LSM Newswire

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Deborah Voigt's winter, spring, and summer 2010

Americaĺ─˘s Top Dramatic Soprano Makes Her Zurich Opera Debut Singing Strauss Next Month, Before Returning to Met in April to Star in Wagnerĺ─˘s Flying Dutchman

Deborah Voigt, one of the great American voices, continues her stellar international season, showing her range from Wagner and Strauss to Puccini and Bernstein. The soprano is currently singing her first Isolde in Barcelona, with the Gran Teatre del Liceu production of Wagnerĺ─˘s Tristan und Isolde running until February 20. It was her inimitable way with this iconic, ultra-demanding role that led to a 20-minute ovation at the Vienna State Opera, an event reported on CNN, and to acclaimed performances of it at New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera and Chicagoĺ─˘s Lyric Opera. A week after her Isolde in Spain, Voigt makes her Zurich Opera debut, singing the title role of Richard Straussĺ─˘s Ariadne auf Naxos (Feb 27) ĺ─ý an especially promising prospect if, as the New York Times claims, ĺ─˙Almost any Strauss role the voice of Deborah Voigt touches turns to gold!ĺ─¨ Illustrating another side of her art, she will perform a recital in Zurich on March 15, singing material by Verdi, Strauss, and Respighi, as well as American songs by Leonard Bernstein, Amy Beach, and Ben Moore.

Voigt returns to her home stage of New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera on April 23 to make her house debut in a psychologically and vocally intense role: Senta in Wagnerĺ─˘s Der fliegende Hollłžnder (The Flying Dutchman). Voigt sang Senta with the Met company on the road in Germany and is featured on the 1994 Sony Classical studio recording of the full opera led by James Levine (with James Morris as the Dutchman and Ben Heppner as Erik). Discussing Voigtĺ─˘s performance of the role in 2005, Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer enthused: ĺ─˙The voice was huge, bright, and refulgent, especially at the top, and Voigtĺ─˘s technique extraordinaryĺ─Â . The full, visceral impact of her tone when she unfurls a high B-natural and sends it spinning to the back wall is a privilege of live performance.ĺ─¨

It was in the San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s Merola Young Artists Program that Voigt learned the ropes of the operatic profession, and the soprano returns to the San Francisco Opera in June. To help the company celebrate the centennial of Pucciniĺ─˘s Wild West opera, La fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West), Voigt will make her debut in the role of Pucciniĺ─˘s titular heroine, Minnie. For the rest of the summer, she turns her attention to Strauss. Since her first staged performances of Salome at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2006, Voigt has become an exemplar of the title role. She sings it twice this summer, first in July under Valery Gergiev, in her debut at Switzerlandĺ─˘s Verbier Festival, and then in Japanĺ─˘s Saito Kinen Festival in August.

Deborah Voigtĺ─˘s 2009-10 season has seen her go from strength to strength on both sides of the Atlantic. She opened Lyric Opera of Chicagoĺ─˘s season as Pucciniĺ─˘s Tosca under Andrew Davis and sang in a concert broadcast of Schoenbergĺ─˘s Gł║rrelieder with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. Voigt has given more than 160 performances in more than a dozen roles besides concerts, galas, and surprise appearances at New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera since 1991, and earlier this season, she sang her signature role of Chrysothemis in the Metĺ─˘s December run of Straussĺ─˘s Elektra. The soprano made special appearances at WNYCĺ─˘s annual fund-raising gala, a gala concert for the Dallas Operaĺ─˘s new home of Winspear Opera House, and the fifth annual Opera News Awards. She also reprised her role as host of the Metĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Live in HDĺ─¨ broadcasts, lending her engaging personality to the international transmission of Offenbachĺ─˘s Contes dĺ─˘Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann). It has been the kind of season that inspired the Wall Street Journal to write: ĺ─˙Voigt is riding high in the opera house and on the recital stage. Not only has her majestic voice made her fans love her, but so has the sopranoĺ─˘s profound feeling for texts and subtleties of musical style, not to mention her genuine sense of humor.ĺ─¨

Since her breakthrough appearance in Ariadne auf Naxos at Bostonĺ─˘s Lyric Opera in 1991, Deborah Voigt has appeared on the worldĺ─˘s greatest stages, from New Yorkĺ─˘s Metropolitan Opera, Chicagoĺ─˘s Lyric Opera, and the San Francisco Opera to Londonĺ─˘s Royal Opera House, Milanĺ─˘s La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, and Opera Bastille in Paris. The soprano has featured in complete recordings of Tristan und Isolde (Deutsche Grammophon) and Der fliegende Hollłžnder (Sony Classical); Straussĺ─˘s Die łžgyptische Helena (Telarc), Ariadne auf Naxos (Deutsche Grammophon), Elektra (Deutsche Grammophon), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Teldec), and Friedenstag (Deutsche Grammophon); and Berliozĺ─˘s Les Troyens (Decca). Voigtĺ─˘s two solo recordings for Angel/EMI ĺ─ý All My Heart (an all-American album, 2005) and Obsessions (Wagner and Strauss scenes, 2004) ĺ─ý were bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart. Voigt has appeared on Good Morning America and 60 Minutes, and her honors include being named vocalist of the year by Musical America in 2003, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 2009. For more information, visit

Deborah Voigt: winter, spring and summer 2010

Jan 27 & 31; Feb 4, 8, 12, 16, & 20

Barcelona, Spain

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)

Gran Teatre del Liceu / Sebastian Weigle

Feb 27; March 5, 9, & 14

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (title role)

Zurich Opera (debut) / Mark Elder

March 15

Zurich, Switzerland


April 23, 26, & 30; May 3, 6, 10, & 14

New York, NY

Wagner: Der fliegende Hollłžnder (Senta)

Metropolitan Opera / Kazushi Ono

June 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 27, & 29; July 2

San Francisco, CA

Puccini: La fanciulla del West (Minnie, role debut)

San Francisco Opera / Nicola Luisotti

July 28 ĺ─ý Aug 1 [dates tbd]

Verbier, Switzerland

R. Strauss: Salome (title role)

Verbier Festival / Valery Gergiev

Aug 23, 26, 29, & 31

Matsumoto, Japan

R. Strauss: Salome (title role)

Saito Kinen Festival

Mick Flower-Chris Corsano Duo + MV&EE - Mercredi, le 14 avril - Sala Rossa

Suoni Per Il Popolo et CKUT prłęsentent:

Flower-Corsano Duo

Mercredi, le 14 avril 2010
La Sala Rossa - 4848 St. Laurent, portes łŢ 20h30, $10/12
Billets disponible łŢ la Casa del Popolo, Cheap Thrills, Lĺ─˘Oblique, Phonopolis, et Atom Heart .

MICK FLOWER du Vibracathedral Orchestra se joint łŢ CHRIS CORSANO dłęjłŢ croisłę aux cłątłęs de Paul Flaherty, Thurston Moore dans le Dream Aktion Unit et młüme BjłĆrk pour une improvisation aux fortes influences indiennes. Leur instrumentation est simple : une batterie, un sac plein dĺ─˘objets incongrus (des bols tibłętains, quelques błótons, quelques vłütements, une corde de guitare et son pont), et un instrument indien assez rare shahi baaja (guitare łęlectrique indienne). Et pourtant, presque par magie, CORSANO et FLOWER arrivent łŢ condenser les plus hautes envolłęes de lĺ─˘euphorie humaine en une seule onde sonore, sĺ─˘łętirant et palpitant łŢ lĺ─˘infini. Imaginez Ustad Vilayat Khan buvant une bił«re avec Sunburned et Six Organs Of Admittance.

MV & EE est le nom sous lequel se cachent Matt Valentine et Erika Elder. MV & EE łęvoluł«rent dans un registre drone, mais plus proche de la free-country : aux guitares łęlectriques łętaient prłęfłęrłęs une six-cordes acoustique, un banjo, une mandoline et un harmonica. Entre les deux musiciens principaux, assis sur des chaises et chantant, un troisił«me larron, assis par terre, travail les sons produits par ses camarades ou frotte un bol en cuivre pour crłęer une nappe.

Matt Valentine est une figure mythique du free folk scabreux, parasitłę et łęclatłę de lĺ─˘underground amłęricain. Son travail dans le domaine du son en public remonte au dłębut des annłęes 90, lorsquĺ─˘en compagnie de Pat Gubler (P. G. Six), Helen Rush et diverses autres cohortes, il initia la tentative du mythique ensemble The Tower Recordings. Travaillant un vocabulaire qui a toujours formłę des conglomłęrats de toutes sortes de formes libres et ouvertes (du rock le plus cosmique au jazz le plus abstrait, du folk psychłędłęlique amłęricain aux expłęrimentations sur bandes/cassettes), le travail du groupe de Valentine reprłęsente la młüme manifestation plurielle de langages transgressifs, une mixture de lexiques dont la forme est elle-młüme une słęrie dĺ─˘actions subversives.

Enregistrant des albums solo et duo avec Erika Elder (en tant que MV & EE) ou avec dĺ─˘autres projets ou groupes, Valentine est maintenant passłę łŢ une autre face de son travail avec dĺ─˘autres musiciens. Utilisant un titre dłęrivłę dĺ─˘un classique de Sonny Boy Williamson (Č┤The Bummer RoadȬ), il a trouvłę de nouvelles directions et philosophies aux dynamiques collectives, documentłęes entre autres sur des labels tels que Ecstatic Peace - le timbre de Turston Moore (grand admirateur et collaborateur de MV), Time-Lag, The Communion ou le propre label de Valentine, Child of the Microtones.

Marvel over the magic of Cirque at the ESO's 2010-2011 season Gala - Oct. 5

Worldwide phenomenon Cirque de la Symphonie returns for ESOĺ─˘s annual fundraising Gala event

Celebrate the ESOĺ─˘s 2010-2011 season with the spectacle of Cirque

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is thrilled to bring back, by popular demand, an astounding, jaw-dropping, high-wire production to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for its 2010-2011 season fundraising Gala. On Tuesday, October 5th, daredevil artist-athletes will demonstrate their astonishing talents as Music Director William Eddins conducts the orchestra through a dynamic program of classical and contemporary music.

Having performed to three sold-out houses during the ESOĺ─˘s 2008-2009 performance season, fresh faces join your favourite Cirque stars for an astounding performance with a new twist. Cirque de la Symphonie has promised a truly spectacular evening, unlike anything they have previously produced in North America. Their amazing troupe of aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers, and balancers, will demonstrate astounding feats of artistry and strength both on and above the stage with their choreographed routines to memorable pieces by Bach, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Sał┤ns, and more.

Marvel over the magic of Cirque and experience the imaginative synergy of athleticism and musicality in this illuminating collaboration, all in support of your ESO. Ticket prices range from $50 - $125* (agency fees apply) and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414 or online at ESO subscribers may purchase tickets to our Gala beginning Tuesday, March 9th (in person or by phone only). Gala tickets will be available to the public beginning Tuesday, May 11th. Sampler Pass vouchers cannot be redeemed for tickets to this event.

*Ticket price includes a pre-concert reception for all concert guests in the lobby of the Winspear Centre, as well as live entertainment and open cash bar following the performance.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nouvelle expo : Haute couture

Haute couture. Paris, Londres
1947-1957. Lĺ─˘łóge dĺ─˘or

Du 4 fłęvrier au 25 avril 2010

Mesmerizing March at The Royal Conservatory

German Cabaret Star Max Raabe and Wild Gypsy Fiddler Roby Lakatos

Make Their Toronto Debuts at Koerner Hall

March brings a compelling collection of concerts to The Royal Conservatoryĺ─˘s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning - classical music will be fused with jazz, pop, and gypsy music, while a saucy German ensemble will conjure up the sounds of big bands and Berlin.

The Conservatory performances kick off on March 4, when Art of Time Ensemble returns to Koerner Hall, this time with singer-songwriter, and former Barenaked Lady, Steven Page. This Toronto appearance is part of the ensembleĺ─˘s twelve stop ĺ─˙A Singer Must Dieĺ─¨ tour, which will take them across Ontario. A disc of the same name will be released on February 16 by Pheromone Recordings. Founded by Andrew Burashko, an alumnus and faculty member of The Royal Conservatory, Art of Time Ensemble blends classical music with other musical genres and art forms. For this concert, the group will perform fresh new chamber music arrangements of some of Steven Pageĺ─˘s favourite songs, including pieces by Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, and Radiohead. Also included in the program is a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1 in F Minor for Violin and Piano. This performance is presented in partnership with Massey Hall.

Also on March 4, the Musicians from Marlboro make their way to Mazzoleni Hall. Celebrating their 45th anniversary, this extension of Vermontĺ─˘s celebrated Marlboro Music Festival visits Toronto as part of a winter tour of North America. Performers include violinists Karina Canellakis and Augustin Hadelich, violist Sebastian Krunnies, cellist Peter Stumpf, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois. The program includes Joseph Haydnĺ─˘s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Zoltł░n Kodł░lyĺ─˘s Duo for Violin and Cello, and Johannes Brahmsĺ─˘s Clarinet Quintet in B Minor.

On March 9, cabaret comes to Koerner Hall when Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester bring their Weimar-era music to The Royal Conservatory, in their Canadian debut. Embodying the naughty irony and high style of 1920s and 1930s German nightclubs, this twelve piece dance band performs era-specific standards like Just One of those Things and Cheek to Cheek, German hits like Mein kleiner grł║ner Kaktus, and darkly sardonic readings of contemporary pop songs like Brittney Spearsĺ─˘s hit Oops, I Did it Again. Anchored by the charismatic Raabe and his flexible baritone, the band has already wowed audiences across North America, Europe, and Asia. The Pittsburgh Review sums them up in a single word: ĺ─˙Wunderbar!ĺ─¨

Fiery violin virtuosity heats up Koerner Hall on March 10, when ĺ─˙The Devilĺ─˘s Fiddlerĺ─¨, Roby Lakatos, burns up the stage in his Toronto debut. This appearance is the first stop of his North American tour. Lakatos is renowned for his blazing blend of gypsy rhythms, jazz improvisation, and classical technique. A seventh-generation string player, the charismatic and classically-trained Lakatos has been performing publicly since the age of nine. Joined by his sizzling ensemble, he will perform a combination of classical pieces, traditional Eastern European folk songs, as well as his own original compositions, all described by The Times of London as ĺ─˙show stoppers, each more preposterously exuberant than the last.ĺ─¨

The Royal Conservatory acknowledges all of its sponsors and 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

Classical 96.3 ĺ─ý Performance Sponsor (Roby Lakatos)

Dr. Gł║nes N. Ege-Akter ĺ─ý Performance Supporter (Musicians from Marlboro)


KH ĺ─ý Koerner Hall; MH ĺ─ý Mazzoleni Hall

Art of Time Ensembleĺ─˘s SONGBOOK featuring Steven Page: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8pm;

$39.50-$49.50 (KH)

Musicians from Marlboro: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$30 (MH)

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester: A Night in Berlin: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8pm;

$20-$65 (KH)

Roby Lakatos: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$65 (KH)


Adriane Daskalakis and Miri Yampolsky: Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 8:00pm; $35 (MH)

Gala Winners Concert, The Third Canadian Chopin Competition: Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 2pm;

$20-$50 (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

The Odessa Philharmonic at Brooklyn Center - 3/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2009-2010 World Stages series with a concert by the acclaimed Odessa Philharmonic on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8pm. Making its Brooklyn Center debut as part of its first U.S. tour in ten years, theOdessa Philharmonic perform will a program including Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, and Saint SaőŰns' Cello Concerto featuring soloist William DeRosa.

Founded in 1937, the Odessa Philharmonic performed regularly throughout the Soviet era under such conductors as Nathan Rachlin, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Arvid Jansons and Mariss Jansons. Because of Odessa's ranking as a "regional" city by the Soviet government, the orchestra was not allowed to travel outside the borders of the USSR. With the independence of Ukraine, the orchestra's status rose; in January of 1993 the Government of Ukraine formally awarded the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra federal status, making it the only performing arts organization in Ukraine outside of Kiev to attain this distinction.

Under the baton of Maestro Hobart Earle, the Odessa Philharmonic has performed in major concert halls of the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia and throughout Ukraine. Highlights of Maestro Earle's career include performances in the Musikverein (Vienna), the Philharmonie (Cologne), the Beethovenhalle (Bonn), the Barbican Hall (London), the National Auditorium (Madrid), the Liszt Academy (Budapest) the Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society. In the United States he has appeared in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Hall in San Francisco and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

About Maestro Hobart Earle

Maestro Hobart Earle is currently in his fifteenth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied under Ferdinand Leitner in Salzburg and Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood. He also studied conducting at the Academy of Music in Vienna, received a performer's diploma in clarinet from London's Trinity College of Music, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

In addition to the Odessa Philharmonic, Maestro Earle has led such orchestras as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkuenstler Orchestra, the Noord-Nederlands Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra della Toscana in Italy, and in the U. S., the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. In recognition of his work with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Hobart Earle was awarded the title "Distinguished Artist of Ukraine", the first and only foreigner in the history of Ukraine so honored.

About William DeRosa

William DeRosa has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles, Florida, Ekaterinburg, and BBC Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah, and San Francisco, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a recitalist, DeRosa has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Boston's Jordan Hall. He is also an active chamber musician, performing with many of the world's leading ensembles including the Artis, Emerson and Cleveland quartets. His festival appearances have taken him to Aspen, Marlboro and Seattle, as well as overseas. He has regularly performed on NPR and has been the subject of documentaries and television specials broadcast on PBS and CBS. DeRosa has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records. He performs on a rare and pristine cello crafted by Dominico Montangana (Venice, 1739).

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving schoolchildren from over 225 schools annually.

The Odessa Philharmonic at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8pm

Tickets: $35, $25

Online orders: Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1PM - 6PM

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 33

Major support for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' World Stages: Music series is provided by National Grid.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2009-2010 season is provided by: Target; JP Morgan Chase; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Con Edison; Macy's; TD Bank; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Air Jamaica; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO. Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season. Backstage catering graciously provided by Applebee's.

Brooklyn Center acknowledges the support of Assemblymembers Karim Camara, Steven H. Cymbrowitz, Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Joan L. Millman, N. Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, and Helene E. Weinstein, members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly, and New York State Senators Martine Malavłę Dilan, Kevin S. Parker, and John L. Sampson. Special thanks to Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Councilmembers Kendall B. Stewart and Albert Vann, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

Concours de musique du Choeur de la montagne - onził«me łędition

Beloeil, le 2 fłęvrier 2010. Le Concours de musique classique du Choeur de la montagne se tiendra gratuitement devant public au Centre de formation artistique du Choeur de la montagne les 27 & 28 mars 2010.

Ce concours sĺ─˘adresse aux jeunes artistes rłępartis en deux catłęgories : 7 łŢ 14 ans et 15 łŢ 21 ans. Il est ouvert aux rłęsidents des MRC Vallłęe-du-Richelieu, Lajemmerais et le Roussillon ainsi quĺ─˘aux łęlł«ves dont lĺ─˘adresse de lĺ─˘łęcole dĺ─˘apprentissage se situe dans lĺ─˘une des villes et villages de la Commission scolaire des Patriotes.

Les bourses octroyłęes par diverses entreprises de la rłęgion totalisent 3 050$. En plus dĺ─˘avoir la possibilitłę de jouer en concert au Moulin Seigneurial et łŢ la Montłęe de Arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire et de sĺ─˘exłęcuter devant quelque 1000 spectateurs, les laurłęats vivront une expłęrience particulił«re car ils se produiront en premił«re partie du Č┤GRAND CONCERT MOZARTȬ offert par le Chëýur de la montagne et grand orchestre les 22 et 23 mai 2010 sous la direction musicale de Monsieur Julien Proulx.

Pour cette onził«me łędition du Concours de musique classique, nous avons lĺ─˘honneur de recevoir comme jury, monsieur Douglas Nemish, pianiste et płędagogue ainsi que monsieur Julien Proulx, chef dĺ─˘orchestre et directeur musical du Choeur de la montagne.

Francine Lacroix, instigatrice et responsable de ce concours de musique classique qui favorise depuis dłęjłŢ onze (11) ans la dłęcouverte de nombreux talents, est aussi directrice głęnłęrale du Chëýur de la montagne. Pianiste et enseignante, elle a łŢ cëýur la formation musicale des jeunes et, par le biais de ce concours, dłęsire donner une tribune aux jeunes, leur permettre de sĺ─˘exprimer, de sĺ─˘amuser et de sĺ─˘intłęresser łŢ une forme dĺ─˘art sans avoir łŢ subir la pression de la perfection łŢ tout prix. Elle souhaite vivement que ce projet devienne une source de stimulation pour nos jeunes musiciens et qu'ils s'y inscriront en grand nombre.

La date limite pour sĺ─˘inscrire est le vendredi, 12 mars 2010

Les formulaires dĺ─˘inscriptions sont disponibles dł«s maintenant :

Site internet :
Boisvert Musique Ltłęe, 531, boul Laurier, Beloeil 450-464-0918
Multi łÔlectronique, 67, boulevard Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, Beloeil 450-467-8273
Musłęe des beaux-arts, 150a, rue Du Centre-Civique, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 450-536-3033

Renseignements : (514) 816-6577 ou

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces auditions for 2010-11 season

CLEVELAND, February 2, 2010 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra today announced auditions for the 2010-11 season. Auditions will be held at Severance Hall between May 11 and 29, with late afternoon, evening, and weekend audition times available. Middle school and high school students, who study an instrument privately and are involved in their school music programs, are invited to audition. Openings are available for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion. Audition applications must be received by Friday, April 9, 2010. The application fee is $25. Those interested should contact Ashley Smith, Youth Orchestra manager, at (216) 231-7352 or for details and to receive audition materials.

During the 2010-11 season, the Youth Orchestra will give three performances at Severance Hall as well as concerts in the Greater Cleveland community. A 25th anniversary celebration is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2011.

Members of The Cleveland Orchestra serving as coaches to the Youth Orchestra and leading weekly sectional rehearsals include William Preucil (violin), Yoko Moore (violin), Emilio Llinas (violin), Lynne Ramsey (viola), Richard Weiss (cello), Bryan Dumm (cello), David Alan Harrell (cello), Mark Atherton (bass), Marisela Sager (flute), Elizabeth Camus (oboe/woodwinds), Daniel McKelway (clarinet), Hans Clebsch (horn), Michael Miller (trumpet/brass), Thomas Klaber (low brass), and Marc Damoulakis (timpani/percussion).

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, now in its 24th season, is a full, 100-member symphony orchestra of young musicians from 45 communities in 13 counties of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The ensemble was one of five youth orchestras chosen to participate in the National Youth Orchestra Festival at Michiganĺ─˘s Interlochen Center for the Arts in June 1998. In March 2001, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra made its debut at New Yorkĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall, as part of the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series, and at Penn State Universityĺ─˘s Eisenhower Auditorium. In June 2009, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra successfully completed its first six-day, four-concert tour to Boston, Massachusetts and its surroundings. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and many other donors. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and Christine Gitlin Miles.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Phiatonĺ─˘s Ergonomically designed earphones raise the bar on comfort

Second generation primal series provides hours of comfort like never before.

Irvine, CA ĺ─ý Phiaton, the worldwide leader in the audio industry, is introducing the new PS 210 ĺ─˙Half in-earĺ─¨ earphones so that trendy Americans can enjoy many more hours of listening pleasure without feeling constricted. Ergonomically designed to fit just outside the ear canal, the PS 210 features the perfect combination of comfort and sound quality for the optimal listening experience with your personal music player or e-reader. Phiatonĺ─˘s unique ĺ─˙half in-earĺ─¨ design combines the excellent bass response of in-ear style buds and the crystal clear highs of open-ear style buds. You couldnĺ─˘t ask for a better combination of features in one unit. Whatĺ─˘s more, the PS 210 is made of a high quality, light-weight aluminum material for additional wearing comfort.

Another unique feature of the PS 210 are the four different sized silicon ear tips (XS, S, M, and L) that are included to ensure a natural fit. The PS 210 also includes Phiatonĺ─˘s highly respected Applied Dynamic Speaker Driver using Acoustic transducer technology for rich bass and high range fidelity. The earphones feature a 10 Hz - 27,000 Hz frequency range, 98dB at 1 kHz sensitivity, 32 Ohm Impedance and a maximum input power of 30 mW. The PS 210 weighs 0.29 oz w/o cord. Available with a slim carrying case, the PS210 has a $99 MSRP and is sold at plus other online stores.

Jong-Bae Lee, Chairman of Phiaton Corporation, states, ĺ─˙Phiaton is committed to providing consumers with the best in high quality and high fashion earphone devices. We are constantly making design and technology improvements based on years of experience. With so many new applications for quality headphones, Phiaton will continue to increase our offerings to provide the best experience available for the consumer.ĺ─¨

About Phiaton Corporation

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

Phiatonĺ─˘s parent company, Cresyn Company Ltd., was founded in 1959 to develop and manufacture high quality phonograph needles. Under the leadership of Chairman Jong-Bae Lee, Cresyn has heavily invested in R&D and developed a significant portfolio of patented audio technologies. Over time, these technologies have become an integral part of todayĺ─˘s most popular leading personal audio brands. Today, Cresyn markets its own growing family of industry leading products, including headphones, noise canceling headphones, earphones, Bluetooth headsets and camera modules.

Barry Shiffman appointed to The Royal Conservatory

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, are pleased to announce that Canadian violinist, violist, and educator Barry Shiffman has been appointed Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Young Artists Performance Academy at The Royal Conservatory. He will begin his position on September 7, 2010.

ĺ─˙I am honoured to welcome Barry Shiffman to The Royal Conservatory during this significant period in our history,ĺ─¨ says Dr. Simon. ĺ─˙We are continuing to strengthen The Glenn Gould Schoolĺ─˘s position as one of the worldĺ─˘s premiere performance training centres. I am confident that Barry, as an internationally respected musician and educator, will prove to be invaluable in supporting the Conservatoryĺ─˘s vision.ĺ─¨

Shiffman comes to The Royal Conservatory from The Banff Centre, where he has served as Director of Music Programs and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) since 2006. He will continue on as Director of the Banff Centreĺ─˘s summer music programs, as well as the BISQC.

ĺ─˙Barry is the perfect person for this job,ĺ─¨ says Mr. Anagnoson. ĺ─˙Above all, he is a very natural and nourishing teacher, in addition to his extensive experience as a performer and administrator. He has done a fantastic job with The Banff Centreĺ─˘s music programs, and I know he will bring exactly the right energy to what we do at The Glenn Gould School.ĺ─¨

While at The Banff Centre, Mr. Shiffman revitalized existing music programs and launched major new initiatives in chamber music, orchestral studies, popular music, and jazz. Some of his most dramatic achievements were in the field of new music; under his direction, the Music Program of The Banff Centre became one of western Canada's largest presenters of contemporary works. He increased the number of faculty residencies, attracting notable composers including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Brett Dean, and Louis Andriessen. In the spring of 2009, he oversaw the co-production of EVOLUTION, the CBCĺ─˘s competition for young composers, held at The Banff Centre.

Through Mr. Shiffmansĺ─˘s leadership of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, it has grown to include career development, outreach, and commissioning programs, along with a program to nurture the talents of young artists. Its endowment has doubled, and Mr. Shiffman played an active and ongoing role in major gift fundraising and stewardship.

Mr. Shiffman currently serves as executive Artistic Director of Vancouver's Music in the Morning Concert Society, overseeing all programming for the celebrated concert presenter.

Beyond his achievements at The Banff Centre, Barry Shiffman has also had a rich and varied career as a performer and recording artist. Debuting with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, he has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Recent appearances include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, and a Canadian tour as guest violist with the Gryphon Trio.

In 1989, he co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet through a joint program of The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. During his 17 years with the quartet he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe, and recorded several critically acclaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. Passionately committed to contemporary composers, he has been involved in the premieres of hundreds of new works, both in the Quartet and beyond.

In addition to performing and recording, Mr. Shiffman is a sought-after violin and viola teacher and chamber music coach. He is the recipient of the Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching awarded by the Longy School of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary. He served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006.

An alumnus of The Royal Conservatory, Mr. Shiffman has his ARCT in violin performance, and was a student in the precursor to the Young Artists Performance Academy. He studied chamber music with James Anagnoson, among others, and learned violin under Leo Wigdorchik. While at the Conservatory, he performed in a student trio that was the focus of two films by Rhombus Media. He has also studied at the University of Toronto, Juilliard School, Yale University, Hartt School of Music, and the Utrecht Conservatorium.

ĺ─˙To return to Toronto and work in support of the next generation of musicians at the RCM fills me with excitement. The Royal Conservatory was where my life in music began. It was there that I met so many friends and colleagues that continue to enrich my life. The new building and new programs are a powerful message of possibility to any young artist. I am thrilled to join the exhilarating environment that is the new Conservatory,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Shiffman.

The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory is an internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the bachelor and graduate levels. The School provides an intimate training environment, with a curriculum designed to prepare gifted young musicians for all aspects of a professional career. Founded in 1987, The Glenn Gould School was renamed to honour Canada's legendary pianist in 1997.

Espace musique : des changements a lĺ─˘automne 2010


Montrłęal, mardi 2 fłęvrier 2010 ĺ─ý Dł«s septembre 2010, les auditeurs de partout au Canada se reconnałĂtront davantage łŢ lĺ─˘antenne dĺ─˘Espace musique, et ce, dans plus dĺ─˘une dizaine de marchłęs łŢ travers le pays. En effet, cet automne, ils pourront łęcouter la radio musicale de Radio-Canada en heure locale dans chacune des rłęgions ciblłęes. De plus, ils entendront chaque jour la voix dĺ─˘animateurs locaux aux heures de grande łęcoute (de 9 h łŢ 16 h tous les jours en semaine). Enfin, le public recevra encore plus de nouvelles locales et rłęgionales diffusłęes dans les bulletins dĺ─˘information dĺ─˘Espace musique.

Ces changements auront pour effets, dĺ─˘une part, dĺ─˘augmenter la prłęsence et la proximitłę dĺ─˘Espace musique auprł«s de ses auditeurs partout au pays et, dĺ─˘autre part, de mieux reflłęter la vitalitłę de la scł«ne artistique dĺ─˘un bout łŢ lĺ─˘autre du Canada.

Č┤ Aprł«s sa crłęation en 2004, Espace musique est entrłęe dans une deuxił«me phase dĺ─˘łęvolution en 2007 avec lĺ─˘adoption du multigenre et la crłęation de ses webradios. Cette annłęe, on peut dire quĺ─˘elle aborde une troisił«me phase en augmentant son ancrage rłęgional et ses couleurs locales dans chaque rłęgion au pays, explique Christiane LeBlanc, directrice dĺ─˘Espace musique. Elle vise ainsi łŢ sĺ─˘impliquer davantage dans la rłęalitłę et le quotidien de ses auditeurs, łŢ łütre plus prł«s de leurs prłęoccupations et łŢ suivre leur rythme quotidien. Ȭ

Les fidł«les auditeurs de la radio musicale observeront ces changements łŢ lĺ─˘antenne dans les marchłęs suivants : Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto (incluant Windsor), Ottawa, Sudbury (pour le Nord de lĺ─˘Ontario), Montrłęal (incluant Sherbrooke, Rouyn et Trois-Rivił«res), Qułębec, Saguenay, Rimouski (incluant Sept-łÚles, Matane et Gaspłęsie ĺ─ý Les łÚles) et Moncton (pour toute lĺ─˘Acadie et les Maritimes).

Crłęłęe en 2004, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, Espace musique (100,7 FM łŢ Montrłęal), se dłęmarque dans le milieu radiophonique avec une programmation unique axłęe sur la diversitłę musicale, la crłęation artistique et la promotion du talent canadien.

Pour tout savoir sur notre programmation partout au pays :

Nouvelle słęrie de spectacles et " Si Fragile " sur itunes.

Nouvelle słęrie de spectacles et Si Fragile sur I Tunes

Montrłęal, fłęvrier 2010 ĺ─ý Aprł«s avoir participłę au Festival Mommenta łŢ Unna, en Allemagne, le 16 janvier, la chanteuse jazz Caroline Nadeau est de retour au pays pour une słęrie de spectacles.

26 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 20h00
Maison LachałĂne, Rendez-vous au coin du feu, Ste-Thłęrł«se

Billet : 16$. Info : (450) 434-4006 ĺ─ý Admission : (514) 790-1245
Avec John Roney au piano, Jean Boutin aux saxophone et flł¬te,
Morgan Moore łŢ la contrebasse et Jim Doxas łŢ la batterie.

16 mai 2010 łŢ 20h00
Centre Segal, La Słęrie Power Jazz, Montrłęal
ĺ─ý Billet : 20$.

Info: (514) 739-7944
Avec Julie Lamontagne au piano, Jean Boutin aux saxophone et flł¬te,
Franł▀ois Marion łŢ la contrebasse et Jim Doxas łŢ la batterie.

Lĺ─˘album Si Fragile est maintenant disponible sur Itunes.

Caroline Nadeau figure aujourdĺ─˘hui parmi les rares chanteuses łŢ avoir dłęveloppłę un vaste rłępertoire jazz dans la langue de Molił«re. Avec Si Fragile, son second album jazz en franł▀ais et en nomination łŢ lĺ─˘ADISQ dans la catłęgorie : Č┤ Album jazz de lĺ─˘annłęe - interprłętation Ȭ, Caroline et ses musiciens vous transportent dans lĺ─˘univers de chaque chanson oł╝ les mots de Brel, Rivard et De Larochellił«re flirtent agrłęablement avec les notes de Coltrane, Jobim et Gershwin.

Pour plus d'info sur l'artiste et ses spectacles:

Los Angeles Music Academy welcomes Jazz Guitarist Oz Noy as Artist-in-Residence

Pasadena, CA ĺ─ý February 1, 2010 ĺ─ý Los Angles Music Academy College of Music ( announced today that Israeli born jazz guitarist Oz Noy has joined the schoolĺ─˘s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) roster. LA Music Academyĺ─˘s AIR members put on performances and master classes for students throughout the year allowing some of the worldĺ─˘s finest musicians to participate in music education. Noy, who ĺ─˙wowedĺ─¨ students in an on campus clinic earlier this month, is preparing for a tour to Europe with his trio featuring Dave Weckl and James Genus.

ĺ─˙We are thrilled to have musicians like Oz joining our roster of resident musicians. Each of our departments benefit from visits by these musical greats,ĺ─¨ says Tom Aylesbury, President of LA Music Academy. He adds, ĺ─˙The AIR program is very inspiring to our students who can connect with their favorite musicians and learn invaluable tips during this very personal interaction with them.

ĺ─¨Noy moved to New York City in 1996 and made a big impact on the local music scene there. With his unique sound, compositions and style, he brings a mixture of pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz into a cohesive groove. Oz has performed, toured and recorded with well-established artists such as Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Mike Clark, Jeff 'Tain" Watts, Harry Belafonte, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Gavin Degraw, Neil Rogers, Roger Glover, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken and Akiko Yano. He has played for numerous commercials and movie soundtracks and recently wrote the soundtrack for the highly acclaimed documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong.

Oz has released four CDs, which include an all-star roster of musicians such as Anton Fig, Keith Carlock, Will Lee, James Genus, Mike Stern, George Whitty, Shai Bachar, Reggie Washington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Beard, Dave Weckl, Steve Lukather, Ricky Peterson and Chris Palmaro.

For more information about LA Music Academy, visit Contact Iris Alba in admissions at 626-568-8850 or email LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Facebook fans: Follow the school on Twitter: @LAmusicacademy

About LA Music Academy
LA Music Academy in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, offers an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education to male and female students 18 and over through its vocal, drum, bass and guitar programs. Founded in 1996, the Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,000 international and domestic students. LA Music Academyĺ─˘s 35 instructors immerse students in practical courses. The Academy offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, setting the school apart from other prestigious music institutions. LA Music Academy gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.

Spoleto Festival USA to Celebrate Charleston's Newly Renovated Dock Street Theatre at Gala on Thursday April 1

Featured artists include soprano Natalie Dessay, violinist Geoff Nuttall, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza, violist Caroline Blackwell, actress Heather Gillespie, and artists from Flora, an Opera

February 1, 2010 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)ĺ─ţNigel Redden, General Director, announced today that Spoleto Festival USA will hold a special gala concert on Thursday, April 1st to celebrate the reopening of Charlestonĺ─˘s historic Dock Street Theatre following a three-year renovation.

French soprano Natalie Dessay, one of todayĺ─˘s leading opera talents, will perform various arias including ĺ─˙Sempre Liberaĺ─¨ from La Traviata. Geoff Nuttall, Spoleto Festival USA Director of Chamber Music, will be joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza and violist Caroline Blackwell who is making her Spoleto Festival USA debut this year. Repertoire to be performed by the ensemble will include a new work specially commissioned for the occasion from composer Jonathan Berger who is the 2010 Spoleto Festival chamber music Composer-in-Residence.
The audience will also be given a sneak preview of the upcoming Spoleto Festival production of Flora, an Opera, the ballad opera that was first seen at the Dock Street Theatre in 1736.

Actress Heather Gillespie, who played the role of Hagar in Target Margin Theaterĺ─˘s production of Dubose Heywardĺ─˘s Mambaĺ─˘s Daughters at the Dock Street during the 1999 Spoleto Festival, will perform Heywardĺ─˘s prologue to George Faquharĺ─˘s The Recruiting Officer, penned and performed by Heyward for the reopening of the Dock Street Theatre following a renovation in 1937.

The festivities will commence at 6:00pm with a champagne reception, during which guests can explore the restored public spaces. The concert begins at 7:00pm followed by a seated dinner. A photographic exhibition of past Spoleto Festival USA performances at the Dock Street will be mounted in the Wadsworth Room, providing a retrospective of Festival highlights.
Ticket prices begin at $250 for pre-concert champagne and the concert. $500 tickets include the above plus a seated post-performance dinner in the third floor salon of the Dock Street. $1,000 tickets include champagne, premium concert seating, and dinner on stage with the eveningĺ─˘s featured artists. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843.579.3100 or online at

When the Dock Street was completed in 1736, it was Americaĺ─˘s first building created solely for theatrical purposes. Today the theatre is a beloved Charleston landmark and one of Spoleto Festival USAĺ─˘s most favored stages, with hundreds of opera, theater and dance performances and over 1,000 chamber music concerts presented there since the Festivalĺ─˘s inception in 1977.

About Spoleto Festival USA
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charlestonĺ─˘s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 140 performances by world-renowned artists and emerging performers in opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Spoleto Festival USA 2010 will take place May 28 through June 13 and information and tickets can be found online at or by phone at 843.579.3100. Beginning April 19, tickets may be purchased in person at the Spoleto Festival USA box office at Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street.

Rebecca Applebaum Jumps into New Joker Internship Initiative at Mixed Company

Toronto, February 1, 2010 ĺ─ý As we cross the threshold of our next 25 years, Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to announce a new Joker Internship initiative with emerging playwright and actor Rebecca Applebaum the first to step into this role.

Applebaum will assist Mixed Company's Associate Artists in developing the Bouncing Back Project, in which our resident artists collaborate with youth who have experienced homelessness. Applebaum, who participated in the initial focus groups held at shelters and community centres around the city, says: ĺ─˙I've been so impressed by the enthusiasm and wisdom of the youth I've met so far. I can't wait for us to get on our feet and work together.ĺ─¨

Applebaum earned her M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, specializing in poetry and the drama of slavery. Currently a member of fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company's Kitchen Playwriting unit, she has a particular interest in working within marginalized communities. Applebaum will gain valuable experience in that arena doing what Mixed Company does best ĺ─ý empowering individuals to affect relevant social change in their communities through original, interactive, and issue-based theatre.

The Bouncing Back Project is currently supported by the City of Toronto and the Daily Bread Food Bank. Those interested in supporting Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s homeless initiatives should contact

'O Canada!' sung by animals of Canada for Olympics

Vancouver, Canada - January 26, 2010 - Canadaĺ─˘s National Anthem ĺ─˛O Canada!ĺ─˘ has been sung in a way no one has ever heard before: by animals of Canada.

In time for the Vancouver Olympics, Paul Snider of Vancouver has arranged and produced a version of ĺ─˛O Canada!ĺ─˘ that uses no musical instruments, only the sounds of animals that live in Canada. ĺ─˙I started with digital samples of the sounds animals of Canada make. It was difficult to determine which tones go with which in order to make some semblance of a song. As well, I had to determine which sounds could best represent the different parts of an orchestra. Many of the animal calls are beautifully melodic which sound quite nice in the arrangement. The whole song took about 30 hours to put together.ĺ─¨

The song uses the sounds of different frogs, crickets, beavers, bees, belugas, coyotes, seals, wolves, bears, raccoons, dolphins, whales and cougars. The birds include woodpeckers, a hawk, an eagle, snow geese, nightingales, cardinals, loons and a tawny owl.

Paulĺ─˘s musical project is called The Orchestra of Sound. He creates music using sounds heard in everyday life, without the use of musical instruments. ĺ─˙Music is all around you, you just have to listenĺ─¨.

When asked why he created this unique version of ĺ─˛O Canada!ĺ─˘, Paul commented ĺ─˙I wanted to create a version of our National Anthem that included the animals of Canada. Their calls are so beautiful; itĺ─˘s only natural that a song using their voices would also be beautiful.ĺ─¨ The song can be heard at

Le Spotlight 2010

Many performers can catch your eye,
but only one will hold Le Spotlight!

LE SPOTLIGHTĺ─ý Montrealĺ─˘s Musical Theatre Challenge

If you are a professional-track theatrical performer, 18 years or older, Le Spotlight is your chance to showcase your musical theatre talent in Montreal.

Le Spotlight, Montrealĺ─˘s Musical Theatre Challenge is a yearly competition where ten finalists perform a sequence from the musical theatre repertoire, with an orchestra, in front of a live audience and panel of professional judges to earn the title of number one. Each season the winner is cast in a featured role in The Next Wave Festival of New Musicals.

The preliminary auditions for this yearĺ─˘s Le Spotlight competition will take place in early March, 2010. Ten top finalists will be selected, will be given an exclusive coaching session by a Montreal Musical Theatre professional and will perform at the Salle du Gesł╝ in May.

To make the cut in Le Spotlight, you have to do a lot more than just sing well. You will have to impress the judges with a complete, multi-faceted performance. Points will be awarded for singing ability, dramatic interpretation, movement skills, diction, stage presence, appropriateness of song choice, personal style and suitability of dress.
The application deadline is February 26th.


All contestants are required to submit an application by traditional mail to CETM,
2205 Parthenais, #115, Montreal, Quebec, H2K 3T3.

Applications must be postmarked by February 26, 2010 and must include the following:

- head shot
- professional resume
- completed application form (available at or from
- $40 application fee payable to CETM Inc. (The application fee includes a complimentary ticket to the 2010 Le Spotlight performance.)

For more information or for the complete rules and regulations, please visit the Le Spotlight website at or send us an email at Le Spotlight is produced by CETM (Centre for Education and Theatre in Montreal).

Canadian Premiere of Nixon in China Features New Production Created by Vancouver Opera

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouverites will the first in the country to experience John Adamsĺ─˘s gripping masterpiece in Vancouver Operaĺ─˘s national premiere of Nixon in China, March 13th -20th, 2010. This minimalist tour-de-force by one of the worldĺ─˘s leading composers will be performed for the first time in Canada in a brand-new production commissioned as part of VOĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary Season.

This milestone production is accompanied by a major series of free and ticketed community-engagement events through March, 2010 that explore the historic 1972 meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, the opera it inspired and the establishment of the Chinese community in Vancouver. Journalist Alexandre Trudeau, historian Margaret MacMillan and architect Bing Thom are among the esteemed speakers. Details are set out below and are available at

Opening night of Nixon in China is Saturday, March 13th, 2010, with subsequent performances Tuesday, March 16th, Thursday, March 18th and Saturday, March 20th. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Georgia and Hamilton Streets, Vancouver B.C. and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $29 are available exclusively at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at or by telephone (604-683-0222). See complete ticket information below.

Singing the role of Richard Nixon will be leading baritone Robert Orth. Internationally-acclaimed baritone Chen-ye Yuan will sing Chou En-Lai, and heldentenor Alan Woodrow will sing Mao Tse-tung. Canadian sopranos Sally Dibblee and Tracy Dahl will sing Pat Nixon and Chiang Chĺ─˘ing, and bass-baritone Thomas Hammons will sing Henry Kissinger.

Zheng Cao, who was to make her role debut as Nancy Tĺ─˘ang, has withdrawn for health reasons. Replacing Ms. Cao will be mezzo-soprano Melissa Malde, who has previously sung the role for Colorado Opera.

Exhilarating and driving, challenging and accessible, John Adamsĺ─˘s richly textured and lyrical score pulses with rhythm. John DeMain, who conducted the world premił«re production of Nixon in China at Houston Grand Opera in 1987, will conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Esteemed Toronto-based stage director Michael Cavanagh will direct the new production. It will be choreographed by the prominent Vancouver choreographer Wen Wei Wang, who, as a child, witnessed Richard Nixonĺ─˘s visit to Beijing. Video design is by Sean Nieuwenhuis.

This brand-new, innovative production is designed by the gifted American scenic designer Erhard Rom and will include a scale replica of The Spirit of ĺ─˘76, from which the Nixons will emerge at the start of the opera. A film crew will follow the action on-stage, recording and replaying it throughout the performance.

The Story In Brief

In 1972, Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong shook hands and changed the course of human events. West and East looked into each others eyes and discovered a vast mystery of differences and desires. Henry Kissinger, Chou En-lai, Pat Nixon and Chiang Chĺ─˘ing all play pivotal roles in this fascinating drama of psychology and global politics.


Nixon in China was written during the period 1985 to 1987 and is considered by many to be a modern masterpiece and one of the cornerstones of American minimalist music. Composed by John Adams to a libretto by poet and scholar Alice Goodman, the opera tells the story of U.S. President Richard Nixonĺ─˘s momentous trip to China in 1972, when he met Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong and opened the political door to the Far East.

John Adams is part of a contemporary movement to create opera that explores current events. This movement includes Stewart Wallace and Anthony Davis, the composers of 1995ĺ─˘s Milk and 1986ĺ─˘s X, about Henry Milk and Malcolm X, respectively.

Both the music and libretto are admired for their sophistication and accessibility, and Nixon in China is acclaimed as one of the few late-20th-century English-language operas that will likely attain a prominent place in the canon for decades to come.

Full Ticket Information

Single tickets starting at $29 (plus handling fee) are available from the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at, or by phone at 604-683-0222. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Groups: For special pricing for groups of ten or more, call 604-683-0222.

Learn More

Music tracks, podcasts, a full synopsis and extensive background information are available at

Community-Engagement Series: Details

Vancouver Opera has collaborated with other arts, cultural and social organizations to present a major series of community-engagement events around the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. For up-to-the-minute details, visit

Turning Point Ensemble ĺ─ý John Adamsĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Son of Chamber Symphonyĺ─¨

Wednesday, February 24th, 8:00pm

Vancouver Playhouse, Dunsmuir Street & Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets from $20 through Ticketmaster: 604-280-4444 or

The Canadian premiere of John Adams's newly completed chamber piece plus Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony Op. 9 and the world premiere of a new chamber concerto by John Oliver. This concert is co-presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Inside the Music of John Adams

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:00pm

Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Free Admission

An exploration of the music and career of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. Presenters include writer and educator Thomas May, editor of The John Adams Reader; conductor John DeMain; and Vancouver composer/conductor Owen Underhill.

Opera Speaks @ VPL - Chinese Vancouver Then & Now: 1972-2010

Tuesday, March 9th, 7:00 ĺ─ý 9:00 pm

Vancouver Public Library ĺ─ý Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room

Free Admission ĺ─ý seating is limited

Explore the history of the Chinese in Vancouver, with emphasis on the Chinese communities' emergence and development since 1972, the year of Nixon's momentous trip to China. Moderated by China scholar Dr. Jan Walls. Speakers include architect Bing Thom, UBC historian Henry Yu, and filmmaker Colleen Leung. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

Opera Speaks @ VPL is sponsored by Omni BC Diversity Television.

In China: Comparing the Nixon, Trudeau and Harper Visits

Friday, March 12th, 4:00pm ĺ─ý 5:30pm

Choi Building Conference Room, 1855 West Mall, UBC

Free Admission

A panel discussion exploring the past and future of Canada-China Relations to close the two day colloquium hosted by the Institute of Asian Research. For more information see Presented in partnership with the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

Literary Lunch with Margaret MacMillan and Alexandre Trudeau

Tuesday, March 16th, 12:30pm ĺ─ý 2:30pm

Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Tickets: $50 through the VO Box Office: 604-683-0222.

An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau (son of Pierre Ellliott Trudeau) as they take us behind the headlines of history. Hosted by Hal Wake, Artistic Director of Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Margaret MacMillan in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30pm

Granville Island Stage

Tickets: $18 through VancouverTix: 604-629-8849.

Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radioĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Writers and Companyĺ─¨ about her most recent book "The Uses and Abuses of History" and her earlier chronicle "Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World". Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Une prłęsentation de Sirius Radio Satellite łŢ la Nuit Blanche du festival Montrłęal en Lumił«re 2010


Montrłęal, lundi 1er fłęvrier 2010 ĺ─ý Les festivaliers de Montrłęal en lumił«re sont invitłęs łŢ venir danser et suer łŢ lĺ─˘une des plus grosses fłütes gratuites de lĺ─˘annłęe! Le samedi 27 fłęvrier de 21 h łŢ 5 h, Bande łŢ part et SIRIUS Radio Satellite prennent le Młętropolis dĺ─˘assaut (59, Sainte-Catherine Ouest) et offrent un grand bal masqułę surprenant et plein de magie.

De nombreux artistes se partageront la scł«ne toute la nuit, jusquĺ─˘au petit matin :

DJ Annie Q łŢ 21h

Xavier Cafłęłěne łŢ 22h

Les Breastfeeders łŢ 23h

Duchess Says łŢ 24h

Un invitłę surprise łŢ 1h

Misteur Valaire łŢ 2h

DJ HatchHatik de 3h jusquĺ─˘łŢ la finĺ─Â

Le public est fortement encouragłę łŢ se prłęsenter dans son plus beau costume, łęclatłę, colorłę, disjonctłęĺ─ Sinon il pourra profiter des masques mis łŢ sa disposition gratuitement łŢ lĺ─˘entrłęe. Au fil de la soirłęe, les participants auront lĺ─˘occasion de reprendre leur souffle au Savoy, un salon amłęnagłę pour lĺ─˘occasion par le magazine Urbania, dans une ambiance crłęłęe par DJ Luv entre 22 h et 3 h. Le bal masqułę est captłę et diffusłę en direct łŢ la radio satellite Sirius (frłęquence 87), ainsi que sur

Nłę en 2001, le projet multi-plateforme Bande łŢ part offre une vitrine unique et actuelle au milieu des musiques łęmergentes francophones. Sur le site Internet, les internautes ont accł«s łŢ des concerts vidłęos en ligne, un blogue, des webradios, des baladodiffusions hebdomadaires, un palmarł«s interactif et plus encore.

Depuis sa crłęation en dłęcembre 2005, Sirius Canada joue un rłąle de premier plan dans le dłęveloppement de la relł«ve musicale canadienne. Il appuie activement les artistes dĺ─˘ici et ëýuvre łŢ accrołĂtre leur prłęsence partout en Amłęrique du Nord. Sirius Canada est aussi trł«s impliqułę dans la promotion de nouveaux talents et auprł«s de la relł«ve.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cameron Live! out June 1, 2010


On his 2008 REVOLUTIONARY album for Telarc-which made him the first solo organist to ever receive a GrammyČĂ nomination-Telarc included a video bonus. That wasn't enough for Cameron's demanding ("how does he do it?") public; they want to see him for more than twenty-minutes. CAMERON LIVE! is the album the public wants from the most exciting organist in the world, and releases June 1, 2010, with a June performance at Le Poisson Rouge in New York's West Village. This time it's a true double album, with an all-Bach CD and a feature-length cinema organ DVD. CAMERON LIVE! The CD was recorded on a four-manual classical organ, as befits the repertoire: Toccata in F Major (BWV 540, performed in F# Major to fit Cameron's related key concept); five great Preludes and Fugues in B Minor (BWV 544), E Minor (BWV 548), A Minor (BWV 543), D Major (BWV 532), and G Major (BWV 541); and Cameron's own composition, Serenade and Fugue on B.A.C.H., in its world premiere recording.

CAMERON LIVE! The DVD is in total contrast: a HD video of a four-manual Wurlitzer cinema organ featuring Liszt (Au bord d'une source and Funłęrailles), Moszkowski (łÔtincelles), Schubert (Der ErlkłĆnig), Shostakovich (Festive Overture, Op. 96), Sousa (The Stars and Stripes Forever), Widor (Toccata from Symphony No. 5), Vierne (Nałěades), Cameron's own Three Intermezzi for Cinema Organ (The younger boy and the older boy, Clockwatcher, and The rumble, in their world premiere recordings), Cameron's Performance on "Dixie," and Bach (Prelude and Fugue V in D Major [BWV 850] from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier, performed on Cameron's three-manual Hoffrichter portable studio organ). Click here - for behind the scenes footage!

Cameron produced the DVD. Katy Scoggin co-produced, and directed the crew of ten; and Ed Kelly (MobileMaster) recorded the 7.1 audio. The DVD would not be complete without pithy commentary by Cameron, who is as verbally interesting as any artist alive. Informative segments were shot in his New York East Village apartment, where he uses his Hoffrichter practice organ to demonstrate.

Telarc's legendary founder, Bob Woods (Sonarc Music), produced the CD, and Robert Friedrich (Five/Four Productions) was the recording engineer. In order to live up to its name, CAMERON LIVE! The CD was recorded in live concert. The video crew also convened to produce a short documentary about the Bach concert, which is on the DVD-along with other video footage.

Cameron, not content to just produce the DVD, and perform both the DVD and the CD, also designed the album package to reflect the truth: two completely different discs in one double album. A balanced duality.

The double-thick album case, which also holds a 12-page booklet, does not have a front and a back: it has a front and a front. You flip the album over to find the other front.

Who is Cameron in the pantheon of music? The New York Times recently wrote a feature article on Cameron and said "He has pushed the boundaries of organ technique to breathtaking heights, meshing virtuosity with musical intelligence." Two weeks later, the reviewer of his debut concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, wrote in Kommersant: "To say that he is a virtuoso is to say nothing. He is an exorbitant virtuoso, the Horowitz of the organ."

All is revealed in CAMERON LIVE! The CD. The DVD. Don't fail to flip over it yourself.

Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner Contemplate the City with Body Cartography at HATCH

Body Cartography is the newest project from the collaborative duo Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner, happening as part of HATCH: emerging performance projects

TORONTO, ON (Feb. 1, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s HATCH: emerging performance projects continues with the second of five performance residencies for 2010 with Body Cartography from Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner. It is a performance mixing the disparate details of balancing on rooftops, walking home alone at night, raiding secret swimming pools and feeling too close to strangers; combining installation, contemporary dance and question and answer periods. Created in collaboration with visual artist Simon Rabyniuk and urban theorist Alex Marques, Body Cartography emphasizes and distorts the idea of a city within a city within a city within a city.

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present Body Cartography, by Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner in the Studio Theatre on Feb. 25, 8 p.m. & Feb. 27, 8 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.

Under the scope of psycho-geography, Body Cartography evolved from a series of conversations and city-sprawling bicycle scores the group has created together. Psycho-geography is an approach to subjectively experiencing a city and using all of the senses to do so. This approach has been brought to the artistsĺ─˘ experience of the city, the theatre and their own bodies. The question is this: How do we experience a place through our bodies and our memories?

Spooner and Grant use subjective mapping, personal stories, human artifacts and the ĺ─˙city as a scoreĺ─¨ as a springboard for creation and performance. Body Cartography has a raw physicality that playfully explores themes of home, isolation, over-crowding and what we carry with us in our bodies and our pockets.

Set to an evocative score by Lisa Conway and performed in an environment made from found objects, the dancers offer an intimate look at the many versions of the city that exist. Body Cartography is a vital work of collaboration between diverse artists and the city in which they live.

Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant make films, installations, curated events, subtle interventions and performances. They come from a contemporary dance lineage and integrate the physicality of their dance backgrounds into their practice and conceptual performances. They collaboratively create art that amplifies, distorts and/or frames everyday experience, drawing attention to disparate details like personal space, contemporary mythology, architecture of food courts and how fast cars can actually move. Their interdisciplinary collaborations unpack the notion of artist as social being into a relational art practice.

Suoni Per Il Popolo et CKUT prłęsentent: Josephine Foster - Jeudi, le 15 avril - Casa del Popolo

Jeudi, le 15 avril 2010Casa del Popolo - 4873 St. Laurent, portes łŢ 20h30, $10/12Billets disponible łŢ la Casa del Popolo, Cheap Thrills, Lĺ─˘Oblique, Phonopolis, et Atom Heart .

Josephine Foster est une auteure-compositrice-interprł«te amłęricaine de folk moderne originaire du Colorado ( Adolescente, elle travaillait comme chanteuse pour les mariages et les enterrements et aspirait łŢ devenir chanteuse d'opłęra. Elfe-balladeuse łŢ la prłęsence magnłętique, łŢ la voix et au chant murmurłę, presque chuchotłę, sur une guitare łŢ l'accompagnement folk pour des compositions rłęsolument biaisłęes et łŢ la logique interne incomprłęhensible. dłętonnant, młęandreux, un sentiment d'improvisation permanent, pour un tout łŢ la limite quasi-constante de la rupture et tenant au bout du compte miraculeusement debout pour un rłęsultat final complł«tement unique, introverti et enchanteur. Au cours de juste quelques annłęes, Josłęphine Foster a captivłę autant le public que les critiques au travers d'un patchwork magnłętique d'enregistrements allant de balades spirituelles brisłęes et rock psychłędłęlique incendiaire, łŢ la voix d'une sirł«ne outsider folk. La constante centrale de ses projets rłęside dans la force totalement łęcrasante et le malaise słęducteur de sa voix ainsi que dans la bravoure d'un esprit dłęfinitivement iconoclaste. Se dłęfinissant elle-młüme comme une "recalłęe, vaurienne de l'łęcole de l'opłęra", Foster est l'une des avant-coureuses ou encore l'une des łęclaireuses du mouvement de la New Weird America, et est souvent associłęe łŢ des groupes ou artistes comme Marissa Nadler, Jana Hunter et Espers. En 2004 avec son groupe The Supposed elle a sorti un album de rock psychłędłęlique sous le nom de 'Josephine Foster and the Supposed' intitulłę All the Leaves Are Gone qui a łętłę comparłę łŢ ceux de Jefferson Airplane. Son second album Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You, initialement conł▀u comme un disque pour enfants, a un son unique qui le fait ressembler aux chansons folk des annłęes 1920s - 1960s, combinłę avec l'usage expłęrimental de divers instruments de musique. Son 3ł«me et trł«s original album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing est entił«rement composłę de chansons łęmanant du rłępertoire romantique Allemand. Son quatrił«me superbe album This Coming Gladness est paru en 2008, et son nouveau disque Graphic as a Star, est basłę sur les les poł«mes de lĺ─˘łęcrivaine du 19e sił«cle Emily Dickenson.

Rentrłęe montrłęalaise de Martine St-Clair

le mercredi 24 et le vendredi 26 fłęvrier au Głęsu
Montrłęal, le lundi 1er fłęvrier 2010 ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est dans le cadre du festival Montrłęal en Lumił«re 2010 que Martine St-Clair fera son retour sur la scł«ne montrłęalaise les 24 et 26 fłęvrier prochain łŢ 20h łŢ la salle de spectacle du Gesł╝.

ł─ lĺ─˘intłęrieur de ce spectacle intitulłę Entre vous et moi, Martine invitera les spectateurs dans un voyage łŢ travers ses 25 annłęes de carrił«re dans une formule toute nouvelle. A cette occasion, elle sera accompagnłęe dĺ─˘Alexis Charrier (chef dĺ─˘orchestre et guitariste), de Franł▀ois Morin (piano) et de Patrick Dugas (percussions). Martine chantera łęgalement quelques inspirations qui nous conduirons de Cat Stevens łŢ Edith Piaf.

Une chanson inłędite de Gilbert Błęcaud Chaque fois que jĺ─˘aime sera prłęsentłęe au public.

Ce concert, oł╝ les lettres dĺ─˘amour seront łŢ lĺ─˘honneur, sera dłędiłę łŢ la Fondation Les Impatients qui est un lieu de crłęation destinłę aux personnes souffrant de problł«mes de santłę mentale. En effet, les gens du public seront invitłęs łŢ offrir łŢ Martine leurs lettres dĺ─˘amour qui se retrouveront peut-łütre du coup au cëýur de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, lues sur la scł«ne.

Martine St-Clair lanł▀ait en aoł¬t dernier son coffret Entre vous et moi. Regroupant 35 chansons, ce recueil permet de renouer avec quelques-unes des chansons qui ont marqułę et qui ont conquis un immense public. łÔvidemment, les chansons comme Il y a de lĺ─˘amour dans lĺ─˘air, Ce soir lĺ─˘amour est dans tes yeux et Lavez, Lavez sĺ─˘y retrouvent mais Entre vous et moi comprend łęgalement quelques pił«ces inłędites, aussi une nouvelle crłęation Qui pourrait mieux tĺ─˘aimer que moi, rłęalisłęe en compagnie de Fred St-Gelais.

Pour rłęservation : Gesł╝ ĺ─ý Centre de crłęativitłę / 1200, rue de Bleury
Prix : 32,50$ + taxes / (514) 861-4036

Friday, February 19, 2010

Opera atelier annouces 25th anniversary season as Canadaĺ─˘s Baroque Opera Company

Toronto, ON (February 1, 2010)ĺ─Â Opera Atelier celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with two new productions: one pays tribute to the companyĺ─˘s roots, the second points to its ambitious plans for the future.

The season opens with OAĺ─˘s first fully-staged production of Handelĺ─˘s pastorale Acis and Galatea. Based on Ovidĺ─˘s tale of the water nymph Galatea and her doomed love for the Arcadian shepherd Acis, it is one of Handelĺ─˘s most popular creations. Tenor Thomas Macleay, who thrilled Toronto audiences with his performance in last seasonĺ─˘s Iphigłęnie en Tauride, will sing the title role of Acis partnered with Canadian soprano Mireille Asselin, in her company debut as Galatea. They are joined by bass Jołúo Fernandes who appears as the giant Polyphemus and tenor Laurence Wiliford as the spirit Damon. Acis will also feature Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir under the baton of David Fallis.

This production is directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. Both sets and costumes will be designed by Gerard Gauci ĺ─ý a first for OA! The production will be lit by Kevin Fraser. Acis and Galatea runs October 30, November 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, 2010 and is sung in English with English SURTITLES.

The spring production will be North Americaĺ─˘s first period production of Mozartĺ─˘s La Clemenza di Tito. In Mozartĺ─˘s lifetime, La Clemenza di Tito was considered ĺ─˙his most perfect workĺ─¨, enjoying enormous success in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Naples, St. Petersburg, Paris and London. Desperate intrigues, unrequited love and heart stopping reversals of fortune punctuate this thrilling story taken directly from Roman history. This is the fourth new Mozart production of Opera Atelierĺ─˘s ambitious ĺ─˙Mozart Sixĺ─¨ plan which to date includes Idomeneo (2007), The Abduction from the Seraglio (2008) and The Marriage of Figaro (which opens April 2010). Opera Atelier has re-assembled the most famous cast in the companyĺ─˘s history for this exciting production. Full casting will be announced at a later date. La Clemenza di Tito will be sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and runs April 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, and May 1, 2011.

The creative team for La Clemenza di Tito includes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, designer Gerard Gauci, and lighting designer Bonnie Beecher. David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra.

Performances for Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 25th Anniversary Season will take place at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) in Toronto. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m.

Subscriptions for Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 2010/11 season start at $55 and are on sale now by calling 416-703-3767 ext. 22. Subscriptions purchased before April 30th will save the HST. Single tickets for Acis and Galatea go on sale August 16, 2010. For more information visit

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

2010/11 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial

Major Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, The Dominion of Canada General Assurance Company

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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas win three Grammy Awards

The Latest Release in Ongoing Mahler Cycle Wins Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Engineered Classical Album in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, January 31, 2010 ĺ─ýThe San Francisco Symphonyĺ─˘s (SFS) live concert recording of Gustav Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8 and the Adagio from Symphony No. 10 conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) received three GrammyČĂ Awards in the categories of Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance for Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors, and Best Engineered Classical Album for Engineer Peter Laenger at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. This recording is the latest release in the ongoing Mahler recording cycle for the orchestraĺ─˘s own SFS Media label. Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, Symphony of a Thousand, was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall November 19, 21, 22 and 23, 2008 and features performances by sopranos Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, and Laura Claycomb; mezzo-sopranos Katarina Karnłęus and Yvonne Naef; tenor Anthony Dean Griffey; baritone Quinn Kelsey; and bass-baritone James Morris. The San Francisco Symphony Chorus under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin is featured on the recording as well as the San Francisco Girls Chorus, directed by Susan McMane and the Pacific Boychoir under the direction of Kevin Fox. The Adagio from Symphony
No. 10, which opens this two-disc set, was recorded April 6-8, 2006. A short video with behind the scenes footage and insights from the recording can be viewed here: ĺ─˙A Universe of Sound: Recording Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8.ĺ─¨

With these three awards the SFSĺ─˘s Mahler cycle has now received a total of seven Grammy awards. The first recording, Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 6, was released in February 2002 and won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder, featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle De Young won Best Classical Album in 2003. Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 7 won Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance in 2007. The SFS has garnered seven additional Grammy Awards for recordings outside of the Mahler cycle.

Since the Mahler recording project began in 2001, the San Francisco Symphony has recorded all of the Mahler symphonies, the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony, Kindertotenlieder and Das Lied von der Erde and released a re-mastered recording of Das klagende Lied. Additional works still to be released include Mahlerĺ─˘s Rł║ckert Lieder, Songs Of A Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) and selected songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. All of the new SFS/MTT Mahler symphony recordings were produced by Andreas Neubronner and have entered the top ten of the Billboard Classical Chart.

Michael Tilson Thomas has distinguished himself as one of the worldĺ─˘s foremost Mahler interpreters, and through his signature performances, as one of the composerĺ─˘s most compelling advocates. In 1974, at the age of 29, he made his SFS debut conducting Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 9. Now in his fifteenth season as Music Director, he and the SFS have formed an orchestral partnership acclaimed for their interpretations of the music of Mahler as well as for innovation and artistic excellence.

For more information about this and other Grammy awards visit


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Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
San Francisco Symphony

Symphony No. 8 Recorded live in concert November 19, 21, 22 and 23, 2008 in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California

Adagio from Symphony No.10 recorded live in concert April 6-8, 2006 in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California


Harmonia Mundi (North America excluding Canada)

SRI Canada (Canada)

Avie (International)


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Segal Centre for Performing Arts: Montrealĺ─˘s thriving, first-class performing arts destination

MONTREAL, January 27, 2010 ĺ─ý Building on its reputation as Quebecĺ─˘s leader in English theatre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts has become a vibrant meeting place for all performing arts through theatre, music, dance, cinema, and youth programming. Since its inception in the summer of 2008, the Segal Centre has been steered by the vision and commitment of accomplished businessman and philanthropist, Alvin Segal C.M. As a result, the Centre is experiencing tremendous growth and recognition, thus further elevating its leadership position in the cultural landscape of Montreal. According to Mr. Segal, the appointment of Manon Gauthier as the new Executive Director, combined with the creative leadership of Artistic Director Bryna Wasserman, assures that the thriving, first-class performing arts destination stays on course and sees further growth and success.

ĺ─˙Manon Gauthier emerged as the executive best suited to take the Segal Centre to the next level. Her achievements in the arts and business worlds are remarkable and her values align extraordinarily well with our vision of rapprochement and diversity through the arts,ĺ─¨ said Alvin Segal, C.M., president of the Board of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Chairman and CEO of Peerless Clothing.

Earlier in her career, Ms Gauthier worked in the arts and entertainment industry under the guidance of her mentor, distinguished producer Jacques Primeau, who is currently the vice-president of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership. In recent years, she held executive positions at leading international communications agencies where she provided strategic counsel to top-tier clients, including key players in the arts and culture industry.

A committed advocate of the arts, Ms. Gauthier views the arts as a universal language that advances intercultural dialogue. She has also long claimed their recognition as an important economic driver.

ĺ─˙In harmony with the cultural ambition of Montreal, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts is playing a leading role among the countryĺ─˘s cultural institutions. Arts are a key driver for the economic development of the city, the artistic development of its youth, and the creation of its cultural legacy. The Segal Centre is living proof that the union of philanthropy, business and arts is a sustainable investment,ĺ─¨ Manon Gauthier concluded.

Segal Centre Dream Team: Building Bridges Through the Arts

As part of the accomplished Segal Centre executive team, Manon Gauthier will build on the business, intercultural and artistic relationships established by Alvin Segal C.M., and the Centreĺ─˘s award-winning Artistic Director, Bryna Wasserman.

Bryna Wasserman has paved the artistic trail by forging ties with some of Quebecĺ─˘s leading French language theatres. This season for example, the Segal Theatre and Thłęłótre du Rideau Vert are co-producing Jon Maransĺ─˘ Old Wicked Songs, which is currently playing in French at Thłęłótre du Rideau as Une musique inquiłętante. łÔmile Proulx-Cloutier and Jean Marchand will also co-star in the English production at the Segal Theatre from March 7 - 21, 2010. Also worth mentioning is the production of Shakespeareĺ─˘s Macbeth, performed by ĺ─˛The Other Theatreĺ─˘ in French and Haitian Creole. It will be performed in the Studio, the Segal Centreĺ─˘s second stage, starting April 7, 2010.

Inspired by these accomplishments and the invigorated relationship between philanthropy, the arts and the business sector, Ms. Gauthier is looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is one of Montrealĺ─˘s leading, multi-disciplinary performing arts organizations. It is comprised of five pillars: The Segal Theatre, an award-winning, professional, English language theatre; the Academy, educating artists and audiences of tomorrow; The Studio, an intimate, inspiring venue, presenting the next generation of performing artists; CinemaSpace, a boutique screening room showcasing the best of Montreal and world cinema; and the award-winning Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, celebrating over fifty years of dramatizing the Jewish experience and building intercultural bridges through the arts.

Minnesota Opera's 2010-2011 Season

World Premiere of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Second installment of the Bel Canto-period Tudor trilogy: Mary Stuart

Highlights include the Minnesota debut of internationally renowned countertenor David Daniels in Orpheus and Eurydice and the long-awaited return of Elizabeth Futral in La traviata

Minnesota Opera is pleased to announce its 2010ĺ─ý2011 season, featuring the first commission of the Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative ĺ─ý the world premiere of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani, by the creative team of The Grapes of Wrath (2007): Ricky Ian Gordon (composer), Michael Korie (librettist) and Eric Simonson (director). The season also boasts the Minnesota debut of an operatic superstar, countertenor David Daniels, who headlines Gluckĺ─˘s Orpheus and Eurydice. This wide-ranging season spans the early Classical period to the 21st century and includes the vocal pyrotechnics of Rossiniĺ─˘s fairy tale opera (Cinderella), a Bel Canto masterpiece (Mary Stuart, second in Donizettiĺ─˘s Tudor trilogy) and Verdiĺ─˘s most famous love story (La traviata).
See the full release here at

The season opens September 25, 2010, with Christoph Willibald Gluckĺ─˘s Orpheus and Eurydice, in a stylish new production starring David Daniels and Susanna Phillips. Harry Bicket makes his greatly anticipated return conducting The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In October, Romanian mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu makes her debut on the American opera stage opposite the dashing tenor John Tessier in Gioachino Rossiniĺ─˘s Cinderella. Doug Varone directs this rollicking comedy after last heating up the stage with Minnesota Operaĺ─˘s 2009 Faust. In January, Minnesota Operaĺ─˘s acclaimed Bel Canto series continues with Mary Stuart, the second installment in Gaetano Donizettiĺ─˘s Tudor trilogy. Singing her role debut as Queen Elizabeth I is Minnesota Opera favorite Brenda Harris, who stars opposite Judith Howarth as Mary, Queen of Scots. Completing this ultimate love triangle as Leicester is Eric Cutler, hailed as one of the most promising singers of his generation. This new production is directed by Kevin Newbury. The decadence of Parisian high society takes center stage in March, featuring the long-awaited return of soprano Elizabeth Futral in Giuseppe Verdiĺ─˘s signature tragic love story, La traviata. Michael Christie makes his company debut conducting the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. The season concludes in April with the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korieĺ─˘s second Minnesota Opera collaboration, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Eric Simonson, this thrilling drama of unrequited love in war-time Italy stars Kelly Kaduce opposite Eric Margiore in his Minnesota Opera debut.

Shaw Festival welcomes new members to board and governors' international advisory council

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, January 29, 2010ĺ─Â.During Fridayĺ─˘s Annual Meeting at the Shaw Festival, the Company welcomed new board members Vivien Dzau, Ernst & Young (retired partner) and current board member at Dixon Hall; Richard V. Lee, MD, Doctor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at University of Buffalo; Bruce Moore, Managing Director at CIBC World Markets; Gregg D. Watkins, President of Watkins Rodecker Investment; and Judy Goetz Sanger, playwright and New York arts benefactor.

New Governorsĺ─˘ International Advisory Council members Eric and Ann Baker; Robert T. Beach and Marilyn Broyhill Beach; Shirley Greenberg; Laree Hulshoff; James F. King and Diane Metcalf King; Barbara L. Laughlin; Jay R. and Kelly S. Tunney, Donald and Elaine Triggs and Roe Green were also welcomed.

The Company recognized and thanked retiring board members Keith Mosley (Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee), Richard N. Patina, Marilyn L. Pilkington, S.F. (Ford) Ralph and Harriet H. Stairs.

The Shaw Festival acknowledges the support it received from the various levels of government partners in 2009: Canada Council for the Arts, the Sustainability Program of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, Theatre Ontario and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Concerts Spirituart - 24e łędition

Des ëýuvres pour orgue et des pages vocales de Cłęsar Franck
inaugurent la 24e saison des concerts Spirituart,le 21 fłęvrier, en lĺ─˘łęglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Pour une 24e saison consłęcutive, lĺ─˘łęglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste devient lieu de rendez-vous musicaux oł╝, le temps de cinq dimanches, orgues et chëýurs alternent pour notre plus grand plaisir. La programmation 2010 offre des ëýuvres de Franck, La Tombelle, Guilmant, Duruflłę, Tournemire, Dubois, Faurłęĺ─ qui nous conduiront progressivement łŢ Płóques. Un rłępertoire tout en nuances, soutenu par lĺ─˘acoustique remarquable de lĺ─˘łęglise patrimoniale et le cadre intimiste de la chapelle Saint-Louis (21 mars).


Premier concert de la słęrie, le dimanche 21 fłęvrier 2010, łŢ 16 h :

Lĺ─˘organiste Marc-Andrłę Doran sera aux claviers du grand orgue Casavant, opus 615, alternant avec le Chëýur classique Vaudreuil-Soulanges, dirigłę par Jean-Pascal Hamelin.

Au programme de ce concert : des oeuvres de Cłęsar Franck

Marc-Andrłę Doran jouera trois oeuvres pour orgue : la Pił«ce hłęrołěque, le Cantabile et le 3e choral.
Le Choeur classique Vaudreuil-Soulanges chantera le Kyrie, le Sanctus, lĺ─˘Agnus Dei et le cłęlł«bre Panis Angelicus, tirłęs de la messe en la majeur.

Casting announced for the seven-time 2008 TONY AWARD (R) - WINNING LINCOLN CENTER THEATER production of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S SOUTH PACIFIC

directed by BARTLETT SHER
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Advance Sale for Tickets begins Saturday, February 6, 2010
Toronto (January 28, 2010) - Dancap Productions Inc. announces casting for the Toronto engagement of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein's prize-winning musical SOUTH PACIFIC, directed by Bartlett Sher. Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will play at theFour Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto from August 12 to September 5, 2010 as part of Dancap Productions' inaugural Summer Broadway Series.
The National Tour cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC will be led by Jason Howard as Emile de Becque and Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush, with Anderson Davis (Lt. Cable), Matthew Saldivar (Luther Billis), Keala Settle (Bloody Mary), Gerry Becker (Capt. Brackett), Peter Rini (Cmdr. Harbison), Sumie Maeda (Liat), Rusty Ross (Professor), Genson Blimline (Stewpot, original 2008 Broadway cast member), Christina Carrera (Ngana) and CJ Palma (Jerome).
Welsh-born and Toronto-based, Jason Howard developed much of his classical repertoire with the Edmonton Opera where he recently portrayed the Dutchman in Wagner's Die Fliegende Hollłžnder. He has also been performing with the Hamilton Opera since 1994 singing such roles as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Escamillo in Carmen. Other opera highlights include Capt. Brant in Mourning Becomes Electra at the Chicago Lyric, Seattle and New York City Operas; Germont in La Traviata at English National, Minnesota and New York City Operas; Marcello in La Bohł«me at Covent Garden, Geneva, Paris, Welsh National Opera, Toulouse; and Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Strasbourg.
Carmen Cusack, originally from Houston, Texas, spent the last two years playing Elphaba in Wicked (US National Tour, Chicago and Australia productions). Her many West End credits include Les Misłęrables (Fantine; UK, US and Shanghai), The Secret Garden (Rose; Royal Shakespeare Company), and The Phantom of the Opera (Christine; UK National Tour).
Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories bloom amidst the trappings of war, but then are threatened by the dangers of prejudice. The show's score includes such classic songs as Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, There is Nothin' Like A Dame, and A Wonderful Guy.
The lavish new production, presented by Bob Boyett and NETworks Presentations, features a cast of 34, musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan (winner of the 2008 Tony AwardČĂ), costumes by Catherine Zuber (winner of the 2008 Tony AwardČĂ), lighting by Donald Holder (winner of the 2008 Tony AwardČĂ), sound by Scott Lehrer (winner of the 2008 Tony AwardČĂ) and music direction by Ted Sperling. A full orchestra of 26 members - the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production, of which the majority will be local Toronto musicians - will perform the original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett (winner of a Special 2008 Tony AwardČĂ) and dance and incidental music arranged by Trude Rittmann.
Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, Dancap Productions Inc. (, is a commercial theatre company dedicated to producing and presenting the best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams based in Toronto, Canada. Current and upcoming Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: The Addams Family, Memphis, West Side Story, A Little Night Music and Come Fly Away. Past Broadway and international credits include: Wicked, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], the Tony AwardČĂ winner In The Heights, and JERSEY BOYS; the Tony AwardČĂ winning show still playing on Broadway, the First National Tour, productions in Las Vegas, the West End, Melbourne and the long-running Dora Award-winner in Toronto.
The Seven-time 2008 TONY AWARDČĂ-WINNING
directed by BARTLETT SHER
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
145 Queen Street West (at University Avenue -Osgoode subway)
August 12 to September 5, 2010
Opening Night: Sunday, August 15 @ 7:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7:30pm o Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm
Ticket prices range from $28 - $200
Advance Sale for Tickets Begins Saturday, February 6, 2010
Order online at
or call 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469

Philadelphia singers presents premiere by Philip Glass

This one-night only concert features premieres by Philip Glass and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich

PHILADELPHIA, PA - On March 6, 2010 at 8:00pm, The Philadelphia Singers will join forces with new music ensembles Relłóche and Orchestra 2001 to present premieres by American composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner in music as well as British composer Gavin Bryars. The one-night only performance will take place at the Zellerbach Theatre in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts located at 3680 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. The concert of entirely new works features the premiere of Glassĺ─˘s Persephone and Philadelphia premieres of Reichĺ─˘s You Are (Variations) and Laude 23 and 24 from Bryarsĺ─˘ Lauda Cortonese. Tickets are $20-$45, and may be purchased by calling 215-898-3900 or on-line at

Philip Glass and Steve Reich are two of new musicĺ─˘s most influential and renowned composers. Philip Glassĺ─˘s music and impact reaches from the concert hall and opera house to the dance world, Academy Award winning films and popular music. His critically acclaimed film scores include The Thin Blue Line, The Truman Show, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal.

Philip Glassĺ─˘s Persephone is a five-movement work for chamber ensemble and chorus. It was commissioned by Relłóche and was first recorded and performed by the ensemble in 1994 in Philadelphia with Philip Glass performing the vocal parts in his arrangement for keyboard. The studio recording with voices was arranged by Don Christensen and used for a Robert Wilson theatrical installation, but the vocal parts have never been heard in a live performance.

Steve Reichĺ─˘s You Are (Variations), which he composed in 2004 is one of his most recent works and is scored for an 18-voice chorus and large instrumental ensemble including four pianos. Steve Reich a winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in music explores the use of the voice as a textural and harmonic focal point in the Philadelphia premiere of this moving work. Similar to earlier Reich works employing texts - such as Tehillim, The Desert Music and Proverb ĺ─ý You Are (Variations) focuses on timeless questions of ethics, aesthetics and the nature of consciousness itself.

Bryarsĺ─˘ Laude 23 and 24 for a cappella womenĺ─˘s chorus fill out this program. Written in Italian and hearkening back to both forms and styles of the earliest polyphony of the Renaissance, The Philadelphia Singersĺ─˘ music director, David Hayes says, ĺ─˙they form a fascinating bridge between the musical and vocal styles of Glass and Reich.ĺ─¨

Lloyd Shorter, Co-Artistic Director of Relłóche remarked, ĺ─˙this combination of musical forces in choral and new music is not typical and a concert featuring instrumental and vocal works by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars on the same program is even more unusual, particularly in the United Sates.ĺ─¨

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

Founded in 1972 by Michael Korn, The Philadelphia Singers is now under the dynamic leadership of Music Director and Conductor David Hayes. For 37 years, The Philadelphia Singers has contributed to the cityĺ─˘s vibrant cultural community through presenting choral music of the highest caliber, meaningful education and community programs, and significant collaborations with local, national and internationally recognized performing arts organizations. In 2001, The Philadelphia Singers Chorale was named Resident Chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the first time in the orchestraĺ─˘s history that a chorus has received this distinction. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale appears on all of the orchestraĺ─˘s choral subscriptions concerts including performances at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and annual performances of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah. Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor Laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, hails The Singers as ĺ─˙one of the musical treasures of Philadelphia.ĺ─¨

Relłóche is a contemporary music ensemble who for 30 years has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning and performing the innovative music of our time. Relłóche has a unique sound - flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, piano, bass and percussion, and performs works from the "downtown" repertoire - a new avant garde that is neither classical, nor popular, but somewhere in between - a melding of Western classical traditions with jazz, rock, electronica, world music, and more. Relłóche has performed more than 600 concerts, commissioned over 150 new works (from leading composers like Robert Ashley, John Cage, Philip Glass, and Pauline Oliveros) and released five CDs: RELłăCHE ON EDGE (1991), OUTCOME INEVITABLE (1994), PICK IT UP (1997- nominated for a Grammy), PRESS PLAY (2006), and EIGHT POINT TURN (2008).

Orchestra 2001 was founded in 1988 as ensemble-in-residence at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. In June 2007, the League of American Orchestras and ASCAP recognized Orchestra 2001 and Artistic Director James Freeman, as outstanding leaders of new music in the United States with their ĺ─˙Award for Adventurous Programmingĺ─¨. Orchestra 2001 has had an enormous impact on composers young and old, and on the cultural life of Philadelphia. Throughout its twenty-one year history, Orchestra 2001 has given over 80 world premieres and 105 Greater Philadelphia Premieres. The orchestra has performed 205 works by 125 American composers, of which more than 135 have been by Philadelphia area composers.

Shaw festival eliminates accumulated deficit

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, January 29, 2010ĺ─Â Members of the Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation, Canada, gathered at the Festival Theatre today to celebrate the 2009 season and to receive the annual reports of the officers.

Keith Mosley, Treasurer of the Board of Governors, reviewed the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s financial position and officially declared that The Shaw has eliminated their accumulated deficit, thanks in large part to a remarkable bequest from long-time Shaw Festival patron Mona Campbell. The Shaw Festival has been in a deficit situation for the past five years.

In accepting Mr. Mosleyĺ─˘s report, Executive Director Colleen Blake stated: ĺ─˙Prudent budgeting and cost-savings during the 2009 season, buoyed by significant bequests and gifts, helped us to weather these turbulent economic times. We look forward to 2010 and to our 50th Season in 2011 from a positive financial position and with a strong new Strategic Plan.ĺ─¨

Mr. Mosleyĺ─˘s report also included details pertaining to the 2009 audited statements. He noted the unfortunate timing of a global economic meltdown which coincided with the early ordering period for Shaw Members in the fall of 2008. Despite this relatively slow start, sales began to climb once productions began previewing. Significant marketing grants from both the Federal and Provincial governments also aided in a major increase in sales. Annual revenues from all sources were $25.86 million, with expenses of $24.10 million, resulting in a surplus of $1.76 million. The 2009 revenue came from box office (57%) fundraising (31%), government grants (7%) and other revenues (5%). Mr. Mosley also noted that the Shaw Festival Endowment Foundation now manages investments of almost $18 million.

In remarking on her first season as Board Chair, Janet McKelvey praised The Shaw Company for their unparalleled quality of productions and applauded Artistic Director Jackie Maxwellĺ─˘s leadership and programming. She went on to thank the late Mona Campbell for her philanthropic leadership and to acknowledge the generosity of the Slaight Family for their commitment to expanding the activities of the Academy ĺ─ý the largest gift in The Shawĺ─˘s history.

Reflecting on the 2009 season, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell remarked on the Festivalĺ─˘s glorious NłĆel Coward celebration and went on to note: ĺ─˙2009 saw us matching external challenges with bravery, artistry and vision. With an expanded Slaight Family Academy and another rich, provocative playbill, we look forward to a 2010 season that will clarify and contextualize the madness with as much wit and verve as Shaw would have himself.ĺ─¨

Highlights of a recent Economic Impact Study conducted by Enigma Research were also revealed at this meeting. Among the many points, it was noted that:

Čů Total economic impact of The Shaw Festival is estimated at $76.6 million annually

Čů The Shaw Festival attracts an estimated 78,300 tourists throughout the season nearly half travelling from outside Canada

Čů The Shaw Festival supports hundreds of jobs ĺ─ý an equivalent of 1150 year-round jobs in the Niagara Region ĺ─ý and also supports $20.9 million in tax revenue at all levels of government

Čů Of the Festival attendees surveyed, 100% of respondents rated their experience as excellent or good.

These important findings, combined with a three-year Strategic Plan developed by the Shaw Festival Board and Senior Management, put The Shaw in a positive position as we approach our 50th Anniversary season in 2011.

VSO extends music director's contract to 2015

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has announced a five-year extension of Bramwell Toveyĺ─˘s contract as Music Director. Maestro Tovey began his post as Music Director of the VSO in the year 2000; this extension will see him at the helm through the 2014-2015 Season. The continuation of this partnership will celebrate a significant period of artistic leadership for Tovey and the VSO, and provide continuity of vision and high artistic standards for Western Canadaĺ─˘s largest performing arts institution for years to come.

Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective. Bramwell Toveyĺ─˘s career has skyrocketed during his tenure as VSO Music Director. He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and is the founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In addition to these prestigious engagements, he will appear in Melbourne as curator of the contemporary Metropolis Festival in Summer of 2010. Maestro Tovey is also a frequent guest conductor with many of the worldĺ─˘s major orchestras, a schedule that sees him perform in Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada with a growing list of engagements.

Maestro Bramwell Tovey commented, ĺ─˙I am very proud of the VSOĺ─˘s accomplishments over the past ten years. Working with such a dedicated ensemble of musicians has been a remarkably rewarding experience. I am honoured and privileged to be continuing as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s Music Director, and to have the opportunity to work with everyone in the organization to nurture this great Canadian orchestra and reach for even greater heights in the years to come.ĺ─¨

The VSOĺ─˘s President & CEO Jeff Alexander says, "Bramwell has been an inspiration to the orchestra, the organization, the community and to me personally for the past ten years. He has brought us all to new heights and we look forward with great anticipation to what the next five years will bring."

Commenting on the importance of having a world-class talent at the helm of Vancouverĺ─˘s orchestra, VSO Board Chair Art Willms remarks, "Vancouver is incredibly fortunate to be able to retain someone as talented as Maestro Tovey for the next five years. His accomplishments with the VSO over the past 10 years have been truly outstanding and we are so pleased that he will continue to lead this great orchestra."

Maestro Toveyĺ─˘s tenure with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has resulted in a number of remarkable artistic and financial achievements. Under the leadership of Maestro Tovey, President & CEO Jeff Alexander and Board Chair Art Willms, the orchestra has seen six consecutive seasons of surplus budgets; a tremendous achievement for any orchestra. During these years of financial stability, the orchestra has flourished artistically. In the last five years alone, the VSO, with Maestro Tovey, has recorded three albums; won a GRAMMY and JUNO award; conducted a successful tour in China, Korea and Macau; another successful tour to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City; and domestic audiences have increased by nearly 25%. Maestro Tovey has also presided over impressive growth in the VSOĺ─˘s Music Education programs, which now bring orchestral music into the lives of over sixty thousand students throughout the Lower Mainland. During his tenure, Maestro Tovey has conducted over four hundred concerts with the VSO in over twenty different venues, programmed the work of more than fifty Canadian composers, hired over a third of the current complement of the orchestra, and mentored three young Canadian conductors as Assistant Conductors with the orchestra.

For interviews with Maestro Tovey, please contact Stephanie Fung at 604.684.9100 x266, or


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

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

With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer and is the first artist to win a Juno Award in both conducting and composing. He has been commissioned by the Calgary Opera to compose the companyĺ─˘s third original full-length opera.

He has also recorded several DVDs, of works including Holstĺ─˘s The Planets Suite with distinguished guests such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, among many others.

"Release" Captured - New Music and Film Installation at Historic Prison

"Release" Brings Newly Found Footage of
Eastern State to Art Installation

Archival Film of Al Capone's Anticipated Release Incorporated
Into New Film and Music Project by Vijay Iyer and Bill Morrison

Philadelphia, PA (January 28, 2010) - Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA, will open a new site-specific art installation, "Release," bringing together film and music artists to work with newly found archival footage of the 1930 release of the notorious criminal Al Capone. "Release," created by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer and curated by Julie Courtney, will open March 15, 2010, and run through November 30, 2010, corresponding to the 80th anniversary of Capone's release from the penitentiary. This project is a first-time collaboration between Morrison and Iyer, both renowned artists in their own fields. It will also mark the first time that archival footage of the penitentiary has been used in an art installation.

The footage, never before seen by the public, shows a crowd outside the prison walls anticipating the release of Al Capone from Eastern State Penitentiary. In actuality, he was released before the crowd assembled. Morrison's edit of the archival footage takes the first audible line, "The crowd seems to be getting bigger and bigger all the time," and builds on it, expanding the clip in both directions until it reveals at first a large crowd, then a desolate street, and finally the looming building overhead. Iyer's surround-sound composition is built around Morrison's cut. The real-world sounds in the found footage, including old-fashioned engines and car horns, horses' hooves, male voices, and a paperboy's sing-song, gradually transform into musical events that amplify the hypnotic structure of the film.

About the Artists

Vijay Iyer is a New York-based composer, performer, bandleader, and producer. He has released thirteen albums, most recently Historicity, which was named #1 Jazz Album of 2009 in the New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Village Voice Annual Critics Poll. He has also composed orchestral and chamber works; scored for film, theater, radio, and television; collaborated with poets and choreographers; and joined forces with artists from various musical genres. Iyer received the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and commissioning grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Capital, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer. He has been published in Music Perception, Current Musicology, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Critical Studies in Improvisation, Journal of the Society for American Music, and the anthologies Uptown Conversation, Sound Unbound, and Arcana IV.

Bill Morrison's films and videos have been screened in theaters, museums, and concert halls worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art, Royal Festival Hall, Sundance Film Festival, Tate Modern, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital grant, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award. In addition to his work with Iyer, Morrison will also premiere new collaborations in 2010 with Dave Douglas at Stanford Lively Arts, Jłähann Jłähannsson at the Durham (UK) Cathedral, and Ben Neill and Mimi Goese at BAM Next Wave 2010.

Julie Courtney has been an independent curator since 1991. She was founding director of The Temple Gallery from 1985-1988 and consulting curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art until 1992. In 1995 she co-curated Prison Sentences: The Prison as Site/The Prison as Subject at Eastern State Penitentiary, her first foray into commissioning site-specific projects in unusual spaces. In 1996 she curated Points of Departure: Art on the Line, a project of temporary site specific projects in 9 train stations. This project was in the first round of exhibitions funded by the Philadelphia Exhibition Initiative. Other PEI funded projects are Pandemonium, 2005, a percussive sound installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller at Eastern State and The Lost Meeting, 2005, with J. Morgan Puett in an abandoned Quaker Meetinghouse in Jenkintown, PA and Mark Dion's Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered, 2007 at Bartram's Garden.

A packaged DVD of the "Release" film and music will be published to offer visitors to the site a way to re-experience the work after they have left the penitentiary. It will also offer those who are unable to view the work firsthand a way to experience it on their own. This DVD will be a lasting document of the installation as well as a new direction of artistic endeavor for the penitentiary and the artists.

"Release" has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, Carole Haas Gavagno, and The Barra Foundation.

Kawartha Youth Orchestra's Music Fłüte Concert

Peterborough, ON - The Kawartha Youth Orchestra [KYO] present their first concert of 2010, "Music Fłüte" on Sunday, February 21st at 3pm in their new concert venue, The Great Hall. Located in Trent University?s Champlain College, this venue is fully accessible and possesses a generous acoustic atmosphere for this special concert that brings together some startling local talent.

Violinist Tak Kwan, known to many as the Concertmaster of the Peterborough Symphony will feature in Mendelssohn's lavish Violin Concerto in e, and audience members will also enjoy a guest appearance by student musicians of the Accademia Musica school in Mozart's famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik serenade for strings.

TAK KWAN began playing the violin at age seven, his studies taking him to places such as Hong Kong, England, the US and Canada. He was invited to perform as a soloist as early as 16 years, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Ensemble. His profession as a violinist was confirmed by winning numerous competitions and scholarships, and he has appeared as a guest soloist on violin and viola for the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Quinte Symphony Orchestra and Scarborough Philharmonic. He has earned great critical reviews and has established a reputation as a soloist.

Touring since 2002, Kwan has traveled and performed throughout the US and Ontario, Canada, and in 2003 and 2007, Kwan performed for a crowd of 20,000 in Toronto and Tampa, Florida. Tak Kwan also takes the time to develop the coming generation in music, as a violin instructor at the Scarborough Music Summer Camp (2000-2001) and is currently teaching at Bishop Strachan School as well as Toronto Music School. The concerto he will be performing with the KYO is Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e which has been described as "the dearest of all German violin concertos, the heart's jewel."

ACCADEMIA MUSICA is a private music instruction program founded in 1988 in Peterborough, Ontario by violin/piano duo Witold and Ewa Swoboda. The program offers high quality private music instruction for Kawartha area students of all levels. Beginners as young as age 3 are taught a program based on the Suzuki method and philosophy, while more advanced students often choose to work towards all levels of Royal Conservatory exams up to the ARCT.

The chamber music program for strings is an integral part of the students? musical development and takes place in the form of bi-monthly group lessons with Mr. Swoboda. It is this group of students that will be joining the KYO on February 21st in Mozart?s Eine kleine Nachtmusik. They will also give a sneak-peak performance together with KYO members at the Peterborough Symphony concert on February 13th at Showplace, during intermission.

"I want to involve younger kids in the Mozart performance to introduce them to the orchestra where there older friends perform, and to encourage them to audition for [the KYO] this summer," says Program Director and KYO String coach, Witold Swoboda. "They are all very excited about it and there is a great deal of positive energy in both the kids and their parents." Interested parents and young musicians can learn more about the program at their website:

The group's eighteen members hail from all over the region, and include one student on exchange from China. Comprised of a mix of string players and woodwind players, these young musicians will join forces with guest artists to tackle Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik serenade for strings with Accademia Musica, and the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e with soloist Tak Kwan. Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre, op. 40 will feature our own Concertmistress, Claire Motyer in a special violin solo that requires an unusual retuning of her violin! Dvorak's Slavonic Dance no. 8, op. 46, de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance and Bizet?s L'Arlłęsienne Suite no. 1 round out the concert program.

Each KYO musician has an opportunity to research and compose program notes for the season?s concerts, and for "Music Fłüte", violinist Emily Clark Campbell (Peterborough, ON), will be one of five musicians contributing for this concert. Emily notes that Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik or "a little serenade" "is one of the most recognized passages of music ever written. A majority of the population has heard Eine kleine Nachtmusik but may not be able to name it. It has been used in numerous movie soundtracks and TV."

New this season, patrons have a fast, convenient way to order tickets! KYO tickets will now be available for purchase from Showplace Box Office by calling 705-742-SHOW (7469) or Toll Free: 1-866-444-2154 or by visiting their online ticketing page at Visa, MasterCard, Amex & Interac are all accepted at showplace box office for this Market Hall performance. Tickets can also be purchased from Titles Bookstore at 379 George Street North
Peterborough (743-9610) or Happenstance Books & Yarns at 44 Queen St. in Lakefield (652 7535).

Advanced Prices: Adults & Seniors - $15 / Youth (18 yrs and under) - $5

At-the-Door Prices: Adults & Seniors - $20 / Youth (18 yrs and under) - $5

Box Office: Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George St. North, Peterborough, Ontario
Phone: 705-742-SHOW (7469) or Toll Free: 1-866-444-2154

Porte-parole du FIFA : Catherine Perrin et Nancy Wood

Montrłęal, le mercredi 27 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Renłę Rozon, fondateur et directeur głęnłęral du Festival International du Film sur lĺ─˘Art (FIFA) est heureux de nommer Catherine Perrin et Nancy Wood łŢ titre de porte-parole de la 28e łędition, qui se dłęroulera du 18 au 28 mars 2010.

Catherine Perrin mł«ne une carrił«re trł«s active qui lĺ─˘amł«ne du clavecin łŢ la communication. On a pu l'entendre sur nos scł«nes avec les Vents de lĺ─˘OSM, les Violons du Roy et I Musici de Montrłęal. De 2000 łŢ 2004, elle a animłę le Septił«me, magazine sur le cinłęma diffusłę łŢ Tłęlłę-Qułębec, une łęmission qui a rłęcoltłę 5 prix Głęmeaux. De 2005 łŢ 2009, elle łętait en charge des chroniques culturelles łŢ lĺ─˘łęmission Cĺ─˘est bien meilleur le matin, łŢ la premił«re chałĂne de Radio-Canada. Elle a łęgalement animłę les deux saisons de On fait tous du show business łŢ la tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada. Cette saison, Catherine revient łŢ lĺ─˘animation dĺ─˘un magazine culturel avec Six dans la citłę, łŢ la tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada. Au clavecin, elle se produit maintenant au sein de son trio Bataclan.

Quant łŢ Nancy Wood, elle a dłębutłę sa carrił«re de journaliste en 1985 au journal The Gazette aprł«s des łętudes en journalisme łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę Concordia. Elle a couvert un łęventail trł«s large de sujets au fil de ses 25 ans de młętier : politique fłędłęral et provincial, catastrophes naturelles, scł«ne de crime et bien dĺ─˘autres. Elle est ensuite passłęe par le Toronto Star et le magazine Macleanĺ─˘s oł╝ elle a remportłę plusieurs prix journalistiques. ł─ lĺ─˘emploi de la radio CBC depuis 1994, elle a animłę lĺ─˘łęmission Radio Noon et est maintenant łŢ la barre de lĺ─˘łęmission matinale Daybreak.

Leur talent de grandes communicatrices et leur enthousiasme permettront au FIFA de rayonner davantage auprł«s des młędias et du public : Č┤Pendant plusieurs annłęes, jĺ─˘ai eu rendez-vous avec le FIFA en tant que journaliste, animatrice ou chroniqueuse. Cĺ─˘est donc avec fiertłę et reconnaissance que jĺ─˘ai acceptłę de devenir porte-parole du FIFA pour la 28e łędition.Ȭ de dire Catherine Perrin. Pour sa part, Nancy Wood affirme : Č┤Je me suis sentie privilłęgiłęe lorsque le FIFA mĺ─˘a demandłę dĺ─˘agir comme porte-parole de cette 28e łędition. Comme journaliste, jĺ─˘ai toujours łętłę fascinłęe par le processus crłęatif.Ȭ

Renłę Rozon est ravi de pouvoir compter sur Catherine Perrin et Nancy Wood : Č┤Le FIFA est trł«s fier de pouvoir compter sur ces deux porte-parole dĺ─˘exception de la communautłę francophone et anglophone de Montrłęal. Personnalitłęs reconnues des domaines łŢ la fois journalistique et culturel, elles sauront sł¬rement gagner le cëýur du public montrłęalais.Ȭ

Le Festival International du Film sur lĺ─˘Art (FIFA) est une sociłętłę łŢ but non lucratif voułęe łŢ la promotion et łŢ la diffusion des meilleures productions mondiales de films sur lĺ─˘art et dĺ─˘arts młędiatiques. Dĺ─˘une durłęe de 10 jours et de nature compłętitive, le FIFA est lĺ─˘łęvłęnement annuel le plus important au monde dans son domaine. Il est le rendez-vous des artistes et artisans du milieu des arts et de la cinłęmatographie ainsi que des amateurs dĺ─˘art et de cinłęma.

Florentine Opera Company Presents World Premiere | Don Davis's Rio de Sangre

October 22, 23 and 24, 2010 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, WI, will present its first-ever world premiere opera, Don Davisĺ─˘s Rłéo de Sangre, on October 22, 23 & 24, 2010 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Paula Suozzi, a fixture in the Milwaukee arts community, will direct the new work. Principal Conductor Joseph Rescigno will conduct the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Davisĺ─˘s vibrant, Latin-inspired score. The opera has seven lead roles, four supporting roles, and requires a 63-piece orchestra, a 10-piece on-stage merengue band and 35 choristers.

In a story conceived by Los Angeles author and librettist Kate Gale, Rłéo de Sangre depicts war and love against the backdrop of the twenty-first century where all kinds of violence are possible, and the inevitable consequence of death, revenge and madness can follow. The opera, which will be performed in Spanish with English translations projected above the stage, tells the story of the overthrow of a dictatorship in a fictional South American country. As plots, earthquakes and rumors give way to kidnapping, uprisings and treachery, the new leader realizes that the good of his country and the protection of his own family may be more than he can achieve.

Emmy Award-winning composer Don Davis, best known for his work on TV and film scores, explains: ĺ─˙It has been an obsession of mine, for some years now, to frame the cultural and political history of Latin America in a musical context, from the vicarious perspective of one who resides in North America. The passion and color of the South American heritage, and the triumphs and struggles of its people throughout its history of oppression and tragedy suggests music of monumental and epic drama. This is a challenging work, embracing both traditional and contemporary sensibilities, moving from the center to the periphery of consciousness, and from the intimate to the mythic. It is my attempt to find a universal voice amidst the suffering and exultation of the most human among us.ĺ─¨

The opera, which will open the Companyĺ─˘s 77th season, will also mark the first time that the Florentine has presented a work in Spanish, which has long been a goal of Florentine Opera General Director William Florescu. ĺ─˙I developed an interest in Rłéo de Sangre for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its excellent English-to-Spanish translation by Alicia Partnoy,ĺ─¨ he states. ĺ─˙This is the first world premiere in Florentine Opera history, and I am especially excited that we are able to present a work in Spanish.ĺ─¨

Principal Conductor Joseph Rescigno adds, ĺ─˙Don Davisĺ─˘s Rłéo de Sangre is a highly dramatic opera. The charactersĺ─˘ development is embedded in the music as much as in the libretto. The five leading roles require top-notch musicians ĺ─ý singers of the highest order, which we have in this production, able to project in the widest possible range and to handle very complex rhythms. And they need powerful acting skills, which we also have in this production.ĺ─¨

Maestro Rescigno also notes, ĺ─˙In this age of operas based on movies, plays, novellas or news stories, we have here a rare bird: an original plot and libretto. Moreover, the music serves this story admirably from scene to scene, including crowd scenes as well as more intimate moments. There is even a nightclub scene which provides some hot Latin jazz, with the band on stage. This integration of music that is part of the story ĺ─ý playing outside the pit ĺ─ý is a time-honored tradition since the inception of what we call ĺ─˛grand opera.ĺ─˘ This is, in a sense, an homage to Mozart, Verdi, Richard Strauss, and other great composers for lyric theater. It is a tremendously challenging work for all involved, and Iĺ─˘m having a wonderful time preparing it.ĺ─¨

The Florentine Opera will announce the rest of their upcoming season in February 2010.


Rłéo de Sangre by Don Davis

(Sung in Spanish with English translations projected above the stage)


Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 2:30 PM


All performances are held in Uihlein Hall at the

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts,

929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Stage Director / Paula Suozzi

Conductor / Joseph Rescigno

Christian Delacruz / Guido LeBron (Tenor)
Antonia / Kerry Walsh (Soprano)
Jesus Gujardo / John Duykers (Tenor)

Blanca / Ava Pine (Soprano)
Igneo / TBD (Tenor)
Estella / Mabel Ledo (Mezzo soprano)
Bishop Ruiz / Rubin Casas (Bass)


In the aftermath of a coup dĺ─˘łętat, Delacruz, the new leader of a Latin American republic, embarks on an idealistic course for his nascent government. A series of catastrophic events follows, including an earthquake; the death of Delacruzĺ─˘s son, Miguel; the kidnapping of Delacruzĺ─˘s daughter, Blanca; and the assassination of Igneo, Delacruzĺ─˘s political protłęgłę. These events abet the rise of Guajardo, an adversarial wolf in sheepĺ─˘s clothing. The outbreak of a riot affords the opportunity for this adversary to assume control of the government, thus perpetuating the tragic cycle of oppression.

A full synopsis is available online at


Don Davis, Composer

Don Davis has enjoyed a successful and widely varied musical career, not only as a seminal and prolific composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber works for the concert stage, but also as a versatile dramatic composer and conductor of film and television music. He was born in 1957 in Anaheim, California, where he began the study of instrumental music at the age of nine, and composition at the age of twelve. Serious musical education followed at the University of California at Los Angeles, in addition to individual study with numerous composers including Henri Lazarof and Albert Harris. His Afterimages for violin and piano was a finalist in the Dutilleux International Composition Competition, and was later performed at an IRCAM Artist Series concert at the Pompidou Center in Paris by Maryvonne Le Dizł«s and Dimitri Vassilakis of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. His compositions have also been performed at the Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as at numerous contemporary music concerts and festivals by ensembles such as The California E.A.R. Unit, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, XTET, the Arditti Quartet, the New Hollywood String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the Rundfunk Kammer Orchester of Amsterdam, and at recitals of individual instrumental and vocal artists from whom he regularly receives commissions. A recording of his string quartet, Bleeding Particles, has been released on an Albany Records CD of West Coast composers performed by the Arditti Quartet, and his piano piece, Illicit Felicity, was released on Gloria Chengĺ─˘s Piano Dance: A 20th Century Portrait on Telarc Records.

Mr. Davis has earned a great deal of recognition of achievement including a first prize in the ICA/Taper Foundation Commission Competition, a Prize in the 1983 International Gaudeamus Musicweek, a Second Prize in the 1983 Valentino Bucchi Composition Competition for String Quartet, three B.M.I. Awards to Student Composers, two ASCAP Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Second Prize in the Symposium V for New Band Music, and two Emmy Awards. He has composed numerous film and television scores, including the Warner Bros. feature film trilogy The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.

Kate Gale, Librettist

Kate Gale, winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Award, is the author of four books of poetry. Her latest book of poetry, Mating Season, was recently published by Tupelo Press. She travels widely, giving workshops on poetry and the creative process in the U.S. and, in the summer of 2003, at the University of London.

She is the editor of Red Hen Press, author of one novel, one children's book, and the editor of four anthologies. The libretto for Rłéo de Sangre is born of a passion for Latin American culture and language and a fascination with the ways in which the cultures and lives of North Americans and their southern neighbors intersect in often disquieting ways. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches poetry at the California Institute for the Arts.

Alicia Partnoy, Translator

Alicia Partnoy is a survivor of the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans disappeared. She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, Revenge of the Apple-Venganza de la manzana, and the editor of You Can't Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile.

Partnoy is the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Loyola Marymount University and co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Her poetry collection Little Low Flying/Volando bajito will be published by Red Hen Press in 2005. She has just launched Proyecto VOS - Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of human rights abuses to lecture at colleges in the United States.

William Florescu, General Director, Florentine Opera Company

William Florescu became the General Director of Milwaukeeĺ─˘s Florentine Opera Company in May of 2005. Prior to coming to the Florentine, he was the General Director of Lake George Opera in Saratoga Springs, New York, and previously served as General Director of the Columbus Light Opera. While in Ohio, he was also Associate Dean and Director of Opera/Musical Theatre at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. Throughout his career, he has produced a wide variety of operas, including Madama Butterfly, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Daughter of the Regiment, La Cenerentola, Susannah, The Elixir of Love, Candide, Fidelio, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Salome, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and critically lauded, sold-out runs of H.M.S. Pinafore and Aida. He has also directed productions for Augusta Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera and Opera Columbus. In April 2007, he made his directing debut with his own companyĺ─˘s production of The Barber of Seville, and in 2009, directed The Magic Flute. Upcoming directing projects include Aida in a debut engagement with Opera Birmingham and Rigoletto in May 2010 for the Florentine.

On the operatic and concert stage, he has appeared in leading and supporting roles, and is also a frequent Masterclass presenter and vocal competition judge. Additionally, Mr. Florescu has served on the Opera Review Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is an on-site reporter for the Endowment on an ongoing basis. Mr. Florescu received his training at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Trinity College of Music in London, England, Miami University and the Ohio State University.

Paula Suozzi, Stage Director

Ms. Suozzi is a freelance director of theater and opera. As Associate Artistic Director at Skylight Opera, she directed several notable new productions of operas: a new version of Romłęo et Juliette which combined Gounod with Shakespeare; Coplandĺ─˘s The Tender Land, filmed for PBS Television; Weillĺ─˘s The Threepenny Opera (Journal Sentinelĺ─˘s top 10 list); Brittenĺ─˘s The Turn of the Screw and Donizettiĺ─˘s Lucia di Lammermoor. She has directed for the Lyric Opera of Chicago twice: bringing Robert Carsenĺ─˘s acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin to Chicago and as Associate Director remounting the Lyricĺ─˘s Tosca this past January. Most recently, she directed a new production of Brittenĺ─˘s The Rape of Lucretia for the Toledo Opera. Other productions with regional companies include: Gounodĺ─˘s Romłęo et Juliette at Cincinnati Opera; Verdiĺ─˘s Luisa Miller and Smetanaĺ─˘s The Bartered Bride at Canadian Opera Company (Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Best Director); Mozartĺ─˘s Die ZauberflłĆte at Tulsa Opera Association, and a remount of her production of Weillĺ─˘s The Threepenny Opera for Connecticut Grand Opera. Ms. Suozzi has been an assistant director with both the San Francisco Opera Association and the Metropolitan Opera Association, where she has also worked with the Lindeman Young Artist Program coaching the singers for the National Council Auditions. At Tanglewood Music Center, she served as acting coach to the opera singers.

Ms. Suozziĺ─˘s theater directing credits include Harold Pinterĺ─˘s The Caretaker, Nicky Silverĺ─˘s The Food Chain, and Shakespeareĺ─˘s Macbeth and Twelfth Night. Ms. Suozzi has been recognized in the Milwaukee Business Journal ĺ─˙40 Under 40ĺ─¨ for success in her chosen field, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Magazine have recognized Ms. Suozzi as someone to watch within her field.

Joseph Rescigno, Conductor

Joseph Rescigno has served for 28 years as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine Opera Company. In addition, he has conducted symphonies, concertos, operas and oratorios, from Bach through contemporary works, in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Engagements include such companies as the Montreal Symphony and the New York City Opera. Rescigno has made six recordings ĺ─ý Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Verismo, and Joruri. Maestro Rescigno is now working on his first book ĺ─ý The View From the Pit: Where Theater Meets Music.


Single tickets will go on sale in August 2010 at / 1-800-326-7372.


Additional information about Rłéo de Sangre is available online at:


The Florentine Opera Companyĺ─˘s productions reflect the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. As a leader in Wisconsin's arts community and the nationĺ─˘s sixth oldest opera company, the Florentine Opera seeks to establish a significant presence in the cultural, educational and civic life of the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Audiences enjoy beautiful mainstage productions that include first-rate vocal artistry brought to life by established and emerging local, national and international opera stars.

ĺ─˙Strings At Seaĺ─¨ Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert in February and March

Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) beloved Kinderkonzert series presents ĺ─˙Strings at Seaĺ─¨ beginning February 10 and running through April 15. Attendees will set sail with Lobstering Laura and the PSO String Quintet as they take to the high seas for some water, waves, and wild adventures with musical favorites about the sea and its many living wonders.

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

The PSO String Quartet, comprised of violin, viola, cello and double bass, will lead its audience on a journey to sea, demonstrating how the instruments evoke sounds of the ocean and its residents.

ĺ─˙Strings at Seaĺ─¨ will visit seven locations in Maine, for a total of eighteen concerts.

Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $4 per person. For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit or call (207) 773-6128.

PSO Kinderkonzert Schedule for "Strings at Sea":

Lewiston, Olin Arts Center, Bates College
February 25, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Saco, C.K. Burns Elementary School
February 26, 2010 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Portland, Reiche Community School
March 16, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

South Hiram, South Hiram Elementary School
March 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Waldoboro, Waldo Theater
April 15, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Stephan Moccio - Au sommet de son art





Montrłęal le mercredi 27 janvier 2010 - Stephan Moccio, artiste virtuose, a łętłę choisi par CTV et RDS pour composer quelques oeuvres musicales en vue des Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver qui auront lieu du 12 au 28 fłęvrier 2010. Interprłętłęe en anglais par Nikki Yanofsky et en franł▀ais par Annie Villeneuve, la pił«ce I Believe / Jĺ─˘imagine, sera la chanson thł«me des olympiades dĺ─˘hiver. La chanson I Believe est nłęe du travail de Stephan Moccio et dĺ─˘Alan Frew. Thierry Laflamme sĺ─˘est chargłę dĺ─˘adapter le texte en franł▀ais avec la participation dĺ─˘Annie Villeneuve.

Depuis plus dĺ─˘un an, Stephan Moccio travaille activement łŢ ce projet autant sur lĺ─˘łęcriture de la musique, sur la production que sur les arrangements. Aprł«s cette annłęe dĺ─˘efforts constants, il est trł«s fier dĺ─˘avoir relevłę le dłęfi : "C'est un immense privilł«ge pour moi et une fiertłę de reprłęsenter mon pays pour les Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver 2010.", prłęcise t-il. Pendant les J.O, il sera possible dĺ─˘entendre plusieurs versions, notamment une version instrumentale enregistrłęe avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal et des variantes rock et hip-hop (pour la compłętition de planche łŢ neige) pourront aussi łütre entendues.

De la pop aux compositions instrumentales, Stephan Moccio a dłębutłę sa carrił«re comme compositeur aux cotłęs de Sarah Brightman (What You Never Know), Cłęline Dion (A New Day Has Come) et Josh Groban (My Heart Was Home Again). Il a łęgalement łętłę invitłę łŢ se produire en compagnie de Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban et James Taylor lors de la fłüte organisłęe en l'honneur du 60ł«me anniversaire de Bill Clinton. Mais c'est łŢ l'occasion de la sortie de son premier album instrumental Exposure que Stephan Moccio crłęe la surprise. Album minimaliste, łępurłę et lumineux, Exposure remporte un vif succł«s auprł«s du public : prł«s de 40 000 exemplaires vendus et une dixił«me place au top 100 des meilleurs ventes au Canada ! Ce fł¬t la premił«re fois en 25 ans qu'un album instrumental suscita un tel intłęrłüt.

Moccio reviendra dł«s le printemps 2010 avec un tout nouvel album solo piano instrumental.

Pour de plus amples informations visitez le site

The Winners of the Midem Classical Awards 2010

Cannes, January 27th 2010 ĺ─ý Broadcast live for the first time on the France Musique radio station, MIDEMĺ─˘s showcase classical evening ĺ─ý the MIDEM Classical Awards ĺ─ý took place last night in the Debussy Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The sixth edition, hosted by the British journalist James Jolly and the Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, saw awards going to 16 discs and three DVDs, chosen from 111 entries from international labels from 20 countries.

Frłędłęric Chopin and his native Poland were honoured to mark the bicentenary of the composerĺ─˘s birth with a live performance by the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by John Axelrod and the teenage prodigy pianist Jan Lisiecki, who brought the evening to a close with his brilliant and poetic interpretation of Chopinĺ─˘s Concerto No 1 for Piano in E minor. The jury of the MIDEM Classical Awards gave two special Chopin prizes, in collaboration with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The Special Chopin Awardĺ─ý Best Ever was attributed to EMIĺ─˘s recording of Chopinĺ─˘s waltzes by Dinu Lipatti, while the Special Chopin Award ĺ─ý New Recordings went to Nikolai Demidenko for his disc of the composerĺ─˘s preludes, released by Onyx.

Another high-point of the MIDEM Classical Awards was the moving tribute to the Italian soprano Mirella Freni, whose dazzling career follows in the footsteps of the great cantatrices like Maria Callas and Christa Ludwig. The audience showed their appreciation with a rousing standing ovation as she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Paul Zilk, Chairman and CEO of Reed MIDEM.

The young clarinettist Josłę Franch Ballester, voted revelation of the year, performed a magisterial Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy. The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and the German baritone Christian Gerhaher, voted respectively Female and Male Vocalist Artist of the Year, enchanted the audience with their interpretations of La Habanera by Georges Bizet and Gustav Mahlerĺ─˘s lied Ich habĺ─˘ ein glł║hend Messer.

Another great voice resonated last night on stage at the Palais des Festivals, as contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux gave her rendition of the beautiful Chanson Triste by Henri Duparc. The celebrated King Singers, who won the DVD Concert award for their ĺ─˙Live at the BBC Promsĺ─¨ on Signum Records, interpreted Recipe of Love by Harry Connick Jr.

The MIDEM Classical Awards also bestowed prizes on some of the great figures of the classical music scene, including the conductors Bernhard Kontharsky, Jonathan Nott and Sylvain Cambreling, the pianist Ronald Brautigam, the viol player Jordi Savall, the sopranos Montserrat Figuerras and Sandrine Piau, the quartet Ebł«ne, and Patrick Zelnik, founder and head of nałěve, voted label of the year.

The sixth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards, one of the highlights of the 44th MIDEM global music market, was once again distinguished by its dazzling artistic line-up and its prestigious list of award-winners.

The winners of MIDEM Classical Awards 2010


Jłęrusalem, La Ville des deux Paix - La Paix Cłęleste et la Paix Terrestre
Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Al-Darwish, Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall
Alia Vox


Telemann - Brockes-Passion
Birgitte Christensen, Lydia Teuscher, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Daniel Behle, Donł░t Havł░r, Johannes Weisser, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fł║r Alte Musik Berlin, Renłę Jacobs
Harmonia Mundi


Handel - Between Heaven & Earth
Sandrine Piau, Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari


Zimmermann - Requiem for a Young Poet
Claudia Barainsky, David Pittman-Jennings, Lutz Lansemann, Michael Rotschopf, Jan Hage, Jołúo Rafael (Live Electronics), Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Slovac Philharmonic Choir, EuropaChorAkademie, Eric Vloeimans Quintet, Holland Symfonia, Bernhard Kontarsky


Shostakovich - The Nose
Vladislav Sulimsky, Alexei Tanovitski, Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev


Paganini - 24 Capricci
Thomas Zehetmair


Ravel, Debussy, Faurłę - String Quartets
Quatuor Ebł«ne
Virgin Classics


Beethoven - Piano Concertos WoO4 & No. 2
Ronald Brautigam, NorrkłĆping Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Parrott


Mahler - Symphony No. 9
Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonathan Nott


Messiaen - The Works for Orchestra
Roger Muraro, Yvonne Naef, EuropaChorAkademie, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling
Hłžnssler Classic


Rigel - Symphonies
Concerto KłĆln
Berlin Classics


Friedrich Gulda - The Early Recordings
Friedrich Gulda, Klavier, RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Igor Markevitch


Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
Mariusz Kwiecien, Tatiana Monogarova, Margarita Mamsirova, Andrey Dunaev, Anatolij Kotscherga, The Bolshoi Theatre Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Chlołę Perlemutter, Alexander Vedernikov
Bel Air Classiques


The King's Singers Live at the BBC Proms
Signum Records


Sergiu Celibidache - You don't do anything - You let it evolve
A film by Jan Schmidt-Garre
Arthaus Musik



Josłę Franch- Ballester


Bach- 6 solos
Sonatas & Partitas
Viktoria Mullova


Angela Hewitt *
Piano (Canada)


Elč┤na Garančša *
Mezzo soprano (Latvia)


Christian Gerhaher *
Baritone (Germany)


Mirella Freni *
Soprano (Italy)


Nałěve Classique (France) *


Zimmermann - Requiem for a Young Poet
Claudia Barainsky, David Pittman-Jennings, Lutz Lansemann, Michael Rotschopf, Jan Hage, Jołúo Rafael (Live Electronics), Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Slovac Philharmonic Choir, EuropaChorAkademie, Eric Vloeimans Quintet, Holland Symfonia, Bernhard Kontarsky

(in cooperation with the National Chopin Institute Warsaw)

Frłędłęric Chopin: 14 Waltzes, Barcarolle, Nocturne in D flat, Mazurka in C sharp minor
Dinu Lipatti, piano

(in cooperation with the National Chopin Institute Warsaw)

Frłędłęric Chopin: 24 Prłęludes op. 28, Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58
Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Note :


Fondłęe en 1963, Reed MIDEM organise des marchłęs professionnels et internationaux qui se sont imposłęs comme des plateformes incontournables pour les acteurs-clłęs des secteurs concernłęs. Ce sont le MIPTV, le MIPDOC, le MIPCOM et le MIPJUNIOR pour la tłęlłęvision et les contenus audiovisuels et numłęriques, le MIDEM pour les professionnels de la musique, le MIPIM, le MIPIM Asia, le MIPIM Horizons pour le secteur de lĺ─˘immobilier et le MAPIC pour le secteur de lĺ─˘implantation commerciale.

Reed MIDEM est une filiale de Reed Exhibitions, la premił«re sociłętłę mondiale dans lĺ─˘organisation dĺ─˘łęvłęnements, avec plus de 470 łęvłęnements dans 37 pays. En 2008, Reed Exhibitions a rłęuni plus de sept millions de professionnels du monde entier, głęnłęrant plusieurs milliards de dollars dĺ─˘affaires. A ce jour, les łęvłęnements Reed Exhibitions sont organisłęs en Amłęrique du Nord et du Sud, en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en rłęgion Asie-Pacifique, par des bureaux et agents implantłęs dans 38 pays.

Reed Exhibitions propose une large gamme dĺ─˘łęvłęnements, couvrant expositions, confłęrences, congrł«s et rłęunions. Son portefeuille comporte plus de 470 łęvłęnements et apporte ses services łŢ 44 secteurs professionnels, dont : lĺ─˘aviation et lĺ─˘ałęrospatial, le secteur automobile, lĺ─˘audiovisuel, le błótiment et la construction, lĺ─˘łęlectronique, les secteurs de lĺ─˘łęnergie, du płętrole et du gaz, lĺ─˘ingłęnierie, lĺ─˘environnement, les services de restauration et dĺ─˘hłątellerie, les cadeaux, la dłęcoration dĺ─˘intłęrieur, lĺ─˘informatique et les tłęlłęcoms, la joaillerie, la santłę, les sciences de la vie et la pharmaceutique, la machinerie, la formation młędicale, lĺ─˘imprimerie et lĺ─˘infographie, lĺ─˘immobilier, la słęcuritłę, les sports et loisirs, ainsi que le tourisme.

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Language Changes at Midem 2010 Take South Africa by Storm

Cannes, January 27th 2010 ĺ─ý Delegates attending the 44th edition of MIDEM (January 23-27) in Cannes, France, were starting to speak a new language. And it wasnĺ─˘t French.

Buzz words among the 7,200 participants from 78 countries who gathered on the Cłąte dĺ─˘Azur this week, included ĺ─˙viral, apps, stickiness, playlists, monetize and engagement.ĺ─¨ The changing vocabulary was in line with an evolution in MIDEM participation. Of the 3,200 companies represented, 28% attended for the first time, with the majority operating in the digital sector.

Over in the concert venues, industry executives enthused about the 50-strong line-up of artists from the Country of Honour, South Africa, who set the Opening Night Party alight and brought unprecedented calls for ĺ─˙moreĺ─¨ during a gala dinner tribute to Miriam Makeba January 25.

Meanwhile on the MIDEM exhibition floor, business was reported to be ĺ─˛briskĺ─˘ as delegates savoured a series of new show initiatives such as MidemNet Lab and MidemNet Academy, designed to fast-track understanding and networking opportunities in the digital sector and facilitate deal-making between labels.


ĺ─˙We have introduced a lot of new ideas this year and the response has been very positive,ĺ─¨ commented MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern. ĺ─˙We launched MIDEM+ which offers business consulting, contact recommendations and targeted networking opportunities and, of course, we have expanded MidemNet to run throughout MIDEM and made it available to all delegates at no extra cost.

ĺ─˙For managers we have opened the MIDEM Managersĺ─˘ Village, hosted by the International Music Managersĺ─˘ Forum, which will bring managers together and includes conferences dedicated to their activity. And we have brought 15 start-up companies who are at the cutting-edge of digital initiatives to present themselves at the new MidemNet Lab and the MidemNet Academy, which is an educational platform for discussion about developments in digital, has proved very popular,ĺ─¨ added Leguern.

GoMix, the interactive music platform which allows users to remix songs from major artists and share the results on the likes of Facebook and MySpace, was one of the 15 selected companies to present themselves at MidemNet Lab. ĺ─˙We launched GoMix in 2009 and have 125,000 mixers,ĺ─¨ said company Founder and CEO Olly Barnes. ĺ─˙In 2010 weĺ─˘ll be adding 50 songs per month and introducing a pay model for remixing, with a revenue split between the label and ourselves. As a networking event, MIDEM is second to none.ĺ─¨


One of the most striking developments at MIDEM 2010 was a change in the language being used. The new vocabulary reflects a growing awareness among the music industry that connecting with fans via the multitude of web-based or mobile applications now available, is critical to the business, particularly the viral marketing and sales opportunities offered by social media.

Speaking during a MidemNet digital conference devoted to apps (the downloadable applications that have turned handsets into mobile ĺ─˛storefrontsĺ─˘) and music, Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M, noted that artists who feel comfortable in the digital age have no problem engaging with fans using multiple platforms. The message from MIDEM was clearly that in the digital age, a loyal and virally-empowered fan base can be an artistĺ─˘s best friend. ĺ─˙The stickiest web sites are the fan-based web sites. Those (artists) who can and do connect with their fans will benefit,ĺ─¨ Jonathan Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Getty Images, told delegates at a MIDEM conference. Drawing on his experience of managing the 80 million images in the Getty digital library, Klein urged music executives not to be defensive in the face of technology. ĺ─˙The lesson for the music industry is donĺ─˘t stand in the way of technologyĺ─Âdonĺ─˘t stand in the way of what customers want.ĺ─¨

Music-related apps carried on the likes of the iPhone or Android platforms are rapidly developing fan bases and revenues, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher revealing at MIDEM that users of the companyĺ─˘s mobile apps are currently buying more than 300,000 tracks a day. Interscope is already an active player in developing iPhone apps and is working alongside Tapulous to develop a new game called ĺ─˛Riddim Ribbon,ĺ─˘ featuring music from the Black Eyed Peas. Interscopeĺ─˘s Ted Mico told MIDEM delegates that work continues on an upcoming and ĺ─˙ambitiousĺ─¨ iPhone app for Dr Dre, which will be available in around four months.


Itĺ─˘s not so long ago that artists, brands and the advertising community eyed each other with incomprehension or suspicion. Not any more. During his MidemNet keynote address this week, David Jones, global CEO at Havas Worldwide and global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, cited the example of bringing together Dan the Automatorĺ─˘s remix of ĺ─˛Rappers Delight,ĺ─˘ with Evian and YouTube.

The Evian ad, featuring roller-skating babies and the remix, has been viewed over 95 million times on YouTube, according to David Jones, who estimated that a traditional television campaign would have cost between 100 and 200 times more to reach an equivalent audience.

And in a sign of the shifting times, Hip-hop star, producer and frontman for N.E.R.D, Pharrell Williams, attending MIDEM for the first time, described how he would break into the business if he was starting out today. Williams said he would build his website featuring his music and as a vehicle for engaging with fans, ĺ─˙then Iĺ─˘d probably assemble a team of kids and bug the hell out of the advertising agencies to use my music.ĺ─¨

The MidemNet and MIDEM 2010 conference programme drew packed crowds as Spotify CEO Daniel Ek shared a double-header keynote with YouTube Director of Video Partnerships for EMEA, Patrick Walker and MySpace CEO, Owen van Natta made his first keynote outside the United States since taking the helm of MySpace nine months ago.

Van Natta announced a ground-breaking deal with performance rights group SoundExchange to identify and contact some 25,000 artists who are owed money for streaming of music on the internet and satellite radio. The MySpace CEO said that $14 million of unclaimed royalties had been put in escrow by SoundExchange and that MySpace would seek to identify the artists.

Meanwhile Spotify CEO Daniel Ek reported that the company now has 250,000 paying subscribers from its seven million users and 100 million user-created playlists. MySpaceĺ─˘s Owen van Natta noted that his company is hosting 180 million user playlists.


In the run-up to MIDEM and in the year when it will host the FIFA World Cup Finals, South Africaĺ─˘s presence in Cannes was hotly anticipated. And the MIDEM 2010 Country of Honour didnĺ─˘t disappoint.

A delegation of over 30 companies and 50 artists, headed by Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana and Department of Arts and Culture Director General Themba Wakashe, arrived in Cannes determined to use the global exposure of the World Cup Finals to promote South African and African culture, including music.

Lulu Xingwana held talks with her French counterpart, Minister of Culture and Communication Frłędłęric Mitterrand, during which the pair discussed current bilateral cultural cooperation and agreed to sign a Programme of Cultural Cooperation for 2010 to 2012, as well as a new film co-production agreement.

Referring to South Africaĺ─˘s high-level presence at MIDEM, the South African Minister said that South Africaĺ─˘s participation created opportunities for the countryĺ─˘s artists to showcase their talent, to mingle with their peers, and for music business deals to be done, creating jobs and access to markets for South African artists.

MIDEM attendees were spoiled for musical choice at the Opening Showcase Party of South African talent, which included The Parlotones, MC Mangaliso Ngema, Tidal Waves, Zuluboy, the Maletangwao Cultural Troupe, Wouter Kellerman, Kurt Darren and Nothembi Mkhwebane.

And the musical atmosphere went from great to greater at the January 25 gala dinner tribute to Miriam Makeba. Under the musical direction of Themba Mkhize and featuring Thandiswa Mazwai, Vusi Mahlasela and Makebaĺ─˘s close friend, Angelique Kidjo, guests were treated to a rousing set of Makeba hits, including ĺ─˛Pata Pata.ĺ─˘ In unprecedented scenes, diners left their seats to dance to an impromptu encore, uniting all the artists and bringing jazz singer Letta Mbulu and composer Caiphus Semenya on stage for a memorable rendition of ĺ─˛The Lion Sleeps Tonight.ĺ─˘

ĺ─˙We have made a significant effort to boost ĺ─˛liveĺ─˘ music this year and the South African contribution has been outstanding,ĺ─¨ said MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern. ĺ─˙Technology develops, but artists remain artists and the central core of the industry and what we do in Cannes. Part of our role is to promote new talent via our MIDEM Talent and MIDEM Talent Jazz concerts and by welcoming events like the highly popular British at MIDEM Showcase concerts.ĺ─¨


Among the artists to cause a stir in the MIDEM Talent line-up, British-born singer, songwriter, composer and producer Wayne Beckford was particularly upbeat about his MIDEM appearance on stage, with his debut solo album, ĺ─˛Changeĺ─˘ set for release in France April 19.

Beckford says MIDEM and MIDEM Talent gave him the opportunity to ĺ─˙link with different cultures and discover different ways to get my music out there. My main objective was to make a connection, with labels, fans and fellow artists.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙What was amazing was that as soon as Wayneĺ─˘s name and biography appeared on the MIDEM web site as part of MIDEM Talent, we started getting attention from around the world and deals began falling into place even before he performed in Cannes,ĺ─¨ added manager and business partner George Betoka. Beckford admits to feeling nervous on his way to MIDEM. ĺ─˙When youĺ─˘re performing to the industry, you want it to go well. Luckily it did and weĺ─˘ll definitely be back here next year.ĺ─¨

Beckford says his MIDEM 2011 plans include the official launch of the BBBox, a new interactive signage system to be available on touch-screen terminals, combining a digital video display that is capable of screening artistsĺ─˘ songs, with interactive promotional and purchasing capabilities. The BBBox, is being developed by Beckfordĺ─˘s and Betokaĺ─˘s Borderblaster International company and Bertelsmannĺ─˘s Arvato Digital Services. ĺ─˙You need to imagine a touch terminal outside a concert. People go to the concert, they like the artists they hear and they order the CD or download the album or tracks via the terminal,ĺ─¨ said Betoka. ĺ─˙The more artists and labels who put content into the BBBox, the more attractive it is for fans and the more revenue will be generated.ĺ─¨

Like Wayne Beckford, Icelandic singer Hafdis Huld made her MIDEM Talent debut in Cannes this year, accompanied by manager Kerry Harvey-Piper, who was attending her first MIDEM. ĺ─˙I came here with hopes rather than expectations. I really wanted to play to people who would license the album in new territories and the response has been very positive,ĺ─¨ enthused Huld.

The album in question is ĺ─˛Synchronised Swimmers,ĺ─˘ released in Iceland in October 2009 and in a limited edition to international fans via Huldĺ─˘s web site.

For manager Harvey-Piper, who is CEO of the UK-based Red Grape indie label, the MIDEM Talent appearance was a major bonus. ĺ─˙I came to MIDEM with the objective of getting licensing deals in Scandinavia, Benelux, France, Germany, Japan and Canada. By the end of the event, I will have had meetings with all these territories and a few I didnĺ─˘t expect. Playing to an international, industry audience is like gold dust and you never give it up.ĺ─¨

Down on the tradeshow floor, the national pavilions were reporting steady business. ĺ─˙We have seen concrete deals signed here at MIDEM, which, in the current economic context, underlines the importance of the event,ĺ─¨ commented Paulina Ahokas, Director of Music Export Finland. Among those deals, Rockadillo Records/Zen Master Publishing sold their entire catalogue to the Chinese market.

The newly-branded Sounds Australia Pavilion, brought some 30 companies together at MIDEM. ĺ─˙We had a cohesive approach to promoting the Australian industry and it has paid off,ĺ─¨ reported Sounds Australiaĺ─˘s Export Music Producer Millie Millgate. ĺ─˙The feedback from the companies in Cannes is that our industry and our government are taking music export seriously and this is reflected by whatĺ─˘s happened at MIDEM.ĺ─¨

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Music with a message: Genesis at the Crossroads releases "Saffron Caravan Unfolding"

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2010 ĺ─ý Genesis at the Crossroads, a Chicago-based non-governmental organization dedicated to bridging cultures in conflict through the arts, has announced the world music ensembleĺ─˘s debut of its first compact disc, ĺ─˙Saffron Caravan Unfolding." Comprised of musicians from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco and the United States, Saffron Caravan is one of the most unique collections of musicians ever found together, all committed to bridging humankind through art and serving up an engaging model for others to follow. Together, they collaboratively create new art while exploring the sacred and mystical traditions in Arab, Jewish and Persian music and its poetic influences. Infused with sub-Saharan roots of blues and jazz, including ethnic African, Sufi, Gnaoua and Rai music, where jazz harmonica and piano meet Persian santour, spiced with Afro-Caribbean percussion ĺ─ý their evocative melodies transport international audiences.

Their expansive repertoire, spans seven languages and multiple keys. Five of the nine musicians are Grammy Awardees and/or nominees. Genesis at the Crossroads sustains the impact of Saffron Caravanĺ─˘s performances through arts-education master classes, speaking engagements, community partnerships, cross-cultural exchanges and humanitarian work. Their performances, which also feature foreign integrated artists, demonstrate that the arts can be used to build sustainable bridges between cultures in conflict.

Saffron Caravan artists include Grammy-award winner Howard Levy of Chicago, piano and diatonic harmonica prodigy, also the musical director; cantor Alberto Mizrahi, world-renowned American vocalist; Haj Youness, Moroccan oud virtuoso; Horacio ĺ─˙El Negroĺ─¨ Hernandez, Grammy Award-winning Cuban-born drummer; Humayun Khan, Afghan vocalist and harmonium musician; Kiu Haghighi, Iranian santour virtuoso; Jean-Christophe Leroy, American/Canadian percussionist; Shahin Shahida, Iranian guitarist; and Victor Miranda, Cuban-born bassist.

Since its establishment in 1999, Genesis at the Crossroads has paired artists from disparate communities and cultural backgrounds in a series of artistic, educational and humanitarian programs. The music serves as an enduring reflection of the mission of the organization, which is to connect people of all faiths and all backgrounds through the neutral and creative space of art, allowing them to set aside their differences with the goal of healing our fractured world. ĺ─˙We believe the arts profoundly reach our common core, transcend cultural barriers and link us all for the greater good of humankind.

"ĺ─˛Saffron Caravan Unfoldingĺ─˘ makes a beautiful statement for us to fully embrace other cultures; it is through the arts that we all can access our humanity while preserving and honoring personal and cultural identities,ĺ─¨ noted Wendy Sternberg, MD, Genesis at the Crossroadsĺ─˘ Founder and Executive Director, referring to the ensemble she formed. Since 1999, under the leadership of Sternberg, Genesis at the Crossroads has created and produced over 100 cross-cultural collaborative programs. Preceding those of Saffron Caravan include the pairing of a Jewish-Moroccan and Muslim-Moroccan musician and the celebrated Israeli-Palestinian cross-cultural performance that became an integral part of the United Nationsĺ─˘ 60th Anniversary celebration.

Re-configured from its predecessor, known as the Genesis World Music Ensemble, Saffron Caravan previously presented cross-cultural programs uniting musicians from cultures in conflict at major international venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Chicago, and Rabat, and Casablanca, Morocco, the latter under the auspices of His Majesty the King of Morocco. ĺ─˙Wherever and wherever our ensemble travels, our musicians engage in cross-cultural dialogue through the arts with one another and our foreign guest artists,ĺ─¨ Sternberg continued. ĺ─˙Our ensemble musicians serve as a model for other disciplines to emulate. While it is not feasible for the artists to perform and teach in all corners of the world, they can have a much broader footprint, especially impacting youth, through the use of technology, whether it be in the form of a CD or via a digital download.ĺ─¨

The eight song tracks songs chosen for the CD include the recorded performance of Kiu Haghighi, ; Jean-Christophe Leroy and Howard Levy, also known as ĺ─˙The Saffron Caravan Trio;ĺ─¨songs include ĺ─˙Gol-E Gandomĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Elegua/Barchu/ 9/8 Improvisation/Ochosi Suite,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Keelyĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Samai Shad Araban,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Jesu Joy Of Manĺ─˘s Desiring Swing Low Sweet Chariot,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙La Comida La Manana,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Nesirkhani with 5/8 Improvisation,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙The Blues from Chicago.ĺ─¨

Ninety percent of the proceeds from the CD sales will help underwrite and facilitate Saffron Caravanĺ─˘s performances around the world and facilitate the distribution of musical instruments for Genesis at the Crossroadsĺ─˘ companion humanitarian program, Arm Them with Instruments, in which North American youth collect gently-used instruments to donate to children around the world living in conflict zones or challenged circumstances.

Additional local partnership organizations donate music lessons to the beneficiary children. Genesis at the Crossroadsĺ─˘ model marries Saffron Caravan performances with arts-education initiatives by prolonging artist stays in each country, creating wider opportunities for engagement through small class instruction and a series of artists-in-residence master classes. These learning labs maximize individual student time with and exposure to extraordinary international artistic talent while fostering cross-cultural understanding and the creation of dialogue through art. Sternberg is in discussion in multiple conflict areas in the Middle East, North Africa and the United States to continue the model of open dialogue.

ĺ─˙I believe that we as a society need to engage in opportunities to come together in the face of globally polarizing conflicts and foster dialogue across the barriers,ĺ─¨ she said. ĺ─˙I can think of no better medium than that of the neutral and creative space the arts provide for us all to explore our identities in a thought-provoking manner.ĺ─¨

The cover artwork and signature image for ĺ─˛Saffron Caravan Unfoldingĺ─˘ was created by Genesis Board Member Leonard Lehrer, who is the director of the Printmaking Convergence Program at the University of Texas, Austin. The CDĺ─˘s artistic portrait photography was done by Megan Bearder Photography. ĺ─˙Leonard Lehrer has graced the world with a masterpiece that incorporates musical, cultural and architectural elements that embody the core mission of Genesis at the Crossroads,ĺ─¨ noted Sternberg. ĺ─˙The layers of his digital print image portray Persian and Muslim cultural roots and images with physical places in the Middle East and North Africa. He represents other parts of the world with a central rose, which represents the concept of something beautiful blossoming with great potential to widely unfold. When we explore our history, we inherently have both clarity and uncertainty regarding memory; using art can collectively embrace and preserve both.

Lehrerĺ─˘s vivid imagery shows us we can collectively acknowledge this duality and comfortably embrace and preserve both aspects of memory.ĺ─¨

The CD retails for $20 USD and can be purchased via the Genesis online store or via DigStation. The music will also be available via digital music channels, including iTunes. Genesis at the Crossroadsĺ─˘ brand of arts diplomacy has garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of State through the allocation of funds from its prestigious Performing Arts Initiative as well as the Illinois Arts Councilĺ─˘s Ethnic and Folk Arts Division and their Governorĺ─˘s International Arts Exchange Program.

Genesis at the Crossroads is currently looking for additional private donations, corporate sponsors and underwriters in order to continue to provide world-class, culturally diverse elements interwoven with adjunct arts education and humanitarian programs.

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Parution : Liszt, virtuose subversif

Symłętrie vient de publier lĺ─˘ouvrage intitulłę Liszt, virtuose subversif de Bruno Moysan.

ł─ travers un moment dĺ─˘une carrił«re ĺ─ý les annłęes 1830-1848 ĺ─ý et un genre musical ĺ─ý la fantaisie ĺ─ý, Bruno Moysan envisage Liszt virtuose comme acteur clef dans la construction de lĺ─˘image de lĺ─˘artiste romantique. Lĺ─˘łętude croisłęe des ëýuvres et des mëýurs, menłęe par un spłęcialiste des rapports entre la musique et la politique, rend compte, au mieux, de ce quĺ─˘a łętłę le romantisme. Il ne sĺ─˘agissait pas simplement dĺ─˘un parti pris esthłętique, mais bien de lĺ─˘utilisation du champ artistique comme tremplin vers le champ social. Liszt, le premier, est parvenu łŢ rivaliser avec le poł«te comme prophł«te des temps łŢ venir ĺ─ě: il a su placer le musicien, aux cłątłęs de lĺ─˘łęcrivain, łŢ lĺ─˘avant-garde de la sociłętłę.

Vous trouverez tous les dłętails ainsi que des extraits concernant cet ouvrage en consultant notre site internet.

Cet ouvrage est łęditłę avec le soutien de la Rłęgion Rhłąne-Alpes.

The Opera Orchestra of New York Appoints Alberto Veronesi as Music Director Beginning 2011-12

Eve Queler to Become Conductor Laureate Mr. Verenosi To Serve as Music Director Designate in 2010-11

New York, January 26, 2010 ĺ─ý Norman Raben, Chairman and Eve Queler, Music Director of The Opera Orchestra of New York today announced that Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi has been appointed Music Director effective in the 2011-12 season. Mr. Veronesi will succeed The Opera Orchestra of New York founder Eve Queler, who will become Conductor Laureate once Mr. Veronesiĺ─˘s initial 5-year tenure begins. During the Opera Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010-11 40th-anniversary season, Mr. Veronesi will serve as Music Director Designate and conduct an opera-in-concert performance. He will also work with the Board of Directors, Ms. Queler and the administrative staff to program and cast future seasons. The complete 2010-11 season, which will include two opera-in-concert performances, a recital and additional events, will be announced at a later date.

Born in Milan, Alberto Veronesi is Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, positions which he will continue to hold during his tenure as Music Director of the Opera Orchestra.

The Opera Orchestra of New York was established in 1971 by Eve Queler to present rare and unusual repertory in a concert setting, emphasizing the operatic voice over visual production. Performances feature internationally acclaimed established artists as well as exceptional young singers in an effort to develop an appreciation of opera among diverse audiences while cultivating a new generation of supporters.

ĺ─˙We are pleased to welcome Alberto Veronesi to The Opera Orchestra of New York family,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Raben. ĺ─˙During our 2009-10 ĺ─˛bridgeĺ─˘ season we have been working to regain our financial footing and develop a strategic plan to aggressively and optimistically continue the Opera Orchestraĺ─˘s longstanding tradition of exceptional opera-in-concert performances. Mr. Veronesiĺ─˘s background and experience in development, his artistic ability and vision, and his musical knowledge of the lesser known works of the operatic repertoire make him the ideal music director for the company.ĺ─¨

"I am honored to accept the position of Music Director and begin this next chapter in my life with The Opera Orchestra of New York,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Veronesi. ĺ─˙I look forward to continuing Eve Quelerĺ─˘s extraordinary efforts in repertory renewal, presenting unique operas performed by world-class and young singers. Ms. Queler has built an outstanding company and I will do my best to follow in her footsteps.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙I am proud of the accomplishments of The Opera Orchestra of New York over the past 40 years and I was thrilled to find a conductor who shares my philosophy and will carry on the legacy of The Opera Orchestra of New York,ĺ─¨ commented Eve Queler. ĺ─˙I offer him my support and best wishes as he embarks upon this new phase in our organization.ĺ─¨

Alberto Veronesi

Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi has done extensive research on the operatic repertoire of the late 19th to early 20th Century by composers such as Pietro Mascagni, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Giacomo Puccini, among others, and has programmed and recorded as a Deutsche Grammophon artist these lesser known works in an effort to give this underexposed repertoire a wider audience with the hopes of establishing new masterworks. His recent critically acclaimed performances of Mascagniĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘amico Fritz starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Deutsche Oper Berlin were recorded live and have since been released as his third album in an ongoing Verismo project with Deutsche Grammophon comprised of works from the post-Romantic Italian operatic repertoire. The series began in 2006 with the critically acclaimed complete recording of Pucciniĺ─˘s early opera Edgar with Plł░cido Domingo in the title role. The second recording, Puccini Rediscovered released in September 2009, is an album of original editions and alternative versions of famous Puccini arias and ensembles as well as little-known orchestral compositions sung by Placłédo Domingo and soprano Violeta Urmana with the Vienna Philharmonic. The next recording in the series is La Nuit de mai, an album of Leoncavallo songs and arias performed by Mr. Domingo, pianist Lang Lang and the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna to be released in April 2010.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Veronesi led the Orchestra Guido Cantelli and I Madrigalisti Ambrosiani in Salieriĺ─˘s Falstaff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Giordanoĺ─˘s Andrea Chłęnier at the Tel Aviv Opera Theatre, and Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly in Athens and at the NHK in Tokyo. He has also conducted Leoncavalloĺ─˘s I Medici at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Pucciniĺ─˘s Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Giordanoĺ─˘s Fedora at La Monnaie Bruxelles.

Born in Milan, Mr. Veronesi studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, graduating with honors in piano, composition and orchestral conducting. As a student he founded the Guido Cantelli Orchestra, which has since remained in residence at the Conservatory. He directed the orchestra until 2000, including performances at the Salzburg Easter Festival (at the invitation of Claudio Abbado), Teatro alla Scala and Maggio Musicale.

In 1999, Mr. Veronesi was appointed Music Director of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, where he has not only since conducted all of Puccini's operas but was also actively involved in the construction of a new opera house. In 2003, his production of La Bohł«me at the Festival won the Premio Abbiati, awarded by the Italian Music Critics Association. His performances at the Festival in 2009 included a new production of Manon Lescaut and a gala concert with soprano Angela Gheorghiu.

In 2001 Mr. Veronesi was named Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, where he is performing complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich, as well as giving prominence to 20th-century Italian symphonic music and continuing to program contemporary works. He was also recently named Artistic Director of the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Mr. Veronesi lives in Palermo with his wife and young daughter.

The Opera Orchestra of New York

The Opera Orchestra of New York was established by Eve Queler in 1971 to give new life to rarely-heard operas and provide the public with an opportunity to hear these operatic rarities in major concert performances. Among its numerous American premieres are Pucciniĺ─˘s Edgar with Carlo Bergonzi and Renata Scotto; Boitoĺ─˘s Nerone with James Morris and Pablo Elvira; and Smetanaĺ─˘s Libuse with Gabriela Benackovł░ and Paul Plishka. The Company also performed the New York premiere of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s The Maid of Orleans, with Dolora Zajick and Jorma Hynninen, which was also the American premiere of the Russian language version. The ensemble has also presented works long neglected in New York, such as Wagnerĺ─˘s Rienzi, Verdiĺ─˘s I Lombardi, Bizetĺ─˘s Les płücheurs de perles, and Catalaniĺ─˘s La Wally. These pioneering efforts have led national opera companies such as the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric and Houston Grand Opera to add to their permanent repertoires works that received their first major modern hearing by The Opera Orchestra of New York including I lombardi, Donizettiĺ─˘s La Favorita, Zandonaiĺ─˘s Francesca da Rimini, Dvo뢳░kĺ─˘s Rusalka and Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Khovanshchina.

Opera Orchestra takes an active role in identifying young operatic talent and fostering its training. Since 1978 Opera Orchestraĺ─˘s Young Artists Program has identified, trained and showcased young singers, assisting their professional development and advancing their careers as performing artists. It is the only program in the New York metropolitan area that provides young singers with an opportunity to rehearse and perform with full orchestra and chorus. The program has nurtured the talents of Renłęe Fleming, Aprile Millo, Vivica Genaux, Deborah Voigt, Latonia Moore, Stephen Costello, Michael Fabiano and Eglise Gutierrez. Other singers who have worked with Opera Orchestra very early in their careers include Josłę Carreras, Barbara Hendricks, Dwayne Croft, Samuel Ramey and James Morris. Singers who made their American or New York debuts with Opera Orchestra include Gabriela Benackovł░, Stephanie Blythe, Olga Borodina, Ghena Dimitrova, Jane Eaglen, Carlo Guelfi, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vesselina Kasarova, Paul Plishka, Rosalind Plowright and Krassimira Stoyanova and Dolora Zajick.

Eve Queler

Founder and creator of The Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler is a pioneer, establishing herself as one of the first prominent female conductors of an orchestra. She is internationally renowned for her ground-breaking work with the Opera Orchestra and as a guest conductor of symphonic and opera repertoire at venues that span the international musical world. She has conducted many rarely performed operas, bringing them to the attention of the American public and introducing them to the standard repertoire. Standing out among her many successes are Wagnerĺ─˘s Rienzi, Berliozĺ─˘s Benvenuto Cellini, Smetanaĺ─˘s Dalibor, and Straussĺ─˘ Die Liebe der Danae. She celebrated her 100th Carnegie Hall performance as Music Director of The Opera Orchestra of New York during the 2007-2008 season.

Ms. Queler has guest conducted at opera companies including the Kirov Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia, Hamburg Oper, Frankfurt Oper, Oper Bonn, Australian Opera in Sydney and Nice Opera. She guest conducted Anna Bolena with the San Diego Opera; La Bohł«me with the Utah Opera; I puritani in Royal Festival Hall, London; Lakmłę in Caracas; Tales of Hoffmann in South Africa and Quebec City; and she led Rossiniĺ─˘s Elisabetta, regina dĺ─˘Inghilterra at Buenos Airesĺ─˘ legendary Teatro Colłän. Her opera gala concerts have included performances at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, and with the Honolulu Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has conducted numerous symphony orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rome Opera, and Montreal Symphony. Recently she conducted the Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana in Palermo, Italy, in Shostakovichĺ─˘s Symphony No. 1 and Poulencĺ─˘s Piano Concerto.

Ms. Queler has been named a Chevalier de lĺ─˘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (one of the highest awards presented by the French government) for her commitment to French operas. She has also received the Sanford Medal, Yale Universityĺ─˘s highest musical honor.

Tableaux vivants au Mac des Laurentides

Le Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain des Laurentides propose, du 2 mai au 13 juin 2010, lĺ─˘exposition Adad Hannah : Peinture de genre comme figure de Still.

Unique et particulił«re, cette exposition explore lĺ─˘univers de la perception. Les photographies et vidłęos de Adad Hannah sont łŢ la fois fixes et en mouvement pour le plaisir de dłęjouer notre oeil. Sĺ─˘inspirant de la tradition des tableaux vivants de lĺ─˘łępoque młędiłęvale, lĺ─˘artiste invite le spectateur łŢ observer des figurants comme sĺ─˘il łętait placłę devant un moniteur de camłęra de surveillance. Quelques lłęgł«res variations corporelles des modł«les comme le clignement des yeux, lĺ─˘oscillation de la tłüte ou la respiration brisent lĺ─˘immobilisme. Cet instant insolite questionne lĺ─˘objectivitłę de notre perception.

Aprł«s avoir łętłę invitłę entre autres łŢ Berlin, Słęoul, Shanghai, Barcelone, New York et Melbourne, Adad Hannah orchestre pour Saint-Jłęrłąme une remarquable exposition solo, jamais prłęsentłęe avant, sur lĺ─˘ensemble de son travail traitant des notions de la nature morte (still life painting) dans lĺ─˘art. Cette exposition, dont le commissaire est łÔloi Desjardins, est prłęsentłęe au Musłęe dĺ─˘art contemporain des Laurentides au 101, place du Curłę-Labelle łŢ Saint-Jłęrłąme.

Le Musłęe est ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 12 h łŢ 17 h. Pour information, consulter le site

Inscrivez-vous au Conservatoire avant le 1er mars

Qułębec, le 26 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 :
- 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;

- Marie-łÓve Poupart, violoniste, qui a reł▀u le prestigieux Prix dĺ─˘Europe 2009;

- Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, clarinettiste, qui a młęritłę le Grand Prix du 69e concours OSM Standard Life;

- Emmanuel Bernier, organiste, qui a remportłę la finale nationale du Concours de musique du Canada;

- 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 Darren Lowe, violoniste, membre de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec et professeur au Conservatoire 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 :
- Conservatoire de musique de Val-dĺ─˘Or, le 28 janvier;
- Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res, le 31 janvier;
- Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay, le 12 fłęvrier;
- 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 :

La Scena Musicale numłęro de mars 2010

[English Version]

LSM Sept 2009

The Music Scene Hiver 2010

La Scena Musicale est heureuse de mettre en couverture de son numłęro de mars 2010 la chef canadienne Keri-Lynn Wilson qui dirigera Simon Boccanegra de Verdi łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal en mars. Nous rappelons łęgalement les trente ans dĺ─˘existence de lĺ─˘OdM de młüme que le 200e anniversaire de naissance de Chopin. Les lecteurs trouveront aussi des articles sur le compositeur Jacques Hłętu qui vient de nous quitter ainsi que sur Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Michael Colgrass et le pianist Menahem Pressler.

Notre guide annuel des camps dĺ─˘łętłę comprendra un rłępertoire des camps ainsi que des articles sur les camps spłęcialisłęs dans les arts. Dĺ─˘autres articles porteront sur le monde de lĺ─˘enseignement de la musique : nous prłęsenterons le nouveau programme orchestral du Festival Orford et nous parlerons aux grands płędagogues Boris Brott et Joel Wapnick.

Tout cela et beaucoup dĺ─˘autre choses, notamment notre couverture du jazz et de la musique du monde en mars et nos calendriers dĺ─˘łęvłęnements et de concerts.
Enfin, notre CD Dłęcouverte de mars, envoyłę exclusivement aux abonnłęs du magazine, mettra en vedette la violoncelliste Velitchka Yotcheva et I Cellisti.

La date de tombłęe pour les annonces dans le numłęro de mars est le 22 fłęvrier, les maquettes devant nous parvenir au plus tard le 23 fłęvrier.

Pour nos lecteurs montrłęalais, nous levons aussi des fonds en vendant des billets pour la prłęsentation de Simon Boccanegra de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal du 25 mars 2010 (billets de 46 $ łŢ 99 $).

Salutations amicales,

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


La Scena Musicale mars 2010
  • Thł«me : Camps d'łętłę
  • En couverture : la chef d'orchestre Keri-Lynn Wilson
  • Sortie : le 26 fłęvrier 2010
  • Tombłęe (publicitłę) : le 22 fłęvrier 2010
  • Maquettes : le 23 fłęvrier 2010
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  • 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
  • Contact : 514-948-0509 ou
  • Trousse Młędia :
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  • Thł«me : Festivals d'arts internationaux, Camps d'łętłę


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

Jusquĺ─˘au 31 mars 2010, les nouveaux abonnłęs obtiendront une rłęduction de 10 $ łŢ 15 $ 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 la collection Dłęcouverte 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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Montrłęal, le jeudi 25 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Verdi : Simon Boccanegra
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Lancement du Fonds de dotation LSM

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 March 2010 Issue

[Version franł▀aise]

The Music Scene Winter 2010

La Scena Musicale is pleased to feature on its March 2010 cover Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson who will perform Verdiĺ─˘s Simon Boccanegra with the Opłęra de Montrłęal in March. We also look back at the OdMĺ─˘s 30 years, as well as celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopinĺ─˘s birth. Readers will also find articles on the recently passed-away composer Jacques Hłętu as well as stories on Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Michael Colgrass, and Menahem Pressler. Our annual camp guide will feature camp listings as well as articles on arts camps. Other articles dig deep into the world of music education: we unveil the new Orford Festival Orchestral program and speak to leading music education experts Boris Brott and Joel Wapnick.

All this and much more, including our monthly jazz and world music features and our events and concert calendars.

Finally, the March Discovery CD will feature cellist Velitchka Yotcheva and I Cellisti, and will be mailed exclusively to subscribers of the magazine.

The deadline for advertising in the March 2010 issue is February 22 with artwork due on February 23.

Yours sincerely,

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


La Scena Musicale
March 2010
  • On the Cover: Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson
  • Theme: Summer music & arts camps
  • Distribution: February 26
  • Deadline for ad reservations: February 22
  • Deadline for artwork: February 23
  • Total 25,000 copies, 50,000 readers
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  • Quebec City: 2,500
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  • Target Readership: professional and amateur artists, music and art lovers
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Upcoming: La Scena Musicale April 2010 Issue

Theme: International Arts Festivals

The Music Scene: Spring 2010

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Theme: International Arts Festivals, Summer Music Camps

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circulation: 25,000 copies
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  • Ottawa : 5000
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Montrłęal, Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Simon Boccanegra by Verdi
Tickets: $99, $71, $46
10% discount for La Scena Musicale subscribers / La SCENA Card members
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Our application for the matching program, Placement Culture, has formally been accepted: for every dollar donated to LSM/TMS, the Qułębec government will contribute one dollar and fifty cents. Placement Culture is designed to create endowment funds for charitable arts groups like La Scene Musicale/The Music Scene. Our goal is to raise $100,000 until November 30, 2010, which combined with the government contribution, will create a $250,000 endowment. This will help us continue our magazines's excellence and innovation for years to come. We are therefore launching at this time our 2010 endowment fund campaign. Please join our fundraising committee or make a donation.

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Portland Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s February concerts filled with romance

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has two great options to celebrate with a Valentine with the Tuesday Classical concert ĺ─˙Rach and Romanceĺ─¨ on February 16, and through the weekend with the PSO Pops! ĺ─˙Isnĺ─˘t it Romanticĺ─¨ on February 20 and 21.

ĺ─˙Rach and Romance!ĺ─¨ opens with John Adamsĺ─˘ The Chairman Dances, an outtake from his opera Nixon in China. Howard Hansonĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2, ĺ─˙Romantic,ĺ─¨ originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930, and familiar to many from its use in the film Alien, follows. For a spectacular finale, guest pianist Yuja Wang, recently nominated for a Grammy Award, will join the PSO in Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s enormously popular Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. preceded by a Concert Conversation at 6:15 p.m., and followed by a PostConcert Q&A with the artists and the Afterglow reception at Restaurant Grace. For additional insight on the eveningĺ─˘s program, visit for program notes, artist biographies, and Robert Moodyĺ─˘s Online Insights. The live recording of this concert will be broadcast on MBPN on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

On February 20 and 21, PSO Pops! present ĺ─˙Isnĺ─˘t It Romantic?ĺ─¨ with Jenn Raithel Newman (featured soloist in the PSOĺ─˘s 2008 Independence Pops concerts) and tenor Joe Cassidy (most recently seen in the immensely popular PSO Magic of Christmas concerts) under the baton of guest conductor Matthew Troy. The concert features love songs and romantic duets from Broadway shows throughout the ages, including favorites ĺ─˙People Will Say Weĺ─˘re In Loveĺ─¨ from Oklahoma, ĺ─˙Canĺ─˘t Help Lovinĺ─˘ dat Manĺ─¨ from Showboat, ĺ─˙JoAnnaĺ─¨ from Sweeney Todd and Andrew Lloyd Webberĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Memoryĺ─¨ from Cats. Music from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls and more will round out this delightful program.

Sponsored by AIDENT, performances take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or at Tickets are also available in person at the Merrill Auditorium box office at 20 Myrtle Street in Portland, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Special pricing for students, seniors and groups may be available.

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

The Joyce Foundation Honors Artistic Works in Chicago Milwaukee and Minneapolis

CHICAGOĺ─ţThe Joyce Foundation is proud to announce the 2010 Joyce Awards winners in the Midwest cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Since 2003, the Joyce Awards program has been the only granting opportunity exclusively supporting artists of color in major Midwestern cities. Joyce is awarding five outstanding arts organizations grants of $50,000 each to support new works in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
Winners in each artistic category include:
ĺ─ó DANCE: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (Saint Paul) to commission African American choreographer Uri Sands to create a new dance work inspired by the paintings of African American artist Ernie Barnes;
ĺ─ó MUSIC: Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago) to commission the African American stringband the Carolina Chocolate Drops to create ĺ─˙Kingdom Coming,ĺ─¨ a new multimedia collaborative performance piece that celebrates black heritage from Vaudeville;
ĺ─ó THEATER: Steppenwolf Theatre Co. (Chicago) to support a new play based on the biblical book of Job by African American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney;
ĺ─ó VISUAL ARTS: The Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee), in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation, to support news works by African American visual artist Theaster Gates for a multimedia exhibition/installation that includes pottery, sculpture, video, and music.
ĺ─ó VISUAL ARTS: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis) to commission Iranian American artist Ali Momeni to create two new media installations to launch the museumĺ─˘s inaugural year of contemporary art programming.
ĺ─˙The Joyce Foundation is proud this year to grant five Joyce Awards to very talented artists and the vibrant cultural institutions that will present these works,ĺ─¨ stated Ellen S. Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation. ĺ─˙Their artistry illustrates the diversity and creativity that lies within our area and is part of what makes the Great Lakes region so special.
ĺ─¨Since its inception in 2003, the Joyce Awards has supported cultural institutions in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Award winners have not only presented their works to the institutionsĺ─˘ traditional audiences; they have also worked with community groups, school children, and public art projects. The goal is for these commissions to produce vivid, new works of art that strengthen cultural venues and draw people of diverse backgrounds to experience the rewards of participating in the arts as well as elevate the visibility of creative works by minority artists.
Applications are reviewed by independent arts advisors from outside the Midwest and reviewed and approved by the Foundationĺ─˘s board of directors. Joyce Awards of $50,000 are made directly to arts organizations and are awarded in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Each award supports the work of the individual artist as well as significant community engagement efforts. Organizations have up to three years to complete their proposed projects.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Uri Sands
Established in 1985, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is recognized as one of the nationĺ─˘s leading nonprofit performing arts centers. It produces and presents a wide variety of performances throughout the year showcasing American musical theater, world music, dance, family events, and educational programs, and is home to three important resident companies, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and the Schubert Club.
Uri Sandsĺ─˘ choreography has received national recognition for his fusion of classical with contemporary. A native of Miami, Sands performed as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey for five years and with the North Carolina Dance Theatre. His recent choreographic commissions include VocalEssence, Penumbra Theatre, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sands has several film and television credits and has taught dance extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He was awarded a 2004 McKnight Artist Fellowship, a recipient of the inaugural Princess Grace Award in choreography in 2005, and was selected as one of ĺ─˙25 to Watchĺ─¨ in 2005 by Dance Magazine. In 2004, Sands and his wife Toni (also a former Ailey dancer) founded the St. Paul-based dance company, TU Dance.
The Joyce Award will support Sands during the creation of a new dance work inspired by the paintings of African American artist Ernie Barnes. Sands plans to bring the movement of Barnesĺ─˘ workĺ─ţmuch of his imagery reflects urban life and danceĺ─ţfrom the canvas to the stage through his choreography and R&B music of the 1960s. The premiere performance of this workĺ─ţperformed by TU Danceĺ─ţwould be during Ordwayĺ─˘s 2010ĺ─ý11 season.
Old Town School of Folk Music
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. The Old Town School presents hundreds of classes and workshops in music, dance, and art for adults, children, and teens. The Old Town School also presents an array of performances by internationally known touring artists, the best of Chicagoĺ─˘s local artists, and its staff and students virtually every weekend.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are the most celebrated African American stringband since the Great Depression. The ensemble of three plays the rich tradition of fiddle and banjo music in Carolinaĺ─˘s Piedmont. The trio has trained extensively with Joe Thompson of Mebane, North Carolinaĺ─ţconsidered to be the last black traditional stringband playerĺ─ţand strives to carry on the long-standing traditional music of his and other black musicians like Odell and Nate Thompson, Dink Roberts, John Snipes, Libba Cotten, Emp White, and others.
The Joyce Award will support the creation of ĺ─˙Kingdom Comingĺ─¨ (working title), a new performance piece inspired by the African American roots of Vaudeville. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will develop the music to create an evening-length performance that will feature jazz tap virtuoso Reggio ĺ─˙The Hooferĺ─¨ McLaughlin and ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson (both are Chicago based). The final performance would be fully staged and presented in the fall of 2011.
Steppenwolf Theater Co.
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Steppenwolf is considered one of Chicagoĺ─˘s flagship theaters. It has been the recipient of numerous awards including a special TonyČĂ Award for Regional Theater Excellence, an Illinois Arts Legend Award, and the prestigious National Medal of Artsĺ─ţthe only theater company ever to receive this award. In 2008, the company took the theater world by storm with its production of August: Osage County, written by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts. The Chicago run earned six Joseph Jefferson Awards; the Broadway production won five TonyČĂ Awards, and Letts was honored with the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is an African American playwright and the recipient of the first New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for his play The Brothers Size. McCraney received a BFA in acting from DePaul University in Chicago and in 2007 graduated from the Yale School of Drama. McCraney is the RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a member of Teo Castellanos/D Projects Theater Company in Miami. His work combines Yoruban and Afro-Caribbean cultural influences with storytelling elements from the classical Greek and modern European dramatic traditions, blending them through dialogue that evokes the vernacular of the urban street and lyricism of hip-hop. McCraneyĺ─˘s The Brother/Sister Plays (In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet) are currently playing in repertory at Steppenwolf.
The Joyce Award will allow the Steppenwolf to commission a new work by McCraney based on the biblical book of Job. The piece will be developed for the Steppenwolf ensemble with the playwrightĺ─˘s frequent collaborator, director, and Steppenwolf ensemble member Tina Landau.
Milwaukee Art Museum/The Chipstone Foundation
Theaster Gates
The Milwaukee Art Museumĺ─˘s far-reaching holdings include more than 20,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day. With a history dating back to 1888, the Museum houses a Collection with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum includes the Santiago Calatravaĺ─ýdesigned Quadracci Pavilion, named by Time magazine ĺ─˙Best Design of 2001.
ĺ─¨The Chipstone Foundation preserves a collection of decorative art, focusing mostly on early American furniture and historical prints, and 17th- and 18th-century British pottery. The Foundation partnered with the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1999 with the purpose of reaching a wider audience and displaying a larger portion of their collection. In addition to preserving and interpreting the collection, Chipstone stimulates research and education in the decorative arts by publishing annual journals in furniture and ceramics studies, hosting think tanks, and producing virtual exhibitions of major decorative arts installations.
Theaster Gates is a conceptual artist who creates spaces and events that celebrate and cultivate interactions and his works in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Yamaguchi Institute in Woodlawn, and the Chicago club Sonotheque, among others. His works frequently evoke motifs from Buddhism, black culture, ritual activity, and Japanese tea traditions.
The Joyce Award will support the Milwaukee Art Museum to present a new exhibition by Gates entitled, Theaster Gates. Gates plans to explore the history and legacy of the influential early-nineteenth century potter Dave Drake, a slave who produced stoneware pottery in antebellum South Carolina. Theaster Gates would be a multi-media installation that includes sculpture, video, and music.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Ali Momeni
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) was founded in 1883 and opened in 1915. As the upper Midwestĺ─˘s premier encyclopedic art museum, it is home to more than 80,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years of world history through eight curatorial areas: African, Oceaniac, and Native American Art; Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture; Japanese and Korean Art; Paintings and Modern Sculpture; Photography and New Media; Prints and Drawings; and newly establishedĺ─ţContemporary Art.
Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation, and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio technologies at UC Berkeley. Momeni is interested in interactivity in the arts, technologically mediated social interaction, gesture to sound/image mappings, and data-driven search and synthesis techniques. He currently holds an assistant professorship in the Department of Art and the Interdisciplinary Program for Collaborative Arts (IPCA) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The Joyce Award will support the MIA to commission Momeni to create collaborative, new media installations to engage younger audiences and the diverse residents of the museumĺ─˘s community, the Whittier neighborhood; nearly one-third of Whittier residents were born outside of the United States. The commission would launch with emergent contemporary art programming at the MIA in 2011. The theme would be grounded in the exploration of art in times of global political and cultural crisis. Momeni would create multiple projection installationsĺ─ţin collaboration with visual artist Jenny Schmid and his group of itinerant artists, their bicycles, and projection technologies, Minneapolis Art on Wheelsĺ─ţinspired by battle scenes from the museumĺ─˘s collection of Persian textiles and panoramic paintings of the Mughal period (1542ĺ─ý1605).
For more information on applying for a 2011 Joyce Awards or to learn more about the Joyce Foundation, please visit or call 312.782.2464.

Appassionata, escale romantique, Jeudi 18 Fłę v., Conservatoire. Richard Raymond, pianiste invitłę. Bernard Landry, prłęsident d'honneur

Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec 4750, avenue Henri-Julien, Montrłęal (młętros Mont-Royal & Laurier)

Ensemble instrumental Appassionata (18 musiciens) ; Daniel Myssyk, chefSoliste invitłę : Richard Raymond, piano.

A. Arenski : Variations sur un thł«me de Tchałěkovski op.35a ĺ─ó
P. Hindemith : Thł«me et variations : Les quatre tempłęraments pour piano et cordes ĺ─ó
J. Suk : Słęrłęnade op. 6 en mi błęmol majeur

Billets : 35$, 30$ et 15$ (TTC) en vente sur le rłęseau ADMISSION : 514-790-1245et auprł«s dĺ─˘Appassionata : (514) 388-5876
Janvier 2010 ĺ─ţ Lĺ─˘Ensemble instrumental Appassionata, orchestre de chambre composłę principalement dĺ─˘instruments łŢ cordes, sous la direction artistique de son chef Daniel Myssyk, prłęsente la deuxił«me escale de sa neuvił«me saison. Ce concert sera donnłę en prłęsence de Bernard Landry, prłęsident d'honneur.

Cette escale nous plongera au cëýur du romantisme slave avec les Variations op.35 dĺ─˘Anton Arenski et la Słęrłęnade op. 6 de Josef Suk. Le pianiste acadien Richard Raymond, reconnu pour sa Č┤ sonoritłę remarquable Ȭ (Le Devoir) et sa virtuositłę, se joindra łŢ Appassionata, pour interprłęter une ëýuvre dĺ─˘Hindemith pour piano et cordes.

Č┤ Raymond a toujours maintenu les plus hautes qualitłęs de technicien, de musicien et dĺ─˘interprł«te et ce disque confirme une fois de plus la place quĺ─˘on lui a assignłęe auprł«s de Lortie et Hamelin, dans lĺ─˘univers pianistique canadienĺ─ Ȭ - La Presse. Č┤ Richard Raymond in the Thłęłótre Maisonneuve: The assembly of connoisseur heard music-making of a high order. Ȭ - Arthur Kaptainis, The Gazette.

Au programme :

Anton Arenski (1861-1906) : Variations sur un thł«me de Tchałěkovski op. 35a (1894)Anton Arenski (Russie, 1861-1906) fit sa place dans lĺ─˘histoire de la musique par son talent de płędagogue (il fut le professeur de Scriabine et de Rachmaninov) et fut un compositeur prłęcoce, particulił«rement łŢ lĺ─˘aise dans les ëýuvres de musique de chambre. Ses Variations op.35a, basłęes sur un thł«me de lĺ─˘Album pour enfants de Tchałěkovski et łęcrites łŢ lĺ─˘origine pourquatuor łŢ cordes, sont empreintes dĺ─˘un grand lyrisme et ont toujours eu une place de choix dans les programmes de concert des ensembles łŢ cordes.
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) : Thł«me et variations : Les quatre tempłęraments pour piano et cordes (1940)
Richard Raymond, piano
Ces variations de Paul Hindemith (Allemagne, 1895-1963) illustrent la thłęorie du grec Hippocrate selon laquelle lĺ─˘łęquilibre entre quatre humeurs de base dłęfinit la personnalitłę ou le Č┤ tempłęrament Ȭ humain (młęlancolique, colłęrique, sanguin et flegmatique). ëÝuvre commandłęe łŢ lĺ─˘origine pour accompagner le ballet Les quatre tempłęraments de Balanchine, elle est de nos jours essentiellement joułęe comme musique de concert. Bien quĺ─˘łęcrite pendant la płęriode nłęo-classique de Hindemith, elle tłęmoigne de lĺ─˘attirance nouvelle du compositeur pour une łęcriture plus ample, plus lyrique et dont lĺ─˘expression atteint une łęmotion certaine.
Josef Suk (1874-1935) : Słęrłęnade op. 6 en mi błęmol majeur (1892)Le jeune Suk (Tchłęcoslovaquie, 1874-1935) avait lĺ─˘habitude de composer des ëýuvres plus dramatiques, mais Dvorak, inquiet de son humeur sombre, lui enjoignit de se dłępartir de son style habituel et dĺ─˘łęcrire une ëýuvre plus joyeuse. Il en rłęsulta une słęrłęnade vivante et lumineuse, composłęe en un łętłę, dont le charme ne saurait laisser indiffłęrent et qui soutient aisłęment la comparaison avec les ëýuvres pour cordes de ses ałĂnłęs, tels que Dvorak lui-młüme ou Tchałěkovski et Grieg.

Richard Raymond
Laurłęat aux prestigieux concours internationaux de piano Van Cliburn (1993), William Kapell (łÔtats-Unis,1998) et Vianna da Motta (Portugal, 1999), Richard Raymond remporte łęgalement de nombreux prix au Canada dont la palme d'or au Concours de l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal en 1989, de młüme qu'au tremplin international des Concours de Musique du Canada en 1990. En 1992, il remporte le prestigieux prix du Concours musical international de Montrłęal, devant plus de 49 concurrents de divers pays. Il est łęgalement rłęcipiendaire du Prix Virginia Parker (1998) attribułę par le Conseil des Arts du Canada. Au Canada, il sĺ─˘est produit avec tous les grands orchestres canadiens. Sur le plan international, il a joułę en Allemagne, en Chine, aux łÔtats-Unis, łŢ Taiwan, au Mexique, au Brłęsil, en Głęorgie, en Italie et en France.

Le rłępertoire discographique de Richard Raymond se concentre principalement sur les grands romantiques, Beethoven, Reubke, Liszt, Schumann et Chopin et sur les compositeurs canadiens, Hłętu, Gougeon et Rłęa. Il a enregistrłę cinq disques sur łętiquette Analekta et Musica Viva. Monsieur Raymond occupe un poste de professeur agrłęgłę łŢ lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich de l'Universitłę McGill (Montrłęal). Il a travaillłę avec des małĂtres tels que les pianistes Leon Fleisher, John Perry et Marc Durand.
Gala des Prix Opus An 13 ĺ─ý 2008/2009 ĺ─ý Dimanche 31 janvier 2010 Lĺ─˘ensemble instrumental Appassionata est finaliste dans la catłęgorie Disque de lĺ─˘annłęe ĺ─ý Musique classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste, pour son premier disque Idyla, sous la direction de Daniel Myssyk, lancłę en novembre 2008, sur łętiquette Fidelio Classique. [Quatre ëýuvres importantes du rłępertoire classique et romantique pour orchestre łŢ cordes, autour de la passion amoureuse : Idyla du Tchł«que Leoë░ Janł░čšek, lĺ─˘Adagio pour orchestre łŢ cordes, Op. 3 du Belge Guillaume Lekeu, Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 du Norvłęgien Edvard Grieg et Serenata Notturna K.239 de Mozart.]
Escale łŢ Rio
Jeudi 20 mai 2010, 20h - 35$, 30$, 15$ - Conservatoire de musique, 4750, avenue Henri-JulienëÝuvres de H. Villa-Lobos, S. Revueltas et Renłę Orea. Soliste invitłęe : Isabelle Lapierre, saxophone.
Lĺ─˘Ensemble instrumental Appassionata
Fondłę en 2000 łŢ Montrłęal par Daniel Myssyk et Franł▀oise Henri, cet orchestre de chambre ancrłę dans lĺ─˘arrondissement Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, est composłę de 15 instruments łŢ cordes auxquels se greffent łŢ lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘autres vents. Dłęsirant rendre la musique classique accessible au plus grand nombre, et contribuer au mieux-łütre de la sociłętłę, lĺ─˘Ensemble prłęsente annuellement une słęrie de concerts autour dĺ─˘une programmation trł«s diversifiłęe.
Diffusłę rłęgulił«rement sur les ondes de Espace musique łŢ la radio de Radio-Canada, lĺ─˘orchestre a accompagnłę des solistes de rłęputation internationale, notamment les guitaristes Bill Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) et Dimitri llarionov, le corniste John Zirbel et les violonistes Yehonatan Berick et Darren Lowe. Dĺ─˘une grande polyvalence, Appassionata participe łŢ plusieurs festivals internationaux et participe łŢ la crłęation dĺ─˘ëýuvres contemporaines canadiennes.
Son directeur artistique, Daniel Myssyk, est invitłę rłęgulił«rement łŢ diriger divers orchestres en Amłęrique du Nord. Rłęcemment, il a fait ses dłębuts avec les Thirteen Strings dĺ─˘Ottawa, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res ainsi quĺ─˘au Festival international de Lanaudił«re. Il est directeur des activitłęs orchestrales łŢ la Virginia Commonwealth University de Richmond en Virginie et sera invitłę łŢ diriger en mars prochain le Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Appassionata reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique et de la Corporation de Dłęveloppement łÔconomique Communautaire (CDEC) de Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension,. Appui de Musicaction pour la production du disque Idyla.

Star in your own concert, playing our fabulous Steinway on the Winspear stage!

Win a chance to play on the Winspear stage for your friends and family

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Ever dreamed of what it would be like to perform on stage, in a world-famous concert hall? Well, your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music will make your dream a reality! All you have to do is submit a video showcasing your wonderful pianistic talent, and youĺ─˘ll be entered to win a chance to play on our fabulous Steinway piano, for one (1) hour on stage at the Winspear Centre in front of 20 of your closest friends. Donĺ─˘t miss out on this rare opportunity to share your musicality with your biggest fans, so get playing!
Full contest details are available at Contest closes Monday, March 1st, 2010.

Love the piano, but prefer to be our guest? Then join us at the Winspear Centre on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010, for Piano Spectacular, a special ESO concert that is all about the ivory keys. Dazzling pianists Angela Cheng, Jon Kimura Parker, and Michael Massey, with Bill Eddins playing and co-conducting with Lucas Waldin, will strike all the right chords performing showpieces by Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and more!

Ticket prices for Piano Spectacular range from $24 - $69 (agency fees apply), and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office.

Call 780-428-1414 or purchase online at

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vent de fraicheur łŢ la tohu avec lĺ─˘arrivłęe dĺ─˘une nouvelle directrice des communications et du marketing

Montrłęal, le 26 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le directeur głęnłęral de la TOHU, Stłęphane Lavoie, est heureux dĺ─˘annoncer la nomination de Zoł┤ Beaudry comme directrice des communications et du marketing de la TOHU. ł─ ce titre, madame Beaudry aura comme mandat lĺ─˘augmentation de lĺ─˘achalandage et veillera łŢ lĺ─˘image et łŢ la notoriłętłę de lĺ─˘organisme en plus de participer activement łŢ son dłęveloppement.

Avant de se joindre łŢ la TOHU, Zoł┤ Beaudry agissait łŢ titre de Directrice, gestion de la marque chez TELUS. Forte de plus de dix ans dĺ─˘expłęrience en communication et marketing tant en agences de publicitłę quĺ─˘au sein dĺ─˘entreprises corporatives, elle a dłęveloppłę une approche du travail dĺ─˘łęquipe parfaitement en lien avec les valeurs de la TOHU. Le poste de Directrice des communications et marketing de la TOHU rallie ses dłęsirs professionnels łŢ ses intłęrłüts personnels marqułęs pour la culture. Son apport stratłęgique et sa vision de la communication contribueront certainement au rayonnement de la TOHU.

Toute la Citłę des arts du cirque se joint łŢ lĺ─˘łęquipe de la TOHU afin de fłęliciter la nouvelle directrice des communications et du marketing, et de lui souhaiter du succł«s łŢ son nouveau poste.

La TOHU ĺ─Â Le cirque, la terre, lĺ─˘humain

La TOHU, a pour mission de faire de Montrłęal une capitale internationale des arts du cirque, tout en participant łŢ la rłęhabilitation du Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel (ex-carrił«re Miron) et łŢ la revitalisation du quartier Saint-Michel. Ses fondateurs sont lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de cirque, En Piste ĺ─ý le regroupement national des arts du cirque ĺ─ý et le Cirque du Soleil.


La TOHU błęnłęficie du soutien de SSQ Groupe financier, partenaire principal, du ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien, du ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec, du ministł«re de lĺ─˘immigration et des communautłęs culturelles, du ministł«re des Affaires municipales, des Rłęgions et de lĺ─˘occupation du territoire du Qułębec et de la Ville de Montrłęal, ainsi que de La Presse, Młętromłędia Plus, le Rłęseau Admission, Uranium Interactive, Univins, la Brasserie McAuslan et les thłęs Four Oĺ─˘Clock.

Classiques: łÔvłęnements d'intłęrłüt communautaire / Community Events

łÔvłęnement d'intłęrłüt communautaire

łÔvłęnement : Flł¬te, violoncelle, piano : Un pur plaisir !

Date : Vendredi 26 fłęvrier 2010

Heure : 20:00 (les portes ouvriront łŢ 19:30)

Adresse : 2, avenue Sainte-Anne, Pointe-Claire

Coł¬t : 14$ et 7$

Description : Grand concert classique łŢ lĺ─˘łęglise Saint-Joachim Si beau et si peu cher pour une sortie du vendredi soir! Un concert de musique de chambre exceptionnel mettant en vedette Claire Marchand, gagnante du prix Opus 2006 pour le meilleur concert de lĺ─˘annłęe et lĺ─˘une des flł¬tistes les plus en vue au Qułębec, la violoncelliste Marieve Bock qui sĺ─˘est młęritłę de nombreux prix prestigieux, et le pianiste-accompagnateur Martin Dubłę qui joue sur les plus grandes scł«nes du monde. ëÝuvres de Haydn, Weber, Martinu, Goossens, Cassabo et Gieseking. ł─ ne pas manquer !

Organisation : Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire, Stewart Hall

Contact : Rłęceptionniste

Tłęlłęphone : 514-630-1220

Community Event

Event: Flute, Cello, Piano: a Pure Delight!!

Date: Friday, February 26, 2010

Time: 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Address: 2 Sainte-Anne Avenue, Pointe-Claire

Cost: Tickets $14 and $7

Description: Classical Grand Concert. Such a beautiful, inexpensive way to spend a Friday evening!!! Exceptional chamber music concert featuring Claire Marchand, winner of the 2006 Opus Prize for best concert of the year and one of the most sought-after flautist in Quebec, cellist Marieve Bock, winner of numerous prestigious awards, and pianist Martin Dubłę who has played the most prestigious world venues. Works by Haydn, Weber, Martinu, Goossens, Cassabo et Gieseking. You wonĺ─˘t want to miss this one!

Organization: Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall.

Contact Name: Receptionist

Telephone: 514-630-1220

Toronto, Ontario Will Host the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Juno Awards in 2011

Toronto, ON (January 25, 2010) -- Landmark year, landmark city: Canadaĺ─˘s Music Awards returns home to celebrate in grand style. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), along with broadcast partner CTV, are pleased to announce Toronto, Ontario, as the Host City for the 2011 JUNO Awards, marking its 40th anniversary next year. The Awardsĺ─˘ celebration dubbed JUNO Week will take place March 21-27, 2011, culminating in the live CTV broadcast of THE JUNO AWARDS, Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre.

ĺ─˙The JUNO Awards has had such a significant impact on Canada and the Canadian music industry over the past 40 years. There is much to celebrate and reflect upon within four decades of accomplishments, and we canĺ─˘t think of a more fitting city to host the festivities than Toronto,ĺ─¨ said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS. ĺ─˙Toronto is sure to put its own vibrant and distinct personality to Canadaĺ─˘s most recognizable music awards show -- a perfect convergence of music, culture, diversity and industry.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙We invite Canadians from across the country to join the party in Toronto for what is surely to be one of the most festive JUNO Awards ever,ĺ─¨ said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. ĺ─˙With both the 40th anniversary of the JUNO Awards and the 10th anniversary of CTVĺ─˘s partnership with CARAS, there is lots to celebrate, and Iĺ─˘m sure Toronto will be the consummate host.ĺ─¨

CARAS selected Toronto, Ontario, based on its strong bid and the solid partnership presented by the Province of Ontario, City of Toronto and the private sector led by Tourism Toronto.

ĺ─˙The Ontario Media Development Corporation is thrilled to help bring the JUNO Awards back to Toronto for its milestone anniversary,ĺ─¨ said OMDC President & CEO Karen Thorne-Stone. ĺ─˙Ontario is recognized as a global leader in the music and cultural media industries and the JUNO Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase our fabulous music industry ĺ─ý a key component of Ontarioĺ─˘s burgeoning knowledge economy.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙I am very pleased that the City of Toronto is bringing the JUNO Awards home to Canadaĺ─˘s entertainment capital to celebrate its 40th anniversary,ĺ─¨ said Toronto Mayor David Miller. ĺ─˙The 2011 JUNO Awards, in combination with winning the rights to host a number of other important international events, will boost Torontoĺ─˘s economy and enhance the strength of our vital tourism sector.ĺ─¨

Toronto is widely considered to be a cultural, entertainment and economic capital of Canada. A unique creative spirit and eclectic environment thrives in cosmopolitan Toronto, making it a top-rated international destination for premier performing arts events and cultural festivals, all set against a backdrop of unique architecture and world class venues. Toronto is an urban mecca rich with heritage, and proudly recognized as one of the worldĺ─˘s most multicultural cities.

ĺ─˙We are thrilled that the JUNO Awards has chosen Toronto,ĺ─¨ said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. ĺ─˙We look forward to the opportunity of hosting such a prestigious event and helping present the city and Canadaĺ─˘s musical gemstone on the world stage.ĺ─¨

The JUNO Awards history dates back to 1970 when the inaugural Gold Leaf Awards were held in Toronto as an industry awards event. In 1971, it became recognized as the JUNO Awards in honour of Pierre Juneau, the first chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC). Today, the JUNO Awards have evolved from a one-day awards event to a weeklong celebration featuring events that attract thousands of music fans from across the country and abroad. Stay tuned in the coming months for event announcements celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the JUNO Awards.

Since CTV first partnered with CARAS in 2002, the JUNO Awards have travelled city to city across Canada starting in St. Johnĺ─˘s, NL, and followed by Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), and Vancouver (2009). 2010 marks the return of the JUNO Awards to St. Johnĺ─˘s, airing live on CTV on Sunday, April 18.

Sponsors of the 2011 JUNO Awards to date include the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the City of Toronto and Tourism Toronto.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website:
CTVĺ─˘s JUNO Awards website:
CARAS website:
CTV website:

New from Hal Leonard - Youtube in music education - voted the best Web tool at NAMM Show

By Thomas Rudolph and James Frankel
Online video is shaping the culture of the current generation of students. YouTube is much more than a place to watch comical home videos; many of todayĺ─˘s music students are already using YouTube to connect with fellow musicians on the other side of the world or view demonstrations of how to play their favorite songs. YouTube in Music Education teaches music educators how to engage with the modern student by using online video as an educational tool. With a computer and Internet access, teachers can take advantage of this new exciting classroom methodĺ─ýwithout spending a dime.

Designed for YouTube beginners and experts alike, this book covers the entire scope from how to set up a YouTube account to how to create and upload original videos. In ten easy-to-read chapters, Rudolph and Frankel discuss copyright laws, the best equipment setup to present online videos in the classroom, how to download videos for offline viewing, and a tour of YouTubeĺ─˘s features, including subscriptions, playlists, and customizations. The authors detail over 100 strategies for integrating YouTube into the music curriculum and a list of educational videos and channels already set up to begin playing for students right away.

Whether educators are looking to use YouTube to find instructional videos or to use it as a platform for sharing original productions, YouTube in Music Education has every detail. A short, accessible chapter on video production shows how anyone can make videos that look and sound great, and the authors explain how web films by other users can be embedded into a class website or blog so that students can review these lessons from home and refer to them again in years to come.

About the Authors: Thomas Rudolph, EdD, is the director of music for the Haverford School District, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of the Arts, and the co-founder of TI:ME, the Technology Institute for Music Educators. His books include Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide, Finale An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Recording in the Digital World, and Teaching Music With Technology. James Frankel, EdD, is the managing director of SoundTree and serves as the vice president and secretary of TI:ME. He is the author of The Teacherĺ─˘s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law and Teaching Classroom Music in the Keyboard Lab.

Publication Information:
For Immediate Release; Paperback; 978-1-4234-7938-3; 200 pgs; Index; $17.99. Retailers may order through their preferred wholesaler; directly from Hal Leonard (800-554-0626;; or through Music Dispatch (, 800-637-2852).

Where Words and Music Meet - Talisker Players at Massey College

Upcoming concerts: To the Sea in Ships, February 9 & 10 at Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre in Toronto. See the attached press release for details.


Toronto, January 25, 2010: Torontoĺ─˘s Talisker Players, currently celebrating their tenth anniversary season, proudly announce the release of their new CD, Where Words and Music Meet - Talisker Players at Massey College. The recording includes some of the loveliest and most popular music from the first ten years of Talisker Playersĺ─˘ innovative concert series. The disc features core members of the ensemble in many combinations, along with some of Canada's most splendid young singers.

The album comprises several premiere recordings: the luminous Tenebrae by Osvaldo Golijov; Andrew Agerĺ─˘s Ellis Portal, with its raucous and moving songs about the city of Toronto at night; Stephanie Moore's evocative setting of In Flanders Fields; and Alexander Rapoportĺ─˘s Chicago Portraits, based on the famous series of poems by Carl Sandburg.

Also included are selections from Beethoven's settings of Scottish Folk Songs, the enchanting Le Bestiaire by Francis Poulenc (poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire) and the richly romantic Four Poems of Rabindranath Tagore by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. The instrumentalists of Talisker Players are joined by guest singers Teri Dunn, Norine Burgess, Vicki St. Pierre, Krisztina Szabłä, Geoffrey Butler, Alexander Dobson and Doug MacNaughton.

Talisker Players (Mary McGeer, Artistic Director) is a unique ensemble of instrumentalists dedicated to collaborating with singers. The original ensemble, a flexible-sized orchestra dedicated to accompanying choirs, was founded in 1995 and has since created an adventurous concert series that transfers their skills in vocal/instrumental collaboration to the more intimate realm of chamber music. Combining music and the spoken word in performances that are as dramatic as they are lyrical, Talisker Players offer one of the most dynamic concert series on the Toronto scene. Their programmes are an eclectic mix of works by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as forgotten gems, both ancient and modern. The ensemble has played a key role in developing the repertoire for vocal chamber music, actively researching and reviving little-known music from Canada and around the world, and also commissioning new work from distinguished and emerging Canadian composers.

In addition to their own concert series, the Talisker Players are heard frequently at Massey College, University of Toronto, where they are Musicians in Residence. ĺ─˛Whether it is a big or a small event, our experience at Massey College is that music is our boon companion, for it eases the transition from stuffy to great fun, from solemn to joyous, from soulless to the stuff of life itself. I nearly wrote the ĺ─˙snuffĺ─¨ of life, and wisely or not we do that too! As you will hear, all the Talisker Players, and the singers who join them as guest artists, are hugely talented. At Massey College, we count ourselves lucky to be able to call them our own.ĺ─˘ - John Fraser, Master

Where Words and Music Meet is a celebration of the Talisker Players, of the music they perform, and of the role they have played, and continue to play, in the rich musical life of this country.

Available at Lĺ─˘Atelier Grigorian (

For more information, visit

The Cleveland Orchestra appoints chief marketing officer

CLEVELAND, January 25, 2010 ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson announces the appointment of Ross Binnie as chief marketing officer. The chief marketing officer manages the Marketing and Patron Relationship Management department. He is responsible for directing all marketing and direct response fundraising activities as well as a wide range of cross-departmental systems, including the Orchestraĺ─˘s website, that serve all Cleveland Orchestra patrons. Mr. Binnie will begin his duties with the Orchestra on February 8.

Gary Hanson said, ĺ─˙I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ross Binnie. He is an experienced leader in the orchestra field as well as in the broader performing arts industry.ĺ─¨

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Ross Binnie comes to Cleveland from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he has served as vice president for sales and services since June 2003. In this role, he has been responsible for all new business development and customer service for the Max M. Fisher Music Center, including the supervision of single ticket and subscription sales and services. His role also includes the management of the DSO marketing team comprising public relations, advertising, and promotions for all DSO programming as well as overseeing the Max M. Fisher Music Centerĺ─˘s two retail stores. He also served as the interim head of the Orchestraĺ─˘s development team, managing corporate and individual donations in 2008.

Mr. Binnie joined the DSO in 1999 as director of ticket services and has also held the position of director of patron services. He has worked for arts-related organizations throughout his career. Prior to the DSO, he held positions with the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas and at Select Ticketing Systems in St. Albans, England, and Hackney Empire Theater in London.

Ross Binnie received his master of business administration degree from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1997 and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas in Austin. A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Binnie currently lives in Windsor, Ontario, with his wife, Liz, and their four children: Dawn, Hollie, Brianna, and Evan.

Dinner & A Symphony!

Foodies invited to join the WSO on a gourmet journey of music and food ĺ─ý in one location!

Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý January 22, 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:

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

An entire year of celebrating Schumann and his music. Concert highlights from May 28th ĺ─ý June 14th, 2010.

Dł˙SSELDORF, GERMANY - 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, master composer and musician of the Romantic period, and Dł║sseldorf, the city where he lived and worked, celebrates with a year of concerts and events all over the city with top events taking place during Schumannfest 2010, May 28-June 14, 2010.

As one of the most comprehensive festivals of its kind ever, Schumannfest 2010 will feature performances of the composer's entire body of work in venues and on stages all over Dł║sseldorf. The festival's main events during its 18 days include concerts in all of the city's premier classical music venues such as the Opera House, Tonhalle Concert Hall, College of Music, as well as several churches with performances by world-class international musicians and orchestras. Schedules and details are available at In addition, a new guided tour in the Footsteps of Robert Schumann is offered in English and German.

Schumann spent his last creative years in Dł║sseldorf as the city's musical director from 1850-1854. During Schumannfest, the city itself becomes the backdrop for a fascinating spring music festival experience. The city's Old Town is home to the ĺ─˙longest bar in the worldĺ─¨ - 260 restaurants, bars and pubs serving local ĺ─˙Alt Beerĺ─¨ and delicacies. The river promenade, considered the most beautiful on the Rhine, leads from Old Town to modern MediaHarbour. Moreover, 20 castles in and around the city as well as short distances to other destinations including the Rhine-Ruhr area, Cologne, Belgium, the Netherlands, offer many more opportunities for short and long-term stays. Dł║sseldorf International Airport, Germanyĺ─˘s third-largest, offers several non-stop flights from US cities as well as convenient connections to many European cities and beyond. Find Schumannfest specials for hotels and air fares at

Robert Marien assurera la mise en scł«ne de Lucia di Lammermoor łŢ l'Opłęra de Qułębec

(Qułębec, le 22 janvier 2010) ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Qułębec est heureux dĺ─˘annoncer que Robert Marien assurera la mise en scł«ne du chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor qui prendra lĺ─˘affiche en mai prochain, les 15 (19 h), 18, 20 et 22 (20 h) mai 2010, au Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.


Metteur en scł«ne

Crłęateur, metteur en scł«ne et płędagogue dĺ─˘une grande rigueur artistique, directeur artistique, rłęalisateur, concepteur musical et interprł«te, Robert Marien prłęsente une feuille de route impressionnante alliant depuis longtemps le thłęłótre et la musique. Il a participłę łŢ de nombreuses productions musicales dont Napolłęon au cłątłę de Serge Lama; il a tenu le rłąle de Jean Valjean dans les Misłęrables donnłę łŢ Montrłęal, Paris, Londres et Broadway, ce qui lui a apportłę la reconnaissance internationale; on se rappelle łęgalement du personnage de Frolo dans Notre-Dame-de-Paris, puis du succł«s de Don Carlos dans Don Juan. Avec grand orchestre, il a chantłę avec plusieurs formations dont lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal pour un concert Broadway et rłęcemment, il donnait une słęrie de concerts de Noł┤l avec la Sinfonia de Lanaudił«re. On peut lĺ─˘entendre sur de nombreux cd : Les Misłęrables-Paris, Broadway-Montrłęal et plusieurs autres.

On lui doit, toujours sur le plan musical, la mise en scł«ne du concert anniversaire du 25e de Starmania (2004) avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, avec reprise łŢ Paris, puis avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec au Festival dĺ─˘łętłę de Qułębec (2005) et au CNA (2007).

Il consacre actuellement une partie de son temps łŢ lĺ─˘łęcriture dĺ─˘une comłędie musicale le Petit Roy, une histoire originale crłęłęe łŢ partir des chansons de Jean-Pierre Ferland, une idłęe de BenołĂt Lĺ─˘Herbier avec qui il contribue au livret, dialogues et dłęcoupage musical; le tout devrait voir le jour sur scł«ne en 2010-2011.

Au thłęłótre de rłępertoire ou de crłęation, il a participłę łŢ plus dĺ─˘une quarantaine de production. La tłęlłęvision lĺ─˘a fait connałĂtre du grand public avec les diffłęrentes łęditions de la tłęlłę-słęrie Lance et compte, łŢ laquelle se sont ajoutłęs plusieurs autres tłęlłęromans.

Comme płędagogue, il a participłę łŢ la mise sur pied dĺ─˘łęcoles spłęcialisłęes en thłęłótre musical (Option Thłęłótre Musical du Collł«ge Lionel-Groulx, łÔcole Supłęrieure de Thłęłótre Musical) et il donne rłęgulił«rement des Č┤ master class Ȭ en jeu chantłę pour interprł«tes de comłędies musicales et chanteurs lyriques.

Robert Marien est łęgalement parrain de plusieurs activitłęs łŢ caractł«re socio-communautaire dont la Fondation des pompiers de Qułębec pour les grands brł¬lłęs dont il est le porte-parole depuis 16 ans. Il a łęgalement ëýuvrłę au sein dĺ─˘autres organisations de cet ordre.

Membre de lĺ─˘Ordre de la Plłęiade comme ambassadeur de la francophonie łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger, il recevait tout rłęcemment des mains du dłęputłę Matthieu Traversy, la młędaille de lĺ─˘Assemblłęe Nationale pour sa contribution łŢ la culture dans Lanaudił«re.

Chef dĺ─˘orchestre : Giuseppe GRAZIOLI

Lucia Elena XANTHOUDAKIS, soprano

Enrico Etienne DUPUIS, baryton

Edgardo Marc HERVIEUX, tłęnor

Arturo Bucklaw Thomas MACLEAY, tenor

Raimondo Alexander SAVTCHENKO, basse

Normanno BenołĂt BOUTET, tłęnor

Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Qułębec

Lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec

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Hydro-Qułębec : commanditaire de la production du printemps et du Gala

Desjardins : commanditaire de soirłęe pour le printemps

Simons : Commanditaire exclusif de la production dĺ─˘automne

Yo-Yo Ma's Performance of Dvorak Cello Concerto With Indianapolis Symphony Available Via Free Streaming on

INDIANAPOLIS ĺ─ý The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced that it has released a free streaming performance by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma of one of the crown jewels in the cello repertoire ĺ─ý Antonin Dvorakĺ─˘s Cello Concerto in B Minor ĺ─ý that was recorded live in concert at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The free recording can be heard on, the premiere website for recordings of live classical music. This is the first ever performance by Yo-Yo Ma to be released on this site.

The recording was made at a sold-out performance on October 1, 2009, in Indianapolis by the famed cellist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Jeffrey Kahane. The ISO was the first major orchestra to join to provide free streaming and downloads of its performances to music lovers around the world, and the Orchestra currently has the largest library of live concert performances of all orchestras who are featured on that site.

The link to hear the recording of Yo-Yo Maĺ─˘s performance in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony is:

South Asian culture is celebrated at the first Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Winterfest at Harbourfront Centre

Join us for a winter celebration of South Asian culture!

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 22, 2010) ĺ─ý After nine spectacular years of programming, producing and presenting some of the worldĺ─˘s finest and most eclectic multidisciplinary artists, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (M!M!M!) kicks off its 10th anniversary celebrations with the first-ever Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Winterfest. Come out and enjoy South Asian inspired culture in the middle of Toronto's notorious winter from Feb. 19-20 at Harbourfront Centre.

Opening night M!M!M! Rocks! concerts are headlined by Canadian Pakistani Rockers Kazak who mark the worldwide release of their debut CD Avaraga and music video at the festival. This showcase also features Montreal's Prita Chabra who recently opened for UK R&B superstar Jay Sean (another MMM alumnus) and up-and-coming singer Naomi Zaman (of Miss Pakistan World 2005 fame).

The Dhol Circle and their 'dholis' (drummers) and percussion friends come together for a unique jam session. Everyone is invited to participate in this live, all-ages event and rock-out to the funky beats. (Participants are encouraged to bring their own drums as a limited number of instruments are available) Stick around for a Dhol Circle Late Night Party presented by Desiwear ($10). This 19+ event features emerging DJs playing traditional and contemporary Bhangra and Desi music.

10 Years of Lal celebrates the growth and development of Torontoĺ─˘s premier South Asian drum & bass band with an eclectic collective of spiritual music presented by Sacred Arts Music Affiliates. Another festival highlight is a lecture and demonstration by the incomparable Onkar Singh, accompanied by his guests on tabla and flute.

GhuMMMo! a collective of diverse Toronto-based dance companies presents a number of signature performances. Highlights include Indo-Persian dance collaborations presented by Paromita Kar and Ida Meftahi, the vibrant and passionate troupes DIYAS Arts & Entertainment, Ismailova Theatre of Dance, 7 Arts Dance and Melange Entertainment. DIYAS Arts are also conducting FREE kids and adults dance workshops!

Theatre performances include Sally Jones and Rasik Arts presenting Tea with Tagore, a one-man show starring Ishwar Mooljee. Also featured is Umbereen Inayat's Meri Kahani: My Story, a varied perspective of South-Asian survivors of abuse featured on CBC Television and Omni TV.

M!M!Movies! features a special screening of Dileep Mehta's film Cooking with Stella starring Lisa Ray, Don McKellar and Seema Biswas. Dileep Mehta's documentary The Forgotten Woman is also screened followed by an exhilarating Q&A with film members.

The literary arts section is headlined by Sheniz Janmohamad's The Universe Within: a sufi-inspired poetry performance with harmonium and vocals specially created for M!M!M! Winterfest.

Dance and music workshops, panel discussions, lecture-demonstrations, cooking classes and kids activities will be presented in various artistic genres. Of course no South Asian festival can be complete without a bazaar and traditional foods. To warm your heart and soul, favorite South Indian and North Indian delights prepared by Udupi Palace Restaurant and Elite Banquet Hall and snacks and sweets by White Gold Sweets are served.

This scintillating multi-generation presentation connects today's world with the wonders of 5000 years of civilization, its ancient traditions and modern influences.

For additional information and complete event listings, visit and or call 416-973-4000. For participation and sponsorship call 416-MMM-9494.


The primary objective of SAA is to create opportunities for the presentation of South Asian arts and culture for the education and entertainment of Canadians everywhere. The creation and ongoing production of the South Asian arts and culture festival ĺ─˙Masala! Mehndi! Masti!" is the first undertaking of the organization. This spectacular multi-generational presentation connects today's world with the wonders of 5,000 years of civilization, its ancient traditions and modern influences. Our vision is not only to make South Asians proud of their heritage but to make them proud partners in Canadian culture. It provides an opportunity to established and emerging artists in traditional and contemporary spheres of music, dance, film, theatre, literature and poetry, natural health practices, social issues, cuisine, arts & crafts and much more. We open doors to cross cultural collaborations and diverse thinking.


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 in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Extends Music Director Contract with Robert Moody Through 2015/16

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced at Thursdayĺ─˘s Board of Trustees meeting an extension of Robert Moodyĺ─˘s initial three-year contract as Music Director for five years through the PSOĺ─˘s 91st season in 2015-2016.

"Now that I am in my second season with the PSO, I feel the chemistry with the orchestra is stronger than ever and continues to grow," said Moody. "Musicians, audiences, and the community are all responding to our vision of relevance and quality. This decision was easy, and I am truly excited to see what we can do."

Gordon Gayer, formerly chair of the search committee that brought Moody to Maine and now President of the PSO Board, added, ĺ─˙Robert Moody and our exceptional musicians continue to deliver outstanding performances, confirming the Boardĺ─˘s support for Robertĺ─˘s artistic leadership of this cultural gem. We are delighted to extend this partnership for many years to come.ĺ─¨

Highlights of Moodyĺ─˘s tenure with the PSO include a sold-out endowment benefit concert with Renłęe Fleming, record attendance during the first season, and the organizationĺ─˘s return to break-even operations. The first two seasons have also included critically acclaimed performances and Maine premieres of Mason Batesĺ─˘ Liquid Interface, James Demarsĺ─˘ Senegalese drumming/dance concerto Sabar, and Brett Dietzĺ─˘s Headcase; collaborations with Portland Stage, Portland Ballet, the Choral Art Society, the Portland Community Chorus, and the Museum of African Culture, and the introduction of the innovative webisode series ĺ─˙Online Insightsĺ─¨ featured on YouTube. Moody also took the reins in 2009 leading the Symphonyĺ─˘s 11-concert Magic of Christmas series, and generated the first uptick in paid attendance since 2001.

In addition to his appointment in Portland, Moody retains his current positions as Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (N.C.) which he has led since 2005, and as Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest, which he has led since 2007.

Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra is among Maineĺ─˘s most recognized and accessible performing arts organizations. The Symphony is a musical hub for 82 of New England's finest professional musicians and teachers, annually impacts over 40,000 individuals from ages 4 to 104 in the experience of live orchestral music, and operates on a budget of $2.5 million.

Zodiac trio ĺ─˙The infinite wonders of the sound imaginariumĺ─¨

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2010, 8:00 PM


On Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 8:00PM, the Zodiac Trio ĺ─ý an acclaimed Paris-based violin-clarinet-piano ensemble ĺ─ý will present a recital titled ĺ─˙THE INFINITE WONDERS OF THE SOUND IMAGINARIUMĺ─¨ at the newly-renovated Kaufman Centerĺ─˘s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan).

The program explores the intriguing influence of storytelling and images in classical music, presenting some of the masterpieces of the violin-clarinet-piano literature, including Błęla Bartłäkĺ─˘s famous Contrasts and Stravinskyĺ─˘s devilish A Soldierĺ─˘s Tale.

The evening will also feature the New York premiere of Andrew Listĺ─˘s visually-inspired Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau, inspired by painter Paul Gauguinĺ─˘s monumental work, Where do we come from? What are we?
Where are we going?

The complete program is as follows:

Paul Schoenfield ĺ─ý Freylack
Igor Stravinsky ĺ─ý A Soldierĺ─˘s Tale
Andrew List ĺ─ý Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau
Astor Piazzolla ĺ─ý Verano Porteł▒o
Darius Milhaud ĺ─ý Suite Op. 157b, from Le voyageur sans Bagages
Błęla Bartłäk ĺ─ý Contrasts
Comprised of French violinist Vanessa Mollard, Russian clarinetist Kliment Krylovskiy and Japanese pianist Riko Higuma, the Zodiac Trio is the winner of multiple international competitions in France, Italy and the U.S., and has presented performances across the globe from California to Japan. Trained at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Paris Superior Conservatory, where the ensemble was the protłęgłę of the famed Ysał°e Quartet, the Zodiac Trio was featured in the international MUSO magazine as one of the most exciting new ensembles to emerge on the contemporary music stage.
This concert is supported in part by the American Composers Forumĺ─˘s Encore Grant, which was awarded to the Zodiac Trio to help foster a collaboration with composer Andrew List on his work Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau.

Single tickets are $20 for general admission ($14 for students and senior citizens) and are available for purchase at the Merkin Concert Hall box office, online at, by sending an e-mail to, or by calling (212) 501-3330.



Featured in the London-based international MUSO magazine as one of the leading chamber groups of its generation, the Zodiac Trio has been praised by critics for their ĺ─˙truly exceptional talentĺ─¨ (Nice-Matin, France) and ĺ─˙musicality of rare intensityĺ─¨ (La Tribune de Lyon, France), as well as being declared ĺ─˙excellent, talented and committedĺ─¨ by the New York Concert Review and ĺ─˙awe-inspiringĺ─¨ by

The young ensemble has been welcomed on many leading stages throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. The Zodiac Trio members met in New York in 2005. Since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has been awarded prizes at a number of national and international competitions including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, FNAPEC Ensemble Competition (Paris), International Chamber Music Competition of Duchi D'Aqcuaviva (Italy), Val Tidone International Music Competition (Italy), the Cziffra Foundation (France), Joyce Dutka Foundation for the Arts (New York), International Peninsula Young Artist Festival in California and the ProMusica Ensemble Competition (France), among others. The ensemble has also received a Recording Grant and Commission Grant from Co-Op press, is a laureate of the 6th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and was recently awarded the Encore Grant from the American Composers Forum to support the collaboration with composer Andrew List.

Individually and collectively, the trio members have performed throughout the United States, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China and Japan. As soloists, members of the Zodiac Trio have appeared with the Ghent Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Symphony, Marseille Symphony Orchestra, Cannes Philharmonic Orchestra, Couer d'Alene Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, and others, collaborating with such legendary musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Paquito Dĺ─˘Rivera, Kurt Masur, and many others. Performing in many of the leading concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Bellas Artes de Mexico, Bostonĺ─˘s Symphony Hall and the Acropolis in Nice, France, they have also appeared multiple times on WQXR's Young Artist Showcase as well as on live broadcasts for National Public Radio. France's Council General of the Alpes-Maritimes region sponsored the trio's recent tours of the south of France, prompting the Nice-Matin to write, ĺ─˙The superior level of the performance foreshadows their great success in the future.ĺ─¨

Highlights of past seasons include performances at the Acropolis in Nice, France; Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center; the French festivals Musique a Flaine, Estival de St. Jeannet, and Val D'Isere; Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan; Teatro Casale Monferato; and the Teatro de Atri in Italy. Notably, the trio continues to collaborate with Yovan Markovich, cellist of the famed Ysał°e Quartet.
2009-10 season highlights include performances on the Festival Radio France Montpellier, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music in Nebraska, Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mount Allison University in Canada, Pro-Musica Festival, Festival Autour d'une Piano and broadcasts on Radio France, as well as an extensive two-week tour of China, performing in some of the countryĺ─˘s leading venues.

As strong advocates of new music, the trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Their debut commercial recording, which received nationwide airplay as well as critical acclaim, included two works written for the ensemble. Currently the Zodiac Trio is involved in a number of collaborative projects with emerging composers both in the United States and France, bridging the two countries and fueling an exciting cultural exchange. Aside from trios, the ensemble often presents sonatas and solo works to bring variety to its audiences in the scope of a single concert.

In 2007, the Zodiac Trio made Paris their headquarters, where they are on the artist roster of the Cziffra Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting Europeĺ─˘s top young artists. The ensemble was chosen by Culture France to receive moral and financial support from the Č┤ Declic Ȭ Program, partner with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mecenat Musical Societe General. The Zodiac Trio also enjoys the generous support of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

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ANDREW LIST, composer

Andrew List (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts) composes music in many different genres, including orchestral, string quartet, vocal, choral, opera, music for children, solo works, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, with B.A. and M.A. degrees in music composition. He received his doctorate in music composition from Boston University, where he studied with Bernard Rands, Samuel Headrick, and Nicholas Maw. Mr. List has also studied privately with Richard Danielpour.
Mr. List has received numerous commissions and performances from professional music ensembles and solo artists in the United States and Europe. These include The Boston Classical Orchestra (commission for a cello concerto 2009), Alea III, The Esterhazy Quartet, Interensemble (Padova, Italy), The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, North-South Consonance, The Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Duo Diorama, Daniel Schene (pianist), Emmanuel Feldman (cellist) and mezzo-soprano Dĺ─˘Anna Fortunato. In addition, live performances of his music have been broadcast on Boston's WGBH Radio. He was the first prize winner of the RenegadeEnsembleĺ─˘s composition competition and a finalist in the Alea III International Composition Competition and the 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. In 2005 Mr. List's Violin Concerto was recorded by the Prague Radio Orchestra with Eva Szekely, violin soloist; the CD was subsequently released on the Albany label. MONTAGE Music Society commissioned and recorded his new work, Noa Noa, A Gauguin Tableau, which will be released MSR Classics.

Mr. List has been fortunate to enjoy a number of residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Aspen Music Festival, La Citłę Internationale des Arts in Paris, and The Visby Centre for Composers in Sweden. In 2001 he was awarded a distinguished artist-in-residence grant, sponsored by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, and the city of Amsterdam. During his eight-month residency in Amsterdam, he presented four concerts of his music and that of other American composers. He was also invited to present a concert at the American Embassy in The Hague, and gave lectures and workshops at major music conservatories in the area. He is the first American and the first composer to be awarded this prestigious residency. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. List now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.


Nuits dĺ─˘Afrique, des spectaclesĺ─Â.toute lĺ─˘annłęe! Prłęsentent rythmes au fłęminin

Une słęrie de spectacles qui sĺ─˘łęmancipe et sĺ─˘impose ĺ─Â.

Montrłęal- le 20 janvier 2010 - Elles ont pris dĺ─˘assaut le Club Balattou et sont lłŢ pour rester ! La dłęsormais incontournable słęrie de spectacles Č┤ RYTHMES AU FłÔMININ Ȭ, prłęsentłęe, tous les jeudi soirs, depuis plus dĺ─˘un an, dans lĺ─˘antre de la musique du monde łŢ Montrłęal, se poursuit avec une nouvelle programmation.

Mettant en vedette des musiciennes de renom, dĺ─˘ici, dĺ─˘ailleurs, cette słęrie de concerts se veut avant tout un hommage łŢ la crłęation au fłęminin, łŢ toutes ces femmes dont le talent, le courage et la persłęvłęrance leur ont permis de conqułęrir une multitude de publics łŢ travers le monde.

Tout au long de sa premił«re annłęe de programmation, Č┤RYTHMES AU FłÔMININȬ a permis aux spectateurs prłęsents dĺ─˘apprłęcier des dłęcouvertes exceptionnelles et jusque lłŢ insoupł▀onnłęes. La richesse de lĺ─˘łęventail de genres musicaux explorłęs, ainsi que le bouche łŢ oreille effectułę par le public, słęduit par ces amazones urbaines de grand talent, font que ces soirłęes au fłęminin sont trł«s courues aussi bien par les artistes que par lĺ─˘auditoire montrłęalais.

ł─ VENIR, en janvier et fłęvrier 2010:

28 janvier : Christine Atallah, Une diva rebelle, de chez nous, qui nous offre ses compositions world-pop souvent exotiques toujours interprłętłęes avec passion. Une musique cosmopolite, multilingue, entre lĺ─˘occident et lĺ─˘orient, teintłęe de jazz et de saveurs latines.

4 fłęvrier : Lundo Dunia, originaire de la Rłępublique Dłęmocratique du Congo, sherbrookoise dĺ─˘adoption, vient tout juste de sortir un album en 2009, intitulłęe Č┤ Le Sang qui coule Ȭ. Celui-ci a łętłę qualifiłę de meilleur album dans la catłęgorie musique du monde par lĺ─˘hebdomadaire culturel Voir de lĺ─˘Estrie.

11 fłęvrier : Maloukai, Qui a dit que les percussions łętaient une affaire de gars? Depuis 2005 Maloukai semble vouloir dłęmontrer le contraire. De retour łŢ la demande głęnłęrale, cette formation composłęe de neuf femmes, sera en mesure de nous faire vibrer sur des rythmes tirłęs dĺ─˘un rłępertoire dansant entre lĺ─˘Amłęrique Latine et lĺ─˘Afrique.

18 fłęvrier : Sonia Soul, partage avec nous depuis plusieurs annłęes, son talent et sa passion pour la musique soul. Rebondissante, charismatique et doułęe sont des mots qui la dłęcrivent bien. Elle fait partie de ce genre d'artistes qui touchent le cëýur et lĺ─˘łóme...Ce genre d'artistes qui ne laissent personne indiffłęrent.

25 fłęvrier : Rosalind Hunt est originaire de Chicago et issue dĺ─˘une famille dĺ─˘artistes dont sa mł«re, la renommłęe Głęraldine Hunt. Dł«s son plus jeune łóge, elle met son talent vocal łŢ la disposition de plusieurs projets internationaux incluant des artistes de renom tels que Renłę Simard et Freddie James qui la mł«nera, entre autres łŢ Hong Kong. Cette artiste confirmłęe, en constante łęvolution et recherche spirituelle, met dłęsormais sa voix au service de la musique gospel et soul. A ne pas manquer.

La programmation de la słęrie de concerts Č┤ RYTHMES AU FłÔMININ Ȭ pour le mois de mars et avril suivra sous peu.

Rythmes au fłęminin, prłęsentłę tous les jeudis łŢ
partir de 21h00 au Club Balattou.

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

Club Balattou Telephone ĺ─ý (514) 845-5447

Mark O'Connor announces 2010 String Camps in NYC & TN

O'Connor Violin Method Gaining Traction Among Teachers, Students Mark O'Connor, the multi-Grammy-Award-winning composer and violinist, has announced the opening of registration for his 2010 String Camps in New York City and Tennessee. O'Connor has gathered the world's top violinists, violists and cellists to give intermediate, advanced and professional string players an extraordinary week of instruction and performance at each camp. The camps will also offer teacher training courses in the new O'Connor Violin Method, which has been widely praised since its debut in fall 2009 as "an American grown rival to the Suzuki method" (The New Yorker). It was inspired by his students and by his belief that those who learn to play the "rich stream of American music" (as the Wall Street Journal recently described the O'Connor Method) will enjoy playing music for a lifetime. Teachers who have been trained in the Method have been wildly enthusiastic, calling it "inspiring" and "an incredible opportunity to enrich and engage future generations." (See more praise from teachers below.)

Watch a video about the O'Connor Violin Method:

Watch a video featuring Mark O'Connor and teachers and students from his string camps:

The second annual New York City camp will run July 26-30, 2010 at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Society for Ethical Culture. More than 200 students at the inaugural camp in 2009 experienced an inspiring week of instruction in a multitude of string playing styles from O'Connor and from some of the world's finest performers and teachers in jazz, classical, folk fiddling and world music. To register and for more details and a list of instructors, visit

O'Connor's first Fiddle Camp was held in Tennessee in 1994. This year, the camp will take place June 21 - 25, at the campus of the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, TN. To register and for more details and a list of instructors, visit

Read the Wall Street Journal article about the O'Connor Violin Method:

More about Mark O'Connor:

Testimonials from teachers trained in the O'Connor Violin Method at last summer's NYC string camp:"His method is SO kid friendly in a way no other is!""The teacher training class in NYC was more than I ever imagined it would be. I feel so lucky to have had this 'once in a lifetime' experience.""I am going forth with renewed strength of my convictions regarding music!""This new Method is so exciting and inspiring!""I can't wait to take this Method home and share it with my students.""Thank you for creating a Method based on American music that isstudent-centered. I am proud to be a part of this new movement in string education.""Thank you for offering this wonderful 'new' Method based on old traditions. This is an incredible opportunity to enrich and engage future generations of violins!!!"
"Words cannot express what your music will mean to all the kids I teach. "

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stephan Moccio, compositeur de taille olympique au Thłęłótre Centennial

Sherbrooke, le 21 janvier 2010.  - On dłęvoilait rłęcemment le thł«me des Olympiques 2010 de Vancouver pour la chałĂne CTV, dont la version francophone est interprłętłęe par la chanteuse Annie Villeneuve. La pił«ce Č┤ I believe/Jĺ─˘imagine Č¬  est une composition du pianiste Stephan Moccio qui sera en spectacle sur la scł«ne du Thłęłótre Centennial le vendredi 19 mars prochain.  En 2008,  le Thłęłótre Centennial prłęsentait Stephan Moccio en premił«re partie de la chanteuse jazz Sophie Milman. 

Il sĺ─˘agit dĺ─˘une deuxił«me collaboration entre le pianiste et lĺ─˘ex-acadłęmicienne.  En effet, Moccio signe la pił«ce Č┤ Mon hłęro Č¬, sur lĺ─˘album łęponyme dĺ─˘Annie Villeneuve.  Compositeur recherchłę, Stephan Moccio est aussi reconnu pour avoir łęcrit pour Cłęline Dion (co-auteur de Č┤ A New has Come Č¬), Josh Groban et Sarah Brightman. Exposure, le premier album de Stephan Moccio, sur lequel il compose pour le piano solo, a łętłę certifiłę Disque dĺ─˘or en aoł¬t 2009.   De plus, on retrouve la musique du compositeur torontois sur le disque Č┤ Berceuse pour Philou Č¬ auquel on dłęcernait, en novembre dernier, un prix Fłęlix Album de lĺ─˘Annłęe- Instrumental.

Les dłętails du spectacle de Stephan Moccio se retrouve sur le site Web du thłęłótre Centennial .  On se procure des billets en composant le 819-822-9692

Vidłęo Č┤Mon Hłęro Č¬ 


2010 NAMM Show Closing Release: Music Products Industry Gathers for a Comeback

New Decade Brings Hope for Manufacturers and Retailers of Music Products
as NAMM Show Attendance Increases Following the Worst Economic Year in Recent Memory

Carlsbad, CA, January 18, 2010ĺ─ţThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced the final registration and exhibitor numbers for the 2010 NAMM Show, the longest-running trade show in the United States. At show close, NAMM reported 87,569 registrants, a 2 percent increase from last year. International registration experienced a 2 percent decrease from last year.

Even in economically challenging times, the association reported 1,373 exhibitors at this yearĺ─˘s show, including nearly 250 new exhibitorsĺ─ţa new record number in the eventĺ─˘s 108-year history, showing a surge in market enthusiasm.

The annual trade show is the place where music products retailers meet face-to-face with manufacturers to make their biggest purchases or gain product knowledge for their stores in the year ahead.

ĺ─˙This yearĺ─˘s NAMM Show marks a critical turning point for the international music products industry,ĺ─¨ said NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond. ĺ─˙A strong NAMM Show signals the beginning of a comeback with buyers returning to their hometowns with renewed energy, passion and hope for a strong 2010, and exhibitors enjoying strong floor traffic and sales as they introduced hundreds of new and innovative products to the market.ĺ─¨

The high-energy event featured Quincy Jones and Yoko Ono, who spoke on behalf of the importance of music education for children. Ono also celebrated the 70th anniversary of John Lennonĺ─˘s birth at a press conference held on the Thursday.

Other events included highly attended mentoring sessions for music products retailers; performances by Jason Mraz and Ted Nugent; and celebrity appearances by Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars, Slash of Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver, Eddie Van Halen, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Orianthi and Gene Simmons of KISS and hundreds of touring artists and band members. Yamaha Corporation of America celebrated its 50th anniversary in the United States with a star-filled dealer concert featuring Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, John Ondrasik, Jon McLaughlin and Jason Mraz.

Themed ĺ─˙Get Ready,ĺ─¨ the trade show offered attendees the opportunity to reunite with industry peers, learn the latest business and marketing tactics and trends at daily NAMM University sessions, and ultimately make their biggest business deals for the year ahead.

Exhibiting product manufacturers had good feedback about their business at the show.

"We are extremely pleased with our retailersĺ─˘ response to this year's show in general, and our product offering in particular,ĺ─¨ said Paul Jernigan, vice president of global channel marketing at Fender Musical Instruments Corp. ĺ─˙The overall feeling we have received from our customers and business partners is overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, we are impressed, as always, with the entire NAMM organization. This has to rank as one of the best shows we've attended, and we're proud to be a part of it."

ĺ─˙Our booth was packed from day one, and our dealers had a level of energy and enthusiasm here at the NAMM show that I found very exciting, said Rick Young, senior vice president of Yamaha Corporation of America. ĺ─˙Given what weĺ─˘ve all experienced this past year, Yamaha is very grateful for the warm reception we received for our new products, programs and services. Now this very positive feeling has to be transferred to the sales floor.ĺ─¨

"The show has been great. We have been packed like crazy since the show opened or even actually a little beforehand,ĺ─¨ said Kristina Hodgson of Shure Inc. in Niles, Ill. ĺ─˙Lots of great questions, lots of people being interested in our product, trying things out. Itĺ─˘s been a great show. We have a lot of old friends stopping by and filling out orders, so itĺ─˘s been a really great sales show for us, and then a lot of new connections as well, so hopefully towards the future weĺ─˘ll get some more good business. Weĺ─˘ve got a lot of artist signings and theyĺ─˘ve been amazingly popular. Very good show for us and definitely NAMM is busier than many of us remember in lots of years.ĺ─¨

"Roland was very pleased with the results of the NAMM Show,ĺ─¨ said Dennis Houilhan, president of Roland Corp. US. ĺ─˙There was a definite positive attitude from retailers and a genuine optimism for a better 2010 ahead.  The response to all our new products and technologies was strong. NAMM's theme was "Get Ready!" Dealers were ready to buy and get 2010 off to a strong start."

ĺ─˙The showĺ─˘s been going good,ĺ─¨ said Jason Lee of Everly Music in North Hollywood, Calif.

 ĺ─˙We have a lot of meetings with everybody. This show seems to be a lot more exciting than last year. I think itĺ─˘s on the up-and-up with the economy, and we have a lot of new products out so it's going good. Itĺ─˘s where weĺ─˘re going to introduce a lot of the new strings, a lot of the new designs. We go to a lot of meetings at night, but we were out at a show last night, it was fun to see old friends."

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s going fantastic,ĺ─¨ said Don Harrington of Rhythm Ring in San Diego, Calif. ĺ─˙Weĺ─˘ve got great feedback, great response, made some good relationships. Itĺ─˘s our first year here, so weĺ─˘re doing pretty well. We did a little social media marketing to pump it up a little bit, but itĺ─˘s just first-time attendees and weĺ─˘re doing really great.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s going very well,ĺ─¨ said Andrew Naumann of Schilke Music Products in Melrose Park, Ill. ĺ─˙I think this yearĺ─˘s very positive. Itĺ─˘s fantastic for us. Everyone seemed very upbeat and that was nice to see.ĺ─¨

Retailers at the NAMM Show were also quite enthusiastic about what they were seeing.

ĺ─˙Business has been very good,ĺ─¨ said Brian Marsh with idjnow, a pro audio, lighting and video company. ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s been a very progressive show so far. A lot of manufacturers are coming out with a lot of innovative new products. For us Numark happens to be one of the ones that is standing out.ĺ─¨

Dow Ferguson, owner of a brand new online music store, said the last time he came to the NAMM Show was in 1973 when it was in San Francisco. Now he is looking for companies who will ship product directly to his new online customers.

ĺ─˙I wanted to tie down some string companies that will drop ship them to save costs and make it easier for me and for the customer,ĺ─¨ Ferguson said.

ĺ─˙My business has been good so far at the show,ĺ─¨ said Kevin Kuptz of Ingnited Light and Sound. ĺ─˙Weĺ─˘ve been able to pick up a couple of new lines of pro audio equipment and weĺ─˘ve had more business and less extra people around.ĺ─¨

The next NAMM trade is Summer NAMM, which will be held June 18-20, 2010 in Nashville, TN.  for more information, visit

 About NAMM
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMMĺ─˘s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).


The Collegiate Chorale Presents the World Premiere Two Act Concert Version of The Grapes of Wrath

James Bagwell, Music Director
March 22, 2010 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall

The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, presents the World Premiere Two Act Concert Version of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie's musical version of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, on March 22, 2010 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Ted Sperling with Jane Fonda as the narrator.  Tickets are $25-$160 and are available through CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, or online at  For more information visit

An all-star cast from Broadway and the classical world comes together to present a rare mingling of opera and theatre in The Grapes of Wrath.  Originally commissioned and produced by the Minnesota Opera and called "The great American opera" by Musical America, Gordon and Korie's new work melds popular musical styles of the '20s and '30s (song-and-dance, soaring love songs, banjo ballads, jazz choruses, and a barbershop quartet) with the classic drama of grand opera, all to a heart-wrenching yet uplifting effect.  The composer (Gordon) and librettist (Korie) have crafted a special concert version of their original opera with narration written especially for this presentation.  The starry cast includes  Jane Fonda (narrator), Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole, Nathan Gunn, Elizabeth Futral, Anthony Dean Griffey, Peter Halverson, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Powell, Andrew Wilkowske and Matthew Worth and the role of Tom Joad's young sister, Ruthie, will be sung by Nathan Gunn's daughter Madelyn Gunn.  Music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Michael Korie.  Featuring the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling.  Directed by Eric Simonson with lighting design by Frances Aronson and projection design by Wendall Harrington.
"In this concert version, we convey the story of the Joad family's journey across America in approximately two hours.  We have retained many of the big musical set pieces, arias and choral ensembles, and we have eliminated much of the recitative, replacing it with a narrator who reads sections from the novel, allowing segues from those powerful passages seamlessly into music that continues the drama without loss of suspense or momentum.  In addition, this version will feature music never heard in the original full staging of the opera.  This is not only a concert version of the full opera, but a different version," said Michael Korie.

"We are honored to be presenting this richly textured work of soaring passion and devastating beauty.  Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's commitment to premiering or showcasing exceptional American works such as Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath.  Gordon and librettist Michael Korie have given a musical voice to this quintessentially American novel in a lyrical language which draws from opera and American musical theater idioms.  The choral writing and casting of soloists reflect this cross-over nature.  I think both opera and Broadway lovers alike will be moved by this remarkable work," said James Bagwell, music director of The Collegiate Chorale.
The Collegiate Chorale, among New York's foremost vocal ensembles, has added to the richness of the city's cultural fabric for more than 65 years.  Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale achieved national and international prominence under the leadership of Robert Bass.  The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists.  In the summer of 2009, The Chorale performed for the fourth season at Switzerland's Verbier Music Festival.  In July 2008, The Chorale toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.
The mission of The Collegiate Chorale is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble.  Inherent in its mission is The Chorale's belief that choral music is a compelling collaboration that creates a powerful, shared experience unifying listeners and musicians of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.
Music Director James Bagwell maintains an active schedule throughout the United States as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music.  He has recently been named Principal Guest Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York.  Since 2003, he has been Director of Choruses for the Bard Music Festival, conducting and preparing choral works during the summer festival at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. He has also prepared The Concert Chorale of New York for performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Mostly Mozart Festival (broadcast nationally in 2006 on Live from Lincoln Center), all in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. He was Music Director of The Dessoff Choirs for the past five season, and in 2009 he prepared the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for the New York Philharmonic performances of both Mahler's Eighth Symphony and Britten's War Requiem for Lorin Maazel's final concerts as Music Director.
James Bagwell has trained choruses for a number of major American and International orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony (Japan), St. Petersburg Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with noted conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrłęe, Leon Botstein, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Raymond Leppard, James Conlon, Jesłćs Lłäpez-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Leon Fleischer, and Robert Shaw.
For eleven seasons, he has been Music Director for the May Festival Youth Choir in Cincinnati, which was recently featured on the radio program From the Top. He has conducted some 25 productions as Music Director of Light Opera Oklahoma, including Candide, Sweeney Todd, and The Merry Widow, among others.  At Bard SummerScape he has led numerous theatrical works, most notably Copland's The Tender Land, which received unanimous praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Opera News. He frequently appears as guest conductor for orchestras around the country and abroad, including the Jerusalem Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.  For three seasons he was Artistic Director of The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, Florida State University, and Indiana University. He has taught since 2000 at Bard College, where he is Director of the Music Program.  
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Ricky Ian Gordon's (Music) credits include Dream True; States of Independence; and Stonewall/Night Variations with Tina Landau; The Tibetan Book of the Dead with Jean Claude Van Itallie; Only Heaven with Langston Hughes and Nancy Rhodes; Autumn Valentine; Sweet Song; and Morning Star with William Hoffman. He was part of the American Songbook Series in Bright Eyed Joy/The Music of Ricky Ian Gordon at Lincoln Center and at The Guggenheim. Recordings include Audra McDonald's Way Back to Paradise, Bright-Eyed Joy, Of Eternal Light (Water Music), Only Heaven and Genius Child (a song cycle for Harolyn Blackwell). Awards: The National Institute for Music Theater Award, The Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Music Theatre Foundation Award, The Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, The Constance Klinsky Award, The Richard Rodgers Award.
Michael Korie (Libretto) was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Grey Gardens. He and composer Scott Frankel received the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. Also with Frankel are two musicals in development, Doll and Meet Mister Future. With composer Ricky Ian Gordon, his libretto to The Grapes of Wrath premiered to acclaim at Minnesota Opera, with upcoming productions at Utah Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. His librettos for operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk (San Francisco Opera) and Hopper's Wife (Long Beach Opera), both directed by Christopher Alden; Kabbalah (Next Wave Festival); and Where's Dick?, directed by Richard Foreman (Houston Grand Opera). He co-wrote lyrics with Amy Powers to composer Lucy Simon's Zhivago, book by Michael Weller, directed by Des McAnuff (La Jolla Playhouse).
Jane Fonda's (Narrator) work on stage and screen has earned her numerous nominations and awards, including Oscar Awards (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home) and an Emmy Award for her performance in "The Dollmaker." Her credits include Monster-in-Law, Georgia Rule, Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Julia, Barefoot in the Park, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond, "The Dollmaker" and four Broadway plays including Invitation to a March and There Was a Little Girl (Theatre World Award).  In May 2005, Random House published Fonda's memoirs, My Life So Far.  She has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
Nathan Gunn (Tom Joad) recently created the roles of Alec Harvey in Andrłę Previn's Brief Encounter at the Houston Grand Opera and Father Delura in Peter EłĆtvłĆs' Love and Other Demons at the 2008 Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Other engagements this season include his returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die ZauberflłĆte, the Dallas Opera for Malatesta in Don Pasquale and the Los Angles Opera for Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L'Elisir d'Amore. He also makes his debut in Bilbao as the title role in Billy Budd.  Mr. Gunn has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and the Thłęłótre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Victoria Clark (Ma Joad) received the 2005 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as a Drama League honor for her luminous portrayal of protective but domineering mother Margaret Johnson in the critically-acclaimed Craig Lucas-Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza directed by Bartlett Sher at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. Her virtuoso performance in the Tony Award-winning musical has made her a favorite among audiences and critics, including The New York Times' Ben Brantley, who called Clark's work in Piazza "the best musical performance by an actress this season." She garnered equally enthusiastic reviews for her performance at Chicago's Goodman Theater in 2004, earning the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award.  Last season, Clark was reunited with her colleagues Craig Lucas and Bartlett Sher for the Playwrights Horizons production of A Prayer for My Enemy.
Christine Ebersole (Mae / Waitress) received the Tony Award, Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Special Citation from NY Drama Critics and the Drama League Award for Performance of the Year for her dual roles as Edith and Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Her Broadway credits include Steel Magnolias, Dinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle noms.), 42nd Street (2001 Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards), The Best Man, Getting Away With Murder, Harrigan 'n Hart, Camelot (opposite Richard Burton and Richard Harris), Oklahoma!, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife and Angel Street. Off-Broadway credits include Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (2003 Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards, Drama Desk nom.), Three Sisters, Geniuses and four Encores! concerts. Regional credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe), Mame, Evita, My Fair Lady, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Laughing Wild. Films include Tootsie, Amadeus, Dead Again, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, Folks!, True Crime, Till There Was You, My Favorite Martian, Thief of Hearts and My Girl 2.
Elizabeth Futral (Rosasharn) has established herself as one of the major coloratura sopranos in the world today, with a diverse repertoire that includes Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Glass, and Previn.  Ms. Futral has garnered raves at the world's greatest opera houses in such roles as Gilda, Juliette, Lakmłę, Lucia, Nanetta, Młęlisande, Romilda, and Violetta. She dazzled audiences and critics with her debut at the Los Angeles Opera as Cleopatra in Francisco Negrin's acclaimed production of Handel's Giulio Cesare. This was followed by her highly anticipated return to the New York City Opera, where she starred in the title role of the company's new production of Douglas Moore's classic American opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey  (Jim Casy) has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world.  He has performed leading roles at the great international opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne, the Opera National de Paris, and the Teatro Comunale di Firenze.   A regular guest of the world's orchestras, Mr. Griffey has collaborated with many of today's pre-eminent conductors, including James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Andrłę Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, Donald Runnicles, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, and Charles Dutoit.
Baritone Peter Halverson (Pa Joad) has performed throughout the United States, distinguishing himself on the dramatic stage and in concert. A versatile performer, he has more than fifty roles to his credit including the title roles in Pellłęas et Młęlisande, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Gianni Schicchi, The Man of La Mancha and Phantom. He has been a frequent guest artist with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, North Star Opera, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center Mozart Festival, Oregon Bach Festival and San Luis Osbispo Mozart Festival. In addition, he has sung with the Florentine Opera, Berkshire Opera, Madison Opera, Tacoma Opera, Chattanooga Opera, National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and New Mexico Symphony.
American baritone Stephen Powell (Uncle John) brings his handsome voice, elegant musicianship, and robust stage presence to a wide range of music, from Monteverdi and Handel through Verdi and Puccini to Sondheim and John Adams.  In 2009-10, Stephen Powell appears as Ford in Verdi's Falstaff with Pittsburgh Opera; sings as soloist in Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Christoph Eschenbach conducting; in Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society in England; in the Brahms Requiem with Baltimore Symphony, as well as the Dutch Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland, both with Marin Alsop conducting; in Carmina Burana with Cincinnati Symphony, Paavo Jarvi conducting; appears in recital with wife Barbara Shirvis in Dallas, Texas; and sings 2 gala concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn conducting. He also makes his Asian debut in La Traviata at the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China, Lorin Maazel conducting.
Andrew Wilkowske (Noah) whose voice has been described as "nimble," with an "impressively open top," is one of the most versatile performers on the stage today. A gifted actor as well as singer, Wilkowske's Papageno in The Magic Flute "stole the show" according to the Washington Post, and was a "lusty-voiced fellow," according to Opera News.  Engagements this season include a series of Figaros, making his debut as Rossini's Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Skylight Opera. He returns to Skylight later this season in the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro to complete Skylight's Figaro Cycle. In addition, Wilkowske reprises Mozart's Figaro with the Green Mountain Opera Festival (under the baton of Maestro Jacques Lacombe), Ashlawn Opera, and the Acadiana Symphony. Wilkowske's experiences are documented in his award-winning 'a year of figaro' blog.
Steven Pasquale 
(Al) most recently starred on Broadway in Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty. A regular on the theater scene, Pasquale's credits include Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day Concert), Henrik in A Little Night Music (opposite Victor Garber, Natasha Richardson and Venessa Redgrave), Captain Taylor in A Soldier's Play (Second Stage, opposite Taye Diggs), Tom in the Neil LaBute off-Broadway hit, Fat Pig, Robbie in the Ahrens/Flahrety/McNally musical A Man of No Importance (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child, The Spitfire Grill, Spinning Into Butter, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and he created the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' The Light in the Piazza. Television audiences have followed him for five seasons as Sean Garrity on the FX hit show "Rescue Me." His other television credits include a recurring role on HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama "Six Feet Under" and Sofia Coppola's "Platinum."
Hailed by the Dallas Morning News for his "dashing, fine bright baritone" and the New York Times for a voice that is "fully powered and persuasively expressive," Matthew Worth (Ragged Man / Connie Rivers / Truck Driver) was recently the featured "Sound Bites" artist in Opera News, and is enjoying successes on both the operatic and concert stages, in all styles from the Renaissance to new repertoire. Matthew Worth's engagements in 2009-10 include a return to Chicago Opera Theater as Charlie in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, Mercutio in Romłęo et Juliette with New Orleans Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld with Central City Opera, Messiah at University of Richmond, in concert performances of The Grapes of Wrath with New York's Collegiate Chorale, as soloist in a holiday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles. 
Ted Sperling (Conductor) won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, Drood, Les Miserables, Roza and Sunday In the Park With George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Off-Broadway credits as music director: A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. As a stage director Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark starring Andrea Marcovicci. Mr. Sperling conducted the musical scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate, Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short musical film Love, Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins.

Eric Simonson's (Director)plays and adaptations at Steppenwolf, where he is a member of the ensemble, include Nomathemba (written with Ntozake Shange and Joseph Shabalala), Carter's Way and, most recently, Honest (for First Look). Other plays include The Last Hurrah, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (with Jeffrey Hatcher), Edge of the World, Lombardi: The Only Thing and Speak American.  His work has been produced in Japan and throughout the United States at theaters including The Huntington Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Crossroads Theatre Company. His adaptation of Moby Dick at Milwaukee Repertory was chosen as one of Time Magazine's top ten productions of 2002. Eric is also an accomplished theatre, film and opera director. His production of Steppenwolf's The Song of Jacob Zulu received six TonyČĂ Award nominations, including one for best direction. He received the 2006 Academy Award for his documentary short A Note of Triumph, as well as the 2005 Princess Grace Statue Award for sustained artistic achievement. His adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (originally produced at Steppenwolf) recently received its Off-Broadway premiere at New York's 59E59 Theater.
The American Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski. Under the music direction of Leon Botstein since 1992, the American Symphony has pioneered the performance of thematically organized concerts, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and history. In addition, the American Symphony Orchestra performs in a lecture/concert series with audience interaction called Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space. It is also the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it performs an annual concert series as well as in Bard's annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. ASO maintains an award-winning music education program which is presented at numerous high schools through New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.  Among the American Symphony's recent recordings are music by Copland, Sessions, Perle, and Rands for New World Records, and music of Ernst von Dohnł░nyi for Bridge Records. Its recording of Richard Strauss's opera Die łžgyptische Helena with Deborah Voigt and of Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae were made for Telarc. Other recordings with Leon Botstein include Franz Schubert: Orchestrated on the Koch International label, with works by Joachim, Mottl, and Webern, and, on the Vanguard Classics label, Johannes Brahms's Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (1860). The American Symphony inaugurated Słúo Paolo's new concert hall and has made several tours of Asia and Europe. It has performed with the Peer Gynt Theater Company of Norway in Central Park, and has a long history of appearing in charitable and public benefits for such organizations as Sha'are Zedek Hospital, the Jerusalem Foundation, and PBS.  The American Symphony Orchestra has had an illustrious history of music directors and guest conductors.  Succeeding Leopold Stokowski, who directed the Orchestra from 1962 to 1972, were Kazuyoshi Akiyama (1973-1978), Sergiu Comissiona (1978-1982), Moshe Atzmon and Guiseppe Patane (co-directors 1982-1984), John Mauceri (1985-1987), and Catherine Comet (1990-1992).  Notable guest conductors have included Leonard Bernstein, Karl BłĆhm, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, Aram Khachaturian, James Levine, Andrłę Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, James de Priest, Gunther Schuller, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir William Walton.
For season subscriptions please contact The Chorale office at 646.202.9623 or visit

Israel in Egypt at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8pm
Music by George F. Handel
Sari Gruber, soprano
Brian Asawa, alto
Rufus Muller, tenor

The American Symphony Orchestra
James Bagwell, Conductor

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Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s NextSteps Season Continues

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 21, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s NextSteps 09|10 unrivalled season of globally inspired dance performances continues through May, 2010. Now in its fourth year, NextSteps is without parallel in the city and enables Torontoĺ─˘s pre-eminent dance companies the opportunity to reflect the diversity of their broad international backgrounds and influences.

NextSteps offers Toronto audiences access to a selection of productions at the forefront of contemporary dance and responds to the creative spirit in Toronto and Canada, with a series of works that cross creative disciplines and boundaries.

From Jan. through May, NextSteps presents 13 companies, with a range of new works and the return of several perennial favourites at Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s two world class venues, the Fleck Dance Theatre and Enwave Theatre.

For tickets and information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s Complete NextSteps 2010 Season Line-Up

Dance Ontario ĺ─ý DanceWeekend 2010
Jan. 22, performances 7 p.m. ĺ─ý 10 p.m., & Jan. 23 - 24, performances 1 p.m. ĺ─ý 7 p.m. Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $10 donation at the door
Hundreds of Torontoĺ─˘s hottest dancers perform contemporary, b-boy, ballet, bellydance, bharatanatyam, jazz, flamenco, African ĺ─ý and everything in between.

Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra ĺ─ý OUM (Mother)
Feb. 11 - 14, 8 p.m. & Feb. 13 - 14, 2 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $15 - $35
Arabesque features live acoustic Arabic music and vocals accompanying 18 dancers performing bellydance, whirling dervish and the ritual arts of the Middle East.

Toronto Dance Theatre - Pteros Tactics
World Premiere! Feb 16 - 20, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $14 - $38
Toronto Dance Theatre presents 10 extraordinary dancers in Pteros Tactics, a world premiere by Christopher House.

Peggy Baker Dance Projects - confluence
World Premiere! Feb 24 - 27, 8 p.m. & Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $25 - $30
Making a long anticipated return to Harbourfront Centre, award winning dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker unveils an evening of premieres with outstanding dancers.

COBA (Collective of Black Artists) - Diasporic Dimensions
World Premiere! Feb. 26 ĺ─ý 27, 8 p.m. & Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18 - $32
COBA, now in its 17th season of dance and music, presents four world premieres exploring innovation, spirituality, and legacy.

DanceWorks DW180: Double Bill
Denise Fujiwara - Lost and Found with Susie Burpee - Fidelityĺ─˘s Edge
World Premieres! Mar. 4 ĺ─ý 6, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18 ĺ─ý $28
Celebrating her 30th anniversary in dance, Fujiwara performs a world premiere solo informed by butoh and post-modern techniques. Dora Mavor Moore recipient Burpee presents an unflinching and gritty look at the coarse underbelly of an intimate relationship.

March 18 - 20, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre Tickets: $18 ĺ─ý $31
Following its celebrated debut in New York City, inDANCE presents BOX - a provocative global view of contemporary Indian dance.

DanceWorks DW181: Wen Wei Dance - Cock-Pit
Apr. 9 ĺ─ý 10, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $18 - $28
Choreographer Wen Wei Wang's highly kinetic quintet for four men and one woman is inspired by his memories of student days in China.

Ballet Creole - Sankofa
Apr. 15 ĺ─ý 17, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $20 ĺ─ý $45
Intimate, poly-rhythmic and gravity-defying, Sankofa sparks emotion, solidifying a new direction while revealing the companyĺ─˘s eclecticism from traditional to contemporary.

DanceWorks DW182: Compagnie La Otra Orilla - El 12
April 23 ĺ─ý 24, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18 ĺ─ý $28
Infused with the spirit of Spainĺ─˘s Andalusia, the highly innovative flamenco company performs El 12, a work that explores the passage of time, waiting and loss.

DanceWorks DW 183: Ipsita Nova Dance Projects ĺ─ý Isolated Incidents
May 13 ĺ─ý 15, 8 p.m., Enwave Theatre
Tickets: $18 ĺ─ý $28
Nova Bhattacharya creates a series of solos that explore our understanding of the progression of life.

dance Immersion ĺ─ý 2010 Showcase Presentation
May 27 - 29, 8 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre
Tickets: $15 ĺ─ý $30
An evening of expressive and revealing dance featuring works from some of the nationĺ─˘s foremost up-and-coming dance artists.


Karina Gauvin, soprano

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
Single Tickets: $69.50 - $29.50 / Call 416-872-4255, or buy online
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

Toronto, ON. January 21, 2010 ĺ─ý ĺ─˙Canadaĺ─˘s Queen of Song,ĺ─¨ soprano Karina Gauvin, brings her exhilarating artistry to Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM for a special Valentineĺ─˘s Day recital featuring love songs by Scarlatti, Chausson, Bizet, Ravel and Kurt Weill. The occasion marks Ms. Gauvinĺ─˘s Roy Thomson Hall recital debut and also launches the Hallĺ─˘s 2009/2010 International Vocal Recitals, an annual four-concert series devoted to showcasing the worldĺ─˘s leading opera stars.  Ms. Gauvin is accompanied by the esteemed Canadian pianist Michael McMahon.

A graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music, Karina Gauvin has thrilled audiences worldwide in major opera houses and concert halls from Londonĺ─˘s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to New Yorkĺ─˘s Lincoln Center. She has appeared with many of the worldĺ─˘s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal, as well as such major period instrument ensembles as Musica Antiqua KłĆln, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.

Often referred to as a ĺ─˙dream soprano,ĺ─¨ Karina Gauvin has been praised for both her stunningly expressive vocal quality as well as her musical intelligence. Among her many career highlights are Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem and Bachĺ─˘s Magnificat with the Chicago Symphony under Helmuth Rilling, and her Carnegie Hall debut in Bachĺ─˘s B Minor Mass under Peter Schreier. Ms. Gauvin sang the title role in Handelĺ─˘s Alcina with Gabrieli Consort at the Beaune Festival in France; sang Iole in Handelĺ─˘s Hercules with Akademie fł║r Alte Musik Berlin; and last season toured Europe with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldiĺ─˘s Juditha Triumphans. In 2003 she sang the title role in Georg Conradiĺ─˘s opera Ariadne for the Boston Early Music Festival; the live performance was later released on the CPO label and nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.

A prolific and widely successful recording artist with more than 20 releases, Karina Gauvinĺ─˘s albums over the past decade have consistently been nominated for the Juno Award and twice for the Grammy Award.  Two of the albums, Handelĺ─˘s Silete Venti / Apollo e Daphne and Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy, won the Juno Award in 2001 and 2003, respectively. She has recorded extensively for the international labels Deutsche Grammophon, Nałěve and CPO as well as the Montreal-based labels Analekta and Atma. Her recent portrayal of Manlio in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio on the Nałěve label was called "riveting" by Opera News; and her recording of Lullyĺ─˘s Psychłę on the CPO label was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. Her most recent album features arias from the operas of Nicola Porpora, released in August 2009 on Atma, her sixth recording for that label. For more information, visit

Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s 4-concert 2009/2010 International Vocal Recitals:   
Subscriptions Still Available - Call 416-872-4255
1)  Karina Gauvin, soprano; Michael McMahon, piano ĺ─ý Sunday, February 14/10, 2PM
2)  Nathan Gunn, baritone; Julie Gunn, piano ĺ─ý Wednesday, March 10/10, 8PM   
3) Alexandra Deshorties, soprano; Howard Watkins, piano ĺ─ý Sunday, April 25/10, 2PM        
4)  Joseph Calleja, tenor; Craig Rutenberg, piano ĺ─ý Friday, May 28/10, 8PM (rescheduled from Nov.15/09)


Sur Espace jazz, une webradio dĺ─˘Espace musique

Montrłęal, jeudi 21 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘animateur STANLEY PłÔAN invite les młęlomanes et amoureux de jazz łŢ se joindre łŢ son nouveau Club de jazz oł╝ les internautes pourront partager ĺ─ý entre eux et avec le public ĺ─ý leurs pił«ces prłęfłęrłęes liłęes łŢ la thłęmatique du mois de la webradio Espace jazz.

Le Club de jazz de Stanley permet łŢ ses membres de błótir une słęlection musicale unique en proposant des ëýuvres. Pour ce faire, ils doivent łęcrire łŢ lĺ─˘animateur (en passant par et lui  soumettre leur suggestion. Les 100 premił«res pił«ces soumises sur chaque thł«me font lĺ─˘objet de la Č┤ Słęlection du club Ȭ que tous pourront łęcouter sur Espace jazz. 

La premił«re thłęmatique proposłęe est Č┤ Lĺ─˘amour Ȭ. Le prochain thł«me sera Č┤ Jazz au soleil Ȭ, jusquĺ─˘łŢ la fin mars, et il sera suivi de Č┤ Jazz et printemps Ȭ en avril. Visitez rłęgulił«rement la webradio pour tout savoir au fil des mois sur les thł«mes et les artistes invitłęs.

Unique en son genre, cette webradio dĺ─˘Espace musique propose du jazz en continue, rłęparti en six ambiances couvrant les łępoques et les styles : du classique łŢ lĺ─˘expłęrimental, en passant par le jazz moderne et les musiques du monde. Grłóce łŢ sa banque de plus de 15 000 pił«ces, Espace jazz permet łęgalement une łęcoute par genres et par instruments, selon les goł¬ts et les intłęrłüts de chacun. Autant les nłęophytes que les młęlomanes avertis peuvent y trouver un plaisir dĺ─˘łęcoute intense! Nĺ─˘oubliez pas non plus dĺ─˘y consulter le blogue de Stanley, auteur, animateur et grand passionnłę de jazz...

Cĺ─˘est une invitation! Nĺ─˘hłęsitez pas łŢ participer chaque mois au Club de jazz de Stanley : proposez vos coups de cëýur, partagez vos dłęcouvertes, discutez, jazzezĺ─ En participant tłąt dans le mois, peut-łütre verrez-vous votre proposition faire partie de la Č┤ Słęlection du club Ȭ!


Les młęlodłĂnes de la Place des Arts


Tous les jeudis de 12 h 10 łŢ 12 h 50 du 18 fłęvrier au 8 avril 2010

Montrłęal, le lundi 18 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Pro Musica et la Place des Arts poursuivent leur harmonieuse collaboration en prłęsentant la 7e saison des MłęlodłĂnes du 18 fłęvrier au 8 avril 2010. Prłęsentłęes au Studio-thłęłótre de la Place des Arts tous les jeudis de 12 h 10 łŢ 12 h 50, les MłęlodłĂnes vous permettent dĺ─˘apprłęcier dĺ─˘excellents concerts sur lĺ─˘heure du dłĂner. Apportez votre lunch ! Au menu cette annłęe, de grands pianistes canadiens, un claveciniste, un guitariste, un flł¬tiste, un violoncelliste, une soprano colorature, lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de Montrłęal ainsi que Brigitte Rolland et compagnie composent cette riche łędition. Laissez-vous bercer par les compositions de nos grands małĂtres classiques et contemporains vous nĺ─˘en serez que plus heureux.

DANIEL MORAN, piano ĺ─ý le 18 fłęvrier
Laurłęat de nombreux prix prestigieux, le pianiste canadien Daniel Moran mł«ne une carrił«re trł«s prometteuse sur la scł«ne nationale et internationale comme soliste et chambriste. Dotłę dĺ─˘une technique raffinłęe et impeccable et grłóce łŢ son enthousiasme grandissant pour la musique contemporaine, Daniel Moran a interprłętłę lĺ─˘intłęgrale des ëýuvres du compositeur australien Carl Vine.

DANIEL BOLSHOY, guitare ĺ─ý le 25 fłęvrier
Une prłęsence charismatique sur scł«ne, alliłęe łŢ un talent de soliste et de chambriste exceptionnel font de Daniel Bolshoy une personnalitłę musicale attachante. Reconnu comme le guitariste classique canadien le plus recherchłę, Daniel Bolshoy sĺ─˘engage passionnłęment łŢ mettre la musique classique pour guitare, łŢ la portłęe de tous.

DENIS BLUTEAU, flł¬te et RENłÔE LAVERGNE, piano ĺ─ý 4 mars
Premił«re flł¬te łŢ lĺ─˘OSM et professeur łŢ lĺ─˘universitłę de Montrłęal depuis 1993, Denis Bluteau interprł«tera avec la complicitłę de Renłęe Lavergne au piano, un bouquet de musique pour flł¬te, de la Belgique du XVIIIe sił«cle łŢ la Georgie actuelle en passant par la Suisse et les łÔtats-Unis.

STłÔPHANE TłÔTREAULT, violoncelle et SASHA GUYDUKOV, piano ĺ─ý 11 mars
Jeune prodige de 16 ans, łęlł«ve de Yuli Turovsky dĺ─˘I Musici de Montrłęal, Stłęphane Tłętreault a łętłę słęlectionnłę dĺ─˘office pour se joindre au You Tube Symphony Orchestra au Carnergie Hall łŢ New York en avril dernier. Il a łęgalement participłę au 9e Concours Rostropovitch łŢ Paris en novembre 2009. Accompagnłę au piano par Sasha Guydukov, ce jeune prodige nĺ─˘a pas fini de nous łętonner.

Sous la direction de Chantal Lambert, lĺ─˘atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘opłęra de Montrłęal avec sa jeunesse, sa frałĂcheur et ses belles voix vous offre de grands airs qui vous słęduiront assurłęment.

LUC BEAUSłÔJOUR, clavecin ĺ─ý 25 mars
Grłóce łŢ la virtuositłę, łŢ lĺ─˘łęlłęgance et łŢ lĺ─˘expressivitłę de son jeu, le claveciniste et organiste Luc Beausłęjour a suscitłę tant lĺ─˘enthousiasme du public que les łęloges des critiques. Consacrłę Č┤ interprł«te de lĺ─˘annłęe 2003 Ȭ par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, il vous offre un programme haut en couleurs des plus grands małĂtres du clavecin.

Partenaires de longue date, nos quatre musiciens de lĺ─˘OSM, Brigitte Rolland au piano, Andrew Beer au violon, Lambert Chen, alto et Michael Nicolas au violoncelle sĺ─˘accordent parfaitement bien pour vous interprłęter de grandes pages musicales signłęes Puccini et Elgar.

MARIANNE LAMBERT, soprano ĺ─ý 8 avril
Voix diamantłęe aux couleurs chatoyantes, la soprano colorature Marianne Lambert tłęmoigne aussi dĺ─˘une prłęsence scłęnique remarquable. Lĺ─˘intelligence de son jeu nĺ─˘łęgale que lĺ─˘łętonnante małĂtrise de sa voix.

Une coproduction de la Sociłętłę Pro Musica et de la Place des Arts pour la 7e saison des MłęlodłĂnes au Studio-thłęłótre du 18 fłęvrier au 8 avril 2010.

Entrłęe :            8 $ (taxes incluses) ĺ─ý Apportez votre lunch !
Rłęservations :   Billetterie de la Place des Arts 514-842-2112 ou 1 866-842-2112


Opera Kitchener presents Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini

Sunday March 14th 2010 ~ 3pm

The most performed OPERA of all TIME

Operaĺ─˘s most epic and exotic tale of passion and betrayal comes to THE HUMANITIES THEATRE;  a young woman must decide between living without dignity or dying with honour in the opera most performed throughout the world.

This fully staged performance will be sung in Italian, with English Surtitles, accompanied by orchestra, soloists and chorus conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca.

Pucciniĺ─˘s soaring melodies and iconic orchestration bring to life the tale of a young geisha girl, Cio-Cio San, also know as Madama Butterfly, who at the opening of the opera has been arranged to marry a U.S. Navel Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton.  However, the carefree young officer tells his friend, the American Counsel Sharpless, that although he likes Butterfly and will proceed with the ceremony, he wonĺ─˘t think much of it when he returns to America. With the arrival of all her guests and relatives, Butterfly reveals to Pinkerton that she has renounced her faith to be with him.  As Pinkerton then realizes what Butterfly has given up for him, the gravity of this action climaxes: suddenly Butterflyĺ─˘s Uncle, a high priest, arrives and curses the girl for forsaking the ancient religion of her ancestors. All the wedding guests leave, denouncing Cio-Cio San, and leave her to be comforted solely in the arms of her new husband.  Can the two lovers overcome the ancient curse as cultures collide ? 

As famous as the actual tale itself is the magnificent and memorable music that pours forth from the score; familiar arias such as the heart wrenching ĺ─˙Un bel Diĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Addio, fiorito asilĺ─¨, the duet of the young lovers ĺ─˙Vieni la seraĺ─¨, and the hauntingly beautiful ĺ─˙Humming Chorusĺ─¨ all depict overwhelming emotions via of the power of the human voice soaring above an orchestra.  Premiering an all-Canadian cast, this period production features the vocal talents of Suzanne Kilgore as the heroine Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Romulo Delgado as Pinkerton, Louisa Cowie as Suzuki and Mark Gardner as Sharpless. 

Donĺ─˘t miss this performance of the worldĺ─˘s most beloved opera: ĺ─˙Madama Butterflyĺ─¨ by G.Puccini will be for only one performance only ~ Sunday March 14th 2010 at 3pm.  Call the Humanities Theatre Box Office at 519.888.4908 and book your tickets today!

OPERA KITCHENER is owned and operated by husband and wife team Emilio and Jennifer Fina.  Their mandate is to present traditional, fully-staged professional operatic productions on a yearly basis, to provide the experience that only opera can bestow to the public with affordable ticket prices and to employ the talents of resident musicians and artists of the community.

OPERA KITCHENERĺ─˘s ĺ─˙MADAMA BUTTERFLYĺ─¨ ĺ─ý an opera by G.Puccini  ĺ─ý
Sunday March 14th 2010 at 3pm
The Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo Ontario

Fully staged with sets, costumes, orchestra, chorus and soloists
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

For Tickets call the Humanities Theatre Box Office at 519.888.4908

Visit us at for more information on this performance or our 2009/2010 season.


La sortie de lĺ─˘album Le Gala du 30e anniversaire de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal

Pour souligner les 30 ans de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, ATMA Classique sĺ─˘associe avec cette prestigieuse institution culturelle du Qułębec, de młüme quĺ─˘avec Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, pour la parution dĺ─˘un CD double du Concert-Gala du 30e anniversaire.

Enregistrłę  le 6 dłęcembre 2009 łŢ la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place-des-Arts łŢ Montrłęal, ce gala rłęunit une plłęiade dĺ─˘artistes lyriques parmi les plus en vue au Canada dont Marc Hervieux, Marie-Josłęe Lord, Lyne Fortin, łÔtienne Dupuis, Marianne Fiset et Aline Kutan, accompagnłęs par lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain dirigłę par Alain Trudel.

Sous les allures dĺ─˘une grande fłüte de lĺ─˘art lyrique, ce disque propose un florilł«ge des plus grands airs dĺ─˘opłęra, duos et ensembles choisis du rłępertoire opłęratique parmi les favoris du public; airs, duos, trios et quatuors tirłęs dĺ─˘opłęras allant de Carmen de Bizet łŢ Manon de Massenet en passant par Rigoletto de Verdi et La Bohł«me de Puccini.

Depuis sa fondation en 1980, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal a offert 907 reprłęsentations de 90 opłęras, deux premił«res mondiales et 54 nouvelles productions, vues ou entendues par plus de vingt millions de tłęlłęspectateurs et dĺ─˘auditeurs. Comme en fait foi la distribution entił«rement canadienne de ce Gala, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal a contribułę łŢ lĺ─˘łętablissement dĺ─˘une riche tradition lyrique de chez nous.

La parution du CD cołěncide avec la production 30e anniversaire de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Tosca de Puccini, łŢ lĺ─˘affiche łŢ la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier dł«s le 30 janvier 2010.

Le CD du Gala de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal sera disponible dł«s le 26 janvier 2010.
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Saison 30e Anniversaire

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de Giacomo Puccini

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

Montrłęal, 20 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 Simnard-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.

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

Genre : Drame tragique
Structure : En trois actes
Langue : En italien avec surtitres franł▀ais et anglais 
Livret : Luigi Illica et Giuseppe Giacosa (dĺ─˘aprł«s la pił«ce de Victorien Sardou)
Crłęation : Rome, Teatro Costanzi, le 14 janvier 1900
Production : San Diego Opera
Dernił«re production łŢ la compagnie : mars 2002  

Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec Espace musique et ATMA classique, est fier de la production dĺ─˘un Cd du Gala 30e anniversaire. Tous les dłętails sur le communiqułę dĺ─˘ATMA classique ci-joint.

Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra
La grande gagnante du projet Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra, la soprano Annie Sanschagrin (Crabtree), chantera deux airs de Tosca dans les dłęcors de la production de Tosca  et avec orchestre : 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. 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), et 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.

MłętrOpłęra autour de Puccini et lĺ─˘opłęra italien par les chanteurs de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Dates : lundi 25 janvier et mardi 26 janvier 2010 łŢ 16 h 45 ; station : Berri-UQAM.

Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal est fier de sĺ─˘associer łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de Chambly pour concrłętiser ses efforts de dłęploiement en rłęgion.
Dans le cadre dĺ─˘une annłęe commłęmoration de la grande diva canadienne Emma Lajeunesse, dite lĺ─˘Albani, nłęe łŢ Chambly en 1847, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal apportera son concours łŢ des organismes culturels de la rłęgion de Chambly pour souligner les 80 ans du dłęcł«s de la cantatrice et les 140 ans de ses dłębuts professionnels internationaux et favoriser lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ lĺ─˘opłęra aux rłęgions. Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal est fier de sĺ─˘associer łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de Chambly, łŢ la Ville de Chambly et łŢ la Sociłętłę dĺ─˘histoire de la seigneurie de Chambly pour porter avec eux la flamme culturelle. Le premier łęvłęnement : une confłęrence-rłęcital sur la vie dĺ─˘Albani le samedi 10 avril 2010 łŢ 16 h, animłę par le musicologue Pierre Vachon, łęgalement directeur Communications-Marketing de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, et les chanteurs de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de Chambly qui interprłęteront les grands hits de lĺ─˘Albani dans des costumes prłütłęs par lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Cette confłęrence-rłęcital sera le point de dłępart dĺ─˘activitłęs diverses autour dĺ─˘Albani et de lĺ─˘opłęra et de la prłęsence accrue de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal en rłęgion.

Les chanteurs de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal (Marc Hervieux, łÔtienne Dupuis, Marie-Josłęe Lord, Lyne Fortin) et ceux de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal appuient Les Impatients dans la 6e łędition du coffret Mille mots dĺ─˘amour. Ils se rendent dans le Centre du Qułębec, en Estrie puis łŢ Montrłęal au TNM pour assurer le volet musical des soirłęes de lectures de lettres dĺ─˘amour. Une autre fał▀on de faire dłęcouvrir lĺ─˘Opłęra aux gens dĺ─˘ici et des rłęgions.

Opłęra de Montrłęal | Saison 0910

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

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts (PDA)
Verdi ĺ─ý Simon Boccanegra | 13, 17, 20, 22, 25 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h
Massenet ĺ─ý Cendrillon | 22, 26, 29, 31 mai 2010 & 3 juin 2010 łŢ 20 h

Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal
Gagnon-Tremblay ĺ─ý Nelligan | 6, 8, 10, 11 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h & 13 mars 2010 łŢ 14 h


Vancouver Opera Announces Nixon in China Community Engagement Series

Series explores historic 1972 meeting of Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong - and the opera it inspired ĺ─ý through music, history, politics and film

Vancouver, BC ~ In preparation for the Canadian premiere ĺ─ý and new VO production ĺ─ý of John Adamsĺ─˘s modern masterpiece Nixon in China, Vancouver Opera presents a series of free and ticketed community engagement events.

Exploring the historic 1972 meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, the opera it inspired, and the establishment of the Chinese community in Vancouver, this series will engage the mind and imagination through music, history, politics and film.

VO will collaborate with other arts, cultural, and social organizations to present this major series of events, running until March 2010. For up-to-the-minute details on these events, visit VOĺ─˘s Nixon in China Blog at

The Nixon in China Community Engagement Series

Oliver Stoneĺ─˘s Nixon
Sunday, January 24th 
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Free Admission

The Vancity Theatre and VO present a special free screening of Oliver Stone's 1995 film Nixon and introductory remarks and a Q & A Session with Professor Paul J. Quirk, Phil Lind Chair in US Politics and Representation at UBC.

Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available at the door ($2 required VIFF membership available at the door).

This special event kicks off a series of co-presentations between Vancouver Opera and the Vancity Theatre. Look for more Vancouver Opera film events at the Vancity Theatre in the spring.

Turning Point Ensemble ĺ─ý John Adamsĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Son of Chamber Symphonyĺ─¨
Wednesday, February 24th
Vancouver Playhouse
Dunsmuir Street & Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets from $20 through Ticketmaster: 604-280-4444 or

The Canadian premiere of John Adams's newly completed chamber piece ("riveting and full of surprises" said the Los Angeles Times), plus Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony Op. 9 and the world premiere of a new chamber concerto by John Oliver.

This concert is co-presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Inside the Music of John Adams
Tuesday, March 2nd 
Vancouver Academy of Music
1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Free Admission

An exploration of the music and career of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. Presenters include writer and educator Thomas May, editor of The John Adams Reader, and conductor John DeMain, who conducted the original 1987 production of Nixon in China

Opera Speaks @ VPL - Chinese Vancouver Then & Now: 1972-2010
Tuesday, March 9th 
7:00 ĺ─ý 9:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library ĺ─ý Central Branch
Alice MacKay Room
Free Admission ĺ─ý seating is limited

Explore the history of the Chinese in Vancouver, with emphasis on the Chinese communities' emergence and development since 1972, the year of Nixon's momentous trip to China. Discover how our city has been shaped and transformed by Chinese culture over the past 38 years. Moderated by esteemed China scholar Dr. Jan Walls. Speakers include eminent architect Bing Thom, UBC historian Henry Yu, and filmmaker Colleen Leung.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.
Opera Speaks @ VPL is sponsored by Omni BC Diversity Television.

In China: Comparing the Nixon, Trudeau and Harper Visits
Friday, March 12th
4:00pm ĺ─ý 5:30pm             
Choi Building Conference Room, 1855 West Mall, UBC
Free Admission

A panel discussion exploring the past and future of Canada-China Relations to close the two day colloquium hosted by the Institute of Asian Research. For more information see
as of February 1st.  

Presented in partnership with the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

Literary Lunch with Margaret MacMillan and Alexandre Trudeau
Tuesday, March 16th 
12:30pm ĺ─ý 2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Tickets: $50 through the VO Box Office: 604-683-0222.

An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau (son of Pierre Ellliott Trudeau) as they take us behind the headlines of history. Hosted by Hal Wake, Artistic Director of Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Margaret MacMillan in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel
Wednesday, March 17th
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 through VancouverTix: 604-629-8849.

Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radioĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Writers and Companyĺ─¨  about her most recent book "The Uses and Abuses of History" and her earlier chronicle "Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World".

Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

About Nixon in China

In 1972, Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong shook hands and changed the course of human events. West and East looked into each otherĺ─˘s eyes and discovered a vast mystery of differences and desires. Henry Kissinger, Chou En-lai, Pat Nixon and Madame Mao all play pivotal roles in this fascinating drama of psychology and global politics.

John Adamsĺ─˘s richly textured and lyrical score pulses with rhythm and Alice Goodmanĺ─˘s literate libretto resonates with poetry. Nixon in China is irresistible and gripping from beginning to end.

Nixon in China by John Adams
Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad
In English with SURTITLESTM
Canadian Premił«re!
March 13, 16, 18, 20, 2010.
All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

The Golden Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Goldcorp, Inc.


Canadian Opera Company Announces its 2010/11 Season Featuring New Productions and COC Premieres

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý Today, at a press conference at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Canadian Opera Company proudly announced its 2010/2011 season.  Featuring two new productions of opera classics, two COC premieres, and three brilliant productions from around the world, the COCĺ─˘s 2010/11 season consists of a diverse line-up of operas featuring some major star power.  The company presents two new productions of operatic favourites Aida and The Magic Flute; COC premieres of the 20th century opera Nixon in China and the COCĺ─˘s first Gluck opera, Orfeo ed Euridice; and the long-awaited returns of Death in Venice, La Cenerentola and Ariadne auf Naxos

Making their COC debuts in the upcoming season are singers Jane Archibald, Lawrence Brownlee, Michele Capalbo, Alice Coote, Sondra Radvanovsky, and conductors
Sir Andrew Davis, and Pablo Heras-Casado; and directors Yoshi Oida and Diane Paulus.  Returning artists include singers Isabel Bayrakdarian, Tracy Dahl, Robert Gleadow, Scott Hendricks, Richard Margison, Adrianne Pieczonka, Brett Polegato, Michael Schade, and Lawrence Zazzo; directors Tim Albery, Neil Armfield, Robert Carsen, and James Robinson; and conductor Harry Bicket.  All performances are in the companyĺ─˘s home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, and feature the renowned COC Orchestra and Chorus.

ĺ─˙The 2010/2011 season is representative of my pledge to present opera of the highest international standards.  With great new productions of classic favourites, the introduction of works never before seen on our stages, and brilliant, imaginative productions from around the world, you have a perfect opera season,ĺ─¨ said Alexander Neef, COCĺ─˘s General Director. 

The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s 61st season opens with a new COC production of Giuseppe Verdiĺ─˘s operatic masterpiece Aida, last produced by the COC in 1986.  Created by the same team responsible for the COCĺ─˘s 2008 award-winning production of War and Peace, Aida is conducted by COC Music Director Johannes Debus and directed by Tim AlberyAida is the story of an Ethiopian princess enslaved in Egypt whose love affair with her enemyĺ─˘s military commander, Radames, seals their fate.  American dramatic soprano Sondra Radvanovsky makes her much-anticipated company and role debut as Aida, and shares the role with Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo who also makes her COC debut.  American baritone Scott Hendricks (Don Carlos, and the upcoming Otello) returns as Amonasro, the King of Ethiopia.  Also making their COC debuts are Australian-born tenor Rosario La Spina singing the role of Radames, and American mezzo-soprano Jill Grove as Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt, also in love with Radames,.  This new production is designed by War and Peace collaborators Hildegard Bechtler (set) and Thomas C. Hase (lighting), and costumes are designed by Jon MorrellAida runs for 12 performances on October 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, and November 2, 5, 2010 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó. 

The fall season continues with Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s Death in Venice, not performed by the COC since 1984.  Brittenĺ─˘s final opera, based on Thomas Mannĺ─˘s novella, is about an aging writer in crisis, who, while seeking salvation and creative inspiration in the light and splendour of early 20th-century Venice, instead becomes bewitched with the vitality and beauty of a young boy.  Returning to lead the COC Orchestra and Chorus is British conductor Steuart Bedford (1993ĺ─˘s Hłžnsel und Gretel), recognized as one of todayĺ─˘s leading experts on the works of Benjamin Britten.  Notably, Mr. Bedford conducted the world premiere of the opera in 1973.  Acclaimed Japanese-born Yoshi Oida, who as part of Peter Brookĺ─˘s renowned theatre company has worked as an actor and director, makes his COC debut directing this production.  Singing the lead role of Gustav von Aschenbach is British tenor Alan Oke who received widespread acclaim for his portrayal.  British baritone Peter Savidge (2005ĺ─˘s Rodelinda) returns to the COC to sing the role of the Traveller.  Making his company debut singing the voice of the Greek god Apollo is British countertenor William TowersDeath in Venice is a co-production between the Aldeburgh Festival, Opłęra national de Lyon, Bregenz Opera and Prague State Opera.  It is sung in English with English SURTITLESĺĐó and runs for eight performances on October 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, and November 3, 6, 2010

A new COC production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartĺ─˘s mystical fairytale The Magic Flute opens the winter season.  Director Diane Paulus, Tony AwardČĂ-nominated director of Broadwayĺ─˘s HAIR, and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater, makes her COC debut.  The Magic Flute weaves a timeless story of Prince Tamino, and his friend Papagenoĺ─˘s magical quest to rescue a beautiful princess, Pamina, from the sorcerer Sarastro.  This new production is designed by Myung Hee Cho and will appeal to all ages.  Singing the lead roles of Tamino and Pamina are COC favourites tenor Michael Schade (2009ĺ─˘s Rusalka), and celebrated Armenian-Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian (2008ĺ─˘s Pellłęas et Młęlisande).  They share their roles with young Canadian singers, tenor Frłędłęric Antoun and COC Ensemble Studio member soprano Simone Osborne.  Baritone Rodion Pogossov (2007ĺ─˘s The Barber of Seville) returns to the COC to sing the role of Papageno, and recent Ensemble Studio graduate soprano Lisa DiMaria is his sweetheart, Papagena.  Canadian soprano Aline Kutan makes her mainstage debut in her signature role as The Queen of the Night.  Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko is Sarastro, and former Ensemble bass-baritone Robert Gleadow (2009ĺ─˘s La Bohł«me and A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream) sings the Speaker of the Temple.  Leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus in some of Mozartĺ─˘s most sublimely beautiful and infectious melodies is COC Music Director Johannes DebusLast performed on the COC mainstage in 1993,
The Magic Flute runs for 12 performances on January 29, February 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 2011 and is sung in German with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Experience the exciting young singers of the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s Ensemble Studio, as they perform Mozartĺ─˘s The Magic Flute on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  This special performance stars the Ensemble members with the full COC Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of COC Music Director Johannes DebusFor casting, please visit the COC website at  Tickets are accessible priced at $20 or $50 per person.

Continuing the winter season is a COC premiere of John Adamsĺ─˘ opera, Nixon in China.  Considered one of the major operas of the 20th century, Nixon in China recounts President Richard Nixonĺ─˘s famous, five-day 1972 trip to China.  Hailed by critics in his ĺ─˙sensational portrayal of Richard Nixonĺ─¨ (Houston Chronicle) is leading American baritone Robert Orth (1990ĺ─˘s The Barber of Seville).  Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl (1995ĺ─˘s Ariadne auf Naxos) makes her return to the COC as Madame Mao.  American bass-baritone Thomas Hammons makes his COC debut portraying Nixonĺ─˘s diplomatic advisor Henry Kissinger, a role he premiered in Houston in 1987, and subsequently performed in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Los Angeles.  Singing Chairman Mao is British tenor Adrian Thompson.  Making his COC debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus is young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who was unanimously voted winner of the 2007 Lucerne Festival Conductorsĺ─˘ Competition by a jury headed by Pierre Boulez and Peter EłĆtvłĆs.  Returning to the COC to direct this production he originally staged at Opera Theatre of St. Louis is American James Robinson (Elektra, Turandot, Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il viaggio a Reims).  The COC premiere of Nixon in China runs for eight performances on February 5, 9, 11, 13, 19, 22, 24, and 26, 2011 and is sung in English with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Opening the COCĺ─˘s spring season and performed for the first time since 1996, is Gioacchino Rossiniĺ─˘s delightful opera buffa La Cenerentola, based on the beloved fairytale Cinderella.  This colourful and imaginative production from Houston Grand Opera (a joint venture with Barcelonaĺ─˘s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Welsh National Opera and Grand Thłęłótre de Genł«ve) features a spectacular cast of Rossini specialists.  Returning to the COC to sing Angelina (Cenerentola) is American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong who made her company debut as Hermia in A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream (ĺ─˙stunningly rich and powerful voiceĺ─¨ Toronto Star)American Lawrence Brownlee, known as one of the most prominent bel canto tenors on the international stage, performs the role of Don Ramiro.  Mr. Brownlee, who sang this role in Houston, makes his COC debut as the Prince.  Dandini, Ramiroĺ─˘s valet, is sung by COC favourite, baritone Brett Polegato (2009ĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly and 2008ĺ─˘s Don Giovanni).  American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen (2001ĺ─˘s The Girl of the Golden West) returns to sings Alidoro.  Returning to the COC as Don Magnifico, Cenerentolaĺ─˘s father, is Italian bass Donato DiStefano (2007ĺ─˘s The Marriage of Figaro and Le Comte Ory).  Making his COC debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus is Italian conductor Leonardo Vordoni, who recently made his debut with the prestigious Wexford Opera Festival and the internationally-renowned Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2008.  This vibrant and animated production is ideal for all ages and is directed and designed by the creative Spanish theatre troupe Els Comediants led by director Joan Font.  La Cenerentola runs for nine performances on April 23, 28, May 1, 7, 10, 13, 19, 22, and 25, 2011 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Continuing the spring season is Richard Straussĺ─˘s Ariadne auf Naxos. Last performed by the COC in 1995, this opera-within-an-operaĺ─˘s madcap backstage melodrama is just a precursor to onstage expressions of love, loss and spiritual transformation.  Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric Opera of Chicagoĺ─˘s Music Director and Principal Conductor, makes his much-anticipated company debut leading the COC Orchestra.  Leading the stellar cast are Canadian stars, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and tenor Richard Margison.  Ms Pieczonka and Mr. Margison last appeared together in the COCĺ─˘s 2009 production of Fidelio.  Canadian soprano
Jane Archibald sings Zerbinetta, the charming comedienne of the faux opera,  and recently sang this role to rave reviews with the Berlin Deutsche Oper.  Renowned British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote sings the Composer.  Both Ms Archibald and Ms Coote make their highly anticipated COC debuts in this production.  Returning to the COC is multiple award-winning Australian director Neil Armfield (2001ĺ─˘s Billy Budd and 2009ĺ─˘s A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream).  Ariadne auf Naxos is a Welsh National Opera production, and runs for eight performances on April 30, May 3, 12, 15, 18, 21, 27, and 29, 2011 and is sung in German with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Closing the 2010/11 season is the COC premiere of Christoph Willibald Gluckĺ─˘s Orfeo ed EuridiceCanadian director Robert Carsen (world premiere of 1992ĺ─˘s Mario and the Magician and Katya Kabanova) makes his highly anticipated return to the COC with his acclaimed Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Gluckĺ─˘s masterpieceAmerican countertenor Lawrence Zazzo and Isabel Bayrakdarian star in the title roles.  Mr. Zazzo recently sang Oberon to rave reviews in the COCĺ─˘s 2009 production of A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream, and currently can be seen as Ottone in Lĺ─˘incoronazione di Poppea with Theater an der Wien in Vienna.  Ms Bayrakdarian is currently performing the role of Ilia in Opłęra national de Parisĺ─˘s production of Idomeneo (a role she will perform with the COC this spring) and also performs earlier in the COCĺ─˘s 2010/11 season in The Magic FluteLeading the COC Orchestra and Chorus is renowned British conductor Harry Bicket, who conducts the COCĺ─˘s new production of Mozartĺ─˘s Idomeneo this season.  Orfeo ed Euridice runs for eight performances on
May 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26, and 28, 2011 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Subscriptions to the seven mainstage operas for the COCĺ─˘s 2010/11 season range from $287 to $1249, with Grand Ring (box level) seat subscriptions available at $1,694 and $2,079, and may be purchased online at, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.  Subscriptions are available to renewing COC subscribers on January 20, 2010 and to the general public on April 5, 2010.

Single tickets are available to the public as of August 16, 2010 for the fall run, December 13, 2010 for the winter run and March 7, 2011 for the spring run.  Single ticket prices for all performances range from $62 to $190, with Grand Ring (box level) seat tickets available at $229 and $281 plus applicable taxes. 

Special young peopleĺ─˘s tickets for all performances throughout the season are priced from $31 to $95 plus applicable taxes.  These ticket prices apply to those who are 15 years of age or under, accompanied by, and sitting next to an adult.  Young adults between the ages of 16 to 29 may purchase specially-priced $20 tickets through the COCĺ─˘s Opera for a New Age program approximately one week prior to each of the fall, winter and spring seasons.  Opera for a New Age is presented by TD Bank Financial Group.  A total of 150 seats, each priced at $20, will be reserved for every COC performance and will be available for purchase through Opera for a New Age to student groups and subject to availability on the day of a performance. 

New in the 2010/11 season are Standing Room Only tickets available on the day of all performances.  Tickets are $12 and go on sale 11 a.m. the day of the performance.  For more information please see the separate press release.

All repertoire, dates, pricing, productions, and casting are subject to change.  For more complete casting, please see the Show Pages.

The Canadian Opera Company will webcast the announcement of its 2010/11 season live on on January 20, 2010 at 10 a.m. from the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  The webcast will be available for streaming after the press conference.

For more information on the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s 2010/11 season, please visit

Nixon in China Production Co-sponsors: CIBC and CIBC Mellon

The Magic Flute has been generously underwritten by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation.

The Magic Flute Production Sponsor: RBC

This production of Orfeo ed Euridice is owned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago and was made possible by generous gifts from An Anonymous Donor, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust/The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Stephen A. Kaplan and Alyce K. Sigler, Sidley Austin LLP, and Howard A. Stotler with additional funding by AT&T.

Presenting Sponsor of SURTITLESĺĐó: Sun Life Financial

Official Automotive Sponsor of the COC at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Broadcast Partner: CBC Radio 2

Official Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

Digital Marketing Sponsor: Delvinia

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canadaĺ─˘s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC, and other generous donors.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and fifth largest in North America, and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009/10.  Under its new leadership of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC continues its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation.  The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate and one of the highest subscription rates in North America.  The COC performs in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.  From its inauguration in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre has been internationally hailed as one of the finest opera houses in the world.  The Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.

Canadian Opera Company Website
The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s award-winning website,, contains information on all productions and programs and includes video interviews with members of the creative team, as well as many other fun, informative and interactive features.


De retour łŢ la Place des Arts łŢ la demande głęnłęrale directement de la Havane :


Un soir seulement : le samedi 27 fłęvrier 2010, 20 h 

Montrłęal, le 18 janvier 2010 - Aprł«s une tournłęe couronnłęe de succł«s en 2008, voilłŢ que la troupe cubaine Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba est de retour pour une tournłęe pancanadienne et enflammera les planches de la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier le samedi 27 fłęvrier 2010, 20 h avec le spectacle Elementos. Une prłęsentation de la Place des Arts en collaboration avec le Festival MONTRłÔAL EN LUMIłÓRE.

Crłęłę łŢ Cuba en 2002, Elementos est un fabuleux spectacle de danse łŢ grand dłęploiement rempli de fantaisie et dĺ─˘optimiste, oł╝ la Terre, le Feu, lĺ─˘Eau et lĺ─˘Air prennent forme humaine pour insuffler la vie łŢ lĺ─˘Homme. Au fil des diffłęrents tableaux, la singulił«re combinaison du ballet, du flamenco et des danses Afro-Cubaines donne au spectacle une force inłęgalłęe, une łęnergie irrłęsistible.

Crłęłęe łŢ Cuba en 1991 par la talentueuse danseuse et chorłęgraphe Lizt Alfonso, la compagnie Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba sĺ─˘est rapidement dłęmarqułęe aux quatre coins du globe grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘łępoustouflante prłęcision technique de ses danseuses et łŢ lĺ─˘incroyable talent de ses musiciens cubains.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, cĺ─˘est une fusion rłęvolutionnaire de l'ardeur du flamenco, de lĺ─˘łęlłęgance du ballet et de la passion de la danse afro-cubaine sur les rythmes ensorceleurs et contagieux de la musique afro-cubaine espagnole. La compagnie a ainsi rapidement acquis la  rłęputation dĺ─˘łütre un ensemble au contenu unique au monde, exotique, diffłęrent et fascinant. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba touche aussi bien les connaisseurs que les gens qui ne sont pas familiers avec le monde de la danse.

Lizt Alfonso a łętłę rłęcompensłęe du Prix canadien Dora Mavor Moore 2008 dans la catłęgorie Č┤ Meilleure chorłęgraphie Ȭ pour le spectacle VIDA !,  qui a rłęcoltłę un immense succł«s łŢ Toronto en juin 2007 lors des reprłęsentations łŢ guichets fermłęs donnłęes pendant un mois. La compagnie a łęgalement fait lĺ─˘objet dĺ─˘un documentaire, produit et rłęalisłę par lĺ─˘ex Prima Ballerina du Ballet National du Canada Veronica Tennant, qui est rłęgulił«rement diffusłę sur BRAVO!.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, le samedi 27 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 20 h łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Billets en vente łŢ la billetterie de la Place des Arts, 175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
łŢ Montrłęal, 514 842-2112 / 1 866 842-2112 ou sur


Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res 26e Concours Annuel


Trois-Rivił«res, le 20 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý La płęriode dĺ─˘inscription łŢ la 26e łędition du Concours annuel de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res dłębute aujourdĺ─˘hui pour se poursuivre jusquĺ─˘au lundi 1er mars 2010. Dłędiłęe aux instruments łŢ cordes (violon, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse) cette łędition dĺ─˘envergure se dłęploiera, pour une premił«re fois, sur deux week-ends les 9, 10, 11 et 17 avril 2010 et elle sera prłęsentłęe grłóce łŢ la collaboration du Port de Trois-Rivił«res, commanditaire majeur de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement.  


Les auditions des candidats se dłęrouleront les 9, 10 et 11 avril 2010 au Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res (587, rue Radisson).  

Les trois finalistes retenus se disputeront les honneurs lors de la finale qui se tiendra le 17 avril 2010 łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle J.-Antonio-Thompson (374, rue des Forges łŢ Trois-Rivił«res), ils se produiront avec lĺ─˘OSTR, sous la direction de maestro Jacques Lacombe, lors du concert Beethoven hłęrołěque.
Prłęsidłę par Jacques Lacombe (directeur artistique de lĺ─˘OSTR), le jury sera composłę de Marie-Josłęe Arpin (violon solo, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res), Chantal Błęlisle (rłęalisatrice, Espace musique) et Alex Benjamin (directeur artistique, Le Festival de Lanaudił«re). 

Les laurłęats se partageront plus de 10 000 $ en prix et bourses, offerts notamment par le Port de Trois-Rivił«res, lĺ─˘OSTR, Radio-Canada/Espace musique, la Corporation de dłęveloppement culturel de Trois-Rivił«res et CAMMAC. 

Pour toute information additionnelle, contactez lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res au 819 373-5340. Consultez łęgalement le site Internet de lĺ─˘OSTR au pour tłęlłęcharger le formulaire dĺ─˘inscription.  

Lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, de la Ville de Trois-Rivił«res et du Conseil des Arts du Canada.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Two New York Premieres



Two New York premieres will be featured in a concert by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 9, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (Broadway at 65th St., Manhattan). One of the works, Ansel Adams: America (in its New York premiere) by jazz great Dave Brubeck and his son, Chris, will feature 100 projected images by the eminent American photographer. The all-American program also includes works by Bill Cunliffe (also a New York premiere), Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein.

The Temple University Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Luis Biava, is returning to New York City for the fourth time. The orchestra is part of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University (in Philadelphia).

Tickets, $35 to $20; $10 for students, seniors and wheelchair patrons, are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office (after 21 January 2010); by calling (212) 721-6500; or online:

ĺ─˙This concert is a celebration of the American cultural landscape,ĺ─¨ said Dr. Robert T. Stroker, Dean of the College. ĺ─˙Providing students with opportunities to perform new works by major American composers is one of the many ways Boyer fosters and supports their future careers as professional musicians.ĺ─¨ 

Boyer is part of the orchestral consortium that commissioned the Brubeck work. Ansel Adams: America, through the 100 photographs, chronicles Adamsĺ─˘ life and work. After its world premiere performances, the Sacramento (California) Press described Ansel Adams: America as ĺ─˙a piece that fills the senses while evoking nostalgia and hopeĺ─ÂWhen the final moonlit mountain went dark, the music stopped and the full house eruptedĺ─Â It also includes musical references to Adamsĺ─˘ early mentors, Bach and Chopinĺ─Â The effect is both inspiring and humbling.ĺ─¨ 

Also on the program is a second commission: fourth streamĺ─ÂLa Banda (The Band), by 2010 GrammyČĂ-nominated composer and arranger Bill Cunliffe, for orchestra, jazz combo and solo trumpet, to be performed by GrammyČĂ winner Terell Stafford. Rounding out the concert are works by Leonard Bernstein and by Samuel Barber, whose centenary will be observed in 2010.

On March 21, 2010, in Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Temple University Symphony Orchestra will give the world premiere of  fourth streamĺ─ÂLa Banda (The Band) and the Philadelphia premiere of Ansel Adams: America. The orchestraĺ─˘s last New York appearance was in 2008 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with Luis Biava conducting and Ricardo Morales as soloist.

The April 9 program is as follows:
Temple University Symphony Orchestra
Luis Biava, Conductor
BARBER - Essay No. 2, Op. 17
BERNSTEIN - On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
BRUBECK - Ansel Adams: America
[New York Premiere]
CUNLIFFE - fourth streamĺ─ÂLa Banda (The Band)
[New York Premiere]
Terell Stafford, trumpet

About Luis Biava
Luis Biava served as conductor-in-residence for The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1994-2004, where he also served as principal second violin for nearly two decades. He has enjoyed long associations with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, South America, and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He has been music director and conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra since 1986.

Maestro Biava is a regular guest conductor with Vermontĺ─˘s Mozart Festival, Brevard Music Center, Casals Festival, and is the music director of the Festival Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de las Americas, a festival held every June as an educational branch of the Casals Festival. Since 2003, he has served as senior administrator and faculty of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.  

Maestro Biava has received The Philadelphia Orchestraĺ─˘s C. Hartman Kuhn Award for demonstrating ĺ─˙both musical ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the musical standards and reputation of The Philadelphia Orchestra;ĺ─¨ the Comcast Newsmaker of the Year for the Arts Award; the Arts Recognition Award from the Society for Performing Arts of the Media (PA) Theater; the Order of Merit from Italy; and the Medal of San Carlos, from the President of the Republic of Colombia.
About Temple University Symphony Orchestra
Under the leadership of music director Luis Biava, the Temple University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students who study and perform a full range of orchestral works. Students also perform with Templeĺ─˘s Opera Theater and the Department of Choral Activities in major performances on and off campus. Orchestra alumni hold positions with many renowned orchestras including The Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, National and Hungarian Symphony Orchestras; the Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras; and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In addition to local and greater Philadelphia area performances, the Temple University Symphony Orchestra performs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

About Dave Brubeck
A GrammyČĂ Lifetime Achievement award winner for his innovative work in jazz, Dave Brubeck is also a composer of many fully notated works including ballet suites, a string quartet, orchestral compositions and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where recently a Brubeck Institute has been established to continue his legacy in music. 

Following Army service in World War II, Mr. Brubeck studied composition with the French composer, Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him to compose using the languages of jazz as well as classical music. This led to the founding of the experimental Dave Brubeck Octet. In 1954, Time Magazine acknowledged Dave Brubeck's achievements in jazz with a cover story on him and his quartet that included saxophonist Paul Desmond. 

Since that time, Dave Brubeck has received many honors internationally, including honorary degrees from universities in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, England and Canada, and a place in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. In 2006, he received the prestigious Laetare Award from Notre Dame University. He is recognized as a Jazz Master by the NEA and was honored as a ĺ─˙Living Legendĺ─¨ by the Library of Congress. President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of the Arts and he has been similarly honored by the governments of France, Italy and Austria. In 2008, Condoleeza Rice presented him with the U. S. State Department Benjamin Franklin Award in recognition of his role as musical ambassador. In 2009, Dave Brubeck was a Kennedy Center honoree.

About Chris Brubeck
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brubeck has earned international acclaim as a performer and leader of his groups, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play. The Chicago Tribune wrote that Chris is ĺ─˙a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody ĺ─ý a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.ĺ─¨

Recent premieres and commissions include: ĺ─˙Mark Twainĺ─˘s World:  A Symphonic Journey for Orchestra and Genuine Thespians;ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Quiet Heroes ĺ─ý A Symphonic Salute to the Flag Raisers of Iwo Jima;ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Music is the Power;ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Spontaneous Combustion: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra;ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙From the Blues to Beyond.ĺ─¨ His first two trombone concertos were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with Chris as soloist.

Chris Brubeck is the recipient of the several ASCAP awards including the Deems Taylor Award and a Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University. He has served as composer-in-residence at the Henry Mancini Institute and has been named a ĺ─˙Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.ĺ─¨
About Ansel Adams
Photographer and conservationist Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco on February 20, 1902. Highly resistant to ĺ─˙regular education,ĺ─¨ the boy was taken out of school in 1915 and, from then on, gained his education from a combination of personal study/exploration and private tutors. In 1916, the family made a trip to Yosemite, which proved to be a seminal experience. He decided to become a concert pianist in 1925, but later abandoned that goal and devoted his life to photography. In 1932, he founded the f/64 group with photographer Edward Weston and developed unique techniques to obtain maximum tonal range from black-and-white film. His visionary photographs of western landscapes, inspired by that early trip to Yosemite, led to three Guggenheim grants to photograph the national parks (1944-58). Mr. Adams moved to Carmel, California, in 1962 and, a few years later, led the establishment of Friends of Photography. A lifelong conservationist, he served on the Sierra Club Board from 1934ĺ─ţ1971. Ansel Adams died on April 22, 1984.

About Bill Cunliffe
Composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe has performed and toured with some of the biggest names in jazz: Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Marian McPartland and Joshua Redman. He has arranged for and performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He regularly tours and records with his own ensembles, Imaginacion and Trimotif. Mr. Cunliffe is a 2010 GrammyČĂ-nominee for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Bill Cunliffe is the recipient of a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, numerous National Endowment for the Arts grants, and three GrammyČĂ nominations. His CDs have all charted on nationwide jazz polls and his instructional books have become part of the standard reference library for musicians. He is a Baldwin Piano Artist.

Mr. Cunliffe studied piano with the great Mary Lou Williams at Duke University and holds a masterĺ─˘s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He taught at Central State University and Temple University and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Cal State Fullerton.

About Terell Stafford
Terell Stafford has been hailed as ĺ─˙one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player,ĺ─¨ by piano legend McCoy Tyner.

Mr. Stafford has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz: Bobby Watson, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Diana Krall on her 2006 GrammyČĂ-nominated CD. He is currently a member of the 2009 GrammyČĂ award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers and Frank Wess Quintets, and performs and tours regularly with the Terell Stafford Quintet. 

Terell Stafford has appeared on television (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and You Bet Your Life with Bill Cosby), played on the soundtrack for the feature film, A Bronx Tale, and is slated to perform as featured guest for National Public Radioĺ─˘s popular series, Billy Taylorĺ─˘s Jazz at the Kennedy Center. He also serves as a member of the resident faculty at the prestigious Vail Foundationĺ─˘s ĺ─˛Vail Jazz Partyĺ─˘ in Colorado and is an instructor and mentor for Jazz at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Essentially Ellingtonĺ─¨ High School Band Festival.

Mr. Stafford formerly taught at the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies and is currently Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University. He studied at the University of Maryland and holds a master of music education degree from Rutgers University.


Jacques Hłętu

Montrłęal, le mercredi 10 fłęvrier 2010 - Cĺ─˘est avec beaucoup dĺ─˘łęmotion que lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain a appris ce matin le dłęcł«s du compositeur Jacques Hłętu, aux suites dĺ─˘un cancer.

Lĺ─˘Orchestre a toujours apprłęciłę interprłęter les ëýuvres  de M. Hłętu ; ce fut par ailleurs un grand honneur pour les musiciens de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain et leur chef Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, de crłęer son Concerto pour deux guitares łŢ lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘un concert łŢ Rivił«re-des-Prairies, le 14 janvier dernier.

Č┤ Jacques Hłętu łętait un compositeur accompli. Sa passion et son honnłütetłę, traduites dans toutes ses compositions, resteront gravłęes dans nos młęmoires Ȭ, a exprimłę Yannick, rejoint łŢ Londres cet aprł«s-midi.

Lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain et Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin souhaitent offrir leurs plus sincł«res condolłęances łŢ la famille et aux proches de M. Hłętu.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cleveland Orchestra management and musicians reach agreement

CLEVELAND, January 19, 2010 ĺ─ý The Musiciansĺ─˘ Union and Management of The Cleveland Orchestra reached an agreement early this morning for a new three-year contract through September 2, 2012.  

The agreement calls for a two-year wage freeze through August 2011, followed by semi-annual wage increases of 3% and 2% in the subsequent year.  In addition, the Musicians will donate up to 10 services, which will provide cost relief and additional revenue for the Musical Arts Association.  Musicians will increase their medical premium contribution beginning in July 2011. 

The agreement was announced by the Musiciansĺ─˘ Committee Chairman, Jeffrey Rathbun, and the Orchestraĺ─˘s Executive Director, Gary Hanson. 

Mr. Rathbun said, ĺ─˙We are very happy that management has heard our message and agreed not to further erode our base compensation allowing us to stay as competitive as possible with the marketplace.  We look forward to working together to build our base of support and continue our tradition of excellence.ĺ─¨

Mr. Hanson said, ĺ─˙Both sides worked effectively through a difficult process to reach an unprecedented agreement that will do much to help the Associationĺ─˘s finances going forward.  I am very grateful for the Musiciansĺ─˘ passion and abiding concern for the Orchestraĺ─˘s artistic excellence.ĺ─¨ 

The agreement was ratified by the musicians on Tuesday afternoon at Severance Hall.  The agreement brings an end to a strike by the Union representing the musicians, Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians, which began at midnight on January 18.  The short strike caused the postponement of a scheduled Residency by the Orchestra at Indiana University.  The Orchestraĺ─˘s Miami Residency performances will proceed as scheduled.

The Orchestra Committee negotiating on behalf of the Musicians also included Mary Kay Fink, Eli Matthews, Jonathan Sherwin, and Paul Yancich, represented by attorney Bruce Simon.  The negotiating team for Management included Gary Ginstling, James Menger, and Karen Tucholski, represented by attorney Frank Buck.

Negotiations were assisted by FMCS Mediators Jack Buettner and Laura Shepard, who provided tireless and invaluable service in helping the parties reach agreement. 


Eric Baptiste named CEO of SOCAN - Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada

TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) today announced its board of directors has named Eric Baptiste to serve as the organization's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), as of May 16, 2010, replacing Andrłę LeBel who announced his plans for retirement last year.

Baptiste currently holds the position of CEO of the International Confederation of the Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the World Federation of Copyright Societies with 225 member societies in 118 countries. Among his many achievements during his 12-year career at CISAC, Baptiste raised their profile through lobbying activities in many countries, and created the successful CISAC "World Copyright Summit." Prior to joining CISAC, Baptiste was CEO of a commercial radio station (95.2 Paris FM) serving the greater Paris area and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Radio France International (RFI).

"SOCAN is a remarkable performing rights organization, with a proud history of innovation and outstanding success throughout its 20-year history," says Eric Baptiste. "It's a great honour to join its leadership team and have the opportunity to build on its success."
Earl Rosen, president of SOCAN's board of directors said "The board selected Eric because of his extensive international experience with rights management. His vast career in the industry demonstrates his proven capabilities as a leader for consistently delivering concrete and innovative results."

A search committee of six SOCAN board members reviewed and interviewed candidates from a broad field of executives in the running for the position, lead by the executive search firm Odgers & Berndtson. Following a rigorous interview process, the committee reached a unanimous decision and presented its recommendation to the board of directors. "I am very pleased to say that the board whole-heartedly supported the recommendation," said Rosaire Archambault, SOCAN board member and chair of the search committee. "We are confident in the board's final decision and we are looking forward to working with Eric."
"I am delighted with the selection of Eric as my successor," says Andrłę LeBel, CEO, SOCAN. "He has all it takes to take SOCAN to the next level."
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At SOCAN, we understand that the Canadian music industry is only as strong as the sum of its parts. We are proud to play a leading role, working with other organizations to ensure the long-term health of our members' livelihoods and the Canadian music industry as a whole. SOCAN is the Canadian copyright collective for the communication and performance of musical works. We administer these rights on behalf of our members (composers, lyricists, songwriters and their publishers) and those of affiliated international organizations by licensing this use of their music in Canada. The fees collected are distributed as royalties to our members and to affiliated organizations throughout the world. We also distribute royalties received from those organizations to our members for the use of their music worldwide. SOCAN has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Dartmouth.

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San Francisco Opera Announces 2010-11 Season Repertory and Casting

Music Director Nicola Luisotti Launches 88th Season September 10 with Verdiĺ─˘s Aida, Featuring Micaela Carosi, Marcello Giordani, Dolora Zajick, Marco Vratogna and Hao Jiang Tian

Ten Productions Including Cyrano de Bergerac with Plł░cido Domingo;
Werther with Ramłän Vargas and Elč┤na Garančša;
The Makropulos Case with Karita Mattila and Miro Dvorsky; and
Le Nozze di Figaro with Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni

Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Summer 2011:
Donald Runnicles Conducts Three Cycles of Francesca Zambelloĺ─˘s New Production;
Renowned Cast Includes Nina Stemme, Mark Delavan, Ian Storey, Anja Kampe,
Larissa Diadkova, Brandon Jovanovich, Stefan Margita and Gordon Hawkins

All Performances at War Memorial Opera House
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 19, 2010ĺ─ţSan Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley today announced repertory and casting for the Companyĺ─˘s 88th season to begin Friday, September 10 with Music Director Nicola Luisotti leading a gala opening performance of Giuseppe Verdiĺ─˘s grand Egyptian opera, Aida. Highlights of the 2010ĺ─ý11 Season include the return of legendary tenor Plł░cido Domingo in the title role of Franco Alfanoĺ─˘s Cyrano de Bergerac and Karita Mattilaĺ─˘s role debut as Emilia Marty in Leoë░ Janł░čšekĺ─˘s The Makropulos Case. The season will culminate with three complete cycles of Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s magnum opus for the lyric stage, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), as conceived by director Francesca Zambello and conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Sixty-six performances of ten opera productionsĺ─ţseven of which are new to San Francisco audiencesĺ─ţare planned for the 2010ĺ─ý11 Season, bringing internationally renowned opera singers, conductors and directors together with the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the latter directed by Ian Robertson. The operas are Giuseppe Verdiĺ─˘s Aida; a new production of Jules Massenetĺ─˘s Werther; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartĺ─˘s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro); Giacomo Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly; the Company premiere of Franco Alfanoĺ─˘s Cyrano de Bergerac; a new production of Leoë░ Janł░čšekĺ─˘s The Makropulos Case; and Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s epic four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), comprised of Das Rheingold, Die Walkł║re, Siegfried and GłĆtterdłžmmerung. The season runs September 10 through December 5, 2010 and May 29 through July 3, 2011. Subscriptions go on sale to renewing subscribers on January 19, 2010. [See accompanying press release for Ring ticket information.]

Music Director Nicola Luisotti, the Companyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙ideal new maestroĺ─¨ (The New York Times), will conduct Aida, Le Nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly. Former Company music director and acknowledged Wagner authority Donald Runnicles will return for the complete Ring cycle in the summer of 2011. Making their San Francisco Opera debuts will be conductors Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek, a renowned Janł░čšek specialist, for The Makropulos Case; French conductor Patrick Fournillier for Cyrano de Bergerac; and Julian Kovatchev conducting the November performances of Madama Butterfly. San Francisco Opera welcomes back Emmanuel Villaume to lead Werther and the Companyĺ─˘s Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi to conduct encore performances of Aida in November and December.

San Francisco Opera Artistic Adviser Francesca Zambello continues her relationship with the Company by directing the first complete performances of her new production of Wagnerĺ─˘s Ring cycle in 2011. Acclaimed directors Jo Davies (Aida), Petrika Ionesco (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Francisco Negrin (Werther) make their San Francisco Opera debuts, and the Company welcomes back John Copley (Le Nozze di Figaro), Jose Maria Condemi (Madama Butterfly) and Olivier Tambosi (The Makropulos Case).

ĺ─˙Despite the challenging economy, I believe the timing is right to move ahead with our plans to present the complete Ring next year directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Donald Runnicles,ĺ─¨ said David Gockley. ĺ─˙With the Ring requiring so many of our resources, Iĺ─˘m excited that we could offer such quality and quantity in the balance of the fall season. In fact, Iĺ─˘m proud to say that five of our six fall season productions will be new to San Francisco audiences. We also look forward to the return of Plł░cido Domingo, who returns to the War Memorial Opera House to perform on the stage that he identifies with so many of his earlier successes.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙As I have said many times during this challenging financial period,ĺ─¨ continued Gockley, ĺ─˙I remain committed to presenting some of the worldĺ─˘s leading artists and next year is no exception, especially with the Company debuts of Micaela Carosi, Elč┤na Garančša, Anja Kampe, Danielle de Niese, Ian Storey and conductor Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek among so many others. And finally, I am very happy to welcome back our new music director Nicola Luisotti, who will be at the helm of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙I am very honored to return to San Francisco Opera next season and for the opportunity to conduct Aida, Figaro and Butterfly, three extraordinary operas that will feature some of the most important singers of today,ĺ─¨ said Nicola Luisotti. ĺ─˙I love this company, the city and the whole Bay Area community, and want to encourage everyone to take pride in their opera company and to attend a performance. Music, and opera in particular, is truly one of the great universal gifts that we can all enjoy. I believe we have created a very attractive opera season that will inspire all of us and offer many unforgettable evenings in this great theater.ĺ─¨

The 2010ĺ─ý11 Season features the Company debuts of many renowned artists, including sopranos Michele Capalbo (Aida/Aida), Micaela Carosi (Aida/Aida), Melissa Citro (Freia, Ortlinde and Gutrune/ Der Ring des Nibelungen), Ellie Dehn (Countess Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Danielle de Niese (Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro) and Heidi Stober (Sophie/Werther, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro); mezzo-sopranos Elč┤na Garančša (Charlotte/Werther), Michł«le Losier (Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro), Ronnita Miller (Erda and First Norn/Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Guang Yang (Amneris/Aida); tenors Thiago Arancam (Christian/Cyrano de Bergerac), and Ian Storey (Siegfried/Der Ring des Nibelungen); baritones Gerd Grochowski (Jaroslav Prus/The Makropulos Case, Gunther/Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Gordon Hawkins (Alberich/Der Ring des Nibelungen); and bass-baritones Kostas Smoriginas (Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro) and Christian Van Horn (King of Egypt/Aida, The Bailiff/Werther, The Bonze/Madama Butterfly).

Many acclaimed singers will be returning to the War Memorial Opera House, including sopranos Ainhoa Arteta (Roxane/Cyrano de Bergerac), Daniela DessłĘ (Cio-Cio-San/Madama Butterfly), Karita Mattila (Emilia Marty/The Makropulos Case), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde and Third Norn/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Nina Stemme (Brł║nnhilde/Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Svetla Vassileva (Cio-Cio-San/Madama Butterfly); mezzo-sopranos Larissa Diadkova (Fricka/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Daveda Karanas (Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, Waltraute and Second Norn/Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Dolora Zajick (Amneris/Aida); tenors David Cangelosi (Mime/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Plł░cido Domingo (Cyrano de Bergerac/Cyrano de Bergerac), Miro Dvorsky (Albert Gregor/The Makropulos Case), Marcello Giordani (Radames/Aida), Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund and Froh/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Stefan Margita (Loge/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Stefano Secco (Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly), Ramłän Vargas (Werther/Werther) and Carlo Ventre (Radames/Aida); baritones Mark Delavan (Wotan/Der Ring des Nibelungen), Quinn Kelsey (Sharpless/Madama Butterfly, Amonasro/Aida), Lucas Meachem (Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro), Trevor Scheunemann (Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro) and Marco Vratogna (Amonasro/Aida); bass-baritones Eric Owens (Ramfis/Aida), Luca Pisaroni (Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro) and Daniel Sumegi (Fafner and Hunding/Der Ring des Nibelungen); and basses Andrea Silvestrelli (Fasolt and Hagen/Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Hao Jiang Tian (Ramfis/Aida).


San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s 88th season opens on Friday, September 10 with Verdiĺ─˘s Aida, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an illustrious cast that includes Micaela Carosi, Marcello Giordani, Dolora Zajick, Marco Vratogna and Hao Jiang Tian. A highlight of the Cityĺ─˘s cultural and philanthropic season, the Opening Night Gala festivities include Opera Ball 2010, presented by San Francisco Opera Guild and benefiting San Francisco Opera and the Opera Guildĺ─˘s education and community programs, and BRAVO! CLUBĺ─˘s Opening Night Gala, geared toward young professionals.

The season-opening weekend concludes with San Francisco Opera in the Park on Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Golden Gate Parkĺ─˘s Sharon Meadow. This free annual concert features artists from the Companyĺ─˘s Fall 2010 season and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Maestro Luisotti.


San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s 88th season culminates with the Mayĺ─ýJuly 2011 presentation of Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), the composerĺ─˘s epic four-opera cycle. The four operas in this new production by internationally celebrated director Francesca Zambelloĺ─ţDas Rheingold, Die Walkł║re, Siegfried and GłĆtterdłžmmerungĺ─ţwill be presented in San Francisco for the first time as a complete cycle. These performances mark the world premiere of Zambelloĺ─˘s new production of GłĆtterdłžmmerung. In conjunction with other Bay Area cultural institutions, San Francisco Opera will present a series of events for patrons to connect with the work in new and compelling ways and to interact with fellow Ring cycle subscribers. Ancillary activities will include lectures, performances and exhibits throughout 2011. A complete calendar of events will be announced in May 2010.

            Maestro Donald Runnicles will lead the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in these performances that feature an international roster of singers, including Nina Stemme (Brł║nnhilde), Mark Delavan (Wotan), Stefan Margita (Loge), Ian Storey (Siegfried), Gordon Hawkins (Alberich), Larissa Diadkova (Fricka), David Cangelosi (Mime), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) and Brandon Jovanovich (Siegmund and Froh). [See related news release for further details.]  


Continuing what has become a beloved Bay Area tradition, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants partner with Webcor Builders to present the Companyĺ─˘s fifth free live simulcast at AT&T Park on Friday, September 24, 2010. Verdiĺ─˘s Aida, featuring a celebrated cast of singers and conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti, will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House to AT&T Parkĺ─˘s high-definition scoreboard. As a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco Opera in one of the nationĺ─˘s foremost ballparks, the Companyĺ─˘s simulcasts at AT&T Park have drawn over 90,000 people, many experiencing opera for the first time. Webcor Builders Presents Opera at the Ballpark is made possible through the extraordinary technology of the Koret-Taube Media Suite. This event marks the eighth free simulcast presented by San Francisco Opera under David Gockleyĺ─˘s leadership.


Aida ĺ─ý Giuseppe Verdi
San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s 2010ĺ─ý11 Season opens with Verdiĺ─˘s classic masterpiece Aida. A compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passions, this spectacular production, previously seen at English National Opera and Houston Grand Opera, is designed by Zandra Rhodes and directed by Jo Davies. The cast features Italian soprano Micaela Carosi making her Company debut in the title role, renowned Verdian mezzo-soprano and former Adler Fellow Dolora Zajick as Amneris, and Marcello Giordani making his role debut as Radames. Returning after his highly-praised performance in last seasonĺ─˘s Otello is Marco Vratogna as Amonasro; baritone Hao Jiang Tian returns to San Francisco Opera as Ramfis after his 2008 Company debut as Chang the Coffinmaker in The Bonesetterĺ─˘s Daughter. Music Director Nicola Luisotti leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

San Francisco Opera will present five additional performances of Aida in November/December 2010. These performances feature the San Francisco Opera debuts of Canadian soprano Michele Capalbo as Aida and Chinese mezzo-soprano Guang Yang as Amneris. Tenor Carlo Ventre returns as Radames after his recent Company appearance in 2009ĺ─˘s Tosca; Quinn Kelsey and Eric Owens return as Amonasro and Ramfis. Assistant Music Director Giuseppe Finzi conducts.

Werther ĺ─ý Jules Massenet
Bringing one of his signature roles to San Francisco Opera, renowned Mexican tenor Ramłän Vargas appears as Werther, a poet who cannot bear the pain of unfulfilled love. Making her San Francisco Opera debut as Wertherĺ─˘s beloved Charlotte is Musical Americaĺ─˘s 2010 Vocalist of the Year, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elč┤na Garančša. Soprano Heidi Stober makes her Company debut as Charlotteĺ─˘s sister Sophie and baritone Brian Mulligan returns as Albert, Charlotteĺ─˘s betrothed. Massenetĺ─˘s opera, which is based on Goetheĺ─˘s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, was last presented at the War Memorial Opera House in 1985. This new co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, directed by Francisco Negrin, debuts in San Francisco and is led by French conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) ĺ─ý Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozartĺ─˘s eternally popular comedy Le Nozze di Figaro features a cast of vivid characters headlined by young Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Figaro and soprano Danielle de Niese in her highly-anticipated Company debut as Susanna. American soprano Ellie Dehn debuts as the Countess Almaviva and former Adler Fellow Lucas Meachem is her philandering husband. Making her Company debut as Cherubino is Canadian mezzo-soprano Michł«le Losier. Performing in the final three performances of this production are Kostas Smoriginas as Figaro, Heidi Stober as Susanna and Trevor Scheunemann as Count Almaviva. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the Companyĺ─˘s beloved production directed by John Copley.

Madama Butterfly ĺ─ý Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Pucciniĺ─˘s tragic love story stars Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva as the geisha Cio-Cio-San, a role she will share with Italian soprano Daniela DessłĘ; former Adler Fellow Daveda Karanas is Butterflyĺ─˘s maid and confidante, Suzuki. Following his Summer 2010 appearances in the title role of Faust is tenor Stefano Secco as Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, with baritone Quinn Kelsey as the American consul Sharpless, a role he shares with Brian Mulligan. This production from Lyric Opera of Chicago, which is presented at San Francisco Opera for the first time and directed by Jose Maria Condemi, was created by legendary Tony Award winning Broadway stage director Harold Prince and inspired by traditional Japanese theater. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti and Julian Kovatchev conduct.
Cyrano de Bergerac ĺ─ý Franco Alfano
Legendary tenor Plł░cido Domingo makes his long-awaited return to San Francisco Opera after a 10-year absence, portraying Cyrano de Bergerac, the swordsman-poet with an enormous heart and even larger nose. Domingo, who made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1969, has appeared in more than a dozen roles with the Company over the past forty years. This production marks the Company premiere of Alfanoĺ─˘s opera, based on the famed play of the same name written by French poet Edmond Rostand. Roxane, the beautiful object of Cyranoĺ─˘s affection, is sung by Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta, and Thiago Arancam makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Christian de Neuveville. French conductor Patrick Fournillier and director Petrika Ionesco are reunited to lead to this large-scale production which premiered at Parisĺ─˘s Thłęłótre du Chłótelet in May 2009.

The Makropulos Case ĺ─ý Leoë░ Janł░čšek
Following her triumphs in the title roles of Jenëěfa and Kł░ëÇa Kabanovł░, Finnish soprano Karita Mattila returns to San Francisco Opera to star in one of Janł░čšekĺ─˘s most intriguing operasĺ─ţThe Makropulos Case. Making her role debut as the mysterious Emilia Marty, Mattila reunites with Olivier Tambosi, director of her triumphant San Francisco Opera Manon Lescaut in 2006. Tenor Miro Dvorsky returns to the Company as Albert Gregor and bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski is Baron Jaroslav Prus, in his San Francisco Opera debut. Czech conductor and Janł░čšek expert Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek conducts these performances, which mark the premiere of this co-production with Finnish National Opera.


 Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) ĺ─ý Richard Wagner
(Das Rheingold, Die Walkł║re, Siegfried, GłĆtterdłžmmerung)
In Summer 2011, San Francisco Opera presents director Francesca Zambelloĺ─˘s highly anticipated new presentation of Der Ring des Nibelungen, featuring an internationally renowned cast. Wagnerĺ─˘s epic four-opera cycle explores the lust for power, the lure of gold, the sacred beauty of nature and the destructive impulses of mankind through the gradual unfolding of a timeless mythical tale. The four operas will be presented in three complete cycles, each over the course of one week. In advance of the complete cycles, the Company will present one performance of Siegfried and one performance of GłĆtterdłžmmerung. Swedish soprano and Wagner specialist Nina Stemme sings Brł║nnhilde in her complete Ring cycle role debut after she appears with the Company this summer in Die Walkł║re. Baritone Mark Delavan returns to sing his complete Ring cycle debut as Wotan after his triumphant role debut with the Company in 2008ĺ─˘s Das Rheingold and his upcoming performance in this summerĺ─˘s Die Walkł║re. Tenor Ian Storey makes his Company debut and his role debut as Siegfried and Gordon Hawkins also makes his Company debut as Alberich, a role he sang to great acclaim at Washington National Opera. Russian mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova appears as Fricka and David Cangelosi returns as Mime. Soprano Anja Kampe sings Sieglinde, which she recently performed at Washington National Opera; American tenor Brandon Jovanovich makes his role debut as Siegmund. Maestro Donald Runnicles will be on the podium for these cycles. Das Rheingold, Die Walkł║re, and Siegfried are co-productions with Washington National Opera and GłĆtterdłžmmerung is a new San Francisco Opera production premiere. [See related news release for further details.]  


Subscriptions for San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s Fall 2010 Season are priced from $96 to $1,824 for Full Series (6 operas) and $48 to $1,216 for Half Series (3 or 4 operas); these prices reflect discounts of up to 30% over single ticket prices. Subscriptions go on sale to renewing subscribers on January 19, 2010. Patrons interested in new subscriptions may call or visit the Opera Box Office starting January 19, 2010. New subscriptions will be available online at beginning February 17, 2010. Single tickets for San Francisco Operaĺ─˘s Fall 2010 Season performances are priced from $20 to $320 and will go on sale July 11, 2010 at 10am.
Tickets for Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s Der Ring des Nibelungen are offered in complete four-opera cycles only. Complete cycles are priced from $120 to $2,800 and may be purchased through the San Francisco Opera Box Office. Tickets to the non-subscription performances of Siegfried (May 29, 2011) and GłĆtterdłžmmerung (June 5, 2011) will be available for purchase to renewing subscribers and donors to the 2010ĺ─ý11 San Francisco Opera Season beginning March 19, 2010.
Please visit for further details, or call the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. San Francisco Opera Box Office winter hours: Monday 10amĺ─ý5pm; Tuesday through Friday 10amĺ─ý6pm. All casting, repertoire, dates, and ticket prices are subject to change.
All War Memorial Opera House performances (except the September 10 season opening) feature an informative Pre-Opera Talk 55 minutes prior to curtain. Pre-Opera Talks are presented free of charge to patrons with tickets for the corresponding performance.
Opera Guild Preview Lectures are scheduled in communities throughout the greater Bay Area by local Guild chapters. Renowned musicologists lead presentations to familiarize the audience with repertoire from the current season. Admission prices vary.
Opera Guild Insight Panel Discussions feature renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera, who share their insights and experiences during informal panel discussions. Free to Opera Guild members, $5 for non-members.
San Francisco Opera introduced OperaVision in Summer 2007 as an innovative way to give balcony audiences a better view of the stage. OperaVision screens, hung from the ceiling of the balcony section at selected perfomances, provide close-up and mid-range ensemble shots in high-definition video. English subtitles appear at the bottom of each screen. OperaVision is offered at three performances of each opera and for all performances of the Ring cycle. See calendar listing for more information.
The War Memorial Opera House is located at 301 Van Ness Avenue. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation to attend San Francisco Opera performances. The War Memorial Opera House is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For further public transportation information, visit and


Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Jacquelyn K. Groth as New Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning

               INDIANAPOLIS ĺ─ý The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Jacquelyn K. Groth to the position of Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning.  She began serving in this position on January 4.

               Ms. Groth comes to the Indianapolis Symphony from Veolia Water North America, where she served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for two years following her promotion to that post from a similar position with Veolia Water Indianapolis, where she served since 2002.  She brings 20 years of experience in finance and administration to the ISO and has a proven track record of success in her career.  During her tenure at Veolia Water, she led the transition of the companyĺ─˘s Houston-based North American headquarters to Indianapolis in early 2008 and supervised the corporate and regional accounting functions for business operations in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Prior to her promotion, she played an instrumental role in financial and accounting functions for the largest public/private partnership in North America that was formed to operate Indianapolis Water Co. for the City of Indianapolis.  Before joining Veolia Water, she served in similar posts with ProLiance Energy and Vectren.

               In service to communities, she has served as a board member and on committees with Second Helpings and School on Wheels, and with the Ronald McDonald House, she took a leadership role   in fundraising to build houses in Houston and New Orleans.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, followed by post-baccalaureate accounting and tax studies at the University of Houston and completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at Butler University.

               Commenting on the appointment, ISO President and CEO Simon Crookall said, ĺ─˙Jackieĺ─˘s 20 years of experience in finance and administration coupled with her proven track record of success, particularly at Veolia Water, will serve the Orchestra well in her new responsibilities as Vice President of Finance and Strategic Planning.  We are delighted that she is joining our executive leadership team and we look forward to the future with her steady hand on the helm in our financial planning as it relates to our strategic initiatives as an organization.ĺ─¨


Conduct your ESO on the Winspear stage!

Bid to win at Flavours of Portugal,
the Edmonton Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser & Auction

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) will soon fill the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with Flavours of Portugal.  In what will be the second annual wine tasting fundraiser for the ESO, and one of the largest Portuguese wine tastings in Alberta, multiple wineries will be on hand showcasing a distinct collection of over 70 fine wines and ports on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010.

Guests will be treated to delectable hors dĺ─˘oeuvres and magnificent music performed by select members of the ESO.  With both a live and silent auction providing unique items for everyoneĺ─˘s taste and style, it will sure to be a lively and enjoyable night for all in attendance. 

One highly unique item up for bids at the event, is the rare opportunity to conduct your orchestra through a select piece of music that will be presented in an ESO concert, Parisian Charm, on May 30th, 2010!  Prior to their conducting debut, the successful bidder will have a mentoring session with ESO Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin, as well as rehearse with the orchestra under the guidance of ESO Music Director Bill Eddins

Event tickets can be purchased through the Winspear Centre Box Office for $125.  Call (780) 428-1414, toll free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at  A tax deductible receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket cost.  All proceeds to support the ESO.

Guests may register for the auction beginning at 6:30 pm on February 10th.  The wine and port tasting will begin at 7:00 pm and proceed until 10:00 pm.  A short live auction program will take place at approximately 8:15 pm.

This ESO special event is made possible by the generous support of Avenue Magazine, 96.3 Capital FM, California Closets, Edmonton Journal, deVine Wines & Spirits, and Francis Winspear Centre for Music.

For more information on Flavours of Portugal, please contact Lori Pratt, ESO Development Manager, Special Projects, at (780) 401-2567.


13 teenage actors from Belgium create physical theatre that conveys the calamities and triumphs of adolescence in a frank and brilliant work

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 19, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10 season continues with the award winning Once and for all weĺ─˘re gonna tell who we are so shut up and listen. From Alexander Devriendt, the artistic director of Belgiumĺ─˘s theatre performance group Ontroerend Goed, and co-created by the 13 teenagers who comprise the cast, Once and for all... is an uncompromising performance that surveys the joys and agonies of being an adolescent with gripping results. Once and for all... runs Feb. 16 through Feb. 20 at Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s Enwave Theatre.

After taking the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm in 2008, Once and for all... has toured extensively around the world, including stops in Australia, Europe and the U.S., to widespread critical and audience acclaim. By combining wild playfulness with the dark and agonizing universalities of adolescence, Once and for all... exposes the vulnerabilities and aggressions ĺ─ý and everything in between ĺ─ý that come with being a teenager. World Stage is thrilled to host the final North American performances by the original cast.

ĺ─˙A lot of people say they long for their teenage years,ĺ─¨ said Devriendt in a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. ĺ─˙I think it is very important, as you become older, that you cherish those rebellious periods in your life. The show,ĺ─¨ he adds, ĺ─˙is about going too far or not far enough.ĺ─¨

During its creation by the performers there were few rules to follow, no restrictions imposed by linear storytelling or conventions of theatrical narrative. The result is a five minute scene which plays over and over, each movement transforming with increasing weight ĺ─ý including dance, face slaps, making out and water fights.

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New for World Stage 2009-10: Extras. Visit to learn about Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s commitment to developing artists and audiences through World Stage initiatives and programmes, such as special events, artist talks and more.

Once and for all weĺ─˘re gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen
Ontroerend Goed, Kopergietery and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd (Belgium)
Feb. 16 ĺ─ý 20, 8 p.m.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $30

Credits: Director: Alexander Devriendt
Actors: Charlotte De Bruyne, Edith De Bruyne, Febe De Geest, Jorge De Geest, Aaron De Keyzer, Christophe De Poorter, Edouard Devriendt, Dina Dooreman, Ian Ghysels, Barbara Lefebure, Fłęe Roels, Koba Ryckewaert, Elies Van Renterghem, Verona Verbakel, Nathalie Verbeke
Text: Joeri Smet, Alexander Devriendt and the actors
Dramaturgy: Mieke Versyp
Scenography & Costumes: Sophie De Somere
Sound Design: Stijn De Gezelle
Lighting Design: Jeroen Doise

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 the Westin Harbour Castle, the official hotel of World Stage.


Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement de la saison!

Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin łŢ la direction de lĺ─˘Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam soliste : Viktoria Mullova, violoniste
Club musical de Qułębec, le 20 fłęvrier

Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement musical de la saison !
Le CLUB MUSICAL DE QUłÔBEC prłęsente, pour la premił«re fois łŢ Qułębec, le spectaculaire maestro qułębłęcois Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin łŢ la direction de lĺ─˘Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam avec, comme soliste invitłęe, la cłęlł«bre violoniste Viktoria Mullova, le samedi 20 fłęvrier prochain łŢ la salle Louis-Fłęchette du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec. Ce concert est offert en coprłęsentation avec le Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Aprł«s des dłębuts retentissants au MET, le 31 dłęcembre dernier, voilłŢ que sĺ─˘amł«ne en nos murs le flamboyant chef dĺ─˘orchestre Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin avec la Philharmonique de Rotterdam dont il est le directeur artistique. Qułębec sera donc l'hłąte d'un łęvłęnement unique: la rencontre au sommet de deux hłęros de la musique. Lui łŢ la tłüte de cette vłęritable force de la nature, elle avec lĺ─˘un des grands concertos du rłępertoire. Le Concerto pour orchestre de Bartłäk et le Concerto pour violon et orchestre de Brahms ĺ─ý contrairement łŢ celui de Tchałěkovski, qui avait łętłę prłęalablement annoncłę ĺ─ý seront leurs chevaux de bataille, le temps d'une soirłęe. ł─ ne pas manquer!

En 2010, les plus GRANDS se succł«dent toujours au Club musical de Qułębec, dans ce concert exceptionnel avec lĺ─˘Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin et la violoniste Viktoria Mullova, le 20 fłęvrier, au Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Il reste encore QUELQUES bonnes places pour ce concert. Les billets sont en vente łŢ la billetterie du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec, en composant le 643-8131 ou 1-877-643-8131 ou encore dans le rłęseau BILLETECH (

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Concert Classique mettant en vedette le couple Greg Millar et Lisa Raposa / Classical concert featuring Greg Millar and Lisa Raposa

łÔvłęnement d'intłęrłüt communautaire
łÔvłęnement :  Pas de deux łŢ quatre mains
Date :  Dimanche 14 fłęvrier 2010
Heure : 15:00
Adresse :  176, chemin du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire
Coł¬t : Laissez-passer
Description : Concert Classique mettant en vedette le couple Greg Millar et Lisa Raposa, tous deux excellents pianistes qui fłütent la Saint-Valentin de fał▀on romantique et tout en douceur.  Ils sont tombłęs amoureux pendant leurs łętudes de doctorat łŢ Rochester, New York.  Une belle histoire dĺ─˘amour musicale!  Au programme, des ëýuvres de Poulenc, Ravel, Barber et Brahms. Servi avec un verre de vin et un bout de chocolat!
Organisation : Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire, Stewart Hall
Contact :  Rłęceptionniste
Tłęlłęphone : 514-630-1220

Community Event:
Event: Pas de Deux, Piano Four Hands
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Address: 176 ch. du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire
Cost: Passes
DescriptionClassical concert featuring Greg Millar and Lisa Raposa who, romantically and tenderly, celebrate Valentineĺ─˘s Day.  Both excellent pianists, they fell in love during their doctoral studies in Rochester, New York.  A beautiful musical love story featuring works by Poulenc, Ravel, Barber and Brahms and served with a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate!
Organization: Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall.
Contact name: Receptionist
Telephone: 514-630-1220


International Demand for Sheet Music Propels Sheet Music Plus' Overseas Sales Beyond 20 Percent

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 19 /CNW/ -- Reflecting the timeless appeal of printed and bound sheet music in the digital age, Sheet Music Plus (, the leading online provider of sheet music, today announced its thriving global success. In 2009, the U.S.-based company experienced 22 percent overall international growth spanning several dozen markets, including U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, and many more. Despite last year's tough economy, the company successfully shipped nearly 600,000 orders worldwide, fortifying its position as the industry leader in the online printed sheet music market. With a history of extensive profitable growth, Sheet Music Plus ended 2009 with annual revenue of almost $25 million. Sheet Music Plus ships between 2,000 and 5,000 orders daily to destinations in 170 countries.

"Music is the universal language, but every country faces unique challenges when locally sourcing printed music, especially when it comes to less common instruments and obscure compositions," said Keith Cerny, CEO of Sheet Music Plus. "As a result, music lovers have gravitated toward our site since we offer the world's widest selection of printed sheet music combined with the ability to ship to most corners of the world."

In order to optimize the shopping experience for both domestic and international customers, the company launched a new, state-of-the-art data center. The company also made extensive enhancements to its website, including important improvements to its on-site search and provision of local currency conversion in dozens of markets. Sheet Music Plus sells music for all major genres - including classical and baroque, rock and popular, jazz, Christian, choral, Broadway, and movies / TV. It also sells a wide range of instructional materials for school bands, choirs and orchestras.

Illustrating the company's international success, the following is Sheet Music Plus' percentage of year over year growth in select markets: Australia (21%), United Kingdom (20%), Canada (16%), France (34%), Germany (14%), Spain (39%), Japan (32%), Netherlands (22%), Italy (24%), Belgium (20%), Ireland (14%), Norway (8%), Finland (34%), Greece (65%), Sweden (12%), Switzerland (30%), and Denmark (30%). In addition, Q4 grew relative to Q3 in the following markets, based on a number of site enhancements directed at the international market: Mexico (27%), Israel (50%), Portugal (38%), Russia (92%), and more than 100% in Poland, China, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia.
About Sheet Music Plus
Headquartered in Emeryville, California - part of the San Francisco Bay Area - Sheet Music Plus provides the largest selection of sheet music to most locations in the world. With annual revenue of $25 million, Sheet Music Plus has an industry-leading catalog of more than 555,000 titles spanning a multitude of music genres from the most specialized to the most popular for all types of musicians, teachers, and instruments. For more corporate and product information, please visit our website:


Exceptional Praise for Composer Laitmanĺ─˘s Fourth Solo CD, Within These Spaces

American composer Lori Laitmanĺ─˘s fourth solo CD of vocal works, Within These Spaces (Albany Records, 2009), has received glowing reviews from the music industryĺ─˘s most important critics, confirming yet again the composerĺ─˘s incomparable gift and the enduring significance of her prolific musical oeuvre.

ĺ─˙One hundred years hence, when critics look back at the art songs of our era, there will be many fine composers to laud and applaud, but few will deserve higher praise than Lori Laitman. ĺ─Âĺ─¨ states Gregory Berg (The Journal of Singing, 2010). 

ĺ─˙With nearly 200 songs already to her credit, there seems to be not the slightest diminishment in the expressive impact of her writing or the bracing originality of her ideas.  To paraphrase a comment once made about the prolific Camille Saint-Sał┤ns, Laitman seems to create great songs as easily and naturally as a tree produces apples, and one might add that hers are especially delicious and distinctiveĺ─ÂOne of the most striking features of this collection ĺ─ţ and indeed Laitmanĺ─˘s entire oeuvre ĺ─ţ is the endless variation and variety, coupled with an overarching sense of coherence and consistency.  Laitman has her own distinctive voice as a composer, but what makes it such a seductive voice is its limitless range of inflections, which stems from the even more limitless possibilities to be found in the world of words and ideas to which she is so devoted. A basic sort of excellence which one always finds in Laitmanĺ─˘s songs is an unerring ability to write songs that can be sung (a simple-sounding proposition, but one that defeats many modern art song composers) and to set texts in such a way that they can be understood by listeners.  That Laitman achieves consistent success in this regard without writing cautiously is a shining testament to her impressive and still-improving skills as a composer. Finally, Laitman crafts her accompaniments with just as much care and sensitivity, and with a consistent understanding of what will work to perfectly complete the picture. ĺ─ÂThese are superb songs sung superbly, and a composer as gifted as Lori Laitman deserves nothing less than that.ĺ─¨
Laurence Vittes of Gramophone Magazine remarks: ĺ─˙Lori Laitman opens windows onto small but deeply intimate emotional experiencesĺ─ÂWhether it is Laitmanĺ─˘s blend of rich American, sometimes populist tonality, out of which her deeply personal, angular vocal writing rises, or her descents into jauntier, more popular modes, she shows an affinity for identifying with the words she sets and a keen ear for poetry that will work effectively.ĺ─¨
 Robert Moore (American Record Guide 2009) writes: ĺ─˙Lori Laitmanĺ─˘s songs demand conscientious listening, and the time invested in doing so yields rich rewardsĺ─ÂI agree with The Journal of Singing that ĺ─˛it is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.ĺ─˘ This is music of depth and richness that connects with the soul.ĺ─¨
Colin Clarke of Fanfare Magazine says:  ĺ─˙[Lori Laitmanĺ─˘s] songs represent outpourings of great beautyĺ─Â.Laitman tackles each poemĺ─˘s subject mater with unfailing sympathyĺ─Âyet she can react with tremendous humor, too.ĺ─¨  John Campbell of Artsong Update notes: ĺ─˙Laitman has created a circle of living poets, talented younger singing professionals and an ever growing audience that trusts her gift.ĺ─¨ And, finally, James Manheim of Allmusic Guide recommends Loriĺ─˘s music to those who make it come to life, the vocalists:  "...Laitman clearly [has] the elusive ability to pick texts that emotionally resonate with her. ...Recommended, especially to young singers, who will find music here that connects strongly with audiences."
Within These Spaces is a collection of thirty-four songs, composed since 2000, set to poems by classical and contemporary poets. The album takes its title from the first set of five songs to texts by Nebraskan women poets.

Songs of Lori Laitman
Label: Albany Records
Catalog Number: TR1118
Running Time: 78:52
Composition Date: 2000 ĺ─ţ 2008
Recording Dates: April, June 2005; July 2008
Recording Engineer: Edward John Kelly
Composer: Lori Laitman
Performers: Jennifer Check, soprano; Karyn Friedman, mezzo-soprano; Amanda Gosier, soprano; Sari Gruber, soprano; Warren Jones, piano; Lori Laitman, piano; Randall Scarlata, baritone.

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New from Temple University Press: I Walked With Giants

I Walked with Giants
The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath and Joseph McLaren
foreword by Bill Cosby, introduction by Wynton Marsalis

Publication Date: February 26, 2010
344 pp., 35 halftones, 6 x 9ĺ─¨
Cloth 978-1-4399-0198-4 $35.00
A life in music portrayed by an NEA Jazz Master and his legendary friends
"I have long admired Jimmy's passion heard so clearly in his music; he is a soulful musician and a consummate educator. In these pages he gives a new voice to his love of life and music. He once told Dr. Camille Cosby that ĺ─˛our history is a mystery,ĺ─˘ so here he pulls back the veil and sets forth a wonderful collection of reminiscences culled from a long life of accumulated wisdom."ĺ─ţ Nancy Wilson , song stylist 

Composer of more than 100 jazz pieces, three-time Grammy nominee, and performer on more than 125 albums, saxophonist Jimmy Heath has earned a place of honor in the history of jazz. Over his long career, Heath knew many jazz giants, such as Charlie Parker, and played with other innovators, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and especially Dizzy Gillespie. Along the way, Heath won both their respect and their friendship.

In I Walk with Giants: The Autobiography of Jimmy Heath (Publication Date: February 26, 2010), the legendary Heath creates an extraordinary ĺ─˙dialogueĺ─¨ with musicians and family members. As in jazz, where improvisation by one performer prompts another to riff on the same theme, I Walked with Giants juxtaposes Heathĺ─˘s account of his life and career with recollections from jazz giants about life on the road and making music on the worldĺ─˘s stages. His memories of playing with his equally legendary brothers, Percy and Albert (aka ĺ─˙Tootieĺ─¨), dovetail with their recollections. By turns funny, poignant, and extremely candid, Heathĺ─˘s story captures the rhythms of a life in jazz.

"Heath puts all of the peaks and valleys of a rigorous professional life in a unique memoir that speaks volumes to the values of discipline, tradition, and perseverance. Heath's story is told in a classic call-and-response manner. . . . A true jazz milestone, this bold account . . . further illuminates the seldom-told story of our creative homegrown music." ĺ─ţPublishers Weekly
Jimmy Heath , an NEA Jazz Master, is widely recognized as one of the greats in jazz. A saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, Heath grew up in Philadelphia with his renowned brothers, Percy, the longtime bassist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Albert (ĺ─˙Tootieĺ─¨), a highly respected drummer. The three formed the Heath Brothers Band in the ĺ─˘70s. Jimmy Heath directed the Jazz Studies masterĺ─˘s degree program in performance at Queens College (CUNY).

Joseph McLaren is Professor of English at Hofstra University, the author of Langston Hughes: Folk Dramatist in the Protest Tradition, 1921-1943, and editor of several additional titles. 


Robin Ghosh appointed Director, Finance & Administration at the Canada Council for the Arts / Robin Ghosh nommłę directeur des Finances et de lĺ─˘administration

Le communiqułę de presse franł▀ais suit le communiqułę de presse anglais.

Ottawa, January 18, 2010 ĺ─ý The Canada Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Ghosh as the Canada Councilĺ─˘s new Director, Finance & Administration, effective February 8, 2010.

Before establishing his own consulting firm in 2008, Mr. Ghosh, a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant, worked for more than 20 years at Canada Post Corporation as Senior Director, Asset Valuation; National Director Finance, Mail Operations; and Director , Information Systems Management, where he developed policy and coordinated operations across six regions. Before joining Canada Post Corporation, Mr. Ghosh worked for several years in the private sector.

Through his professional work, Mr. Ghosh gained direct experience in providing strategic leadership and direction for the planning, budgeting and financial management of large and complex businesses and public sector organizations.

In welcoming Mr. Ghosh to the Council, Robert Sirman, Canada Council Director and CEO, stated ĺ─˙Mr. Ghoshĺ─˘s expertise will help the Council continue to effectively steward its finances and strengthen its management practices. His interest in the arts and understanding of the role of Crown corporations make him an excellent addition to the senior management team at the Council.ĺ─¨

Mr. Ghosh is replacing Bill Stevenson, who will retire on February 5, 2010, after working at the Council for 23 years.

Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. The role of the Council is to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. To fulfill this mandate, the Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing. It also promotes public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.

The Council administers the Killam Program of scholarly awards, the Governor Generalĺ─˘s Literary Awards and the Governor Generalĺ─˘s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Public Lending Right Commission operate within the Council. The Canada Council Art Bank, which has some 17,400 works of contemporary Canadian art in its collection, rents to the public and private sectors.

Ottawa, le 18 janvier 2010 ĺ─ý Le Conseil des Arts du Canada annonce avec plaisir la nomination de Robin Ghosh au poste de directeur des Finances et de lĺ─˘administration de lĺ─˘organisme, łŢ compter du 8 fłęvrier 2010.

Avant dĺ─˘łętablir son bureau de consultation en 2008, M. Ghosh, comptable agrłęłę et expert-comptable (CPA), a travaillłę łŢ la Sociłętłę canadienne des postes pendant plus de vingt ans comme directeur principal, łęvaluation des biens; directeur national des finances, opłęrations postales; et directeur, gestion des systł«mes dĺ─˘information. Pendant son słęjour aux Postes, il a dłęveloppłę des politiques et coordonnłę les activitłęs dans six rłęgions. Avant de travailler aux Postes, M. Ghosh avait exercłę sa profession dans le secteur privłę pendant plusieurs annłęes.

Pendant sa carrił«re professionnelle, M. Ghosh a acquis de lĺ─˘expłęrience directe en leadership stratłęgique et en direction de la planification, de lĺ─˘łętablissement de budgets et de gestion financił«re dĺ─˘importantes et complexes entreprises et organisations du secteur public.

M. Robert Sirman, directeur et chef de la direction du Conseil des Arts, a souhaitłę la bienvenue au nouveau directeur, en ajoutant : Č┤ Grłóce łŢ son expertise, M. Ghosh saura aider le Conseil łŢ poursuivre avec efficience son administration financił«re et łŢ consolider ses pratiques de gestion. Lĺ─˘intłęrłüt quĺ─˘il accorde aux arts et sa comprłęhension du rłąle des sociłętłęs dĺ─˘łÔtat font de lui une excellente addition łŢ lĺ─˘łęquipe des cadres supłęrieurs du Conseil des Arts. Č¬

M. Ghosh remplace Bill Stevenson, qui prendra sa retraite le 5 fłęvrier 2010 au terme dĺ─˘une carrił«re de 23 ans au Conseil des Arts.

Le Conseil des Arts du Canada
Le Conseil des Arts du Canada est une sociłętłę dĺ─˘łÔtat, qui a łętłę crłęłęe en 1957 en vertu dĺ─˘une Loi du Parlement. Le Conseil a pour rłąle de favoriser et de promouvoir lĺ─˘łętude et la diffusion des arts, ainsi que la production dĺ─˘ëýuvres dĺ─˘art. Pour sĺ─˘acquitter de ce mandat, il offre aux artistes et aux organismes artistiques professionnels canadiens une gamme łętendue de subventions et de services en danse, en arts intłęgrłęs, en arts młędiatiques, en musique, en thłęłótre, en arts visuels et en lettres et łędition. Par ses activitłęs en matił«re de communications, de recherche et de promotion des arts, il contribue łęgalement łŢ la sensibilisation du public aux arts.

Le Conseil administre en outre le Programme Killam de prix et bourses de recherche, les Prix littłęraires du Gouverneur głęnłęral et les Prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral en arts visuels et en arts młędiatiques. La Commission canadienne pour lĺ─˘UNESCO et la Commission du droit de prłüt public sont placłęes sous son łęgide. Quant łŢ la Banque dĺ─˘ëýuvres dĺ─˘art du Conseil, celle-ci compte environ 17 400 ëýuvres dĺ─˘art contemporain canadien quĺ─˘elle offre en location łŢ des organismes des secteurs public et privłę.


The COC's Operanation 6 Heats Up the Winter with Habanera

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company presents its annual fundraising bash, Operanation 6 Habanera Friday February 26, 2010. Held in the crystalline Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, this must-attend event of the year brings together classic culture and young urban professionals from diverse career, social, and business circles, who share a love of the arts. This yearĺ─˘s exclusive cocktail reception celebrates the essence of Bizetĺ─˘s most beloved opera, the sizzling hot Carmen. Guests of Operanation 6 Habanera will enjoy live entertainment, a night of Latin-inspired music and dance, specialty cocktails and fine tapas cuisine. The soiree begins at 9 p.m. and tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 416-363-8231.

Habanera attendees will be treated to a variety of performances including one by Carmen herself, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton. Ms Clayton stars as the sexy seductress in the COC production performed on the Four Seasons Centre stage from January 27 to February 27, 2010. Also performing is percussion quartet TorQ. Improv troupe The National Theatre of the World will create their own interpretation of scenes from Carmen and will encourage audience participation. Guests can also learn a few dance moves with City Dance Corps, and practice those moves to a mix of fiery beats by DJ Nick Fiorucci, Hi-Bias Records Inc.

Guests can sample mouth-watering cuisine featuring pomegranate chicken pinchitos, grilled rosemary lamb chops, prawn escabeche skewers, miniature pringas, and a paella bar. The evening also includes a full silent auction with luxury and specialty items such as: a $500 shopping experience at Yorkdale Mall; four tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game; vouchers for some of Torontoĺ─˘s hottest restaurants; and much more.

The past five Operanation events have attracted over 4,000 attendees and have raised almost $400,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Opera Company and its Education and Outreach Programs.

Operanation 6 Event Sponsor: TD Canada Trust Music
Operanation 6 VIP Dinner Sponsor: WeirFoulds LLP

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and fifth largest in North America, and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2009/10. Under its new leadership of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC continues its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate and one of the highest subscription rates in North America. The COC performs in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. From its inauguration in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre has been internationally hailed as one of the finest opera houses in the world. The Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.

Canadian Opera Company Website
The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s award-winning website,, contains information on all productions including synopses, historical background, and production photographs.


Randy Lennox to be inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

Canadian Music Week: Music Business 3.0 The Next Generation

March 10 - 14, 2010

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Randy Lennox, President & CEO of Universal Music Canada will be inducted to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Lennox will be honoured at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, March 11, 2010, during Canadian Music Week, March 10-14, 2010, in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.

Lennox began his career in 1978 at what was then known as MCA. A succession of promotions landed him as Executive VP/General Manager of the organization in 1993 and he was named President and CEO in 1998. In 2001, The Toronto Star included him in their "Ones to Watch" feature article, while MacLean's magazine featured him as one of the country's "50 Most Influential Canadians" in 2002.

Lennox has been the CEO of Universal Music Canada's operations for 10 years. Under his direction, Universal Music Canada was successfully guided through the largest merger in the history of the music business, experienced an increase in overall market share from 27.8 to its current share of 39.2 percent, expanded and diversified into Visual Entertainment and opened Vivendi Entertainment Canada. For ten consecutive years, Universal Music Canada has been voted Record Company of the Year while for six years running, Lennox has been voted the Canadian Music Industry's Executive of the Year by his industry peers.

His support and development of Canadian talent is evidenced by success with Gold and Platinum artists Hedley, Sam Roberts, The Tragically Hip, Paul Anka, Jully Black, The Canadian Tenors and Remy Shand. His commitment to breaking Canadian acts has resulted in No. 1 world territory status for Canadian artists such as Diana Krall, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams.

Lennox conceived and spearheaded the creation of the Juno Box set Oh, What a Feeling, a compilation of songs from past Juno Award winners, which raised $5.2 million dollars for a number of Canadian charities. He also created strategic alliances with Maple Music, Cargo Records, DEP and Vega Musique.

Randy Lennox is Chairman of Canada's Walk of Fame, sits on a number of Boards, including CRIA, CARAS, Puretracks, DEP, Maple Music and is Chair of Talent at Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall.

He actively contributes to a variety of charitable organizations including Safehaven, the Music Therapy Fund and Starlight Children's Foundation of Canada, and sits on the Executive Board for MusiCounts, an ongoing charity which provides musical instruments to underfunded schools across Canada.

Randy Lennox will be inducted alongside CHUM-FM radio personality Roger Ashby who will receive the prestigious Waters Family Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to the broadcast industry. The Waters Family, specifically Allan Waters, founded the CHUM broadcasting empire in 1954 and built it into one of Canada's most respected and successful broadcast companies.

Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at

Canadian Music Week is Canada's leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining five information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; four awards shows and the nation's largest New Music Festival - Canadian Music Fest - CMW spans a five-day period from March 10 to March 14, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit

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Green Mountain Opera Festival Announces 5th Season

ĺ─¨Vermontĺ─˘s first and only professional opera companyĺ─¨ - OPERA AMERICA

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Mad River Valley in central Vermont, the Green Mountain Opera Festival, is now celebrating its fifth anniversary and has announced plans for its 2010 season.

The artists will begin arriving in Vermont on May 27 and will spend the next three and one half weeks rehearsing for the festivalĺ─˘s two opera productions. The mainstage production will feature Donizettiĺ─˘s Lucia di Lammermoor, a pinnacle of the belcanto repertoire, which will be performed at the Barre Opera House on June 18 and 20, accompanied by festival orchestra and chorus. The Emerging Artist production will feature Handelĺ─˘s Orlando accompanied by chamber ensemble and will be performed in two venues, Middleburyĺ─˘s Town Hall Theater on June 13 and in Waitsfieldĺ─˘s Neill Barn on June 17. Other events and performances include a festival opening concert, open rehearsals, master classes with the Emerging Artists, and an outdoor picnic concert.

Montreal born Artistic director Taras Kulish says ĺ─˙With last yearĺ─˘s production of The Marriage of Figaro, I believe we reached a new level of excellence, and I am confident we have matched this high quality with the artists assembled for this yearĺ─˘s festival. I am also very excited about our ever expanding Emerging Artist production for June 2010.ĺ─¨

The conductor for Lucia di Lammermoor is Leonardo Vordoni, a native of Italy living in the United States. Last season, he was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and worked on a number of productions across the United States. Other venues include Minnesota Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Colorado, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theatre.  In 2011, he will conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia for Houston Grand Opera.

Garnett Bruce, artistic advisor and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, will direct the mainstage production.  His many credits include directing Turandot and La Traviata and collaborating with Peter Sellars on Doctor Atomic at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Aida and Samuel Barberĺ─˘s Vanessa for San Diego Opera and new productions of La Clemenza di Tito and La Cenerentola for Wolf Trap Opera.

Canadian born, San Francisco resident soprano Nikki Einfeld will take on the lead role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Having sung the role with Syracuse Opera, she has been widely recognized for her ĺ─˙high flying virtuosityĺ─¨ (New York Times). A San Francisco Opera Merola Program graduate, she has performed throughout the United States and Canada.

American tenor Scott Ramsay will sing the role of Edgardo, a role he has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This season he will perform with Opera New Jersey, Eugene Opera and Opera Boston and Arizona Opera. He trained at the prestigious Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.

Warren resident and set designer Gary Eckhart, who designed the set for last seasonĺ─˘s production of The Marriage of Figaro, will again design the set for this yearĺ─˘s mainstage opera. Eckhart has designed more than 200 productions for the theater and opera stage.

The festivalĺ─˘s training component continues to grow. This year, the festival is offering a two tiered training experience for highly talented young singers, the Emerging and Resident Artist Programs.  More than 300 singers applied for eight positions. These aspiring opera singers come to Vermont to perfect their craft and to gain much needed performing experience. They also gain valuable insight from interacting with professionals in the opera world. Last year for the first time, the emerging artists staged an abridged version of Donizettiĺ─˘s Elixir of Love to an enthusiastic audience. This year they will present Handelĺ─˘s Orlando. Bruce Stasyna is returning for his third year as program director, and Sanford Sylvan, renowned American baritone, will serve as director in residence as well as teach master classes. These free public master classes will again provide an opportunity for audiences to observe the arduous training that opera singers must undergo to succeed in a highly competitive world.

The Green Mountain Opera Festival is located in the beautiful Mad River Valley in Central Vermont USA and has a full calendar of events in June with details soon to be posted on its website. A gala fundraiser is scheduled for March 7 at the Joslyn Round Barn in Waitsfield. Reservations for the gala may be made by calling 802-583-3184 after January 23.

For further ticket information please consult the festival website.

Sponsored by the Green Mountain Cultural Center, the festival is funded in part by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and is a professional member of OPERA America, an association of recognized opera companies in the United States. For a full schedule of opera festival events, go to  

Detailed cast information:

by Donizetti
June 18 (7:30pm), June 20 (3pm)
Conductor: Leonardo Vordoni
Director: Garnett Bruce
LUCIA: Nikki Einfeld
EDGARDO: Scott Ramsay
ENRICO: Jordan Shanahan
RAIMONDO: Gus Andreassen
NORMANNO: Adam Caughey
ARTURO: Cameron Schutza
ALISA: Samantha Grenell-Zaidman
Set Design: Gary Eckhart
Lighting Design: Jeff Bruckerhoff
Costumes: Rental from Opłęra de Montrłęal

Rehearsal Pianist: Laurie Rogers
Production Manager: Timothy Mikovitz
Stage Manager: Donna Sharpe
by Handel
June 13 (8pm), June 17 (8pm)
Conductor: Bruce Stasyna
Director: Sanford Sylvan

ORLANDO: Gerrod Pagenkopf
ANGELICA: Greer Davis
MEDORO: Shirin Eskandani

DORINDA: Margot Rood
ZOROASTRO: Cairan Ryan
Production Manager: Simon Chaussłę


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bachauer Competition Announces Competition

The names of the competitors for the 2010 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition have been announced:

First Name
Family Name
Di Bin
Viviana Pia