three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance and two for outstanding choreography. She has been inducted into both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects presents confluence
Wednesday February 24 - Sunday February 28, 2010
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm: $25 & $30 (Discounts for students, seniors, CADA, groups);
Sunday matinee at 4pm: PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN 
Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Box Office: 416-973-4000  and ONLINE at


Gotham Chamber Opera's Il Mondo Della Luna

in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History
and in association with American Repertory Theater

(The World on the Moon)
An opera by Joseph Haydn
at the Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Earth and Space,
American Museum of Natural History

Directed by Diane Paulus
January 19 - 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27 at 8pm

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

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

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

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

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

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is one of the country's most celebrated resident theaters and the wnnner of numerous awards -- including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize; it was recently named one of the top three theaters in the country by Time magazine. Over its twenty-nine-year history the A.R.T. has welcomed major American and international theater artists whose singular visions generate and define the theater's work, presenting a varied repertoire that includes new plays, progressive productions of classical texts, and collaborations between artists from many disciplines. The Company has performed throughout the country, and worldwide in twenty-one cities in sixteen countries on four continents.

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

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

Il mondo della luna will run from January 19 - 28, 2010 at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, with performances on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Wednesday, January 20 at 8pm; Monday, January 25 at 8pm; Tuesday, January 26 at 8pm; Wednesday, January 27 at 8pm; and Thursday, January 28 at 8pm. The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space on West 81st Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue). Tickets are $30-$125 and are available through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or Opening Night and after-party tickets are available by calling (212) 868-4460.
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Deux musiciens de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal invitłęs au Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau

Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau

Gatineau, le 8 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le mois de janvier 2010 sera riche en łęvłęnements exceptionnels au Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau! Les 15 et 16 janvier se tiendra le Salon de la clarinette, avec le małĂtre invitłę Andrłę Moisan, clarinette basse et saxophone solo łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal. Monsieur Moisan offrira des classes de małĂtre et un rłęcital, et il dirigera le Chëýur de clarinettes formłę pour lĺ─˘occasion. Le 30 janvier, Paul Merkelo, trompette solo łŢ lĺ─˘OSM, sera lĺ─˘invitłę de la Journłęe des cuivres. Monsieur Merkelo donnera une classe de małĂtre et un rłęcital. Les professeurs du Conservatoire Yves Lussier (trompette) et Julie Fauteux (cor) offriront łęgalement une classe de małĂtre aux łęlł«ves de la rłęgion.
Lĺ─˘entrłęe est libre pour toutes les activitłęs.
Les łęlł«ves dłęsirant participer aux classes de małĂtre doivent sĺ─˘inscrire en communiquant avec le Conservatoire au 819 772-3283 poste 29.
Ne manquez la visite de ces deux invitłęs prestigieux! Pour plus dĺ─˘information, veuillez consulter lĺ─˘horaire ci-dessous.


Andrłę Moisan
est rłęputłę pour sa małĂtrise de l'instrument, sa grande musicalitłę et la clartłę de son jeu. Il occupe, au sein de l'OSM, le pupitre de saxophone solo et de clarinette basse depuis mai 1999. Animateur et płędagogue accompli, il dirige, toujours łŢ l'OSM, la słęrie Matinłęes Jeunessedepuis 1998. Il est łęgalement professeur agrłęgłę łŢ la facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal oł╝ il enseigne depuis 1989.

Paul Merkelo
est reconnu dans toute lĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord comme lĺ─˘un des plus łęminents trompettistes de sa głęnłęration. Ses qualitłęs techniques exceptionnelles et son sens du lyrisme lui ont valu les łęloges des critiques musicaux les plus influents. Monsieur Merkelo sĺ─˘est joint łŢ Lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal en 1995, oł╝ il occupe maintenant le poste de trompette solo.

Salon de la clarinette

Vendredi 15 janvier
9h30-11h30 1ł«re Classe de małĂtre dĺ─˘Andrłę Moisan avec des łęlł«ves des łęcoles secondaires de Gatineau.
13h00-15h00 2e Classe de małĂtre dĺ─˘Andrłę Moisan avec un autre groupe des łęcoles du secondaire incluant Ottawa.
19h00-21h00 Kiosque Twigg pour achat ou essai des instruments.

Samedi, 16 janvier
9h30-11h30 3e Classe de małĂtre avec les łęlł«ves du conservatoire et des łęlł«ves de lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa.
13h00-16h00 Rłępłętition dĺ─˘un Chëýur de clarinettes des clarinettistes avancłęs de la rłęgion Gatineau-Ottawa sous la direction de M. Andrłę Moisan.
19h30 1ere partie : Rłęcital du clarinettiste Andrłę Moisan. Au piano, Pierre-Richard Aubin.
2e partie : Chëýur de clarinette sous la direction de M. Andrłę Moisan.

Journłęe des cuivres

Samedi 30 janvier

10h-12h00 Classe de małĂtre de Paul Merkelo

13h-14h Classe de małĂtre de Julie Fauteux et Yves Lussier pour les łęlł«ves de la rłęgion.

14h-15h Rłęcital du trompettiste Paul Merkelo. Au piano, Pierre-Richard Aubin.

Entrłęe libre łŢ toutes les activitłęs.

Consultez sans tarder le calendrier complet de nos activitłęs sur notre site Internet Ce site vous offre de vous abonner łŢ un fil RSS, une fał▀on simple et pratique dĺ─˘łütre informłę sur nos activitłęs ( Procurez-vous łęgalement notre dłępliant de la programmation 2009-2010 en tłęlłęphonant au 819 772-3283.


Noł┤l en janvier

Les Rhapsodes - Saison 2009-2010 - Allegro e Maestoso!

Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes enregistre au Palais Montcalm

Qułębec, le 7 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes retourne au Palais Montcalm du vendredi 8 janvier au dimanche 10 janvier 2010, pour une słęance dĺ─˘enregistrement qui sĺ─˘annonce prometteuse. Sous la direction musicale et artistique de David Romprłę, prł«s de soixante-dix choristes et un ensemble instrumental composłę de Jocelyn Turbis, łÔtienne Lafrance et Renłę Roulx enregistreront les arrangements de jazz de Noł┤l prłęsentłęs pour la premił«re fois avec un grand succł«s le 12 dłęcembre dernier, dans ce młüme Palais Montcalm. Le CD Jazzons Noł┤l ! sera lancłę łŢ lĺ─˘automne 2010.

Le CD sera consacrłę łŢ des noł┤ls parmi les plus connus, revisitłęs par quelques-uns des meilleurs arrangeurs de jazz du Qułębec. Ces musiciens de grand talent ont transformłę pour le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes les noł┤ls les plus traditionnels, leur donnant le rythme du jazz en młüme temps quĺ─˘une nouvelle vie. Jocelyn Turbis au piano, łÔtienne Lafrance łŢ la contrebasse et Renłę Roulx łŢ la batterie accompagneront ainsi le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes pour le gospel endiablłę de Il est nłę le divin enfant, la samba młęlancolique des Anges dans nos campagnes ou le blues langoureux du Sommeil de lĺ─˘enfant Jłęsus. Le concert Jazzons Noł┤l ! a łętłę prłęsentłę le 12 dłęcembre dernier avec lĺ─˘appui de STEAMATIC.

Dł«s le 27 mars prochain, le Chëýur prłęsentera au Palais Montcalm, le Requiem allemand de Brahms, un monument du rłępertoire symphonique et du chant choral, interprłętłę avec un orchestre de prł«s de quarante instrumentistes. La saison 2009-2010 du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes est rłęalisłęe en partenariat avec ASSURANCES ET SERVICES FINANCIERS DES AMłÔRIQUES.

Lĺ─˘ensemble de la saison 2009-2010 est commanditłę par Lĺ─˘INSTITUT CANADIEN DES PRODUITS PłÔTROLIERS, VOYAGES FUNTASTIQUE et HYDRO QUłÔBEC. Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes błęnłęficie de lĺ─˘appui du Service de la culture de la Ville de Qułębec, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, de Patrimoine canadien, de Placements Culture, du ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine et de la Facultłę de Musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval.

ł─ propos du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes
Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes prłęsente en 2009-2010 sa 48e saison. Il compte soixante choristes placłęs sous la direction musicale et artistique de David Romprłę depuis 2000. Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes est reconnu comme lĺ─˘un des organismes musicaux majeurs de la Capitale nationale. Il a pour mission de promouvoir lĺ─˘art musical et en particulier le chant choral, de dłęvelopper de nouveaux publics et de favoriser le dłęveloppement des nouveaux talents łŢ Qułębec en engageant łŢ chacun des concerts de sa saison des solistes et instrumentistes professionnels de la rłęgion. Pour plus dĺ─˘information, visitez le site Internet du Chëýur,


Cut/Paste: Creative Reuse in Canadian Design

Exhibition on display at the ROM from January 20 to 31, 2010

(Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý January 8, 2010) Motherbrand and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) proudly present Cut/Paste: Creative Reuse in Canadian Design, an exhibition that explores the practice of creating new designs from existing and salvaged products. The exhibition will run from January 20 ĺ─ý 31, 2010 at the ROMĺ─˘s Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC), coinciding with the first annual Toronto International Design Festival.

Creative reuse has become one of the most visible trends in contemporary international design. Prominent Canadian designers such as Tobias Wong and Douglas Coupland have garnered attention for their witty redesigns of existing products and as Motherbrand cofounder Michael Erdmann explains, their work is part of a strong Canadian tradition. ĺ─˙Creative reuse has deep roots in Canadian material culture. Naturally, this type of improvisation occurs all over the world, often arising out of necessity, but in a young nation like Canada these conditions tend to spring up a lot. Examples in the show range from early First Nations adaptations of European products, to depression era solutions such as the Bennett Buggy and Fred Moffatĺ─˘s iconic K42 Kettle ĺ─ý produced in response to war time manufacturing restraints.ĺ─¨ More recently, creative reuse has fueled many of the nationĺ─˘s independent design manufacturers. ĺ─˙Manufacturing in Canada tends to be relatively small scale and specialized. Sourcing materials from existing products is a powerful way to overcome these limitations,ĺ─¨ says Motherbrandĺ─˘s John Ryan. Adding, ĺ─˙The smallest of firms and even non-designers are able to produce products this way.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙A function of the ICC at the ROM is the exploration of different cultures and their relationship to each other and over time. Concerns over the environment and sustainability, as well as the ways we confront these issues have become hallmarks of our generation.  As such, the ROM is very pleased to host this exhibition, which shines a light on the inventive ways Canadian designers are advancing contemporary design while adapting to 21st century needs,ĺ─¨ said Francisco Alvarez, Managing Director of the ICC.

ĺ─˙Environmental sustainability is an issue that most of these designs address in some way,ĺ─¨ says Todd Falkowsky. The Motherbrand cofounder continues, ĺ─˙This is a powerful tactic for reducing our consumption of energy and materials; it forces us to reconsider what we consider waste. A lot of these designs are produced in relatively small numbers, so their influence is largely conceptual, but the impact is real. Based on the success of these designs, manufacturers such as Umbra and Gus* Modern are finding ways to apply the same approach to larger production runs.ĺ─¨  Working in the developing world, Canadian designers are also using creative reuse as a tactic for improving social conditions. ĺ─˙The Bambulance Project by Design For Development is a great example,ĺ─¨ says Erdmann. ĺ─˙Their bicycle ambulance provides basic emergency transportation in isolated communities. By utilizing local and reclaimed materials, even impoverished groups can afford to produce the design themselves.ĺ─¨

Cut/Paste is one of a pair of exhibits curated by Motherbrand, exploring the act of ĺ─˛samplingĺ─˘ in Canadian material culture. The second exhibition titled Copy: The fine tradition of imitation in Canadian ceramics, highlights inspired cases of mimicry drawn from Canadian production ceramics, both past and present. Copy runs from January 8 to February 5 at the Gardiner Museum.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Valłęrie Milot : harpiste primłęe au jeu colorłę et puissant


Sherbrooke, le 8 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý  Proclamłęe Rłęvłęlation Radia-Canada Musique pour lĺ─˘annłęe 2009-2010, la harpiste trifluvienne Valłęrie Milot donnera un concert de harpe solo le 30 janvier prochain au Thłęłótre Centennial łŢ 20 h.  Au programme, une słęlection de pił«ces tirłęes de son premier disque Č┤ Rłęvłęlation : rłęcital de harpe Č¬ dont Suite pour harpe solo de Benjamin Britten ainsi que le Concerto pour harpe en si błęmol majeur de Haendel.

Laurłęate du prestigieux Č┤Prix dĺ─˘EuropeȬ en 2008, elle a aussi łętłę laurłęate de nombreux autres prix, dont le Prix Opus Č┤Dłęcouverte de lĺ─˘annłęe 2008Ȭ et le Č┤Prix Jeune Soliste 2009Ȭ des Radios francophones publiques.  PLUS Dĺ─˘INFORMATION DANS LE COMMUNIQUłÔ EN PIłÓCE JOINTE.

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VALłÔRIE MILOT Samedi 30 janvier - 20 h
Billetterie / Rłęservations  819-822-9692                 Adultes : $20   AłĂnłęs (60+) / łÔtudiants (avec carte) : $15


APAP Conference NYC 2010 Special Focus: Performing Arts Industry Looks to Greener Pastures in the New Year

First Ever Performing Arts Industry Greening Survey Indicates Strong Desire from Organizations to Enhance Environmental Practices

NEW YORK, NY ĺ─ý Performing arts organizations are determined to make a positive impact on the environment. That is one of several key findings released today from the first industry-wide study of greening in the performing arts, commissioned by Arts Presenters, in partnership with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and leading consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The survey, designed to examine the performing arts industry's attitudes and perceptions towards environmental issues, collected empirical data from 324 organizations. 83 percent of respondents said their organizations have implemented green initiatives, but only 24 percent have formalized green policies and goals in their organizations. One-third of respondents cited a lack of resources as the main barrier to going green. 

 "We are very encouraged learning through this first ever greening study for our performing arts industry that a large number of arts organizations are interested in greening and have taken the beginning steps to reduce their environmental footprint. We are also made aware of the important role the association can play in advancing knowledge about and providing resources to help our field take significant steps to reduce their impact on the environment and engage audiences and their communities in doing the same," said Sandra Gibson, President and CEO, Arts Presenters.

Survey results indicate the following:

  • The majority of organizations are committed to going green and have or are pursuing some of the first steps towards reducing their environmental footprint
  • Most organizations have an informal program focused on internal and ad hoc opportunities
  • Few organizations have a formal program with specific reduction commitments or the ability to measure their improvement
  • Few organizations are leveraging the full scope of their impact by connecting with their audiences, where they have the greatest ability to influence behavior and have the greatest environmental impact
  • Lack of resources is the most frequently cited reason for not doing more
  • Organizations are only moderately effective in communicating their work to the public and impacting their behavior
 "This survey demonstrates a critical opportunity for growth in our industry," said Terrence D. Jones, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. "Because the arts are society's storytellers, we have a double opportunity of leading by example and using our art to encourage others to follow their own paths to environmental sustainability." The Wolf Trap Foundation has reduced its carbon footprint by 19% in two years and has commissioned environmentally-themed work as part of the summer season in the 7,000-seat Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

"It is impressive to see the number of performing arts organizations that are actively greening their facilities and operations. There are many opportunities for private and public participation in these efforts to take advantage of the enthusiasm and interest of the presenters and audiences to make even greater impact that will reduce operating costs and improve the environment," concluded David Erne, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.
The complete survey results and analysis can be found here. 

About the Association of Performing Arts Presenters 

Founded in 1957, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters, or APAP) is the national service organization for the field of arts presenting. The organization is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work in it. Arts Presenters has nearly 2,000 organizational members and brings nearly 4,000 performing arts professionals together from around the world at the annual APAP Conference NYC. Members range from the nation's leading performing arts centers, to civic and university performance facilities, to the full spectrum of artist agencies, managers, national consulting practices that service the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists.

Arts Presenters is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, based in Washington, D.C. and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Arts Presenters is led by its CEO Sandra Gibson, now in her ninth year. In addition to presenting the annual APAP Conference NYC ĺ─ý the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (January 8-12, 2010) ĺ─ý Arts Presenters continues to be the industry's leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting. 

About The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994) that produces and presents a full-range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap, America's National Park for the Performing Arts, is home to three performance venues: the Filene Center, Children's Theatre in the Woods and The Barns. The Filene Center, which operates in partnership with the National Park Service, is a 7,028-seat outdoor pavilion that showcases an extensive list of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk and blues to orchestra, dance, theater and opera, as well as multimedia presentations from May through September each year; The Barns operate year round. The Wolf Trap Opera Company is one of America's outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap's education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, scholarships, master classes, and internships. Visit the Wolf Trap Web site at for more information. Terrence D. Jones is president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. 

About Booz Allen Hamilton 

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 95 years. Every day, government agencies, institutions, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations rely on the firm's expertise and objectivity, and on the combined capabilities and dedication of our exceptional people to find solutions and seize opportunities. Providing a broad range of services in strategy, operations, organization and change, information technology, systems engineering, and program management, Booz Allen is committed to delivering results that endure.

With more than 22,000 people, Booz Allen generates $4.5 billion in annual revenue. To learn more about the firm, visit


Triumph for the Morgenstern Trio: German Piano Trio Awarded Prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award - National Tour Planned for 2010-2011 & 2011-12 Seasons - 
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI. ĺ─ý The Chamber Music Society of Detroit today announced that the 2009 winner of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award (KLRITA) is the Morgenstern Trio. After a call for nominations sent internationally to classical music presenters, musicians, educators and other professionals, the trio was selected in New York by a panel comprising musicians Jonathan Biss, Joel Krosnick, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson and Michael Tree, and two Award presenters, Jeremy Geffen, Carnegie Hall, and Shauna Quill, the University of Chicago Presents.

Čů      Award supported by $30,000 gift from each of twenty participating presenters
Čů      Only existing piano trio award worldwide
Čů      Catapults the careers of talented, young piano trios
Čů      As a benefit of the Award, the Morgenstern Trio will make its first U.S. tour
Čů      Prestigious Award now announcing the winners of its fourth cycle
Čů      Named for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, now in its 34th year
Čů     Personal Interest: Unaware of their nominations, the musicians are surprised and thrilled to win the Award: one ensemble thought the news was "a hoax," too good to be true, another trio danced in the streets and the current winners said they needed no other gifts for Christmas.

Taking its name from the popular German poet, author and humorist Christian Morgenstern (1871 ĺ─ý 1914), the Morgenstern Trio was formed in 2005 at the Folkwang Academy in Essen, Germany; its membership consists of pianist Catherine Klipfel from France, violinist Stefan Hempel from Germany (who joined the ensemble in the summer of 2009, succeeding violinist Nina Reddig) and cellist Emanuel Wehse from Germany. In 2007, after only two years of intensive collaboration, the Trio was awarded first prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, second prize at the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and second prize and the audience prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich.

The Morgenstern Trio has toured throughout Europe under the auspices of the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Kł║nstler (a national concert organization for Germanyĺ─˘s rising young artists) and the ĺ─˙Best of NRWĺ─¨ concert series. Festival appearances include the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Heidelberger Frł║hling, the WDR Musikfest and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.  The Trio was recently invited to participate in the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) "Rising Stars" series and is making its debut during the 2009-2010 season at leading concert halls across Europe in such major cities as Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm. The ensemble has appeared on numerous radio broadcasts throughout Europe and released its debut CD of works by Beethoven and Brahms in 2008. Providing the Morgenstern Trioĺ─˘s debut appearances in the United States, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award tour will take on a special significance for this accomplished trio.

A biennial piano trio award, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award derives its impetus from the desire to honor the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (Joseph Kalichstein, piano, Jaime Laredo, violin, Sharon Robinson, cello) in perpetuity by giving recognition to this prestigious trio's contribution to chamber music worldwide for over 30 years.  In addition, the award was created to encourage and enhance the careers of accomplished and extraordinarily promising young and "rising" piano trios that will be chosen every other year.  To be considered for the award, trios must have been together for approximately 5-10 years, be actively engaged in touring and have professional management. The KLRITA is administered by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

Originated by Lois R. Beznos, President of the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the KLRITA is based upon the collaboration of 20 participating chamber music presenters. The winning trio benefits from presentation on the series of these 20 participating presenters nationwide over the two-year award period.  Moreover, the Award provides for a CD recording of the winning trio by Azica Records.  The winning trio also benefits from the contribution by Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd. of instrument maintenance services by its workshop in addition to its efforts to identify the highest quality violins and cellos as prospective loans to the trio winners during the award period.

The KLRITA is supported in part by the contribution of $30,000 each by the 20 participating chamber music presenting organizations across the U.S., including the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. A unique advantage to presenters is that, in perpetuity, they will have the benefit of an endowed concert, paid for by the award endowment fund, every other season.  Additional support for the KLRITA comes from Jean and Sam Frankel, the Matilda R. Wilson Fund and the Whitney Fund.

Significant recognition opportunities are available for additional major donors to the award endowment.  For information, please contact Lois Beznos, President, Chamber Music Society of Detroit at 248-737-9982.

The winners of the KLRITA to date have been:
Claremont Trio, 2003
Trio con Brio Copenhagen, 2005
ATOS Trio, 2007
Morgenstern Trio, 2009

The ATOS Trio, current winner of the KLRITA, will complete its Award tour during the 2009-2010 season after which the Morgenstern Trio will embark upon its twenty-concert KLRITA Award tour during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.

The following chamber music presenters have contributed to the KLRITA endowment fund to participate in the award:

Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Carnegie Hall

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Chamber Music Cincinnati

Chamber Music Monterey Bay
Chamber Music Sedona

Chamber Music Society of Detroit
Chamber Music Society of Louisville

Chamber Music Society of Utica
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
El Camino College Center for the Arts
Friends of Chamber Music - Kansas City

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Purdue Convocations - Purdue University
San Antonio Chamber Music Society

Thomasville Entertainment Foundation
University of Chicago Presents

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Le dłęcł«s de Bruno Roy, une grande perte pour le milieu des arts et des lettres

(Montrłęal, le 7 janvier 2010) - C'est avec une grande tristesse que les membres du Mouvement pour les  arts et les lettres ont appris le dłęcł«s de leur collł«gue et ami Bruno Roy. Cet łütre passionnłę et dłęvoułę a, pendant son passage łŢ titre de reprłęsentant de l'UNEQ au M.A.L. de 2000 łŢ 2004, militłę pour l'amłęlioration de la qualitłę de vie des artistes, des artisans, des łęcrivains et des travailleurs culturels. Il a łętłę un ardent dłęfenseur de leurs droits en łętant toujours solidaire de l'ensemble de sa communautłę.

Sa participation aux rłęunions du Mouvement łętait toujours głęnłęreuse, pondłęrłęe et pleine d'humour. Il savait exprimer avec justesse les enjeux łęconomiques et politiques que soulevait la dłęfense des artistes et des travailleurs culturels. Lorsqu'il s'agissait de les faire connałĂtre publiquement, il l'a toujours fait avec force et avec dłętermination, sans mesurer son temps.

En 2007, alors qu'il łętait appelłę łŢ rłędiger une dłęclaration pour le Mouvement, Bruno Roy łęcrivait ceci : Č┤ Nous savons de quels efforts continus les artistes construisent les rłęussites d'une ville, d'une rłęgion, d'une province ou d'un pays. Cette vłęritłę est universelle : leurs ouvres sont ancrłęes dans la vie de la communautłę et elles sont nłęcessaires łŢ l'łępanouissement de cette communautłę autant qu'łŢ leur młęmoire. Nos ouvres nous chantent, nous łęcrivent et nous nomment łŢ la face du monde. (...) D'hier łŢ aujourd'hui, le rłąle des arts et des lettres, en tant que force d'intłęgration, a toujours pris et prend une importance vitale dans l'affirmation des identitłęs d'un peuple. Ȭ Les reprłęsentants des associations nationales des arts et des lettres et des conseils rłęgionaux de la culture membres du Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres endossaient et continuent d'endosser pleinement cette dłęclaration. Ils transmettent leurs plus sincł«res condolłęances łŢ la famille łęprouvłęe et łŢ tous ses amis łęcrivains. 

Pour ceux et celles qui veulent lui rendre un dernier hommage : 

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de 18 h łŢ 22 h
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VocalistČĂ Announces The New Live 3, A 3-Part Vocal Harmonizer And Pitch Correction Pedal For Guitarists

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah ĺ─ý DigiTechČĂ, a leading manufacturer of vocal processors, and a Harman International company (NYSE-HAR), has announced the newest addition to the Vocalist product line, the Live 3. The Live 3 provides guitarists a 3-part vocal harmony, pitch correction, and vocal pre-effects in a single pedal.

The new Vocalist Live 3 is a powerful yet easy-to-use intelligent vocal harmony processor that automatically generates live multi-part vocal harmony by analyzing guitar chord progressions and the lead voice. The Live 3 gives virtually all artists, soloists and groups alike the ability to perform more songs that in the past had been considered too difficult without professionally trained backup vocalists.

The Live 3 combines studio-quality audio performance, state-of-the-art vocal processing, and an easy-to-use control interface to add up to two separate voices of harmony to a lead vocal to create a full 3-part, natural-sounding vocal performance. The Live 3 has Gender Control that gives each harmonizing voice a masculine or feminine sound. Users can customize the natural sound of the harmonizing voices from loose to tight by adjusting the Humanize setting.

Using patented musIQČĂ technology, the Live 3 continually follows the notes being played on the guitar and the lead voice to generate accurate and musically correct vocal harmonies. musIQ eliminates the need to pre-program the songsĺ─˘ key or key changes to create get accurate harmonies, making the Live 3 much easier to use.

ĺ─˙The Live 3 is the tool performers are searching for to capture the audiencesĺ─˘ attention and take their performance to the next level.ĺ─¨ stated Scott Klimt, Marketing Manager for Vocalist.

The Live 3 is designed to enhance and improve virtually every vocal performance using pitch-correction with Humanize Control and vocal pre-effects. The pitch correction in the Live 3 has the most natural sound available on the market. There are also five different vocal pre-effects available in the Live 3 to help give the vocals a high quality, professional-grade studio sound. These effects include warmth (tube preamp), compression, EQ, and Noise Gate. There are three different room settings for reverb and five separate delay settings for vocals. The Live 3 also has guitar effects, reverb and chorus along with a guitar tuner.

The Vocalist Live 3 is now shipping with a MSRP of $429.95.

DigiTech is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harman International Industries, Incorporated ( <> ). Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKGČĂ, AudioaccessČĂ, BeckerČĂ, BSSČĂ, CrownČĂ, dbxČĂ, DigiTechČĂ, Harman KardonČĂ, InfinityČĂ, JBLČĂ, LexiconČĂ, Mark LevinsonČĂ, RevelČĂ, QNXČĂ, SoundcraftČĂ and StuderČĂ. Harman Internationalĺ─˘s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ĺ─˙NYSE: HAR.ĺ─¨


Cunard Partners With The Juilliard School to Present Jazz Performances Aboard Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings in 2010

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Jan. 7 /CNW/ -- Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Juilliard School that will present stellar jazz performances on select 2010 eastbound Transatlantic Crossings aboard Queen Mary 2. Students and faculty from Juilliard, which has set America's standard for education in the performing arts, will perform programmes in the ship's Royal Court Theatre, treating guests to the best in classic and contemporary jazz. These presentations are part of Cunard's entertainment and award-winning enrichment programme, which showcases a variety of compelling entertainers - from new and emerging world-class talent to today's most enduring and iconic artists. Last August, Juilliard Jazz scholar Jumaane Smith became the first student from the school to take the stage onboard Queen Mary 2, presenting a trumpet recital that proved to be very popular with the voyage's guests.
    About Juilliard
The Juilliard School established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was established, with combined training in contemporary and ballet technique. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, and added a four-year drama program. A residence hall - the School's first - was completed in 1990, and in 2001, Juilliard broke new ground with the addition of its jazz program; a graduate program in Historical Performance begins in Fall 2009, the same year that Juilliard inaugurates its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. As Juilliard commences its second century of excellence, it is expanding its facilities with a 39,000 square-foot addition, due for completion in 2009. Currently more than 800 young artists from 39 states (plus Washington, D.C.) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard. For more information, visit Juilliard's Web site at
About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and
Queen Victoria, has long been synonymous with the quest for new
discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's
first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.
Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who seek a
civilized adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White
Star Service(TM), gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today,
Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service
and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.
Queen Elizabeth joins the fleet in October 2010.
Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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Masters of Persian Music - Three Generations -

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall
Tickets: $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or buy online at
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON.  January 7, 2010 ĺ─ý After an absence of four years, the Grammy-nominated Masters of Persian Music, an ensemble of Iranĺ─˘s most celebrated musicians, returns to Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM. This latest tour, titled Three Generations, spotlights the talents of two of the pre-eminent figures in Persian classical music ĺ─ý the inspirational Hossein Alizadeh, maestro of the Tar (plucked lute) and Kayhan Kalhor, the worldĺ─˘s greatest virtuoso of the Kamancheh (spike fiddle). Also featured is the remarkable young vocalist Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, the leading disciple of the legendary Mohammad Reza Shajarian. They are joined by Pezhham Akhavass on Percussion, Fariborz Azizi on Bass Tar, Siamak Jahangiry on Ney (reed flute), and Rouzbeh Rahimi on Santur (hammered dulcimer). The Toronto concert is the first stop on the groupĺ─˘s 13-city, three-week North American tour that winds up at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Hossein Alizadeh, born in Tehran in 1951, is Iranĺ─˘s most famous master of the Tar, and an inspiration to an entire generation of his nationĺ─˘s musical culture. In 2000, he was declared Best Contemporary Artist by Iranĺ─˘s Ministry of Culture and in 2006 his album, Endless Vision, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of the Year.  He is also known for his soundtracks of such award-winning Iranian films as A Time for Drunken Horses and Gabbeh. The Tar is known in Iran as the ĺ─˙King of Instruments.ĺ─¨ 

Kayhan Kalhor, internationally renowned Kamancheh performer, is a major creative force in todayĺ─˘s world music scene and has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West. Born in Tehran in 1963, he has performed as soloist with many ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and is a member of Yo-Yo Maĺ─˘s Silk Road Ensemble. His compositions appear on all three of the Silk Road Ensembleĺ─˘s albums; three of his own recent recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh is considered one of todayĺ─˘s finest Iranian vocalists, following in the footsteps of his celebrated mentor, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. He has performed with many renowned artists and groups, including the Aref Ensemble, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, and the great Santur maestro Faramarz Payvar. He appeared with Kayhan Kalhor at the Thłęłótre de la Ville in Paris and is currently the director of Iranĺ─˘s House of Music. This is his debut tour of North America.  

The music of Iran is contemplative, spiritual, and beautiful ĺ─ý a response to the countryĺ─˘s landscape, turbulent history, and collective soul.  Poetry is also central to Persian classical music and vocal sections are often set to the poetry of medieval Sufi mystical poets. The appeal of Persian classical music to Western audiences in recent years is evidenced by cellist Yo-Yo Ma's decision to add Persian music to his Silk Road Project tours and recordings.  

This performance is sponsored by Lexus
This performance is a co-presentation with Small World Music

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office,


New Production of Roberto Devereux by Donizetti opens January 30

All Hail the Queen - Minnesota Opera 
Minnesota Opera is proud to announce the first installment in Gaetano Donizetti's trilogy of operas based on the Tudor queens, Roberto Devereux, Mary Stuart and in 2011-2012 with Anne Boleyn. Leading a boutique cast of Bel Canto experts is Minnesota Opera favorite soprano Brenda Harris (Orazi e Curiazi) as Queen Elizabeth I opposite Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro, who makes his Minnesota Opera debut as her treacherous lover, Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex. Kevin Newbury (The Barber of Seville) returns to direct this superb cast with Bel Canto specialist Francesco Maria Colombo (Maria Padilla, Orazi e Curiazi) conducting the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Set Designer Neil Patel Jessica Jahn have joined forces to create a beautiful, fresh period-inspired production to showcase the most important element of the Bel Canto style, the voice.

Download the Full Press Release Here

We are thrilled to hail the return of Bel Canto master soprano Brenda Harris, "a brilliant Elizabeth whose stunning bel canto instrument effortlessly negotiated Act Oneĺ─˘s tricky vocal acrobatics. From tender interludes to thundering royal ragings, she was every inch a queen in command of her kingdom and this performance." - The Washington Times

Click here for performance dates, full artist bios and further information about Roberto Devereux.

Minnesota Opera also joins with the Arts Partners in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Ordway on Sunday, January 17. A full press release can be found here.

Production Information
Elisabetta, Queen of England - Brenda Harris
Roberto Devereux, Earl of Essex - Bruno Ribeiro
Duke of Nottingham - Lester Lynch
Sara, Duchess of Nottingham - Tamara Klivadenko
Lord Cecil - Brad Benoit
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh - Jonathan Kimple
A page - Michael Nyby
A friend of Nottingham - Rodolfo Nieto

Conductor - Francesco Maria Colombo
Stage Director - Kevin Newbury
Set Designer - Neil Patel
Costume Designer - Jessica Jahn
Lighting Designer - D. M. Wood

Saturday, Jan. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2:00 p.m.

345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $200
Call the Minnesota Opera Ticket Office at 612.333.6669 or purchase online at


Celebrate Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre's 14th Annual Kuumba Festival

Presented by TD

Two jam-packed weekends celebrating the history and the future of black culture

TORONTO, ON (Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010) ĺ─ý Kuumba
, Toronto's longest-running and largest Black History Month festival returns to Harbourfront Centre with two jam-packed weekends commemorating both the history and the future of black culture. The first weekend of Kuumba focuses on ideas surrounding Old School and Power of Soul while the second weekend will explore themes of Black to the Future and One Love.

ĺ─˙Kuumbaĺ─¨ is the Swahili word for creativity and has become synonymous with showcasing the best local and international artists from the African and Caribbean diaspora each February at Harbourfront Centre. Join us Feb. 6-7 and Feb. 13-14, 2010 for dance workshops, film screenings, music, comedy, family activities, food demos and more. All programming is FREE (except the Valentineĺ─˘s Day Comedy Clash $10, $15 at the door) and runs each day from 1 p.m. into the evening.

Kuumba, presented by TD, runs Feb. 6-7 and Feb. 13-14, 2010. All events take place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queenĺ─˘s Quay West). For more information and to purchase tickets for the Valentineĺ─˘s Day Comedy Clash, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit



Feb. 6, 8:30-11 p.m.

Saidah Baba Talibah is the daughter of Obie award-winner and Tony- and Grammy-nominated Salome Bey, Canada's Queen of Jazz, Blues and Spirituals, and the niece of Andy Bey, also a Grammy-nominated musician. She offers up a distinct and fluid blend of bluesy rock, deep funk and hot, buttered soul with a voice that can go from a seductive, soft purr to a powerful bellow at the turn of a dime. With special guest DJ Lĺ─˘Oqenz spinning the tunes.

Feb. 6 & 7, 1:30 p.m.
Learn to play traditional African drums (djembe, sangban, kensedeni, dununba) with
Barrington Hibbert! A limited number of drums are available; participants are asked to bring their own drums.

Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m.

This event honours consciousness in hip hop and spoken word (active art forms for social change) and features an artist showcase and cash prize contest for the most talented conscious wordsmith and raptivist rhymer! An open "infotainment" forum will be set up, featuring organizations that marry art with commerce and activism, giving youth the tools to get involved. Representatives from non-profit urban art organizations include: Manifesto, Lost Lyrics, Beatz to Da Streetz, Nia, Stolen From Africa, Young Diplomats, Regent Park Focus, Medina Collective, L.I.F.E. Movement and the Toronto Youth Cabinet.

Co-produced with UMAC, The Urban Music Association of Canada

(The Real) Soul on Ice: Feb. 6, 8-11 p.m.

DJs Carl Allen and Kwame Younge spin the best in soul, funk, house & reggae!

Feb. 6 & 7, 4-5 p.m.

A live music and dance class with Cuban musician extraordinaire Roberto Linares Brown and dance instructor Vladimir Aranda.


Enjoy traditional Caribbean cuisine prepared by La-toya Fagon of Twist Catering and Ras Iville & Ikeila Wright from One Love Corn! Patricia J. hosts.
- Stew Chicken with Rice and Peas (Feb. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
- Jamaicaĺ─˘s National Dish: Ackee & Saltfish with Fried Dumplings (Feb. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
- Coconut Rice & Peas, Fried Cornmeal Dumplings & Cocoa Tea (Feb. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
- Callaloo Soup (Feb. 13, 5-6 p.m.)


ĺ─˙Soul Power!ĺ─¨
Feb. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. & Feb. 7, 1-3:30 p.m.

In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. Included are performances by James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and many others.

ĺ─˙Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggaeĺ─¨
Feb. 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
The remaining great singers and musicians of Jamaica's Golden Age of music, Rocksteady, come together after 40 years to record an album of their greatest hits, to perform together again at a reunion concert in Kingston, and to tell their story. Features many reggae icons including The Tamlins, Stranger Cole, Dawn Penn, Derrick Morgan, Ernest Ranglin, Judy Mowatt and more.

ĺ─˙Good Hairĺ─¨
Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (PANEL) & Feb. 14, 1-2:30 p.m. (NO PANEL)

An exposłę of comic proportions that only comedian/actor Chris Rock could pull off, ĺ─˙Good Hairĺ─¨ visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and self esteem in the black community.
: Featuring black hair experts Ruth Smith (Strictly Roots), Buster Berkley (Amorphous Group), and Asha McLeod (Jazma).

ĺ─˙Rastafari Then and Now: A Message From Jamaicaĺ─¨
Feb. 14, 6-7 p.m. (followed by short film preview & panel discussion)

Nation Cheong, a Rastafarian community youth worker and African drummer is concerned about youth violence and wonders if the principles and values of Rastafari could benefit todayĺ─˘s youth. He gathers a group of black youth and takes them on a journey of discovery into Torontoĺ─˘s Rastafarian community. Along the way, he re-connects with some of his elders which eventually leads him to travel to Jamaica, the birthplace of Rastafari, for the very first time.

ĺ─˙In Search of Rastafari: A Soulĺ─˘s Journeyĺ─¨ (special seven-minute preview)

Bob Marley, a Rasta Prophet, and music icon of the 20th century, almost singlehandedly spread Rastafari to the rest of the world through his powerful lyrics and music. Now, 27 years after Marleyĺ─˘s untimely death, his granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, 24, embarks on an epic journey of faith and self discovery as both a Rastafarian and a daughter of the Marley dynasty. Along the way she will explore the roots of Rastafari and its links to our cultures.
: Immediately following these two films, there will be drumming and a discussion panel with Nation Cheong, Doctor Patrick Taylor, and Ras Iville.


VALENTINEĺ─˘S DAY COMEDY CLASH: One Love (or Diasporic Disharmony?)
**Special Ticketed Event** ($10 in advance / $15 at the door)
Feb. 13, 8:30-11 p.m.
Comedians from the U.S., Jamaica, Africa and Trinidad vie for Afrocentric supremacy and regale us with tales on how (and how not) to love the black man and woman. No subject is off limits to Jay Martin, Marc Trinidad, Dwayne Landry, Arthur Simeon!


Led by some of the cityĺ─˘s finest dance instructors (including Jade ĺ─˙Hollywoodĺ─¨ Anderson, and Vladimir Aranda), workshops will include:
- ĺ─˙Thrillerĺ─¨ Music Video Choreography (Feb. 6, 2:30-3:30 p.m.)
- Salsa 101 for Dummies (Feb. 6 & 7, 4-5 p.m.)
- Voguing & Old School House Dancing (Feb. 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.)

Feb. 13, 1-2 p.m. & Feb. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Krumping, an expressive and high energy form of hip hop dance, originated in the streets of South Central Los Angeles and has quickly evolved into a global phenomenon. Northbuck is an organization of Toronto krumpers from diverse backgrounds who each faced hardships; krump was their escape. Northbuck's long-term goals are to spread the movement nationwide along with its message of positive, violence-free living.

Feb. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Torontoĺ─˘s best young dance crews battle for bragging rights and a cash prize of $500.


MICHEZO (ĺ─˙gamesĺ─¨ in Swahili)
Feb. 6 & 7, 1-5 p.m.
Kobł«na Aquaa-Harrison
hosts an interactive celebration of the art and genius of traditional African childhood games.

Feb. 6-7 & 13-14, 1-6 p.m.

Let your imagination run wild in a room full of LegoČĂ blocks!

Feb. 13 & 14, 1-6 p.m.
Super Heroes Unite
is an art project created by two Canadian artists, Mark Williams and Joe Bonsu. It involves the creation of super heroes from around the world, placing each super hero in a different country and emphasizing the importance of unity through diversity in their artwork.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Catherine Potter ĺ─ý Duniya Project au MAI / Catherine Potter ĺ─ý Duniya Project at the MAI

La Convergence des Continents
Invitłęs : Zal Idrissa Sissokho, VJ Liberty et VJ jocool
Vendredi 22 et samedi 23 janvier 2010 łŢ 20h
(english will follow)
Catherine Potter ĺ─ý Duniya Project : Catherine Potter : bansuri, composition et direction artistique / Subir Dev : tabla / Thom Gossage : batterie, kalimba / Jean-Marc Hłębert : guitare / Nicolas Caloia : contrebasse / Invitłęs : Zal Idrissa Sissokho : kora / Martine Koutnouyan aka VJ Liberty / Joseph Lefł«vre aka VJ jocool.
Montrłęal, le 7 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý La virtuose du bansuri et compositrice Catherine Potter et sa formation, Duniya Project, entourłęs dĺ─˘invitłęs exceptionnels, font escale au MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) pour prłęsenter en Premił«re mondiale leur nouvelle crłęation, La Convergence des Continents, pour deux soirs seulement, les vendredi 22 et samedi 23 janvier łŢ 20h.  Il sĺ─˘agit dĺ─˘un spectacle des Productions Shadaj.
Avec La Convergence des Continents, Catherine Potter ĺ─ý Duniya Project,  ensemble Č┤ world Č¬ qui młętisse une musique sans frontił«res et rłęsolument contemporaine, et leurs prestigieux invitłęs, nous convient łŢ un spectacle au confluent de plusieurs cultures musicales. Les cinq musiciens poursuivent leur exploration musicale avec un projet novateur et une nouvelle direction qui sĺ─˘inscrit dans la rencontre entre la musique classique de lĺ─˘Inde du Nord, la musique mandingue de lĺ─˘Afrique de lĺ─˘Ouest, le jazz et la crłęation spontanłęe. Pour ce faire, ils sĺ─˘entourent du rłęputłę montrłęalais dĺ─˘origine słęnłęgalaise, Zal Idrissa Sissokho, un joueur de kora ĺ─ý sorte de harpe africaine łŢ 21 cordes ĺ─ý doułę dĺ─˘une grande połęsie, ainsi que des deux incontournables VJs montrłęalais, Liberty et jocool łŢ la performance visuelle en directe.
Construit łŢ partir dĺ─˘un vocabulaire original issu de styles traditionnels et contemporains, le jeu sonore complexe et actuel crłęłę par Catherine Potter et ses complices met en łęvidence toute la beautłę des ragas indiens, tantłąt młülłęs, tantłąt juxtaposłęs łŢ la richesse harmonique de la kora mandingue dĺ─˘Afrique et aux grooves indiens et africains. Ces compositions originales sont enluminłęes en direct par les couleurs, les ombres et les łęlłęments interactifs des vidłęastes qui proposent une expłęrience multidisciplinaire encore plus intense. Un spectacle qui nous emporte sur un rivage oł╝ la diversitłę des pratiques se conjugue dans un souci dĺ─˘altłęritłę et de partageĺ─ łŢ ne pas manquer !
ł─ propos de lĺ─˘artiste Catherine Potter
Catherine Potter est formłęe au bansuri (flł¬te de bambou indienne) auprł«s du cłęlł«bre Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia en Inde. Elle dłętient une małĂtrise en ethnomusicologie de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal et un baccalaurłęat en jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę Concordia. Plusieurs fois boursił«re du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qułębec et du Conseil des Arts du Canada, elle a remportłę le prix Jon Higgins en 1999. Elle a collaborłę avec de nombreux artistes ici et en Inde ĺ─ý Boubacar Diabatłę ĺ─ý dont la rencontre il y a 20 ans est lĺ─˘une des sources dĺ─˘inspiration de ce projet ĺ─ý, Simon Shaheen, Ramasutra, Ganesh Anandan, etc. Avec sa formation Duniya Project, quĺ─˘elle a fondłęe en 2002, elle connałĂt le succł«s en Amłęrique, en Europe et en Inde. Elle a deux albums łŢ son actif et prłępare actuellement le troisił«me.
On peut se procurer les billets du spectacle La Convergence des Continents łŢ la billetterie du MAI, situłęe au 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, par tłęlłęphone (514) 982-3386 ou via Internet  
(activitłę gratuite) : Discussion avec les artistes vendredi soir aprł«s le spectacle.
La Convergence des Continents
Guests: Zal Idrissa Sissokho, VJ Liberty and VJ jocool
Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2010 at 8 pm
Catherine Potter ĺ─ý Duniya Project: Catherine Potter: bansuri, composer, director / Subir Dev: tabla / Thom Gossage: drums, kalimba / Jean-Marc Hłębert: guitar / Nicolas Caloia: double bass / Guests: Zal Idrissa Sissokho: kora / Martine Koutnouyan aka VJ Liberty / Joseph Lefł«vre aka VJ jocool.
Montrłęal, January 7, 2010 ĺ─ý Bansuri virtuoso and composer Catherine Potter and her group Duniya Project, along with a host of outstanding guest musicians, touch down at the MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) to present the World Premiere of their latest creation, La Convergence des Continents, for two nights only on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23 at 8 pm. This concert is produced by Productions Shadaj.
In La Convergence des Continents, world music ensemble Catherine Potter - Duniya Project, who weave a sound that is both unbounded and decidedly contemporary, are joined by esteemed guest artists to offer up a performance at the crossroads of various musical cultures. The five Duniya Project musicians continue their musical exploration with a groundbreaking project and a new direction where classical North Indian music, Western African Mandinka music, jazz, and improvisation converge. They are joined by the lush stylings of renowned Senegalese-born Montrealer Zal Idrissa Sissokho on the kora - essentially a 21-string African harp - as well as two reputed Montreal VJs, Liberty and jocool, who will deliver a live visual performance.
Built on an original musical vocabulary that is both traditional and modern, the innovative and complex sonic interplay created by Catherine Potter and her collaborators highlights all the beauty of Indian ragas as they are layered and woven into the harmonic splendour of African Mandinka kora, as well as Indian and African grooves. These original compositions come alive under the colours, shadow play, and interactive elements created by the video artists, who add another layer of vigour and intensity to this multidisciplinary experience. All in all, it is a performance that will take you to a place where varying approaches come together with an eye toward sharing and otherness... not to be missed!
About Catherine Potter
Catherine Potter is a trained bansuri player (a bamboo Indian flute), an instrument she studied in India under the renowned Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. She holds a master's degree in ethnomusicology from the Universitłę de Montrłęal as well as a bachelor's in jazz studies from Concordia University. She has received several grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qułębec and the Canada Council for the Arts, and won the Jon Higgins Award in 1999. She has collaborated with a number of musicians here and in India: Boubacar Diabatłę, whose meeting 20 years ago is, in part, the inspiration for this project, Simon Shaheen, Ramasutra, and Ganesh Anandan, among others. Her group Duniya Project, which she founded in 2002, has garnered acclaim in the Americas, Europe, and India. She has already released two albums and is currently working on a third.
Tickets for the show La Convergence des Continents can be purchase at the MAI Box Office, located at 3680, Jeanne-Mance St., by phone (514) 982-3386, or online at  
    (free activity) : Conference / artist's talk, Friday following the performance.


Les nouveautłęs pour 2010 - Illustration Qułębec

Montrłęal, le 5 janvier 2010, Illustration Qułębec ĺ─ý lĺ─˘association des illustrateurs du Qułębec est fił«re dĺ─˘annoncer sa participation au Salon du Livre de Taipei (Taiwan).

Cĺ─˘est sur lĺ─˘invitation de la fondation du salon quĺ─˘elle prłęsentera une quarantaine des meilleures illustrations jeunesse du 27 janvier au 1er fłęvrier 2010. Parmi celles-ci vous trouverez des illustrations issues de livres primłęes comme Chł«re Traudi (Anne Villeneuve aux łÔditions Les 400 Coups) ou encore Harvey (Janice Nadeau aux łÔditions La Pastł«que).

Nous sommes convaincus que le langage visuel participe au plaisir de la lecture et au dłęveloppement de la connaissance et de la comprłęhension du monde. Les talents qułębłęcois en illustration sont fiers dĺ─˘embellir, dĺ─˘encourager et de stimuler, jour aprł«s jour, lĺ─˘expłęrience littłęraire. Si une image vaut mille mots, les deux rłęunis ouvrent des portes łŢ des univers riches et des inspirations fructueuses. Nous sommes donc trł«s reconnaissants de lĺ─˘invitation de la fondation du Salon du livre de Taipei. Nous vous accueillerions avec plaisir au stand 110!

Lĺ─˘association via ces deux reprłęsentants profitera de son passage pour prłęsenter une confłęrence sur les tendances de lĺ─˘illustration qułębłęcoise le jeudi 28 janvier. Il sĺ─˘agira dĺ─˘une occasion unique pour rencontrer et converser avec les artistes locaux ainsi quĺ─˘avec des łęditeurs provenant de tous horizons.

Gageons que cette premił«re incursion łŢ lĺ─˘internationale pour lĺ─˘association ne sera pas la dernił«re.

Le Salon du livre de Taipei -

De part sa taille, il est lĺ─˘un des salons les plus importants dĺ─˘Asie. Il est la porte dĺ─˘entrłęe vers les marchłęs chinois, corłęen et japonais. ł─ chaque annłęe, il accueille plus de 500 000 visiteurs, soit 5 fois plus que le Salon de Montrłęal. Cĺ─˘est plus de 500 łęditeurs provenant de 41 pays diffłęrents qui seront prłęsents lors de cette 17ił«me łędition. La France sera dĺ─˘ailleurs le pays mis łŢ lĺ─˘honneur.

Illustration Qułębec ĺ─ý lĺ─˘association des illustrateurs du Qułębec.

Crłęe en 1983, lĺ─˘organisme regroupe et soutient les illustrateurs, promeut et diffuse lĺ─˘illustration qułębłęcoise. Avec plus de 300 membres actifs, lĺ─˘association est le plus grand regroupement dĺ─˘illustrateurs au Canada. Fin 2009, elle dłęcide de changer son nom Association des illustrateurs et illustratrices du Qułębec (AIIQ) pour Illustration Qułębec. Cette volontłę de modernitłę rłępond łŢ ses valeurs et łŢ ses activitłęs qui se veulent de plus en plus internationale. Cĺ─˘est pourquoi, en 2010, elle retournera pour une seconde fois łŢ Toronto pour prłęsenter les illustrateurs qułębłęcois aux professionnels torontois. Elle rłęcidivera en relanł▀ant son fameux rłępertoire avec une distribution łęlargie. Finalement, son site Internet sera complł«tement revamper dans le but dĺ─˘attirer toujours plus de
professionnels en qułüte de talents.


PORTopera Receives $10,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

January 7, 2010

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded PORTopera a $10,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant to support its production of Engelbert Humperdinckĺ─˘s Hansel and Gretel July 29 and 31 at Merrill Auditorium.

Israel Gursky will conduct PORToperaĺ─˘s mainstage production of Hansel and Gretel directed by long-time Artistic Director and Stage Director Dona D. Vaughn. The production will include a 16-member multinational childrenĺ─˘s chorus drawn from Portlandĺ─˘s immigrant community who will rehearse and perform with the professional singers and orchestra.

The NEA awards Access to Artistic Excellence grants to support artistic excellence, preserve cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans.  It is particularly interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. NEA made 13 of these grants to organizations in Maine for the 2010 year totaling $260,000.

Performance dates for PORToperaĺ─˘s performance of Hansel and Gretel are Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, July 31 at 2:00 P.M. (matinee). A limited number of seats will be offered to young people 12 and under at 25% off regular prices. To order call PortTix at 207-842-0800 or visit

About PORTopera:
PORTopera is Maineĺ─˘s only opera company performing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. For more information visit or call (207) 879-7678.


Połęsic au MAI: Połęsie urbaine sur dłęcor musical / Połęsic at the MAI: urban poetry merging with sound and music

Un spectacle aux confins de la połęsie, de la musique et du slam
Vendredi 15 et samedi 16 janvier 2010 łŢ 20h
(English will follow)
Fabrice Koffy : textes, voix, direction artistique / Guillaume Soucy : guitare, direction musicale / et les complices : Mark Haynes : basse / Dany Dauphin-Kirouac : percussion / Siham Naim : violon et chëýurs / et avec la participation exceptionnelle du chorłęgraphe et interprł«te Gamaliel Martinez Fonseca sur la pił«ce Folie en 3D.
Montrłęal, le 7 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) entame lĺ─˘annłęe 2010 de belle fał▀on et vous souhaite la bienvenue dans le monde magique de Fabrice Koffy et son spectacle Połęsic, un univers riche et sensible dans lequel połęsie urbaine et musique enivrante se marient łŢ merveille. Ce spectacle est prłęsentłę deux soirs seulement, les 15 et 16 janvier łŢ 20h.
Quand la połęsie investit de nouveaux espaces
Aux confins de la połęsie, de la musique et du slam, Połęsic, spectacle tirłę de lĺ─˘album łęponyme, prłęsente une ambiance łŢ la fois intime et intense qui fait voyager les spectateurs dans toutes sortes de paysages, entre textes denses et climats sonores inventifs. Issu de la rencontre entre Fabrice Koffy et Guillaume Soucy, compositeur et multi-instrumentiste montrłęalais, Połęsic nous entrałĂne hors des sentiers battus, sur des pistes oł╝ la połęsie sĺ─˘acoquine avec la musique et frłąle la mise en scł«ne. Fabrice chante, dłęclame, incarne ses mots, ses pensłęes et ses souvenirs, tantłąt lłęgers, tantłąt graves, łŢ travers quatre thł«mes majeurs, soit lĺ─˘Afrique, lĺ─˘amour, les tourments et lĺ─˘łęveil. Sur cette voix de velours, Guillaume pose admirablement les notes du dłęcor musical et les deux complices sĺ─˘entourent de głęnłęreux musiciens au son jazzłę. Exceptionnellement, Fabrice prłęsentera łęgalement la pił«ce, Folie en 3D, crłęłęe en mai 2009 avec le danseur dĺ─˘origine mexicaine Gamaliel Martinez Fonseca, artiste łŢ la gestuelle particulił«re et fascinante qui intł«gre aussi bien break dance, danses africaines, contemporaine, afro-brłęsiliennes, etc. Une nouvelle głęnłęration de poł«tes qułębłęcoisĺ─Â
ł─ propos de Fabrice Koffy
Montrłęalais nłę łŢ Ottawa, originaire de Cłąte dĺ─˘Ivoire oł╝ il a vłęcu, Fabrice se prłęsente comme un donneur de mots et un chercheur. Poł«te, il łęcrit depuis lĺ─˘adolescence ; homme de scł«ne, il łęvolue depuis cinq ans avec la formation Kalmunity et se produit rłęgulił«rement avec la Ligue qułębłęcoise de Slam (LIQS). Cette annłęe, il a participłę comme invitłę aux Francofolies et au Festival de Jazz de Montrłęal alors que Połęsic, son premier album, est sorti en juin. Accompagnłę par le MAI, il a błęnłęficiłę dĺ─˘une rłęsidence pour la crłęation de ce spectacle.
On peut se procurer les billets du spectacle Połęsic łŢ la billetterie du MAI, situłęe au 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, par tłęlłęphone (514) 982-3386 ou via Internet
Ce projet a błęnłęficiłę du soutien financier du ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec et de la Ville de Montrłęal dans le cadre de lĺ─˘Entente sur le dłęveloppement culturel de Montrłęal 2008-2011.

A performance at the edge of poetry, music, and slam poetry
Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2010 at 8 pm
Fabrice Koffy: words and lyrics, vocals, artistic director / Guillaume Soucy : guitar, accordion, music director / and their collaborators: Mark Haynes : bass / Dany Dauphin-Kirouac : percussion / Siham Naim : violin and choruses / with the extraordinary participation of choreographer and performer Gamaliel Martinez Fonseca for the piece Folie en 3D.
Montreal, January 7, 2010 ĺ─ý The MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) rings in the new year in fine fashion as it welcomes you to the magical world of Fabrice Koffy and his performance Połęsic, a rich and delicate universe where urban poetry and stirring musical sounds merge with revelry. This performance takes the stage for two nights only, January 15 and 16 at 8 pm.
When poetry enters new spaces
At the edge of poetry, music, and slam poetry, Połęsic is based on its namesake album. As Połęsic creates a mood of intimacy and intensity, the audience is taken on a journey through a wide range of landscapes, among dense lyrical work and inventive soundscapes. The brainchild of Fabrice Koffy and Guillaume Soucy, a Montreal-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Połęsic strays from the beaten path as it flirts with music and theatre. Fabrice sings, spouts, embodies his own words, his thoughts and memories, ranging from the severe to the frivolous, through four major themes: Africa, love, torment, and (self-) discovery. As Fabrice's silky voice rides Guillaume's exquisite notes and musical tableaus, the jazzy sounds of their gracious collaborators also make their entrance. Exclusive to this performance, Fabrice's Folie en 3D will also take the stage. This piece, first presented in May 2009, was co-created with Mexican-born dancer Gamaliel Martinez Fonseca, whose unique and fascinating vocabulary marries breakdancing with African, modern, and Afro-Brazilian dance, among others. Behold a new generation of Qułębec-based poets...
About Fabrice Koffy
Montreal-based and born in Ottawa, his roots are in Ivory Coast. Fabrice is a self-proclaimed "purveyor of words" and is guided by inquiry and discovery. A poet, he began writing as a teenager; as a man of the stage, he has been a member of the Kalmunity Collective for five years, and performs regularly with the Ligue qułębłęcoise de Slam (LIQS). In 2009, he was a guest performer at the Francofolies and Montreal International Jazz Festival. Połęsic, his first album, was launched in June. A participant in the MAI's mentorship program, he created this performance during his stint as a resident artist.
Tickets for the show Połęsic can be purchase at the MAI Box Office on 3680, Jeanne-Mance St., by phone (514) 982-3386, or online at
This program is sponsored by the ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec
and the Ville de Montrłęal as part of the Entente sur le dłęveloppement culturel de Montrłęal 2008-2011.


Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s HATCH: emerging performance projects 2010 Season Opens with the First of Five Residencies

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 7, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to launch the seventh season of HATCH: emerging performance projects with an imaginative and bold new performance by one of Torontoĺ─˘s most original artists. Everything Iĺ─˘ve Got is Jess Dobkinĺ─˘s latest performance art work in progress ĺ─ý a raw and poignant examination of creativity and temporality where the artist offers up the entirety of her collection of artistic ideas. With a distinctive visual language and cunning sex politics, Dobkin scrutinizes her art practice as she candidly confronts her own mortality.

Dobkin weaves an intimate autobiographic narrative through language, gesture and technology in a multidisciplinary practice that intersects performance art, theatre and installation. Using her body as map and material, she presents objects and ideas in surprising and unconventional ways. Whether perched atop a steamer trunk covered in tiny mirrors, positioned upside down with a mannequin head animated between her legs, or covering her naked body in paint, Dobkin becomes a human canvas, blurring the lines between performer and performance, between an idea and its staging. She is not out to shock or alienate her audience, but is instead inspired by the possibility of intimate engagement. Dobkin is driven to connect and communicate with an audience through the performance of her own vulnerability.

ĺ─˙HATCH is providing me the opportunity to take even more risks in my work,ĺ─¨ said Dobkin. ĺ─˙With an outstanding team of artistic collaborators and creative use of technology, I am taking my practice to whole new level. My work has always been about taking risks and pushing boundaries, but this project goes so much further.ĺ─¨

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present Everything Iĺ─˘ve Got, by Jess Dobkin in the Studio Theatre on Jan. 31, 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $10 for students, seniors and arts workers and are available by phone at 416-973-4000 or through The performance will be followed by an artist Q & A and reception.

Everything Iĺ─˘ve Got was first workshopped at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in Toronto and again at Dixon Place in New York City. With support from Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s HATCH residency program and the Canada Council, the project has advanced to a longer format production with an accomplished team of creative collaborators, including Stephen Lawson of, Sherri Hay, Richard Feren and Laird MacDonald. The HATCH presentation offers a special opportunity to experience the work in development and participate in a Q & A that includes the collaborative team.

Jess Dobkinĺ─˘s performances, artistĺ─˘s talks and workshops are presented at museums, galleries, theatres and universities around the world. Her work has toured internationally, and she has performed, lectured and conducted performance art workshops in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Belgium, and the U.K. Her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar received international audience and media acclaim and was named in the ĺ─˙Top 10 Performances of 2006ĺ─¨ by NOW Magazine. She was named ĺ─˙Best Performance Artistĺ─¨ by both NOW Magazine and Xtra Magazine. She teaches Performance Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design and serves on the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Art and Art History Program Advisory Committee.

Everything Iĺ─˘ve Got will next be presented at the Rhubarb Festival in February 2010 and at the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal in March 2010. For more information about Jess Dobkin, visit

Everything Iĺ─˘ve Got
A Performance by Jess Dobkin

Created in collaboration with Stephen Lawson, Director; Laura Baxter, Production Manager; Sherri Hay, Production Designer; Richard Feren, Composition and Sound Designer; and Laird MacDonald, Lighting Designer.

About HATCH: emerging performance projects at Harbourfront Centre
Entering its seventh year, the HATCH residency and mentorship programme is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices.

The HATCH mentorship provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary artists to reach their next career stage with a comprehensive understanding of process and challenges that artists must embrace.

The HATCH residency package includes one week rent-free in the Studio Theatre, technical and production assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support and workshops, and professional development assistance.

For more information please visit


Lĺ─˘agenda dĺ─˘hiver 2010 du MAC

Montrłęal, le 7 janvier 2009. La rentrłęe dĺ─˘hiver du Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal commence dł«s le 13 janvier avec la prłęsentation, en premił«re mondiale, du film Mamori de Karl Lemieux dans le cadre de la słęrie Projections. Suivra, le 4 fłęvrier, le lancement des expositions des artistes canadiens Marcel Dzama, Luanne Martineau et du peintre montrłęalais Etienne Zack. Ce sera une double cłęlłębration puisque, łŢ cette occasion, le Musłęe prłęsentera Marie Fraser, nouvelle conservatrice en chef du Musłęe ainsi que son łęquipe de la conservation. Se poursuivent łęgalement les expositions de la Collection permanente lancłęes en novembre. Les Vendredis Nocturnes reprendront le 5 fłęvrier avec Land of Talk, alors que la Nuit blanche aura lieu cette annłęe dans la nuit du 27 au 28 fłęvrier.  

Marcel Dzama ĺ─ý Aux mille tours
Du 4 fłęvrier au 25 avril 2010

Si Toronto et Vancouver ont łętłę les foyers artistiques les plus dynamiques au Canada au cours des annłęes 1980 et 1990, Winnipeg a pris le relais dans les annłęes 2000 grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘impulsion de lĺ─˘artiste Marcel Dzama. Inclassable, dłęconcertant, lĺ─˘artiste sĺ─˘est fait rapidement remarquer sur la scł«ne internationale par une dłęmarche empreinte łŢ la fois de rigueur et de słęduction. Une soixantaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres seront prłęsentłęes łŢ travers ses dioramas, vidłęos, sculptures, tableaux-collages et dessins. On y retrouvera ses thł«mes de prłędilection : la nostalgie, les dłębuts du modernisme, les rapports entre ironie et cynisme, politique et subjectivitłę. Aux mille tours est la plus grande exposition individuelle jamais consacrłęe łŢ cet artiste par un musłęe. Depuis 2004, Dzama vit et travaille łŢ New York.

Luanne Martineau
Du 4 fłęvrier au 25 avril 2010

Originaire de Saskatoon, Luanne Martineau sĺ─˘est fait connałĂtre par ses sculptures hybrides de feutre et de laine presque impossible łŢ dłęcrire. Elles proposent une expłęrience oscillant entre fascination et rłępulsion, microscopique et macroscopique. Lĺ─˘exposition donnera lĺ─˘occasion aux visiteurs dĺ─˘explorer cet univers łętonnant en une douzaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres rłęcentes regroupant des sculptures, un livre dĺ─˘artiste, des dessins et des Č┤ drulptures Č¬, soit la contraction des mots Č┤ drawing Č¬ et sculpture.

Etienne Zack
Du 4 fłęvrier au 25 avril 2010

Il łętait de la Triennale qułębłęcoise. Dans son travail, Etienne Zack prend pour sujet le contexte de production et dĺ─˘exposition des ëýuvres ainsi que lĺ─˘ensemble des outils physiques et conceptuels qui prłęsident łŢ leur łęlaboration : atelier, galerie, matłęriaux du peintre. Cette fois le Musłęe lui consacre une exposition individuelle rassemblant une vingtaine de peintures rłęalisłęes au cours des six dernił«res annłęes, dont deux ëýuvres crłęłęes pour lĺ─˘occasion.

Dons majeurs
Jusquĺ─˘au 5 avril 2010

Dans la seule annłęe 2009, le Musłęe a rłęcoltłę prł«s de 4 800 000 $ en dons dĺ─˘ëýuvres, un record jamais atteint depuis sa crłęation, grłóce łŢ la głęnłęrositłę exceptionnelle dĺ─˘artistes, de galeristes, de collectionneurs et de młęcł«nes. Une partie de ces ëýuvres et dĺ─˘autres acquises au cours des trois dernił«res annłęes font partie de lĺ─˘exposition Dons majeurs. Lĺ─˘exposition prłęsente des ëýuvres de David Altmejd, Yves Gaucher, Anselm Kiefer, Rober Racine, Francine Savard et Lorna Simpson.

Cubes, blocs et autres espaces
Jusquĺ─˘au 5 avril 2010

Lĺ─˘exposition Cubes, blocs et autres espaces propose une lecture des cadres urbanistique, architectural et młędiatique qui rłęgissent la vie moderne. Cette exposition pose un triple questionnement : Quelles sont les forces qui nous gouvernent? Comment les a-t-on dłęjłŢ affrontłęes? Et comment les subissons-nous aujourdĺ─˘hui? Lĺ─˘exposition comprend des ëýuvres de Josef Albers, Alice Aycock, Joseph Beuys, Dara Birnbaum, Ian Carr-Harris, Paterson Ewen, Fischli & Weiss, Gilbert & George, Peter Gnass, Joan Jonas, Kurt Kranz, Guillermo Kuitca, Suzy Lake, Sherrie Levine, El Lissitzky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Alex Morrison, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Gunter Nolte, Anders Oinonen, Nam June Paik, Giulio Paolini, Mary Pratt, Richard Prince, Keith Sonnier, Haim Steinbach, Lotte Stam-Beese, Paul Strand, Franł▀oise Sullivan, Serge Tousignant, Ian Wallace, Weegee, Gordon Webber, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, et Bill Woodrow.


Karl Lemieux
Du 13 janvier au 14 mars 2010

Dans le cadre de la słęrie Projections, le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘Office national du film du Canada (ONF), sont fiers de prłęsenter en premił«re mondiale Mamori (2010) 8min/35 mm, un film dĺ─˘animation expłęrimental rłęalisłę par lĺ─˘artiste montrłęalais Karl Lemieux. Au cëýur de la forłüt amazonienne, Karl Lemieux a cherchłę łŢ saisir les textures de la vłęgłętation tropicale et ses diverses transformations suivant les phłęnomł«nes lumineux. Il en a tirłę un film dĺ─˘animation expłęrimental, nłę de la rencontre de deux formes : lĺ─˘abstraction sonore de la musique originale du compositeur espagnol Francisco Lłäpez et lĺ─˘abstraction visuelle des images quĺ─˘il a retravaillłęes en studio.

Vendredis Nocturnes
Les Vendredis Nocturnes font relłóche en janvier mais reprendront le 5 fłęvrier avec Land of Talk. Aussi, le 5 mars, We Are Wolves; le 2 avril, Trio Torngat. Nocturnes : tous les premiers vendredis soir du mois, accł«s aux salles dĺ─˘exposition ; musique live ; service de  bar. Entrłęe au tarif głęnłęral ou avec la carte Branchłę łŢ 15 $.
Nuit blanche

Dans la nuit du 27 au 28 fłęvrier, la Nuit blanche au MAC, dans le cadre du Festival Montrłęal en lumił«re, sera sous le thł«me de la blancheur. Dans le hall dĺ─˘entrłęe les voiles du projet Capture saisiront au vol des images et une musique łęlectronique pop głęnłęrłęes par ordinateur grłóce au mot-clłę blanc. Les ateliers de crłęation, pour tous et en famille, proposeront la crłęation dĺ─˘icebergs głęants et, dans les salles dĺ─˘exposition, les chauves-souris albinos de Marcel Dzama attendront les visiteurs. De 18 h łŢ 5 h du matin. Gratuit.


Kirill Gerstein Named 2010 Gilmore Artist

Kalamazoo, Michigan, January 7, 2010 - Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein has been named the recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, it was announced today by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. One of the most prestigious honors for pianists, the Gilmore Artist Award is presented every four years on a non-competitive basis to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, has the potential to sustain a career as a major international concert artist.  Mr. Gerstein will receive $300,000 in support of his musical and career goals over the next four years.  Previous recipients of the Gilmore Artist Award are Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002), Leif Ove Andsnes (1998), Ralf Gothłäni (1994), and David Owen Norris (1991).  
"Over the past ten years we have observed Kirill Gerstein develop into one of the most compelling and profound musical artists of his generation," said Dan Gustin. "He is the epitome of what we seek in the Gilmore Artist - a musical thinker and performer who will continue growing and who can, and we believe will, attain a career as a major concert pianist for the 21st Century."
Mr. Gerstein has been praised for his masterful technique, musical curiosity, and probing interpretations. From early piano lessons at a special school in Russia, to studies in jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston, to performing at the classical music world's most prestigious venues, Mr. Gerstein is "on the fast track to a major career, and he deserves to be," noted The Boston Globe.  He won first prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and was chosen as Carnegie Hall's "Rising Star" for the 2005-06 season.  Mr. Gerstein is the first Gilmore Artist to have received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, which he was awarded in 2002.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to have been chosen as the 2010 Gilmore Artist," said Kirill Gerstein. "It feels very gratifying and flattering to have my work recognized and supported by such a distinguished panel of experts in the classical music world. I'm quite overwhelmed by the myriad of projects that this award could make possible, and I'm looking forward to working with Dan Gustin and his staff at The Gilmore to realize some of my creative dreams.  It's with great appreciation that I accept this incredibly generous award."
            The Gilmore Artist Award is given by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, established in 1989. Operating under a unique selection process, candidates for the Gilmore Artist Award are nominated confidentially by a large and diverse committee of music professionals. The nominated candidates are then unknowingly evaluated for their pianism and musicianship in various live concert performances by an anonymous six-member Artistic Advisory Committee.  The intention is to evaluate the candidates' work over a sustained period of time, rather than judging their achievement during the course of a highly concentrated and competitive set of conditions.        
            The Gilmore Artist receives a $50,000 cash grant to be used at the artist's discretion and $250,000 typically disbursed over a four-year period for projects and activities that will enhance the artist's musicianship and career. 
In addition to Dan Gustin, Director of The Gilmore, the Artistic Advisory Committee for the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award included Matias Tarnopolsky, until recently the Artistic Administrator of the New York Philharmonic, and now the Director of Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; Sherman Van Solkema, Professor of Music and retired chairman of the Music Department, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI; Ann Schein, concert pianist and teacher; Don Michael Randel, President of the Andrew Mellon Foundation; and Curtis Price, until recently the President of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and now Warden, New College, Oxford University, U.K.
The Gilmore also gives Gilmore Young Artist Awards every two years to the most promising of the new generation of American pianists, age 22 and younger.  Ivan Moshchuk and Charlie Albright were named the 2010 Gilmore Young Artists.  Between 1991 and 2010, 26 young pianists received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, including Yuja Wang, Jonathan Biss, Christopher Taylor, Adam Nieman, Orli Shaham, and Wendy Chen, in addition to Mr. Gerstein.
The Gilmore Festival and Awards are the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, a Kalamazoo businessman and philanthropist, whose special devotion to keyboard music and its musicians inspired the creation of the biennial Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the Gilmore Artist and Young Artist Awards.  Mr. Gerstein, along with former Gilmore Artists Ingrid Fliter, Piotr Anderszewski and David Owen Norris will appear at this year's Gilmore International Keyboard Festival taking place April 17 to May 8, 2010 throughout West Michigan. More information can be found at
Born in Voronezh, in southwestern Russia, thirty-year-old Kirill Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz. He came to the U.S. at 14 to continue his studies in jazz piano at Boston's Berklee College of Music while continuing to study the classical piano repertoire. Following two summers at the Boston University Young Artist program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein moved to New York City to study with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20, then continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados. Now an American citizen, Mr. Gerstein divides his time between the United States and Germany, where he has been a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart since 2006.
Mr. Gerstein has performed with esteemed orchestras and conductors, and in recital throughout the world. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, and San Francisco Symphonies. He has also performed with the Munich, Rotterdam and Royal Philharmonics, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zł║rich and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, among others. He has given recitals in Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Hamburg, New York, Paris, Prague, Vancouver, at Washington's Kennedy Center, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and at London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls.
At summer festivals Mr. Gerstein has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Mann Music Center and at the Saratoga Festival and the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. He made his Salzburg Festival debut playing solo and two-piano works with Andrł░s Schiff in 2008.  In 2009 he performed at the Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, and Lucerne Festivals, and returned to Caracas to work with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolłévar Youth Orchestra.
 In addition to his recital and concerto appearances at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in May 2010, highlights of his upcoming North American engagements include debuts with the Atlanta, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis symphonies, and the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, and return performances with the Baltimore, Houston and San Francisco symphonies. In January 2010 Mr. Gerstein will tour with cellist Steven Isserlis, with performances at the Kennedy Center and in San Francisco. He will also make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in summer of 2010. Internationally he will perform with the London Philharmonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain, Stockholm Philharmonic and WDR Symphony in Cologne.

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Cleveland Orchestra musiciansĺ─˘ union negotiations stalled

CLEVELAND, January 6, 2010 - The negotiations between The Cleveland Orchestra and the union representing its musician employees (Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians) ended today without a settlement, and no future meetings are scheduled.  The Orchestraĺ─˘s musicians had been working under a month-to-month contract extension since September.  Last month, the union formally terminated the extension agreement, and has now indicated that the musicians could strike as early as January 18.  

Management is seeking short-term concessions in the negotiations.  The union has been offered a three-year contract in which the base scale portion of their compensation would be reduced by 5% in the first year, with a restoration in the second year, and a 2.5% increase in the third year.  The unionĺ─˘s proposal is for an eight-month contract at their current levels of compensation and benefits.

In 2009, the average compensation for a member of The Cleveland Orchestra was $152,000 in wages, seniority, overtime, media rights, and other payments.  Median compensation was $140,200.  The proposal made today would reduce the median compensation to $134,100 in the first year.  Benefits include 10 weeks paid vacation and 26 weeks paid sick leave.  The official work week is 20 hours.  Among the cities with the top ten orchestras, Cleveland has the lowest cost of living.

To address the current recession, The Cleveland Orchestra was the first major Cleveland arts institution to launch across-the-board cost reductions.  Establishing a principle of shared sacrifice, Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst and Executive Director Gary Hanson volunteered reductions in compensation of 20% and 15% respectively, followed by reductions of up to 10% for all other employees.

Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson stated, ĺ─˙We need the union to recognize the shared sacrifice throughout the institution and respond in kind.ĺ─¨
In 2009, Trustees increased their donations over the previous year by 8%, while guest artists, suppliers, and professional service providers also voluntarily reduced their fees.  The budget for the current fiscal year 2009-10 has been reduced to $42.3 million, including annual cost-cutting of more than $2 million overall.

Cleveland Orchestra ticket sales and other locally earned revenues fell by 5% in the 2008-09 fiscal year to $11.9 million from $12.5 million in the previous year.  Corporate and foundation contributions to the Orchestra declined by more than 20% from $4.9 million to $3.8 million.  In 2009, the Orchestraĺ─˘s endowment investments fell to their lowest value in more than a decade, to $97.2 million from $124.4 million the previous year. The unfunded liability in the institutionĺ─˘s defined-benefit pension plan increased to $18.6 million, up from $4.3 million the previous year.  


Monday, January 11, 2010

Les Impatients ont le grand plaisir de vous inviter au lancement du 6e tome du coffret

Mille mots dĺ─˘amour
le mardi 19 janvier 2010 dł«s 17h30
łŢ la salle du Lion dĺ─˘Or situłęe au 1676, rue Ontario

Cette łędition comprend entre autres des lettres de Ginette Reno, Alexandre Despatie, Yvon Deschamps, Claudine Mercier, Jennifer Heil, Jacques Attali, Florence K et un inłędit de Marcel Pagnol.

Mille mots dĺ─˘amour est composłę de lettres offertes par des łęcrivains, des artistes, des młędecins, des Impatients, des journalistes, des athlł«tes et des gens du grand public.

Joignez-vous aux Impatients et łŢ Clłęmence Desrochers pour cette belle soirłęe!


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces Contract Extension for Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Ben Johnson announced today that the contract for Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will be extended for one year, through the 2011-12 season.  Following the end of his contract, Mr. Runnicles will continue to appear as a guest conductor with the Orchestra for two weeks annually ĺ─ţ he currently appears four weeks each season.

ĺ─˙The excitement and fulfillment of working with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra deepens for me each year,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Runnicles. ĺ─˙I have such confidence in both this Orchestra and Robertĺ─˘s leadership, and look forward to continuing our musical partnership.ĺ─¨

Music Director Robert Spano and Mr. Runnicles, whose tenures with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra began in the 2001-02 season, are currently in their ninth season with the Orchestra.  At the end of Mr. Runniclesĺ─˘s contract, they will have shared more than a decade of shaping the Orchestraĺ─˘s musical direction. 

ĺ─˙Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles have formed a superb artistic team with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra over nearly ten years,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Johnson.  ĺ─˙The Orchestra has never sounded better and the team has grown together in stature and reputation.  Robert and Donald have created a bond with not only the musicians, but with the people of Atlanta, and it was the shared desire of the entire organization to keep the team in place.  We are delighted that Donald will continue on the team, and we look forward to our continued journey together.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙It is my greatest joy to work with this Orchestra ĺ─ţ and I can think of no better artistic partner and friend to share in this journey than Donald,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Spano.  ĺ─˙I am so happy to have him here, and I look forward to all that lies before us.ĺ─¨ 

ĺ─˙Robert and Donald have, for nearly a decade, helped shape musical perspective and programming within this Orchestra and throughout the country,ĺ─¨ said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Interim CEO  Donald F. Fox.  ĺ─˙The ASO has, for years now, been a hub of creativity through performances, presentations, and learning forums, all inspired by the work of our artistic team.  We are so honored to have Donald here through the 2011-12 season, and look forward to all he and Robert will continue to create.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙I am so proud to have led the search that brought Robert and Donald to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2001,ĺ─¨ said Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Joe Bankoff.  ĺ─˙To have watched the Creative Partnership grow this Orchestra as a whole has been tremendous.  Keeping this artistic team in place for another couple of years thrills all of us here at the Arts Center, and we look forward to continued innovative and exciting music-making from this great Orchestra.ĺ─¨
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PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR DONALD RUNNICLES is now in his ninth year with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This season Mr. Runnicles took up two new top artistic posts in Europe ĺ─ţ General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  For 17 years, he was the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, where he conducted more than 60 productions in over 350 performances. Mr. Runnicles is also Music Director of the Grand Teton Summer Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Last month Mr. Runnicles brought the ASO Chorus back to the Berlin Philharmonic, for their third visit with him, this time for lavishly-praised performances of Brahmsĺ─˘s A German Requiem.   He has also brought the ASO Chamber Chorus to Carnegie Hall for a performance of Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem with the Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s. 

Mr. Runniclesĺ─˘s recordings with the Atlanta Symphony include a critically acclaimed concert disc with soprano Christine Brewer singing Strauss and Wagner; Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem; Orffĺ─˘s Carmina Burana; and Beethovenĺ─˘s Ninth Symphony, among others, all on Telarc (with whom the Atlanta Symphony has had a 30-year recording relationship). During that time, the Orchestra has recorded more than 100 albums, and its recordings have won 26 Grammy Awards.  Also in Mr. Runniclesĺ─˘s discography are a highly praised live recording of Wagnerĺ─˘s Tristan und Isolde released in 2007 by Warner Classics, with Christine Brewer and John Treleaven; Britten Billy Budd with Bo Skovhus, Neil Shicoff and the Vienna State Opera; a Grammy-nominated recital of German Romantic opera arias with tenor Ben Heppner; ĺ─˙Ringĺ─¨ excerpts with the Dresden Staatskapelle; Humperdinck Hłžnsel und Gretel; Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and a disc with soprano Jane Eaglen of works by Strauss, Wagner and Berg.


Robbins Lighter Classics: Martin Riseley displays technical acuity in energetic showpieces for violin

January 6th, 2010

Thursday, January 14th ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) continues its Robbins Lighter Classics series in 2010 with all things violinistic.  In a concert featuring a dazzling array of his favourite ĺ─˙party piecesĺ─¨, ESO Concertmaster Martin Riseley returns to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music as guest soloist in Violinissimo!  William Eddins and Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin will direct the orchestra through virtuoso showpieces for the violin.

From the lyricism of a quiet Gershwin song written for the musical Girl Crazy, to the dashing display of a playful Tchaikovsky waltz, Martin Riseleyĺ─˘s technical artistry has the opportunity to shine in a wide spectrum of deftly orchestrated pieces.  Saint-Sał┤nsĺ─˘ Havanaise for Violin explodes with a fiery Latin passion, the Oriental ambience of Kreislerĺ─˘s Tambourin Chinois will fill the hall with a warm Viennese air, and the final movement of Khachaturianĺ─˘s Violin Concerto in D minor offers a grandly assertive and energetic vibrancy. 

Ticket prices range from $20 ĺ─ý $69 (agency fees apply) and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office.  Until January 8, tickets can be purchased for a special price of $29 (agency fees apply) ĺ─ý all seating areas, online only, at

The next performance of the Robbins Lighter Classics series takes place on February 25th, 2010.  The ESO salutes Vancouver and celebrates the grace, beauty, power, and thrill of athletic excellence in A Tribute to the Games.

Thank you to our series sponsor Bill and Mary Jo Robbins, our series media sponsor Global Television, and our season media sponsor 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.


Inscrivez-vous au Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec

Date limite : le 1er mars 2010

Qułębec, le 6 janvier 2010 ĺ─ţ Le Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec reł▀oit les demandes dĺ─˘admission pour l'annłęe scolaire 2010-2011, jusquĺ─˘au 1er mars 2010. Le Conservatoire est une institution nationale qui sert une grande partie du territoire qułębłęcois. Nos sept łętablissements en musique au sein desquels nous offrons une formation en interprłętation, dont les programmes de baccalaurłęat et de małĂtrise, pour une vingtaine dĺ─˘instruments ainsi quĺ─˘une formation en chant, en direction dĺ─˘orchestre, en łęcriture musicale et en composition, sont rłępartis łŢ Gatineau, Montrłęal, Qułębec, Rimouski, Saguenay, Trois-Rivił«res et Val-dĺ─˘Or. En art dramatique, nos łętablissements de Montrłęal et de Qułębec offrent une formation en jeu, en scłęnographie et en mise en scł«ne et crłęation.

Comment sĺ─˘inscrire
Si vous possłędez une formation musicale, des aptitudes pour la pratique dĺ─˘un instrument et de trł«s bonnes facultłęs auditives ou si vous łütes passionnłę par lĺ─˘art dramatique et titulaire dĺ─˘un diplłąme dĺ─˘łętudes collłęgiales, nĺ─˘hłęsitez pas łŢ complłęter une demande dĺ─˘admission au Conservatoire. Il suffit de remplir le formulaire de demande dĺ─˘admission disponible auprł«s du Conservatoire ou dans le site Web, łŢ y joindre les documents exigłęs et łŢ faire parvenir le tout au secrłętariat de lĺ─˘łętablissement que vous dłęsirez frłęquenter. Notre site Web vous renseigne łęgalement sur chacun de nos łętablissements, le processus dĺ─˘admission, la prłęparation des auditions, les professeurs et le rłęgime płędagogique.

Une institution incontournable et un centre de rayonnement
Avec beaucoup de professionnalisme et la plus grande rigueur, le Conservatoire forme des jeunes qui vivent prł«s des forłüts de lĺ─˘Abitibi ou de la mer de Rimouski, au bord de la rivił«re des Outaouais ou prł«s du fjord du Saguenay, en pleine Mauricie, dans la capitale ou dans la młętropole. Partout, ils apprennent leur młętier, travaillent leur texte ou leur instrument et nourrissent leur sensibilitłę. Chaque annłęe, dans nos murs, plus de 800 łęlł«ves łętudient pour devenir des actrices et des acteurs, des metteur(e)s en scł«ne, des instrumentistes, des chefs, des compositeur(e)s, des chanteuses et des chanteurs accomplis, qui rayonneront sur les scł«nes nationale et internationale. Tout rłęcemment, plusieurs de nos łęlł«ves en musique et en art dramatique se sont distingułęs. Parmi eux, on retrouve :

Čů Valłęrie Błęlanger, soprano et Catherine Hughes, łęlł«ve en Jeu du Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Qułębec, qui ont remportłę des bourses de 10 000 $ de la Fondation Hnatyshyn;
Čů Marie-łÓve Poupart, violoniste, qui a reł▀u le prestigieux Prix dĺ─˘Europe 2009;
Čů Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, clarinettiste, qui a młęritłę le Grand Prix du 69e concours OSM Standard Life;
Čů Emmanuel Bernier, organiste, qui a remportłę la finale nationale du Concours de musique du Canada;
Čů Pascale Robineau-Charrette, hautbołěste, qui a reł▀u la bourse dĺ─˘excellence du millłęnaire; et on pourrait en nommer plusieurs autres.

Une approche płędagogique exceptionnelle
Dĺ─˘hier łŢ aujourdĺ─˘hui, la qualitłę et la renommłęe des interprł«tes et des crłęateurs formłęs au Conservatoire tłęmoignent dĺ─˘une approche płędagogique exceptionnelle. Nos łęlł«ves błęnłęficient dĺ─˘un enseignement de haut niveau qui valorise le rapport individuel avec le małĂtre, la transmission des savoirs vivants, lĺ─˘expłęrience concrł«te de la scł«ne et le respect du parcours de chacun. ł─ cela sĺ─˘ajoutent la disponibilitłę de lieux inspirants et la prłęsence de professeurs de grande renommłęe. Nos professeurs sont łŢ la fois des enseignants et des artistes qui font carrił«re sur scł«ne et qui sĺ─˘illustrent. ł─ cet effet, le 2 dłęcembre dernier, la Fondation łÔmile-Nelligan remettait le Prix Serge-Garant 2009, dłęcernłę pour lĺ─˘ensemble de lĺ─˘ëýuvre dĺ─˘un compositeur, łŢ Yves Daoust, un pionnier de la musique łęlectroacoustique au Canada, qui enseigne au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal depuis 1980. Aussi, Marie-Josłęe Bastien, enseignante au Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Qułębec, a reł▀u le Prix de la meilleure mise en scł«ne pour la pił«ce Richard Trois dĺ─˘aprł«s William Shakespeare, prłęsentłęe au Thłęłótre de la Bordłęe. Quant łŢ Derren Lowe, violoniste, membre de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec et professeur au Consevatoire de musique de Qułębec, il a dłęcrochłę deux Prix dĺ─˘excellence des arts et de la culture.

De nouvelles installations montrłęalaises
Aujourdĺ─˘hui plus que jamais, le Conservatoire se dłęploie. ł─ Montrłęal, les nouvelles installations permanentes du Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique et du Conservatoire de musique ont łętłę inaugurłęes le 14 septembre 2009. Ces nouveaux lieux de travail, de crłęation et de diffusion pour nos łęlł«ves constituent łęgalement un vłęritable centre dĺ─˘art et de culture pour toute la population montrłęalaise. Conł▀us et adaptłęs spłęcifiquement pour lĺ─˘enseignement de la musique et de lĺ─˘art dramatique, nos łęlł«ves łęvoluent dans des studios insonorisłęs et des salles de cours spacieuses, profitent dĺ─˘une bibliothł«que bien documentłęe, dĺ─˘une salle multimłędia hautement performante, dĺ─˘un atelier lyrique, dĺ─˘une salle de rłęcital de 100 places, dĺ─˘une salle de concert de 225 places, dĺ─˘un atelier de costumes et de dłęcors, de studios de doublage, de radio, de tłęlłęvision et de cinłęma.

Des Portes ouvertes
Afin de faire dłęcouvrir leur łęcole, plusieurs łętablissements du Conservatoire ouvrent leurs portes au public dans les prochaines semaines :
Čů Conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Montrłęal, słęance dĺ─˘information sur les auditions le 23 janvier;
Čů Conservatoire de musique de Val-dĺ─˘Or, le 23 janvier;
Čů Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res, le 31 janvier;
Čů Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay, le 12 fłęvrier;
Čů Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, Festival de musique du 19 au 21 fłęvrier.

Prenez votre envol
Aspirez łŢ une grande carrił«re artistique et inscrivez-vous au Conservatoire :


Opera McGill prłęsente The Rake's Progress par Igor Stravinsky

Montrłęal, le 6 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Opłęra McGill et lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de McGill sous la direction de Julian Wachner prłęsentent The Rakeĺ─˘s Progress dĺ─˘Igor Stravinsky les 27 et 29 et 30 janvier łŢ 19h30 łŢ la Salle Pollack. David Lefkowich sera metteur en scene invitłę. La production sera surtitrłęe en franł▀ais et en anglais. Les billets sont 27$ et 22$ (łętudiants et ałĂnłęs) et sont disponibles au guichet de la salle Pollack, du lundi au vendredi entre midi et 18h ainsi quĺ─˘une heure avant les reprłęsentations, ou par le rłęseau Admission (514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595,

Opłęra en trois actes łŢ partir dĺ─˘un livret de W.H. Auden et Chester Kallman dĺ─˘aprł«s la słęrie de gravures The Rakeĺ─˘s Progress de William Hogarth (Londres, 1697-1764), lĺ─˘oeuvre a łętłę crłęłęe lors de la 14e Biennale de Venise en 1951. En forme dĺ─˘un conte de fłęe, lĺ─˘opłęra fait rłęfłęrence aux mythes dĺ─˘Adonis, Vłęnus et Orphłęe, łŢ la lłęgende de Faust ainsi quĺ─˘łŢ la tradition de Don Juan.

Nłę łŢ New York, David Lefkowich a łętudiłę łŢ la Northwestern University, avant de se perfectionner łŢ lĺ─˘łÔcole internationale de thłęłótre Jacques Lecoq łŢ Paris. Il est aujourdĺ─˘hui un metteur en scł«ne et un chorłęgraphe de combat accompli. Il a notamment travaillłę au Metropolitan Opera de New York, au New York City Opera, au Florida Grand Opera, au Boston Lyric Opera, au Gotham Chamber Opera, aux Opłęras de San Francisco, du Minnesota, du Colorado et au Glimmerglass Opera. Il collabore avec de grands metteurs en scł«ne tels que John Copley, Robert Lepage, Julie Taymor et Robert Woodruff. Parmi ses projets rłęcents, citons sa collaboration avec James Conlon au Ravinia Music Festival pour les mises en scł«ne de Don Giovanni (Mozart) avec le Chicago Symphony Orchestra et Lĺ─˘Histoire du Soldat (Stravinsky) avec la Juilliard School. En 2008, il a fait ses dłębuts europłęens avec Le Portrait de Manon (Massenet) au Liceu de Barcelone. Il a łęgalement mis en scł«ne et chorłęgraphiłę Romłęo et Juliette (Gounod) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra Tampa et aux Opłęras du Minnesota et de Virginie ; La Traviata (Verdi) au Lake George Opera et Le Portrait de Manon łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Glimmerglass, et conł▀u les combats de la crłęation de Appomattox (Philip Glass) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de San Francisco, mais aussi de Miss Lonelyhearts (Liebermann) au Juilliard Opera Center, La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) au New York City Opera et A Clockwork Orange au New York off-Broadway.

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Le Quatuor Molinari poursuit sa 13e saison avec trois importants concerts en cette deuxił«me moitiłę de saison

Quatuor Molinari
Quatuor en rłęsidence au Conservatoire de musique de MOntrłęal

Olga Ranzenhofer, violon
Frłędłęric Bednarz, violon
Frłędłęric Lambert, alto
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, violoncelle

Montrłęal, le 5 janvier 2010. Le Quatuor Molinari poursuit sa 13e saison avec trois importants concerts en cette deuxił«me moitiłę de saison.

Dł«s le mercredi 27 janvier 2010 łŢ 20h, le Quatuor  Molinari prłęsentera un Dialogue łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (entrłęe libre) avec comme invitłęs les laurłęats de son Quatrił«me Concours international de composition. Discussions ouvertes avec le public, exemples musicaux et prłęsentation par les compositeurs de leur ëýuvre. Le vendredi 29 janvier, cette fois łŢ la salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal ĺ─«4750, avenue Henri-Julien (młętro Mont-Royal) aura lieu le concert des laurłęats du Quatrił«me Concours international de composition du Quatuor Molinari. La maison de disque ATMA sera sur place pour enregistrer le concert pour diffusion internationale. Les billets sont en vente łŢ la porte le soir du concert.

Le Quatuor Molinari prłęsentera du 17 au 20 mars 2010, Le Quatuor selon Schnittke, un łęvłęnement de quatre jours autour de la musique de chambre dĺ─˘Alfred Schnittke.
Dialogues, confłęrence de Jean Lesage, table ronde, deux rłęcitals de musique de chambre et un concert marathon de lĺ─˘intłęgrale des quatuor dĺ─˘Alfred Schnittke avec en plus le quintette avec piano avec la rłęputłęe pianiste Louise Bessette. Toutes les activitłęs auront lieu au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, 4750, avenue Henri-Julien (młętro Mont-Royal).

Pour terminer la saison, le Quatuor Molinari prłęsentera le 4e quatuor de Paul Hindemith, le 2e quatuor du qułębłęcois Jacques Hłętu et le premier de Erwin Schulhoff  le samedi 22 mai 2010, 20 h, au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, 4750,  rue Henri-Julien (młętro Mont-Royal). Le Dialogue aura lieu le mercredi 12 mai 2010, 20h, łŢ la la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.

Le Quatuor Molinari remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le Conseil des Arts de Montrłęal, le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, la Ville de Montrłęal, Alfred Dallaire | Memoria, le Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal et ATMA Classique pour leur głęnłęreux soutien.

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Grammy Award-winner JoAnn Falletta conducts Symphony Nova Scotia

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January 6, 2010
JoAnnFallettaHalifax, NS - Symphony Nova Scotia welcomes guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, ĺ─˙one of the finest conductors of her generationĺ─¨ (the New York Times), for a rare performance of Schubertĺ─˘s Death and the Maiden at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 pm.

Falletta is a two-time Grammy winner and has been praised worldwide as one of North Americaĺ─˘s most elegant, expressive, and engaging conductors. She is currently the music director of both the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony, and has been awarded no less than 11 honorary doctorates, including one from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

Falletta will be leading Symphony Nova Scotia in an orchestral version of Schubertĺ─˘s beloved string quartet Death and the Maiden, originally based on a German song in which a maiden begs for Death to pass her by. Fallettaĺ─˘s recording of this version, arranged by American composer Andy Stein, was recently nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award (Best Producer), and has been praised as ĺ─˙utterly convincing both stylistically and emotionallyĺ─¨ (BBC Magazine).

ĺ─˙I think this version of Death and the Maiden is one of the most powerful retellings of music that I have ever heard,ĺ─¨ says Falletta. ĺ─˙Andy Stein really transformed the original string quartet into a new Schubert symphony. It is enormously powerful ĺ─ý even rather overwhelming ĺ─ý and when people hear it, theyĺ─˘re always swept away by it. It is Schubert, after all, and Death and the Maiden is one of his great masterpieces.ĺ─¨

Listen online: clips of this version of Death and the Maiden are available at or

In addition to performing Death and the Maiden with Symphony Nova Scotia, Falletta will also lead the orchestra in Zoltan Kodalyĺ─˘s cheerful Galanta Dances and Henry Vieuxtempsĺ─˘ daring and poetic Violin Concerto no. 5 ĺ─˙Gretry.ĺ─¨ Her concertmaster at the Buffalo Philharmonic, Michael Ludwig, will join her as the violin soloist for the Vieuxtemps Concerto.

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

About JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta is a multi-Grammy Award winner, a published writer, an inspirational speaker, a relentless champion for women in the arts, and ĺ─˙one of the brightest stars of symphonic music in Americaĺ─¨ (the Los Angeles Times). Now in her tenth season as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, she has guest conducted many of the worldĺ─˘s top orchestras, including over 100 orchestras in North America alone.

She is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards, including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, the Stokowski Competition, the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awards, and the American Symphony Orchestra Leagueĺ─˘s John S. Edwards Award. An ardent supporter of music of our time, she has introduced over 400 works by American composers, including more than 80 world premieres, and her discography includes more than 50 titles.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 16,000 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 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.


Hłętu, Ravel, Bruckner (Programme modifiłę pour le concert de Rivił«re-des-Prairies)

Premił«re Mondiale du Concerto pour deux guitares de Jacques Hłętu

Montrłęal, mercredi le 6 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Jeudi prochain, le 14 janvier, łŢ Rivił«re-des-Prairies, lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain prłęsentera la premił«re exłęcution mondiale du Concerto pour deux guitares de Jacques Hłętu.  Dłędiłęe łŢ lĺ─˘łęminent guitariste et płędagogue Paul Gerrits qui lĺ─˘avait commandłę, cette ëýuvre sera joułęe en hommage au compositeur.

Il sĺ─˘agit du sixił«me programme de la saison de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, prłęsentłę dans le cadre de sa tournłęe en arrondissements. Le concert aura lieu łŢ la salle Dłęsilets du Cłęgep Marie-Victorin łŢ Rivił«re-des-Prairies.  En plus du Concerto dĺ─˘Hłętu, ce programme modifiłę mettra łŢ lĺ─˘honneur lĺ─˘enchantement de Ma mł«re lĺ─˘Oye de Ravel et la complexitłę de la premił«re Symphonie de Bruckner.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) : Ma mł«re lĺ─˘Oye, suite (version orchestrale)
Jacques Hłętu (1938 - ) : Concerto pour deux guitares (op. 77)
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) : Symphonie nČâ 1 en do mineur

Sous la direction du Maestro Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, le Concerto pour deux guitares dĺ─˘Hłętu sera interprłętłę par le Duo des Concertants, composłę de Marc Deschłünes et Andrłę Roy. Puis, la fantaisie et lĺ─˘exotisme seront au rendez-vous avec la suite Ma Mł«re lĺ─˘Oye de Ravel, qui sera joułęe dans sa version orchestrale. Enfin, młüme si la Symphonie nČâ 1 dĺ─˘Anton Bruckner recł«le une impłętuositłę romantique qui fait songer łŢ Liszt ou łŢ Schumann, une personnalitłę profondłęment originale sĺ─˘affirme dans ce fascinant voyage des tłęnł«bres vers la lumił«re.

Nĺ─˘oubliez pas la confłęrence prłęparatoire gratuite une heure avant le concert !

Ce concert spłęcial sera prłęsentłę łŢ :

Rivił«re-des-Prairies, Cłęgep Marie-Victorin                
       14 janvier, 20h00                             Billets : 514-872-9814

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En premił«re mondiale : Mamori de Karl Lemieux prłęsentłę par le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal en collaboration avec lĺ─˘Office national du film du Canada

Montrłęal, le 5 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý Dans le cadre de la słęrie Projections, le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘Office national du film du Canada (ONF), sont fiers de prłęsenter en premił«re mondiale Mamori (2010), un film dĺ─˘animation expłęrimental rłęalisłę par lĺ─˘artiste Karl Lemieux. Cette ëýuvre originale sera projetłęe en continu łŢ la salle Beverly Webster Rolph (BWR) du Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain, du 13 janvier au 14 mars 2010. ł─ la fin janvier, Karl Lemieux ira prłęsenter cette nouvelle crłęation łŢ la prochaine łędition du prestigieux Festival international du film de Rotterdam, consacrłę aux films innovants, indłępendants et expłęrimentaux.

Paulette Gagnon, directrice du Musłęe, se rłęjouit de voir Mamori łŢ la programmation de la słęrie Projections : Č┤ Cette słęrie permet de dłęcouvrir les rłęalisations dĺ─˘artistes de la scł«ne locale et internationale qui investissent et enrichissent lĺ─˘art filmique. Lĺ─˘ëýuvre de Lemieux sĺ─˘inscrit admirablement dans cette lignłęe Ȭ.

Pour Monique Simard, directrice głęnłęrale du Programme franł▀ais de lĺ─˘ONF, Č┤ Mamori est prłęsentłę dans un lieu des plus propices łŢ la dłęcouverte de ses qualitłęs artistiques, le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal. Fidł«le łŢ sa mission, lĺ─˘ONF appuie lĺ─˘innovation dans toutes les pratiques cinłęmatographiques, dont les ëýuvres expłęrimentales, et est fier de travailler partout au pays avec des artistes audacieux comme Karl Lemieux. Ȭ


Mamori (2010) a łętłę produit łŢ lĺ─˘Office national du film du Canada par Julie Roy. Vłęritable laboratoire de crłęation rendu mythique, notamment par Norman McLaren, les studios dĺ─˘animation de lĺ─˘ONF ont accueilli Karl Lemieux pour rłęaliser ce projet issu dĺ─˘une rłęsidence de crłęation organisłęe par Francisco Lopez. Compositeur espagnol et chef de file de la musique dĺ─˘avant-garde, Lopez reł▀oit au Č┤ Mamori Art Lab Ȭ les artistes du son spłęcialisłęs dans les Č┤ field recordings Ȭ, matłęriau sonore saisi sur le terrain. Au cëýur de la forłüt amazonienne, Karl Lemieux a cherchłę łŢ saisir les textures de la vłęgłętation tropicale et ses diverses transformations suivant les phłęnomł«nes lumineux. Il en a tirłę un film dĺ─˘animation expłęrimental, nłę de la rencontre de deux formes : lĺ─˘abstraction sonore de la musique originale de Francisco Lopez et lĺ─˘abstraction visuelle des images quĺ─˘il a retravaillłęes en studio. Lemieux a en effet filmłę les photos numłęriques dĺ─˘origine, photogramme par photogramme, avec une camłęra 16 mm. Il a fait des essais photochimiques avec des pellicules couleur płęrimłęes, dont il nĺ─˘a retenu que des images en noir et blanc. Un film tout en nuances, qui sĺ─˘articule łŢ travers le rythme des images, du son et du montage.

Karl Lemieux

Cinłęaste expłęrimental montrłęalais, Karl Lemieux est originaire de Kingsey-Falls prł«s de Victoriaville. Il łętudie le cinłęma łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę Concordia, et dł«s son premier court młętrage, Lemieux sĺ─˘intłęresse au rapport entre lĺ─˘image et le son. Avec Daichi Saito, il fonde le Collectif Double nłęgatif voułę łŢ la production et łŢ la diffusion du cinłęma expłęrimental et il participe rłęgulił«rement łŢ des concerts et performances de projection et altłęration en direct de films 16 mm. Dĺ─˘ailleurs en 2008, il prend part aux Nocturnes du Musłęe avec le groupe Pas Chic Chic. Il signe plusieurs courts młętrages, dont The Bridge (1998); KI (2001); Mouvement de lumił«re/Motion of Light (2004) Western Sunburn (2007); Trash and No Star! (2008) et Passage (2008). Ce dernier film a reł▀u plusieurs prix ici comme łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger, dont le Grand Prix du Jury/PHI Group.

Głęnłęrique Mamori ĺ─ý 8 min/35 mm
Rłęalisation, camłęra et animation : Karl Lemieux
Enregistrements, composition et conception sonore : Francisco Lłäpez
Productrice : Julie Roy, Studio animation et jeunesse, ONF
Production : Office national du film du Canada
Prłęsentation : Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal
Responsable de la słęrie Projections : Louise Simard, crłęations multimłędias, MACM
Le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain de Montrłęal est situłę au 185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, młętro Place-des-Arts. Heures dĺ─˘ouverture : du mardi au dimanche de 11 h łŢ 18 h et les mercredis de 11 h łŢ 21 h et tous les premiers vendredis soir du mois lors des Nocturnes jusquĺ─˘łŢ 21 h. Renseignements : 514-847-6226. Site Internet :

Le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain est une sociłętłę dĺ─˘łÔtat subventionnłęe par le ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec et błęnłęficie de la participation financił«re du ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien et du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

L'ONF en bref

ł─ titre de producteur et de distributeur public canadien dĺ─˘ëýuvres audiovisuelles, lĺ─˘ONF crłęe des documentaires łŢ caractł«re social, des animations dĺ─˘auteur, de la fiction alternative et du contenu numłęrique, qui prłęsentent au monde un point de vue authentiquement canadien. Depuis sa fondation en 1939, lĺ─˘ONF a crłęłę plus de 13 000 productions et remportłę au-delłŢ de 5000 rłęcompenses, dont 12 Oscars et plus de 90 prix Głęnie. En 2009, le film Voisins/Neighbours, de Norman McLaren, grand pionnier de lĺ─˘animation de lĺ─˘ONF, a łętłę inscrit au Registre de la Młęmoire du monde de lĺ─˘UNESCO.

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Nourrir un enfant : des rłęsultats łęloquents!

Montrłęal, le 5 janvier 2010 - La campagne 2009 de Nourrir un enfant a atteint son objectif et lĺ─˘a młüme dłępassłę : prł«s de 315 000 $ ont łętłę recueillis cet automne, un rłęsultat qui rłęcompense les efforts głęnłęreux du public qui a rłępondu łŢ lĺ─˘appel, contre toute attente. Au Qułębec, la solidaritłę triomphe de la crise!

Il faut rendre un hommage tout spłęcial aux artistes qui, łŢ lĺ─˘invitation de Diane De Courcy, la prłęsidente de la Commission scolaire de Montrłęal et prłęsidente de Nourrir un enfant, ont solidairement acceptłę de faire la promotion de Nourrir un enfant, chacun dans sa rłęgion : Isabelle Cyr, Boom Desjardins, Boucar Diouf, Marc Hervieux, Josłęe Lavigueur, Marie Nicole Lemieux, Płęnłęlope McQuade, Bruno Pelletier et Francis Reddy.

Cette annłęe, Nourrir un enfant est venu en aide łŢ plus de 32 300 enfants dłęfavorisłęsĺ─ des enfants qui, comme les autres enfants, pourront croire, eux aussi, en leurs chances dĺ─˘un meilleur avenir.

Un grand merci aux partenaires : Metro, Super C, et RBC, qui ont contribułę au succł«s de la campagne.

Rappelons que Nourrir un enfant est une initiative de Lĺ─˘ëÝUVRE LłÔGER, qui en assume tous les frais : 100 % des dons reł▀us servent la cause des enfants dłęmunis du Qułębec.

Gewandhaus Kapellmeister Riccardo Chailly to Conduct Grand Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Tours of 7 Cities in North America with Pianist Nelson Freire and Violinist Nikolaj Znaider


The  much lauded conductor Riccardo Chailly will be conducting the glorious Leipzig Gewandhaus  Orchestra as part of an 7 City US tour. We would be very grateful if you would consider combining a story about this great conductor, soloists Nelson Freire and Nicoaj Znaider,  and foremost, The Leipzig Gewandhaus one the greatest of orchestras in the world as well as a new concept and the first of the American Friends of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, 

Los Angeles(17.02.2010)
Palm Desert(18.02.2010)
Costa Mesa(19.02.2010)
San Francisco(21.02.2010)
San Francisco(22.02.2010)
New York(27.02.2010)
New York(28.02.2010)
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The Sunday Times selected Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performance of Beethoven 8 and 9, Barbican. January1  2009, as the greatest classical music performance of the decade. The newspaper lauded  the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra as having given one of the best classical concerts of the decade  among 15 Events in the entire the world.

The Guardian chose  the Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraČąs performance of St. Matthews Passion as one of the top 10 performances in classical concerts in 2009 in England.

Chailly, Bach and the Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters

New CD releases in 2010 (Decca):

 January 2010                  Easter 2010                End of December 2010

January 2010:
Brandenburg Concertos

St. Matthew Passion

Late 2010:
Christmas Oratorio                                
In 2010 three CDs will be released by Decca with major works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. With his dedication to Bach, Chailly continues the Leipzig Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters' tradition, dating back to Mendelssohn, of preserving Bach's heritage, while breaking with his predecessors' practice of not conducting the Christmas Oratorio.
The Gewandhaus Orchestra was founded during Bach's lifetime. For centuries, it was the mainstay of the Bach tradition in Leipzig, together with the St. Thomas's Boys Choir and its music director.
 A look at history, however, reveals that, from Mendelssohn's day onwards, it was the Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters whose commitment enabled Bach's music to experience a major renaissance by making it accessible to a wide audience during the mid-19th century. The idea of establishing Bach's music in public concert life again largely emanated from Leipzig.
 With three new CD releases and numerous concert programmes, Riccardo Chailly is continuing the tradition of his predecessors, while breaking with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters' long-standing practice of not conducting the Christmas Oratorio.
Felix Mendelssohn conducted the first revival of the St. Matthew Passion after Bach's death (1750) at St. Thomas's Church in 1841. Mendelssohn's successor, Julius Rietz, established the tradition of presenting the St. Matthew Passion every year on Good Friday (regularly from 1856 at St. Thomas's Church). It should be noted that the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister ĺ─ý not the St. Thomas's music director ĺ─ý conducted these performances until 1907 (with Arthur Nikisch). Beginning in 1908 Karl Straube assumed the conducting duties, but he did not become the St. Thomas music director until 1918. Since then, the Passion performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra have been associated primarily with this position ĺ─ý a tradition that is obviously not as old as people often think.
In 1857, the Berlin Sing-Akademie revived the Christmas Oratorio, the first performance since Bach's death more than 100 years earlier. Soon afterwards, sections of the work were presented at the Gewandhaus under Carl Reinecke. After Reinecke, however, no other Gewandhaus Kapellmeister conducted the Oratorio in the Gewandhaus. The first performance in the new Gewandhaus (1982) was conducted by Georg Christoph Biller, then Gewandhaus chorus director. Thus, the performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio on 7 and 8 January 2010, with Gewandhaus Music Director Riccardo Chailly conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra, are a rarity. The work will be recorded live and released on CD by Decca in late 2010.
Mendelssohn also introduced Bach's instrumental concertos into the concert hall. Since then, they have been a permanent part of the Gewandhaus Orchestra's repertoire and have been conducted frequently by all Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters, including Riccardo Chailly. But Chailly would not be Chailly if he did not use this tradition as an opportunity to continue these musical achievements into the future. During the concerts on 10, 11 and 12 June 2010 he will conduct the premiere of the Goldberg Variations in an arrangement for orchestra by Jochen Neurath. On 16, 18 and 19 June he will conduct the premiere of another Gewandhaus commission ĺ─ý the chorale variations on the Christmas song "Vom Himmel hoch, da kommČą ich her" for chorus and orchestra by Laurent Mettraux.
 This year's tour is the orchestra's 14th tour to the North American continent
 The Gewandhaus Orchestra has toured the USA and Canada for 33 years; to date the orchestra has played 229 concerts in the USA alone. The first US tour took place in 1974. In 1987 the orchestra embarked on the most spectacular tour in its history ĺ─ý 15 concerts in Japan, followed immediately by another 13 concerts in the USA.

During its previous US tours the Gewandhaus Orchestra has performed more often on the East Coast than the West Coast, with only four appearances in Los Angeles. Kurt Masur conducted two concerts there in both 1992 and 1991. Palm Desert was on the itinerary for the first time during the West Coast tour in 1991 and again, with Herbert Blomstedt, in 2001. The orchestra has been an infrequent guest in San Francisco thus far. Kurt Masur conducted only three concerts in the Bay City (1987, 1991) and Herbert Blomstedt, one, in 2001.

The East Coast of the USA is a different story. Boston has been a favorite tour destination ĺ─ý particularly because of the concert hall, whose architects drew inspiration from the second Gewandhaus for structural measures to optimize the hall's acoustics. The orchestra made its debut in Boston during its first USA tour in 1974, followed by seven further appearances under Kurt Masur until 1993. Boston then disappeared from the orchestra's itinerary for 14 years, until Riccardo Chailly conducted a concert in the Massachusetts capital in 2007. The Gewandhaus Orchestra performed for the first time in Newark, which is situated near New York City, under Herbert Blomstedt in 2004, with a second appearance under Riccardo Chailly in 2007. The orchestra makes its debut in Costa Mesa in 2010

Itinerary 2010

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhaus Kapellmeister
Soloists: Nelson Freiere. Piano;  Nikolaj Znajder. Violin


Los Angeles (17.02.2010)
Walt Disney Concert Hall

135 North. Grand Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven
5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Es-Dur op. 73
Ludwig van Beethoven
7. Sinfonie A-Dur op. 92

Nelson Freire, Piano

Palm Desert (18.02.2010)
Mc Callum Theatre

73000 Fred Waring Drive


Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"

op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Johannes Brahms
2. Sinfonie D-Dur op. 73

Nikolaj Zanider, Violon

Costa Mesa (19.02.2010)
Orange County Performing Art Centre

600 Town  Center Drive

714- 549-3876

Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"
op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Antonłén Dvorł░k
Sinfonie e-Moll op. 95 ("Aus der Neuen Welt")

Nikolaj Znaider; Violin

San Francisco (21.02.2010)
Davies SF Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue


Fryderyk Chopin -  1. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Antonłén Dvorł░k - 9. Sinfonie ("New World")

Nelson Freire, Piano

San Francisco (22.02.2010)

SF Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven - 5.
Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven - 7. Sinfonie
Nelson Freire, Piano

Boston (25.02.2010)
Symphony Hall
251 Huntington Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven  - 5.
Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Ludwig van Beethoven - 7.
Nelson Freire, Piano

Newark (26.02.2010)
New Jersey Performing Arts Centre


Ludwig van Beethoven
5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Es-Dur op. 73
Ludwig van Beethoven
7. Sinfonie A-Dur op. 92

Nelson Freire, Piano

New York (27.02.2010)
Carnegie Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"
op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Antonłén Dvorł░k
Sinfonie e-Moll op. 95 ("Aus der Neuen Welt")

Nikolaj Znaider; Violin

New York (28.02.2010)
Carnegie Hall

Fryderyk Chopin
Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
e-Moll op. 11
Johannes Brahms
2. Sinfonie D-Dur op. 73

Nelson Freire, Piano

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Gonzales ouvre le 21 janvier

Lĺ─˘immense Gonzales ouvre le 21 janvier łŢ 20h00 la saison 2010 de Piano International avec un concert inłędit en hommage łŢ Glenn Gould. Un dłęmarrage dłętonnant pour la premił«re łędition de Piano International, une saison de piano en Limousin qui allie rencontres musicales et łęconomiques. En prłęlude de ce concert sont organisłęes łŢ 17h00 des tables rondes sur le thł«me : Č┤ Green Business, concept stratłęgique et responsable au cëýur de lĺ─˘entreprise Č¬.

Nourri de multiples influences (łęlectro-pop-classique), Gonzales est un artiste łŢ part entił«re aux multiples facettes qui impressionne par la richesse et la diversitłę de son inspiration et son sens du spectacle.

Avide de rencontres, de dłęcouvertes et des nouvelles harmonies, il  travaille avec une liste impressionnante dĺ─˘artistes : Daft Punk,  BjłĆrk, David Bowie... Il rłęalise le remarquable album de Feist, et arrange entre autres les albums de Jane Birkin, Phillipe Katerine, Christophe Willem, Charles Aznavour, Teki Latex et Jean-Louis Aubert. Avec lĺ─˘album Č┤ Solo Piano Ȭ, Gonzales dłęcroche sa notoriłętłę en tant quĺ─˘interprł«te et est enfin reconnu auprł«s du public. Son exubłęrance le conduit łŢ remporter le record Guinness World Records du concert solo le plus long en jouant  plus de 200 morceaux durant vingt-sept heures, trois minutes et quarante-quatre secondes, un concert marathon.

Invitłę le 21 janvier au Płąle de Lanaud, il a concoctłę un programme łŢ son image : surrłęaliste, touchant et virtuose. Consacrłę łŢ Glenn Gould ce concert est l'hommage dĺ─˘une personnalitłę excentrique canadienne łŢ une autre. Il racontera sa rencontre avec lĺ─˘artiste juchłę sur la rłęplique exacte de la chaise de Glenn Gould,  une chaise squelettique, inconfortable et encore lłęgendaireĺ─ Suivront des crłęations propres de Gonzales de style nłęobaroque, ainsi qu'une large słęlection du rłępertoire canadien en provenance d'autres icłąnes de son pays natal telles que Leonard Cohen et Cłęline Dion...

En prłęlude de ce concert, Piano International qui se propose dĺ─˘łütre łęgalement un espace dĺ─˘łęchanges, dĺ─˘informations et un outil de dłęveloppement de rłęseaux organise łŢ 17h00 des tables rondes autour du thł«me : Č┤ Green Business, concept stratłęgique et responsable au cëýur de lĺ─˘entreprise Č¬.
Les prochaines rencontres musicales de Piano International
Piano International recevra mercredi 24 fłęvrier Edna Stern, nouveau phłęnomł«ne du piano dans un programme Bach ĺ─ý Chopin.  Le 11 mars, Alexander Paley usera de sa technique łęblouissante pour sĺ─˘attaquer łŢ un programme remarquable : Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition de Mussorgsky  et les 24 prłęludes de Rachmaninov. Eric Le sage, le spłęcialiste des grands romantiques viendra clore la saison avec un programme Schuman dont il est seul małĂtre.


Allegra : 29ił«me saison / 29th Season

jeudi 21 janvier łŢ 20 h
Thursday January 21 at 8 pm
salle Redpath, Universitłę McGill / Redpath Hall, McGill University

Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg
Yukari Cousineau
Alexander Lozowski
Brian Bacon
Katherine Skorzewska

Robert Schumann
Quatuor avec piano en mi błęmol majeur, op. 47
Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 47 for piano, violin, viola & cello

Robert Schumann
Sonate no. 1 en la mineur pour violon & piano
Sonata No. 1 in a minor for violin & piano

Robert Schumann
Quintette avec piano en mi błęmol majeur, op. 44
Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44



Friday, January 8, 2010

Le vernissage de la traditionnelle exposition de la Maison Trestler Č┤ Entre-Nous Ȭ

Le jeudi, 14 janvier 2010 entre 19h30 et 21h30 aura lieu le vernissage de la traditionnelle exposition de la Maison Trestler Č┤ Entre-Nous Ȭ

Sous la prłęsidence dĺ─˘Honneur de Monsieur Gilles Farand, Prłęfet de la MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Nous rassemblons des artistes de la rłęgion małĂtrisant des młędiums diffłęrents (Aquarellistes, sculpteurs, huiles, mixtes, młętiers dĺ─˘art et autres), tous seront regroupłęs pour vous dłęmontrer leur talent.

Vous łütes les bienvenus pour cette grande soirłęe, soulignant le dłębut des activitłęs 2010 de la Maison Trestler.

Cette exposition se poursuivra jusquĺ─˘au 21 fłęvrier.

Bienvenue łŢ tous et bon dłębut dĺ─˘annłęe au secteur culturel !

La Maison Trestler

85 chemin de la Commune

Vaudreuil-Dorion, Qc

J7V 2C3



Elektra Women's Choir Presents A Workshop for Conductors and Those That Want To Be!

With Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director

Saturday, January 16, 2010 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ryerson United Church Hall, Fireside Room
2195 W45th Ave, Vancouver BC

Pre-registration deadline January 13.

Fee $30, payable by cheque, Visa, Mastercard through the Elektra office, 604.739.1255. PayPal accepted at the Elektra website:

If pre-registration is not possible for you, you can register on site with cash, a cheque, Visa, or Mastercard. Please arrive by 9:45 am if registering on site.

Please bring a bag lunch.
Further information 604.739.1255

Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director of Elektra Women's Choir, 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.
This workshop is offered as part of Elektra's 2010 Conductor's Mentorship program and is open to anyone interested in choral conducting. 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.


The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College Spring 2010 Season

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College announces its Spring 2010 Season at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, NYC, presenting three series: The Art of Justice, which integrates the arts and issues on justice; Great Music for a Great City, unique explorations of classical music; and Familytime!, bringing the arts to the next generation. The Theater also presents special events this season: The Legacy of Shoah Concert and Film Festival (the American premieres of four documentaries) and Zombie, featuring a special talkback with author Joyce Carol Oates on February 12, 2010.

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater's Spring 2010 Season includes:

* Chopin's 200th Birthday Marathon

* First Throws
* Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Will You Be My Valentine?
* John Jay's Got Talent!
* Zombie
* Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Rise and Shine, It's Springtime!
* The Legacy of Shoah Concert and Film Festival
* Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Shout Hooray for Earth Day!
* Bloody Bess
* Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Mother May I?
* Ballet Academy East Spring Performance

Chopin's 200th Birthday Marathon

Great Music for a Great City Series

Sunday, February 21 at 3pm

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, pianists from all over the world will honor composer Frederic Chopin with performances of his works.


First Throws

Play Reading Series

Monday, February 22; Monday, March 22; and Monday, April 26 at 7pm

First Throws is John Jay's first playwright salon, presenting new theatrical works and readings in a casual setting. First Throws presents new works that examine issues of justice with an artistic perspective.


Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Will You Be My Valentine?

Familytime! Series

Tuesday, February 23 at 11am

Our beloved storytelling hour continues with seasonal favorites children will love.


John Jay's Got Talent!

Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm

John Jay hits the stage once more, showcasing performers from all over the college, all vying for the chance to be the John Jay Performer of the Year.



by Bill Connington

adapted from the novella by Joyce Carol Oates

The Art of Justice Series

Wednesday, March 10 - Saturday, March 13 at 7pm

Once upon a time, Jeffrey Dahmer was the normal guy next door. Now meet Quentin P. - mild-mannered, unassuming, and a serial killer attempting to turn young men into his zombie slaves. Come get inside the mind of a homicidal psychopath. . . if you dare.

Tickets $15 (CUNY Students FREE with Valid ID)

For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit

Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Rise and Shine, It's Springtime!

Familytime! Series

Tuesday, March 23 at 11am

Our beloved storytelling hour continues with seasonal favorites children will love.


The Legacy of Shoah Concert and Film Festival

Great Music for a Great City Series

Concert - Saturday, March 27 at 7pm

Film Festival - Sunday, March 28 from 12:30 - 9:30pm

The Legacy of Shoah is a unique and compelling two-day festival of documentary films, lectures and music concert that share the personal experiences of survivors of the Holocaust. The Festival will feature the American premiere of The Forgotten Transports, four films about deportations of Jews to little known concentration camps in Latvia, Belarus, Estonia and Poland, told through the memories of survivors by the award-winning director Lukas Pribyl. The concert will include Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Bach's Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, Children of the Night by Marion Wiesel, and Forgotten Transports to Poland by Lukas Pë˘ibyl. The film Forgotten Transports to Latvia (Lukas Pë˘ibyl) will be shown on 12:30pm, 3pm and 5:30pm on March 28, with Distant Journeys (Alfred Radok) at 8pm.

Concert Tickets: $5 (FREE with Festival Pass)

All Festival Pass: $20 (Individual Films $5)

For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit

Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Shout Hooray for Earth Day!

Familytime! Series

Tuesday, April 13 at 11am

Our beloved storytelling hour continues with seasonal favorites children will love.


Bloody Bess

Conceived by Stuart Gordon

Written by William J. Norris and John Ostrander

Directed by Kathryn Wylie-Marques

Presented by John Jay's Department of Communication and Theatre Arts

The Art of Justice Series

Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, April 23 at 7pm; Wednesday, April 21 and Saturday, April 24 at 2pm

Bloody Bess is the swashbuckling tale of Elizabeth Presberty, daughter to the governor of the island of Tobago, and her transformation into the avenging pirate captain, Bloody Bess. This melodramatic thriller is sure to please with its larger than life characters, action-packed fight scenes, hairpin plot reversals, and sizzling feminist overtones.

Tickets $10 (Students $5)

For tickets, call the Communication and Theater Arts department at 2120in

Story Time with Barnes and Noble at John Jay: Mother May I?

Familytime! Series

Tuesday, May 4 at 11am

Our beloved storytelling hour continues with seasonal favorites children will love.


Ballet Academy East Spring Performance

Familytime! Series

Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 at 7pm; Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 at 2pm

The BAE Student Company Spring Performance returns to present its very popular Pre-Professional Division of Ballet Academy East in works choreographed by renowned artists of the dance world. For more information, visit

Tickets $35-55 (CUNY Students FREE with Valid ID)

For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit

Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. Under the new direction of Executive Director Shannon R. Mayers, the Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater has hosted prestigious events for Lincoln Center Festival, Great Performances, Julliard, Alvin Ailey and numerous television specials for HBO and Comedy Central.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

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Portland Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s First Concert of 2010 Focuses on ĺ─˙Head and Heartĺ─¨ Sunday, January 24

January 5, 2010

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý New Yearĺ─˘s resolutions often focus on change, a desire to open up to new experiences, gain knowledge. The Portland Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s first concert of 2010 is a perfect example, as conductor Robert Moody takes the audience on an inspirational and moving journey of ĺ─˙Head and Heart.ĺ─¨ This emotionally charged concert pairs the heartfelt poignancy of Ravel's exquisite musical lament Pavane pour une enfante defunte (ĺ─˙Pavane for a Dead Princessĺ─¨) with the frenetic and brilliant genius of Mozartĺ─˘s Symphony No. 29 in G minor (the opening music in Miloë░ Formanĺ─˘s film Amadeus). Apropos of both ĺ─˙headĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙heart,ĺ─¨ the centerpiece of the program is Headcase, a multimedia musical exploration of living composer Brett Dietz's struggle to regain clarity after a suffering a stroke at the age of 29. The Pittsburgh Tribute Review called Headcase ĺ─˙haunting and powerful - a remarkably sophisticated score that blends words, music and visual displays to touch the heart and mind.ĺ─¨

Sponsored by New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP), ĺ─˙Head and Heartĺ─¨ takes place on Sunday, January 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Merrill Auditorium. Please note that Headcase does contain some potentially disturbing language and imagery and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Tickets range from $17-$56 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Related activities:

Composer Symposium by Brett Dietz on Friday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dana Center on the Maine Medical Center campus. A joint presentation of the PSO, NERHP and Maine Medical Center. $5 suggested donation to benefit the PSOĺ─˘s Community Connections program, RSVP to

ĺ─ó Open Dress Rehearsal for high school and college students on Sunday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. Email for reservations.

ĺ─ó Work by artist and brain-injury survivor Hilary Zayed will be on display in the lobby of Merrill Auditorium at the concert.

ĺ─ó Concert Conversation with Robert Moody and Brett Dietz at 1:15 p.m. prior to the concert.

ĺ─ó PostConcert Q&A with the artists immediately following the concert.

ĺ─ó MaineStage broadcast of this concert on MPBN, Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m.

The PSOĺ─˘s 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from Season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Riccardo Chailly and Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig on 7-City US Tour



The much lauded conductor Riccardo Chailly will be conducting the glorious Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra as part of an 7 City US tour. We would be very grateful if you would consider combining a story about this great conductor, soloists Nelson Freire and Nicoaj Znaider, and foremost, The Leipzig Gewandhaus one the greatest of orchestras in the world as well as a new concept and the first of the American Friends of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,

Los Angeles(17.02.2010)
Palm Desert(18.02.2010)
Costa Mesa(19.02.2010)
San Francisco(21.02.2010)
San Francisco(22.02.2010)
New York(27.02.2010)
New York(28.02.2010)

The Gewandhaus Orchestra is Leipzig's most important musical ambassador Of Leipzig, touring throughout the world on a regular basis:

The Sunday Times selected Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performance of Beethoven 8 and 9, Barbican. January1 2009, as the greatest classical music performance of the decade.The newspaper lauded the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra as having given one of the best classical concerts of the decade among 15 Events in the entire the world.

The Guardian chose the Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraČąs performance of St. Matthews Passion as one of the top 10 performances in classical concerts in 2009 in England.

Chailly, Bach and the Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters

New CD releases in 2010 (Decca):

January 2010 Easter 2010 End of December 2010

January 2010:
Brandenburg Concertos

St. Matthew Passion

Late 2010:

Christmas Oratorio

In 2010 three CDs will be released by Decca with major works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly. With his dedication to Bach, Chailly continues the LeipzigGewandhaus Kapellmeisters' tradition, dating back to Mendelssohn, of preserving Bach's heritage, while breaking with his predecessors' practice of not conducting the Christmas Oratorio.

The Gewandhaus Orchestra was founded during Bach's lifetime. For centuries, it was the mainstay of the Bach tradition in Leipzig, together with the St. Thomas's Boys Choir and its music director.

A look at history, however, reveals that, from Mendelssohn's day onwards, it was the Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters whose commitment enabled Bach's music to experience a major renaissance by making it accessible to a wide audience during the mid-19th century. The idea of establishing Bach's music in public concert life again largely emanated from Leipzig.

With three new CD releases and numerous concert programmes, Riccardo Chailly is continuing the tradition of his predecessors, while breaking with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters' long-standing practice of not conducting the Christmas Oratorio.

Felix Mendelssohn conducted the first revival of the St. Matthew Passion after Bach's death (1750) at St. Thomas's Church in 1841. Mendelssohn's successor, Julius Rietz, established the tradition of presenting theSt. Matthew Passion every year on Good Friday (regularly from 1856 at St. Thomas's Church). It should be noted that the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister ĺ─ý not the St. Thomas's music director ĺ─ý conducted these performances until 1907 (with Arthur Nikisch). Beginning in 1908 Karl Straube assumed the conducting duties, but he did not become the St. Thomas music director until 1918. Since then, the Passion performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra have been associated primarily with this position ĺ─ý a tradition that is obviously not as old as people often think.

In 1857, the Berlin Sing-Akademie revived the Christmas Oratorio, the first performance since Bach's death more than 100 years earlier. Soon afterwards, sections of the work were presented at the Gewandhaus under Carl Reinecke. After Reinecke, however, no other Gewandhaus Kapellmeister conducted the Oratorio in the Gewandhaus. The first performance in the new Gewandhaus (1982) was conducted by Georg Christoph Biller, then Gewandhaus chorus director. Thus, the performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio on 7 and 8 January 2010, with Gewandhaus Music Director Riccardo Chailly conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra, are a rarity. The work will be recorded live and released on CD by Decca in late 2010.

Mendelssohn also introduced Bach's instrumental concertos into the concert hall. Since then, they have been a permanent part of the Gewandhaus Orchestra's repertoire and have been conducted frequently by all Gewandhaus Kapellmeisters, including Riccardo Chailly. But Chailly would not be Chailly if he did not use this tradition as an opportunity to continue these musical achievements into the future. During the concerts on 10, 11 and 12 June 2010 he will conduct the premiere of the Goldberg Variations in an arrangement for orchestra by Jochen Neurath. On 16, 18 and 19 June he will conduct the premiere of another Gewandhaus commission ĺ─ý the chorale variations on the Christmas song "Vom Himmel hoch, da kommČą ich her" for chorus and orchestra by Laurent Mettraux.

This year's tour is the orchestra's 14th tour to the North American continent

The Gewandhaus Orchestra has toured the USA and Canada for 33 years; to date the orchestra has played 229 concerts in the USA alone. The first US tour took place in 1974. In 1987 the orchestra embarked on the most spectacular tour in its history ĺ─ý 15 concerts in Japan, followed immediately by another 13 concerts in the USA.

During its previous US tours the Gewandhaus Orchestra has performed more often on the East Coast than the West Coast, with only four appearances in Los Angeles. Kurt Masur conducted two concerts there in both 1992 and 1991. Palm Desert was on the itinerary for the first time during the West Coast tour in 1991 and again, with Herbert Blomstedt, in 2001. The orchestra has been an infrequent guest in San Francisco thus far. Kurt Masur conducted only three concerts in the Bay City (1987, 1991) and Herbert Blomstedt, one, in 2001.

The East Coast of the USA is a different story. Boston has been a favorite tour destination ĺ─ý particularly because of the concert hall, whose architects drew inspiration from the second Gewandhaus for structural measures to optimize the hall's acoustics. The orchestra made its debut in Boston during its first USA tour in 1974, followed by seven further appearances under Kurt Masur until 1993. Boston then disappeared from the orchestra's itinerary for 14 years, until Riccardo Chailly conducted a concert in the Massachusetts capital in 2007. The Gewandhaus Orchestra performed for the first time in Newark, which is situated near New York City, under Herbert Blomstedt in 2004, with a second appearance under Riccardo Chailly in 2007. The orchestra makes its debut in Costa Mesa in 2010

Itinerary 2010

Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhaus Kapellmeister

Soloists: Nelson Freiere. Piano; Nikolaj Znajder. Violin


Los Angeles (17.02.2010)
Walt Disney Concert Hall

135 North. Grand Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven
5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Es-Dur op. 73
Ludwig van Beethoven
7. Sinfonie A-Dur op. 92

Nelson Freire, Piano

Palm Desert (18.02.2010)
Mc Callum Theatre

73000 Fred Waring Drive


Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"

op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Johannes Brahms
2. Sinfonie D-Dur op. 73

Nikolaj Zanider, Violon

Costa Mesa (19.02.2010)
Orange County Performing Art Centre

600 Town Center Drive

714- 549-3876

Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"
op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Antonłén Dvorł░k
Sinfonie e-Moll op. 95 ("Aus der Neuen Welt")

Nikolaj Znaider; Violin

San Francisco (21.02.2010)
Davies SF Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue


Fryderyk Chopin - 1. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Antonłén Dvorł░k - 9. Sinfonie ("New World")

Nelson Freire, Piano

San Francisco (22.02.2010)

SF Symphony Hall

201 Van Ness Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven - 5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven - 7. Sinfonie
Nelson Freire, Piano

Boston (25.02.2010)
Symphony Hall
251 Huntington Avenue


Ludwig van Beethoven - 5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Ludwig van Beethoven - 7.

Nelson Freire, Piano

Newark (26.02.2010)
New Jersey Performing Arts Centre


Ludwig van Beethoven
5. Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
Es-Dur op. 73
Ludwig van Beethoven
7. Sinfonie A-Dur op. 92

Nelson Freire, Piano

New York (27.02.2010)
Carnegie Hall

Ludwig van Beethoven
3. Ouvertł║re zu der Oper "Leonore"
op. 72a
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Konzert fł║r Violine und Orchester
e-Moll op. 64
Antonłén Dvorł░k
Sinfonie e-Moll op. 95 ("Aus der Neuen Welt")

Nikolaj Znaider; Violin

New York (28.02.2010)
Carnegie Hall

Fryderyk Chopin
Konzert fł║r Klavier und Orchester
e-Moll op. 11
Johannes Brahms
2. Sinfonie D-Dur op. 73

Nelson Freire, Piano

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Č┤ Pleins Feux sur la Połęsie Ȭ

La chorale de chambre acclamłęe de Montrłęal chante des poł«mes franł▀ais
mis en musique par Debussy, Hindemith, Gilles Tremblay, Karen Young et plusieurs autres
Dimanche 24 janvier 2010, łŢ 19 h 30

Montrłęal, 5 janvier, 2010 ĺ─ý Pour ouvrir sa saison hiver-printemps 2010, VivaVoce prłęsente Č┤ Pleins feux sur la połęsie Ȭ avec comme poł«te invitłę M. Josłę Acquelin.

Le programme, comprenant des versions a cappella de poł«mes de Ronsard, dĺ─˘Apollinaire, de Charles d'Orlłęans, de Paul łÔluard, de Francine Hamelin, de Gaston Miron et de Rainer Maria Rilke, met en vedette les compositeurs Claude Le Jeune, Paul Hindemith, Claude Debussy et plusieurs autres. De plus, le programme a deux crłęations : les compositeurs montrłęalais Karen Young et Isaiah Ceccarelli.

Dans le cadre de lĺ─˘hommage que la SMCQ rend łŢ Gilles Tremblay, lĺ─˘ensemble VivaVoce est particulił«rement fier dĺ─˘inclure une rare reprłęsentation de Č┤ Lĺ─˘espace du cëýur Ȭ de Gilles Tremblay pour chëýur et percussions.

Le poł«te qułębłęcois Josłę Acquelin lira les poł«mes mis en vedette en usant de son style et de son charme inimitables.

Au sujet de VivaVoce
VivaVoce se dłęmarque dĺ─˘autres chorales professionnelles canadiennes par son rłępertoire variłę et souvent audacieux. Sous la direction artistique de Peter Schubert, VivaVoce offre des concerts commentłęs amusants et łęducatifs dans divers genres musicaux, depuis le chant grłęgorien jusquĺ─˘łŢ la musique du XXIe sił«cle. Lĺ─˘approche originale adoptłęe par ce chëýur lui a valu la fidłęlitłę de son auditoire ainsi quĺ─˘une reconnaissance dans le milieu de la musique classique. En effet, VivaVoce a reł▀u neuf nominations dans six catłęgories diffłęrentes des Prix Opus et a remportłę un premier prix en 2004. De plus, son coffret de tous les Magnificats de Pierre de la Rue a remportłę le prix Choc du mois du journal Le Monde de la musique.

Č┤ Pleins feux sur la połęsie Ȭ
Le 24 janvier 2010 łŢ 19 h 30
Salle de concert Redpath (3461, rue McTavish, Montrłęal)

Billets disponibles łŢ la billetterie de lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich au 514-398-4547
ou au rłęseau ADMISSION au 514-790-1245 ou en ligne au

Rłęgulier : 30 $; łóge dĺ─˘or : 25 $; łętudiant : 10 $ ĺ─ý des tarifs de groupe sont disponibles.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez visiter le site


Les Rencontres Jazz en Rafale : Dłęvoilement de la Programmation pour la 10ł«me łÔdition !

Pour son 10e anniversaire, Jazz en Rafale dłęmłęnage łŢ lĺ─˘Astral

Montrłęal, le 5 janvier 2010 - Le festival Jazz en Rafale est fier de vous dłęvoiler la programmation de sa słęrie principale qui, pour ce 10ł«me anniversaire, dłęmłęnage łŢ lĺ─˘Astral (la nouvelle maison des Festivals). Le festival se dłęroulera, comme łŢ son habitude, sur deux fins de semaines consłęcutives, les 18, 19, 20 et 25, 26, 27 mars 2010.

Des rencontres tous les soirs

Cette słęrie propose des concerts totalement inłędits et uniques, rłęunissant sur la młüme scł«ne des artistes locaux et internationaux. łÔchanges, dialogues musicaux, łęmotions et surprises seront au rendez-vous tous les soirs łŢ partir de 20h!

18 mars : Yaron Herman (France) Trio + Quatuor łŢ cordes

19 mars : Duo piano Jean-Michel Pilc (NY) + Franł▀ois Bourassa

20 mars : Andrłę Leroux Quartet + Ari Hoenig (NY)

25 mars : Karen Young et ses duos Michel Donato, Norman Lachapelle et łÔric Auclair

26 mars : Richard Gagnon Č┤ Trombones Actions Ȭ + Steve Davis (NY)

27 mars : 1ł«re partie - Rafael Zaldivar trio

2e partie - duo guitare Sylvain Luc + + Sylvain Provost

Le Upstairs : nouveau partenaire

Nous profitons de lĺ─˘occasion pour vous annoncer un nouveau partenariat de coproduction avec le Upstairs qui accueillera des concerts Jazz en Rafale tous les soirs. Cette słęrie sera aussi lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘assister łŢ des rencontres surprises. La programmation sera dłęvoilłęe trł«s prochainement.

5e Concours de la Relł«ve Jupiter-Vandoren

Retrouvez en 1ł«re partie de chaque concert la 5ł«me łędition du Concours de la Relł«ve Jupiter-Vandoren, de 19h łŢ 19h45 łŢ lĺ─˘Astral. Les rłęsultats seront dłęvoilłęs le 27 mars aprł«s la prestation du Rafael Zaldivar trio.

Nous vous rappelons łęgalement que les inscriptions au concours de la Relł«ve Jupiter-Vandoren sont ouvertes jusquĺ─˘au 5 fłęvrier 2010. Les conditions de participation et le formulaire sont disponibles sur


Les billets sont dłęjłŢ en vente par Internet sur le rłęseau TicketPro et łŢ la billetterie de lĺ─˘Astral (514-288-8882), 305 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montrłęal.

Un nouveau site Internet

Le nouveau site Internet sera lancłę dłębut janvier.

Informations : 514-597-2477 ĺ─ý


Monday, January 4, 2010

Nuits Dĺ─˘Afrique ĺ─Âdes spectacles TOUTE lĺ─˘annłęe! prłęsentent dans le cadre de la nouvelle słęrie de concerts Cordes łŢ Cordes


entame lĺ─˘annłęe avec les plus grands noms

de la musique du monde de la scł«ne montrłęalaise !

Cette nouvelle słęrie de concerts vous fera dłęcouvrir

lĺ─˘extraordinaire diversitłę des instruments łŢ cordes.

Montrłęal le 4 janvier 2010- Pincłęes, frappłęes ou frottłęes, les cordes sonnent et rłęsonnent depuis plusieurs milliers dĺ─˘annłęes łŢ travers le monde. La słęrie de concerts Č┤ CORDES łŢ CORDES Ȭ prłęsentłęe au mythique Club Balattou met de lĺ─˘avant une fabuleuse diversitłę dĺ─˘instruments łŢ cordes dĺ─˘ici, dĺ─˘ailleurs de maintenant et dĺ─˘autrefois mis en valeur par des artistes de renom, issus de la scł«ne locale, nationale et internationale.

Chaque prestation est prłęcłędłęe dĺ─˘une courte prłęsentation de lĺ─˘instrument au centre de chaque concert. Il est łęgalement łŢ noter que la plupart des artistes inclus dans cette programmation ont revisitłę leur rłępertoire afin que leur instrument łŢ corde respectif soit łŢ lĺ─˘honneur et des plus prłęsent dans les pił«ces musicales quĺ─˘ils ont choisies de prłęsenter.

A souligner lĺ─˘implication de Guitares Godin, fier partenaire de la słęrie Č┤ CORDES łŢ CORDES qui permettra aux spectateurs prłęsents dĺ─˘avoir la chance de remporter 2 prestigieuses guitares. Les coupons de participation seront disponibles au Club Balattou dans le cadre de chaque concert de la słęrie et le tirage aura lieu le 17 fłęvrier 2010.

A partir de janvier 2010, les instruments łŢ cordes de lĺ─˘Afrique de lĺ─˘ouest et du nord feront vibrer la corse sensible des adeptes de cette nouvelle słęrie de concerts qui a connu un franc succł«s łŢ lĺ─˘automne ĺ─Â.

A venir en janvier et fłęvrier 2010 :

Mardi 12 Janvier

Zal Idrissa Sissokho (Słęnłęgal)

- Kora -

Dimanche 24 Janvier

Aboulaye Konłę & Bolokan (Cote d'Ivoire)

- Guitare mandingue -

Dimanche 31 Janvier

Hassan El Hadi (Maroc)

- Oud -

Dimanche 7 Fłęvrier

Oumar N'diaye Xosluman (Słęnłęgal)

- Guitare folk -

Mercredi 17 Fłęvrier

Abdel Karim SaaDa (Algłęrie)

- Banjo

au Club Balattou

4372, boul. St-Laurent (coin Marie-Anne) - Montrłęal

Au Club Balattou ĺ─ý (514) 845-5447


Dan Perjovschi : commentaires łŢ chaud

Commentaire social dĺ─˘un artiste provocateur accueilli au ROM. Venez le voir łŢ lĺ─˘ëýuvre du 13 au 22 fłęvrier.

Toronto (Ontario), le 4 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘Institut de culture contemporaine (ICC) du Musłęe royal de lĺ─˘Ontario (ROM) prłęsente la nouvelle installation Dan Perjovschi : commentaires łŢ chaud, łŢ compter du 22 fłęvrier 2010. Artiste trł«s en vue dans le domaine de lĺ─˘art contemporain, Perjovschi recouvrira de ses dessins brillants et irrłęvłęrencieux les murs łęlancłęs de la Galerie Roloff Beny, au niveau 4 du Cristal Michael Lee-Chin du Musłęe.

Lĺ─˘artiste sera en rłęsidence au Musłęe pendant 10 jours, du 13 au 22 fłęvrier, et crłęera ses dessins au trait exceptionnels en prłęsence des visiteurs du ROM. Toutefois, ces ëýuvres originales seront exposłęes au Musłęe jusquĺ─˘łŢ lĺ─˘łętłę 2010.

Č┤ Rłęagissant aux problł«mes łęconomiques mondiaux, aux changements sociaux accłęlłęrłęs et aux bouleversements politiques, lĺ─˘art de Perjovschi examine, de manił«re perceptive et souvent insolente, des sujets qui nous empłüchent de dormir. Nous sommes ravis de lĺ─˘accueillir au ROM, de pouvoir lĺ─˘observer en pleine action et dĺ─˘hłęriter dĺ─˘une ëýuvre originale, un clichłę honnłüte du monde dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui Ȭ, dłęclare M. William Thorsell, directeur et chef de la direction głęnłęrale du ROM.

Dan Perjovschi : commentaires łŢ chaud

Lĺ─˘ICC a invitłę Perjovschi łŢ crłęer une nouvelle installation dans un espace dłęsignłę du ROM et, du 13 au 22 fłęvrier 2010, il transformera les murs de la Galerie Roloff Beny. Durant cette płęriode, lĺ─˘artiste sĺ─˘imprłęgnera des młędias locaux, suivant lĺ─˘actualitłę de la presse locale et internationale, de lĺ─˘Internet, de la tłęlłęvision et de la radio, et sĺ─˘en inspirant pour travailler. Ses dessins sont toujours une rłęaction personnelle łŢ lĺ─˘atmosphł«re sociale et politique ainsi quĺ─˘au lieu głęographique oł╝ il les exłęcute. Comme il rłęalise ses crłęations durant les heures dĺ─˘ouverture du Musłęe au public, les visiteurs peuvent le voir au travail : lĺ─˘acte crłęateur devient alors une performance en soi. Vu que lĺ─˘ëýuvre sera oblitłęrłęe par de la
peinture łŢ la clłąture de lĺ─˘exposition, lĺ─˘ICC produira une publication gratuite (offerte au public dans la galerie au printemps) pour documenter lĺ─˘installation Commentaires łŢ chaud.

Dan Perjovschi

Dĺ─˘origine roumaine, Perjovschi combine croquis, dessins humoristiques et graffiti pour concevoir des ëýuvres quĺ─˘il exłęcute directement sur les murs de musłęes et dĺ─˘espaces dĺ─˘art contemporain en Europe et en Amłęrique. Pleins dĺ─˘esprit mais mordants, ses dessins spontanłęs commentent les łęvłęnements et les enjeux politiques, sociaux et culturels de lĺ─˘heure. Son style ĺ─ý dessin au trait dłępouillłę et improvisłę ĺ─ý lui permet de rłęsumer les conflits et dilemmes qui surviennent dans le monde en un commentaire politique immłędiat et franc. Perjovschi est lĺ─˘un des observateurs de la conscience collective les plus perspicaces de notre temps.

Le caricaturiste a attirłę lĺ─˘attention sur la scł«ne internationale łŢ la 48e Biennale de Venise, en 1999, en recouvrant le sol du pavillon roumain de dessins et de graffiti politiques se rapportant łŢ la vie aprł«s le communisme. ł─ la 52e Biennale (2007), ses dessins ont fait partie de lĺ─˘exposition internationale principale. Il a łęgalement łŢ son actif des expositions individuelles et collectives au Tate Modern (London), au Tate Liverpool, au Musłęe dĺ─˘art moderne (New York), au Kunsthaus Baselland (Błóle), au Centre Pompidou (Paris) et łŢ la Biennale de Moscou.

Peintre de nature morte formłę dans une acadłęmie des beaux-arts de style soviłętique en Roumanie, Perjovschi est appelłę łŢ sĺ─˘interroger sur la nature pratique de cet apprentissage classique aprł«s lĺ─˘effondrement de la dictature de CeauëŘescu en 1989. Depuis la chute du mur de Berlin la młüme annłęe et la montłęe de lĺ─˘Union europłęenne, lĺ─˘identitłę rłęgionale et nationale de la Roumanie et dĺ─˘autres pays a beaucoup łęvolułę. Cette nouvelle rłęalitłę politique se prłüte łŢ lĺ─˘ironie bien sentie et sans complaisance de Perjovschi, que son expłęrience en journalisme rend encore plus acerbe. Depuis 1991, lĺ─˘artiste est illustrateur politique et directeur artistique du journal dĺ─˘opposition Revista 22 de Bucarest, premił«re revue politique łŢ avoir łętłę fondłęe en Roumanie aprł«s la chute du rłęgime de CeauëŘescu.

En plus des łęvłęnements politiques de 1989, lĺ─˘activitłę artistique de Perjovschi subit lĺ─˘influence dĺ─˘artistes des annłęes 1960 et 1970 ĺ─ý illustrateurs de presse, artistes de la scł«ne internationale, en particulier les młędias. Lĺ─˘artiste souhaite communiquer łŢ un plus grand nombre ses idłęes satiriques sur la sociłętłę et opte pour le langage populaire de la caricature politique. Pour ses dessins, il sĺ─˘inspire dĺ─˘une multitude de sources : conversations, rumeurs, articles de journaux, commłęrages, tłęlłęvision et łęvłęnements rłęgionaux et internationaux. Des 200 dessins tracłęs dans ses cahiers de croquis, une vingtaine łŢ peine se retrouveront sur un mur.

Ses illustrations sont intentionnellement minimalistes. Ses dessins au trait simples sont rłęalisłęs au marqueur noir et sĺ─˘accompagnent parfois de brefs jeux de mots ou de lłęgendes incisives. En quelques traits, Perjovschi rłęsume la situation en ce qui concerne la religion, le terrorisme, le nationalisme ou la surconsommation. La crłęation hybride qui en rłęsulte, alliant graffiti et activisme, possł«de les meilleures qualitłęs dĺ─˘un bon dessin de presse humoristique.

Perjovschi choisit de dessiner directement sur les murs plutłąt que sur du papier pour des raisons de rapiditłę, de mobilitłę, dĺ─˘instantanłęitłę et de libertłę de crłęation. Ses installations sont des łęvłęnements passagers qui le mobilisent totalement; il crłęe des ëýuvres łęphłęmł«res łŢ lĺ─˘aide de marqueurs permanents.

Institut de culture contemporaine

Lĺ─˘Institut de culture contemporaine (ICC) du ROM joue un rłąle essentiel au sein dĺ─˘un musłęe dont les collections englobent de nombreuses civilisations łŢ travers les łóges. En marge du traitement dynamique de lĺ─˘histoire dont le Musłęe a le secret, lĺ─˘ICC est la vitrine du ROM sur la sociłętłę contemporaine. Lĺ─˘institut explore les enjeux culturels actuels en organisant des expositions dĺ─˘art, des confłęrences, des projections cinłęmatographiques et des rłęunions informelles. Les collections du ROM offrent contexte et profondeur aux questions contemporaines soulevłęes par les intervenants du monde entier qui participent aux łęvłęnements de lĺ─˘ICC. Ainsi, lĺ─˘ICC joue un rłąle dłęterminant pour favoriser le dialogue avec le public. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez visiter le site Web de lĺ─˘Institut łŢ lĺ─˘adresse

Autres renseignements :

Lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ lĺ─˘exposition Dan Perjovschi : commentaires łŢ chaud est compris dans le prix du billet dĺ─˘entrłęe au Musłęe. Adultes : 22 $; łętudiants et personnes du 3e łóge munis dĺ─˘une pił«ce dĺ─˘identitłę : 19 $; enfants (de 4 łŢ 14 ans) : 15 $; gratuit pour les enfants de 3 ans et moins. Des billets łŢ demi-tarif sont offerts durant les Nocturnes du vendredi (de 16 h 30 łŢ 21 h 30), sous le parrainage de la Financił«re Sun Life. Groupes de 10 personnes adultes et plus : pour obtenir des renseignements sur nos tarifs spłęciaux de visites guidłęes privłęes, communiquez avec le Service de vente aux groupes du Musłęe au 416.586.5889 ou, par courriel, łŢ lĺ─˘adresse
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Le Musłęe royal de lĺ─˘Ontario (ROM) est un organisme du gouvernement de lĺ─˘Ontario. Ouvert en 1914, le plus grand musłęe du Canada consacrłę łŢ la fois łŢ lĺ─˘histoire naturelle et aux cultures du monde possł«de six millions dĺ─˘objets et abrite des galeries portant sur les arts, lĺ─˘archłęologie et les sciences naturelles. La volontłę dĺ─˘amłęliorer lĺ─˘accł«s aux collections, aux espaces et au contenu du Musłęe sĺ─˘est traduite par lĺ─˘łętablissement de nouvelles prioritłęs de financement pour 2010, qui concernent lĺ─˘accessibilitłę, le contenu numłęrique, lĺ─˘łęducation, la recherche et les collections, la programmation et les expositions, ainsi que la mise en valeur des galeries du ROM. Pour obtenir des renseignements 24 h sur 24, en franł▀ais et en anglais, veuillez composer le 416.586.8000 ou visiter le site Web du ROM łŢ

Expositions łŢ lĺ─˘affiche en ce moment :

Les expositions Les manuscrits de la mer Morte : Des mots qui ont changłę le monde et Les portraits de Vanity Fair : photographies de 1913 łŢ 2008 sont łŢ lĺ─˘affiche jusquĺ─˘au 3 janvier 2010.

Expositions łŢ venir :

Du 9 janvier au 4 avril 2010 : Faux et contrefał▀ons

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Direct Flight Theatre Presents Therac 25

by Adam Pettle

Directed by Hume Baugh

BREAD AND CIRCUS, Kensington Market

February 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Opening Night: February 13, 2009

Therac 25 is a play about two young people who meet and embark on a relationship in the cancer ward of Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. The first question one must ask is why would anyone choose such a bleak setting to present a love story? For Adam Pettle the script was a survival mechanism to preoccupy himself during radiation therapy after a stay in the hospital in 1995. Extremely well developed characters suffering from two forms of cancer are what navigate Therac 25. Alan's is less serious while Moira's is inoperable. Drawing empathy for them doesn't appear to be a great challenge. The obstacle at hand is immersing theatregoers in deep seeded fear and allowing them to ache for hope. Alan and Moira meet while undergoing cancer treatment. Their companionship and humour help them struggle against isolation and fear, even while their personal boundaries and Moira's worsening condition strain their bond. Adam Pettle's Therac 25 reveals how friendships form under the most difficult circumstances.

Amber Mills (Moira/Artistic Producer) is a Toronto based theatre artist. Most recently, Amber was in Edmonton, playing Helena in Theatre Prospero's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other recent credits include: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and the Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, also for Theatre Prospero, Maria in DreamNorth Theatre Company's production of Twelfth Night, which ran in Toronto and then toured to Whitehorse, Yukon, Shelby in Steel Magnolias for the Stirling Festival Theatre, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing with DreamNorth Theatre Company, All's Well That Ends Well with Alchemy Theatre, the workshop production of Fireweeds with Scriptlab, and The Beggar's Opera and Anne of Green Gables, both with the Thousand Islands Playhouse. She is the proud co-founder of The Patient Logmen, an ensemble of six actors that come together on a weekly basis to work on Shakespeare. Amber is a graduate of the theatre program at Queen's University.

Michael Rode (Alan/Artistic Producer) is an actor and composer living in Toronto. He is a graduate of the drama program at Queen's University. Selected credits: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Prospero). Bertram in Alls Well That Ends Well (Alchemy Theatre); Brutus in Julius Caesar, Othello Single Thread Theatre; The Winters Tale, The Oresteia for Theatre Kingston; Volpone at the Rotunda Theatre, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream for both the Flower City Festival directed by Peter van Wart, and in Edmonton for Theatre Prospero. Film and TV credits include Keith Moon in Final 24: Keith Moon, David Milgaard in Cold Blood (NF Productions). He is a co-founder of the Kingston based Single Thread Theatre Company and a member of the Shakespeare ensemble The Patient Logmen. Upcoming work includes a two-actor adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He is the newly minted co-artistic producer of Direct Flight Theatre with his wife, Amber Mills.

Director Hume Baugh trained at LAMDA and has been an actor for 27 years. He has appeared at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times, Threshold Theatre, Platform 9, and Shakespeare in the Rough, among many others. Directing credits include All's Well That Ends Well at Alchemy Theatre, La Duchesse de Langeais for the Orlando Fringe, and Child Hood for Summerworks. He is the author of two plays: The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone, a one-person show which he has performed in Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor and Montreal, and Crush, which was presented by Optic Heart Theatre at Summerworks in 2008. Teaching experience includes George Brown College, Fraser Studios, Theatre Rusticle, and Tarragon Theatre. He has published prose and poetry in Queen's Quarterly and This Magazine, and has a piece appearing in the Spring 2010 issue of The New Quarterly. Upcoming, as an actor: Birnam Wood for Theatre Rusticle at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Therac 25 , Adam Pettle's first play, premiered in Halifax at the Atlantic Festival in 1995 and then in Toronto at the Tarragon, Extra Space in 1997. In 2001 Therac 25 was nominated for Best New Play at the Toronto theatre awards.

Alan asks, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

"Alive" Moira responds

Amber Mills, Michael Rode,

Hume Baugh, Director, Sarah Bustard, Stage Manager,

Devon Bhim, designer, Adam Burgess Musician

Equity Co-op * All profits from this first production to, REBECCA'S HOPE, ( a cancer research charity that Amber and Michael are personally connected to.


by Adam Pettle

Directed by Hume Baugh

BREAD AND CIRCUS, 299 Augusta Ave
Ticket Prices: by donation, suggested donation: $20

February 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Opening Night: February 13, 2009
Time: Feb. 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 8:00pm

Feb 14 & 21st at 6:00pm (Sundays)

Tickets can be purchased through Bread and Circus:

or by emailing:


Salov Concert a Manitoba Debut

WINNIPEGČé ĺ─ţ Pianist, Serhiy Salov makes his Manitoba debut this Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Eckhardt-Grammattłę Hall, kicking off the second half of Virtuosi Concerts 2009-2010 season.

Salov made his first solo debut at the age of eleven with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He studied first at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany and completed postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Currently, he resides in Montreal and is pursuing a doctorate at Lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal. Salov has been a winner at numerous international competitions, including the Concours Musical de France in Paris in 1998, the Long-Thibaud International Piano Competition in 2001 and the Montreal International Piano Competition in 2004 to name just a few.

His recitals usually include the works of Ukrainian composers as well as personal favorites and this concert is no exception. ĺ─¨All but the smaller pieces in this recital have been with me for my entire life and are my close friends, Salov says. ĺ─˙The newcomer is the Rite of Spring. I have arranged orchestral works for piano, but this is my most ambitious project. As Salov is considered an ĺ─˙Ambassador of Ukrainian culture to Canadaĺ─¨ Virtuosi Concerts is pleased to acknowledge the Honorary Patronage of the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada for this performance.

Programme: SCARLATTI Sonata in E major, K 380 L 23; CHOPIN Ballade in G minor, Op 23; LIGETI Deux łÔtudes - Arc En Ciel, Fanfare; STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring, arranged by S. Salov; SKORYK Kolomyika (Ukrainian Folk Song) Pisnya Boyka (from the piano cycle, ĺ─˙In the Carpathian Mountainsĺ─¨); LYSENKO Second Rhapsody, ĺ─˙Dumka-Shumkaĺ─¨, Op 18; BEETHOVEN Sonata Op 53 in c major, ĺ─˙Waldsteinĺ─¨


Kabaretti Hails Canadians Mathieu and Lefevre in West Coast Premiere of 'Lost Concerto'

Nir Kabaretti, the Music and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, will conduct the West Coast Premiere of French - Canadian composer Andrłę Mathieuĺ─˛s Concerto No. 4 for Piano and Orchestra on January 23rd and 24th, at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, California. The ĺ─˛Lost Concertoĺ─˘ will be performed by renowned Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre, a longtime advocate and champion of Mathieuĺ─˘s music.

ĺ─˙When I discovered Mathieuĺ─˘s Concerto No. 4, I was struck not only by Mathieuĺ─˘s melodic gift , keen harmonies and dramatic elements, but also by this workĺ─˘s pure romantic grandeur,ĺ─¨ explained Kabaretti. ĺ─˙It is a masterpiece in every way: a work worthy of introduction to a wider audience.

I am truly honoured that Alain Lefevre, who single-handedly resurrected the original piano recording and commissioned its orchestral arrangement, agreed to grace us with his talent and passion for this amazing forgotten composer. Our audience is in for a remarkable musical journey of discovery and delight!ĺ─¨

About Composer Andrłę Mathieu

ĺ─˙The Forgotten Genius,ĺ─¨ Andrłę Mathieu (1929-1968) was a child prodigy and one of the 20th century greatest pianists. He was born in Montreal where he studied piano and began composing at the age of four. He made his pianistic debuts in Montreal at the age of six, in Paris at seven and at Carnegie Hall at the tender age of ten. His extraordinary prowess as a composer induced no other than the great Rachmaninov to pronounce him ĺ─˙A genius, more so than I am.ĺ─¨ Mathieu went on to study composition in Paris and New York and produced a large body of work during his short life span. Tragically, in his later years he suffered a disastrous love affair, succumbed to alcoholism and melancholy and died at the age of 39. His Concerto de Quebec and Rhapsodie romantique for piano and orchestra are amongst his more famous works, though it is estimated that only a quarter of his compositions were ever found.

About Conductor Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti, at the helm of the Santa Barbara Symphony since 2006, has established an outstanding international career as a dynamic and passionate conductor with vast experience in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire. A graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Kabaretti was appointed Chorus Master of the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He served as Assistant to the Music Director of Teatro Real in Madrid, and as Conductor of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and personal assistant of Maestro Zubin Mehta. In 2004 Kabaretti made his Teatro alla Scala di Milano debut in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s The Nutcracker, and in 2007 he returned to La Scala for Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Ballet Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream.

Kabaretti conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, L'Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orquestre National du Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "La Verdi", Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra of Rishon Le Tzion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, NiederłĆsterreichisches Tonkł║nstlerorchester, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, La Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and the Bochumer Symphoniker . He was also appointed Principal Conductor of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in Israel in 2002 and a year later as its Music Director till 2008.

In 2009 Kabaretti hosted world-renowned pianist Lang Lang in a Beethoven gala concert, and in 2010 he launched the season at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy, with a New Year concert.

Kabarettiĺ─˘s operatic experience includes productions at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ( Die Entfł║hrung aus dem Serail, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, Gianni Schicchi, The Journey to Rheims ), Teatro Real in Madrid ( Cenerentola, Die Walkł║re ), The Israeli Opera ( Fidelio, Manon Lescaut ), Opłęra de Lausanne ( Nino Rota's Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Die Fledermaus) and The New National Theatre in Tokyo ( The Barber of Seville ). He also conducted The Diary of Anne Frank, a visiting production of the Vienna State Opera, at both the Bregenz Festival and at Expo 2000 in Hanover. In 2005 Kabaretti led Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on its first tour to Japan conducting Il Trovatore both in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Concert Details:

ĺ─˙Ooh, La, Laĺ─¨ : Santa Barbara Symphony

January 23, 3pm; January 24, 8pm

Nir Kabaretti, conductor
Alain Lefevre, piano

Andrłę Mathieu: Piano Concerto No. 4

Cesar Franck: Symphony in D minor

The Granada, 1214 State Street

Santa Barbara, California


Tickets: (805) 899-2222

Nir Kabarettiĺ─˘s official website:

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Online Ticket Sale Begins Today!

$29 tickets to four different ESO performances this January - Purchase online now until January 8

Late Night Beethoven

Friday, January 8 at 9:30 pm

An interactive concert event featuring Beethoven's 2nd Symphony and 2nd Piano Concerto, with Bill Eddins on piano, conducting, and in conversation. Stick around after the concert for live jazz and cocktails in the lobby.

Thank you to our Late Night Sponsor: Lexus of Edmonton


Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 pm

Concertmaster Martin Riseley returns to perform a selection of his favourite "party pieces", from a playful Tchaikovsky waltz to a quiet lyrical piece by Gershwin, will Bill Eddins conducting.

Thank you to our series sponsor: Bill & Mary Jo Robbins

Thank you to our media sponsor: Global TV

European Inspirations

Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 pm

In this marriage between the music of medieval magic and folk-art celebration, this performance features young promising pianist, Daniel Fung performing a dazzling work by Liszt, plus selections from Falla's comic ballet The Three-Cornered Hat and Dvo뢳░k's Carnival Overture.

Thank you to our media sponsors: CKUA Radio Network, Edmonton's Child

Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 pm

Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni presents an inspiring concert program of Schubert and Rameau. Canadian soprano Simone Osborne joins the orchestra for a celebratory motet by Mozart and a beloved cantata by Bach, and the ESOĺ─˘s own Robin Doyon is also featured as guest soloist.

Thank you to our season media sponsor: Edmonton Journal

$29 tickets (service charges apply) are available for online purchase only at from January 4 ĺ─ý 8, 2010.


Dr. Norman Bethune Celebrates a new work by Richard Saucedo

Monday May 31, 7:30 p.m., musicians from Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. and the environmental group, Beat (Bethune Environmental Action Team) 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 Saucedo who will conduct his works. His new work is dedicated to the environment.

In addition to the band works, the concert will feature the choir led by Ann Willoughby; Jazz Ensemble led by Rick Humphrey; the Drum Line led by Jason Alaksa and featuring the premiere of a three movement work by Bill Thomas, Director of Bands at York University. 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 the new work dedicated to the environment.

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


Violinist Volodja Balzalorsky has been Awarded Five Prestigious Music Awards in the past three years / New Digital Releases in various countries

Ljubljana, Slovenia--January 04, 2010 / ( -- Cantabel Productions is delighted to announce some excited news about our artist, the violinist Volodja Balzalorsky, who recently received his 5th music award in the past three years, in the category "Classical Music" at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, for live recordings from his Live Collection (

The Hollywood Music In Media Awards recognizes and honors the music of independent artists from around the globe. The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) was presented Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at The Highlands in the world famous Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, CA.

About Volodja Balzalorsky:

For the past couple of years Volodja Balzalorsky has been making a splash in the US and Canada, winning also the Inland Empire Music Award for Best International Artist in 2008, the Ontario Independent Music Award in 2007, and was a nominee for the Los Angeles Music Award 2007 and 2008 and a nominee for Hollywood Music Award 2008.

Volodja Balzalorsky also received the Canary Islands Music Award 2007 in Spain, and the Betetto Music Award (2006), the highest music award given in Slovenia.

Volodja Balzalorsky performs as a solo violinist, recitalist, and chamber musician, for which he consistently receives outstanding acclaim. Numerous highly praised concerts, broadcasts, CD and TV recordings in various countries, have established his reputation as an artist with a sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive gift of interpretation.

Volodja Balzalorsky is particularly active in the field of chamber music. He performs with several well-known international artists and ensembles. Critics comment on the degree to which he is able to develop and maintain unity with his musical partners in this milieu, presenting "ĺ─Âan exceptional harmony of ease and authenticity of performanceĺ─Â"

Balzalorsky's 2008-09 season brought performances in Italy, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and in USA.

Highlights of Mr. Balzalorsky's 2009-2010 Season include performances at Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, at Festival Spectrum in Gasteig, Munich, with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra performing Brahms Concerto at Pershore Abbey in England, recital at The Red Hedgehog Celebrity Concert Series in London, 3rd performance at Carnegie Hall in New York (ArrivaDiva Master Recital Series), at SXSW Festival in Austin in March 2010, and with Amael Piano Trio in San Marino, Belgrade, Zagreb and twice in Rome.

For more information about Volodja Balzalorsky's upcoming concerts, free mp3 download-airplay quality and where to buy his recordings (albums and downloads), please visit the following web pages:

Official web page of Volodja Balzalorsky:

Electronic Press Kit: High resolution Photos for download:

New Album Releases on MySpace:

Fan page of Volodja Balzalorsky on Facebook:

Volodja Balzalorsky on Twitter:

Free mp3 download for fans:

Free download - Broadcast quality recordings for airplay:

Photo Gallery on Hollywood Music In Media Awards web page:

Description: Volodja Balzalorsky accepts the Hollywood Music in Media Award at podium.

About Volodja Balzalorsky's Live Collection:

The live collection of Volodja Balzalorsky is a unique presentation featuring the violinist with his chamber music partners, from 1985 to the present, performing famous violin-piano Sonatas by Franck, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Janacek, Szymanowski and some other compositions by Dvorak, Paganini and Srebotnjak. The performances are taken from live national broadcasts, international festivals and concert series, around the world.

The Live Collections was originally released in Slovenia by Cantabel Productions, in partnership with Eroica Classical Recordings in USA, and is now available through IODA digital distribution on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic.

Free Broadcast Quality Download for Radio Stations is available on Airplay Direct (Digital Press Kit):

Latest digital releases:

Latest digital releases of Balzalorsky's Live Collection in December 2009: in United Kingdom on 7digital,, and MySpace UK, in Germany on and T-Online/Musicload, in France on in US on Medianet,, and Spotify, in Japan on and in China on R2G.

New digital releases of Cantabel Productions planned in February / March 2010:

Amael Piano Trio Live from Spectrum Festival featuring works by Alfred Schnittke, Astor Piazzolla, Johannes Brahms and Slovenian work Maestoso Lugubre written by Lucian Maria Skerjanc and Portrait of Volodja Balzalorsky, featuring works by Ernest Bloch, Karol Szymanowski, Alojz Srebotnjak and Johannes Brahms.

Full-length preview on

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To learn more about Cantabel Productions please go to


Canadian Debut of Alt-Classical Quartet Highlight of January Performances

The New Year has just arrived, and The Royal Conservatory is kicking 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


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)


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, 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


Le Quatuor Bozzini prłęsente Alt:Neu

Thłęłótre musical

Les 28, 29, 30 janvier 2010, 20 h

Salle multimłędia - Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal
4750, rue Henri-Julien / Młętro Mont-Royal

Prix des billets : 25 $ (rłęgulier), 18 $ (ałĂnłęes), 10 $ (łętudiants).
Rłęservation : ou 514 790-1245.
Rabais de 50% au dłętenteur de la carte rabais Saison Le Vivier ( ).

Montrłęal, 4 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le Quatuor Bozzini lancera sa dixił«me saison de concerts les 28, 29 et 30 janvier 2010, łŢ la salle multimłędia du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, en proposant un thłęłótre musical oł╝ seront convoqułęs lĺ─˘ancien et le nouveau dans une mise en scł«ne de Jean-Frłędłęric Messier, du thłęłótre Momentum.

Au programme : les Streichquartett no 1 et no 2 de Mauricio Kagel (Č┤ lĺ─˘Ancien Ȭ), et deux crłęations des jeunes compositeurs Eliav Brand (Israł┤l-Berlin) et Jennifer Walshe (Dublin-New York). La soirłęe sĺ─˘annonce haute en couleur: non seulement le quatuor fera preuve dĺ─˘une trł«s grande thłęłótralitłę, mariant humour et virtuositłę, mais on aura aussi droit łŢ une touche de multimłędia au moyen de bandes łęlectroniques, vidłęo et lumił«res, dans une salle intime łŢ la fine pointe de la technologie musicale.

Mauricio Kagel, compositeur argentin dłęcłędłę łŢ Cologne lĺ─˘an dernier, fut toujours inventif, rebelle et universel. Ses ëýuvres, confondantes dĺ─˘imagination, comprennent souvent une dimension visuelle ; pour les interprłęter, le quatuor Bozzini se livrera łŢ une gestuelle surprenante łŢ lĺ─˘humour incisif, mais jamais gratuit.
Puis, passant dĺ─˘hier łŢ aujourdĺ─˘hui, on assistera łŢ lĺ─˘exłęcution des ëýuvres de Eliav Brand et Jennifer Walshe, deux compositeurs reconnus pour lĺ─˘originalitłę de leur regard musical et leur fał▀on inimitable de transposer sur une partition un matłęriel sonore et visuel souvent empruntłę łŢ la vraie vie. Le metteur en scł«ne Jean-Frłędłęric Messier assurera la cohłęsion dramatique de ces propositions musicales. Une soirłęe Č┤ łŢ la Bozzini Ȭ, oł╝ le talent, la małĂtrise et la passion de la musique seront palpables łŢ chaque seconde !

Les ëýuvres de Eliav Brand et Jennifer Walshe sont des commandes du Quatuor Bozzini, grłóce łŢ un prix dotłę dĺ─˘une bourse de la Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (Allemagne).

Cłęlłębrant cette annłęe son 10e anniversaire, le Quatuor Bozzini explore autant la forme du concert classique que celles dĺ─˘łęvłęnements plus łęclatłęs. Le quatuor prłęsente annuellement une słęrie montrłęalaise, un Salon des compositeurs et une semaine de laboratoire musical pour la relł«ve, le Composerĺ─˘s Kitchen. Il fait rłęgulił«rement des tournłęes internationales et possł«de sa propre łętiquette de disques, la collection qb ( Il a commandłę łŢ ce jour une quarantaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres et en a crłęłę prł«s dĺ─˘une centaine. Le quatuor Bozzini tient łŢ remercier de leur soutien : le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, la Fondation Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (
Ce concert est prłęsentłę dans le cadre de la Saison Le Vivier.


Production 30e Anniversaire : 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


Montrłęal, 4 janvier 2010 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 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.


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.