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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pink Martini - Concours video / Video contest

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Dłępoussiłęrez vos camłęras, trouvez un preneur de son, montez une łęquipe de tournage et auditionnez vos amis ĺ─ţ PINK MARTINI lance un appel aux cinłęastes de lĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord afin de rłęaliser son prochain vidłęoclip! Tous sont invitłęs łŢ prendre part łŢ ce grand concours en soumettant un vidłęoclip rłęalisłę pour lĺ─˘une des six chansons du plus rłęcent album du groupe, Splendor in the Grass : Ninna nanna, Ohayoo Ohio, Splendor in the Grass, Oł╝ est ma tłüte?, And Then Youĺ─˘re Gone ou Over the Valley.

Premier prix : Deux billets aller-retour pour Nice, France (dłępart dĺ─˘un ałęroport majeur de lĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord), trois nuitłęes pour deux łŢ lĺ─˘hłątel et deux billets pour assister au concert de Pink Martini au Festival de jazz de Nice le 24 juillet 2010. Le gagnant recevra de plus un montant de 500 ĺăĘ (ECU) en argent comptant pour dłępenses personnelles ainsi quĺ─˘un paquet-cadeau contenant de la marchandise de Pink Martini.
Deuxił«me prix : Deux billets pour lĺ─˘un des concerts de Pink Martini aux łÔtats-Unis ou au Canada en 2010, 250 $ (CAD) en argent comptant ainsi que de la marchandise de Pink Martini.

Troisił«me prix : Deux billets pour lĺ─˘un des concerts de Pink Martini aux łÔtats-Unis ou au Canada en 2010, ainsi que de la marchandise de Pink Martini.

La vidłęo doit inclure la version originale et complł«te de lĺ─˘une des six pił«ces proposłęes. Les paroles sont accessibles ici.

Les vidłęoclips comportant des images violentes ou obscł«nes seront refusłęs dĺ─˘emblłęe.

Les participants doivent łütre des rłęsidents des łÔtats-Unis, du Canada ou du Mexique. Le concours prend fin le 31 mai 2010.

Pour connałĂtre les rł«glements et les informations du concours, visitez le http://pinkmartini.com/video-contest/north-america/.

Les chansons peuvent łütre łęcoutłęes ici.
Dust off your video cameras, call your boom guy, bring in the best boy and cast your comradesĺ─ýwe want you, filmmakers of North America, to direct our next music video as part of our first ever Music Video Contest! We invite our fans to create a clever, inspired music video for the band for one of six songs from the new CD Splendor in the Grass: ĺ─˙Ninna nanna,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Ohayoo Ohio,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Splendor in the Grass,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Ou est ma tete?,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙And Then Youĺ─˘re Gone,ĺ─¨ or ĺ─˙Over the Valley.ĺ─¨

First, Second and Third place winners will receive the following prizes:
First Prize: Two round trip plane tickets to Nice, France (from a major North American airport), three nights for two at a hotel, and two tickets to see Pink Martini perform at the Nice Jazz Festival on July 24, 2010. In addition, the winner will receive 500 euros cash, and a package of special Pink Martini paraphernalia. Instead of above first prize, winner may, alternately, choose a $2500 cash prize.

Second Prize: Two tickets to any Pink Martini show in the US or Canada in 2010, $250 cash, and a package of Pink Martini paraphernalia.

Third Prize: Two tickets to any Pink Martini show in the US or Canada in 2010, and a package of Pink Martini paraphernalia.

The video should include the complete song for whichever song you choose. Lyrics for the songs are available here; songs can be streamed here. Please do not include violent images in the videos.
You must be a resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico to enter this contest. Contest deadline is May 31, 2010.

For a complete list of contest rules and information please visit
http://pinkmartini.com/video-contest/north-america/.

Patrice L'Ecuyer anime La Soirłęe des Jutra

Toutes les informations au : www.lesjutra.ca
Patrice Lĺ─˘Ecuyer anime
La soirłęe des Jutra en direct
de La Tohu de Montrłęal
łŢ la Tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada
Montrłęal, 17 mars 2010 ĺ─ý La Soirłęe des Jutra, animłęe par Patrice Lĺ─˘Ecuyer, propose un gala łęblouissant dans lĺ─˘espace grandiose de La Tohu. Cĺ─˘est une premił«re pour un gala de cette nature et nul doute que le dłęfi dĺ─˘occuper ce lieu exceptionnel aura un effet łęlectrisant sur les spectateurs et offrira un cadre particulier łŢ la rłęalisation tłęlłęvisuelle. Cette soirłęe magique sera donc diffusłęe en direct de La Tohu, le dimanche 28 mars łŢ 19 h 30 łŢ la Tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada.

Couronnant les meilleurs artistes, artisans, techniciens et producteurs du cinłęma dĺ─˘ici, La Soirłęe des Jutra est le moment privilłęgiłę de lĺ─˘annłęe pour les cłęlłębrer. Patrice Lĺ─˘Ecuyer sera entourłę de prłęsentateurs bien connus, dont Danielle Proulx, Pascale Bussił«res, Normand Dĺ─˘Amour, Jean-Carl Boucher, Błęnłędicte Dłęcary, Maxim Gaudette,Sandrine Brisson, Karine Vanasse, Fanny Mallette, Michel Cłątłę ainsi que dĺ─˘autres personnalitłęs surprises. Le gala des Jutra veut aussi łütre la vitrine prestigieuse de tous les talents des crłęateurs du cinłęma qułębłęcois 2009 et rendre hommage avec classe aux artisans dĺ─˘ici. Un gala hors dĺ─˘ondes couronnera łŢ compter de 19 h łŢ La Tohu młüme, les laurłęats dans les catłęgories Maquillage, Coiffure, Son, Costumes, Direction artistique, Film sĺ─˘łętant le plus illustrłę łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur du Qułębec. Un bref montage des meilleurs moments de ce gala sera diffusłę pendant La Soirłęe des Jutra oł╝ on partagera aussi un moment dĺ─˘łęmotion en rappelant le souvenir de grands disparus du 7e Art.

Le prix hommage sera dłęcernłę łŢ Renłę Malo, dont la carrił«re bien remplie comme producteur et distributeur, sera illustrłęe le soir du gala. Sylvain Larocque et Pascal Mailloux apporteront un soin particulier łŢ cet hommage afin de tłęmoigner de la place singulił«re que M. Malo a occupłęe durant plus de 30 ans dans le paysage cinłęmatographique.

Comłędien et cinłęaste de grand talent et reconnu depuis plus de vingt ans comme un de nos metteurs en scł«ne les plus inspirłęs, Yves Desgagnłęs signe la direction artistique et la mise en scł«ne. Jocelyn Barnabłę, łŢ qui on doit une multitude de productions substantielles, galas, concerts et łęmissions concepts, rłęalise La Soirłęe deS Jutra, une coproduction de La Grande Nuit du cinłęma et de Radio-Canada. Młęgo assure la direction musicale.
 
Sur ARTV :
La rłętrospective NOTRE CINłÔMA et LA FIłÓVRE DES JUTRA
ARTV donnera le coup dĺ─˘envoi de la 12e Soirłęe des Jutra le 28 mars łŢ 19 h avec lĺ─˘łęmission spłęciale Notre Cinłęma, animłęe par Rebecca Makonnen, qui fera un survol des nominations łŢ La Soirłęe des Jutra de cette annłęe.

Puis, vers 22 h, immłędiatement aprł«s le gala diffusłę łŢ Radio-Canada, Renłę Homier-Roy et Anne-Marie Withenshaw rencontreront en direct les principaux gagnants de la soirłęe, dont les laurłęats des prix dĺ─˘interprłętation, dans le cadre de La Fił«vre des Jutra.
Cette łęmission sera rediffusłęe le lendemain, le lundi 29 mars łŢ 22 h 30 en direct sur radio-Canada.ca.

Les internautes pourront suivre la Soirłęe des Jutra en direct sur le site radio-Canada.ca/jutra et participer au clavardage tout au long de la soirłęe. Pour ceux qui ne pourront voir le gala en direct, les meilleurs moments seront offerts sur le site aprł«s la diffusion pendant un mois. Dĺ─˘ici lłŢ, on peut consulter lĺ─˘album photos et la liste des finalistes, ainsi que la bande-annonce des films en nomination dans la catłęgorie MEILLEUR FILM, et le dłęfi cinłęma pour dłęcouvrir son profil de cinłęphile.

The Cleveland Orchestra announces Fall 2010 Tokyo Residency and Asian Tour

The Orchestra returns to Tokyo in a four-concert Residency at Suntory Hall

Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst leads four programs in Japan and South Korea

Mitsuko Uchida is pianist and conductor for Mozart programs and featured soloist in Beethoven program in Japan

Tour includes first Cleveland Orchestra appearances at Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo and Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Japan, and at Goyang Arts Center and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea

CLEVELAND, March 15, 2010 ĺ─ý Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst and The Cleveland Orchestra will embark on their tenth international tour together this fall, performing in Japan and South Korea.  Pianist Mitsuko Uchida will join the Orchestra in Japan.  The eight-concert, four-city tour begins with a performance in Sapporo, Japan, on November 10 and ends with a program at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea on November 21.  The centerpiece of the tour is a Cleveland Orchestra Residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, with four concerts at the acclaimed venue.

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida will conduct from the keyboard in all-Mozart programs at Kitara Concert Hall in Sapporo (November 10), at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya (November 12), and in concerts at Suntory Hall in Tokyo (November 14 and 16).  Ms. Uchida will also be featured as soloist with Franz Welser-MłĆst conducting an all-Beethoven program consisting of the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58, and the Symphony No. 3 (ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨) in E-flat major, Opus 55, at Suntory Hall on November 18.
 
Franz Welser-MłĆst will conduct a second program at Suntory Hall consisting of Debussyĺ─˘s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Takemitsuĺ─˘s Dream/Window, and Brucknerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 7 in E major on November 17.  
         
The tour concludes with Mr. Welser-MłĆst conducting two programs in South Korea. On Saturday, November 20, he leads Debussyĺ─˘s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Divertimento in D major, K. 136; and Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 3 (ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨) at the Goyang Arts Center. On Sunday, November 21, Mr. Welser-MłĆst conducts Brucknerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 7 in E major and two works excerpted from Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s opera Peter Grimes ĺ─ý the Four Sea Interludes and the Passacaglia ĺ─ý at the Seoul Arts Center.

The Cleveland Orchestra in Asia
The Orchestra first performed in Japan in 1970 and most recently appeared there in 1998, during a tour of Japan and China.  The Cleveland Orchestra performed in Seoul, South Korea, for the first time in 1970, and most recently appeared there in 1978.  

TOUR FACTS AND HISTORY:
Čů       Kitara Concert Hall:  The Orchestra has previously played in Sapporo in 1970.  This is the Orchestraĺ─˘s first performance in Kitara Concert Hall.
Čů       This will be the Orchestraĺ─˘s first performance in the city of Nishinomiya, at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center.
Čů       The Cleveland Orchestra has performed 12 times at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, including concerts for a Beethoven series with Christoph von Dohnł░nyi, the Orchestraĺ─˘s former Music Director, in 1993, during which Mitsuko Uchida appeared as piano soloist.  The Orchestra most recently performed at the hall in 1998.
Čů       The Orchestra has previously performed in Seoul in 1970 and 1978. 
Čů       This will be its first time performing at the Goyang Arts Center in Goyang, South Korea, which opened in 2004, and the Seoul Arts Center, in Seoul, which opened in 1988.

International tours of The Cleveland Orchestra are supported by the Frances Elizabeth Wilkinson International Touring Fund.

(A detailed tour schedule, brief Orchestra history,
and biographies of Franz Welser-MłĆst and Mitsuko Uchida follow.)
 
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
TOKYO RESIDENCY AND ASIAN TOUR
NOVEMBER 10-21, 2010

SAPPORO, JAPAN
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Kitara Concert Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano
         
MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

Nishinomiya, JAPAN
Friday, November 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Hyogo Performing Arts Center
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in F major, K.138
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

TOKYO, JAPAN
Sunday, November 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in F major, K.138
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

TOKYO, JAPAN
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor/piano

MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595

TOKYO, JAPAN
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
TAKEMITSU: Dream/Window
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 

TOKYO, JAPAN
Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.
Suntory Hall
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨)

GOYANG, SOUTH KOREA
Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
Goyang Arts Center
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MOZART: Divertimento in D major, K.136
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 (ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨)

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Sunday, November 21, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
Seoul Arts Center
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

BRITTEN: ĺ─˙Four Sea Interludesĺ─¨ from Peter Grimes
BRITTEN: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7

A Brief History of The Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.  In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summerĺ─˘s Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s educational programs, a cornerstone of the Orchestraĺ─˘s original mission, have introduced nearly four million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921.  During the 2009-10 season, the Orchestra launched a Community Music Initiative that began with orchestral performances led by Franz Welser-MłĆst in Cleveland Metropolitan School District public schools.  Designed to provide greater access to orchestral music for more of Northeast Ohioĺ─˘s citizens than ever before, the Community Music Initiative introduces new programs throughout the year for students from preschool through high school.  The season closes in June 2010 with a free retrospective concert celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer fellowships, featuring new works created through this ongoing program.

The partnership with Franz Welser-MłĆst, now in its eighth season, has earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the United States and in Europe, including one at the MusikČéverein in Vienna ĺ─ý the first of its kind by an American orchestra.  The Orchestra returned to Vienna during the 2009-10 season for its fourth Musikverein Residency as part of a nine-concert tour.  The Orchestra regularly appears at European festivals, including an ongoing series of biennial residencies at the Lucerne Festival (featuring Roche Commissions, a project involving the Orchestra, the Festival, and Carnegie Hall).  In the United States, Mr. Welser-MłĆst and the Orchestra have toured from coast to coast, including regular appearances at Carnegie Hall, and in January 2007 began an unprecedented long-term residency project in Miami, Florida, where they perform annually at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and provide a wide array of community and educational activities.  In addition, the 2009-10 season marks the announcement of a residency at New Yorkĺ─˘s Lincoln Center Festival that starts in 2011 and will feature The Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna State Opera productions.

 The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918 by a group of local citizens.  It has been led by seven music directors (Nikolai Sokoloff 1918-33, Artur Rodzinski 1933-43, Erich Leinsdorf 1943-46, George Szell 1946-70, Lorin Maazel 1972-82, Christoph von Dohnł░nyi 1984-2002, and Franz Welser-MłĆst 2002-present), and one musical advisor (Pierre Boulez 1970-72).  Expansion to a year-round schedule was made possible in 1968 with the opening of Blossom Music Center, an outdoor facility in nearby Cuyahoga Falls that is home to the Orchestraĺ─˘s Blossom Festival.  Today, touring, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings available by internet download and on DVD and CD provide access to the Orchestraĺ─˘s music-making to a broad and loyal constituency around the world.
For additional information, please visit clevelandorchestra.com.

Franz Welser-MłĆst
Music Director
Kelvin Smith Family Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-MłĆst is in his eighth year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  His long-term commitment extends to the Orchestraĺ─˘s centennial in 2018.  Under his direction, the Orchestra holds residencies in the United States and Europe, champions living composers, partners with Northeast Ohio public schools and conservatories, and has re-established itself as an operatic ensemble.  Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-MłĆst becomes General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in the autumn of 2010.

Under Mr. Welser-MłĆstĺ─˘s leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra holds ongoing residencies at Viennaĺ─˘s famed Musikverein hall and Switzerlandĺ─˘s Lucerne Festival, along with an annual Miami Residency.  In 2011, Mr. Welser-MłĆst and the Orchestra launch a biennial residency at New Yorkĺ─˘s Lincoln Center Festival, which will feature The Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna State Opera productions.

Under Franz Welser-MłĆst, The Cleveland Orchestra has presented eleven world and fourteen United States premieres.  In 2009, Mr. Welser-MłĆst led a Zurich Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro at Severance Hall.  He and The Cleveland Orchestra continue the Mozart/Da Ponte operas in Cleveland with Mozartĺ─˘s CosłĘ fan tutte in 2009-10 and Don Giovanni in 2010-11.
 
Recent and upcoming international engagements include a new production of Wagnerĺ─˘s Ring cycle with stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Vienna State Opera.  During the 2009-10 season, Mr. Welser-MłĆst leads additional Ring performances, as well as Wagnerĺ─˘s Tannhłžuser and Parsifal, with the Vienna State Opera.  In the summer of 2009, Franz Welser-MłĆst appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, and the Lucerne Festival.  He also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic at the 2009 Salzburg Easter Festival.

Following his 1989 American debut and prior to his appointment in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-MłĆst regularly guest-conducted the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.  Mr. Welser-MłĆst was music director of the London Philharmonic from 1990 to 1996.  Across his decade-long tenure with the Zurich Opera, culminating in three seasons as General Music Director (2005-08), Mr. Welser-MłĆst led more than 40 new productions.  In the spring of 2010, he leads Straussĺ─˘s Die Frau ohne Schatten and Mozartĺ─˘s CosłĘ fan tutte in Zurich.
            
Mr. Welser-MłĆstĺ─˘s recordings and videos have won the Gramophone Award, Diapason dĺ─˘Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy nominations.  Mr. Welser-MłĆst has led The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5, 7, and 9.  Mr. Welser-MłĆst and The Cleveland Orchestra released a recording of Beethovenĺ─˘s Ninth Symphony on Deutsche Grammophon in 2007.
            
Mr. Welser-MłĆst has been recognized by the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and is an honorary member of the Vienna Singverein.  Musical America named him the 2003 Conductor of the Year.
 
Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchidaĺ─˘s interpretations of a wide range of repertoire have gained her a formidable reputation as a pianist who brings intellectual acuity and musical insight to her performances.   She is particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart and Schubert, both in the concert hall and on CD, but also has illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, and Beethoven for a new generation of listeners.
 
Ms. Uchida made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1990, and since that time has performed with the Orchestra at Severance Hall, at the Blossom Festival, and on tour to Europe and Japan.  Between 2002 and 2007, she played and conducted from the keyboard an acclaimed series of Mozart piano concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra.  Her most recent appearances with the Orchestra included performances of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 at Severance Hall and during the Orchestraĺ─˘s fall 2009 European tour and Vienna Musikverein Residency. 

Mitsuko Uchidaĺ─˘s latest recording with the Cleveland Orchestra features her conducting the ensemble from the keyboard in performances of the Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 23 (K.488) and 24 (K.491).  The recording was a bestseller in the United Kingdom, ranked ĺ─˙Top Ten Exceptional Recordings of 2009ĺ─¨ by New Yorker Magazine, and ĺ─˙Editorĺ─˘s Choiceĺ─¨ by Gramophone Magazine.
 
Mitsuko Uchida performs throughout the world with many different partners.  She was the focus of a Carnegie Hall ĺ─˙Perspectivesĺ─¨ series titled Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited and took part in Mozart 250th birthday celebrations in Salzburg.  She has been artist-in-residence at The Cleveland Orchestra as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic, with the Konzerthaus Vienna, and at Salzburg Mozartwoche.
 
Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca.  In April 2008, BBC Music Magazine presented its Instrumentalist of the Year and Disc of the Year awards to Ms. Uchida.  Her recording of Schoenbergĺ─˘s Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards in 2001, including one from Gramophone for best concerto recording.
 
Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  She is also co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. 

The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010-11 season includes wide-ranging programs and initiatives

Community programming, staged opera, alternate concert formats, and traditional orchestral concerts combine to sustain audience growth and support in Northeast Ohio

Mozartĺ─˘s Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside, concludes the Orchestraĺ─˘s Mozart/Da Ponte cycle of fully staged opera

Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst opens the season with a public-school performance for the second consecutive year

National and international appearances include annual Miami Residency in its fifth season, new Tokyo Residency, and first academic residency at Indiana University
 
CLEVELAND, March 15, 2010 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its 2010-11 season. Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst, the Orchestra continues its local programming diversification with numerous initiatives to attract new audiences and support.  Within a full schedule of traditional subscription concerts, the season will feature the new series introduced in 2009 including Fridays@7, Musically Speaking, and the Celebrity Series, alongside fully staged opera.  Also in the coming season, the Orchestra will inaugurate a two week Baroque Festival in Severance Hall. 

Orchestra performances in public schools are an important part of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s history.  Franz Welser-MłĆst restored that tradition in the 2009-10 season when he conducted the Orchestra in two high schools in Cleveland and one in Miami.  Hundreds of students who had never heard live orchestral music before were able to experience it for the first time.  The Orchestraĺ─˘s traditional Education Concerts at Severance Hall for more than 16,000 students annually will continue, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert series.
            
The innovative variety of concert programs and formats presents audiences in Northeast Ohio with multiple ways to partake of symphonic music.  Fridays@7 offers a social experience, Musically Speaking brings new audiences and long-time fans closer to the music, and the Celebrity Series spotlights different genres of music. 

Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆstĺ─˘s Programming
Franz Welser-MłĆst opens his ninth season with The Cleveland Orchestra with a program including Stravinskyĺ─˘s The Rite of Spring, in two subscription concerts at Severance Hall and at a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school.  Also during the 2010-11 season, Mr. Welser-MłĆst will conduct John Adamsĺ─˘s Doctor Atomic Symphony; Bachĺ─˘s Mass in F major (BWV 233); Bartłäkĺ─˘s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta; Bartłäkĺ─˘s Second Piano Concerto and Schumannĺ─˘s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8; Dvo뢳░kĺ─˘s Te Deum, Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4; a fully staged production of Mozartĺ─˘s Don Giovanni; Rossiniĺ─˘s Stabat Mater; and Straussĺ─˘s Ein Heldenleben, among 39 performances at Severance Hall, the Miami Residency, and on tour.  Mr. Welser-MłĆst will lead the fifth Roche Commission, an American premiere of Woven Dreams, by Toshio Hosokawa, in January.  At the end of the season, Mr. Welser-MłĆst conducts the world premiere of Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow JłĆrg Widmannĺ─˘s Flute Concerto and the Cleveland Orchestra premiere of On a Wire, a concerto for eighth blackbird by Jennifer Higdon that is a co-commission by six orchestras.

Franz Welser-MłĆst will conduct Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 in the 2010-11 season.  He has led the Orchestra in three DVD productions of Bruckner symphonies in three historic venues ĺ─ý the Abbey of St. Florian in Linz, Austria, the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and in Cleveland at Severance Hall ĺ─ý which have been telecast in Europe and the United States.  In 2011, during the Orchestraĺ─˘s residency at the Lincoln Center Festival, Mr. Welser-MłĆst will conduct four Bruckner symphonies.  Mr. Welser-MłĆst is a native of Linz, Austria, where Bruckner spent the formative years of his career.

Mozartĺ─˘s Don Giovanni
The Mozart/Da Ponte cycle of operas fully staged at Severance Hall concludes as Franz Welser-MłĆst conducts Don Giovanni on March 19, 22, 24, and 27, 2011.  The production of Don Giovanni will be based on the Zurich Opera production directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf.  The Orchestraĺ─˘s three-season cycle of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas began in 2009, with four performances of Le nozze di Figaro.  The same number of performances of CosłĘ fan tutte were presented in March 2010.

Baritone Simon Keenlyside will perform the title role of Don Giovanni, in his first performances of the role in the United States.  ĺ─˙He can switch from genteel seductiveness to physical threat in a moment, registering all the gradations in his wonderfully vital and well-focused singing,ĺ─¨ wrote the Guardian of London, reviewing a performance by Mr. Keenlyside in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden.  In a review of a 2008 production at the Royal Opera House, the Guardian described Mr. Keenlyside as ĺ─˙a tour de force.ĺ─¨  Mr. Keenlyside most recently appeared with the Orchestra during a Cleveland Orchestra Musikverein Residency in Vienna in the fall of 2009. 

  The cast for Don Giovanni includes soprano Eva Mei (Donna Anna) in her Cleveland Orchestra debut, soprano Malin Hartelius (Donna Elvira), baritone Ruben Drole (Leporello), tenor Shawn Mathey (Don Ottavio) in his Cleveland Orchestra debut, soprano Martina Jankovł░ (Zerlina), baritone Reinhard Mayr (Masetto) in his Cleveland Orchestra debut, bass-baritone Alfred Muff (Commendatore), and the Cleveland Orchestra Opera Chorus.  The opera will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles.

Orchestraĺ─˘s Baroque Festival Features Artist-in-Residence Ton Koopman
Ton Koopman will lead a two-week Baroque Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in April and May, including works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Handel.  Mr. Koopman will become the Orchestraĺ─˘s Artist-in-Residence with the 2010-11 season.  He is the founder and conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, artistic director of the French Festival ĺ─˙Itinłęraire Baroque,ĺ─¨ Professor at the University of Leiden, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.  He was named as Artist-in-Residence for The Cleveland Orchestra in June 2008, following his debut with the Orchestra in February 2008.  The three-year Artist-in-Residence position is supported by the Malcolm E. Kenney Artist-in-Residence Fund. 
 
JłĆrg Widmann, Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow
Franz Welser-MłĆst will conduct the world premiere of JłĆrg Widmannĺ─˘s Flute Concerto, featuring Cleveland Orchestra Principal Flute Joshua Smith, at Severance Hall in May 2011.  German composer JłĆrg Widmann is the Orchestraĺ─˘s sixth Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow.  In his second season with the Orchestra, Mr. Widmann will continue to participate in rehearsals, masterclasses, and educational activities.
Mr. Widmann is a winner of the Claudio Abbado Composition Award of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, and most recently the winner of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Elise L. Stoeger Prize. The Flute Concerto was commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra through the Young Composers Fund, established in 1997 by a $1 million gift from Jan R. and Daniel R. Lewis, who reside in Florida.  Mr. Lewis is the Chair of the Musical Arts Association of Miami.  
 
Conductor and Soloist Debuts
Guest conductors making their Cleveland Orchestra debuts in 2010-11 are Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Dausgaard, and Vladimir Jurowski.  Other artists debuting this season are tenor Shawn Mathey, baritone Reinhard Mayr, soprano Eva Mei, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, soprano Jessica Rivera, and the ensemble eighth blackbird.  Mitsuko Uchida appears this season with the Orchestra in Japan, and will perform a solo recital at Severance Hall in February.  Violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Alban Gerhardt, and pianists David Fray and Kirill Gerstein will mark their Severance Hall debuts ĺ─ý they have performed with the Orchestra in prior seasons at Blossom Music Center.
 
Returning Artists
            Several conductors make return visits this season: Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrew Davis, Music Director Laureate Christoph von Dohnł░nyi, Hans Graf, Ton Koopman, Kurt Masur, Matthias Pintscher, and Pinchas Steinberg.  Returning soloists include Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emanuel Ax, Anna Bonitatibus, Laura Claycomb, Ruben Drole, Andrew Foster-Williams, Horacio Gutiłęrrez, Malin Hartelius, Steven Isserlis, Martina Jankovł░, Leonidas Kavakos, Simon Keenlyside, Radu Lupu, Christopher Maltman, Martin Mitterrutzner, Alfred Muff, Kelley Oĺ─˘Connor, Garrick Ohlsson, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. 
The season features five members of the Orchestra as soloists.  Franklin Cohen, Principal Clarinet, will perform Nielsenĺ─˘s Clarinet Concerto; Richard King, Principal Horn, will perform in programs led by Christoph von Dohnł░nyi; William Preucil, Concertmaster, will perform Mozartĺ─˘s Violin Concerto No. 5; Joshua Smith, Principal Flute, premieres Widmannĺ─˘s Flute Concerto; and Robert Walters, Solo English Horn, will perform Vasksĺ─˘s English Horn Concerto.

Miami Residency
The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s annual Miami Residency continues in its fifth season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.  The Orchestraĺ─˘s Miami Residency includes a series of subscription concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center as well as education and family concerts, and a broad spectrum of music education and outreach activities in the Miami-Dade community. 

In 2010, Cleveland Orchestra collaborations include New World Symphony fellows and the University of Miamiĺ─˘s Frost School of Music students, with masterclasses led by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, reading sessions of new music, access to Cleveland Orchestra working rehearsals, and an upcoming event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.  In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Orchestra continues to provide Education Concerts for fifth-grade students, Musical Rainbows for younger school children, and high-school coachings for older students, plus a Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert. 

The Orchestraĺ─˘s residency activities in Miami are conceived and made possible with the leadership of the Musical Arts Association of Miami, the Miami-based board governing the Orchestraĺ─˘s Miami Residency.
Details of The Cleveland Orchestra 2011 Miami Residency will be announced at a later date.
 
Tokyo Residency and Asian Tour
Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst and The Cleveland Orchestra will embark on their tenth international tour together this fall, performing in Japan and South Korea.  Mitsuko Uchida will join the Orchestra in Japan.  The eight-concert, four-city tour begins with a performance in Sapporo, Japan, on November 10 and ends with a program at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea on November 21.  The centerpiece of the tour is a Cleveland Orchestra Residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, with four concerts at the acclaimed venue.  More tour details are available in a separate release.

Indiana University Residency
In January 2011, The Cleveland Orchestra will participate in an intensive residency at Indiana University.  The IU Jacobs School of Music and IU Auditorium have partnered to present a concert during IU Auditoriumĺ─˘s season of events and to broaden the orchestraĺ─˘s visit to bring additional learning opportunities to students on campus and in the community.  The IU Residency will include masterclasses, coachings, arts administration seminars, and other community and educational activities.  Plans call for every principal musician in The Cleveland Orchestra to teach a class for IU students; students will also have an opportunity to take part in side-by-side rehearsals with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Carnegie Hall and United States Tour
The Orchestra will tour in February to Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, on February 1, and to Symphony Center in Chicago on February 2.  The Orchestra will appear in two programs at Carnegie Hall in New York, on February 4 and 5. At the end of the tour, the Orchestra performs at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on February 6.  Franz Welser-MłĆst will lead all performances, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard will appear as soloist in four of the five programs on the tour.

Alternate Concert Formats Welcome Audiences Seeking New and Different Experiences
The Fridays@7 concert series continues with five programs in 2010-11, following its success in attracting new audiences in 2009-10.  More than 800 new ticket buyers have attended the new series thus far in the 2009-10 season.  The format is an hour-long Orchestra concert at the early start time, followed by entertaining and diverse styles of world music featuring international musicians, along with food and drink in a casual atmosphere. In the 2010-11 season, Franz Welser-MłĆst, Pinchas Steinberg, and Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek will conduct concerts in the Fridays@7 series.

 As part of the popular Musically Speaking series, an HD presentation of Holstĺ─˘s The Planets will feature breathtaking NASA images projected on a giant screen during the performance.  The complete work includes Women of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.  The series also includes a Chicago Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s Beyond the ScoreČĂ program of Prokofievĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 and a full performance of baroque and classical works led by Ton Koopman, featuring cellist Steven Isserlis, with a preview discussion prior to the performance. 

The Celebrity Series will continue in 2010-11, spotlighting diverse artists and repertoire, embracing many genres.  Guest artists and repertoire for the series will be announced in August.  More people will attend the Celebrity Series per concert than any other series offered by the Orchestra in 2009-10.
 
Subscription and Ticket Information
A variety of subscription options will be available for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts.  Subscriptions will go on sale March 22.  Tickets to individual performances go on sale in August.  For more information, call the Ticket Office at (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 or visit us online at www.clevelandorchestra.com. 

The Severance Hall Ticket Office and Subscription Office are located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office will be open three hours prior to each performance).  Severance Hall Subscription Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact: Ana Papakhian, (216) 231-7476 / Email: anap@clevelandorchestra.com
Jennifer Schlosser, (216) 231-7518 / Email: jschlosser@clevelandorchestra.com

2010-11 Season at Severance Hall  

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 25 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Laura Claycomb, soprano
Kelley Oĺ─˘Connor, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus

TAKEMITSU  Dream/Window ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
BACH  Mass in F major, BWV 233 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
DEBUSSY  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY  The Rite of Spring 

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 2 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

BRITTEN  ĺ─˙Four Sea Interludesĺ─¨ from Peter Grimes
BRITTEN  Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
BRUCKNER   Symphony No. 7

Friday, OCTOBER 1 at 7 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

Fridays@7

TAKEMITSU  Dream/Window
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 3 (ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨)

Thursday, OCTOBER 7 at 8 p.m.
Friday, OCTOBER 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, OCTOBER 10 at 3 p.m.
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano ĺ─ý Severance Hall debut
 
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 3
RACHMANINOFF  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RAVEL  La Valse

Thursday, OCTOBER 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 23 at 8 p.m.
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

BRAHMS  Academic Festival Overture
HINDEMITH   Symphony, ĺ─˙Mathis der Malerĺ─¨
BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 5 (ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨)

Friday, OCTOBER 22 at 11 a.m.
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

HINDEMITH   Symphony, ĺ─˙Mathis der Malerĺ─¨
BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 5 (ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨)

Thursday, OCTOBER 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, OCTOBER 30 at 8 p.m.
Andrew Davis, conductor
William Preucil, violin
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

HAYDN   Symphony No. 22 (ĺ─˙The Philosopherĺ─¨) ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS   Five Mystical Songs
MOZART   Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS   Toward the Unknown Region ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Thursday, NOVEMBER 4 at 8 p.m.
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello ĺ─ý Severance Hall debut

RAVEL  Alborada del gracioso
PINTSCHER  Reflections on Narcissus, for cello and orchestra ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
RAVEL  Ma Mł«re lĺ─˘Oye (ĺ─˙Mother Gooseĺ─¨)
DUKAS  The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice

November 10 ĺ─ý 21, 2010
The Cleveland Orchestra
Tokyo Residency and Asian Tour
Details are provided in a separate news release.

Saturday, NOVEMBER 27 at 8 p.m.
Hans Graf, conductor
Women of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

SAARIAHO  Asteroid 4179: Toutatis ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨), K. 551
HOLST  The Planets ĺ─ý An HD Odyssey

Sunday, NOVEMBER 28 at 3 p.m.
Hans Graf, conductor
Women of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Musically Speaking

SAARIAHO  Asteroid 4179: Toutatis ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨), K. 551
HOLST  The Planets ĺ─ý An HD Odyssey

Thursday, DECEMBER 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, DECEMBER 4 at 8 p.m.
Pinchas Steinberg, conductor
Franklin Cohen, clarinet

NICOLAI   Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
NIELSEN   Clarinet Concerto
MAHLER   Symphony No. 1

Friday, DECEMBER 3 at 7 p.m.
Pinchas Steinberg, conductor

Fridays@7
 NICOLAI   Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
MAHLER   Symphony No. 1

Thursday, JANUARY 6 at 8 p.m.
Friday, JANUARY 7 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, JANUARY 8 at 8 p.m.
Christoph von Dohnł░nyi, conductor
Richard King, horn

Program to be announced
Thursday, JANUARY 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, JANUARY 15 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano

WAGNER   Overture to Tannhłžuser
SCHUMANN   Piano Concerto
R. STRAUSS   Ein Heldenleben

Friday, JANUARY 14 at 7 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

Fridays@7 

WAGNER   Overture to Tannhłžuser
R. STRAUSS   Ein Heldenleben

Thursday, JANUARY 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, JANUARY 22 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

R. STRAUSS:  ĺ─˙Trłžumerei am Kaminĺ─¨ from Intermezzo
ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
HOSOKAWA  Woven Dreams ĺ─ý U.S. PREMIERE
BARTłýK   Piano Concerto No. 2
BARTłýK   Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

Friday, JANUARY 21 at 11 a.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

HOSOKAWA  Woven Dreams ĺ─ý U.S. PREMIERE
BARTłýK   Piano Concerto No. 2
R. STRAUSS:  ĺ─˙Trłžumerei am Kaminĺ─¨ from Intermezzo
ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

Friday, FEBRUARY 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 12 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, FEBRUARY 13 at 3 p.m.
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Leonidas Kavakos, violin

MUSSORGSKY  Prelude to Khovanshchina
SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY  Manfred Symphony

Thursday, FEBRUARY 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 19 at 8 p.m.
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 7
SZYMANOWSKI  Violin Concerto No. 1
NIELSEN  Symphony No. 4 (ĺ─˙The Inextinguishableĺ─¨)

Friday, FEBRUARY 18 at 11 a.m.
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

SZYMANOWSKI  Violin Concerto No. 1
NIELSEN  Symphony No. 4 (ĺ─˙The Inextinguishableĺ─¨)

Thursday, FEBRUARY 24 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEBRUARY 26 at 8 p.m.
Andrey Boreyko, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Robert Walters, english horn

BARTłýK  Suite from The Wooden Prince
VASKS  English Horn Concerto ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 5

Sunday, FEBRUARY 27 at 3 p.m.
Andrey Boreyko, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut

Musically Speaking ĺ─ý Beyond the ScoreČĂ

PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 5

Thursday, MARCH 10 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, MARCH 12 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

DVO벳┼K  Te Deum ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
MAHLER  Symphony No. 4

Saturday, MARCH 19 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, MARCH 22 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, MARCH 24 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, MARCH 27 at 3 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Simon Keenlyside, baritone (Don Giovanni)
Eva Mei, soprano (Donna Anna) ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Malin Hartelius, soprano (Donna Elvira)
Ruben Drole, baritone (Leporello)
Shawn Mathey, tenor (Don Ottavio) ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Martina Jankovł░, soprano (Zerlina)
Reinhard Mayr, baritone (Masetto) ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Alfred Muff, bass-baritone (Commendatore)
Cleveland Orchestra Opera Chorus

MOZART   Don Giovanni, K. 527 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
                    (Sung in Italian with English supertitles)

Thursday, MARCH 31 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 2 at 8 p.m.
Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Horacio Gutiłęrrez, piano

HAYDN  Symphony No. 96 (ĺ─˙Miracleĺ─¨)
RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2
DVO벳┼K  Symphony No. 7

Friday, APRIL 1 at 7 p.m.
Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek, conductor ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Horacio Gutiłęrrez, piano

Fridays@7

RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2
DVO벳┼K  Symphony No. 7

Thursday, APRIL 21 at 8 p.m.
Friday, APRIL 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 23 at 8 p.m.
Kurt Masur, conductor
David Fray, piano ĺ─ý Severance Hall debut

MENDELSSOHN  Overture, ĺ─˙The Hebridesĺ─¨ (ĺ─˙Fingalĺ─˘s Caveĺ─¨)
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4

Thursday, APRIL 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, APRIL 30 at 8 p.m.
Ton Koopman, conductor

BACH  Suite No. 1 for Orchestra, BWV 1066
BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
HANDEL  Suite from Music for the Royal Fireworks
MOZART  Symphony No. 25, K. 183

Friday, MAY 6 at 11 a.m.
Ton Koopman, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

C.P.E. BACH  Sinfonia in D major, Wq. 183, No. 1 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
C.P.E. BACH  Cello Concerto in A major, Wq. 172 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
HAYDN  Symphony No. 98

Sunday, MAY 8 at 3 p.m.
Ton Koopman, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

Musically Speaking 

C.P.E. BACH  Sinfonia in D major, Wq. 183, No. 1 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
C.P.E. BACH  Cello Concerto in A major, Wq. 172 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
C.P.E. BACH  Sinfonia in G major, Wq. 183, No. 4 ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES
HAYDN  Symphony No. 98

Thursday, MAY 12 at 8 p.m.
Friday, MAY 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 14 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin ĺ─ý Severance Hall debut

BERG  Violin Concerto
BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 5

Thursday, MAY 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 21 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

ADAMS  Guide to Strange Places
HAYDN  Piano Concerto in D major
STRAVINSKY  Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 8

Friday, MAY 20 at 11 a.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

ADAMS  Guide to Strange Places
HAYDN  Piano Concerto in D major
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 8

Thursday, MAY 26 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, MAY 28 at 8 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Joshua Smith, flute
Malin Hartelius, soprano
Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano
Martin Mitterrutzner, tenor
Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut
Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

WIDMANN  Flute Concerto ĺ─ý WORLD PREMIERE
ROSSINI  Stabat Mater

Friday, MAY 27 at 7 p.m.
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor
Joshua Smith, flute
eighth blackbird ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra debut

Fridays@7

ADAMS  Doctor Atomic Symphony
WIDMANN  Flute Concerto ĺ─ý WORLD PREMIERE
HIGDON  On a Wire ĺ─ý Concerto for eighth blackbird and Orchestra
ĺ─ý FIRST CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE

New Centrediscs CD: 3 Concerti Just Released

PIANIST CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO PLAYS

CONCERTI BY THREE CANADIAN WOMEN COMPOSERS 

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, long a champion of the music of contemporary composers, particularly those of her native Canada, performs works by three Canadian women composers for piano and orchestra, in 3 Concerti, a new Centrediscs release from the Canadian Music Centre.

The new CD (CMCCD 15610) features compositions by Alexina Louie, Larysa Kuzmenko and Violet Archer (1913-2000).  They were recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio over the past two decades.  

3 Concerti marks Petrowska Quilicoĺ─˘s 23rd CD, and seventh on the Centrediscs label.   

The CD features the following, all with Petrowska Quilico as piano soloist:

Alexina Louie: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1984) with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Alex Pauk.

Violet Archer: Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra (1956) with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Larysa Kuzmenko: Piano Concerto (1995, rev. 1996) with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste.  

CDs can be ordered through the Canadian Music Centre, www.musiccentre.ca or via www.petrowskaquilico.com.  

The 3 Concerti project came as result of the Gender and Performance graduate course that Petrowska Quilico teaches at Torontoĺ─˘s York University. ĺ─˙I wanted the students to hear the brilliance of Canadian women composers, especially in live performance,ĺ─¨ she said. ĺ─˙Thanks to CBC producer David Jaeger, I had recordings of several concerts in which I had premiered womenĺ─˘s concerti. From those recordings we chose works that are very different in their compositional styles, yet in which each features a virtuoso piano part.ĺ─¨ 

Since playing her first concerto ĺ─ý Haydnĺ─˘s D Major ĺ─ý at age 10, Christina Petrowska Quilico has performed an impressive range of repertoire for piano and orchestra, from Bach and Beethoven to Bartok, Gershwin, and Canadians Glenn Buhr, the three women on the new CD, and more.   

The Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers honored Petrowska Quilico with The 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award.  A national jury recognized her ĺ─˙for her dedication to Canadian contemporary classical music as well as her unwavering support of this countryĺ─˘s composing community. Throughout her exceptional performing and recording career, Christina Petrowska Quilico has had a profound impact on Canadaĺ─˘s classical music community from coast to coast.ĺ─¨  She was also among Canadian artists honored by the CMC on its 50th anniversary in November 2009 at the National Arts Centre, and performed Glass Houses by Ann Southam at the special concert celebrating the occasion.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM OF THE FEATURED CONCERTI AND PERFORMANCES:

Violet Archer Concerto:

In his essay on Violet Archer for the book Contemporary Canadian Composers (Oxford University Press), critic Kenneth Winters calls the Archer concerto, ĺ─˙a masterpiece and a genuine concerto in terms of display and dynamics.ĺ─¨ He refers to the ĺ─˙ease and virtuosityĺ─¨ of both piano and orchestra in the ĺ─˙propulsive opening movement,ĺ─¨ the ĺ─˙pensive and lyricalĺ─¨ middle movement, and the ĺ─˙vigorousĺ─¨ finale, which ĺ─˙leaves the listener mildly appalled that a work of this calibre should be played so seldom.ĺ─¨

Larysa Kuzmenko Concerto:

The concerto, a CBC commission, drew standing ovations when Petrowska Quilico performed it with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bramwell Tovey at the Winnipeg New Music Festival, and again with the Toronto Symphony under Jukka-Pekka Saraste.  Elissa Poole wrote in the Globe and Mail of the ĺ─˙classically virtuoso performance by soloist Christina Petrowska Quilico. Kuzmenko returned to the grandiose gestures of the romantic piano concerto.ĺ─¨  The Toronto Starĺ─˘s William Littler described the concertoĺ─˘s ĺ─˙broad, sweeping gestures and strong melodic profile of a concerto in the romantic tradition. With the considerable help of its soloist, the nimble-fingered Christina Petrowska Quilico, it was the undoubted hit of the evening.ĺ─¨

Alexina Louie Concerto:

Petrowska Quilico twice performed this work with Alex Pauk conducting ĺ─ý first with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and again with the Esprit Orchestra.  William Littler of the Toronto Star noted ĺ─˙that able champion of the contemporary keyboard literature, Christina Petrowska Quilico, applied the proverbial hammer and tongs to a piano part full of cluster chords, glissandos and runs, surrounded by enough orchestral goings-on in rapidly changing metres to keep conductor Alex Pauk working overtimeĺ─Â.  The concerto in its deliberately big-boned, splashily and often exotically (complete with lionĺ─˘s roar and Chinese gongs) scored...it has life, color and drama enough to keep the ear wondering what is going to happen next.ĺ─¨

The Globe and Mailĺ─˘s Robert Everett-Green called it, ĺ─˙a large-scale exercise in grand-manner composition, a piece that nearly bursts the bounds of the chamber-sized orchestra for which it was written,ĺ─¨ while reflecting the composerĺ─˘s ĺ─˙project of bringing into the mainstream of progressive music the sounds of her Chinese heritageĺ─Â.  The pianist, Christina Petrowska Quilico, gave a committed reading of the virtuoso solo part, which makes some fairly athletic demands of the performer.ĺ─¨  



Thursday, March 25, 2010

La SCENA Spring 2010 - La Scena Musicale April 2010 Issue


[Version franł▀aise]


The Music Scene Winter 2010

Hello!

La SCENA is pleased to feature on its Spring 2010 cover the musical comedy staging of Belles-Sëýurs by Daniel Błęlanger and Renłę Richard Cyr, based on the theatrical classic by Michel Tremblay. The Arthur LeBlanc Quartet will be the feature of our April La Scena Musicale issue, which readers will find within the La SCENA. Paying subscribers will also receive an exclusive free CD of the Arthur LeBlanc Quartet's recordings of Shostakovich quartets.

Our jazz section will be featuring a sneak peak at the upcoming Miles Davis exhibit at the Musłęe des beaux-arts in Montreal. In our arts pages, readers will find La SCENA in conversation with Maurice Forget, Wajdi Mouawad, Gabor Szilasi, and many more.

To help plan your summer months, we will also be offering our annual international arts festivals guide. In La SCENA, you will also find a comprehensive arts calendar as well as detailed previews on all the dance, theatre, visual arts, and cinema events you won't want to miss.

There is much more in store for you this issue, including of course our monthly world music section, our musical events and concert calendars, and our reviews.

The deadline for advertising for this issue is March 26 with artwork due on March 29.


Yours sincerely,

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


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La Scena Musicale
 April 2010

/ La SCENA Spring 2010
  • On the Cover (La SCENA): Daniel Błęlanger, Renłę Richard Cyr, and Michel Tremblay
  • On the Cover (La Scena Musicale): Arthur LeBlanc Quartet
  • Deluxe Look: Perfect Binding
  • Guide: International Festivals
  • Distribution: April 1
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  • Deadline for artwork: March 29
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

La SCENA numłęro de printemps 2010 / La Scena Musicale avril 2010



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LSM Sept 2009

The Music Scene Hiver 2010

Bonjour !

La SCENA est heureuse de mettre en couverture de son numłęro de printemps 2010 le spectacle musical Belles-Sëýurs de Daniel Błęlanger et Renłę Richard Cyr, basłę sur la pił«ce classique de Michel Tremblay. Le Quatuor Arthur LeBlanc sera en vedette dans le numłęro dĺ─˘avril de La Scena Musicale, que les lecteurs trouveront łŢ lĺ─˘intłęrieur de La SCENA. Les abonnłęs payants recevront łęgalement un CD exclusif gratuit de lĺ─˘enregistrement par le Quatuor Arthur LeBlanc de quatuors de Chostakovitch.

Notre section jazz jettera un premier regard sur lĺ─˘exposition Miles Davis łŢ venir au Musłęe des beaux-arts de Montrłęal. Dans nos pages sur les arts, les lecteurs trouveront des entrevues avec Maurice Forget, Wajdi Mouawad, Gabor Szilasi et beaucoup dĺ─˘autres.

Pour vous aider łŢ planifier votre łętłę, nous incluons notre guide international annuel des festivals dĺ─˘art. Dans La SCENA, vous trouverez aussi un calendrier des arts complet ainsi que des aperł▀us dłętaillłęs des łęvłęnements en danse, en thłęłótre, en arts visuels et en cinłęma que vous ne voudrez pas rater.

Ce numłęro regorge dĺ─˘autres bonnes choses, dont bien sł¬r notre section mensuelle sur la musique du monde, nos calendriers des łęvłęnements musicaux et concerts et nos critiques de disques et de livres.

La date de tombłęe pour les annonces est le 26 mars, les maquettes devant nous parvenir au plus tard le 29 mars.



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La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene
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La Scena Musicale avril 2010 / La SCENA printemps 2010
  • En couverture (La SCENA) : Daniel Błęlanger, Renłę Richard Cyr et Michel Tremblay
  • En couverture (La Scena Musicale) : Quatuor Arthur LeBlanc
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The First Chicago Early Music Festival

CHICAGO EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

April 20 ĺ─ý 25, 2010

 
Inaugural six-day celebration of music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras
at multiple Chicago music venues

The Chicago Early Music Festival debuts as the Cityĺ─˘s first festival celebrating music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.  The six-day festival, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, represents an unprecedented collaboration amongst the City of Chicago and some of Chicagoĺ─˘s leading ensembles and organizations, including Chicago Opera Theater, University of Chicago Presents, Baroque Band, International Music Foundation, and the Newberry Consort. 

The Chicago Early Music Festival features free and ticketed performances, workshops, and master classes by internationally renowned musicians in venues throughout the city. 

ĺ─˙Chicago ensembles have been presenting Early Music for some time, but this exciting new festival takes it to a new level, showcasing our cityĺ─˘s Early Music community and bringing in top international performers,ĺ─¨ said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg.  ĺ─˙We hope that residents and tourists alike will enjoy this historic and truly wonderful music.ĺ─¨

The Chicago Early Music Festival will present music spanning five centuries- from the 14th until the mid-18th century.  Early Music is a term commonly used to describe Western classical music before the time of Mozart, encompassing Medieval chant, the late Baroque masterworks of Handel and Bach, and everything in between.  Pioneers like Wanda Landowska and Arnold Dolmetsch paved the way for a resurgence of interest in Early Music in the mid-20th century, with the rediscovery of historical instruments and long-lost techniques of playing them.  Now, sixty years later, Early Music has finally entered the musical mainstream, with ensembles all over the world playing and singing this music.

For updates to the schedule and more information, visit www.ChicagoEarlyMusicFest.org or call the hotline at 312.742.1938.

SCHEDULE OF CONCERTS

The English Nightingale: Virtuoso Recorder Music from Renaissance to Romantic
Piers Adams, Recorders; Howard Beach, Harpsichord
Tuesday, April 20, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
A self-styled modern Pied Piper, British recorder virtuoso Piers Adams performs music spanning four centuries with duo-partner, harpsichordist Howard Beach.  The incredibly diverse program includes renaissance selections by Bassano and Van Eyck, tracing the development of the sonata through Castello, Corelli, and J.S. Bach before arriving at the 19th century with a set of variations by Ernst Kraehmer.

Being Dufay
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St

Admission: Free

The hauntingly beautiful Being Dufay combines early music with some of todayĺ─˘s most cutting-edge digital techniques in a lush, harmonic sound world. Sound artist Ambrose Field realizes his own score, a mesmerizing series of electronic soundscapes, with former Hilliard Ensemble tenor John Potterĺ─˘s expressive rendition of vocal fragments by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay. 

Dame Myra Hess Concert: A Musical Voyage: Baroque Music from Italy, Germany & France
Brandi Berry, baroque violin; Anna Steinhoff, baroque cello; Jason Moy, harpsichord
Wednesday, April 21, 12:15 pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St

Admission: Free
Embark on a journey through 18th century Italy, Germany, and France with violinist Brandi Berry, cellist Anna Steinhoff, and harpsichordist Jason Moy, in this program of violin sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and J.S. Bach, and an exquisite but rarely-heard chaconne of Jacques Morel.  Dame Myra Hess Concerts are a celebrated series of weekly concerts featuring solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians. Produced by the International Music Foundation and supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM). 

Baroque Band: Vivaldiĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘Estro Armonico
Wednesday, April 21, 7:30 pm
St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St
Admission: $35; seniors $30; students $15 at 312.235.2368
Chicagoĺ─˘s period instrument orchestra, Baroque Band, presents Vivaldiĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘Estro Armonico (The Harmonic Inspiration) in the exquisite sanctuary of St. James Cathedral.  Violinist Garry Clarke leads the ensemble in scintillating performances of eight concerti from Vivaldiĺ─˘s popular and influential collection that features solo cello, and at times, up to four solo violins. 

Ensemble Lipzodes: Shakespeare & the Bassano Family
Thursday, April 22, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
Ensemble Lipzodes presents a program inspired by the relationship between Shakespeare and the Bassano family, and their trip to Venice together at the end of 1593.  Famous as performers and instrument makers for the royal courts and churches of English and Italy, the Bassanos are thought to have invented the dulcian family of instruments featured in this concert. The program includes sonnets about the Emilia Bassano, the ĺ─˙Dark Ladyĺ─¨, and quotations from The Merchant of Venice inspired by the Bassano family.

Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
Thursday, April 22, 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St
Admission: Free
Harpsichordist and fortepianist Mitzi Meyerson returns to her native Chicago to present a recital of solo harpsichord music.  Meyerson is one of the worldĺ─˘s most highly regarded early keyboard specialists, with over 50 internationally-acclaimed recordings; a busy teaching schedule at the esteemed Universitłžt der Kł║nste in Berlin, where she is Professor of Harpsichord; and numerous concert engagements both as a solo artist and with her ensemble, The Bottom Line, which is dedicated to the performance of repertoire for bass and continuo instruments. 

Baroque Dance Performance: Paige Whitley-Bauguess with the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble
Friday, April 23, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world.  She is accompanied in this performance by the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, one of Chicagoĺ─˘s newest, rising-star period instrument ensembles founded by violinist Brandi Berry and oboist Curtis Foster.

Liber Ensemble: Crowned with Laurels presented by University of Chicago Presents
Friday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave
Admission: $32; $5 students with valid ID at 773.702.8068
Founded in 1996, vocal ensemble Liber (formerly Liber unUsualis) has soared to prominence for its warm, compelling, and assured performances of medieval and early-renaissance music. The ensemble's mastery of medieval vocal technique and inventive programming have drawn enthusiastic audiences throughout the United States and Europe. This 4-voice program explores the extraordinary repertoire of 14th century Italy and France in settings of poetry by Petrarch, Sacchetti, Boccaccio, and others.

Fair Orianna: Early Movie with Early Music presented by The Newberry Consort
Saturday, April 24, 12 pm
Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave
Admission: $25 at 312.255.3610
Sarah Bernhardtĺ─˘s 1912 silent movie, Elizabeth I, is accompanied by music performed by The Newberry Consort, one of the Chicago areaĺ─˘s longest running and most successful early music ensembles.  Soprano Ellen Hargis joins the ensemble of viols and violin in an original soundtrack of Elizabethan music compiled by the Consortĺ─˘s director, David Douglass.

Overtures
Saturday, April 24, 12:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St

Admission: Free

A concert showcasing the next generation of early music stars including performers from Northwestern University, DePaul University, Midwest Young Artists, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Opera Theater: Giasone
Saturday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St
Admission: $30 - $120 at 312.704.8414
Francesco Cavalliĺ─˘s at-times bawdy adaptation of the myth of Jason and his Argonauts made Giasone one of the 17th centuryĺ─˘s most popular operas.  Led by critically acclaimed early music conductor and harpsichordist Christian Curnyn and the gifted young Australian director Justin Way, this production marks the premiere performance of Giasone by a professional opera company in Chicago.  Giasone kicks off Chicago Opera Theaterĺ─˘s trilogy of Baroque operas exploring the tragic character of Jasonĺ─˘s wife, Medea, in its next three seasons

Sunday Salon Series: Fłütes Galantes
Trio Settecento
Sunday, April 25, 3 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St

Admission: Free

Period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento combines the virtuosic talents of  Rachel Barton Pine (violin), John Mark Rozendaal (viola da gamba/ĺ─˛cello), and David Schrader (harpsichord/organ)in "... some of the most refreshing, life-enhancing Baroque playing heard in years" (Chicago Tribune).  Their French Baroque program includes festive music by Marais and Forqueray, virtuoso sonatas of Leclair and Rebel, one of Rameauĺ─˘s Pieces de Clavecin en Concert, and a suite from Francois Couperinĺ─˘s Concert Royaux.

By a Celestial Fountain: Music of William Byrd presented by The Newberry Consort
Sunday, April 25, 7 pm
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut St
Admission: $25; students $5 at 312.255.3610
Presented by the Newberry Consort
The Newberry Consortĺ─˘s viols and singers are joined by keyboardist David Schrader in music by the foremost Elizabethan composer, William Byrd. This concert honors the late musicologist, Howard Mayer Brown, whose scores and instruments were bequeathed to the Newberry Library, and includes his favorite works performed on instruments from his collection.

 

SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

In addition to the events listed below, several of the concerts will be accompanied by a pre-concert lecture.  Visit www.chicagoearlymusicfest.org for more information.

Ensemble Lipzodes: Performing Medieval Song
Thursday, April 22, 2:30 ĺ─ý 5 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free, reservations required to participate in class 312.742.TIXS (8497)
The musicians of Ensemble Lipzodes present a workshop on the performance of vocal repertoire from the Middle Ages.  All are welcome, and no prior experience is necessary!

Paige Whitley-Bauguess: Early Dance Class
Friday, April 23, 2 ĺ─ý 4:15 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free, reservations required to participate in class 312.742.TIXS (8497)
Come experience the intricacies of this popular 17th and 18th century art form in a class given by Baroque dance specialist Paige Whitley-Bauguess.  The musicians of the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble provide the musical accompaniment.  All are welcome, and no prior experience is necessary!

Performance Practice Panel
Presented by Chicago Opera Theater
Thursday, April 22, 1:15 ĺ─ý 2:15pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
An esteemed panel including Giasone conductor Christian Curnyn, University of Chicago Professor Robert Kendrick, Chicago Opera Theater stage director Andrew Eggert, and Baroque violinist Nadja Zwiener discuss early music performance practice.    

 

SCHEDULE OF MASTER CLASSES

 

To participate in any of the master classes, check the festivalĺ─˘s website at www.chicagoearlymusicfest.org for application information.  All are welcome to listen and enjoy the music.

Piers Adams, recorder

Tuesday, April 20, 2 ĺ─ý 4:30 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St

Admission: Free

Come hear some talented, up-and-coming recorder players!  British recorder virtuoso Piers Adams gives a free master class at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 
This event is supported in part by the American Recorder Society, Chicago Chapter.

Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
Wednesday, April 21, 2 ĺ─ý 3:30pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson, a Chicago native, is a world-renowned early keyboard specialist based in Germany, where she is Professor of Harpsichord and Fortepiano at the Universitłžt der Kł║nste in Berlin. 

Nadja Zwiener, violin
Presented by Chicago Opera Theater
Wednesday, April 21, 3:30 ĺ─ý 5 pm
Enclosed stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington St
Admission: Free
German-born violinist Nadja Zwiener is a frequent soloist and concertmaster with some of the leading orchestras and period instrument ensembles in Europe, like the English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants and others.

Le Fonds Essor: une premił«re au Qułębe

Un nouveau fonds de 455 000 $ dłędiłę aux młętiers dĺ─˘art

Qułębec, le 12 mars 2010 ĺ─ý ł─ lĺ─˘initiative de la table des młętiers dĺ─˘art du Conseil de la culture, six partenaires sĺ─˘entendent pour crłęer un fonds de 455 000 $ sur 3 ans, venant en aide aux artistes et artisans des młętiers dĺ─˘art de la rłęgion de la Capitale-Nationale. Cette initiative de partenariat permettant la mise en place dĺ─˘un fonds de microcrłędit pour supporter les artisans est une premił«re au Qułębec. Le nouveau Fonds ESSOR donne accł«s łŢ du crłędit, łŢ de lĺ─˘accompagnement et łŢ des services adaptłęs.

Ce Fonds vise notamment łŢ amłęliorer les conditions de pratique, susciter des occasions dĺ─˘affaires, permettre la rłęalisation de prestations publiques et obtenir une formation de małĂtre dans une spłęcialitłę donnłęe. Concrł«tement, le Fonds ESSOR propose des prłüts pouvant atteindre 20 000 $, remboursables sur un maximum de trois ans, ainsi quĺ─˘un accompagnement soutenu et adaptłę łŢ la rłęalitłę des artistes et des artisans.

Les signataires de lĺ─˘entente sont le Centre local de dłęveloppement (CLD) de Qułębec, la Sociłętłę de dłęveloppement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), le Fonds dĺ─˘emprunt Qułębec, le Conseil de la culture de la rłęgion de Qułębec, lĺ─˘łÔcole de joaillerie de Qułębec et la Maison des młętiers dĺ─˘art de Qułębec. La Caisse dĺ─˘łęconomie solidaire est partenaire commanditaire. Ce fonds sera administrłę par le Fonds dĺ─˘emprunt Qułębec.

La communautłę sĺ─˘est mobilisłęe afin dĺ─˘apporter une solution concrł«te aux besoins et aux problł«mes de financement des artistes et artisans des młętiers dĺ─˘art. Le prłęsident de la table des młętiers dĺ─˘art du Conseil de la culture, M. Gilles Pelletier, a soulignłę : Č┤ Nous sommes fiers que les partenaires aient rłępondu łŢ notre appel permettant ainsi lĺ─˘amłęlioration des conditions dĺ─˘exercice des młętiers dĺ─˘art Ȭ.

Pour plus dĺ─˘information, veuillez consulter : www.culture-quebec.qc.ca

Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio Sells Out - SAT. March 27 @ 8pm

ĺ─˙Rosenwinkelĺ─˘s music represents the sound of the future-just as bebop once did.ĺ─¨ - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
 
Toronto, ON ĺ─ý March 12, 2010 ĺ─ý The innovative and iconic, 39-year-old guitarist and Verve recording artist Kurt Rosenwinkel is performing in the fourth stunning installment of the Jazz Education and Performance Centre (JPEC) concert series - www.jazzcentre.caOn Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8 pm, The Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio will take the stage at Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West. One of the most widely admired jazz artists of his generation, Rosenwinkel will be accompanied by Eric Revis (bass) and Rodney Green (drums) in what promises to be a soul-stirring performance.
Tickets are $35 Regular and $20 for Student/Rush (available by phone or in person with student ID; a limited number of rush seats available 30 minutes before performance time). Tickets are available at the Roy Thomson Hall box office (416) 872-4255 or www.jazzcentre.ca
Kurt is rightfully taking his place alongside significant contemporary figures like Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Bill Frisell. While his body of work as a leader is only beginning to develop, he has worked with a cross-generational who's who of players including drummer Paul Motian, vibraphonist Gary Burton, drummer Brian Blade and saxophonists Joe Henderson and Joshua Redman.
Rosenwinkel, who grew up in the U.S. and now lives in Berlin, cultivates his following by bucking tradition and has earned respect for his inventive, original tunes. His last album, Reflections by his Standards Trio, received excellent reviews and his encompassing musical vision has won him a mantel full of superlatives from fellow jazz artists like tenor sax star Joshua Redman, who declared that Rosenwinkel ''is without question one of the greatest artists of our generation."

''He somehow manages to write music that is incredibly sophisticated and complex, but so excruciatingly beautiful," Redman said in a recent conversation. ''He's created his own harmonic world, which in and of itself is a huge accomplishment in jazz. He has this incredible sense of melodic clarity and lyricism. His sound is so personal."

The Jazz Performance and Education Centre, officially founded in 2008, is a registered charity dedicated to the preservation and development of jazz in Canada. The result of a collaboration between business people, musicians and arts professionals who are passionate about jazz in Toronto, JPECĺ─˘s ultimate goal is to create a full-time jazz venue in the city: this first-class, multi-purpose facility will feature performances by top local, national and international jazz talent; educational programming through which fans of all ages can learn about jazz; recording facilities; and a Hall of Fame and Archives which will encompass and preserve Canadaĺ─˘s outstanding jazz heritage and tradition. The facility will enhance Torontoĺ─˘s reputation as one of the best cities in North America in which to experience live jazz.

"We are delighted to bring this exciting evening of Jazz to Toronto and look forward to supporting years of more great jazz performances, engaging presentations and creative collaboration with Toronto 's jazz community," says JPEC Chair Ray Koskie.

JPECĺ─˘s inaugural season features a variety of exciting programming including concerts at Glenn Gould Studio and the Bluma Appel Theatre, featuring the Oliver Jones Trio, Dianne Reeves, the Ingrid Jensen Quintet, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio and the Bill Charlap/Renee Rosnes Duo. The season also celebrates a series of lectures, hosted by the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, led by local jazz musicians and writers including Heather Bambrick, Mark Barnes, Jack Chambers and Andrew Scott; and a series of jazz programs for children hosted by Casa Loma.

For more information on the Jazz Performance and Education Centre, visit www.jazzcentre.ca -
JPECĺ─˘s 2009-2010 season is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Koskie Minsky LLP and Media Partner Jazz.FM91 and National Post.

ĺ─˙Jazz to me is a must for everyone. Itĺ─˘s exciting, it makes you want to dance and itĺ─˘s very cool.ĺ─¨
- The Honourable
Lincoln M. Alexander 

Symphony Nova Scotia announces its 2010/11 season

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce its 2010/11 concert season! This season the orchestra brings you more great music ĺ─ý more classical heavyweights, more Canadian and Maritime content, and more of Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s best artists and bands.

ĺ─˙Thereĺ─˘s something for everyone in the new Symphony Nova Scotia season,ĺ─¨ says Music Director Bernhard Gueller.

ĺ─˙We are proud to present concerts such as The Music of the Beatles, Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem, The Nutcracker, Howard Cableĺ─˘s Holiday Spectacular, and our annual collaboration with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. Amongst the wealth of leading guest artists are Basia Bulat, Erin Costelo, Meaghan Smith, Jan Lisiecki, and Jon Kimura Parker.ĺ─¨

Season ticket packages are now available now for 2010/11. Highlights include:

CELEBRITY CLASSICS SERIES: ten inspiring classical music concerts
  • Halifaxĺ─˘s own Denise Djokic opens the season with Saint-Sał┤nsĺ─˘ beloved Cello Concerto.
  • The orchestra performs some of the greatest works of the symphonic repertoire: Beethovenĺ─˘s Fifth, Brahmsĺ─˘ Violin Concerto, Schubertĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Unfinishedĺ─¨ symphony, Mozartĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨ symphony and moreĺ─Â
  • Young Canadian pianists Jan Lisiecki and Avan Yu join the Symphony to perform two exuberant concertos.
  • The Symphony presents Mozartĺ─˘s stunning Requiem for the first time in a decade.
  • And then, the Scandinavian Festival, with an augmented orchestra to bring you Griegĺ─˘s Peer Gynt Suite and his Piano Concerto with Jon Kimura Parker. Youĺ─˘ll also hear Sibeliusĺ─˘ Symphony no. 2, as well as his unparalleled Violin Concerto.

POPS SERIES: eight lively Maritime and popular music concerts
  • The annual tribute concert takes on the greatest hits of the Beatles!
  • Comedian Steve Smith (a.k.a. Red Green) joins the orchestra for a hilarious symphonic take on everything handy. (And yes, there will be duct tape!)
  • The Symphony brings in more of Cape Bretonĺ─˘s best ĺ─ý this time, the Barra MacNeils ĺ─ý for a foot-stomping Celtic music concert.
  • In a throwback to the hugely successful and sold-out 2007 Motown concert, Dutch Robinson joins the orchestra for Symphonic Soul.
  • Local stars like Meaghan Smith, Erin Costelo, and Sons of Maxwell bring the music home in the Maritime series.
  • Howard Cable conducts the orchestra in a massive holiday pops extravaganza.

BAROQUE SERIES: three exquisite concerts in an intimate venue, plus Handelĺ─˘s Messiah
  • Tafelmusikĺ─˘s incomparable Jeanne Lamon returns once again, this time to perform the best of English baroque music.
  • Alexander Weimann, one of the worldĺ─˘s best harpsichordists, performs the baroque music of his home country, Germany.
  • Baroque specialist Noel Edison, director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, comes to Halifax with his authentic, lively interpretation of Handelĺ─˘s majestic Messiah.

AND MOREĺ─Â
  • Family concerts include the 20th-anniversary production of the holiday hit The Nutcracker, along with Spooky Chills and Musical Thrills, a very special in-costume Halloween concert ĺ─ý complete with costume contest, face painting, and a musical instrument petting zoo!
  • The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra joins Symphony Nova Scotia for a performance of one of the worldĺ─˘s favourite symphonic works: Mahlerĺ─˘s Fifth Symphony.

A brochure outlining Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s 2010/11 season is available by calling the box office at 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or by visiting the Symphony Nova Scotia website at www.symphonynovascotia.ca.

Single tickets for Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s 2010/11 season go on sale August 3, 2010, and ticket packages are available now.

Ticket package holders receive a host of rewards, including savings of up to 30%, the best available seats in the house, a free open rehearsal pass, free e-programs, and an exclusive subscriber rewards card. And if you're under 30, you can save even more ĺ─ý up to 60% ĺ─ý with the Under-30 U-Pick package.

To purchase a season ticket package, call 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669 today!

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 16,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio Competition

Preparing the next generation of Canadaĺ─˘s opera stars!
March 11, 2010 NAC Fourth Stage

March 12, 2010...Opera Lyra Ottawa celebrated a grand evening of opera on March 11, 2010 at the NAC Fourth Stage which showcased the next generation of Canadian opera stars.  The evening was hosted by Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s own Tyrone Paterson and OLO Chorus member, Chris Mallory.  The judges for the evening were Brenda Harris (who will perform Lady Macbeth in OLOĺ─˘s upcoming production of Macbeth), Greer Grimsley (in the title role of Macbeth) and Joseph Bascetta (Director of Macbeth).   

Opera Lyra Ottawa Opera Studio members each performed two opera arias and were judged based on the quality of their voices, their presentation, diction, musicality, their tone, as well as choice of repertoire. 

Mark Ellis Gough, Baritone, performed ĺ─˙Rivolgete a lui lo sguardoĺ─¨ from Mozartĺ─˘s Cosi fan tutte as well as ĺ─˙through the port comes the moonshine astrayĺ─¨ from Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s Billy Budd!  Soprano, Christina Tannous followed her first aria ĺ─˙Monicaĺ─˘s Waltzĺ─¨ from Menottiĺ─˘s The Medium by ĺ─˙Je suis encor tout łętourdieĺ─¨ from Massenetĺ─˘s Manon.  Graham Thomson, Tenor, who performed in this yearĺ─˘s Black & White Opera Soiree, sang ĺ─˙Ich baue ganzĺ─¨ from Mozartĺ─˘s Abduction from the Seraglio and ĺ─˙Ah! Mes amisĺ─¨ from Donizettiĺ─˘s La fille du regiment. Sara Christina Steinert, Mezzo-Soprano performed ĺ─˙Una voce poca faĺ─ä from  Rossiniĺ─˘s Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as ĺ─˙Sein wir wieder gutĺ─¨ from Straussĺ─˘s Ariadne auf NaxosAnd, last but not least, the Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s Opera Studio Award winner and audience-choice winner, Bass, Brian Wehrle impressed the judges and audience with his choice of repertoire singing ĺ─˙Sorge infausta una procellĺ─¨ from Handelĺ─˘s Orlando, and ĺ─˙Wie schłĆn ist doch die Musikĺ─¨ Straussĺ─˘s Die Schweigsame Frau

The OLO Opera Studio Award         $2,500           Brian Wehrle
The Spotlight Award                     $1,500          Sara Christina Steinert
The New Sun Award                    $1,000          Mark Ellis Gough
The Emerging Artist Award             $500             Graham Thomson
The Emerging Artist Award             $500             Christina Tannous
Audience Choice Award                 $200             Brian Wehrle

Support from our sponsors and donors allows Opera Lyra Ottawa to present internationally renowned Canadian artists, fund our Opera Studio, and develop special initiatives to bring opera to young audiences, such as Young Peopleĺ─˘s Opera Matinee and school performances and tours.

The OLO Opera Studio provides professional training that prepares the next generation of Canadian singers, stage directors, conductors / repetiteurs and stage managers for professional operatic careers.  Members have the opportunity to perform on stage and take master classes from renowned opera singers.

Robert Walters to Lead the Oboe Studio at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music

OBERLIN, OHIO (March 11, 2010)ĺ─ţDean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music David H. Stull has announced the appointment of Robert Walters to the position of professor of oboe and English horn at the conservatory, effective July 1, 2010.

"Robert Walters is a phenomenal artist and teacher who will continue to serve as a brilliant mentor to our students," says Stull. "His extraordinary success in preparing world-class artists will benefit generations of musicians at Oberlin, and we are exceedingly fortunate to have him as a member of our faculty."

Walters assumes leadership of an oboe and English horn studio that has seen a great deal of success, with recent Oberlin graduates being offered principal positions in the Shanghai, Kansas City, and Pacific symphonies and the Santiago Philharmonic. Others have been finalists for principal positions with San Francisco Opera and the Seattle Symphony.

ĺ─˙The culture of wind playing and teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is a long and distinguished one,ĺ─¨ says Walters. ĺ─˙I am thrilled to be part of a faculty that is so deeply committed to shaping and guiding successive generations of young musicians. I love the sense of shared mission that animates absolutely everyone who teaches here.ĺ─¨

Walters plays oboe and solo English horn with the Cleveland Orchestra, a position he also held with the Metropolitan Opera and Cincinnati Symphony. He has taught at Bard, Swarthmore, Haverford, and at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches at the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the New World Symphony.

A fourth-generation music professor and a graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University, Walters believes that his educational experiences and background instilled in him a strong commitment to teachingĺ─ţespecially at the undergraduate level. ĺ─˙The ideals of intensive musical training coupled with a broad education have profoundly shaped my own life,ĺ─¨ says Walters. ĺ─˙It is a great joy for me to help undergraduates forge a similar path for themselves at such a rich and vital time in their lives.

ĺ─˙The principles that I share with my students at Oberlin are ones that I constantly refer to while performing with the Cleveland Orchestra,ĺ─¨ says Walters. ĺ─˙My Oberlin students recognize that for me, teaching and playing are, as the poet William Mathews suggests, ĺ─˛two parts of a single and seamless investigation.ĺ─˘ĺ─¨

Throughout his teaching career, Walters has helped students of both instruments attain positions with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Rochester, Seattle, and San Francisco.

ĺ─˙The level of playing keeps getting higher and higher,ĺ─¨ says Walters. ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m convinced that our good fortune is a direct result of a teaching style that seeks to mirror that of the Oberlin Conservatory itself. We offer a world-class musical education that places self-discovery on equal footing with instrumental mastery.ĺ─¨

Robert Walters
Robert Walters joined the Cleveland Orchestra as solo English horn and oboe at the beginning of the 2004-05 season. He previously held the same positions with the Metropolitan Opera and the Cincinnati Symphony. From 1990 to 1996, he performed and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among other ensembles. He also was a frequent performer with James Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Walters has appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Other solo engagements include performances with the Beijing Radio Symphony and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He has been a faculty member of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival since 2003 and the Aspen Music Festival since 2005. He became a member of the oboe faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in February 2006. Previously, he has taught oboe at Bard, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of Los Angeles, Walters earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University, Graduate Writing Division. He spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured as a member of Musicians from Marlboro. He also participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, the Bard and Spoleto festivals, and the Kent/Blossom Music program. Walters studied with Richard Woodhams, principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the late John Mack, former principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music ĺ─«
Awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is renowned internationally as a professional music school of the highest caliber. Praised as a ĺ─˙national treasureĺ─¨ by the Washington Post, the conservatory, founded in 1865 and situated amid the intellectual vitality of Oberlin College since 1867, is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States. Oberlinĺ─˘s alumni enjoy illustrious careers in all aspects of the music world. They have achieved prominence as solo performers; chamber, orchestral, and jazz musicians; composers; conductors; and music educators, scholars, and administrators.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Dance Immersion Celebrates 15th Year

dance Immersion
presents its
2010 SHOWCASE
and
CELEBRATES 15TH YEAR
OF
NURTURING CANADIAN DANCE AND DANCERS FROM
THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Thursday May 27-Saturday May 29, 2010 at 8:00PM
Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario.

Tickets; $25-$30 (Student/Seniors $20-25)
For tickets and information, Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

dance Immersion celebrates its 15th Annual Showcase Presentation with a special array of Canadian talent from some of the country's foremost up-and-coming dance artists whose background hails from the African diaspora.

The 2010 Showcase Presentation is a display of expressive and revealing dance from a talented spectrum of today's African-Canadian dance community.

Companies and individuals performing include:
Montreal's Ghislaine Dote,
Edmonton's Movements,
Toronto's Sharon Harvey, Kashedance, Aya Dance Collective,
and Mafa Makhubalo.

 A Talk-Back follows the performance on opening night (Thursday May 27), giving audience members a chance to interact with the dancers and get a glimpse behind the process of dance creation.

dance Immersion Program Director, Vivine Scarlett, notes, "Our 15th anniversary Showcase Presentation offers a rare opportunity for Toronto to experience and learn from Canada's leading up -and-coming dance artists who will be a part of the Canadian-African dance milieu for years to come."

La Sociłętłę Philharmonique de Montrłęal annonce son prochain concert

Grand Concert Vendredi Saint


Montrłęal, le 11 mars 2010 ĺ─ý La Sociłętłę philharmonique de Montrłęal (www.philharmontreal.com) est heureuse de prłęsenter le Grand Concert Vendredi Saint auquel se joindront au Chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M, le Chëýur de lĺ─˘łÔcole Joseph-Franł▀ois-Perrault et la Manłęcanterie Harmonia Mundi, le 2 avril 2010, łŢ 20 h, łŢ lĺ─˘łęglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste (309, rue Rachel Est, Montrłęal, młętro Mont-Royal) sous la direction de maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs.

Le maestro Takł░cs a łęlaborłę un imposant programme oł╝ les młęlomanes pourront entendre le Requiem de Faurłę, lĺ─˘Ode łŢ la joie de Beethoven ainsi que le Te Deum de Kodł░ly. En słęlectionnant ces oeuvres, maestro Takł░cs explique quĺ─˘il a voulu crłęer un lien entre la vie et la mort : Č┤ ł─ part le sujet de l'amour, deux thł«mes majeurs ont toujours inspirłę les poł«tes et les compositeurs; le mystł«re de la mort et l'łęnigme de la vie. Le Requiem de Faurłę, tel un chant du cygne, cherche łŢ consoler les humains faisant face łŢ la mort. L'Ode łŢ la joie, ce testament exaltant de Beethoven et de Schiller, nous rappelle la grandeur de la joie, ce cadeau divin qui ennoblit notre vie łęphłęmł«re ici-bas. Enfin, le Te Deum de Kodł░ly nous fait espłęrer łŢ la płęrennitłę de la vie : łţ Christ, pour sauver l'homme, brisant l'aiguillon de la mort, vous avez ouvert le Ciel.Ȭ

Les solistes invitłęs łŢ ce concert sont Michł«le Bolduc, soprano, Johanne Patry, mezzo-soprano, Franco Tenelli, tłęnor et Marc Boucher, baryton. Le violon solo sera exłęcutłę par Eugł«ne Husaruk. Sous sa baguette, au-delłŢ de 400 choristes chanteront sur scł«ne. Les voix du Chëýur de lĺ─˘łÔcole Joseph-Franł▀ois-Perrault, dirigłę par Pascal Cłątłę et celles de la Manłęcanterie Harmonia Mundi, dirigłęe par Margo Valade-Beaudet tłęmoigneront de lĺ─˘ardeur de la jeunesse lors de cette grande exłęcution. Č┤ Je suis trł«s heureux que la tradition du grand concert du Vendredi saint, que jĺ─˘ai crłęłęe il y a dłęjłŢ 20 ans, se perpłętue łŢ Montrłęal. Le programme musical de ces grands concerts annuels est lĺ─˘occasion pour nous de prłęsenter, entre autres, les grands requiem du rłępertoire classique, mentionnait maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs, directeur głęnłęral et artistique de la Sociłętłę philharmonique de Montrłęal. Cette annłęe, nous avons voulu nous associer łŢ de jeunes choristes. Nous sommes persuadłęs que la rłęunion de ces chëýurs offrira une excellente complłęmentaritłę en combinant la longue expłęrience du chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M avec lĺ─˘łęlan enthousiaste des jeunes.Ȭ, ajoutait-il.
Le public peut se procurer des billets łŢ lĺ─˘entrłęe de lĺ─˘łęglise, une heure avant le concert, au Rłęseau Admission (514.790.1245) et łŢ la Place des Arts (514.842.2112).

Maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs

Originaire de Hongrie, Maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs demeure une figure marquante du milieu musical montrłęalais, dont la rłęputation dłępasse les frontił«res du Qułębec et du Canada. Maintenant łŢ la retraire, il a łętłę professeur associłę au Dłępartement de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę du Qułębec łŢ Montrłęal (UQł─M), oł╝ il a enseignłę pendant 35 ans. Depuis 1978, il dirige le Chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M. Il est aussi directeur głęnłęral et artistique de la Sociłętłę philharmonique de Montrłęal depuis 1982. Maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs est le rłęcipiendaire de plusieurs Prix, Mentions et Młędailles dont celle du Gouverneur głęnłęral du Canada quĺ─˘il recevait en 1992.

La Sociłętłę philharmonique de Montrłęal

Maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs a redonnłę vie łŢ la Sociłętłę philharmonique de Montrłęal (SPM) en 1982; il en est depuis le directeur. Cet organisme fondłę en 1875 par Arthur Perkins avait mis fin łŢ ses activitłęs en 1899. Maestro Takł░cs a ravivłę lĺ─˘esprit de croisade pour la vulgarisation du grand rłępertoire, demeurant ainsi fidł«le łŢ lĺ─˘orientation que Guillaume Couture avait donnłęe łŢ ce regroupement culturel dont lĺ─˘action a łętłę dłęterminante dans lĺ─˘existence musicale des Montrłęalais du sił«cle dernier. La SPM est le partenaire principal et le diffuseur officiel du Chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M.

Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M

Dirigłę depuis 32 ans par maestro Miklłäs Takł░cs, ce chëýur mixte regroupant des personnes de toutes provenances s'inscrit dans la tradition des ensembles musicaux attachłęs łŢ un łętablissement d'enseignement. Il se situe łęgalement dans la mission de l'Universitłę auprł«s de la collectivitłę et se rłęvł«le de ce fait un organisme de culture et d'łęducation : formation musicale des participants; source de dłęcouvertes artistiques pour le public qui assiste aux concerts.
Sous la direction de son chef attitrłę, le Chëýur de lĺ─˘UQł─M a atteint une notoriłętłę internationale et a reł▀u des invitations prestigieuses pour se produire au Carnegie Hall de New York łŢ cinq reprises et aussi en Autriche, en France, en Hongrie.

Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘łÔcole Joseph-Franł▀ois-Perrault

Crłęłę en 1978, le dłępartement de musique de l'łęcole accueille annuellement 750 łętudiants qui y reł▀oivent un enseignement de qualitłę supłęrieure dispensłę par des łęducateurs renommłęs. En 1981, la CECM et le Conservatoire de musique du Qułębec łŢ Montrłęal signaient un protocole d'entente visant une collaboration łętroite pour łęlargir le rayonnement de la musique au sein de la communautłę montrłęalaise. Au fil des ans, des concerts conjoints se sont organisłęs. De plus, les łętudiants du Conservatoire ont apportłę une assistance technique soutenue pour les łęlł«ves de l'łęcole oł╝ ils ont instaurłę des interventions individuelles et du travail en sous-groupes.

Manłęcanterie Harmonia Mundi

Č┤ Ce nĺ─˘est pas grand-chose quand nous chantons pour nous-młümes, il est plus beau de chanter łŢ deux. Et puis toujours plus, łŢ cent, łŢ mille, jusquĺ─˘łŢ ce que rłęsonne la grande Harmonie dans laquelle tous peuvent se sentir unis. Alors seulement nous pourrons dire en rłęalitłę : que le monde entier connaisse la joie! Ȭ (Zoltł░n Kodł░ly)

Zoltł░n Kodł░ly (1882-1967) musicien, compositeur et płędagogue hongrois, ne cessa de lutter pour un idłęal : prłęserver la jeunesse de la dłęsolation dĺ─˘une vie sans musique parce que la vie młęrite dĺ─˘łütre vłęcue avec plłęnitude.
Cĺ─˘est la mission de la Manłęcanterie Harmonia Mundi de Saint-Bruno.

Requiem de Gabriel Faurłę (1848-1924)
Requiem opus 48

Gabriel Faurłę sĺ─˘initie trł«s tłąt łŢ la musique. C'est łŢ 9 ans quĺ─˘il est envoyłę łŢ Paris par ses parents pour suivre les cours de lĺ─˘łÔcole Niedermeyer, łęcole de musique classique et religieuse. Au cours de ses łętudes, il rencontre Camille Saint-Sał┤ns, de qui il deviendra un disciple. Lors dĺ─˘un voyage en Allemagne, Faurłę rencontre łęgalement Wagner et Liszt, qui exercent une influence musicale sur lui.
Lĺ─˘ëýuvre la plus cłęlł«bre du compositeur est sans doute son Requiem; cette ëýuvre a rłęussi presque łŢ elle seule łŢ forger la popularitłę du compositeur. łÔcrit en 1888, ce Requiem a łętłę composłę peu aprł«s la mort du pł«re de Faurłę. Il prłęsente les pages les plus rłęussies des ëýuvres religieuses du compositeur. Difficile de croire quĺ─˘il se disait athłęe, łŢ lĺ─˘łęcoute de cette musique dłębordante dĺ─˘un sentiment religieux sincł«re et vłęridique, mis en łęvidence par une orchestration originale : lĺ─˘utilisation continue des altos et des violoncelles confł«re un łętat młęditatif et contemplatif łŢ lĺ─˘ëýuvre, les violons łętant sollicitłęs rarement dans cette version pour grand orchestre. Dĺ─˘abord destinłę łŢ un effectif instrumental rłęduit, le Requiem sĺ─˘łętoffa par la suite pour aboutir łŢ la version pour grand orchestre ici prłęsentłęe.
Une berceuse de la mort, a-t-on dit de cette Messe des Morts; en effet, lĺ─˘idłęe de la mort est vłęcue non pas comme une souffrance, mais comme une
dłęlivrance. La paix et la słęrłęnitłę dłęgagłęes par lĺ─˘ëýuvre prouvent que le thł«me de la mort est exploitłę de fał▀on lumineuse et nous donne une image paisible de la fin de la vie. (note Par Sarah Ouellet)

Ode łŢ la joie de Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphonie No 9 Č┤ avec un chëýur final sur lĺ─˘Ode łŢ la Joie de Schiller Č¬, en rłę mineur, op. 125

Cĺ─˘est le 7 mai 1824, trois ans avant la mort du compositeur, que fut crłęłęe, łŢ Vienne, la Neuvił«me Symphonie de Beethoven. ëÝuvre mythique, symbole de la spiritualitłę humaine cristallisłęe dans le geste artistique, cette dernił«re symphonie complłętłęe par le głęant du classicisme viennois apparałĂt comme lĺ─˘apothłęose de sa musique dĺ─˘orchestre. Prodigieux paradoxe pourtant, car łŢ son sommet, dans le quatrił«me mouvement, la musique instrumentale se młętamorphose en voix humaine. Aprł«s cette symphonie rłęvolutionnaire, la musique savante dĺ─˘Occident sĺ─˘est retrouvłęe face łŢ des problł«mes de dłęfinition qui ont directement conduit łŢ lĺ─˘idłęe wagnłęrienne de fusionner la musique et le drame. Commentant Č┤ ce passage brusque de la musique instrumentale łŢ la musique vocale Č¬, Richard Wagner y perł▀oit une Č┤ surabondance de force, un violent besoin de dłęcharge łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur, absolument comparable łŢ la nłęcessitłę du rłęveil dĺ─˘un rłüve qui nous angoisse au plus profond de nous-młümes; et, poursuit-il, ce quĺ─˘il y a de significatif pour le głęnie artistique de lĺ─˘humanitłę, cĺ─˘est que ce besoin a produit ici un acte artistique par lequel ce głęnie a reł▀u un pouvoir nouveau : la capacitłę dĺ─˘engendrer lĺ─˘ëýuvre dĺ─˘art suprłüme Č¬. (Beethoven, Aubier-Montaigne, p. 189). Cette symphonie avec chëýur, sur lĺ─˘Ode łŢ la joie de Schiller, est bien Č┤ ëýuvre dĺ─˘art suprłüme Č¬ puisquĺ─˘elle met en abłĂme la połęsie par une połęsie encore plus englobante, plus essentielle, la musique. (note par Claude Dauphin)

Te Deum de Kodł░ly (1882-1967)
Te Deum du Chłóteau de Buda

Le Te Deum fut commandłę łŢ Kodł░ly dans la foulłęe des prłęparatifs visant łŢ cłęlłębrer, en 1936, le deux cent cinquantił«me anniversaire de la fin de lĺ─˘occupation turque de la Hongrie. Aussi, est-ce par une fanfare incisive de trois trompettes, immłędiatement approuvłęe par un tutti des chëýurs, que sĺ─˘ouvre cette ëýuvre au souffle łępique. Toutefois, la vigueur du triomphe ne voile aucunement la profonde młęditation quĺ─˘entreprend le compositeur dans cette fresque sacrłęe. Aprł«s les sonneries de la victoire et de la souverainetłę retrouvłęe, łęmerge le souvenir dramatique des ravages de la guerre passłęe. Il y palpite lĺ─˘inquiłętude devant la montłęe du fascisme et lĺ─˘exacerbation du nationalisme łŢ la veille dĺ─˘une nouvelle conflagration des peuples. Du point de vue de lĺ─˘esthłętique musicale aussi ce Te Deum sĺ─˘impose comme une ëýuvre dialectique. Dans son creuset nłęo-classique, Kodł░ly compose un heureux młęlange de styles oł╝ le dłępouillement des homophonies grłęgoriennes se młętamorphose en des dłęploiements polyphoniques renaissants. La fugue du dłębut dont le sujet łŢ intervalles inversłęs et en miroir (Pleni sunt coeli et terra), repris comme second sujet de la double fugue de la fin (In te Domine speravi), en plus de contribuer fortement łŢ lĺ─˘unitłę architecturale de lĺ─˘ouvrage, y rłęcupł«re les procłędłęs dĺ─˘un Baroque trł«s savant. ëÝuvre romantique par son orchestration, postromantique par rapport ses audaces harmoniques, elle se termine par une łęvocation impressionniste qui surprend la soprano solo entre deux cieux, dans un In aeternum hors-temps, le plus convaincant de toute la littłęrature sacrłęe. (note par Claude Dauphin)

Symphony Nova Scotia launches 2010/11 season with free noon-hour concert

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Join Symphony Nova Scotia for its 2010/11 season launch on Friday, March 12 at 12:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax.

This free-of-charge launch event will include an hour-long performance by Symphony Nova Scotia, along with some surprise guest appearances! Symphony sponsors have also donated more than 20 door prizes for the event, including a grand prize of an overnight getaway for two in a luxury car (courtesy of Oĺ─˘Reganĺ─˘s).

Following the launch, attendees are invited to join Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s musicians, staff, and board members outside the auditorium in the Sculpture Court for a Scanway lunch reception and Trius wine tasting. Patrons will also be able to purchase season tickets for the 2010/11 concert season for the first time.

All are welcome to attend. Thank you for supporting Symphony Nova Scotia!

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 16,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Egyptĺ─˘s Adam Henein and Iranĺ─˘s Parviz Tanavoli unite in a joint exhibition for the first time in the UAE

Egyptĺ─˘s Adam Henein and Iranĺ─˘s Parviz Tanavoli unite in a joint exhibition for the first time in the UAE



Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10 March 2010: The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) today announced details of the visual arts exhibition at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010. Throughout the whole festival, The Middle East Modern Masters exhibition will be held at the Emirates Palace. The exhibition will feature a joint collection of works by two of the greatest living masters of Middle Eastern art - sculptors Parviz Tanavoli and Adam Henein. The Abu Dhabi Festival takes place from 20 March to 7 April.

HE Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, commented: ĺ─˙The Abu Dhabi Festival is committed to the visual arts. Messages and ideas embodied in this exhibition promise to provoke widespread debate and intrigue as these two masters come together for the first time in Abu Dhabiĺ─¨.

ĺ─˙As in previous years the visual arts play an important part in the Abu Dhabi Festival and ADMAF is honored to be able to welcome two of the most prominent Middle Eastern artists, Parviz Tanavoli and Adam Henein. These two esteemed artists will come together with a striking joint collection, which will be a highlight of this yearĺ─˘s Festival. It is of great significance that such an important collection of modern Middle Eastern art will be shown here in Abu Dhabi, a place which is fast becoming the regional capital for the arts and culture,ĺ─¨ she pointed out.

According to Kanoo, the Middle East Modern Masters exhibition will explore the distinct styles of these great sculptors, whilst encouraging viewers to pose questions about the progression of Middle Eastern sculpture and its role in the global art world. ĺ─˙Each sculptor explores his own unique heritage, with each work calling on its own references, both historical and modern. It is these avenues that audiences to the exhibition are invited to explore and reflect to the works in their own way,ĺ─¨ she added.


ĺ─˙With this Exhibition, we hope to develop further strands of discussion and dialogue about some of the leaders in Middle Eastern sculpture, and the themes that their works explore both individually and together,ĺ─¨ she said.


The three-week manifestation features more than 90 world-class performances across traditional, classical and jazz music, drama, fine arts, and ballet. Strong educational elements are woven throughout the program with the aim of supporting ADMAFĺ─˘s dedication to furthering education in culture and the arts throughout the UAE. The education program supporting the Middle East Modern Masters exhibition will include opportunities for students and the public to interact with the two internationally acclaimed artists.
 
The schedule includes a walk-through with Adam Henein at the Emirates Palace, which will be open to the public at 11.30am on Sunday 21 March; a Tanavoli Lecture at Al Mamoura Lecture Theatre, open to the public between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday 30 March; a Tanavoli workshop at The Ghaf Gallery, which will be held exclusively for students and by invitation only on Wednesday 31 March, and a walk-through with Parviz Tanavoli at the Emirates Palace, which will be open to the public at 11.30am on Saturday 3rd of April 2010.
 
The Abu Dhabi Festival 2010 tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and http://www.timeouttickets.com/ with part of the proceeds going to the Ewaa Shelter for Women and Children. Education and community programs will be hosted across Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE.

Sondage PPM d'hiver - La radio de Radio-Canada rejoint plus d'un million de personnes dans le grand Montrłęal

Montrłęal, jeudi 11 mars 2010 ĺ─ý ł─ la lumił«re des rłęsultats PPM parus aujourdĺ─˘hui, la Radio de Radio-Canada rejoint 1 094 000 auditeurs dans le grand Montrłęal (portłęe minute/semaine).



En rayonnement total, la Premił«re ChałĂne (95,1 FM łŢ Montrłęal) demeure la station francophone qui enregistre la plus forte durłęe dĺ─˘łęcoute parmi les stations de Montrłęal, avec 6,7 heures dĺ─˘łęcoute par semaine par auditeur. Dĺ─˘autre part, avec 12,3 % de part dĺ─˘łęcoute francophone, elle arrive en 2e position, toutes stations confondues dans le marchłę central de Montrłęal. Cette part dĺ─˘łęcoute reflł«te les bons rłęsultats de la płęriode des fłütes, de la couverture du słęisme en Hałěti et de la couverture radio des Jeux olympiques dĺ─˘hiver łŢ Vancouver.


Les matins du week-end conservent leur 1re place toutes stations confondues, et ce, dł«s 4 h le samedi et 5 h le dimanche avec les łęmissions de Radio Canada International (Tam-tam Canada et Pomme et mandarine), suivies de La semaine verte et des rendez-vous animłęs par Joł┤l Le Bigot. Dĺ─˘autre part, Cĺ─˘est bien meilleur le matin, en hausse de 1 point et demi par rapport au dernier trimestre, consolide sa 2e position les matins en semaine (devancłę de peu par le 98,5 FM).


Dans le marchłę central de Montrłęal, Espace musique (100,7 FM łŢ Montrłęal) occupe 2,2 % de part dĺ─˘łęcoute francophone, une lłęgł«re augmentation par rapport au premier trimestre. En rayonnement total dans le grand Montrłęal, la radio musicale enregistre une hausse de volume dĺ─˘łęcoute (16 %) par rapport au dernier trimestre et, avec 485 000 auditeurs, elle a augmentłę sa portłęe minute/semaine de 8 %.


On note une augmentation dĺ─˘auditoire notable toute la semaine en matinłęe : du lundi au vendredi łŢ la Premił«re ChałĂne avec Christiane Charette et, le week-end, avec les łęmissions de Joł┤l Le Bigot et ł─ la semaine prochaine ; le week-end sur Espace musique avec les rendez-vous classiques dĺ─˘Edgar Fruitier (samedi) et dĺ─˘Alain Lefł«vre (dimanche), et aussi au moment du multigenre avec Franł▀ois Dompierre et du jazz avec Dorothłęe Berryman le dimanche. On remarque łęgalement une augmentation dĺ─˘auditoire pour les Radiojournaux le matin, tant la semaine que le week-end łŢ la Premił«re ChałĂne.


Les PPM sont des audimł«tres łęlectroniques qui sont utilisłęs par un panel de foyers słęlectionnłęs au hasard pour reprłęsenter une communautłę. Ces donnłęes PPM portent sur 13 semaines, soit du 30 novembre au 28 fłęvrier 2010.

Rłęvłęlations Radio-Canada Musique - vidłęos inłędits sur le web

ET UN STUDIO 12 COLLECTIF ł─ LA RADIO, ł─ LA TłÔLłÔ ET SUR LE WEB
Montrłęal, jeudi 10 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Dł«s aujourdĺ─˘hui, les internautes peuvent visionner le premier des clips des Rłęvłęlations Radio-Canada Musique, en ligne au Radio-Canada.ca/musique. Tout le mois de mars, de młüme quĺ─˘en avril et en mai, le public pourra voir des vidłęos de 30 minutes issues dĺ─˘un spectacle donnłę par chacune des Rłęvłęlations dans la saison 2009-2010.


Cĺ─˘est MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR qui ouvre le bal avec des extraits dĺ─˘un concert enregistrłę au Thłęłótre Petit Champlain łŢ Qułębec. Les amateurs peuvent y entendre entre autres Dłęposer les armes, Droit devant, Pourquoi et plusieurs autres crłęations de la talentueuse musicienne.


Dł«s demain, 11 mars, cĺ─˘est le groupe CHIC GAMINE qui proposera les meilleurs moments de son spectacle donnłę au Lion dĺ─˘Or łŢ Montrłęal, suivi de GUILLAUME ARSENAULT ĺ─ý captłę lui aussi au Lion dĺ─˘Or ĺ─ý łŢ partir du 18 mars. En ligne le 25 mars, les internautes pourront voir WESLI dans un montage dĺ─˘entrevues et de prestations enregistrłęes lors de sa participation au Babel Med łŢ Marseille, un łęvłęnement international majeur dans le milieu des musiques du monde.


Plus tard en saison (avril et mai) seront mis en ligne le clip de la contrebassiste jazz BRANDI DISTERHEFT et ses musiciens enregistrłęs au Upstairs łŢ Montrłęal, ensuite celui du groupe CHINATOWN enregistrłę au Cabaret du Musłęe Juste pour rire et celui de la harpiste VALłÔRIE MILOT captłęe dans les studios de Radio-Canada.


GRAND STUDIO 12 COLLECTIF


Cette słęrie de vidłęos musicales inłędites sera entrecoupłęe łŢ la fin mars par la diffusion dĺ─˘un Studio 12 animłę par Rebecca Makonnen qui rłęunira toutes les Rłęvłęlations Radio-Canada Musique 2009-2010 sur le młüme plateau. Ce Č┤ spłęcial Rłęvłęlations Ȭ sera diffusłę le 26 mars łŢ 22 h sur Espace musique (100,7 FM łŢ Montrłęal) et rediffusłę le 28 mars łŢ 16 h 30. Le public pourra łęgalement lĺ─˘entendre sur les ondes de la Premił«re ChałĂne (95,1 FM łŢ Montrłęal) le 27 mars łŢ minuit, łŢ la Tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada le 28 mars łŢ 23 h ainsi que sur ARTV le 31 mars łŢ 20 h.


Pour assister łŢ lĺ─˘enregistrement, le 23 mars, rłęservez votre place łŢ marie-eve.pigeon@radio-canada.ca ou au 514-509-5579.


Rłęalisation-coordination : Diane Maheux


Les Rłęvłęlations Radio-Canada Musique sont une initiative de Radio-Canada dłędiłęe łŢ la relł«ve musicale au pays, crłęłęe pour faire connałĂtre de nouveaux artistes et soutenir les jeunes talents montants, tous genres confondus. Radio-Canada est fił«re du chemin parcouru par ces groupes et artistes depuis leur nomination en septembre 2009. Ne manquez pas, sur le Web, leurs nouveaux clips musicaux et, łŢ lĺ─˘antenne, le grand spłęcial de Studio 12 pour les dłęcouvrir, les redłęcouvrir et encore mieux les apprłęcier.


Radio-Canada.ca/musique

MARVIN HAMLISCH EVENING | MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS | MONDAY, 10 MAY 2010

ĺ─˙from Belarus to Broadway ĺ─ýCelebrating MUSIC!ĺ─¨

MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS PRESENTS GALA EVENING AT THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOMMAY 10, 2010, 6 TO 10:30 P.M.FAMED COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR, PIANISTMARVIN HAMLISCH TO BE HONORED IN EVENT FEATURING APPEARANCES BY JAZZ/CABARET SINGER JACQUI DANKWORTHAND GYPSY-KLEZMER-ROCK BAND GOLEM.



OscarČĂ-GrammyČĂ-EmmyČĂ-TonyČĂ- award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, the renowned young British jazz/cabaret singer Jacqui Dankworth, and the popular gypsy-klezmer-rock band Golem are celebrating music and the human spirit on Monday, May 10, 2010; 6 to 10:30 p.m. The event at New Yorkĺ─˘s legendary Russian Tea Room, 150 W. 57th Street, ĺ─˙from Belarus to Broadway ĺ─ý Celebrating MUSIC!ĺ─¨ is a benefit for Music For All Seasons (MFAS). The evening will feature Marvin Hamlisch speaking about his life and music with interviewer/MC Nancy Shear. Jacqui Dankworth will perform her interpretations of Hamlischĺ─˘s music, and the music of Golem will begin and end the evening.

Proceeds from the eveningĺ─˘s event will benefit MFAS, an organization devoted to the healing power of music. The funds raised will be used specifically for interactive musical programs for children living in shelters for victims of domestic violence in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and California. These life-changing programs for children have won national recognition by, among others, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.


The evening will include a pre-dinner cocktail reception, multi-course dinner, silent auction, the discussion with Marvin Hamlisch and performances by Ms. Dankworth and Golem. Discounted tickets are available now through April 15, by calling toll-free 1.866.524.MFAS (6327) or via online purchase at http://www.musicforallseasons.org/.


Marvin Hamlischĺ─˘s life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize.He is the composer of many motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplinĺ─˘s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophieĺ─˘s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Save the Tiger, and his latest effort The Informant, (Sept. 2009) starring Matt Damon, and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Marvin Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony. Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisandĺ─˘s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (for which he received two of his Emmys). Hamlisch is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). He believes in the power of music to bring people together. ĺ─˙Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.ĺ─¨


Jacqui Dankworth began her professional career as an actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She began working in musicals and quickly developed a career as a singing and recording artist in her own right. Her performances have taken her worldwide, singing jazz, the music of Gershwin, and collaborating with leading composers. Jacqui is frequently heard on BBC radio as well as hosting the BBC show Jazz Sirens with her mother, Dame Cleo Laine. Jacqui is the daughter of Dame Cleo and the late Sir John Dankworth. Dankworth will be making her only New York appearance this season at the May 10 event.


Golem is a New York City-based gypsy-klezmer-rock band performing in Yiddish, English and Slavic languages. Annette Ezekiel Kogan fronts the group with members Aaron Diskin, Alicia Jo Rabins, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and Tim Monaghan. The band has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden.


Nancy Shear is a well-known writer, lecturer, and broadcaster. She has hosted broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, and the Frick Collection, and had her own interview program on WNYC. Her writing has appeared in major publications such as Musical America, the New York Times and Lincoln Center Stagebill, and she has authored a book on the cultural phenomenon of The Three Tenors. Her background includes positions as orchestra librarian for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, and privately for Leopold Stokowski, among other major musicians of our time. She is the interviewer on the successful Conversations series presented by MFAS.


Music For All Seasons, now celebrating its 19th season, was founded in New Jersey and is now active in five states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California. By bringing live musical performances to a wide range of institutions including childrenĺ─˘s hospitals, retirement facilities, shelters for victims of domestic violence, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes, medical centers, halfway houses and hospices, MFAS aids the physical, mental and spiritual healing processes.


MFAS gained national recognition in its first decade partly through the advocacy of the late actor-musician Dudley Moore, founding president of MFASĺ─˘ Board of Advisors. The celebrated international recording artist, cellist Steven Isserlis, is active in support of the organization as current president of the MFAS Board of Advisors.


MFAS is active in the international community of Arts and Health, while conducting its own research on the beneficial effects of music in the healthcare environment. The organization brings together a wide variety of people and styles of music, provides opportunities for professional artists to serve special audiences, and creates volunteer opportunities that serve local communities.


MFAS programs are supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as numerous foundations, corporations and individual donors.

L'łęlite musicale de l'UdeM au Centre Segal du 22 au 25 mars

Le Centre Segal prłęsente la słęrie

Musique UdeM Music

Airs dĺ─˘opłęra, piano, instruments łŢ cordes et combos jazzĺ─Â



Les meilleurs łętudiants de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘UdeM
vous attendent au Centre Segal
du 22 au 25 mars !

Inaugurłęe łŢ lĺ─˘automne 2009, la słęrie Musique UdeM Musicse poursuit de plus belle au Studio du Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne,
du 22 au 25 mars prochains.



Tour łŢ tour, des concerts dĺ─˘airs dĺ─˘opłęra, de piano, dĺ─˘instruments łŢ cordes et de combos jazz
enchanteront le public avide de dłęcouvrir les forces vives de notre relł«ve musicale.

Du lundi 22 au jeudi 25 mars, quatre concerts classiques et jazz, prłęsentłęs łŢ 20 heures,
sont au programme de cette słęrie de prestige.

Daniel Turp, Martine St-Clair et Gilles Proulx prłęsideront le 15e RadioDon de Radio Ville-Marie les 30 avril, 1er et 2 mai prochain

Montrłęal, 8 mars 2010 - L'animateur radio Gilles Proulx, la chanteuse Martine St-Clair et l'homme politique Daniel Turp prłęsideront le 15e Radio-Don de Radio Ville Marie qui se dłęroulera les 30 avril, 1er et 2 mai prochain.



Č┤ RVM, 15 ans de rendez vous Ȭ

Pour son 15e anniversaire, Radio Ville Marie (CIRA-FM) organise un radio-don placłę sous le signe de la głęnłęrositłę et du partage : 50 heures d'łęmissions, 200 invitłęs spłęciaux et plus de 100 błęnłęvoles qui se relayeront pour recueillir la głęnłęrositłę des auditeurs. Pour cłęlłębrer cet anniversaire trł«s spłęcial, la station a dłęcidłę de remettre un prix hommage łŢ un grand artiste en reconnaissance pour sa contribution łŢ la culture qułębłęcoise, son nom sera dłęvoilłę en fin d'łęvłęnement, le 1er mai. Č┤ RVM joue un rłąle primordial sur le plan culturel. Nous tenons łŢ souligner des gens de chez nous qui nous font dłęcouvrir d'une manił«re exceptionnelle la beautłę et la richesse de notre patrimoine culturel. Ȭ prłęcise Jean-Guy Roy, le directeur głęnłęral.

Chaque annłęe ce grand moment de fłüte permet łŢ la station radiophonique, propriłętłę d'une sociłętłę łŢ but non lucratif, d'assurer une part importante de son dłęveloppement. Cette annłęe, sous le thł«me : Č┤ Pour vousĺ─ depuis 15 ans Ȭ, l'objectif est de recueillir 140 000 $.

Radio Ville Marie a rłęussi łŢ s'imposer en tant que media spłęcialisłę et ouvert sur le monde. Avec 150 łęmissions par semaine, une programmation łŢ contenu diversifiłę et une large couverture de la province, le rłęseau rassemble aujourd'hui 506 000 auditeurs d'aprł«s un sondage Lłęger Marketing 2010. Radio Ville-Marie dispose de 6 frłęquences : Montrłęal (91.3 FM), Sherbrooke (100.3 FM), Trois-Rivił«res (89.9 FM), Rimouski (104.1 FM), Victoriaville (89.3 FM) et Gatineau (1350 AM) et d'une diffusion łŢ travers le monde via son site internet : http://www.radiovm.com/.

Symphony Nova Ame Henderson, Artistic Director of Public Recordings, Brings the World Premiere of relay to Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10

TORONTO, ON (Mar. 11, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10 performing arts series is thrilled to host the world premiere of Public Recordingĺ─˘s relay at Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s Enwave Theatre, April 7 through April 10.

Public Recordings' Artistic Director Ame Hendersonĺ─˘s latest piece, relay, is a collaborative choreographic experiment for seven performers and two musicians that crosses disciplines and continents. Henderson is joined by dance artists Chad Dembski, Katie Ewald, Claudia Fancello, Matija Ferlin, Mairłęad Filgate, Marie Claire Fortłę, Brendan Jensen, Barbara Pallomina; designers Trevor Schwellnus and Cathia Pagotto; and composers Eric Chenaux and Eric Craven. These exceptional artists come together to make a performance that asks important questions about the politics and possibility of togetherness. Borrowing from memories of dances past, relay recreates the concept of unison, asking how we maintain our sense of self while working together.

Hendersonĺ─˘s unorthodox approach to dance making and movement invention confront the very traditions of dance by activating unison as an extreme gesture of togetherness, allowing for the emergence of sensational difference, connection and participation. A formal element in dance for as long as people have been dancing, she wants to confront the taboos and pleasures of watching and making movement in unison. Each evening before the performance, Henderson will be joined by a special guest for a formal discussion about her work and process.

*Media images and resources: http://media.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/

New for World Stage 2009-10: Visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage 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.

relay


Ame Henderson
Public Recordings
Apr. 7 ĺ─ý 10, 8 p.m.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets: $30

Creative Team:


Choreography: Ame Henderson
Created with and performed by: Katie Ewald, Matija Ferlin, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Fortłę, Mairłęad Filgate, Barbara Pallomina, Brendan Jensen, Chad Dembski
Dramaturgy: Jacob Zimmer
Music made and performed by: Eric Chenaux, Eric Craven
Set and Light: Trevor Schwellnus
Costumes: Cathia Pagotto


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 harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage.


relay is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Harbourfront Centre, Recontres chorłęographiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Canada Dance Festival, Agora de la danse and Vancouver East Cultural Centre, and supported by Dance Sections of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.


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

Musicians take to the streets to raise funds for LearnAsOne

11 March 2010: LearnAsOne,a UK-based charity dedicated to funding schools in Africa, today announces the launch of its first annual BuskAsOne, a week of busking events around the world from 19-25 April 2010. The charity is hoping to raise Čú22,800 to help build schools in rural Zambia.


The busk is open to any musician, singer or instrumentalist, and anyone interested in joining in with the BuskAsOne should register at www.learnasone.org/busk where they will find all the tips and guidance they need for a safe, hassle-free busk. In July, the LearnAsOne team will return to Zambia and share stories, photos and videos from the schools to show it supporters exactly how the funds they raised are spent.


The communities that LearnAsOne work with are extremely dedicated. They are happy to make tens of thousands of bricks by hand and contribute labour for free to give their children the opportunity to go to school. But they canĺ─˘t afford raw materials such as cement, roofing sheets and windows.

This is where the busking money comes in. Čú22,800 will allow LearnAsOne to fund four new buildings - two new classrooms and two teacherĺ─˘s houses. This will secure the education of 60 children every year.


LearnAsOne have also published a step-by-step guide to help buskers join in with the event:


Choose a location and pick a date during our busk week

If itĺ─˘s not on private land ask your local council for permission

Email busk@learnasone.organd tell us when and where you are playing

Tell the local press so you can get your photo in the paper. And try to get it filmed and upload onto YouTube too (tag it LearnAsOne)

Busk!

Once youĺ─˘ve finished collect up the money and pay the money in online at www.justgiving.com/buskasone


Steve Heyes, Founder of LearnAsOne, says: ĺ─˙BuskAsOne promises to not only be a vital fundraising event for these much needed projects in Zambia, but also a fun and inspiring week of musical performances. It costs Čú5,700 to buy the raw materials to build a classroom or a teacherĺ─˘s house. For every new school building funded through BuskAsOne, we will offer the busker who the raises the most money the opportunity to have a school building named in their honour, which we're hoping will be music to the ears of our supporters. So what are you waiting for? Come together and BuskAsOne for a fantastic cause!ĺ─¨


The LearnAsOne team, led by founder Steve Heyes, uses social media such as Twitter and Youtube to take its supporters on a virtual journey and meet the rural community in Zambia which needs the school, and show them exactly how they can help facilitate education in this particular community. Using its website (http://www.learnasone.org/) and Twitter, LearnAsOne regularly posts stories and photos from the community, along with a breakdown of the costs to build, equip and run the school. They also offer visitors to the website the chance to ask questions to members of the community, and let them answer in their own words.

Viva Voce - L'łÔvangile en musique łŢ la Renaissance

La chorale de chambre acclamłęe de Montrłęal fait renałĂtre les łęvangiles en musique


Vendredi 26 mars, 2010


19 h 30


Salle Redpath

3461, rue McTavish, Montrłęal - Młętro McGill
Billets disponibles łŢ la billetterie de lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich au 514-398-4547

ou au rłęseau ADMISSION au 514-790-1245 ou en ligne au http://www.admission.com/

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

http://www.vivavoce-montreal.com/


Montrłęal, 8 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Des corps sortant de leur tombeau, des pressentiments sinistres, des confessions qui changent le cours dĺ─˘une vie ĺ─ţ bien que ces thł«mes semblent tirłęs tout droit dĺ─˘un roman de Dan Brown, ils ont captivłę les pratiquants de la Renaissance. Mises en musique, ces histoires peuvent encore ensorceler un auditoire. Au dłębut du XVIe sił«cle, le Č┤ motet łęvangłęlique Ȭ łętait une fał▀on importante de raconter les rłęcits bibliques, et les motets les plus spectaculaires comprennent des ëýuvres de Jachet de Mantoue, Adrian Willaert, Josquin des Prez, Pierre de Manchicourt et Nicolas Gombert, les compositeurs mis en vedette lors dĺ─˘un spectacle donnłę łŢ la salle de concert Redpath Hall le vendredi 26 mars łŢ 19 h 30. Sous la direction de Peter Schubert, les douze chanteurs de VivaVoce dłępeindront Jłęsus marchant sur lĺ─˘eau, la Crucifixion ainsi que la rłęsurrection de Lazare de fał▀on aussi vivante que les tableaux de lĺ─˘łępoque.

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Au sujet de VivaVoce

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

The Shaw Festival and IATSE, Local 461 Facilities Bargaining Unit

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, March 10, 2010 ĺ─Â The Shaw Festival announced today that it is implementing a lockout of the employees represented by IATSE, Local 461 in the Shawĺ─˘s Facilities Department. These are the 16 employees that provide maintenance, grounds crew and housekeeping services. The lockout is effective at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 and is limited to the Facilities Department. The employees of the Production and Audience Sales and Services departments, whose contracts expired November 30, 2008, are not included in this lockout.



The Shaw Festival applied for conciliation with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and a mediator was appointed. With the assistance of the mediator, the two parties were able to resolve outstanding issues around wages and benefits; however the unionĺ─˘s outstanding issue concerning ĺ─˙contracting outĺ─¨ of work in the Facilities Department remains unresolved. The Shaw had already committed that there would be no contracting out of any work during the life of the collective agreement and provided additional protection for employees who were impacted by any layoffs in the future. This was not acceptable to the members of the bargaining unit and IATSE, Local 461.

The Shaw Festival has advised IATSE, Local 461 that it is prepared to return to the bargaining table immediately to negotiate the Production and Audience Services collective agreements. The Shaw Festival has not taken any action to lock out employees in those departments. IATSE, Local 461 continues to maintain its position that it will not negotiate the Production and Audience Sales and Services contracts until the parties have reached agreement on the Facilities Department contract.

Executive Director Colleen Blake noted: ĺ─˙We wish this issue could be resolved at the bargaining table. To date, we have not been able to do that. Reluctantly, we have made this difficult decision.ĺ─¨

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell went on to say:"To be at this juncture is shocking and heartbreaking but we have no choice. We are an extraordinary theatre company because of the shared belief in the work we do and the immense spirit of collaboration with which we do it. We must hold on to this and look forward to when we come together once more, galvanized and focused on the great theatre that means so much to us all.ĺ─¨

Monday, March 22, 2010

EMI Classics Signs Chinese Pianist Yundi

First Release is the Complete Chopin Nocturnes
International Release: March 2010
5099960839121 (2CDs); 5099960839152 (Digital)





ĺ─˙Yundi Li, the brilliant young Chinese pianist ĺ─Â has proved a technically astounding pianist who is
by turns elegant and rambunctious, coolly expressive and white hot.ĺ─¨ (The New York Times)



EMI Classics has signed the ĺ─˙superlative young Chinese pianistĺ─¨* Yundi, formerly known as Yundi Li, winner of the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Appropriately, Yundiĺ─˘s first EMI release will be the complete Chopin Nocturnes, released to commemorate the composerĺ─˘s 200th birthday in 2010. Yundi and EMI Classics together plan to record the complete works for solo piano by Chopin.


Stephen Johns, Vice President, A&R, EMI Classics, said, "We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Yundi to the EMI Classics label. Yundi's musicianship and artistry has already captivated audiences around the world, and his desire continually to seek new challenges mirrors our own ambitions to bring great music in new and innovative ways to a wide public. We are particularly excited by Yundi's championing of the music of Chopin and in this, his anniversary year."


Since the competition that catapulted Yundi onto the international stage, his recitals and appearances with orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States have been hailed by critics extolling his precise, crystalline technique, keyboard fluidity and boundless enthusiasm. His personality and artistry appeal to audiences of all ages and he is an icon in his native China, where he has inspired millions of young people, who refer to him as the ĺ─˙Prince of the Piano.ĺ─¨ He is equally the toast of national leaders and has been invited to perform for the Chinese Ambassador in Washington, D.C. and for the President of China, Hu Jin Tao at Government House in a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China.


Following a recital at the Salle Pleyel in 2009, the critic Głęrard Mannoni said, ĺ─˙With Yundi Li, the sound is ĺ─Â deep, radiant, warm, spacious, highlighted by a perfect use of silence, the element of language so often overlooked by musicians. An exceptional pianistic artĺ─Â.ĺ─¨ And reviewing an earlier Liszt/Chopin recording, The Times wrote, ĺ─˙You can tell [he] has something beyond the dazzle of any new star. The secret? Partly ĺ─Â itĺ─˘s his sense of flow. ĺ─ÂThe other key component is the mastery won over his own finger power. ĺ─ÂYundi Li already knows how to be subtle even when loud. And when heĺ─˘s restrained he glows with banked fires. ĺ─Â Yundi Li is never reckless; thereĺ─˘s always an artist in firm control, sculpting both tone and phrasing.ĺ─¨


Yundi hails from Chongqing in the Peopleĺ─˘s Republic of China, where he first learned to play the accordion and won first prize in a competition at the age of five. He switched to the piano at seven and subsequently studied with Dan Zhao Yi, one of Chinaĺ─˘s most renowned piano teachers.


Yundi has performed with most of the major orchestras in North America, Europe, Russia, Israel and the Far East with conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Riccardo Chailly and Yuri Temirkanov. He has received particular distinction for his interpretations of concertos by Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. His recitals throughout North America, including New Yorkĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall; England, including Londonĺ─˘s Queen Elizabeth Hall; France, including Parisĺ─˘s Thłęłótre du Chłótelet and Salle Pleyel; the Salzburg Festival; Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg and across Asia, have touched audiences and critics alike.


Yundiĺ─˘s association with EMI Classics and a move to new management are expressions of his ongoing commitment to performing at the top of his profession, using all means at his disposal to reach new audiences.


During 2010, his concerts include a Chopin Birthday Concert in Warsaw on March 1, recitals in Hong Kong, Beirut, Eindhoven, London (Royal Festival Hall), Dortmund, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Porto, Abu Dhabi, New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris, Frankfurt, Munich and Milan. Concerto engagements include dates with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.


A video clip of Yundi performing Chopinĺ─˘s Nocturne No. 2 from the new album is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLzYwT9YT-c



ĺ─˙Deeply thoughtful and formidably virtuosic, he makes light work of [the concertoĺ─˘s]
nightmarish technical demands. ĺ─Â The colossal first movementĺ─˘s combined development and cadenza is played with an authority that will make lesser mortals pale with envy and admiration.ĺ─¨



(* Gramophone)


'Li's performances are characterized by a striking degree of finesse and tonal shading,
demonstrating a poetic sensibility rare in so youthful a musician. His bravura is equally imposing (Miami Herald)



YUNDI


Chopin: Complete Nocturnes
Release date: March 30, 2010
Order cut off: March 11, 2010


50999 6 08391 2 1
F233 08391 $14.99
2 CDs ĺ─ý full price


CROSSOVER CLASSICS (domestic release)
EMI Classics


ĺ─˙Yundi Li, the brilliant young Chinese pianist ĺ─Â has proved a technically astounding pianist who is by turns elegant and rambunctious, coolly expressive and white hot.ĺ─¨ (The New York Times)


Label debut of 25-year old Chinese pianist Yundi (formerly known as Yundi Li) who is devoting his career almost exclusively to Chopin. Yundiĺ─˘s first EMI release is the complete Chopin Nocturnes, released to commemorate the composerĺ─˘s 200th birthday this year.


In 2000, Yundi was the youngest-ever winner of the 14th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.


His next EMI Classics CD release is being planned for September 2010 and there are plans to record all of the composerĺ─˘s solo works for piano with Yundi.


Yundi is performing with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the TSO on June 10th & 12th

Montrłęal Prem1ł«re : Lancement d'une Campagne Cłęlłębrant le Talent Innovateur Montrłęalais

English to follow.

Montrłęal, le 10 mars 2010 - La Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain et ses cinq commanditaires piliers - Astral Media, Bell Canada, Hydro-Qułębec, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins et Rio Tinto Alcan - sont fiers de lancer aujourd'hui une nouvelle campagne pour reconnałĂtre le talent innovateur montrłęalais.

Sous le thł«me MONTRłÔAL PREM1łÓRE, cette campagne met en vedette des innovations nłęes dans la młętropole. Les messages - qui font entre autres rłęfłęrence au simulateur de vol de CAE, au vłęlo en libre-service BIXI et au Biodłąme - seront affichłęs au cours des prochains mois sur des colonnes de rue et des superpanneaux de l'łĂle de Montrłęal ainsi qu'łŢ l'intłęrieur de l'Ałęroport Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau. La campagne comprend łęgalement un microsite de młüme qu'une offensive radio prłęvue ce printemps.

 
Č┤ La campagne MONTRłÔAL PREM1łÓRE rend hommage łŢ l'innovation et łŢ la crłęativitłę de nos entreprises. Toutes sont des exemples concrets de rłęussite qui, grłóce łŢ leur głęnie et łŢ leur talent, contribuent au rayonnement et au succł«s de notre młętropole. Nous voulons exprimer notre fiertłę en cłęlłębrant nos crłęateurs d'affaires et notre młętropole, terreau propice łŢ la naissance de ces innovations Ȭ, a dłęclarłę le prłęsident et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain, Michel Leblanc.

 
Č┤ Nous saluons la collaboration de nos commanditaires piliers, ces entreprises phares de notre łęconomie qui ont łŢ coeur le rayonnement de Montrłęal. Elles se sont toutes engagłęes avec la Chambre łŢ faire une diffłęrence en suscitant un grand mouvement de fiertłę associłę au dynamisme de la młętropole. La campagne MONTRłÔAL PREM1łÓRE est le fruit de cette association Ȭ, a conclu Michel Leblanc.

 Les six exłęcutions qui pourront łütre aperł▀ues łŢ travers l'łĂle de Montrłęal et sur le microsite de la campagne :



-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ l'on crłęe un simulateur de vol pour le plus gros avion au monde
-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ les stations de vłęlos en libre-service fonctionnent łŢ l'łęnergie solaire
-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ un musłęe vivant rłęunit 4 climats sous un młüme toit
-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ l'on multiplie les cellules souches en laboratoire
-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ l'on fait voyager un microdispositif dans les vaisseaux sanguins
-Prem1ł«re młętropole oł╝ l'on prłęsente un film immersif dans une sphł«re głęante


 ł─ propos de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain
 

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



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MONTRłÔAL F1RST:

A new campaign celebrates Montrłęal's innovative talent

Montrłęal, March 10, 2010 - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and its five pillar sponsors-Astral Media, Bell Canada, Hydro-Qułębec, Desjardins Group, and Rio Tinto Alcan-are proud to launch a new campaign today to recognize Montrłęal's innovative talent.

With the theme MONTRłÔAL F1RST, this campaign shines a spotlight on innovations born in our metropolis. The messages-which make reference to a CAE flight simulator, the BIXI self-service bike system, and the Biodłąme, among others-will appear over the coming months on street columns and superboards on the Island of Montrłęal, as well as in Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport. The campaign also includes a microsite as well as radio spots scheduled to air this spring.


"The MONTRłÔAL F1RST campaign pays tribute to the innovation and creativity of our businesses. All are concrete examples of success, which-through their talent-contribute to the reputation and success of our metropolis. We want to express our pride by honouring those that have mastered the art of business, and by celebrating our metropolis, a fertile breeding ground for these innovations," stated the President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Michel Leblanc.
"We welcome the collaboration of our pillar sponsors, leading companies in our economy that care deeply about Montrłęal's reach and reputation. They are all committed, along with the Board of Trade, to making a difference by giving rise to a great movement of pride associated with the city's vitality. The MONTRłÔAL F1RST campaign is the result of this association," concluded Michel Leblanc.



The six accomplishments to be featured across the Island of Montrłęal and on the campaign microsite:



-F1rst metropolis to develop a flight simulator for the world's largest airplane
-F1rst metropolis to have solar-powered self-service bike stations
-F1rst metropolis to have a living museum that brings together 4 climates under one roof
-F1rst metropolis to multiply stem cells in the laboratory
-F1rst metropolis to send a micro-device through the blood vessels
-F1rst metropolis to present an immersive film in a giant sphere



About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal



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


Stowe Welcomes Alondra de la Parra, Music Director, and Philharmonic Orchestra Of The Americas To Summer Home

International Award-Winning Classical Guitarist
Pablo Sł░inz Villegas Headlines
Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe

Stowe, VT (March 3, 2010) --- The Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe returns in August with a schedule of outstanding events and dynamic guests from the world of opera and classical music. Twenty-nine year old conductor Alondra de la Parra returns to direct the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in their summer home and will be joined by award-winning Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sł░inz Villegas, opera stars from Placido Domingoĺ─˘s Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artistsĺ─˘ Program and Ben Capps, the orchestraĺ─˘s principal cellist.

Ms. de la Parra, founder of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and her New York City-based orchestra recently finished their second international tour, and over the past year have shared stages with Patti Labelle, Jose Feliciano, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, John Legend and actor Geoffrey Rush. Ms. de la Parra and the POA recently completed a Sony Classical 2-CD recording celebrating Mexicoĺ─˘s Bicentennial and featuring master works by Mexican composers.

The Music Festival of the Americas will expand to four days, August 18-21, and performances take place at 8:00 pm at Symphony Court, Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Tickets are available by calling 802.760.6797 or online.

On Wednesday, August 18, Ms. de la Parra will conduct the POA Chamber Orchestra and delight the audience with ĺ─˙Conducting 101.ĺ─¨

Thursday, August 19th, she will conduct the full orchestra and be joined by opera stars from Placido Domingoĺ─˘s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Jennifer Lynn Waters, who moved audiences last year with exceptional arias and duets from Puccini, Verdi and Bizet, will be joined this summer by Ukrainian baritone Oleksandr Pushniak.

 
On Friday, August 20th, the orchestra will accompany Spanish classical guitarist Pablo Sł░inz Villegas as he performs Mexican composer Manuel Ponceĺ─˘s Concierto del Sur. Mr. Sł░inz Villegas is renowned as ĺ─˙The Soul of the Spanish Guitarĺ─¨ and the recipient of more than thirty international awards, including the Andrłęs Segovia Award. Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americaĺ─˘s own principal cellist, Ben Capps, will be featured soloist for Schumannĺ─˘s Cello Concerto. The evening will end with Dvorakĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8.

 The grand finale on Saturday, August 21st heats up the rhythms as Anything Goes! ĺ─ý a night of diverse musical styles, dancing and festivities. Rum and tequila, caipirinhas and mojitos! Finally, a chance to kick off your shoes and samba, cha-cha, salsa, merengue - you name it. The orchestra membersĺ─ţall under the age of 35, and from twenty different countriesĺ─ţabandon their classical chops and go to the ĺ─˙dark sideĺ─¨ of Latin, rock, Rhythm & Bluesĺ─ţanything goes! With special guest appearance by Latin recording star Mane de la Parra. As part of its mission to cultivate a life-long love of music, the Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe will donate twenty-five percent of the admission revenue from Saturdayĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Anything Goes!ĺ─¨ to the Stowe schoolsĺ─˘ music programs.

The Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, presenting premier international virtuosos and rising young talent from both the classical and world-music genres, and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Americas Stowe is the summer home of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, which, under the baton of music director and orchestra founder Alondra de la Parra, brings unsurpassed music to the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. releases Juno Awards 2010 nominee compilation album

In Stores March 30, 2010



TORONTO, March 10 /CNW/ - SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CANADA INC. is honoured to release the JUNO Awards 2010 nominee compilation album, in stores on March 30, 2010. The project is a joint venture between Canada's four major labels (EMI Music Canada Inc., Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Canada and Warner Music Canada) and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).


The JUNO Awards 2010 nominee compilation album is a non-profit package with proceeds going to MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS. MusiCounts is dedicated to keeping music alive in schools through Band Aid musical instrument grants, scholarships and by honouring extraordinary music teachers. Since 2003 the annual JUNO Awards nominee compilation albums have sold close to a quarter of a million copies in Canada.


SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CANADA INC President Shane Carter commented: "We are delighted to be releasing the JUNO Awards 2010 compilation album reflecting the great spectrum of Canadian talent, particularly the new crop of artists showcased beside internationally renowned names. The selections on the CD celebrate some of the most diverse music of the past year, honouring our established musicians, while encouraging the next generation of stars to shine."


Track Listing -------------
1 Michael Bublłę Haven't Met You Yet
2 K'Naan Wavin' Flag
3 Nickelback Burn It To The Ground
4 Three Days Grace Break
5 Billy Talent Rusted From The Rain
6 Arkells Oh, The Boss Is Coming!
7 Metric Gimme Sympathy
8 The New Cities Dead End Countdown
9 Hedley Cha-Ching
10 Classified Anybody Listening
11 Justin Bieber One Time
12 Down With Webster Rich Girl$
13 Drake Best I Ever Had
14 Stereos Summer Girl
15 Shiloh Operator (A Girl Like Me)
16 The Tragically Hip Love Is A First
17 Jann Arden A Million Miles Away
18 Blue Rodeo Arizona Dust
19 Johnny Reid A Woman Like You łŢ
20 Diana Krall Walk On By

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, THE JUNO AWARDS has been broadcast from St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008) and Vancouver (2009). In March 2009, 1.23 million Canadians watched Russell Peters host for the second time for THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS from Vancouver on CTV. Peters first hosted in 2008. Previous hosts of THE JUNO AWARDS include Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).


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


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


About CARAS:


The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'acadłęmie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as the JUNO Awards. For more information on The 39th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), please visit our websites at http://www.carasonline.ca/ and http://www.junoawards.ca/.


About CTV:


CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc. Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at http://www.ctv.ca./


About MusiCounts


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Prix Jean-Marie-Benoit : un premier laurłęat !

Fłęlicitations łŢ Benjamin Martinez !

La premił«re attribution du Prix Jean-Marie-BenołĂt,
qui sĺ─˘est dłęroulłęe łŢ la Cinłęmathł«que qułębłęcoise, le vendredi 5 mars,
a permis de remettre une bourse de 2 000 $ au laurłęat Benjamin Martinez,
łętudiant au programme de małĂtrise en composition de la
Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Lancłę en septembre 2009, par la Sociłętłę professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Qułębec (SPACQ)
et la Succession Jean-Marie-BenołĂt, le Prix Jeanĺ─ŰMarie-BenołĂt
rłęcompense la qualitłę du travail accompli par un łętudiant inscrit au
programme de composition Musiques de film et multimłędia offert łŢ la Facultłę de musique.

Vous trouverez, en pił«ce jointe,
le communiqułę de presse dłętaillłę
consacrłę łŢ la remise de ce prix.

Marie-Josłęe Poulin Big Band

Le Marie-Josłęe Poulin Big Band jouera en concert le :
 
        Date :  Samedi 10 avril 2010 
        Lieu :  Auditorium de la Polyvalente C.A.Racicot
                    940 Boul. Normandie
                    St-Jean-sur-Richelieu  
** Ouverture des portes et rłępłętition łŢ 13h.  Concert łŢ 15h30.
 
Admission adulte :   15 $
Enfants 12 ans et moins :  6 $
 
Des billets seront en vente łŢ la porte le jour de lĺ─˘activitłę, tant quĺ─˘il y en aura. 
Bienvenue łŢ tous!
 
Marie-Josłęe Poulin
Directrice artistique
450. 515. 1676
info@mariejoseepoulin.ca

Effendi - Nouvel album pour Joe Sullivan

SORTIE EN MAGASIN DU NOUVEL ALBUM DE
JOE SULLIVAN SEXTET Č┤ VOICES Ȭ dł«s le 16 mars

 Montrłęal, 10 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Le label montrłęalais Effendi Records est fier de prłęsenter le nouvel album du trompettiste Joe Sullivan, intitulłę Č┤ Voices Ȭ.

Disponible en magasin, sur les plateformes de tłęlłęchargement (Itunes, Zik.ca, Emuzic), et sur le site internet www.effendirecords.com dł«s le mardi 16 mars 2010 (Distribution Select).

Joe Sullivan prłęsente son troisił«me album en sextet, une rłęunion entre vieux amis habitułęs łŢ jouer ensemble depuis de longues annłęes. Avec ses complices musicaux dans lĺ─˘łóme, Andrłę Leroux et Jean Frłęchette, qui apportent leur touche personnelle, enrichissant encore les compositions du trompettiste, Joe Sullivan nous propose un młęlange de pił«ces composłęes ces dernił«res annłęes, sans prłętentions, visant tout simplement le plaisir de jouer et dĺ─˘łęcouter un bon jazz dĺ─˘ici qui ravira les habitułęs.

Č┤ VOICES Ȭ (FND098)
Joe Sullivan ĺ─ý trompette
Andrłę Leroux ĺ─ý saxophone
Jean Frłęchette -  saxophone
Andrłę White ĺ─ý piano
Alec Walkington ĺ─ý contrebasse
Dave Laing ĺ─ý batterie

Info lancement
Vendredi 12 mars
5@7 au Diable A 4 (Quatre)
1871 rue Centre (coin Shearer)
Montreal, QC, H3K 1J1
(514) 933-4313

Edmonton Opera 10-11: Paris - Rome - Barrhead

Edmonton is a city that inspires opera, and, in celebration of this, Edmonton Opera launches a season to delight and thrill Edmontonians in 2010-2011. The mystery and romance of Paris come alive with Pucciniĺ─˘s La Bohł«me; sharp silliness abounds with shipwrecks, sultans and stranded sopranos in Mozartĺ─˘s Abduction from the Seraglio; love and revenge mingle with power and beauty in Pucciniĺ─˘s Tosca; and Rossini is revised and relocated to the Alberta Klondike with Barber of Barrhead.
Edmonton Opera 2010-2011 season subscriptions are on sale now via the companyĺ─˘s box office, call 780-429-1000 or visit www.edmontonopera.com for details. The deadline to renew current subscriptions is May 15, 2010. Single tickets for 2010-2011 performances go on sale September 15, 2010.
Puccini - La Bohł«me
October 23, 26, 28, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Everyone has experienced the hope and loss of first love, and Puccini takes this universal experience to new heights with the perennial favourite, La Bohł«me. In the gritty world of Parisian ghettos, Rodolfo, a young poet, has his life turned upside-down by his passionate love for the fragile and doomed seamstress, Mimi.

Mimi ĺ─ý Laura Whalen
Rodolfo ĺ─ý Eric Fennell
Musetta ĺ─ý Alison Angelo
Marcello ĺ─ý łÔtienne Dupuis
Colline ĺ─ý Jon-Paul Dłęcosse
Schaunard ĺ─ý Benjamin Covey
Benoit / Alcindoro ĺ─ý Doug MacNaughton
Conductor ĺ─ý Steven Osgood
Director ĺ─ý Brian Deedrick

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Mozart ĺ─ý The Abduction from the Seraglio
February 5, 8, 10, 2011 ĺ─ý 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in German with English supertitles
Edmontonians know a little laughter lights up a cold, dark February night, and Mozartĺ─˘s musical wit warms opera audiences with the comic romance The Abduction from the Seraglio. Young Belmonte journeys to the exotic East to rescue his beloved Konstanze, whoĺ─˘s been imprisoned by an amorous Pasha, and madness ensues as the lovers battle to outwit a bumbling and jealous vizier.
Kostanze -- Charlotte Corwin
Belmonte ĺ─ý Colin Ainsworth
Blonde ĺ─ý Carla Huhtanen
Pedrillo -- Lawrence Wiliford
Osmin ĺ─ý Dean Elzinga
Pasha Selim ĺ─ý David McNally

Conductor ĺ─ý Peter Dala
Director ĺ─ý Michael Cavanagh

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Rossini revised! ĺ─ý The Barber of Barrhead
February 15 - 26, 2011 - various times
The TransAlta Arts Barns ĺ─ý Westbury Theatre
Sung in English with English dialogue
A collaboration between Edmonton Opera and Fringe Theatre Adventures takes family fun from Seville, Spain and into the Alberta Klondike for The Barber of Barrhead. Prospectors seek and lose their fortunes during the Gold Rush, as Figaro, a barber and jack-of-all-trades, endeavours to unite the young Al with his love Rosie, despite the dastardly innkeeper Bartĺ─˘s devious dealings.

Rosie ĺ─ý Dionne Sellinger
Al ĺ─ý Rob Clark
Figaro ĺ─ý John Conlon
Bart ĺ─ý Joel Klein
Director/ Adapter ĺ─ý Ann Hodges

Puccini ĺ─ý Tosca
April 9, 12, 14 2011 ĺ─ý 7:30pm
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
A tale of desperate choices embroiled in art and politics concludes the 2010-2011 season with Tosca, Pucciniĺ─˘s darkest and most powerful masterpiece. Tosca, a fiery and passionate diva, struggles over whether to surrender to Romeĺ─˘s brutal Chief of Police to save the man she loves.
Tosca ĺ─ý Yannick-Muriel Noah
Cavaradossi ĺ─ý Robert Breault
Scarpia ĺ─ý Nathan Berg
Angelotti/Sciaronne ĺ─ý Tom Goerz
Sacristan/ Jailer ĺ─ý Alexandre Sylvestre
Spoletta ĺ─ý Keith Klassen
Conductor ĺ─ý Robert Tweten
Director ĺ─ý Robert Herriot

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra


For more information about Edmonton Operaĺ─˘s productions and programs, to view its season launch video featuring Artistic Director Brian Deedrick or to download a subscription form, please visit www.edmontonopera.com.  

NUĺ─Â un spectacle qui dłęvoile sans dłęvłütir!

ł─ la Maison des arts dans le cadre du Mois de la danse 2010
 
Laval, le 9 mars 2010 ĺ─ţ NU est prłęsentłę en ouverture du 4e Mois de la danse de la Maison des arts de Laval le 25 mars prochain. En effet, du 25 mars au 24 avril, la danse reprend possession de la scł«ne de ce lieu culturel en prłęsentant une programmation exceptionnelle regroupant les forces vives de la danse dĺ─˘ici et dĺ─˘ailleurs. 
NU
Malgrłę ce que peut łęvoquer le titre de ce spectacle, cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘łóme des personnages qui est ici mise łŢ nu. En effet, la trame chorłęgraphique sĺ─˘attarde łŢ la sensibilitłę qui se cache sous la fał▀ade de chaque individu. Le chorłęgraphe, Harold Rhłęaume de la compagnie Le fils dĺ─˘Adrien danse, rłęussit łŢ dłęjouer le mythe de lĺ─˘impłęnłętrabilitłę de la danse contemporaine. Il le fait dĺ─˘ailleurs avec brio, sans pour autant lłęsiner sur la complexitłę du mouvement par une gestuelle qui respire la sensibilitłę. Avec Nu, il arrive ainsi łŢ nous en mettre plein la vue et plein le cëýur! 
Le Mois de la danse
Instaurłę en avril 2007, le Mois de la danse propose des rencontres et des spectacles qui mettent en valeur cette discipline artistique qui transcende les frontił«res des cultures et des langues. Dłęcouvrez la programmation complł«te du Mois de la danse de la Maison des arts en vous procurant le dłępliant promotionnel ou en visitant le portail Internet de la Ville de Laval au www.ville.laval.qc.ca, sous lĺ─˘onglet Culture.
 
NU :  25 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la Maison des arts de Laval
    Tarif : 24 $ (prix łętudiants ou de groupes disponibles)
     Rłęservation :
   450 667-2040 
Your browser may not support display of this image.  450 662-4440 ĺ─ţ www.ville.laval.qc.ca 

Portland Symphony Orchestra Unveils 2010-11 Season

Great Works, Familiar and Contemporary Composers, Guest Artists and Collaborations

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its 86-year tradition of presenting the best in live orchestral music in Maine with a 2010-11 season focused on programming that is attractive and engaging for audiences of all ages. The PSOĺ─˘s commitment to internationally renowned artists, great composers, familiar works and the classics of the future is evident through Moodyĺ─˘s selection of works for the 2010-11 season, which includes two PSO-commissioned premieres, six works by living composers, and collaborations with local organizations including the Choral Art Society, Suzuki Institute of Maine, and the University of Southern Maine, among others.

The season opens with two performances of a ĺ─˙Season Opening Celebrationĺ─¨ on Sunday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 5 with a riveting program of Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and bassist Edgar Meyer performing concertos by Bottesini and of his own composition. The PSO Pops! season is a series of tributes, two to distinctive genres (Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soul, The Golden Age of Motown), and two to iconic artists (Simply Sinatra and Elvis Lives!). The season will conclude with two performances of Daphnis and Chlołę on Sunday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 3. 

For the 2010-11 subscription season, the Sunday Classical series expands to five concerts, featuring a mix of chamber orchestra and full orchestral works, with two of the programs performed on Tuesdays as well. The Tuesday Classical series comprises six concerts, while PSO Pops! has two performances each of four programs, for a season total of 19 performances of 13 programs (not including Magic of Christmas, 11 performances December 10-19). A Classical Complete subscription package includes all six Tuesday concerts plus the three additional Sunday Classical concerts.

Premieres include the commissioned works Travels in Time for Three (PSO co-commission, Maine premiere) and local composer Elliott Schwartzĺ─˘s Diamond Jubilee (PSO commission, world premiere), as well as the Maine premiere of Beatleset by Peter Schickele (also known as his alter ego P.D.Q. Bach). Among the many guest artists joining the PSO for the upcoming season are bassist Edgar Meyer, Celtic fiddle sensation Eileen Ivers, the category-shattering ensemble Time for Three, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and tenor John McVeigh. Featured orchestral works in the 2010-11 season include Gustav Holstĺ─˘s monumental The Planets, Leonard Bernsteinĺ─˘s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, The Passion According to St. John by J.S. Bach, and the impressionist masterpiece La Mer by Claude Debussy.

Music Director Robert Moody, who recently extended his agreement with the PSO through the 2015-16 season, continues to champion great music and artists while blurring the lines between classical, popular music, the classics of the future and other genres. This season will feature an expansion of ways for audience members to connect with Maestro Moody and the PSOĺ─˘s musicians directly through Concert Conversations, post-performance gatherings and social media. 

Board of Trustees President Gordon Gayer said, ĺ─˙With Maestro Moody signed on for another five years, and having regained our financial footing, the PSO is ready to move into new territory.  We will always give great performances of classical works from the repertoire.  But our audiences can also look forward to new programming that is inter-disciplinary and collaborative, and always rewarding.ĺ─¨

Moody spoke with excitement of the upcoming season: ĺ─˙I am so very proud of the artistic accomplishments we've made in my first two seasons as Music Director.  The 2010-11 season, the orchestra's 86th and my third, contains incredibly exciting programming, tremendous guest artists, celebrations of new music and living composers, and an orchestra playing masterworks at the highest possible level, in addition to the continued surprises we have in store for our audiences.  These will be 'not-to-miss' concerts!ĺ─¨

Executive Director Ari Solotoff added, ĺ─˙The Portland Symphony continues to explore innovations which improve both the bottom line and artistic quality.  Building an additional Sunday Classical program into the season satisfies the need to be fiscally responsible, while giving Robert and our outstanding musicians additional opportunities to share the music.ĺ─¨

The PSOĺ─˘s 2010-11  season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories and (new sponsor) Wright Express.

Pricing and ticket information is available through portlandsymphony.com or by calling PortTIX at 207-842-0800. Special pricing may be available for subscribers, students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

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The Portland Symphony Orchestra 2010-11  Season at a Glance
Programs and artists subject to change.

ĺ─˙Season Opening Celebrationĺ─¨
Tuesday Classical: October 3, 2010 at 7:30pm
Sunday Classical: October 5, 2010 at 2:30pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Edgar Meyer, bass
ĺ─ó    Richard Strauss - Don Juan
ĺ─ó    Giovanni Bottesini - Concerto No. 2
ĺ─ó    Edgar Meyer -  Concerto No. 1
ĺ─ó    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -   Symphony No. 4 ĺ─«
Edgar Meyer is a prominent contemporary bassist and composer. His styles include classical, bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz. His collaborators have spanned a wide range of musical styles and talents; among them are Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Błęla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Alison Krauss

PSO Pops! ĺ─˙Eileen Ivers with Immigrant Soulĺ─¨
Saturday October 9, 2010 7:30 pm
Sunday October 10, 2010 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Eileen Ivers, guest artist

Eileen Ivers is a major presence on both the traditional Irish and contemporary world music scenes. The Celtic fiddle sensation joins the PSO for a show thatĺ─˘s full of energy and inspiration. Sponsored by LL Bean.

Tuesday Classical ĺ─˙The Planetsĺ─¨
Tuesday November 9, 2010 7:30 pmĺ─«
Robert Moody, conductor
USM Chamber Choir
ĺ─ó    John Adams ĺ─ý Short Ride in a Fast Machine
ĺ─ó    John Williams ĺ─ý Suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
ĺ─ó    Gustav Holst ĺ─ý The Planets

PSO Pops! ĺ─˙Simply Sinatraĺ─¨
Saturday November 13, 2010 7:30 pm
Sunday November 14, 2010 2:30 pm
Steve Lippia, guest artist

Steve Lippiaĺ─˘s interpretations of the Sinatra songbook have been acclaimed from coast to coast. This powerful show celebrates the timeless talent of ĺ─˙Olĺ─˘ Blue Eyes.ĺ─¨ Sponsored by Holiday Inn and New England Coffee.

Sunday Classical ĺ─˙Time for Threeĺ─¨
Sunday November 21, 2010 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Time for Three, guest ensemble
ĺ─ó    Paul Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses
ĺ─ó    Chris Brubeck Travels in Time for Three (PSO co-commission, Maine premiere)
ĺ─ó    Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own.

Magic of Christmas
December 10-19, 2010
Robert Moody, conductor
Joe Cassidy, guest artist
Portland Community Chorus
Figures of Speech Puppet Theater

The family holiday tradition returns with last yearĺ─˘s acclaimed rendition of Christmas Carol with the addition of new puppets, and beloved traditions both old and new. Sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, IDEXX Laboratories, Northeast Delta Dental.

Tuesday Classical ĺ─˙From Russia With Loveĺ─¨
Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
ĺ─ó    Elliott Schwartz Diamond Jubilee (PSO commission in honor of the composerĺ─˘s 75th birthday, world premiere)
ĺ─ó    Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
ĺ─ó    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has performed to critical acclaim in recital and orchestral appearances around the world.

Sunday Classical ĺ─˙Bachĺ─˘s St. John Passionĺ─¨ĺ─«
Sunday January 31, 2011 2:30 pm

Robert Moody, conductor
Choral Art Society, Robert Russell, director
Kendra Smith, soprano; Mezzo-soprano to be announced; John Aler, tenor; Laurence Albert, bass
ĺ─ó       Johann Sebastian Bach Passion According to St. John

One of the most vivid and important works of the Baroque era, this work is extravagant and as dramatic as the most dynamic operas of the period.

PSO Pops! ĺ─˙The Golden Age of Motownĺ─¨
Saturday February 12, 2011 7:30 pm
Sunday February 13, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Joy Lynn Matthews, Tituss Burgess, guest vocalists

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Motown record label, this musical celebration is steeped in good old-fashioned soul and rhythm & blues.

Tuesday Classical ĺ─˙Preu Conducts Brucknerĺ─¨
Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:30 pm
Eckart Preu, guest conductor
ĺ─ó    Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
ĺ─ó    Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4, ĺ─˙Romanticĺ─¨

Eckart Preu is the Music director of the Spokane and Stamford (CT) Symphonies. Born in East Germany, The New York Times has called him ĺ─˙a fiery conductor with a kinetic style.ĺ─¨

Sunday Classical ĺ─˙The Three Bs: Brahms, Britten and The Beatlesĺ─¨
Sunday March 20, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
John McVeigh, tenor
ĺ─ó    Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
ĺ─ó    Benjamin Britten Nocturne Op. 60
ĺ─ó    Peter Schickele Beatleset
ĺ─ó    Benjamin Britten Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra

A fresh new take on ĺ─˙three Bs,ĺ─¨ composers who have had impact on their eras as Bach Beethoven and Brahms (the original ĺ─˙three Bsĺ─¨) did on theirs.

Tuesday Classical ĺ─˙Seasons and the Seaĺ─¨
Tuesday April 5, 2011 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Corine Brouwer, violin
ĺ─ó    Felix Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
ĺ─ó    Astor Piazzola Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
ĺ─ó    Claude Debussy La Mer

Corine Brouwer is the concertmistress of Robertĺ─˘s ĺ─˙otherĺ─¨ orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony.

PSO Pops! Elvis Lives!
Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Elvis Wade, guest artist

A tribute to The King of Rock and Roll, Nashvilleĺ─˘s Elvis Wade is not just another impersonator, heĺ─˘s as close to the real thing as it gets.

ĺ─˙Daphnis and Chlołęĺ─¨
Sunday Classical: May 1 2:30 pm
Tuesday Classical: May 3 7:30 pm
Robert Moody, conductor
Janet Polk, bassoon (PSO principal)
ĺ─ó    Richard Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
ĺ─ó    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Bassoon Concerto
ĺ─ó    Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chlołę
ĺ─« ĺ─« ĺ─« ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

Sunday, March 21, 2010

L'ONF lance le documentaire web łÔcologie sonore - une balade multimłędia unique!!!

Un documentaire Web sur la pollution sonore et notre incapacitłę łŢ soutenir le silence
ECOLOGIESONORE.ONF.CA

Montrłęal, le 10 mars 2010 ĺ─ý łÔcologie sonore est le nouveau projet de documentaire Web conł▀u et produit łŢ lĺ─˘Office national du film du Canada (ONF) par Hugues Sweeney, avec Nicolas Saint-Cyr łŢ la rłęalisation et łŢ la direction artistique en collaboration avec lĺ─˘agence Toxa. Lancłę en primeur łŢ la Sociłętłę des arts technologiques (SAT) le mercredi 10 mars łŢ 18 h, ce documentaire innovateur propose de naviguer łŢ travers quatre paysages sonores : VILLE dł«s le 11 mars, BANLIEUE le 15 avril, NATURE le 15 mai et ERMITAGE le 15 juin. Ce projet interactif est une nouvelle illustration du virage numłęrique de lĺ─˘ONF.

Le bruit excessif, la densification des milieux urbains, les environnements sonores personnalisłęs et transportablesĺ─ nous vivons dans un monde de plus en plus bruyant. łÔcologie sonore est une investigation interactive de notre environnement sonore menant łŢ une sensibilisation et łŢ une prise de conscience de celui-ci. Ce projet stimule lĺ─˘imaginaire et met łŢ profit les plus rłęcentes technologies de production numłęrique pour mettre le son de lĺ─˘avant sur le Web. Elle offre ainsi un młędia inłędit pour souligner lĺ─˘importance de la pollution sonore et la met en perspective, dans une rłęflexion plus large sur notre rapport aux sons et au silence.

Les quatre Č┤ paysages sonores Ȭ ĺ─ý terme du compositeur et environnementaliste canadien R. Murray Schafer ĺ─ý constituent une expłęrience immersive unique, une balade multimłędia ludique. Ils comprennent une quinzaine de portraits vidłęo dĺ─˘Alexandra Guitłę prłęsentant divers protagonistes dans leur rapport aux sons, des environnements sonores crłęłęs par le multi-instrumentiste Freeworm (Vincent Letellier) et des pistes de rłęflexion łęlaborłęes par Mathieu Rłęgnier, recherchiste et consultant en environnement. Le tout crłęe de vłęritables parcours łęvoluant et se modifiant au grłę des choix de lĺ─˘internaute, formant une expłęrience en soi, un vłęritable łęchange entre lĺ─˘ëýuvre et le public.

Quatre paysages sonores lancłęs en quatre temps

La ville ĺ─ý en ligne le jeudi 11 mars

Cĺ─˘est le territoire sonore łŢ la fois le plus polluant ĺ─ý posant la question de la santłę publique ĺ─ý et le plus vivant, grłóce łŢ toute la diversitłę des activitłęs humaines. La ville est entendue łŢ partir de la musique dĺ─˘ascenseur, des tłęlłęphones cellulaires, de la circulation, des chantiers de construction, des parcs et des systł«mes dĺ─˘alarme de voitures. Quatre courts młętrages prłęsentent des personnes fascinantes : lĺ─˘audiologiste Tony Leroux est passionnłę par les rłępercussions du bruit sur les gens. Son travail peut lĺ─˘amener dans une młüme journłęe łŢ vivre les extrłümes, de la pollution sonore au silence le plus profond dĺ─˘une chambre anłęchołěque. Nathalie Chartrand, prłęsidente de lĺ─˘Association sportive des aveugles du Qułębec, est non voyante. Les sons lui sont essentiels et la portent łŢ travers ses parcours dans la ville. Max Stein, łętudiant en musique łęlectroacoustique, est un amoureux de la trame sonore urbaine. Il organise des promenades sonores pour sĺ─˘imprłęgner des ambiances afin de mieux entendre son environnement ĺ─ et sa ville. La colorłęe Lili Jettłę nĺ─˘a pas la langue dans sa poche. Elle vit sous lĺ─˘łęchangeur Turcot. Pour elle, le bruit a un sens tout łŢ fait singulier : Č┤ Oł╝ y a pas de bruit y a pas de vie! Ȭ

La banlieue ĺ─ý en ligne le 15 avril

Entre la campagne et la ville, la banlieue est un territoire sonore qui nous en dit beaucoup sur ceux que lĺ─˘on cłątoie, posant la question de la cohabitation. Elle est entendue łŢ partir des thermopompes, des corridors ałęriens, des voitures modifiłęes et des outils łŢ moteur domestiques. Les courts młętrages nous font rencontrer un preneur de son, un col bleu sourd ainsi quĺ─˘un fanatique de voitures modifiłęes.

La nature ĺ─ý en ligne le 15 mai

Młüme en pleine nature, il est de plus en plus rare de se sentir seul, et cette sollicitation sonore a impact direct sur les łęcosystł«mes. La nature est entendue łŢ partir des ours, des arbres qui tombent dans la forłüt, de la reproduction des grenouilles, des motoneiges, des feux de camp et du bruit de la pluie sur les toitures dĺ─˘aluminium. Des courts młętrages nous font faire connaissance avec un gardien de parc, des fermiers ainsi que des rłęsidents qui subissent un festival de motoneigistes.

Un ermitage ĺ─ý en ligne le 15 juin

Lĺ─˘espace sonore, cĺ─˘est aussi lĺ─˘espace mental, et certains choisissent le retrait volontaire du tumulte de la sociłętłę. Dĺ─˘oł╝ vient cette incapacitłę croissante łŢ soutenir le silence, łŢ łütre seul, łŢ composer avec le vide? Comment lier cette nłęcessitłę de se sentir libres et ce dłęsir dĺ─˘łütre toujours sollicitłęs? Lĺ─˘ermitage est entendu łŢ partir du vent, dĺ─˘un cëýur qui bat, de murmures, de pas dans un clołĂtre et dĺ─˘un crayon qui glisse sur une feuille de papier. Des vidłęos prłęsentent une massothłęrapeute et un frł«re trappiste.

Opera Lyra Ottawa Ottawa presents MACBETH

March 27, 29, 31, April 3, 2010
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre

March 8, 2010...Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) presents Macbeth, Verdiĺ─˘s great opera about power, love and treachery.

Artistic Director of Opera Lyra Ottawa and Conductor, Tyrone Paterson, has brought together a stellar cast led by Greer Grimsley "...the glory of his Macbeth is in the rich, robust voice and vital presence." (Vancouver Sun) Brenda Harris, whose voice has been described as ĺ─˙... drop-dead gorgeous singing, soaring on high, glowing with mezzo-ish warmth in lower registers, nearly every phrase elegantly turnedĺ─¨ (Dallas Morning News) takes on the role of Lady Macbeth, and Andrew Funkĺ─˘s ĺ─˙wonderful vocal presenceĺ─¨ (Santa Barbara Independent) will incarnate Banquo, Macbethĺ─˘s friend and tragic victim. Canadian Luc Robert will bring his remarkable tenor voice to the role of MacDuff and Renłęe Lapointe, whose ĺ─˙extremely seductive voiceĺ─¨ (Toronto Star) is the Lady-in-Waiting. Renłęe was last seen as the Third Lady in OLOĺ─˘s 2009 season-opening production of The Magic Flute.

International Director Joseph Bascetta and acclaimed lighting designer Henry Frehner will recreate the mystery and drama of Macbeth.

Macbeth will be sung in Italian, with English and French Surtitles. Performances begin at 8:00 pm. Pre-opera chats are presented free of charge to all patrons one-hour prior to each performance in the lobby. These offer an opportunity to learn more about the composer, context and historical significance of the opera.

The Story
Scottish army leaders Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland and tell Banquo that he will be the father of kings. The first part of the witchesĺ─˘ prediction comes true almost immediately when Duncan, the King of Scotland names Macbeth Thane of Cawdor, thereby sealing his doom. This announcement unleashes Lady Macbethĺ─˘s ambition and she convinces Macbeth that Duncan must die by his hand.

Macbeth becomes King but, consumed by the prophecy that Banquoĺ─˘s children will rule Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth plot to have Banquo and his son, Fleance, assassinated. Banquo is killed and Fleance escapes. Lady Macbeth welcomes the court to the banquet hall when Macbeth hears the news. Macduff vows to leave the country.

Beset by guilt, Macbeth seeks out the witches demanding more prohecies. Apparitions warn him to beware of Macduff and assure him that he will come to no harm by ĺ─˙man of woman bornĺ─¨ and that he will be invincible until Birnam Wood marches on his castle. In another vision, he sees a procession of future kings, followed by Banquo. Horrified, Macbeth collapses. He and Lady Macbeth resolve to kill Macduff and his family as well as Banquoĺ─˘s son. On the English border, Macduff, his wife and children murdered, has joined the Scottish refugees Malcolm appears with British troops and leads them to invade Scotland.

Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, haunted by the horrors of what she and her husband have done, while Macbeth awaits the arrival of his enemies. Messengers bring news that Lady Macbeth has died, and that Birnam Wood appears to be moving. Macduff confronts Macbeth and tells him that he was not born naturally but had a Caesarean birth. He kills Macbeth and proclaims Malcolm king of Scotland.

Ticket Information:
Single tickets, from $40 to $169, are available from the NAC box office and all Ticketmaster locations (service fees will be applied). Visit Ticketmaster online or call 613-755-1111. DISCOUNTS: For groups of 10 or more please call Opera Lyra Ottawa at 613-233-9200 and ask about our group rates. Students with a valid Live RushĺĐó membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at a discounted price. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the NAC Box Office on the day of the performance from 2 to 6 pm. More information is available at www.liverush.ca.

About Opera Lyra Ottawa
Opera Lyra Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to produce and present opera in the National Capital Region of the highest quality and to promote opera as an art form, making it accessible to as large a segment of the population as possible through community outreach and education. Wherever possible, Opera Lyra Ottawa is committed to encourage, nurture and support Canadian artists. For more information please visit www.operalyra.ca.

Opera Lyra Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors who make the 2009-2010 season possible. We thank Bell, Season Sponsor, as well as our other Principal Sponsors: Sun Life Financial, and Ottawa Citizen; Major Sponsors: Extended Suites Ottawa, Custom Printers, Kolegram and Handa Travel. Opera Lyra would also like to thank the following agencies for their support: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

DanceWorks presents acclaimed Vancouver company - Wen Wei Dance with Cock-Pit

Toronto, March 9, 2010- DanceWorks, this city's longest running contemporary dance series, presents the Toronto premiere of Cock-Pit performed by Vancouver's acclaimed Wen Wei Dance. A revealing, and ravishing quintet for four men and one woman that touches on adolescent sexual awakening, Cock-Pit runs Friday April 9 and Saturday April 10 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, after which the company tours to Quebec City, Montreal, Regina, Victoria and Salt Spring Island in B.C.

Cock-Pit is inspired by Wen Wei Wang's memories of his student days in China at a boarding school run by the People's Liberation Army. "I shared a room with four boys for more than five years," he states. "We were at the age when we became concerned about sexuality without having any advice from our parents or teachers. We were not allowed to have girl friends, so we only thought about them in our dreams and imaginations. These memories contribute subconsciously to the scenario for this work."

In close quarters, four men play games that threaten to spiral into violence or desire. Inextricably bound together, they are alternately seduced, entranced and thwarted by an elusive female figure that moves easily between dreams and physical reality.

Incorporating anthropomorphic elements, four-foot long pheasant feathers that extend limbs and a heated sexuality that alternates between open combat and tender intimacy, Cock-Pit is infused with all the volatility and pressure of youth trapped in a closed-off world. As secret yearnings and open plays for dominance threaten to erupt, the possibility of escape, like a distant woman, moves into an unknown future.

Cock-Pit premiered in Vancouver in February of 2009 at which time Paula Citron of the Globe and Mail commented, "Wen Wei Wang is a master of imagery. His use of symbolism in dance is superb. So not surprisingly, his new work, Cock-Pit is a visual triumph."


Wen Wei Dance tours Cock-Pit as follows:
5 and 6 March - EDMONTON: Brian Webb Dance Company
9 and 10 April - TORONTO: Danceworks
15, 16 and 17 April - QUEBEC CITY: La Rotonde
21, 22, 23 and 24 April - MONTREAL: L'Agora de la danse
27 and 28 April - REGINA: New Dance Horizons
1 May - VICTORIA: Dance Victoria
4 May - SALT SPRING ISLAND: Arts Spring


Wen Wei Wang - choreographer
Wen Wei Wang began dancing at an early age in China, where he was born and raised. He trained and danced professionally with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company after which he danced with Ballet British Columbia for seven years. In 2000, he received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and since then has choreographed for the Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, and Dancers Dancing. Since 2003, he has served as Artistic Director of Wen Wei Dance. The company has performed at major venues across Canada, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, the Canada Dance Festival, and the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Colombia, South America. Wen Wei is the recipient of the 2006 Isadora Award for Excellence in Choreography.


DanceWorks presents Vancouver's acclaimed
Wen Wei Dance with Cock-Pit
Co-produced by L'Agora de la danse and the National Arts Centre
Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang
Original score by Giorgio Magnanensi, Lighting design by James Proudfoot
Part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps
Friday April 9, and Saturday April 10, 2010 8PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $28 (Discounts for students, seniors, CADA, SCDS, groups,)
                       Box Office: 416-973-4000 or online at www.danceworks.ca

Les Młęlodines de la Place des Arts cłęlł«brent la venue du printemps

Lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal et un spectacle de clavecin

Montrłęal, le mardi 9 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Pro Musica et la Place des Arts poursuivent leur harmonieuse collaboration en prłęsentant la 7e saison des MłęlodłĂnes jusquĺ─˘au 8 avril 2010. Prłęsentłęes łŢ 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 programme pour cłęlłębrer la venue du printemps rien de moins que lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal sous la direction de Chantal Lambert et un spectacle de clavecin avec le grand małĂtre Luc Beausłęjour.

Lĺ─˘ATELIER LYRIQUE DE Lĺ─˘OPłÔRA DE MONTRłÔAL ĺ─ý 18 mars au Piano Nobile

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. De plus, pour ce spectacle, lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal est fier dĺ─˘accueillir 4 jeunes artistes du Canadian Opera Company Ensemble de Toronto.

Au programme : Mozart, Gounod, Delibes, Massenet, Saint-Sał┤ns, Donizetti, Offenbach

LUC BEAUSłÔJOUR, clavecin ĺ─ý 25 mars au Studio-Thłęłótre

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.

Au programme : Couperin, Rameau, Handel, Bach, Marcello, Domenico Scarlatti

Une coproduction de la Sociłętłę Pro Musica et de la Place des Arts, la 7e saison des MłęlodłĂnes est prłęsentłęe jusquĺ─˘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  ou laplacedesarts.com

Alexisonfire, Robert Charlebois, Les Claypool to perform at the 6th annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on March 28

TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame/Le Panthłęon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (CSHF/PACC) announced today that Alexisonfire, Robert Charlebois, former Primus frontman Les Claypool, Pierre Flynn and Dumas are among the artists who will perform at the 6th annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala, taking place on March 28 at The Toronto Centre for the Arts. This outstanding roster of talent, along with host Gregory Charles, will pay tribute to this year's CSHF inductees including Rush and Robert Charlebois. Tickets for the CSHF Gala, starting at $110.00, are on sale and available through Ticketmaster at 416-870-8000 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, www.cansong.ca, www.tocentre.com or in person at the TCA box office.

The 6th annual CSHF gala welcomes a diverse line-up of talent who will perform renditions of this year's inducted songs. Alexisonfire will perform 'Closer to the Heart' (Rush); Les Claypool performs 'Spirit of Radio' (Rush), YouTube phenom Jacob Moon presents his rendition of 'Subdivisions' (Rush) and Quebec superstar Robert Charlebois will perform his classic song 'Ordinaire' (Robert Charlebois, Mouffe, Pierre Nadeau).

As in past years, the CSHF gala will also include some inspired collaborations of inducted songs: Lily Frost and Sean Cullen will perform 'Come Josephine in My Flying Machine' (Alfred Bryan, Fred Fisher); Dumas along with Catherine Durand will perform 'Lindberg' (Robert Charlebois, Claude Płęloquin); and Pierre Flynn will be joined by Mara Tremblay in a performance of 'Fu Man Chu' (Robert Charlebois, Claude Gagnon, Marcel Sabourin);

Also confirmed to appear at this year's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala are: DJ Champion ('J'entends frapper' by Michel Pagliaro), Le Vent du Nord ('Des mitaines pas de pouce' by Ovila Lłęgarłę) and Marie-Jo Thłęrio ('Deux enfants du meme age' by Germaine Dugas).

The 2010 CSHF inductees include 11 influential songwriters, 16 timeless songs and two Legacy Award recipients. The CSHF will bestow the Frank Davies Legacy Award, named after the founder of the CSHF/PACC, to recorded-sound archivist Edward B. Moogk. The CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association) Legacy award will be given to Quebec impresario, producer and agent Guy Latraverse.

The 6th annual CSHF Gala, hosted by Gregory Charles, will once again be broadcast by broadcast partner CBC on Radio 2 on Monday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. across the country as a special presentation of Canada Live and Espace Musique at 4:00 p.m.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) /Le panthłęon des auteurs et compositeurs canadiens (PACC) is a bilingual, a-political, non-profit organization, which is a partnership of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) with the assistance of the Sociłętłę professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Qułębec (SPACQ). The CSHF's generous core-funding partners are: the CMPA, the SAC, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), SOCAN, Astral Media, and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. The CSHF acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's private radio broadcasters.

For further information, bios and photos, please visit www.cansong.ca.

Symphony Nova Scotia partners with local artists for "Musical Chairs: Art You Can Sit On!"

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to partner with local artists to present its third annual ĺ─˙Symphonic Artĺ─¨ fundraiser on Saturday, March 27 at 7 pm at McInnes Cooperĺ─˘s law offices (13th floor of Purdyĺ─˘s Wharf Tower II, Halifax).

In past years, this unique event has transformed old musical instruments into works of art. This year, itĺ─˘s taken a new twist with ĺ─˙Musical Chairs: Art You Can Sit On!ĺ─¨ Old chairs have been donated, recycled, and transformed by local artists into striking, innovative, and fully functional works of art.

Participating artists this year include Bradford Naugler, Mark Brennan, Anna Horsenell Wade, Claude Ferland, Barry Colpitts, Lori L. Fancey, Jenny Bedal, Lori Nason, Tina Parelius, and more. Combined, these generous artists have contributed more than 50 chairs to be auctioned. Some of the chairs have been on display in the storefront windows of Mills on Spring Garden Road, and photos of the full collection to date are available online at www.facebook.com/symphonynovascotia.

As well as a silent and live auction, the March 27 event will include entertainment by Rhapsody Quintet and urban chameleon, plus a wine and hors dĺ─˘oeuvres reception. Tickets are $25 each, HST included, and are available at 421.1300, ext. 234 or fundraising@symphonyns.ca.

Watch an artist create his chair online! Mark Brennan paints a beautiful winter scene on a chair rescued from the garbage at www.youtube.com/hillcrestart.

About Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 16,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

Le dimanche des finissants du Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau

Le dimanche 21 mars 2010, VENEZ łÔCOUTER les quatre finissants du Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau en rłęcital, au cours dĺ─˘un młüme aprł«s-midi, dans la salle Jean-Desprłęz frałĂchement rłęnovłęe !

La percussionniste Krystina Marcoux, la pianiste Ruth Kwan, le saxophoniste Christian Morasse et le violoniste Benoit Constant vous offriront leurs plus belles interprłętations dĺ─˘un rłępertoire variłę.

11 h : Krystina Marcoux, percussionniste

12 h 15 : Ruth Kwan, pianiste
13 h 30 : Christian Morasse, saxophoniste
15 h : Benoit Constant, violoniste

Au piano : Pierre-Richard Aubin et Martin Caron

Entrłęe libre

Salle Jean-Desprłęz

Maison du citoyen
25, rue Laurier
Gatineau
Renseignements : 819 772-3283

York U Music's $40,000 Oscar Peterson Scholarship

Toronto, March 8, 2010: A major new scholarship program endowed by the Ontario government to commemorate legendary Canadian jazz musician Oscar Peterson will be inaugurated this year at York University.

The Oscar Peterson Scholarships will be launched this fall with an entrance award valued at $40,000 and up to four $10,000 scholarships for current undergraduate music students.

ĺ─˙These scholarships are a remarkable tribute to the Oscar Peterson legacy,ĺ─¨ said Professor Ron Westray, who holds the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance in Yorkĺ─˘s Department of Music. ĺ─˙They reflect the importance of music education, in particular jazz education, and help open the doors to students who might not otherwise be able to pursue their passion and take their studies to that next level.ĺ─¨

The prestigious entrance scholarship will provide $40,000 over four years to one first-year music student in 2010 and up to five incoming students annually once the program is fully in place. If the recipient maintains high academic standing the scholarship may be renewed for three additional years. The 2010 application deadline is April 4.

In the first three years as the scholarship program is phased in, current music majors will also have the opportunity to apply for an annual $10,000 in-course scholarship in the fall.

To be eligible for these scholarships, candidates must demonstrate exceptional musical ability (especially in the field of jazz performance) and must be facing social, economic or personal barriers that could inhibit their ability to pursue a university degree. Applicants must be Ontario residents and hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or protected person status.

"As the Oscar Peterson Chair at York, my mandate includes community outreach and encouraging the next generation of artists, and in particular, young jazz talent," said Westray. "One of the ways Iĺ─˘m doing that is by bringing high school students in the GTA to campus to experience live jazz performance. They will also be given a chance to hear about Oscar Petersonĺ─˘s legacy.

ĺ─˙For the Oscar Peterson Scholarships we are specifically targeting students in underprivileged areas,ĺ─¨ Westray said. ĺ─˙Reaching out to talented youth who are in financial need is a key aspect of the terms of the endowment and my own work here at York.ĺ─¨

Potential candidates for the entrance award can find detailed information on Yorkĺ─˘s future students scholarship website.

The Oscar Peterson Scholarships are supported by a $1-million endowment from the Government of Ontario. Westrayĺ─˘s position as Oscar Peterson Chair was created by an additional $4-million endowment from the provincial government.

As an adjunct professor in York's Department of Music from 1984 to the late 1990s, Peterson gave workshops and established several student awards in the jazz program. The recipient of an honorary degree from York in 1982, Peterson was installed as the universityĺ─˘s eighth chancellor in September 1991, serving with great distinction until February 1994. He was made an honorary governor of York the following year. The internationally celebrated jazz pianist and composer died at his Mississauga home in December 2007 at the age of 82.

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s such an honour to be here at the university where Oscar Peterson taught, in a position founded in his name,ĺ─¨ said Westray, who came to York last summer from the University of Texas at Austin. ĺ─˙He is a legend at the level of Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. I learned so much by reading about his life and studying his recordings.

ĺ─˙Even though he was proudly Canadian, Oscar Peterson is regarded by many in the US as an American jazz legend because of the huge mark he left on the music,ĺ─¨ Westray said. ĺ─˙In a way my appointment complements or completes this circle, with my own standing as an American artist offering Canadian students a perspective that might not be found in Canadian culture.

As a performer, Westray is best known for his work as lead trombonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis and his collaborations with Wycliffe Gordon. He has appeared in concert with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Benny Carter, Dewey Redman, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker and a host of other pre-eminent artists.

Westray teaches performance, composition, history and theory in Yorkĺ─˘s renowned jazz program, and co-directs the York U Jazz Orchestra with Al Henderson. He was recently appointed music director of a jazz series launching next month at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in North York. His latest CD as leader, Medical Cures for the Chromatic Commands of the Inner City (Blue Canoe Records 2008), will receive its Canadian release as part of that series on April 9.

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canadaĺ─˘s most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 200,000 alumni worldwide. Yorkĺ─˘s 10 Faculties and 28 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

Le Quatuor selon Schnittke avec le Quatuor Molinari

Le Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec le Quatuor Molinari, ensemble en rłęsidence au Conservatoire, prłęsente Le Quatuor selon Schnittke, du 17 au 20 mars 2010, un łęvłęnement de quatre jours autour de la musique de chambre dĺ─˘Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998). Deux Dialogues, une confłęrence de Jean Lesage, une table ronde animłęe par Nicolas Gilbert, deux rłęcitals de musique de chambre et un concert marathon de lĺ─˘intłęgrale des quatuors dĺ─˘Alfred Schnittke permettront de dłęcouvrir ce compositeur fascinant.

Un des reprłęsentants les plus joułęs de la musique soviłętique moderne, Alfred Schnittke fusionne la tradition et le modernisme dĺ─˘une fał▀on tout łŢ fait unique, expressive et dramatique. Sa musique de chambre est trł«s riche et le Quatuor Molinari veut partager son engouement pour ce compositeur avec le public montrłęalais.

Č┤ Il faut tłęmoigner que le passłę existe pour y plonger ses racines. Je m'appuie sur la tradition pour la dłępasser. J'appelle cela technique des styles multiples Ȭ. - Alfred Schnittke

Le Quatuor Molinari et ses invitłęes, les pianistes Louise Bessette, Janelle Fung et Natsuki Hiratsuka, interprłęteront pas moins de 14 ëýuvres de musique de chambre du cłęlł«bre compositeur russe Alfred Schnittke.

Toutes les activitłęs auront lieu au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, situłę au 4750, avenue Henri-Julien (młętro Mont-Royal).

Quatuor Molinari
Quatuor en rłęsidence au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal

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

Programme :
Le Quatuor selon Schnittke
du 17 au 20 mars 2010
avec la participation des pianistes : Louise Bessette, Natsuki Hiratsuka et Janelle Fung

Mercredi 17 mars 2010
17h : Confłęrence de Jean Lesage
20h : Rłęcital de musique de chambre
Quatuor avec piano
Sonate pour violon et piano no 3 (1994)
Cinq aphorismes pour piano (1990)
Trio łŢ cordes

Jeudi 18 mars 2010
17h : Dialogue I
20h : Rłęcital de musique de chambre
Sonate no 1 pour violon et piano (1968)
A Paganini pour violon solo
Stille Musik pour violon et violoncelle
Sonate no 1 pour violoncelle et piano (1978)

Vendredi 19 mars 2010
17h : Autour d'Alfred Schnittke. Table ronde animłęe par Nicolas Gilbert
20h : Dialogue II

Samedi 20 mars 2010
20h : Concert marathon
Quatuors nos 1-4
In memoriam Igor Stravinsky
Quintette avec piano (Louise Bessette, pianiste)

Les billets sont disponibles łŢ la billetterie du Conservatoire (514 873-4283, poste 313), du mardi au vendredi, entre 13 h 30 et 17 h 30, ou une heure avant le concert ainsi que sur le rłęseau Admission : www.admission.com (514 790-1245)

Billets : Dialogues, Confłęrence et table ronde : entrłęe libre
Rłęcitals de musique de chambre : 5$
Concert marathon : 25$, 20$ et 10$

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CIBC Steps Up to Help Mixed Company Theatre

Toronto, March 8, 2010 ĺ─ý CIBC has provided $6,000 for a lead sponsorship of ĺ─˙DISS,ĺ─¨ Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s newest interactive play. Developed through a collaborative creative partnership with youth, the Toronto Police Service and support from the Toronto District School Board, this project focuses on gang presence in our neighbourhoods and the pressures youth face finding social connection and identity.

ĺ─˙At CIBC, helping young people achieve their full potential is an important part of our community investment program,ĺ─¨ said Bill Whyte, CIBCĺ─˘s Vice-President of Retail Markets for GTA Central. ĺ─˙We are pleased to sponsor this very innovative approach that will help local youth cope with the issues that challenge them so they can lead happy and healthy lives.ĺ─¨


CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Childrenĺ─˘s Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2009, $26.8 million was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.communitymatters.cibc.com.
ĺ─˙With CIBCĺ─˘s support, Mixed Company will deliver ĺ─˙DISSĺ─¨ to 12 schools this spring,ĺ─¨ said Daniel Booth, General Manager of Mixed Company Theatre. ĺ─˙The interactive nature of this Forum Theatre play engages young audiences, creating practical solutions for them to overcome social and personal issues in their lives. Through this unique tool, Mixed Company stimulates critical thinking by annually engaging over 20,000 students across the GTA.ĺ─¨

Budget fłędłęral et culture : trois constats dłęfavorables au Qułębec

(Montrłęal, le 5 mars 2010) - Au nom de milliers d'artistes professionnels, łęcrivains et travailleurs culturels, le Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres du Qułębec (M.A.L.) formule trois constats dłęfavorables łŢ l'łęconomie qułębłęcoise łŢ partir des orientations du gouvernement fłędłęral en matił«re de culture dans son budget 2010-2011.

Premier constat, le gouvernement ne reconnałĂt pas la culture comme une composante de l'łęconomie innovante du Canada. En effet, le thł«me de la culture est absent du chapitre 3.3, section Č┤ Favoriser la croissance łęconomique et l'emploi par l'innovation Ȭ, dont l'objectif est d'assurer la croissance łŢ long terme de l'łęconomie canadienne et de crłęer les emplois du futur. Cette omission dłęfavorise le Qułębec, oł╝ l'łęconomie culturelle est un important secteur d'innovation et d'emplois.

Deuxił«me constat : le gouvernement refuse, pour une troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive, de rłętablir les programmes fłędłęraux de soutien au rayonnement des artistes qułębłęcois et canadiens łŢ l'łętranger. L'abolition des programmes PromArt et Routes commerciales, en 2008, continuera d'affecter au premier plan le Qułębec, oł╝ ces programmes łętaient particulił«rement importants pour les artistes et les travailleurs culturels. Cette dłęcision continue de placer le gouvernement du Qułębec dans l'obligation de compenser ce manque łŢ gagner en injectant des fonds sans compensation du palier fłędłęral.

Troisił«me constat, nous ne pouvons que demeurer inquiets des choix guidłęs par l'idłęologie conservatrice du gouvernement canadien en matił«re de culture, alors qu'il rłęaffecte rłęgulił«rement les fonds en fonction de ses propres valeurs, particulił«rement łęloignłęes de celles des Qułębłęcois. On a pu, encore une fois, l'observer rłęcemment lors de l'abolition des programmes de subvention des musiques spłęcialisłęes, łŢ l'automne 2009. Toutes les dłęcisions de coupures prises par ce gouvernement vont d'ailleurs łŢ l'encontre des recommandations formulłęes par le Comitłę permanent du Patrimoine en dłęcembre dernier. Il faudra donc au cours des prochaines semaines łütre attentifs łŢ l'allocation des crłędits budgłętaires aux diffłęrents programmes liłęs łŢ la culture au Canada.

Enfin, bien qu'il ne rłęduise pas les crłędits accordłęs au Conseil des Arts du Canada (CAC), le budget d'hier nous łęloigne une fois de plus de l'objectif d'un financement łŢ hauteur de 300 millions de dollars pour le CAC, objectif formulłę depuis plusieurs annłęes dłęjłŢ et auquel tous les autres partis politiques fłędłęraux ont souscrit.

Le Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres regroupe sept organisations nationales et treize conseils rłęgionaux de la culture du secteur des arts et des lettres, qui reprłęsentent des milliers d'artistes professionnels, łęcrivains et travailleurs culturels. Le Mouvement est constitułę du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, du Conseil des młętiers d'art du Qułębec, du Conseil qułębłęcois des arts młędiatiques, du Regroupement qułębłęcois de la danse, de l'Union des łęcrivaines et łęcrivains qułębłęcois, du Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogłęrłęs du Qułębec, de En piste - le regroupement national des arts du cirque - ainsi que des conseils rłęgionaux de la culture de l'Estrie, de l'Abitibi-Tłęmiscamingue, de la Montłęrłęgie, du Saguenay, de la Mauricie, du Centre du Qułębec, de l'Outaouais, des Laurentides, de Lanaudił«re, du Bas-Saint-Laurent, de la Cłąte-Nord, de la Gaspłęsie et de la rłęgion de Qułębec-Chaudił«res-Appalaches. La mission des conseils rłęgionaux de la culture est d'appuyer le dłęveloppement des arts et de la culture dans leur rłęgion.

Vancouver Arts Organizations Congratulate Moh and Yulanda Faris

Recipients of 2010 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver International Writers Festival, The Dance Centre and Judith Marcuse Projects congratulate Moh and Yulanda Faris on their recently-awarded 2010 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, one of the eight Governor Generalĺ─˘s Performing Arts Awards.

Active in the Vancouver arts community for close to 40 years, Mr. and Mrs. Faris have generously donated time and financial support to several organizations, including Vancouver Opera and its Foundation, the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Dance Foundation, Judith Marcuse Projects, Vancouver International Writers Festival, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Children's Festival, and many others.

ĺ─˙There are no two people in our community more deserving of this award than Moh and Yulanda Faris,ĺ─¨ says James Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera. ĺ─˙Their work in establishing the Judith Forst Fund for Young Artist Training is a testament to their commitment to the future of the arts in Canada. They truly believe in the lasting value of the arts to our lives, and that passion is evident in all they have done for VO and other arts organizations in Vancouver.ĺ─¨

Yulanda Faris is past chair of Vancouver Opera and current chair of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, and with Mr. Faris founded the Judith Forst Fund for Young Artist Training, a fund that supports young singers in the early stages of their careers.

Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach acknowledges their ongoing contribution to the annual Shakespeare Festival and beyond: ĺ─˙This prestigious award to Mr. and Mrs. Faris is so well deserved. They are endlessly interested in and wonderfully supportive of the arts in our city. Bravo Moh and Yulanda. Canada thanks you.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙How wonderfully appropriate that Moh and Yulanda are being recognized for their remarkable contributions to the arts in our city for over 30 years,ĺ─¨ says Judith Marcuse, Artistic Producer, Judith Marcuse Projects and Co-Director of The International Centre of Art for Social Change. ĺ─˙Their support has taken many forms, always both visionary and pragmatic. Their belief in art and artists has endowed individuals and organizations with courage, hope and strength to keep producing the best that we can.ĺ─˙

Mohammed Faris was instrumental in establishing the Scotiabank Dance Centre, an $11-million facility that provides Vancouver's diverse dance community with a home of its own. Opened in 2001, the centre includes the 150 seat Faris Family Studio.

ĺ─˙This award is well deserved and comes to two people who have shown and continue to show huge generosity of spirit and heart,ĺ─¨ says Mirna Zagar, Executive Director of The Dance Centre. ĺ─˙Without Mohĺ─˘s heartfelt tenacity and true belief that the art of dance deserves a home, it is doubtful we would now have Scotiabank Dance Centre, a building which has become Canadaĺ─˘s flagship dance facility and has in turn nurtured an everlasting sense of pride in our community. Both Moh and Yulanda have shown not only their passion for the arts but a true commitment to seeing the BC arts and culture scene flourish.ĺ─¨

Vancouver International Writers Festival Artistic Director Hal Wake says, ĺ─˙We thank Moh and Yulanda for the extraordinary amount of time and energy they have committed, and for their financial support of the Writers Festival. For many years Yulanda was on the VIWF board and chaired our gala fundraiser. But what truly sets them apart is their active participation in our Festival and in Vancouverĺ─˘s cultural scene, their attendance at events, and their advocacy. I know that I will see Yulanda at every Festival, at a half dozen events or more. And she always has something insightful and incisive to say about what she has witnessed and the books she has read.ĺ─¨

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts. The awards recognize a stellar array of artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding lifetime contribution to Canada's cultural life.

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were created in 1992 under the patronage of the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn (1934-2002), then Governor General of Canada. Today, we are honoured to have Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michał┤lle Jean as patron. For more information, visit www.ggpaa.ca.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra announces their 2010-2011 Season

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Music Director William Eddins have announced exciting details of the upcoming 2010-2011 performance season.  Leading the ESO into their 59th season, and his sixth as Music Director, Bill Eddins will conduct concerts in every series including the Masters, Sunday Showcase, Midweek Classics, Robbins Lighter Classics, Robbins Pops, ESSO Symphony for Kids, Late Night with Bill Eddins, The ESO Presents, and Symphony Specials.  Edmontonĺ─˘s orchestra cooks up over 80 superb concerts for all palates, entertaining a wide array of audiences with classical and popular music, family and educational programs.  So next season, if you havenĺ─˘t already, join us at our beautiful home, the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, for one or many symphony concerts that will truly nourish your soul.

"It is with great joy that I look forward to our 2010-2011 season.  Only the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra can travel from one side of the artistic spectrum - with Cirque de la Symphonie - right through to Mozart, Zappa, Brahms, and beyond.  This season promises to be as exciting as live music can possibly be."
~ Bill Eddins

Conductors and Guest Artists

Internationally renowned artists Chantal Kreviazuk, Jens Lindemann, Michael Kaeshammer, Corey Cerovsek, Pieter Wispelwey, Sasha Cooke, and Elmar Oliveira are just a few of the very special guests who will grace the ESO with their presence during the 2010-2011 performance season.

Bill Eddins will conduct nearly 30 concert events.  When he is not leading, the ESO will have guest conductors and audience favourites Robert Bernhardt, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Bruce Pullan, Bruce Hangen, Anu Tali, Gregory Vajda, Richard Kaufman, Jack Everly, and Steven Reineke return to the podium.  Making their conducting debuts with the ESO are Mei-Ann Chen, Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, Jamie Sommerville, and George Daugherty.  

Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin continues his tenure with the ESO under the mentorship of Bill Eddins.  This two-year appointment, which began at the start of the 2009-2010 season, is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts and supports the ESOĺ─˘s vision and focus on music education at all levels.  It is an elite training opportunity for a young conductor to be involved in both artistic leadership and administrative organization, while providing the necessary resources and guidance to engage and educate new generations and communities with the importance of music in their daily lives.

Gala and Specials

Be amazed, be awed, be stunned!  Extraordinary feats of artistry bring a magically musical experience to our annual Gala.  On Tuesday, October 5th, Cirque de la Symphonie will present an astounding, jaw-dropping production, unlike anything they have previously presented in North America.  Bill Eddins conducts the orchestra through beloved masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Sał┤ns, and more as an amazing troupe of aerial flyers, contortionists, and strongmen perform high above and on the Winspear stage.

The upcoming line-up of Symphony Specials are sure to appeal to music lovers of all ages and genres.  Fresh from the 2010 Lilith Fair festival tour celebrating women in music, Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk makes her debut with Edmontonĺ─˘s orchestra and conductor Lucas Waldin.  Everybodyĺ─˘s favourite Looney Tunes and characters from Warner Bros. Studios will appear on-screen at the Winspear Centre for three performances of Bugs Bunny At The SymphonyCrown jewels such as Whatĺ─˘s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, and A Corny Concerto will be performed under the direction of conductor and creator George Daugherty.  Paying homage to a composer that was one of the first to break down barriers between rock, jazz, and classical music, the ESO and Bill Eddins present music of the legendary Frank Zappa in Donĺ─˘t Eat the Yellow Snow

Free Summer Music

Summer music will be free at the Winspear Centre as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, made up of the most talented members of youth orchestras across the country, share music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss, and Shostakovich with Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe.  On two noon-hour occasions in August, the ESO in conjunction with Winspear Centre Presents, invites you to cool off from the afternoon sun to the stunning sounds of the Davis Concert Organ, and a showcase of ESO musicians performing their favourite pieces.

Masters Series

The ESOĺ─˘s flagship Masters series is the core of the 2010-2011 season, as the orchestra perfoms masterful classics by distinguished composers.  Mozartĺ─˘s exotic Fifth Violin Concerto and Sibeliusĺ─˘ intricate Fifth Symphony opens the series, while Ravelĺ─˘s vivacious Rapsodie espagnole and Daphnis et Chlołę brings the series to a close.  Chopinĺ─˘s First Piano Concerto will be heard in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composerĺ─˘s birth, as well as Beethovenĺ─˘s breathtakingly powerful ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨ Symphony, Duruflłęĺ─˘s poignant Requiem, Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s beloved Second Piano Concerto, and Brahmsĺ─˘ affectionate ĺ─˙Doubleĺ─¨ Concerto for Violin and Cello.  Other orchestral masterworks by Bach, Mendelssohn, Boulanger, Shostakovich, Schumann, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and so much more round out this series.

Our guest artists in the Masters series are some of the most dynamic and virtuosic musicians in the classical scene today.  Next season, the ESO is thrilled to have Anu Tali, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Mei-Ann Chen, Gregory Vajda, and Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest all take the helm of the orchestra, along with Bill Eddins and Lucas Waldin.  Taking the spotlight as soloists are pianists Janina Fialkowska, Dubravka Tomë░ičš, and Bill Eddins, violinists Elmar Oliveira, Corey Cerovsek, and Mark Fewer, cellist Pieter Wispelwey, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Bonaventura Bottone, Joseph Macerollo on accordion, plus blind pianist and Cliburn Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii.

Late Night with Bill Eddins and The ESO Presents

Following the successful launch of our Late Night with Bill Eddins series in our 2009-2010 season, these uniquely interactive 9:30 pm concerts return to feature music of the masters plus conversation about the ingenuity of the music.  Late Night Percussion welcomes Colin Currie for the lyrical, yet urgently rhythmic Rough Music percussion concerto by the impressive H.K. Gruber.  With the 20th century being a time of exciting innovation, the ESO brings Late Night 1900s to a whole new level with the bright and heroic Fifth Symphony by Prokofiev and Honnegerĺ─˘s Pacific 231, a work inspired by the mechanical marvel of a train engine.  The music wonĺ─˘t end with the concert either.  Guests can mingle in the lobby afterwards while sipping on a cocktail and listening to live music performed by talented local musicians.

Brilliant soloists on the international classical scene perform in concert with the orchestra, followed by solo recitals after intermission in one of our newest series, The ESO Presents.  Polish pianist Rafaëă Blechacz, having unanimously won the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, performs the masterful music of his countryman and showcases his technical brilliance in doing so.  His performance will be presented in special partnership with the Chopin 2010 Celebration Committee and the Polish Culture Society of Edmonton.  Audiences have the special opportunity to experience Pieter Wispelweyĺ─˘s versatility, phenomenal technique, and remarkable interpretation of cello repertoire, and see the renown cellist accompanied by Bill Eddins on piano in the programĺ─˘s second half.

Sunday Showcase Series

In four matinłęe concerts that feature symphonic favourites with bright melodies, Bill Eddins leads the full Sunday Showcase series that features select ESO musicians as soloists alongside rising young musicians.  This series is especially well suited for the young and old alike.  Families of all generations can come together to enjoy a weekend afternoon of timeless masterpieces.  Edmonton violinist Ewald Cheung will perform Vivaldiĺ─˘s delightful Four Seasons in the series opener, while Principal Clarinet Julianne Scott plays a charming set of variations on a popular Mozart tune.  Laureate of Canadaĺ─˘s Honens International Piano Competition, Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel makes his ESO debut and Principal Bass Trombone Christopher Taylor performs a tuneful Ballade by Ewazen.  David Eggert, also from Edmonton and winner of the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramattłę Prize presents Saint-Sał┤ns beloved First Cello Concerto and Principal Tuba Scott Whetham takes on a lighthearted heavyweight ĺ─ý Vaughan Williamsĺ─˘ Tuba Concerto.  At only 15 years of age, Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki has amassed an impressive collection of accolades and he makes his ESO debut playing a tempestuous work by Mozart.  Interim Concertmaster Eric Buchmann is also featured in the closing concert of this series, bringing Kabalevskyĺ─˘s fiery Violin Concerto to the stage.  Our post-concert Coffee Shop continues next season, inviting all concert guests to engage in an informal Q&A session with our guest artists in the main lobby.

Midweek Classics Series

Interspersed throughout the season, four concerts in the Midweek Classics series bring audiences famous and not-so-famous baroque treats and contrasting classical masterpieces.  Two of Edmontonĺ─˘s finest trumpet players, the ever-entertaining Jens Lindemann and the ESOĺ─˘s own Principal Trumpet Robin Doyon kick off the series performing Vivaldiĺ─˘s Concerto for Two Trumpets.  Russian-born Sergei Babayan is the featured soloist in a stormy Bach keyboard concerto and the orchestra plays a famous practical joke with Haydnĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Surpriseĺ─¨ Symphony.  Celebrating the eve of Mozartĺ─˘s 255th birthday, Williams Eddins and the orchestra presents the composerĺ─˘s lush Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola.  Concertmaster of the Montrłęal Symphony Andrew Wan and ESO violist Charles Pilon are guest soloists in the aforementioned work, and dazzling pianist Angela Cheng returns to play Mozartĺ─˘s final solo piano concerto in the series finale.  Lucas Waldin conducts in this series which will see his own arrangement of Purcellĺ─˘s Chacony played by the orchestra, and Lidia Khaner, Principal Oboe, and guest artist Teresa Hron, recorder, are also featured soloists.

Robbins Lighter Classics Series

From Flamenco flavours to classic Chaplin, the Robbins Lighter Classics series promises enjoyable evenings all around.  Spanish music and dance from the shores of Atlantic Canada opens this series with the fiercely authentic sounds of El Viento Flamenco.  The ESOĺ─˘s own Virginie Gagnłę (Violin), Allene Hackleman (Principal orn), Megan Evans (Asst. Principal Horn), Julianne Scott (Principal Clarinet), and Ronda Metszies (Cello) step into the spotlight for a showcase of their favourite music and virtuosity with Bill Eddins conducting.  Lucas Waldin takes to the podium for a celebration of Ukrainian culture, with the help of special guests Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company and Gene Zwozdesky, while silence still proves to be golden as the film classic from a comic genius is projected above the orchestra as they perform the score live in Charlie Chaplinĺ─˘s The Gold Rush.  The series closes with Tom Allenĺ─˘s Classical Goodtime Variety Show.  Former host of CBC Stereoĺ─˘s morning show, Tom Allen, along with great Canadian horn virtuoso and guest conductor Jamie Sommerville, explore how music is always relevant to the daily life of any age in the most silliest of ways.  In a stirring mix of seasonal beauty, Glad Tidings ĺ─ý A Lightly Classical Christmas will have charming guest conductor Bob Bernhardt joined by narrator Archbishop Richard Smith in this must-see event.

Robbins Pops Series

The ever-popular Robbins Pops series launches with a whirlwind of extraordinary trumpet music, and legendary pops maestro Bruce Hangen is bringing trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann with him!  It will be nothing short of an entertaining series opener as Mr. Lindemann performs the world premiere of Allan Gillilandĺ─˘s Dreaming of the Masters III, which was written specifically for him.  A hypnotic orchestral Halloween performance will leave you spellbound when Pops maestro Jack Everly is joined by an unbelievable illusionist, perplexing quick-change artists, and a comic-magic duo that will have you laughing, yet asking ĺ─˙How did they do that?ĺ─¨  The ESO invites you to be their symphonic valentine when Steven Reineke returns to the Winspear Centre to perform timeless love songs in Love Will Keep Us Together.  Be serenaded by soprano Betsy Wolfe and tenor Mike Eldred, not to mention Mr. Reineke on piano and harmonica.  Broadway star and Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen will showcase his superb versatility and star power in a one man show, the ESO led by Jack Everly will take a spin on the musical roulette wheel with Pops Goes Vegas!, and the luminous harmonies of vocal trio Times Tree lend their extraordinary voices to our Christmas Pops.  The red carpet is rolled out to close this series on a Hollywood high note when conductor Richard Kaufman leads the orchestra through Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated music including The Godfather, Finding Neverland, and Casablanca.

ESSO Symphony for Kids

Over the course of the season, the ESOĺ─˘s family series ESSO Symphony for Kids will present four highly entertaining and educational programs for young audiences.  Platypus Theatre opens the series with the theatrical story of a young girlĺ─˘s battle to save music.  Families are invited to then take a symphonic walk through Roald Dahlĺ─˘s magical, terrifying, and hilarious forest in the imaginative presentation of DANDI Productionsĺ─˘ Little Red Riding Hood.  Lucas Waldin concludes his conducting duties in this series with Juno Award-winner and entertainer extraordinaire Al Simmons.  One of the true masters of mischief, mayhem, and melody brings his irresistible songs and madcap sense of humour to an outrageously fun afternoon for the whole family.  Charlie Chaplinĺ─˘s hilarious The Gold Rush will bridge great cinema and great music, as Bill Eddins and the ESO bring the score to life while the silent film is projected above the stage. 

Holiday Concerts

Cherish favourite traditions with your family and create new musical memories with Edmontonĺ─˘s orchestra.  The holiday season at the Winspear Centre is always a very magical time as we present sparkling concert programs of tidings and joy.  Charismatic, boogie-woogie piano sensation Michael Kaeshammer brings his prowess as a performer and onstage charm to his performance of uniquely stylized Christmas favourites.  Richard Eaton Singers join one of Canadaĺ─˘s finest choral conductors, Bruce Pullan, for one of the most triumphant choral pieces ever written, Handelĺ─˘s Messiah.  Fresh from an 80-city North American tour, plus guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Dr. Phil Show, Canadaĺ─˘s gold-selling vocal group the Canadian Tenors share the perfect Christmas gift with audiences in two evening performances.  Two special matinłęe performances of A Family Christmas Concert with Santa Claus and Mister Grinch will warm up the whole family with a cheerful selection of carols.  Both the Robbins Pops and Robbins Lighter Classics series also include popular holiday concerts that should not be missed!

Symphony Under the Sky

Symphony Under the Sky, the ESOĺ─˘s annual summer festival in Edmonton will take place Labour Day weekend, September 3rd ĺ─ý 6th, 2010, at Hawrelak Park.  Spend one day, or the whole weekend outdoors with your family listening to the harmonious sounds of the orchestra in the relaxing atmosphere of the Heritage Amphitheatre.  Audience favourite Bob Bernhardt conducts the orchestra through five concerts over the course of four days.  Sensational Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo joins the orchestra for two evening concerts ĺ─ý one filling the sky with the virtuosic sounds of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, the other a showcase of memorable hits by the great John Williams.  The Knock School of Irish Dance appears as special guests, performing to Irish classics and traditional tunes from the Emerald Isle to celebrate The Celtic Spirit, while two of the great pop/rock songwriters of our time come together in the talented hands of Jim Witter.  Enjoy a summer night of classic rock as the ESO performs timeless songs of Billy Joel and Elton John.  Nothing wraps up the festival like a Great Canadian Song Book with members and guns of the Royal Canadian Artillery joining the orchestra in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture.

Fundraisers

The ESO and Winspear Centre rely on support from the community and the generosity of individuals so they may continue to nourish individuals with the wonder of music.  As such, two integral events will take place next season with proceeds to support both organizations.  HopScotch ĺ─ý A Festival and Fine Whisky and Beer and Flavours of B.Cĺ─˘s Naramata Bench ĺ─ý Wine Tasting & Auction will take place in October 2010 and January 2011, respectively, with guests being treated to a lovely evening of delectable snacks, great company, wonderful music, and fabulous items to bid on.

Subscriber Info

Purchasers of ESO subscription packages can save up to 31% percent off single ticket prices, depending on the series and the seating.  Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase single tickets to ESO concerts in advance of their availability to the general public.  In the ESOĺ─˘s efforts to continue to be widely accessible to our current and future patrons, plus music lovers of all ages, subscription prices have not been raised for the 2010-2011 performance season. 

For the third consecutive season, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s highly popular 2 for 1 New Subscriber Promotion will be available.  This fantastic offer gives new subscribers the opportunity to purchase 2 subscriptions for the price of 1 in their first year.  Complete promotion details are available online at EdmontonSymphony.com.  The 2 for 1 subscription campaign is generously sponsored by Maclab Enterprises.

Edmontonĺ─˘s Orchestra

Whether our 2010-2011 performance season is your first nibble at symphonic music, or your 59th feast of enriching sounds, a live symphony performance touches our hearts and lingers in our palate long after the concert has ended.  It will leave you wanting more, it will keep you coming back for more.  Second, third, and fourth helpings are certainly warranted!  Join us at the Winspear Centre in our new season ĺ─ý we look forward to having you as our guest time and time again.  Come to listen, taste the nourishment, enjoy for many years.

Important Dates

On Sale Now: Subscription packages for the 2010-2011 season.
May 11th, 2010: Symphony Specials, Fundraisers, and Gala tickets on sale to the general public.
June 24th, 2010: Symphony Under the Sky tickets on sale to the general public.
August 10th, 2010: Individual series concert tickets available to Subscribers and Sampler Pass voucher redemptions begin.
August 17th, 2010: All single concert tickets on sale to the general public.

For a full listing of the 2010-2011 season, please visit www.EdmontonSymphony.com.

Le concert topaze de Laurence Kayaleh et Paul Stewart ( dimanche 28 mars 2010 łŢ la 5ł«me Salle de la PDA)

     Laurence Kayaleh, violon et Paul Stewart, piano 
Dimanche, 28 mars 2010 łŢ 15 h 30 łŢ la Cinquił«me Salle de la Place des Arts 
Magnifique est ce qui dłęcrit le mieux le talent artistique de Kayaleh et Stewart (...) ils croient profondłęment łŢ la qualitłę de cette musique, et aprł«s avoir entendu le fruit de leur collaboration, nous sommes conquis ! (Listening for Enjoyment, Beverly, Massachusetts) 
.. un talent hors du commun ... un archet royal, une justesse impeccable, une sonoritłę superbe, et surtout un sens innłę du phrasłę ... un talent lumineux dont nous pouvons tout attendre. Le Figaro, Paris 
Montrłęal, le 2 mars 2010. ĺ─ý  Cĺ─˘est avec charisme et une subjuguante prłęsence scłęnique que la violoniste suisso-canadienne Laurence Kayaleh fera vibrer lĺ─˘auditoire de Pro Musica en ce dimanche 28 mars aprł«s-midi. Au programme de ce concert topaze : des joyaux du rłępertoire pour violon et piano signłęs Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), William Walton (1902-1983), Jean-Marie Leclair (1607-1764) et Ravel (1875-1937).
Concertiste internationale et professeur łŢ l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, Laurence Kayaleh est une artiste exceptionnelle qui se distingue par la profondeur de sa musicalitłę, la richesse de ses sonoritłęs et son sens prononcłę du style musical. Doułęe d'une remarquable technique violonistique et d'un sens innłę pour la musique, elle possł«de toutes les qualitłęs dĺ─˘une musicienne accomplie, et crłęe chez l'auditeur une expłęrience łęmotionnelle trł«s intense.
Sa carrił«re prłęcoce la conduit dans les centres de musique les plus prestigieux tels que Paris, Prague, Bruxelles, Zł║rich, Sofia, Berne, Moscou, Tokyo, Modena et Genł«ve, souvent accompagnłęe par des orchestres de renom tels que lĺ─˘Orchestre de la Tonhalle de Zł║rich, lĺ─˘Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Bruxelles et lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Błóle.
Ayant dłęveloppłę sa formation artistique au sein des classes de concertistes de la prestigieuse "Kayaleh Violin Academy" en Suisse oł╝ elle a obtenu un "Performer Diploma", elle remporte le Premier Prix avec fłęlicitations du jury au Concours suisse pour Jeunes Solistes, ainsi que le Grand Prix au Concours international de Stresa en Italie.
Suite łŢ son dłębut parisien au Thłęłótre du Chłótelet, le quotidien le Figaro la qualifie dĺ─˘ Č┤ archet royal Ȭ, complimentant ainsi sa sonoritłę superbe et son sens du phrasłę. On a pu lĺ─˘entendre par la suite łŢ Salle Gaveau de Paris, łŢ la Salle Bolchołě et łŢ la Salle Tchałěkovski de Moscou, avec lĺ─˘Orchestre national russe, sous la direction de Mikhałěl Pletnev, łŢ la Salle Pleyel de Paris, avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Lamoureux sous la direction de Gregorsz Novak, ainsi quĺ─˘au Lied Center łŢ Lincoln, USA, au Arts Center łŢ Osaka et łŢ la Suntory Hall łŢ Tokyo, Japon. Sa carrił«re amłęricaine lui vaut de grandes ovations partout oł╝ elle passe : łŢ Cleveland avec le Cleveland Orchestra et au Kennedy Center łŢ Washington, avec le National Symphony Orchestra sous la direction de Leonard Slatkin, qui la qualifie de musicienne Č┤uniqueȬ et, enfin, łŢ la Powell Hall łŢ Saint Louis, avec le Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Dĺ─˘autres engagements appellent Laurence Kayaleh łŢ se produire en soliste łŢ Caracas, au Venezuela, avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique Simon Bolivar, łŢ Montrłęal avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal sous la direction de Charles Dutoit et, łŢ Błóle, avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Błóle, sous la direction de Mario Venzago, et son dłębut milanais est marqułę par un brillant rłęcital quĺ─˘elle donne łŢ la Salle Verdi de Milano.
Laurence Kayaleh vient de rłęaliser deux disques pour la compagnie Naxos consacrłęs łŢ lĺ─˘intłęgrale des ëýuvres pour violon et piano du compositeur russe Nicolałě Medtner, avec au piano le canadien Paul Stewart. Elle joue un superbe Guarnerius (1742) qui a appartenu au cłęlł«bre violoniste et płędagogue, Carl Flesch.
Paul Stewart, piano
ĺ─Ârenversantĺ─Â.dĺ─˘une łęlłęgance hors du commun, alliłęe łŢ une profondeur de sentiment, un parfait łęquilibre entre la couleur et lĺ─˘architectureĺ─ÂStewart sculpte le son avec lĺ─˘assurance instinctive dĺ─˘une panthł«re łŢ lĺ─˘affut dĺ─˘une proieĺ─ (American Record Guide) 
Pour la troisił«me fois dans le cadre de la słęrie Topaze, le talentueux pianiste canadien Paul Stewart sera lĺ─˘hłąte de la Sociłętłę Pro Musica, ce dimanche 28 mars, mais cette fois-ci aux cłątłęs de la violoniste Laurence Kayaleh.
Originaire de la Nouvelle-łÔcosse, Paul Stewart sĺ─˘est dĺ─˘abord fait connałĂtre en 1981 en remplał▀ant au pied levłę un pianiste qui devait interprłęter le Concerto pour piano no 1 de Tchałěkovski avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Toronto. Aujourdĺ─˘hui, il fait partie des pianistes canadiens les plus estimłęs et les plus actifs. En effet, il sĺ─˘est produit comme soliste avec les orchestres symphoniques de Toronto, Montrłęal, Winnipeg et Vancouver, lĺ─˘Orchestre du Centre national des Arts dĺ─˘Ottawa et lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal pour nĺ─˘en nommer que quelques uns, ici et łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger. En 1996, il fait une apparition trł«s rłęussie ĺ─ý  diffusłęe par la BBC ĺ─ý au Wigmore Hall de Londres et  interprł«te le Concerto pour piano no 4 de Rachmaninoff au Conservatoire de Moscou, accompagnłę par lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de la radio de Moscou. Cette prestation a łętłę dĺ─˘abord diffusłęe łŢ la radio dans lĺ─˘ensemble de la Russie pour łütre ensuite acclamłęe sur disque.
Paul Stewart donne de nombreux rłęcitals au Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis (Carnegie Hall et Lincoln Center łŢ New York, et Kennedy Center łŢ Washington), en Europe et en Asie. On peut lĺ─˘entendre frłęquemment sur les ondes de  Radio-Canada, CBC, BBC, RAI et Deutsche Welle. Rłęcemment, il a effectułę une tournłęe au Japon et dans le sud de lĺ─˘Asie.
Une partie importante de sa carrił«re est łęgalement consacrłęe łŢ la musique de chambre et łŢ  lĺ─˘accompagnement. Paul Stewart a ainsi collaborłę avec de nombreux artistes renommłęs, tels que James Campbell, James Ehnes, Maureen Forrester, Rivka Golani, Ben Heppner, Jessie Norman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, les quatuors łŢ cordes de Leipzig et de Moscou, ainsi que les chefs Franz-Paul Decker, Charles Dutoit et Pinchas Zukerman.
Parmi ses enregistrements, on peut nommer Young Apollo, de Benjamin Britten, des lieder et transcriptions de Schubert. Un autre enregistrement łŢ souligner serait  le disque  consacrłę au Concerto pour piano no 4 de Rachmaninoff et łŢ la Sonate Vent Nocturne de Nicolałě Medtner. En 2007 et 2008, deux volumes des sonates pour violon et piano de Medtner ont vu le jour sous łętiquette Naxos, en collaboration avec la violoniste  Laurence Kayaleh. Il travaille prłęsentement łŢ lĺ─˘enregistrement de lĺ─˘intłęgrale des sonates et des ëýuvres de musique de chambre de Nicolałě Medtner pour la maison Naxos. Paul Stewart est professeur agrłęgłę łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.  

Programme 
                        Brahms, Scherzo en ut mineur de la sonate Č┤F.A.E.Ȭ, WoO, posth. 2
                        Walton, Sonate
                        Leclair, Sonate no 3 en rłę majeur, op. 9
                        Ravel, Sonate en sol majeur 
Les billets de concert, au coł¬t de 30 $, et 15 $ pour les łętudiants (taxes et redevances en sus), sont en vente łŢ la billetterie de la Place des Arts (514) 842-2112.

Complete Chamber works of GyłĆrgy Kurtł░g with Cimbalom

(BOSTON - MARCH 2010)  The Ludovico Ensemble, an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Boston Conservatory, presents a concert of the "Complete Chamber works of GyłĆrgy Kurtł░g with Cimbalom" featuring Nicholas Tolle playing cimbalom. Performance takes place Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at The Boston Conservatory's Seully Hall (8 The Fenway, Boston). General admission tickets are $12 and $7 for seniors. Admission is free for all students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets or by calling (617) 912-9222.

The concert program includes:
Memory of a Winter Evening (op. 8) four fragments for soprano, violin and cimbalom
Aliana de la Guardia (soprano) and Gabriela Diaz (violin)

Tri Pezzi/Tre Alrti Pezzi (op. 38) clarinet and cimbalom
Rane Moore (clarinet)

Scenes from a Novel (op. 19) for soprano, violin, double-bass and cimbalom
Aliana de la Guardia (soprano), Gabriela Diaz (violin), and Akiko Kikuchi (bass)

Jł░tłękok(selections) for solo cimbalom

Seven Songs (op. 22) for soprano and cimbalom
Aliana de la Guardia (soprano)

Eight Duos (op. 4) for violin and cimbalom
Gabriela Diaz (violin)
GYł˝RGY KURTł┼G made enormous contributions to the repertoire for cimbalom. His output for the instrument is more substantial than any other composer of his generation, and this concert offers a rare chance to hear all of his pieces for cimbalom and small ensemble, and a rare opportunity to hear the cimbalom in any context.
 
Described by the New York Times as "virtuosic" and by the Albany Times-Union as "amazingly skilled," percussionist/cimbalomist NICHOLAS TOLLE  recently performed the solo cimbalom part in Pierre Boulez' Repons in Lucerne, Switzerland with the composer conducting. His performance of Steven Mackey's Five Animated Shorts for solo cimbalom and ensemble with Collage New Music was praised by the Boston Globe and the Boston Musical Intelligencer. He began playing cimbalom in 2007 after being inspired to learn the instrument by the music of GyłĆrgy Kurtł░g.  As a percussionist, he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Nederlands Radio Kamer Philharmonie, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Lyric Opera, and Cantata Singers; and attended the Tanglewood Music Center, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop, the Aspen Music Festival, and has been a guest teacher at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany and the Arnhem (NL) Conservatorium. Tolle is the founder and director of the Ludovico Ensemble, a founding member of Ensemble XII and a core-member of the Callithumpian Consort. Studies at the Boston, Amsterdam, and New England Conservatories.

The cimbalom was invented in Budapest in 1874. While it is primarily associated with Gypsy music, a number of Western composers have written for it, including Stravinsky, Bartok, Boulez, Maxwell Davies, Birtwistle, Eotvos, Kurtł░g and others. 

Solti Foundation U.S. announces awards to two young American conductors

Yaniv Attar, Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra,
awarded 2010 Career Development Award
and
Christopher Hill, Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra,
awarded 2010 Career Assistance Award
by The Solti Foundation U.S.

Evanston, Illinois ĺ─ý The Solti Foundation U.S. is pleased to announce that it has awarded a 2010 Career Development Award and a 2010 Career Assistance Award to two young, accomplished conductors.  These awards, given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers, may be used for a variety of career development needs.

Yaniv Attar, Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2008, is the recipient of the 2010 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award.  Mr. Attar, who holds the Bruno Walter Conducting Chair at the ASO, has also worked with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan, and the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Romania. The $5,000 grant, given every two years, was previously been awarded in 2008 to Joseph F. Young, now working with the Buffalo Philharmonic as a member of the League of American Orchestrasĺ─˘ American Conducting Fellows program. 

Christopher Hill, Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in New Hampshire, is the recipient of a 2010 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.  In addition to his work with the PSO, Mr. Hill recently served as director of orchestras at the University of New Hampshire and guested with the Richmond Symphony in Virginia.  Introduced in 2009, the Career Assistance Award is given annually, with the number and amount(s) determined at the discretion of the Artistic and Awards Committee.  Former recipients of the award include James Feddeck, Assistant Conductor, Cleveland Orchestra; Kelly Kuo, Assistant Conductor, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Case Scaglione, Music Director, YMF Debut Orchestra (Los Angeles, CA).

 The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a grant of $10,000, to be introduced in late spring  2010. Application deadline is May 15, 2010. The award will be given to an American conductor 35 years  of age or younger.

Vladimir Ashkenazy leads The Cleveland Orchestra in concerts featuring his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Severance Hall on March 18 and 20

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Prokofievĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1

CLEVELAND, March 5, 2010 ĺ─ý Vladimir Askenazy, principal conductor and artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring his orchestration of Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Pictures at an Exhibition at Severance Hall on Thursday, March 18, and Saturday, March 20, at 8:00 p.m.  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut in performances of Prokofievĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1.
            The program begins with a suite, compiled by Mr. Ashkenazy, from Sergei Prokofievĺ─˘s ballet Romeo and Juliet, followed by Prokofievĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Opus 10. After intermission, the program concludes with Modest Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Pictures at an Exhibition (transcribed for orchestra by Vladimir Ashkenazy).
            Pianist, chamber musician, and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy has been a welcome guest with The Cleveland Orchestra for more than 40 years.  Since making his Cleveland Orchestra debut as piano soloist in August 1968, he has appeared with the Orchestra in more than 150 concerts.  From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Ashkenazy served as the Orchestraĺ─˘s principal guest conductor, having conducted the ensemble on a regular basis since his Severance Hall podium debut in 1983.  
For more than two decades, Mr. Ashkenazy has appeared primarily as a conductor, leading orchestras across the world.  He has served as chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (1998 to 2003) and music director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo (2004 to 2007).   In January 2009, he became principal conductor and artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Ashkenazy continues his longstanding relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra, of which he was appointed conductor laureate in 2000.  He is also music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom he tours each year, and conductor laureate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
            French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet was invited by Sir George Solti to make his debut with the Orchestre de Paris in 1995 and is considered the conductorĺ─˘s last discovery.  The pianist has maintained a close relationship with Pierre Boulez since their first appearance together with the Orchestre de Paris in 1998.  Among his numerous recital appearances, he performed a cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing during the 2008-09 season.  In 2009, Mr. Bavouzet performed all five Prokofiev concertos with the Warsaw Philharmonic.  His recording of Debussyĺ─˘s complete works for solo piano has won multiple awards.
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            These concerts are sponsored by Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP.
            Jean-Efflam Bavouzetĺ─˘s appearance as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a contribution to the Orchestraĺ─˘s Guest Artist Fund from The Gerhard Foundation.
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            The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2009-10 season at Severance Hall is sponsored by UBS.  Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is a global firm providing services to private, corporate and institutional clients.  Its strategy is to focus on international wealth management and the Swiss banking business alongside its global expertise in investment banking and asset management.  In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.
UBS is a significant supporter of orchestral music globally.  In addition to its season sponsorship of The Cleveland Orchestra, the firm currently sponsors several other outstanding symphony orchestras, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra.  These partnerships reflect UBSĺ─˘s dedication to supporting the communities where it operates, as well as a philosophy of working collaboratively with its clients to deliver the customized solutions that help them pursue their goals.
            More biographical information on Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet follows at the end of this release. 

TICKET PRICES (Add $5 for Saturday): Orchestra: $71, $47; Dress Circle: $93, $55; Balcony: $71, $55, $31.

TICKET SERVICES:
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard.  Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale.
Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours: 
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.
To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular ticket office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com.  The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings.

FREE CONCERT PREVIEWS:
Concert Previews will be given prior to the March 18 and 20 concerts, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Reinberger Chamber Hall.  The Previews, titled ĺ─˙Orchestrating Musical Pictures,ĺ─¨ will be given by David Rothenberg, professor of music at Case Western Reserve UniversityConcert Previews are designed to enrich the concert-going experience by providing historical background and critical insight into the music performed at each concert.  This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.

PARKING: 
For evening subscription concerts at Severance Hall, parking can be purchased for $10 per vehicle, when space permits, in the Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall).  Pre-paid parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance through the Ticket Office at the cost of $14 per concert (this includes City of Cleveland parking tax and handling fee).  The pre-paid parking ensures patrons a parking space, but availability of these pre-paid parking passes is limited.
            For further information, or to order pre-paid parking, patrons should call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office during regular office hours at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  Pre-paid parking passes are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com.

Manchester Camerata signs Gł░bor Takł░cs-Nagy as its new Music Director

Manchester Camerata has appointed the great Hungarian musician Gł░bor Takł░cs-Nagy as its new Music Director.  Internationally known as a chamber music player and a founding member of the Takł░cs Quartet, Gł░bor is now establishing a formidable reputation for himself as a conductor. The fact that he will be pursuing the next phase of his career in Manchester is a real coup for the orchestra and for the city. Gł░bor will take over from Douglas Boyd as Music Director in September 2011.

Building on the success of the Boyd/Camerata era, Gł░bor will work closely with this leading chamber orchestra which is full of Mancunian energy, humour and creativity.  This new partnership promises to be quite exceptional. It is a partnership which will not only benefit the orchestra and its audiences but will reinforce the international dimension of Manchesterĺ─˘s cultural life too.

Beyond the natural creative chemistry which exists between the Camerata musicians and their new music director, the appointment also represents something of a homecoming for Gabor and his wife, who is originally from Burnley, Lancashire.

Gł░borĺ─˘s conducting career began in 2005. He now holds posts at the MAV symphony orchestra in Budapest, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and will appear as guest conductor with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Forthcoming highlights include concerts with Martha Argerich and a tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Speaking about his Manchester Camerata appointment, Gł░bor said:

ĺ─˙To find such a wonderful group of artists such as Camerata, such warm audiences as those in Manchester, is a joy. I look forward to many years of making and sharing music in your great city.ĺ─¨

Announcing the appointment, Manchester Camerata Board and CEO Bob Riley stated:

ĺ─˙We have been fortunate to work with Dougie Boyd for 10 years, during which the orchestra has achieved some remarkable things. We are more fortunate still that this work can be continued with such a musician as Gł░bor. Orchestra member musicians were involved in the process leading to his appointment and so we look forward with certainty to the flourishing of this musical relationship. It is with great excitement that we look ahead to Manchester Camerataĺ─˘s future, both nationally and internationally.ĺ─¨

Welcoming the appointment of his successor, Douglas Boyd said:

"Manchester Camerata has been a huge part of my life for the last 9 years.  I have been so fortunate to make music with such a dedicated group of musicians. My dream has always been, at some stage, to hand the baton on to a wonderful musician who can inspire the orchestra and continue to develop this dynamic organisation. I am delighted that the orchestra and Gł░bor have found each other. I am absolutely sure that together they will forge an exciting future for Manchester Camerata."

Art of Time's Songbook 4 to feature Gregory Hoskins

Art of Time Ensemble
-       Andrew Burashko, Artistic Director-
presents
The Songbook 4

Featuring Gregory Hoskins
performing an eclectic set of twelve of his favourite songs,
accompanied by the Art of Time Ensemble

Tuesday May 25 - Wednesday May 26, 2010, 8PM
Enwave Theatre | 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $19-$49         Box Office: 416-973-4000

Toronto, March 4, 2010- The acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble, under the Artistic Direction of Andrew Burashko, is pleased to present The Songbook 4, featuring Canadian singer Gregory Hoskins, on Tuesday May 25 and Wednesday May 26, 2010 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre.

The Songbook 4
has Gregory Hoskins performing an eclectic set of 12 of his favourite songs including original material and covers by Paul Simon, Nick Cave, Gordon Lightfoot, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Jane Siberry, Cole Porter, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and others in innovative new arrangements by acclaimed composers, accompanied by some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in the country.
The Musicians:
 Andrew Burashko Piano
Benjamin Bowman Violin
Phil Dwyer Sax
Rachel Mercer Cello
Rob Piltch Guitar
Joe Phillips Bass

The Arrangers:
 Bryden Baird (Feist's collaborator)
Gavin Bryars
Robert Carli
Aaron Davis
Hilario Duran
Jonathan Goldsmith
Michael Occhipinti
Dann Parr
Cameron Wilson

Gregory Hoskins
released his first recording for True North Records with his band The Stickpeople at the age of 27.  Both 1991's Moon Come Up and 1993's follow-up Raids On The Unspeakable established Hoskins as a new voice on the Canadian music scene but after a slew of singles, videos, and road work he dissolved the band in 1995 and disappeared. After a mysterious six-year withdrawal from the music business, Hoskins re-emerged in 2001 with the remarkable solo CD, The King of Good Intentions, praised by critics for its "quiet soul, haunting voice, and lyrics (that) speak of the hard lessons he has obviously learned over the last decade."

Between February 2007 and May 2008, he released 3 recordings: the studio recording The Beggar Heart featuring a searing duet with Serena Ryder on "Never A Stranger Kiss"; his first live recording and DVD Pleasure & Relief; and a "solo acoustic" compilation Alone In The Mayor's House...Almost for U.S. label Candy Rat Records.

Hoskins has opened for Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, the Neville Brothers, Bruce Cockburn, Rickie Lee Jones, Hawksley Workman and folk-legend Odetta among many others. He currently lives and works musically on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario,

Previous Art of Time productions have met with high praise. J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail notes the recent sold out Brasil concerts "presented a fał▀ade of effortless grace that belied how much was going on beneath the surface... ravishing." John Terauds of The Toronto Star calls the group in performance "a delicate balance between classical expression and modern sensibility... as memorable as the creativity behind them."

Art of Time provides a unique musical experience that breaks down barriers between artistic and musical disciplines, and reveals the vibrancy of classical music as a contemporary artistic expression, appealing to a range of audiences.

Quatuor Diotima - concert exclusif au Canada


Samedi 17 avril 2010 20 h
Thłęłótre Centennial ĺ─ý Universitłę Bishop, Sherbrooke

Rłęgulier $26.00, AłĂnłę (60+) $15.00, łÔtudiant (avec carte) $15.00  
Billetterie : 819-822-9692

Programme :  le Quatuor # 1 (Kreutzer) de Leos Janacek, le Quatuor opus 56 de George Onslow et Ainsi la nuit dĺ─˘Henri Dutilleux.

Diplłąmłęs des conservatoires de musique de Paris et de Lyon, les membres de ce remarquable quatuor franł▀ais ont pris un engagement spirituel en faveur de la musique contemporaine. Reconnu comme lĺ─˘un des meilleurs espoirs franł▀ais, le Diotima ne fait pas mentir son nom, tirłę dĺ─˘une ëýuvre du compositeur contemporain Luigi Nono, Fragmente ĺ─ý Stille, an Diotima. Voici ce que le Nouvel Observateur (2006) dit łŢ propos de leur exłęcution dĺ─˘une ëýuvre de Janacek : Č┤ On est surpris par la gravitłę, le lyrisme, lĺ─˘unitłę du discours et la splendeur sonore, de bout en bout passionnants. Č¬

DanceWorks presents Nova Bhattacharya

DanceWorks presents
Ipsita Nova Dance Projects'
Isolated Incidents

Toronto, March 4, 2010-    Smart, sexy and engaging, Isolated Incidents is a collection of solos tracing random incidents in one woman's life.  Celebrated as one of Canada's favourite dance artists, Nova Bhattacharya breathes rich life into the spectrum between classical bharatanatyam and contemporary dance.

Each solo brings a new glimpse into the transformative journey of this eloquent performer who has been described in turns as "sly and dreamily contemplative" (Now Magazine), "a contained goddess" (Globe & Mail) and "a mischievous visitor from another world" (Młžrkische Allemeine).

Bhattacharya's new work is an evening of graceful precision, haunting simplicity and a few surprises.

Co-commissioned by the Canada Dance Festival 2010 and DanceWorks.

ëŢone woman, several moments in time

DanceWorks presents Ipsita Nova Dance Projects' Isolated Incidents
Choreographed / featuring Nova Bhattacharya
Original score by Ed Hanley
Lighting design by Marc Parent
Part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps
Thursday May 13 - Saturday May 15 | 8PM
at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Regular Tickets: Adults $28, (Students/Seniors $18)
Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online at danceworks.ca

Season Announcement: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 2010-2011 Season

Seventeen Guest Conductors Will Showcase Their Artistry in Classical Programs as
the Orchestra Continues its Search for a New Music Director 

Season Highlights Include Renowned Violinists Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Midori; Pianist
Andrłę Watts; Versatile Performer Wayne Brady, Cirque de la Symphonie, Plus Special Events Featuring Legendary Singer and Actress Liza Minnelli and Dennis DeYoung Performing the Music of Styx

               INDIANAPOLIS ĺ─ý The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced today its 2010-2011 season of Classical, Pops and Family series concerts and Special Events that will feature some of the great artists of our time, including violin sensations Joshua Bell and Midori, who will perform the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Concertos, respectively; a one-night-only Opening Night Gala appearance by Itzhak Perlman, who will conduct and perform as violin soloist; and renowned pianist Andrłę Watts performing Beethovenĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨ Concerto. 

The ISOĺ─˘s diverse and colorful Pops lineup includes versatile actor and singer Wayne Brady, the return by popular demand of new and updated productions of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and Cirque de la Symphonie, plus Live & Let Die:  The Music of Paul McCartney featuring Classical Mystery Tourĺ─˘s Tony Kishman as Paul. Other Special Events will feature one-night-only performances by legendary singer and actress Liza Minnelli in October, plus the music of 1970s and ĺ─˛80s rock band Styx performed by one of its founding members, Dennis DeYoung, in March 2011 among the many highlights of the indoor season at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

ĺ─˙We are very proud of the high quality and extraordinary variety of programs in our 2010-2011 season,ĺ─¨ said Simon Crookall, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. ĺ─˙As we continue our search for a new Music Director, the Orchestra will be joined by some of the brightest conducting talent available, with some return visits and some debuts. The outstanding quality of our guest artists, in both Classical and Pops programs, will make every event at the Hilbert Circle Theatre an extraordinary experience.ĺ─¨

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCTORS AND VIRTUOSO SOLOISTS HIGHLIGHT CLASSICAL SEASON

               The spotlight this year will be on the podium as the Orchestra continues the search for its seventh Music Director, and on center stage, where some of the great classical artists of our time will showcase their superb artistry.

Renowned maestros who will return to the Hilbert Circle Theatre podium include the ISOĺ─˘s Conductor Laureate, Raymond Leppard, plus guests Juanjo Mena, James Gaffigan, Gilbert Varga, Carlo Rizzi, Jun Młžrkl, Douglas Boyd, Ludovic Morlot, Jakub Hrusa, Robert Spano, Mark Wigglesworth, Arild Remmereit, Pietari Inkinen and Hannu Lintu. Conductors who will lead the ISO for the first time include Juraj Valcuha, Joanna Carneiro, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Christoph Eberle.

In addition to superstars Bell, Perlman, Midori, and Watts, other artists who return to perform with the Orchestra this season will include pianists Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, Alexander Toradze, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Ingrid Fliter; violinists Karen Gomyo, James Ehnes, and 2002 International Violin Competition Gold Medalist Barnabł░s Kelemen; plus percussionist Colin Currie and string trio Time for Three.  ISO musicians who will perform as soloists will include Concertmaster Zach De Pue, Principal Viola Michael Isaac Strauss and Principal Clarinet David Bellman.  Soloists who will make their ISO debuts will include pianists Jeremy Denk and Antti Siirala, cellist Zuill Bailey and vocalists Sarah Tynan (Soprano), Thomas Cooley (Tenor) and Matthew Rose (Baritone). 

LILLY CLASSICAL SERIES & SYMPHONIC HITS POWERED BY LILLY FEATURE
MANY POPULAR ORCHESTRAL MASTERPIECES

               The Indianapolis Symphonyĺ─˘s 20-program Lilly Classical Series and Symphonic Hits powered by Lilly will feature a mix of timeless masterpieces that span more than 200 years in classical music history.  Among the symphonic highlights this season will be four of Ludwig van Beethovenĺ─˘s symphonies, including the powerful Symphony No. 9 and expressive Symphony No. 6 (ĺ─˙Pastoraleĺ─¨), Gustav Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartĺ─˘s Symphony No. 40, Franz Joseph Haydnĺ─˘s The Creation, Johannes Brahmsĺ─˘ Symphony No. 4, Błęla Bartłäkĺ─˘s Concerto for Orchestra, Hector Berliozĺ─˘ Symphonie fantastique, Ottorino Resphighiĺ─˘s The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome, Cesar Franckĺ─˘s Symphony in D Minor and Antonin Dvo뢳░kĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8.

The season also will spotlight numerous crown jewels in the concerto repertoire, including Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 5 (ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨), Piano Concerto No. 1, and his Violin Concerto, Dvo뢳░kĺ─˘s Cello Concerto, Franz Lisztĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Totentanz, Camille Saint-Sał┤nsĺ─˘ Piano Concerto No. 2, Piotr Illych Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Violin Concerto, Antonio Vivaldiĺ─˘s The Four Seasons, Jean Sibeliusĺ─˘ Violin Concerto and Brahmsĺ─˘ Piano Concerto No. 1.

   Many of these works will be a part of the Orchestraĺ─˘s six-weekend Symphonic Hits powered by Lilly programs, which offer affordable ticket prices, emerging classical artists and signature works that are among the most popular in classical music. In addition, all Symphonic Hits concerts feature Sound Off, the casual pre-concert chat with ISO musicians, and Reverb, the post-concert cocktail hour in the theatre lobby. All Symphonic Hits concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Prior to single tickets going on sale in August, Symphonic Hits concerts can be ordered via the flexible Your Season Your Way option or through a Symphony on Demand voucher packet (See Season Calendar for Symphonic Hits Programs). 

The Classical Series programs spotlight established artists, many of whom are Indianapolis audience favorites, and an eclectic blend of popular and critically acclaimed works that are presented in a more traditional concert format.  Prior to each Classical Series concert is the 30-minute, J. K. Family Foundation Words on Music program featuring conductors, guest artists and ISO musicians. These 14 concert-weekends may be ordered through traditional subscription packages.

CLAUDE BAKER WORLD PREMIERE & OTHER CONTEMPORARY WORKS

As part of the Indianapolis Symphonyĺ─˘s continued commitment to creating new works and celebrating the music of living composers, the ISO, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition have commissioned a new Piano Concerto by former Saint Louis Symphony Composer-in-Residence and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Chancellor of Composition Claude Baker that will be performed by noted pianist Marc-Andrłę Hamelin.  Other works by living composers will include John Adamsĺ─˘ Lollapalooza and renowned Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaaraĺ─˘s Incantations featuring percussionist Colin Currie as soloist.

The ISO has joined eight orchestras across the country to commission a piece written by composer Chris Brubeck for its own ensemble-in-residence Time for Three. The concerto, Travels in Time for Three, premieres this season with the Youngstown Symphony and is a mix of musical genres from jazz to country, Irish folk music to funk and gospel to classical. Also to be announced will be the selection of a contemporary work from a young composer that will earn the ISOĺ─˘s Marilyn K. Glick Young Composer Award and will be performed as part of the Lilly Classical Series.

LEGENDARY VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN CONDUCTS & PERFORMS AT GALA CONCERT

               One of the great classical artists of our time, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman will return to the Hilbert Circle Theatre in the Orchestraĺ─˘s Gala concert on October 2, at 6 p.m. Perlman conducts and performs two works by Mozart ĺ─ý the Adagio in E Major and the Rondo in C Major ĺ─ý and will conduct the ISO in two orchestral works by Dvo뢳░k ĺ─ý the Serenade for Strings and the popular ĺ─˙New Worldĺ─¨ Symphony This annual event features a pre-concert reception with delicacies from local restaurants and a post-concert gourmet dinner under the large tent on Monument Circle and is the official kickoff to the Orchestraĺ─˘s season.

JACK EVERLYĺ─˘S DIVERSE PRINTING PARTNERS POPS SERIES & STRATFORD AT WEST CLAY
COFFEE POPS SERIES SEASON HEADLINES WITH EMMY AWARD-WINNER WAYNE BRADY;
NEW START TIME FOR SUNDAY CONCERTS

A North American leader in innovative pops series programming, Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will conduct six of the eight Printing Partners Pops Series programs featuring a broad spectrum of artists and musical styles. Headlining this yearĺ─˘s Pops season will be versatile Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady, who will showcase his prowess as a singer and dancer in his ISO debut, plus the return of new and revised versions of the colorful Cirque de la Symphonie and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, the latter created and conducted by Indiana native and Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty. 

Other exciting Pops programs will include Live and Let Die:  The Music of Paul McCartney featuring Classical Mystery Tourĺ─˘s Tony Kishman as Paul, two-time Grammy Award winning soprano Sylvia McNair performing her new cabaret show plus the legendary vocal quartet The Four Freshman presenting many of their hits.  Noted jazz and cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway will be joined by her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, for a weekend that will feature performances of many of their favorite songs plus other signature works from their careers in a program titled Sibling Revelry. In addition, Broadway leading lady Ashley Brown, who starred in Mary Poppins on the Great White Way, joins Maestro Everly and the ISO to perform many Broadway favorites, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will sing The Great Choruses of Hollywood and Broadway to round out the Pops season.

In the 2010-2011 season, Sunday Pops Series concerts will move to 3 p.m. from 7 p.m.

SANDI PATTY HOSTS 25th ANNIVERSARY OF DUKE ENERGY YULETIDE CELEBRATION

               An Indianapolis audience favorite, versatile singer Sandi Patty returns to join Maestro Everly and the ISO to perform the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Orchestraĺ─˘s holiday spectacular, Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration Friday, December 3 through Thursday, December 23.  An Indiana holiday tradition, Yuletide Celebration features a talented cast of singers and dancers, larger-than-life puppetry and the traditional ĺ─˙Tap-Dancing Santasĺ─¨ in a massive Broadway-style holiday presentation that attracts more than 40,000 people to the Hilbert Circle Theatre in December. 

SPECIAL EVENTS ĺ─ý LIZA MINNELLI, DENNIS DeYOUNG PERFORMS THE MUSIC OF STYX,
PINK MARTINI AMONG HIGHLIGHTS IN WIDE VARIETY OF SINGLE EVENTS

Headlining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010-2011 Season of special event concerts will be the highly anticipated ISO debut of legendary star of stage and screen Liza Minnelli, who will perform many of her signature works plus other pop standards and will share stories about her illustrious career in one concert on October 30. The Orchestra also will host noted rock star Dennis DeYoung, one of the founding members of the groundbreaking rock band Styx, to perform many of the bandĺ─˘s hits from the 1970s and ĺ─˛80s on March 31. 

               Holiday special events will include a Thanksgiving week concert featuring versatile classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop crossover band Pink Martini on November 22, the 12th annual Classical Christmas concert led by ISO Conductor Laureate Raymond Leppard on December 11 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Ballroom, the Orchestraĺ─˘s presentation of George Frideric Handelĺ─˘s popular liturgical oratorio masterpiece Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 0n December 18 at Clowes Memorial Hall, and the ever-popular New Yearĺ─˘s Eve in Vienna concert on December 31 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.   The ISO will celebrate the significant contributions of African-American artists and culture on the world of music in the 26th edition of its Celebration of Black History concert February 8.

DOW AGROSCIENCES FAMILY SERIES SERVES YOUNG AUDIENCES

               Since 1984, a key element of the Orchestraĺ─˘s mission is its programming for young audiences through the Dow AgroSciences Family Series concerts. This series features thematic programs of shorter classical and popular works performed in concerts that are one-hour long and designed especially for young listeners. This year the ISO will present an exciting, colorful and engaging lineup of Family Series programs to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages. As an added treat, before each concert audiences are invited to go on a ĺ─˙Music Explorerĺ─¨ journey to many interactive activities located in the lobby, and after the performance, guest artists meet informally with the audience near the stage for ĺ─˙Family Chatĺ─¨ discussions about the program. This year, Family Series concerts will be performed on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

The Dow AgroSciences Family Series kicks off on November 7 with The Classical Clown:  A Comedy Concerto starring noted actor and mime Dan Kamin, and features the popular puppet theater troupe Enchantment Theatre Company presenting its colorful production of Scheherazade February 27, and engaging guest conductor Thomas Wilkins will direct a program of lively majestic and inspirational melodies from classical music and film scores in Letĺ─˘s Get Moving on April 17.  The series also includes the December 5, 6 p.m. performance of Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration starring Sandi Patty.

STELLA ARTOIS HAPPY HOUR AT THE SYMPHONY RETURNS WITH PROGRAMMING CREATED BY ISO ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE, TIME FOR THREE

               The ISOĺ─˘s ensemble-in-residence Time for Three (with ISO concertmaster Zach De Pue) and conductor Steve Hackman return to program the Indianapolis Symphonyĺ─˘s Stella Artois Happy Hour at the Symphony series. These four concerts feature familiar and popular classical works and contemporary music as well as original tunes written by the Time for Three and are designed to introduce new audiences to symphonic music. Patrons to Happy Hour at the Symphony are invited to sample appetizers and drinks from local restaurants during the pre-concert mix and mingle event and may take part in an after-party gathering at a local restaurant after the hour-long concert. Doors to the Happy Hour at the Symphony concerts open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30. Dates for this seasonĺ─˘s Happy Hour will be announced in the near future.

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

The Indianapolis Symphony provides three options to music lovers who wish to subscribe. The traditional subscription package features a minimum of seven concerts in a package that provides the patron with the same seat for every performance in their package and the added benefit of a flexible exchange policy. The Your Season Your Way option allows patrons to create their own subscription package by choosing a minimum of five performances, with escalating discounted prices per seat as the buyer orders additional performances, and the Symphony on Demand option provides six or twelve vouchers that may be used in any combination for any subscription concert to provide ultimate schedule flexibility.

The public may renew current subscriptions or become a new subscriber beginning Friday, March 5, by visiting the ISOĺ─˘s website at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org, by phone at (317) 639-4300, by mail or in person at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office.  Subscribers who renew by Friday, April 16, will receive a ten-percent ĺ─˙Early Bird Discountĺ─¨ on their subscription package.  The deadline for subscription renewal is Monday, May 17.

All Special Event tickets will be on sale to subscribers beginning March 5, with a ten-percent price discount for subscribers and will go on sale along with other single tickets to the general public on August 23.  For more information about all Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presentations, call the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300.  Outside Indianapolis call toll free (800) 366-8457.

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Founded in 1930, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is the largest professional performing arts organization in Indiana, is one of only 17 full-time year-rounds orchestras in North America, and performs 200 concerts each year for more than 350,000 people.  Renowned for its 79-year legacy of acclaimed recordings, nationwide radio broadcasts and service to the community, the ISO serves a broad spectrum of audiences via classical, pops, family, holiday, educational and free community outreach concert programs.  A key part of the Orchestraĺ─˘s mission is education, and its diverse programs earned the Mayorĺ─˘s Award for Excellence in Education from the City of Indianapolis.  ISO musicians and staff have created 20 different pioneering learning opportunities that serve nearly 100,000 Hoosiers annually comprising audiences of all ages that are inspired by the power of music.

Monique Giroux aux Victoires de la Musique łŢ Paris

MONIQUE GIROUX VENDREDI ET LUNDI : 

DEUX łÔMISSIONS SUR

LES VICTOIRES DE LA MUSIQUE ł─ PARIS


Montrłęal, jeudi 4 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Ce week-end, Monique Giroux se rend en France łŢ lĺ─˘occasion des Victoires de la Musique, un grand łęvłęnement artistique et musical qui souligne son 25e anniversaire cette annłęe, et qui se dłęroulera samedi dans la mythique salle du Złęnith łŢ Paris. Les 5 et 8 mars łŢ 16 h, dans le cadre de son łęmission sur Espace musique (100,7 FM łŢ Montrłęal), lĺ─˘animatrice rendra compte de la fłębrilitłę et de lĺ─˘enthousiasme entourant ces Victoires, grłóce łŢ des rencontres, des visites et des entrevues un peu partout dans la capitale. Fait saillant cette annłęe, les Qułębłęcoises Ariane Moffatt et Cëýur de pirate sont en nomination, en plus de faire partie des artistes qui offriront une prestation pendant la cłęrłęmonie !

Vendredi 5 mars 16 h
Depuis la place des Victoires, Monique nous propose des entretiens rłęalisłęs avec Charles Aznavour, le prłęsident de ces 25e Victoires, et Nagui, lĺ─˘animateur de la soirłęe. De plus, elle se promł«nera dans les coulisses du Złęnith pendant les rłępłętitions afin de capter les impressions de Cëýur de pirate (en nomination pour la Č┤ Rłęvłęlation du public Č¬ et la Č┤ Chanson originale de lĺ─˘annłęe Č¬) et dĺ─˘Ariane Moffatt (en nomination dans la catłęgorie Č┤ Rłęvłęlation scł«ne de lĺ─˘annłęeȬ).

Lundi 8 mars 16 h
De la place du Qułębec, au surlendemain de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, lĺ─˘animatrice effectue un retour sur la soirłęe des Victoires avec Cëýur de Pirate et Ariane Moffatt. Auront-elles remportłę les prix pour lesquels elles łętaient en nomination? Monique Giroux rłęalisera łęgalement quelques entrevues avec des artistes dĺ─˘ici prłęsents en France : Catherine Major, Thomas Hellman et Pierre Lapointe. Elle fera le point sur les festivals europłęens qui recevront bientłąt des artistes qułębłęcois, dont Les Dłęferlantes de Porte-lł«s-Valences et Pully łŢ lĺ─˘heure du Qułębec en Suisse.

Ne ratez pas ces łęmissions spłęciales de Monique Giroux en direct de Paris, vendredi et lundi sur les ondes dĺ─˘Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.

Radio-Canada.ca/musique

Rłęalisation : Yves Bergeron

Portland Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Mandolin Virtuoso Chris Thile to Merrill Auditorium March 28

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ýThe Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is proud to present the New England premiere of a new concerto by acclaimed mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile at the upcoming Sunday Classical concert on Sunday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

This Sunday Classical concert is part of Mandolin Madness, a weekend-long collaboration of Portland Ovations, Portland Symphony Orchestra and Space Gallery. For details and special offers, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

Scott Terrell, music director of the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic, is the guest conductor for the concert, which opens with Aaron Coplandĺ─˘s Appalachian Spring in its original version for 13 instruments, followed by a late-Romantic work by Arnold Schoenberg, the powerful Verklłžrte Nacht, Op. 4 (ĺ─˙Transfigured Nightĺ─¨) for string orchestra.

This matinee performance will conclude with Thileĺ─˘s Mandolin Concerto (Ad astra per alia porci), co-commissioned by the PSO. This work has thrilled critics including the Denver Post

Thile is widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians of his generation. He played with the band Nickel Creek for fifteen years, recording three albums and receiving a Grammy in 2002. He also has released four solo albums and one album with double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer. Additionally, Thile has collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Bela Fleck, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush. Thile will be performing with his current band, Punch Brothers, at Merrill Auditorium on Friday, March 26.

Sponsored by Bath Savings Trust Company, the concert begins at 2:30 p.m., preceded by a Concert Conversation at 1:15 p.m. and followed by a PostConcert Q&A with the artists. A live recorded broadcast of the concert can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, April 14.

Thileĺ─˘s Mandolin Concerto is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or at www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

The PSOĺ─˘s 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.
who called Thile an ĺ─˙up-and-coming classical composer with almost unlimited potential,ĺ─¨ and his concerto ĺ─˙nothing short of astounding.ĺ─¨

PSA: Holy Rosary Cathedral presents Thierry Escaich (Composer, Improviser, Organist of St-łÔtienne-Du-Mont Church , Paris) in Recital April 17

Holy Rosary Cathedral presents

Thierry Escaich in Recital
Composer, Improviser, Organist of St-łÔtienne-Du-Mont Church, Paris
Friday April 17, 2010 ~ 8 pm
Holy Rosary Cathedral
Dunsmuir & Richards St, Vancouver BC

Tickets $35/Students & Seniors $25
Available at the door or at the Cathedral office (646 Richards)
info 604.682.6774

Holy Rosary Cathedral presents Thierry Escaich - one of France's leading organists, composers, and improvisers, and winner of the French "Composer of the Year" award - in concert with the 2889 pipes of the Cathedral organ. Escaich considers performance, composition, and improvisation as bound together, and each will be on prominent display during his recital on Friday, April 17 (8 pm). Audience members will see the performance on a giant screen at the front of the church, as well as hear it.

Organist at St-Etienne-du-Mont in Paris since 1997 (where he succeeded Maurice Duruflłę), Thierry Escaich is one of France's most distinguished organists, composers, and improvisers. Since 1990, when he ended his studies at the Paris Conservatoire having received eight first prizes, his first works have been rewarded with the Franco-American Florence Blumenthal Foundation prize, awarded unanimously by a jury made up of such figures as Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana. More prizes have followed - awarded by the French Institute and SACEM (including the Grand Prix de la musique symphonique in 2004) after he was awarded the Grand Prix des Lycłęens in 2002 en route to receiving the 2003 Victoires de la Musique Composer of the Year award.

Escaich's program begins with G. F. Handel's Concerto op.4 no. 5 in F major, followed by an Improvised Baroque Suite on a given theme and continues with J. S. Bach's Chorale Prelude "Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland"  BWV 659 , Escaich's own Evocation III (2006) (Paraphrase on the choral "Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland"), F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's "Andante, Recit" and "Allegro assai vivace" from Sonata op. 65 no. 4 in F major), and an Improvised Prelude and Fugue (in the Romantic style) on a given theme. The second half features Cinq Versets sur Victimae Paschali by Escaich, Jean Alain's Variations sur un thł«me de Clłęment Jannequin, "Litanies" and ends with an Improvised Prelude, Theme et Variations on a given theme.

"ëŢ an improviser of genius ëŢ Escaich is solidity itself, rhythmically rich, at times evoking J. Alain or Bartok."
Diapason

"ëŢ improvisations overflowing with imagination and pages of Bach mastery inspiring jubilation."

Le Monde de la Musique

"Escaich ... has produced a large body of musical compositions in all genres, and I have been particularly impressed by ... his orchestral music."
"... one of the world's finest improvisers, crafting immense and compelling works ... with no preparation ... he is one of the most impressive."
Fanfare, May/June 2009

This recital is possible due to the generous assistance of the French General Consulate in Vancouver, co-producers of the event.

Gilles Proulx , Martine St-Clair et Daniel Turp, porte-parole du 15e Radio-Don de Radio Ville-Marie

Montrłęal, 3 mars 2010 - L'animateur radio Gilles Proulx, la chanteuse Martine St-Clair et l'homme politique Daniel Turp prłęsideront le 15e Radio-Don de Radio Ville Marie qui se dłęroulera les 30 avril, 1er et 2 mai prochain.
Č┤ RVM, 15 ans de rendez vous Č¬
Pour son 15e anniversaire, Radio Ville Marie (CIRA-FM) organise un radio-don placłę sous le signe de la głęnłęrositłę et du partage : 50 heures d'łęmissions, 200 invitłęs spłęciaux et plus de 100 błęnłęvoles qui se relayeront pour recueillir la głęnłęrositłę des auditeurs. Pour cłęlłębrer cet anniversaire trł«s spłęcial, la station a dłęcidłę de remettre un prix hommage łŢ un grand artiste en reconnaissance pour sa contribution łŢ la culture qułębłęcoise, son nom sera dłęvoilłę en fin d'łęvłęnement, le 1er mai. Č┤ RVM joue un rłąle primordial sur le plan culturel. Nous tenons łŢ souligner des gens de chez nous qui nous font dłęcouvrir d'une manił«re exceptionnelle la beautłę et la richesse de notre patrimoine culturel. Č¬ prłęcise Jean-Guy Roy, le directeur głęnłęral.

Chaque annłęe ce grand moment de fłüte permet łŢ la station radiophonique, propriłętłę d'une sociłętłę łŢ but non lucratif, d'assurer une part importante de son dłęveloppement. Cette annłęe, sous le thł«me : Č┤ Pour vous. depuis 15 ans Č¬, l'objectif est de recueillir 140 000 $.

Radio Ville Marie a rłęussi łŢ s'imposer en tant que media spłęcialisłę et ouvert sur le monde. Avec 150 łęmissions par semaine, une programmation łŢ contenu diversifiłę et une large couverture de la province, le rłęseau rassemble aujourd'hui 506 000 auditeurs d'aprł«s un sondage Lłęger Marketing 2010. Radio Ville-Marie dispose de 6 frłęquences : Montrłęal (91.3 FM), Sherbrooke (100.3 FM), Trois-Rivił«res (89.9 FM), Rimouski (104.1 FM), Victoriaville (89.3 FM) et Gatineau (1350 AM) et d'une diffusion łŢ travers le monde via son site internet : www.radiovm.com.

AFM Canada Heads East in support of The East Coast Music Awards and Conference / La FAM Canada participe łŢ la Confłęrence des Prix de la musique de la cłąte Est au cap Breton en Nouvelle-łÔcosse

Toronto, ON  March 4, 2010 ĺ─ý  AFM Canada, the Canadian representatives of the American Federation of Musicians congratulates the many talented AFM members nominated for this yearĺ─˘s East Coast Music Awards.   From rising stars, like Halifax singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett, who has earned a remarkable eight nominations; to Sons of Maxwellĺ─˘s David Carroll whose notorious United Breaks Guitar anthem made international headlines, AFM members are proudly represented throughout the Atlantic Provinces.  

ĺ─˙The East Coast Music Awards and Conference are integral to the fabric of Canadaĺ─˘s entertainment industry,ĺ─¨ saysĺ─˘s Bill Skolnik, the AFM Vice President from Canada.  ĺ─˙We fully support their commitment to helping members of Atlantic Canadaĺ─˘s vibrant musical community continue to excel and take their rightful spot on the world stage.ĺ─¨

AFM Canada is also once again, delighted to represent their membership by hosting a panel presentation on this leading professional unionĺ─˘s benefits and member services.  Bill Skolnik, Vice President from Canada; Alan Willaert, International Representative; Humbert Martins, Musicians Pension Fund Representative; and Liana White, Director Administration and Services will be on hand to answer your questions on how AFM Canada can work for you.  Please join them on Saturday March 6th 4:30 to 5:30 at the Membertou Trades and Convention Centre, Kluskap Room D.

Liana White will also be a featured guest speaker in the Exporting Internationally ĺ─ý The Things You Donĺ─˘t Know! panel which takes place on Saturday, March 6th from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre - Muin Room.  The discussion, which focuses on best practices when considering or conducting business in the US and European markets, will call upon Ms. Whiteĺ─˘s expert advice and insights on obtaining US and Canadian work visas. 

Delegates are also invited to visit the AFM Conference booth located in the lobby of the Delta Sydney.  AFM Canada executives and staff will be available from 11am to 6pm from March 4th through 7th.  For more information about Canadian member benefits please visit www.afm.org.

2009 East Coast Music Award Winner and AFM member, Gordie Sampson is the featured artist in the March edition of AFMĺ─˘s International Musician (IM) Magazine.  In this cover story Gordie talks about his Grammy Award Winning song, Jesus, Take the Wheel, and his ĺ─˙enthusiastic support of AFM causesĺ─¨.   The AFMĺ─˘s IM Magazine is widely available throughout the ECMA Conference site and is circulated to over 90,000 members and additional subscribers across North America.

AFM Canada maintains an illustrious membership that includes Canadaĺ─˘s best and brightest professional musicians.  They are represented collectively in Eastern Canada by four of AFM Canadaĺ─˘s 27 local affiliates.

AFM Canada is a complementary yet independent office of the American Federation of Musicians, United States and Canada and is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues for its Canadian membership.  It is the leading professional organization of its kind available to Canadian musicians and represents over 17,000 professional musicians in Canada. In June 2009, AFM Canada celebrated its 30th Anniversary. For more information please visit our website, www.afm.org.
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La FAM Canada participe łŢ la Confłęrence des Prix de la musique de la
cłąte Est au cap Breton en Nouvelle-łÔcosse

POUR DIFFUSION IMMłÔDIATE Toronto, ON 4 mars 2010 ĺ─ý  La FAM Canada, le volet canadien de lĺ─˘American Federation of Musicians, fłęlicite les nombreux membres talentueux de la FAM mis en nomination cette annłęe dans le cadre des Prix de la musique de la cłąte Est. Dĺ─˘łętoiles montantes tel lĺ─˘auteur-compositeur de Halifax Joel Plaskett, avec ses huit nominations remarquables, łŢ David Carroll de Sons of Maxwell, dont la cłęlł«bre chanson Č┤ United Breaks Guitar Č¬ a dłęfrayłę la chronique internationale, les membres de la FAM sont fił«rement reprłęsentłęs dans les provinces de lĺ─˘Atlantique.

Dĺ─˘aprł«s Bill Skolnik, le vice-prłęsident canadien de la FAM, Č┤ La Confłęrence des Prix de la musique de la cłąte Est fait partie intłęgrale du tissu de lĺ─˘industrie du spectacle du Canada. Nous supportons totalement son engagement visant łŢ promouvoir lĺ─˘excellence continue de la vibrante communautłę musicale des provinces de lĺ─˘Atlantique, afin que ces artistes prennent la place qui leur revient sur la scł«ne internationale. Č¬

La FAM Canada est łęgalement enchantłęe de reprłęsenter ses membres en animant un panel sur les avantages et services offerts aux membres de cette importante fłędłęration professionnelle. Bill Skolnik, vice-prłęsident canadien; Alan Willaert, reprłęsentant international; Humbert Martins, reprłęsentant de la caisse de retraite des musiciens; et Liana White, directrice des services administratifs, seront sur place pour rłępondre łŢ vos questions concernant les services offerts par la FAM Canada łŢ ses membres. Vous łütes cordialement invitłęs łŢ vous joindre łŢ eux le samedi 6 mars de 16 h 30 łŢ 17 h 30 dans la Kluskap salle D, Membertou Trades & Convention Centre. 

Liana White sera de plus confłęrencił«re pour le panel Exportations internationales ĺ─ý ce que vous ne savez pas! Prłęsentłę le samedi 6 mars de 15 h 30 łŢ 16 h 30 dans la salle Muin du Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. La discussion portera sur les meilleures pratiques visant les affaires menłęes sur les marchłęs amłęricains et europłęens, et madame White fera łętat de son expertise dans lĺ─˘obtention des permis de travail canadiens et amłęricains.

Les dłęlłęgułęs sont de plus invitłęs łŢ visiter le kiosque de la FAM dans le lobby du Delta Sydney. Lĺ─˘administration et le personnel de la FAM Canada seront disponibles de 11 h łŢ 18 h du 4 au 7 mars. Pour plus de renseignements sur les avantages aux membres canadiens, visiter www.afm.org.

Le gagnant des Prix de la musique de la cłąte Est 2009, Gordie Sampson, est lĺ─˘artiste vedette dans le numłęro de mars du magazine International Musician (IM) de lĺ─˘AFM. Dans lĺ─˘article principal, Gordie parle de sa chanson couronnłęe aux Grammy Awards, Č┤ Jesus, Take the Wheel Č¬, et de son Č┤ soutien enthousiaste pour les causes de la FAM Č¬. Le magazine IM de lĺ─˘AFM, largement distribułę sur le site de la Confłęrence ECMA, est łęgalement circulłę łŢ plus de 90 000 membres et autres abonnłęs partout en Amłęrique du Nord.

La FAM Canada compte des membres illustres parmi les meilleurs et les plus cłęlł«bres musiciens professionnels du Canada. Ils sont reprłęsentłęs collectivement dans lĺ─˘est du Canada par quatre des vingt-sept bureaux affiliłęs de la FAM Canada. 

La FAM Canada est un bureau complłęmentaire bien quĺ─˘indłępendant de lĺ─˘American Federation of Musicians, United States and Canada, et occupe une position unique pour traiter des questions canadiennes concernant ses membres canadiens. La FAM Canada est le plus important organisme professionnel du genre łŢ la disposition des musiciens canadiens et reprłęsente plus de 17 000 musiciens professionnels au Canada. En juin 2009, la FAM Canada cłęlłębrait son 30e anniversaire. Pour plus de renseignements, visitez notre site Web au www.afm.org.

Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage, in Partnership with The Theatre Centreĺ─˘s FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 festival, to Host Calgaryĺ─˘s Theatre Junction First Performance in Eastern Canada

ORONTO, ON (March 4, 2010) ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage 2009-10, in partnership with The Theatre Centreĺ─˘s FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 festival, ventures to the wild side of the Canadian West with On the Side of the Road from Calgaryĺ─˘s Theatre Junction. Inspired by the cultural crossroads of the Franco-Albertan town Lac la Biche, On the Side of the Road visits the Fleck Dance Theatre for an exclusive four-night engagement March 24 through March 27, 2010. Full FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 festival schedule and details can be found at the bottom of this release.

On the Side of the Roadĺ─˘s creator and director, Mark Lawes, is also the founder and artistic director of Calgaryĺ─˘s Theatre Junction. This engagement marks the first time Theatre Junction will perform in Eastern Canada.

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s a great honour and privilege for our work to be presented at Harbourfront Centre in the context of World Stage and The Theatre Centre's FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 festival in Toronto,ĺ─¨ said Lawes. ĺ─˙We're still very much in a process of forging and shaping our creative practice and identity, a continual process of re-invention, which, I believe, somehow mirrors the attempt to define the identity of the Western Canadian landscape.ĺ─¨

On the Side of the Road is the second chapter in a trilogy on death, desire and the Canadian West. In an unbridled pop-hybrid, this multidisciplinary event opens a door on a playful and moving new aesthetic, drawing the human fresco with a living and unique sensitivity.


New for World Stage 2009-10: Extras. Visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage 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.

On the Side of the Road
World Stage in partnership with Theatre
Centreĺ─˘s Free Fall ĺ─˘10 Festival
Theatre Junction (Calgary)
March 24 ĺ─ý 27, 8:30 p.m. (Running time: 80 min.)
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor Queens Quay Terminal
Tickets: $30
Box Office: 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage0910/

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 harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage.

Also part of World Stage and FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 is The Culture Congress, March 24 ĺ─ý 28, at various venues. The Culture Congress brings together practitioners from local, national and international arts communities for an exchange of practical skills, information sharing and ideas. This event is free and open to the public. For information and a detailed schedule contact culturecongress@harbourfrontcentre.com

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.


FREE FALL ĺ─˛10 Performance Schedule

Harbourfront Centreĺ─˘s World Stage and The Theatre Centre FREE FALL ĺ─˘10

Individual tickets and FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 festival passes for $60 are available at Harbourfront Centre box office by phone 416-973-4000 or through harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage

For more information about FREE FALL ĺ─˘10 please visit theatrecentre.org

Six Images in Search of an Artist: Remix
Tanya Mars
Mar. 18 ĺ─ý 19, 3 p.m. ĺ─ý 10 p.m. (Running time: 7 hours ĺ─ý audiences can attend at any time during the performance)
Venue: The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. West
Considered one of Canadaĺ─˘s most innovative multidisciplinary artists as well as a performance art legend, Marsĺ─˘ new work explores and exploits the senses. This new work marks Marsĺ─˘ first Canadian performance since winning a 2008 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Tickets: $10

The Bob and Becky Cabaret
Bob Wiseman and Becky Johnson
Mar. 20, 9 p.m. (Running time: 120 min.)
Venue: The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. West
Juno Award-winning composer Wiseman co-curates for the first time with award-winning clown, comedian, playwright and performance artist Johnson, blending their unique sensibilities, various mediums and personal style to create one unforgettable cabaret.
Tickets: $10

Wit in Love
DNA Theatre
Mar. 20 ĺ─ý 22, 24 ĺ─ý 28, 6:45 p.m. (Running time: 60 min.)
Venue: DNA Theatre, 133 Bathurst Street
Wit is none other than Ludwig Wittgenstein, arguably the greatest and most influential philosopher of the last century. And who is he in love with? Well, among others, his brilliant pianist brother. Created and performed by Hillar Liitoja based on a text by Sky Gilbert.
Tickets: $20 or Free for festival pass holders (advance booking necessary)

Iĺ─˘m So Closeĺ─Â
Why Not Theatre
Mar. 23, 8 p.m.; Mar. 24, 8:30 p.m.; Mar. 26, 7 p.m.; Mar. 27, 9 p.m.; Mar. 28, 2 p.m. (Running time: 90 min.)
Venue: The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. West
Winner of the Spotlight Award at the 2008 SummerWorks Festival in Toronto and named by NOW Magazine as an Outstanding Ensemble in its ĺ─˛best of the festĺ─˘ list, Why Not Theatre perform their newly devised, physical, tragic comedy Iĺ─˘m So Closeĺ─Â a heartbreaking love song droned out by the hum of the technological landscape that is bringing us together and pushing us apart.
Tickets: $20 (Mar. 28, 2 p.m. PWYC).

On the Side of the Road
Theatre Junction
Mar. 24 ĺ─ý 27, 8:30 p.m.
(Full information above)

KISMET one to one hundred
The Chop Theatre in association with Rumble Productions
Mar. 25, 8:30 p.m.; Mar. 26, 9 p.m.; Mar. 27, 7 p.m.; Mar. 28, 4 p.m. (Running time: 75 min.)
Venue: The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. West
One hundred Canadians, ages one through one hundred reveal personal stories about the role that fate and destiny play in their lives. Vancouver-based, award-winning innovators, The Chop Theatre presents a surprising and intimate work based on 100 interviews about kismet.
Tickets: $20

Old Men Dancing: Wiser and Still Gorgeous (Do Not Resuscitate)
Bill James /Atlas Moves Watching
Mar. 26 ĺ─ý 27, 6:30 p.m. (Running time: 110 min.)
Venue: Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West
Renowned choreographer Bill James brings together 16 men aged 50-75 without formal dance training who share an interest in creating movement-based performance. Featured in the program is Weathering, a piece that was created by Bill James specifically for the group, taking inspiration from weather forces that surround us at the same time as we interpret the climate of our bodies and the mutability of our lives. Also in the program are commissioned works by choreographers Marie-Josee Chartier, D.A. Hoskins and Allen Kaeja.
Tickets: $15

Master Pianists to Astound April Audiences

Giants of piano performance loom large over the first April events at The Royal Conservatoryĺ─˘s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. One formidable performer will debut a new work to Canadian audiences, while another will present a lecture on a Romantic classic. Also in April, a world music luminary brings his soulful voice to the stage, while students of The Royal Conservatory use contemporary composers to explore musicĺ─˘s ethical dimensions.


April concerts kick off with Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman, who comes to The Royal Conservatory on April 1. Currently in the midst of an extensive international tour, his Koerner Hall performance is his only Canadian recital date of the season. Renowned for his powerful and commanding technique, ConcertoNet exclaimed: ĺ─˙no matter what he plays, one feels that his fingers want to roar, to pound, to tear the piano to bits with the Promethean strength which he possesses.ĺ─¨ The program includes the Canadian debut of JłĆrg Widmannĺ─˘s XI Humoresken, which Bronfman premiered at Carnegie Hall in May of 2008, as well as Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s rarely performed ĺ─˙Grandĺ─¨ Sonata in G Major. In a recent interview with The Baltimore Sun, Bronfman described the majestic, almost operatic work as a ĺ─˙neglected masterpiece.ĺ─¨


On April 2, legendary pianist Anton Kuerti returns to Mazzoleni Hall to continue his lecture series dedicated to the essential works of the piano concerto repertoire. This talk, the third in a three-part series, is dedicated to Robert Schumannĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Schumannĺ─˘s only completed piano concerto, this piece is one of the most beloved works in the Romantic piano repertoire. This lecture provides the unique opportunity to hear one of Canada's most prominent musical ambassadors bring his extensive stylistic and musical knowledge to this work.


Senegalese singing superstar Baaba Maal brings his singular Afropop to Koerner Hall on April 9. Presented in partnership with Batuki Music, this Toronto performance is the only Canadian date on his North American tour in support of Television, his first album since the 2001 Grammy-nominated Missing You. This new, multilingual disc blends the traditions of West African music with subtle electronic elements. Maal co-produced the recording with Barry Reynolds, who has worked with everyone from Antony & The Johnsons to Grace Jones. The Independent described the result as ĺ─˙elegant, pan-cultural pop.ĺ─¨ Baaba Maal is deeply committed to the concerns of families, young people, and the future of Africa, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program, and his participation in the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert in Cape Town, and at the Live Earth Concert in Johannesburg. ĺ─˙It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people,ĺ─¨ says Maal. ĺ─˙This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to theĺ─Âmessages I am talking about.ĺ─¨

Is there such a thing as socially responsible music? On April 10, the Conservatory faculty member Brian Current, along with The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble and guest violinist Livia Sohn, comes to Mazzoleni Hall in an attempt to answer this intriguing question. During the presentation, entitled Songs of Love and Sorrow ĺ─ý Rediscovering the Social Ethics of Music, they will perform works by a host of contemporary composers, including Canadians Claude Vivier and John Rea, along with Jonathan Berger and Luciano Berio. The performance is presented in partnership with the Centre for Ethics, the Institute for Christian Studies, the Jackman Humanities Institute, and Stanford University.

Also on April 10, The Royal Conservatory presents the latest edition of the ultimate songwriters circle when Bluebird North returns to the Conservatory Theatre. During this informal evening, co-presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, celebrated Canadian musicians will perform their songs and share the ĺ─˛back storyĺ─˘ and inspiration about how each was written. Caribbean-inspired Nine Mile lead singer Dĺ─˘Ari will be on the bill, along with the sweetly intimate folk-pop duo Dala, with more performers to be announced. Joining them is host Blair Packham, who first gained notoriety in the 1980s as a singer-songwriter fronting The Jitters ("Last of the Red Hot Fools" and "Til the Fever Breaksĺ─¨). Bluebird North is based on and endorsed by Nashville's famed The Bluebird Cafe, which opened in 1982. The venue is well known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland, and Pam Tillis.

Canadian piano master Louis Lortie makes his Koerner Hall debut on April 11. The Montreal-born musician, critically acclaimed for his interpretations of Chopin, will present an all-Chopin celebration to honour the composerĺ─˘s 200th birthday. The program will include one of the composerĺ─˘s most beloved and glowing pieces, the Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, the imaginative Berceuse in D-flat Major, and a selection of Nocturnes and Ballades. ĺ─˙Mr. Lortie, with his splendid technique and thoughtful soul" (The New York Times) is "one of a half-dozen pianists worth dropping everything to hear." (London Daily Telegraph) "Better Chopin playing than this is not to be heard, not anywhere." (Financial Times, London)

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

CBC Radio 2 ĺ─ý Performance Sponsor (Yefim Bronfman, Louis Lortie)

Invesco Trimark ĺ─ý Performance Sponsor (Louis Lortie)


CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY ĺ─ý APRIL 1-15, 2010

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


Yefim Bronfman: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$65 (KH)

Kuerti Lecture ĺ─ý Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 2pm; $10 (MH)

Baaba Maal: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8pm; $25-$50 (KH)

Songs of Love and Sorrowĺ─ýRediscovering the Social Ethics of Music: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 7pm; $10 (MH)

Blue Bird North ĺ─ý Where Songwriters Sing and Tell: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8pm;

$20; $15 for Songwriters Association of Canada Members (CT)

Louis Lortie: Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3pm; $20-$75 (KH)


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

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


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

Mozartĺ─˘s Masterpiece to be Performed for the First Time in Barrie

Robert Cooper Joins King Edward Choir for One Night Only



Barrie, ONĺ─ţ Great Mass in C Minor is considered one of Mozartĺ─˘s greatest works, and has never been performed in Barrie. While there are 14 different published versions, Barrieĺ─˘s King Edward Choir will perform the 1959 version considered to be an original. This hour long piece is rarely performed by choirs as it is a very challenging piece which takes longer to learn.

This performance will feature the King Edward Choir with Robert Cooper, one of Canadaĺ─˘s leading choral conductors, as well as a 21 piece orchestra led by concert master David McFadden of the Huronia and Toronto Symphonies. The concert will also feature talented soloists Virginia Hatfield, Laura Albino, Bud Roach, and Giles Tomkins.

ĺ─˙This is a rare opportunity to hear two masterpieces as conducted by special guest Robert Cooper and sung by our talented choir with guests soloists,ĺ─¨ says Barbara McCann, Choir Director.

The performance of Great Mass in C Minor and Poulencĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Gorgeousĺ─¨ Gloria will take place Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Collier Street United Church in Barrie. Additionally, concert sponsor Holiday Inn Barrie is offering a special overnight rate to those that are attending the concert; reservations can be made by contacting the hotel.

King Edward Choirĺ─˘s concert series will end with a special Spring Sing performance on Saturday, May 8, 2010, which will feature familiar choral favourites.


Individual concert tickets are $20 in advance, or $22 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 705-734-0116, or by visiting the following local businesses: MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St; Music Pro, 56 Barrie View Drive, Unit #2; Page & Turners, 123 Dunlop St. East.

Find more information at http://www.kingedwardchoir.org/ or on the Facebook fan page.


About King Edward Choir

King Edward Choir has a long and proud history in Barrie. Since its inception 56 years ago, as a Home and School Choir for parents and teachers of King Edward School in Allandale, the choir has gained the reputation as one of the finest choral groups north of Toronto.

Warner Music Canada Artists Claim 17 Nominations At The 2010 Juno Awards

At a press conference held today in Toronto, Warner Music Canada and its affiliated labels earned a total of 17 nominations for the 2010 JUNO Awards. The JUNO Awards will be handed out on Sunday, April 18, 2010 on a nationally televised show to be broadcast on CTV from St. Johns, NFLD.


Michael Bublłę - Album of the Year (Crazy Love), Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (Crazy Love), Songwriter of the Year (ĺ─˙Havenĺ─˘t Met You Yet,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Hold Onĺ─¨): Single of the Year (ĺ─˙Havenĺ─˘t Met You Yetĺ─¨); Juno Fan Choice Award

Leading the pack of all nominees is Michael Bublłę with six nominations. His latest album, Crazy Love has become a world-wide phenomenon selling over 4.5 million copies since its release in mid-October. The single, ĺ─˙Havenĺ─˘t Met You Yetĺ─¨ topped Canadaĺ─˘s AC radio charts for a staggering 20-plus weeks. His many TV appearances have lit up sets around the world and his performance of ĺ─˙Cry Me A Riverĺ─¨ in front of the Sydney Opera House during the final episode of Australian Idol literally lit up Sydney Harbor with an extraordinary fireworks display. Already a six-time Juno winner, Michael Bublłę will perform live on the Juno Awards in St. Johns and then will head out on a cross-Canada tour this summer.


Producerĺ─˘s Bob Rock and David Foster each have received Juno Award nominations for the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year for their work on Michaelĺ─˘s Crazy Love album.

Billy Talent ĺ─ý Group of the Year; Album of the Year (Billy Talent III); Rock Album of the Year (Billy Talent III); Single of the Year ("Rusted From the Rain")

Billy Talent have spent the past eight months dominating concert stages around the world, headlining tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, performing everywhere from Chicago, L.A. and New York City to London, Paris, Milan and on to Moscow. All of this has been in support of the platinum-plus album Billy Talent III. Produced by Brendan Oĺ─˘Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden), Billy Talent III spawned the chart topping single ĺ─˙Rusted From The Rainĺ─¨ as well as the scorching singles ĺ─˙Devil On My Shoulderĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Saint Veronika.ĺ─¨ Since 2004, Billy Talent have won 5 Juno Awards including Best New Artist (2004) and Group of the Year in both 2005 and 2007. Billy Talent will perform on the 2010 Juno Awards telecast live from St. Johns, NFLD.

Blue Rodeo ĺ─ý Group of the Year

With the release of their ambitious double album The Things We Left Behind, Blue Rodeo have received some of the best reviews of their career with critics and fans all agreeing that the band has hit yet another creative zenith. Blue Rodeo have received 27 Juno Award nominations over the course of their 25 year career and have been called to the podium to accept 10 trophies including an unprecedented 5 Group of the Year awards. The band is currently on the final leg of a three month long tour of Canada, playing to sold-out crowdĺ─˘s right across the country. Blue Rodeo will be performing on the 2010 Juno awards show telecast live from St. Johns, NFLD.


Darryl Neudorf has been nominated for Engineer of the Year for his work on the song ĺ─˙And When You Wake Upĺ─¨ from Blue Rodeoĺ─˘s album The Things We Left Behind.


Isabel Bayrakdarian ĺ─ý Classical Album of the Year ĺ─ý Vocal or Choral Performance (Gomidas Songs)

Born in Lebanon of proud Armenian heritage, Isabel Bayrakdarian now calls Toronto home. She burst onto the international opera scene after winning first prize in the 2000 Operalia competition founded by Plł░cido Domingo. Since then she has performed in many of the world's major opera houses and concert halls. On her latest album, Gomidas Songs which examines the legacy of Gomidas Vardabet, the 19th-century composer who preserved, transcribed and interpreted the lullabies, hymns, folk dances and ancient songs of his Armenian homeland. This is Isabelĺ─˘s fifth Juno award nomination. She has won the Juno Award in this category the previous four times she was nominated


Tegan & Sara ĺ─ý Alternative Album of the Year (Sainthood)

Sainthood is the sixth full length album released by the Vancouver-based twins since their 1999 debut Under Feet Like Ours. Over the course of the past decade they have become one of the most celebrated and beloved forces in modern music. Sainthood was produced by Death Cab For Cutieĺ─˘s Chris Walla (who also produced the duoĺ─˘s 2007 critically acclaimed album The Con) and Howard Redakop (who produced their 2004 breakthrough, So Jealous). This is Tegan and Saraĺ─˘s third Juno Award nomination.


Finally, Warner Music Canada distributed Six Shooter recording artist Amelia Curran has received a Juno nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for her album Hunter, Hunter.

National Arts Centre Principal Bassist Joel Quarrington nominated for 2010 JUNO Award

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Joel Quarrington, Principal Double Bassist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was nominated today for a 2010 JUNO Award in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, for his debut CD, Garden Scene.




Winners will be declared at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 17 to be held at the St. Johnĺ─˘s Convention Centre, as well as at the 2010 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 18, at Mile One Centre in St. Johnĺ─˘s, Newfoundland and Labrador.



ĺ─˙Joelĺ─˘s colleagues at the National Arts Centre were thrilled and proud to hear about this wonderful honour for Joel,ĺ─¨ said Christopher Deacon, the Managing Director of the NAC Orchestra. ĺ─˙On behalf of all the staff and Board of Trustees at the NAC, I congratulate him and wish him luck next month.ĺ─¨



Other nominees in the Classical Album of the Year category include Ottawaĺ─˘s Caroline Lłęonardelli, Angł«le Dubeau & La PietłŢ, I Musici de Montrłęal and James Ehnes.



Reviewing Joel Quarringtonĺ─˘s debut recital for the International Society of Bassistsĺ─˘ Oklahoma City convention in June of 2007, Englandĺ─˘s Double Bassist magazine declared, ĺ─˙his performance was mesmerizing - his trademark bel canto playing style brought an otherworldly quality to Bottesiniĺ─˘s Elegy in Dĺ─Âimpeccable articulation, a rich tonal palette, absolute control and crystalline clarity.ĺ─¨ Reviews such as this have solidified his reputation as one of the worldĺ─˘s leading double bassists.



Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began playing the double bass at the age of 11 and was trained in Toronto, Rome, Vienna and Prague. He received the Eaton Award from the University of Toronto as the outstanding graduating performer, and top awards in the Canadian Broadcasting Music Competition, the Isle of Man and the Geneva International Competitions.



For over 30 years, Joel Quarrington has served as the Principal Double Bassist of many ensembles, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He is also an avid chamber musician and has performed with many internationally acclaimed string quartets, including the Orford, Vermeer, Cleveland, Colorado, St. Lawrence, Allegri, Artis, Leipzig and Tokyo Quartets.



For more information, please visit junoawards.ca.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2010/11 Season Announced

Music Director Robert Spano
And Principal guest Conductor Donald Runnicles

Announce 2010ĺ─ý11 Season of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra



2010ĺ─ý11 season marks 10-year artistic partnership of Mr. Spano and Mr. Runnicles leading the orchestra

Orchestra to premiere new works by Alvin Singleton and James Oliverio

Mr. Spano to lead orchestra and chorus in Janł░čšekĺ─˘s Glagolitic Mass at Carnegie hall
Mr. Spano to conduct Aso theatre of a concert presentationof Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly

Mr. Runnicles to conduct Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with Mr. Spano as sololist

Mr. Runnicles to lead orchestra and chorus in Beethovenĺ─˘s Missa Solemnis

Newly appointed concoertmaster David Coucheron to make solo debut

Performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, ĺ─˙Turkishĺ─¨

Work to be featured by Atlanta School Of Composers Osvaldo Golijov and Jennifer Higdon

2010 Summer orchestra season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Parkto open Saturday, July 4,
2010, with 4th of July celebration



Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles today announced the 2010ĺ─ý11 season of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra ĺ─ţ their tenth season as artistic partners, and the Orchestraĺ─˘s 66th seasonĺ─Â

Complete 2010/11 Season Press Materials

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Prize-Winning Professional Violist, Music Teacher and Coach Establishes Virtual Music Academy for Professional Violists and Violinists

Austin, Texasĺ─ÂMiriam Ross, a prize-winning professional violist, has established the Miriam RossĺĐó Academy, www.miriamrossacademy.com, a virtual music academy and the first of its kind. Using web cams, Ross offers virtual music coaching services to professional violists and violinists to help them improve their techniques, practice more effectively, prepare for auditions, overcome stage fright, gain confidence, rediscover the joy of playing, and so on.

Ross conceived of her virtual music academy while teaching professional violists and violinists in her studio. She explains, ĺ─˙I began to recognize that given today's technology, I could coach musicians without their having to come to my studio and without sacrificing any quality. Working together via web cams not only saves everyone time, but also it makes it easier for me to tailor my services to meet a musician's specific goals, needs, time constraints, and pace of learning. For example, my virtual academy makes it possible for me to work with a musician who may want to play a very short passage of music for me and get my feedback -- something that we might be able to accomplish in a very focused 15 minutes. Also, many musicians simply want to talk with me about a problem they are having related to their playing and get my advice, which can be done very effectively using web cams. For me, another big advantage of a virtual music academy is that I can coach professional violists and violinists who are located all over the world, not just in my immediate area.

Laszlo Baroczi, a professional violist who lives in Winnipeg, Canada and plays in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, works with Ross via web cam. He is a fan of the process. ĺ─˙ I think my lessons with Miriam are as good as if I were in the studio with her.  In fact, they may be better because I am able to warm up at home and be ready to play as soon as my lesson begins. I also really like the fact that I can schedule very short sessions with Miriam if I need them in between my regular classes. Plus, not having to travel to and from a studio for a music lesson is a real time saver.ĺ─¨

Ross also offers coaching services via phone and e-mail. And, she helps professional musicians develop and implement effective practice plans, including the use of practice diaries. Musicians use the diaries to record various details about their playing during a practice session.

Ross is a solo violist with the Tonkł║nstlerorchester NiederłĆsterreich, an orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and a member of Kontrapunkte and Die Reihe, two music ensembles dedicated to New Music. Earlier in her career, she was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic and a professor of music at the Musikhochschule Bremen in Germany.

Sing for the Earth!

A Canadian Choral Celebration
Honouring the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre
Sunday March 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Toronto

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, March 3, 2010: Torontoĺ─˘s Elmer Iseler Singers and conductor Lydia Adams welcome spring with a rousing Canadian choral celebration honouring the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre. The concert - Sunday March 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church - includes three world premieres: Ruth Watson Hendersonĺ─˘s Paths of a Luminous Earth (libretto by Carole H. Leckner, commissioned by Ontario Arts Council); Hussein Janmohamedĺ─˘s Në┤runĺ─˘ alč┼ Në┤r/Light Upon Light! (commissioned by Canada Council for the Arts) and Jason Jestadtĺ─˘s Carol for the Night. Canadian works by Lydia Adams, Timothy Corlis, R. Murray Schafer and Peter-A. Togni are also featured.

Throughout the evening, Lydia Adams (a CMC ambassador) and her singers explore the ideas of light, unity, the sunĺ─˘s relationship with our planet and the spiritual and natural worlds and, ultimately, our quest for peace and harmony on this planet. Each composer delves deep into various ĺ─˙earthĺ─¨ topics and visions, taking the listeners on a great choral journey.

In Paths of a Luminous Earth, Toronto composer Ruth W. Henderson uses the beautiful poetic text by Toronto visionary poet, Carole H. Leckner, in a three movement choral setting: 1. Fragrance of Life  2. Freely Given 3. The Truth, the Light and the Way. ĺ─˙ĺ─Âand in that moment when heavĺ─˘n and earth meet in body and soul, the love of oneness is greeted and embraced in wombs of gold and wings of gossamer. We are the way.ĺ─¨

Vancouver composer Hussein Janmohamed explores ĺ─˛Surah An-Nurĺ─˘ (The verse of Light) from the Qurĺ─˘an. Në┤runĺ─˘ alč┼ Në┤r/Light Upon Light! is an exploration, a coming in and out of clarity, in and out of understanding and in and out of unison with multiplicity. It is all about trying new things, expanding oneĺ─˘s being and thought into the realm of the divine.

Jason Jestadt, a young Toronto emerging composer, explores the Christmas story in the context of the frozen Canadian northern landscape in Carol for the Night. The piece as a whole (a verse/chorus structured) represents the beginning of Jasonĺ─˘s continued fascination with both the spiritual and natural worlds and the point at which they meet. The incorporation of the Huron language "Iesous Ahatonniaĺ─¨ parallels the unsettled relationship the natives had with the missionaries with the "unsettled" or tension filled existence the phrase has within the work as a whole.  By the end, the words "Iesous Ahatonnia" literally and symbolically "break out" of the confines of the strict formal structure of the piece to find, at last, peaceful rest.

SING FOR THE EARTH!
Sunday March 28, 2010 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
78 Clifton Road (at St. Clair), Toronto
Tickets: $35 Reg. $30 Sen. $10. Students w/ valid student I.D.
Group Rates also Available.
For tickets please call: 416-217-0537   http://www.elmeriselersingers.com/

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Finalists for Next Generation Festival, April 9 - 11, 2010 in Downtown Monterey

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival
Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians,
April 9 ĺ─ý 11, 2010 in Downtown MontereyČŢ
Jazz Competition Celebrates 40 Years of Jazz Education by MJF
63 Big Bands, Combos, and Vocal Ensembles
From 13 States Compete For Spot on MJF Stages
47 Bands from 13 CaliforniaČŢCounties Are Finalists
Special Appearances by Student Groups
from Alaska
, Montana, Illinois, Kansas, and Texas
4-Time Grammy Winner Dianne Reeves Acts as Artist-In-Residence
All Competition Events and Activities Open to the Public, Free of Charge

March 3, 2010; Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a nonprofit leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958 and JazzTimes Readersĺ─˘ Poll multi-year winner for world's Best Jazz Festival, is proud to announce the 6th Annual Next Generation Festival, April 9 - 11, 2010 in downtown Monterey. The weekend event, devoted to the future of jazz, includes the Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition with Big Bands, Combos, Vocal Ensembles, and individual musicians vying for a spot on the stages of the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon.

A three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation supports the Next Generation Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra's international tours. The Surdna Foundationĺ─˘s Arts Program is national in scope and supports the artistic advancement of teens, ages 12 - 18.

Attracting musicians from some of the most prestigious educational programs in the United States, over 2000 students will participate in this yearĺ─˘s Next Generation Festival, representing the largest gathering of young jazz talent on the Monterey Peninsula outside of the Monterey Jazz Festival itself.

In 2010, sixty-three groups from thirteen states, (including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and the state of Washington) will participate in the Next Generation Festival, the largest selection of groups from the widest variety of states to come to Monterey in the forty-year history of the event -- more than double the amount of represented states from 2009.

All Next Generation Festival competition events -- from the Kick-Off Concert on Friday, April 9 (featuring internationally-renowned jazz artists who act as judges of the Next Generation Festival) -- to the exuberant and electric Big Band, Vocal Ensemble and Combo Competition on Saturday, April 10 and the College Big Band Vocal Jazz Ensemble competition on Sunday, April 11, will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Festival will also conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions in the heart of the historic Monterey, with music to be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the host Portola Plaza Hotel, at Fishermanĺ─˘s Wharf, and Cannery Row. For a complete schedule of activities and competition times, visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

California, one of the strongholds of music education, has schools from thirteen counties represented in the festival ĺ─ý including Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Yolo Counties.

In addition, the Next Generation Festival will present special guest groups from Alaska, Montana, Illinois, Kansas, and Texas throughout the weekend.

ĺ─˙I was very impressed with the numbers of applicants we had this year as it showed a nearly 30% increase in applications over the past year,ĺ─¨ said MJF Education Director, Dr. Rob Klevan. ĺ─˙We also had twenty states and two countries represented in the auditions and ended up with a total of 63 ensembles as finalists and ĺ─˙special guestĺ─¨ groups representing 13 states. I think it shows how popular this event is becoming, and therefore, how much more competitive it is to be selected to participate. The ensembles selected for the 2010 Next Generation Festival are truly the best of the best and I know we are in for a special treat next April 9 - 11.ĺ─¨

The Next Generation Festival will officially start with the annual Kick-Off Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9 at the Monterey Conference Center. The opening night's activities will feature the Festival's annual Salute to Jazz Education with performances by the internationally-renowned competition judges, including pianist Alan Pasqua, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, saxophonists Billy Harper, Paul Contos, Mary Fettig, and Aaron Lington; trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire; bassist Ray Drummond, and vocalists Matt Falker, Jennifer Barnes, and Michele Weir. Entry to the Salute to Jazz Education and Kick-Off Concert is open to the public, free of charge. Also featured during the evening concert will be the Monterey Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence, 4-time Grammy winning vocalist, Dianne Reeves.

MJF's Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 in downtown Monterey's Conference Center, with high-energy big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles creating an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement.

Throughout the day, participants in the High School Big Band, Vocal, and Combo divisions will put on their best performances before the judges, who will determine the top groups and outstanding soloists. The top groups of the day in the High School Vocal, Combo, and Big Band divisions will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening from the Conference Center's Serra Ballroom stage. At 8 p.m. Saturday night, the top vocal ensembles, combo, and Big Band finalists will take the stage in the Next Generation Festival's Showcase Concert -- a preview of the groups performing at MJF/53.

The Next Generation Festival will also host a variety of educational clinics on Saturday, April 9, including presentations by MJF Artist-In-Residence, Dianne Reeves.

The Next Generation Festival continues through Sunday, April 11 with the country's top middle school, college, conglomerate big bands and combos, and college vocal ensembles performing in the Conference Center's Serra Ballroom and Steinbeck Forum. The top college big band, college vocal ensemble, and conglomerate big band (to be announced during the day) will also earn a performance slot at MJF/52. New for 2010 will be the Open Combo Division, another expansion of performance opportunities at the Next Generation Festival.

Auditions will also be held throughout the Next Generation Festival weekend for the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, MJFĺ─˘s national all-star high school band.

The Next Generation Festival is continuing two new partnership elements introduced last year: an Instrument Showcase and College Fair. The Instrument Showcase will allow musicians an opportunity to play various instruments from participating partners. The College Fair will allow students an opportunity to visit with several colleges offering jazz and other music programs. Both activities will be offered throughout the Next Generation Festival weekend.

All Next Generation Festival competition activities from April 9 - 11 are open to the public, free of charge. More information on all Next Generation Festival activities and events is available on the MJF website, www.montereyjazzfestival.org and by phone at 831-373-3366.

Next Generation Festival partners and supporters include the Surdna Foundation and longtime MJF partner Yamaha, providing instruments for Next Generation Festival stages. Additional support for the Next Generation Festival comes from generous individuals and organizations such as AT&T Foundation, the Dĺ─˘Addario Music Foundation, the Joseph Drown Foundation, Evans Drumheads, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Planet Waves Accessories, and Rico Reeds.

MJF's Jazz Education Programs are made possible through the financial support of foundations, corporate partners, and most importantly, through friends of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Gifts provide funds that help MJF attract the best and brightest students from coast to coast, regardless of financial status. Donations to MJF's Jazz Education Programs may be made on-site during the Next Generation Festival, April 9 - 11.

More information on all Next Generation Festival activities and events is available on the MJF website, www.montereyjazzfestival.org and by phone at 831-373-3366.
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Radio AFI - Slacker Artist Showcase

Slacker Artist Showcase Launches With Radio AFI Providing a Listening Experience Created and Hosted by the Band

SAN DIEGO ĺ─ý March 3, 2010 ĺ─ý AFI and Slacker, Inc. today launched Radio AFI, a radio station featuring songs from the long-running California quartet as well as artists that have inspired their unique sound along with commentary and introductions from AFI band members. Radio AFI is now available for free in the Slacker Spotlight on the web, on home entertainment devices and leading smartphones.

Radio AFI can be accessed in the Slacker Spotlight station category from any Slacker Radio application or direct on the web at http://www.Slacker.com/RadioAFI. To get the free Slacker mobile application, simply direct your mobile web browser to Slacker.com.

"Radio AFI is a truly eclectic mix of music including songs that inspire us and what we love to listen to," said Davey Havok, AFI lead vocalist. "Slacker is doing new and innovative things with music and weĺ─˘ve enjoyed building this experience to provide our fans with a personal look into our world."

Radio AFI was programmed by AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok, drummer Adam Carson, bassist Hunter Burgan and guitarist Jade Puget. The station provides listeners with AFI hits and deep tracks combined with handpicked music that has influenced the band featuring artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye to Nine Inch Nails and Bad Religion.

"Our Artist Showcase provides artists an opportunity to share their passion for music and connect with their audience in a unique and compelling way," said Scott Riggs, Director of Radio at Slacker. "By working directly with AFI, we are offering their fans the chance to discover rare insight into their favorite band in a personal radio experience unlike any other."

Whether listening on the web, webOS smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smartphones or a Slacker-enabled Sony TV or Blu-ray player, Radio AFI listeners have instant access to the groupĺ─˘s favorite music along with artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art with unique commentary from AFI members.

About AFI

Formed in 1991 in Ukiah CA, AFI put in well over a decade of blood, sweat, recording and touring before their mainstream breakthrough with 2003ĺ─˘s platinum Sing The Sorrow, which featured the VMA-winning "Girlĺ─˘s Not Grey." The subsequent DECEMBERUNDERGROUND elevated AFI even further, debuting at #1 in June 2006, going platinum in short order, and featuring the singles "Miss Murder" and "Love Like Winter" both of which the band performed on Saturday Night Live in January 2007. The band is currently on tour in support of its eighth full length studio album, Crash Love, which was released in September 2009.

For more info about AFI, go to http://www.afireinside.net

About Slacker, Inc.

Slacker is the world's first Personal Radio company offering "Your Radio Everywhere." Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site or on the go with Slacker Personal Radio players and mobile phones. Slacker mobile applications are currently available for Palm webOS, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Formoreinformationvisithttp://www.Slacker.com/everywhere.

For regular Slacker updates follow us at http://www.Twitter.com/SlackerRadio, become a Fan on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/SlackerRadio or visit http://www.Slacker.com.

Lĺ─˘orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res accueille trois nouvelles violonistes

Trois-Rivił«res, le 3 mars 2010 ĺ─ý ł─ la suite dĺ─˘auditions nationales tenues łŢ Trois-Rivił«res le 27 fłęvrier dernier, maestro Jacques Lacombe annonce la nomination de mesdames Lyne Allard (violon I de section), Nancy Ricard (violon I de section) et Flavie Gagnon (violon II de section) au sein de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res. 

Membre de lĺ─˘ensemble Angł«le Dubeau et La PietłŢ, Lyne Ricard se produit łęgalement au sein des orchestres symphoniques de Laval et de Longueuil, elle a auparavant occupłę le poste de violoniste de section łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Vancouver et dĺ─˘assistante-violon solo łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre de lĺ─˘łÚle de Vancouver. Diplłąmłęe de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, Nancy Ricard est violoniste łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke et łŢ la Sinfonia de Lanaudił«re, elle est de plus surnumłęraire łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal. Dłętentrice dĺ─˘un diplłąme de deuxił«me cycle de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal depuis peu, Flavie Gagnon est violoniste surnumłęraire łŢ la Sinfonia de Lanaudił«re et łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, elle a łęgalement łętłę membre de lĺ─˘Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne.

Fondłę en 1978, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res compte cinquante-quatre musiciens rłęguliers. 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 www.ostr.ca.

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

2010 JUNO Awards nominees are announced!

Michael Bublłę leads the pack with six nominations, Billy Talent, Drake and Johnny Reid follow closely with multiple JUNO Award nominations
 
TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - The race for the 2010 JUNO Awards is officially on! Canada's finest musical talents will vie head to head for the coveted JUNO Award statuette this April in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the nominees for the 2010 JUNO Awards. At a media conference held at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON, emcee Seamus O'Regan of CTV's CANADA AM, was joined by artists Arkells, Divine Brown and Stereos who helped to announce a few of the 39 JUNO Awards categories in total.

Winners will be declared at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 17 to be held at the St. John's Convention Centre, as well as at THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 18 at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tickets to THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS go on sale starting this Saturday, March 6 at 12:00 PM (NDT). Prices are $49.00, $99.00 and $189.00 (plus taxes and surcharges) and can be purchased at the Mile One Centre Box Office; by phoning (709) 576-7657 or 1-800-361-4595 (toll free) or online at www.admission.com.

To view a complete list of the 2010 JUNO Awards nominees and bios, go to www.junoawards.ca.

"Each of today's JUNO Awards nominees has contributed greatly to the success of the Canadian recording industry, and helped to raise the profile and popularity of Canadian music to even greater heights," said Melanie Berry, President & CEO of CARAS. "The depth and diversity of our artists are a force to be reckoned with on the world stage whether they're established icons or emerging talents. This year's nominees truly demonstrate the influence and creativity of Canadian music."

Leading all categories with a total of six JUNO Award nominations is Michael Bublłę. Following the hugely successful release of CRAZY LOVE, his first studio album in over two years, Bublłę will contend for the JUNO Fan Choice Award (presented by Pepsi), Single of the Year for "Haven't Met You Yet," Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association), Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio) and Pop Album of the Year. His album CRAZY LOVE also garnered producers Bob Rock and David Foster a nomination each in the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year category.

Multiplatinum-selling rockers Billy Talent are nominated for four 2010 JUNO Awards: Single of the Year for "Rusted From The Rain," Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association), Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for III.
Drake is one hip hop's most sought-after artists right now, and garnered four JUNO Award nominations including Single of the Year ("Best I Ever Had"), New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters), and a double nomination in the category of Rap Recording of the Year for his debut EP, SO FAR GONE, and for the collaborative track "Still Fly" with fellow Canadians Big Page and U.G.O. Crew.
Also receiving four nominations is acclaimed multi-platinum singer-songwriter Johnny Reid who received nods for JUNO Fan Choice (presented by Pepsi), Album of the Year (sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association), Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year.

This year's JUNO Awards nominations saw 94 first-time nominees in total, including those up for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters): Carly Rae Jepsen, Danny Fernandes, Drake, Justin Bieber and Shiloh; and New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters): Arkells, Down With Webster, Stereos, Ten Second Epic and The New Cities.
Sixteen-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber and indie rock band Metric have both earned triple nominations and will be performing at THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS on CTV, Sunday April 18. Also confirmed to join the broadcast line-up are Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Drake, Johnny Reid and Michael Bublłę.

Three was also the lucky number for Classified (Single of the Year, Rap Recording of the Year, Video of the Year sponsored by MuchFACT (Director: Harv (Harvey Glazer))); Diana Krall (Album of the Year sponsored by Canadian Recording Industry Association, Artist of the Year, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year); K'Naan (Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year sponsored by SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Rap Recording of the Year); and The Tragically Hip who received triple JUNO Award nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year.

JUNO Week takes place April 12-18, 2010, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, culminating in the live broadcast of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, Sunday, April 18 on CTV.
Sponsors of the 2010 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," with commitments from The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John's and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Sponsors of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV include Chevrolet, Garnier, Pepsi and Rogers.
 
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    Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
    CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca

    St. John's Host Committee: www.ruckusontheedge.com
    CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca

    CTV website: www.ctv.ca

Effendi - Nouvel album pour Dave Watts


SORTIE EN MAGASIN DU PREMIER ALBUM DE
DAVE WATTS Č┤ WILL IT RAIN? Č¬




Montrłęal, 3 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Le label montrłęalais Effendi Records est fier de vous annoncer la sortie du premier album du contrebassiste Dave Watts, intitulłę Č┤ Will it rain ? Ȭ.

Disponible en magasin, sur les plateformes de tłęlłęchargement (Itunes, Zik.ca, Emuzic), et sur le site internet www.effendirecords.com dł«s le mardi 9 mars 2010 (Distribution Select).

Originaire de Calgary, et installłę łŢ Montrłęal depuis 1992, le contrebassiste Dave Watts prłęsente ici un premier album en son nom. Aprł«s avoir enregistrłę sur plus dĺ─˘une dizaine de disques,  il enfile łŢ prłęsent les casquettes de chef, de compositeur et dĺ─˘arrangeur pour nous offrir 7 morceaux de son cru. Pour jouer cela, Dave Watts sĺ─˘est entourłę de ses acolytes de longue date, Julie Lamontagne au piano et Richard Irwin łŢ la batterie, avec qui il a entre autre accompagnłę Bruno Pelletier en tournłęe avec son Groszorchestre, mais aussi de ses amis Kenny Bibace łŢ la guitare et Dave Mossing łŢ la trompette. Les 5 compł«res sĺ─˘łęcoutent et se rłępondent le plus naturellement du monde et lĺ─˘on ressent une parfaite osmose et une grande complicitłę. Pour preuve : le produit final a łętłę enregistrłę en seulement une journłęe! Rłęsultat : un jazz rłęsolument original et moderne, parfois lyrique, oł╝ la trompette apporte une ambiance ałęrienne, et la guitare pose une petite touche łęlectrisante. Un premier projet pour Dave Watts, qui laisse łęclater toute son expłęrience et sa maturitłę.

Č┤ WILL IT RAIN ? Č¬ (FND098)
Dave Watts ĺ─ý contrebasse
Dave Mossing ĺ─ý trompette
Julie Lamontagne -  piano
Kenny Bibace ĺ─ý guitare
Richard Irwin ĺ─ý batterie

Info lancement
Jeudi 18 mars 2010 : Concert lancement au Upstairs Jazz Bar&Grill
Avec invitłę spłęcial : Kelly Jefferson de Toronto
Dans le cadre de la słęrie Jazz en Rafale 2010 www.jazzenrafale.com

Upstairs jazz Bar&Grill
1254 Rue Mackay
Montrłęal, QC, H3G 2H4
Rłęservations au (514) 931-6808

Canadian Music Week showcases "Spotlight On India" - Mar. 11 & 12 @ Revival

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý March 2, 2010 ĺ─ý For the first year, Blueband Musiq is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Canadian Music Week (CMW), March 8 ĺ─ý March 12, 2010 to produce the ĺ─˙Spotlight On Indiaĺ─¨ showcase featuring two nights, Thursday and Friday at Revival (783 College St., Toronto) of western music infused with South Asian influence. The premier night, Thursday, March 11 at 10pm, showcases ĺ─˙Rock and Rollĺ─¨ influence on South Asian music, headlining some of the best mix of folk, classic, metal and alternative with a Desi twist.

This colourful showcase is the first of its kind and will bring to Toronto a glimpse into a new eclectic phenomenon that is growing in popularity all over the world. Whether it is the ever popular Hip Hop rhymes, the soothing R&B ballads, or the high energy Dancehall wordplays, the fusion of urban music with South Asian culture and music is taking the world by storm.

The ĺ─˙Spotlight On India" will close CMW off on Friday, March 12 starting at 11pm with a night featuring some of the best ĺ─˙Urban Desiĺ─¨ acts from across the country. This will show that music is often referred to as the universal language which transcends borders and cultures.  The goal of this showcase is to promote visibility for South Asian artists while celebrating our footprint in Canadian Music Week.

Embarking on its 28th year, Canadian Music Week provides an outlet to musicians and artists from across the country to showcase their talent. CMW is a multipurpose week incorporating conferences with industry professionals, award shows recognizing Canadian talent and providing one of the countryĺ─˘s largest music festivals.

Blueband Musiq is North America's #1 destination for urban desi music. Producers of the largest National South Asian Music Festival "desiFEST", a platform to showcase South Asian influenced music and artists. In addition, Blueband Musiq is also producing Canadian Music Week's first ever "Spotlight of India" showcases for 2010.

PSA: Canadian Voices - Elektra & Chor Leoni sing the musical richness of Canada - Apr 10/11

Elektra Women's Choir
Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director

and

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

present

Canadian Voices
Elektra & Chor Leoni sing the musical richness of Canada!

Saturday, April 10, 2010 ~ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 11, 2010 ~ 3 pm
Ryerson United Church
2195 W45th Ave, Vancouver BC
Adults $28 | Seniors/Students $23
Ticketmaster 604.280.3311


From Leonard Cohen to Stephen Smith, Joni Mitchell to Jocelyn Morlock, the richness of Canada's musical voice is unparalleled. Chor Leoni and Elektra Women's Choir join forces to celebrate and explore this musical gold mine in Canadian Voices. The programme includes an astonishing eleven premieres, including new works by Jocelyn Morlock, Stephen Smith, and Mark Sirett, as well as new arrangements by Kate Polsky, Ron Smail, and Ken Cormier. Each choir will present solo sets before combining to premiere Kristopher Fulton's Orpheus, a work co-commissioned by Elektra and Chor Leoni.

Canadian Voices offers the listener an opportunity to hear two of Canada's finest choirs perform alone and together in a coast-to-coast-to coast exploration of Canadian music ranging from avant garde to folk as Elektra and Chor Leoni proudly wave the maple leaf.
Don't miss it!

PROGRAMME:

Da Pacem                                Jeffrey Enns
In the Gardens of Shushan *         Sheldon Rose
what i want                         Stephen Smith
Changed Forever *                  Shari Ulrich, arr. Kate Polsky
Let *                                     Jocelyn Morlock
Lu-Li-Lo-La from Three Songs from The Enchanted Forest       R. Murray Schafer

Absalon, fili mi *                 Jocelyn Morlock
This Lost Soul                           Marcus Goddard
Eternal Harmony *                 Stephen Smith
The Holy Ground *                  Mark Sirett
Halleluja *                          Leonard Cohen, arr. Les Nerling
John Tod *                               Bruce Coughlan, arr. Ron Smail

intermission

Jig  from Pastorale and Jig Op. 108 (2006)    Derek Healey
Ken Cormier and Stephen Smith, piano duet

Orpheus *                          words and music by Kristopher Fulton

Songs of Canada
Four Strong Winds                    Ian Tyson, arr. Larry Nickel
Early Spring                            trad. Newfoundland folk song, arr. Kathleen Allan
Trinque l'amourette                    trad. Quebec folk song, arr. Guy Isabelle
Both Sides Now *                       Joni Mitchell, arr. Ken Cormier
Frobisher Bay                            James Gordon, arr. Diane Loomer
Bamfield's John Vanden *         Chris Frye, arr. Ron Smail
We Rise Again                         Leon Dubinsky, arr. Stephen Smith

The Hour Has Come, poem #6 from The Hour Has Come      Srul Irving Glick
* world premieres


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

Chor Leoni gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, CBC, The Vancouver Sun, Playboard, Northwest Musical Services, Ltd, Cypress Choral Music,and  Contact Printing & Mailing Ltd. Chor Leoni also thanks its many generous individual donors and volunteers.

VO Announces New Details about Nixon China Community Engagement Series

CBC Radioĺ─˘s Alison Smith to interview Margaret MacMillan


Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera announces new details about the Nixon in China Community Engagement Series, a major program of events surrounding the Canadian premiere of John Adamsĺ─˘s modern masterpiece. VO has partnered with several groups to create this series that explores the historic 1972 meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, the opera it inspired and the establishment of the Chinese community in Vancouver.

On Wednesday, March 17th, Margaret MacMillan, author of ĺ─˙The Uses and Abuses of Historyĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the Worldĺ─¨ will talk with CBCĺ─˘s ĺ─˙World at Sixĺ─¨ host Alison Smith at a public event presented with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Alison Smith is a well regarded senior correspondent and news anchor with CBC News who has covered a wide range of stories, including federal and provincial elections, the first Gulf War, the deaths of Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana and the Olympics in Atlanta, Athens and currently Vancouver. For four years before joining The World At Six, she was the Washington Correspondent for CBC Television. She spent four years travelling through the U.S. covering the election of President Barack Obama. (Alison Smith replaces Eleanor Wachtel, who is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.)

Other highlights of the Nixon in China Community Engagement Series include a Literary Lunch with Margaret MacMillan and Alexandre Trudeau, as well as a special Opera Speaks @ VPL event, ĺ─˙Chinese Vancouver Then & Now: 1972 ĺ─ý 2010ĺ─¨, with architect Bing Thom, UBC historian Henry Yu and filmmaker Colleen Leung. Full details are set out below.

Former US Ambassador to the UN to Attend Nixon in China

At the invitation of the US Consul General in Vancouver and Vancouver Opera, former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte, whose early career included working at the National Security Council with Henry Kissinger in the early 1970s, will visit Vancouver to attend private functions and the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China.

Community Engagement Series Details

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, who conducted the original 1987 production of Nixon in China, 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. Discover how our city has been shaped and transformed by Chinese culture over the past 38 years. Moderated by UBC historian Henry Yu. Speakers include eminent architect Bing Thom 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, which closes a two-day colloquium hosted by the Institute of Asian Research. For more information see www.iar.ubc.ca.  

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 CBCĺ─˘s Alison Smith
Wednesday, March 17th 7:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 through VancouverTix: 604-629-8849. www.vancouvertix.com
Margaret MacMillan talks with CBCĺ─˘s ĺ─˙World at Sixĺ─¨ host Alison Smith about her most recent book ĺ─˙The Uses and Abuses of Historyĺ─¨ and her earlier chronicle ĺ─˙Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the Worldĺ─¨.

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.

Presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad
In English with SURTITLESTM
March 13, 16, 18, 20, 2010.
All performances 7:30 pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Tickets starting at $29 are available exclusively at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca or by telephone (604-683-0222).

Background

Nixon in China, composed by John Adams to a libretto by poet and scholar Alice Goodman, 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. 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 Harvey 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.

Learn More

Music tracks, podcasts, a full synopsis and extensive background information are available at www.vancouveropera.ca.

Oberlin Announces Dates for Grand Opening of the Litoff Building

OBERLIN, OHIOĺ─ţ(March 2, 2010)
WHAT:    Two-day celebration marking the grand opening of the Litoff
                Building, with events that include appearances by Stevie
                Wonder, Bill Cosby, and many Oberlin Jazz Studies alumni:
                concerts, jazz films, a panel discussion, workshops, and an
                honorary degree ceremony.
WHEN:    Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2010

WHY:      
Jazz is a vital part of Stevie Wonder's musical soul, and the premier jazz education program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music has captured his attention. The singer-songwriter will headline a concert celebrating the grand opening of Litoff Building and the achievements of Oberlin's legendary jazz studies program. Stevie Wonder will also receive an honorary degree, as will Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby, who are widely respected for their philanthropy and activism in support of education. Bill Cosby will also present ĺ─˙An Evening with Bill Cosby.ĺ─¨
WHERE:  The Oberlin Conservatory of Music
                 77 West College Street
                 Oberlin, OH 44074
                 And other venues on the Oberlin College campus


Background: The Litoff Building
The Litoff Building, designed by the architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky, is the innovative home for the Oberlin Conservatory of Musicĺ─˘s acclaimed Department of Jazz Studies and highly respected academic programs in music history and music theory. It promotes green building practices and sustainable strategies and planning opportunities. Its design intention is to achieve the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDČĂ) Gold rating for a facility exclusively dedicated to music. Oberlinĺ─˘s commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in the buildingĺ─˘s award-winning architectural design. The Litoff Building is a crucible for Oberlinĺ─˘s innovative curriculum and extensive intellectual resourcesĺ─ţwhich includes gifted and dedicated Grammy Award-winning faculty members, the largest privately held collection of jazz recordings and ephemera in the U.S., and a robust bank of innovation and creativity.

On the Record: Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music David Stull
ĺ─˙The Litoff Building will be the premier facility of its kind anywhere in the world. It is brilliantly conceived to emulate who we are and what we stand for. It is about bringing us together, pursuing great art, fostering harmony within our community, and reminding all of us of the imperative need to steward our environment. It will constantly inspire us in our mission to seek perfection while achieving excellence. It is highly innovative in both form and function, which is emblematic of the conservatoryĺ─˘s approach to all of its endeavors.ĺ─¨

Background: The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College 
 
Awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is renowned internationally as a professional music school of the highest caliber. Praised as a ĺ─˙national treasureĺ─¨ by the Washington Post, the conservatory, founded in 1865 and situated amid the intellectual vitality of Oberlin College since 1867, is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the United States. Oberlinĺ─˘s alumni enjoy illustrious careers in all aspects of the music world. They have achieved prominence as solo performers; chamber, orchestral, and jazz musicians; composers; conductors; and music educators, scholars, and administrators. Ranked consistently among the nationĺ─˘s top liberal arts schools, Oberlin College is committed to rigorous academics, artistic and musical excellence, and social justice. Founded in 1833, Oberlin was the first institution of higher education in America to adopt a policy to admit students of color (1835) and the first college to award bachelorĺ─˘s degrees to women (1841) in a coeducational program. Oberlinĺ─˘s distinct history of challenging intellectual and social conventions shapes the student experience today, which fosters strong bonds among a diverse community of bright and talented students from around the world. Oberlinĺ─˘s combination of a leading liberal arts college and a world-class music conservatory creates an unparalleled learning environment. For more information visit www.oberlin.edu.

Fireworks! Bravura Show-Stoppers at Sinfonia Toronto

FIREWORKS! BRAVURA SHOW-STOPPERS AT SINFONIA TORONTO
 
Sinfonia Torontoĺ─˘s April 9th ĺ─˛Favourite Fireworksĺ─˘ Masterpiece Series concert is a light-hearted mix of violin and piano pyrotechnics. The concert features Sinfonia Torontoĺ─˘s Composer-in-Residence Heather Schmidt as pianist, playing her own brilliant new concerto and some favourite showpieces with Sinfonia Toronto violinist Xiaohan Guo. Orchestraĺ─˘s Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct.

Composer Heather Schmidt lives a busy dual life as a sought-after concert pianist and a prolific composer of concert music and film scores.  She has been nominated for the Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year, won the Julliard Composersĺ─˘ Competition, two SOCAN Composerĺ─˘s Competitions and 3 consecutive BMI Awards. In the past decade, Dr. Schmidt has received over forty commissions and recorded for NAXOS and CBC Records. At this concert Ms. Schmidt will give the Toronto premiere of her Piano Concerto No. 6.

Born in China, Violinist Xiaohan Guo began her studies at the age of six and enrolled at the Shenyang Conservatory at 13. She won the 2001 Mozart Violin Concerto Competition, and as a member of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra she performed with outstanding musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa and Mstislav Rostropovich. She arrived in Canada in 2004 to study with Eleonora Turovsky at the Universitłę de Montreal and has been a first violinist with Sinfonia Toronto since 2008.

Sinfonia Toronto is comprised of thirteen virtuoso string players, and is ĺ─˙a world-class ensembleĺ─¨ according to Germanyĺ─˘s Russelsheimer Echo. They perform standing, in the tradition of great chamber orchestras, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Nurhan Arman. The Toronto Star writes of "a remarkable range of colour," "ample eloquence" and "gripping authority," while La Scena Musicale declared "Nurhan Arman and his orchestra literally conquered us."  Their most recent CD, Flanders Fields Reflections won the 2009 Juno Award as ĺ─˛Best recording of a Canadian Classical Compositionĺ─˘. The CD features music of John Burge.

The programme for the evening includes Mozartĺ─˘s Divertimento K 138, Saint-Saensĺ─˘ Caprice, Franz Waxmanĺ─˘s Carmen Fantasy, Astor Piazzollaĺ─˘s Four for Tango and Shostakovichĺ─˘s Prelude and Scherzo.

Tickets for this concert are $12 - $40 and are available through the Roy Thomson Hall box office at www.roythomson.com, 416-872-4255. Visit www.sinfoniatoronto.com for more information.

Details at a glance
Apr 9, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front St. W)
SINFONIA TORONTO
NURHAN ARMAN, Conductor
HEATHER SCHMIDT, Pianist
XIAOHAN GUO, Violinist
Suggested headline
 
Fireworks! Bravura show-stoppers at Sinfonia Toronto
ProgrammeMOZART Divertimento K 138
SAINT-SAENS Caprice
WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy
SCHMIDT Piano Concerto No. 6  - Toronto Premiere!
PIAZZOLLA Four for Tango
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo

Tickets: Roy Thomson Hall Box Office 416-872-4255 www.roythomson.com
$12 students; $32 seniors and $40 adults

March 13: LIEDER

KABARET SEASON: LIEDER - German Art Song
Saturday, March 13 @ 8pm
Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive
$20 advance tickets available at http://www.vancouveralpenclub.ca
http://www.ticketstonight.ca/ticketstonight/event.details.php?id=2834

Fresh from her UK trip, opera diva Robyn Driedger-Klassen treats us to a repertoire of German art songs that span time and cross borders; Karen Lee-Morlang returns as the musical director and pianist.

Described as ĺ─˙singing with pure tone, absolute clarity of diction and vivid characterization", Robyn Driedger-Klassen is in high demand in the opera and recital fields. Seen on many Canadian opera stages, Robyn's roles span from Baroque to contemporary music. Also in demand for solo work, she has performed many oratorios, a few of which are: Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem, Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, and Haydnĺ─˘s Creation. Recently, she was the soprano soloist for a new work by Canadian composer, Larry Nickel, entitled Requiem for Peace, which can be heard on recording. She is also known for her many recitals and performances of contemporary music; most notably her recent appearance with Vancouverĺ─˘s Turning Point Ensemble performing R Murray Schaferĺ─˘s Arcana.
Recent operatic appearances include: Sophie in Massenetĺ─˘s Werther, Naiade in Straussĺ─˘ Ariadne auf Naxos, Mazelline in Beethovenĺ─˘s Fidelio, Alexandra in the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitzsteinĺ─˘s Regina and Bubikopff in Viktor Ullmannĺ─˘s Der Kaiser von Atlantis.  Robyn has received critical acclaim for her performances of the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Banff Centre and with Seattle Operaĺ─˘s young artist programme where she also performed the Governess in Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s The Turn of the Screw.  Of her performance last season as the Female Chorus in Brittenĺ─˘s The Rape of Lucretia at the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England, the London Times Online wrote: ĺ─˙The soprano of Robyn Driedger-Klassen was outstanding in its impassioned embodiment of the drama.ĺ─¨ Highlights for the upcoming season include Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, a recital of songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chopinĺ─˘s birth, and Fiordiligi in Mozartĺ─˘s Cosi fan Tutte. Robyn is a proud and grateful recipient of a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Award-winning performer and educator, Karen Lee-Morlang is recognized for her exquisite playing, boisterous stage presence as well as her freshly innovative programming. After completing two Music degrees, Karen taught at UBC for four years. She has performed for the International World Peace Forum, Festival Vancouver, CBC Radio, various Folk Festivals. Karen also sings with ĺ─˙The No Shit Shirleysĺ─¨ and directs the ĺ─˙Koncert Kontinuumĺ─¨ series.

http://www.kabaret.ca

Whetstone announces world premiere of Wingłęd - April 29 - May 8

A radical, fearless interpretation of three mythical beings: Icarus, Lucifer and Phoenix.

Toronto, March 2, 2010-  Whetstone Productions presents the world premiere of Wingłęd, a radical, fearless interpretation of three mythical beings: Icarus, Lucifer and Phoenix. Poetic, surprising and irreverent, Wingłęd is written and performed by David Tomlinson and directed by Whetstone Productions' Artistic Director, Diana Kolpak.
Comprised of three monologues, Wingłęd runs at the DeLeon White Gallery from April 29 - May 8, 2010 amidst a special exhibit of paintings, photographs and sculpture curated by Jessica Cimłä that, as an integral part of the piece, resonates with the play's themes.
As the layers of myth that have enveloped these stories are peeled away to source their raw power, Wingłęd inspects and dissects relationships between fathers and sons, friends and lovers, predator and preyëŢand serves up a clarion call for the transformation of humankind. "Only by examining the stories and archetypes that shape us can we expect to evolve and survive," says Tomlinson.

Icarus is a wounded dreamer and poet who comes to understand the costs of emotional detachment.  Lucifer, literate, sarcastic but surprisingly compassionate, challenges our ideas about evil and accountability. A manic and unstable Phoenix demonstrates that we can be our own higher power.

In Sunstroke: Icarus Speaks, Icarus ruminates on sons who dare fly past their fathers.  Lucifer works through the unexpected transition from favourite to feared in Red Eye Open: The Lucifer Illuminations.  In Rise: Song of the Phoenix, a man answers an astonishing call in his right hip, and discovers the burning, yearning God within.

Sunstroke: Icarus Speaks debuted to much acclaim at the 2006 Rhubarb Festival, sparking four years of innovative development by Tomlinson and Kolpak. Balanced on a foundation of powerful poetic writing, Wingłęd utilizes a highly physical performance style blended with original artwork and live projection to create an emotionally bold multi-media experience.

Whetstone Productions is a Dora Award-nominated theatre company founded in 1994 by Diana Kolpak. Dedicated to developing and presenting theatre that is stimulating, unexpected and fearless, Whetstone aims to challenge and heighten audience experience through the presentation of eclectic and ground-breaking works. Past productions include Diana Kolpak's Lionheart, the clown ballet The Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale in 'Bethany's Gate', Drew Carnwath's Total Body Washout, and the Canadian premiere of Ines de Castro by John Clifford.

Wingłęd is generously supported by: The Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Davies Howe Partners.

Whetstone Productions presents the world premiere of
Wingłęd
Written & Performed by David Tomlinson
Directed by Diana Kolpak
Lighting Design by Sharon DiGenova
Video & Imaging by Jacob Niedzwiecki
Environment Design by Sharon DiGenova & Jacob Niedzwiecki
Exhibit Curation by Jessica Cimłä

April 29 - May 8, 2010  - The DeLeon White Gallery, 1139 College Street
Wednesday- Sunday 8pm. Tickets: Wed-Sat $20 ($18 for Students/Seniors/CAEA); Sunday Pay-What-You-Can.
Box office: 1-800-838-3006 or www.whetstoneproductions.com
Warnings: adult themes and language

BIOS BELOW.

Diana Kolpak (director) is always telling stories, whether on stage or on the page. She has directed and helped develop more than a dozen original productions that have been performed from Victoria to Montreal, as well as directing Canadian premieres (Ines de Castro), modern classics (Endgame, Man is Man) and Shakespeare (King John, All's Well that Ends Well, A Midsummer Night's Dream).  Her first script, Bedtime Stories was published in Ontario Playwrights: Eight Short Plays and excerpted in Taking the Stage: Plays by Canadian Women. Other writing credits include her one-woman show Lionheart, Fables for the Modern World, (excerpted in Another Perfect Piece: Monologues from Canadian Plays), and Starfall, a children's book about one clown's quest to re-light the stars, created in collaboration with photographer Kathleen Finlay. Diana received an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Learn more at www.whetstoneproductions.com

David Tomlinson (writer & performer) is an accomplished writer, performer, and creative alchemist who is one half of the manic Canadian Comedy Award nominated sketch duo GLYPH that played to standing room only crowds from Vancouver's Sketchfest to Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival. David writes and performs much of his own work; stage works include Cordelia (with Ryan Kelly - Rhubarb! 2010), Sunstroke: Icarus Speaks (Rhubarb! 2006), The Dead Sea (with Sonia Mills - Rhubarb! 2005), Murdering Godot (Rhubarb! 2004), Keyed (Rhubarb! 2003), and The Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale in 'Bethany's Gate' (with Diana Kolpak).  David has also appeared in Hope Thompson's She Walks the Line and Tyrolia, Toronto Masque Theatre's The Tears of a Clown, and Sky Gilbert's Rope Enough and Happy. Always popular on the cabaret circuit, he has performed at pandemonium machine, The Keith Cole Experience, Cheap Queers, Homo Night in Canada, The Needle Exchange, The Toronto Festival of Clowns, Lunacy Cabaret, The S.P.A.C.E., Clown Chowder, and Cirque du Poulet.  He is additionally a writer of feature films, television, and radio drama (Canadia: 2056).  Media performance credits include the feature film Grey Gardens, and the television series Howie Do It, Beautiful People, Train 48, Queer As Folk, and The Newsroom. David studied improvisation with Second City and clown with John Turner and Michael Kennard.

Jessica Cimłä (exhibit curator) is a dramaturge and performance artist appropriated by the gallery system, or perhaps lending herself to adoption by it right now. She recently completed her studies at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto, where she also earned a degree in English Literature.  Entering this curatorial project within Wingł«d, her interests lie in the contrast between the spatiality of text, silence and speech, and the spatiality of layout, and how visual art can infiltrate the once private world of the drama.

Le prodigieux violoniste Christian Tetzlaff au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 2 mars 2010 ĺ─ţ Le Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, prłęsente un cours de małĂtre avec le violoniste allemand Christian Tetzlaff et invite le public łŢ y assister, le mardi 16 mars, de 10 h 30 łŢ 13 h, łŢ la salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, situłę au 4750, avenue Henri-Julien, łŢ Montrłęal. VENEZ VOIR ce grand małĂtre prodiguer ses prłęcieux conseils aux łęlł«ves violonistes du Conservatoire. Les billets pour cet łęvłęnement, au coł¬t de 5 $, sont disponibles dł«s maintenant sur Admission (514 790-1245), łŢ la billetterie du Conservatoire ou łŢ lĺ─˘entrłęe, le jour młüme.

Nłę en 1966, łŢ Hambourg, en Allemagne, Christian Tetzlaff est un violoniste dans la lignłęe des Vengerov et Repin. Violoniste prodige, artiste racłę, il sĺ─˘attire les plus somptueux łęloges par ses interprłętations rłęflłęchies et sensibles. Aussi łŢ lĺ─˘aise dans les rłępertoires classique et romantique que dans la musique contemporaine et la musique du XXe sił«cle, Christian Tetzlaff a łętłę łęlu Č┤ Musicien de lĺ─˘annłęe Ȭ par Musical America, en 2005. Christian Tetzlaff a enregistrłę de nombreux albums et sa discographie comprend les principaux concertos pour violon, les Sonates pour piano et violon de Bartłäk avec Leif Ove Andsnes, et les trois Sonates pour piano et violonde Brahms avec Lars Vogt. Plusieurs de ses enregistrements ont łętłę nommłęs aux Grammy Awards et rłęcompensłęs par des prix prestigieux. Christian Tetzlaff joue sur un violon du luthier allemand Peter Greiner, un Guarneri del Gesu.

Le public pourra łęgalement entendre M. Tetzlaff avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, les 15 et 16 mars, łŢ 20 h, dans le cadre de la słęrie Les Grands Concerts, łŢ la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de Place des Arts.

Ces cours de małĂtres quĺ─˘organise le Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec sont une occasion de dialogue, de transfert des savoirs et de communication entre les artistes de toute provenance.

Pour obtenir plus d'information, vous pouvez nous joindre au 514 873-4031. Nous vous invitons aussi łŢ vous abonner aux Actualitłęs en fils RSS du Conservatoire, une fał▀on simple et pratique dĺ─˘łütre informłę sur nos activitłęs.

Le calendrier 2010 de The Music Scene

La Scł«ne Musicale/The Music Scene annonce le calendrier 2010 de The Music Scene, publication trimestrielle sur la musique pour lĺ─˘Ontario et lĺ─˘Ouest du Canada

Le 15 mars 2010, Montrłęal (Qułębec) ĺ─ý La Scena Musicale a le plaisir d'annoncer le calendrier 2010 de sa publication trimestrielle conł▀ue pour les młęlomanes de l'Ontario et de l'Ouest du Canada, The Music Scene.

Les quatre numłęros qui parałĂtront donneront łŢ leurs lecteurs des nouvelles frałĂches et complł«tes sur les activitłęs musicales et les personnalitłęs du monde de la musique, ainsi que des recensions de disques, de DVD et de livres, des guides et beaucoup dĺ─˘autres choses. The Music Scene parlera łęgalement des activitłęs łęducatives et des festivals s'adressant aux rłęsidents de l'Ontario et de l'Ouest du Canada.

Le prochain numłęro de The Music Scene sera en kiosque le 26 mars 2010. Il donnera la vedette łŢ un nouvel opłęra, Giiwedin, une coproduction de Native Earth Performing Arts et An Indie(n) Rights Reserve, sur un livret du dramaturge algonquin Spy Dłęnommłę-Welch, qui a łęgalement composłę la musique en collaboration avec Catherine Magowan. Giiwedin raconte l'histoire de Noodin-Kwe, une autochtone de 150 ans qui lutte pour sa terre. Cĺ─˘est un łęvłęnement, car il est rare pour un artiste autochtone du Canada de choisir lĺ─˘opłęra comme moyen dĺ─˘expression.
Dans le młüme numłęro, on trouvera łęgalement des rłępertoires des festivals nationaux et des camps d'łętłę, ainsi que des articles sur la pianiste Yuja Wang et sur lĺ─˘administrateur d'orchestre et agent d'artistes Walter Homburger, laurłęat dĺ─˘un prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral 2010 pour les arts du spectacle.

En 2010, The Music Scene continuera de remplir sa mission de diffuser des informations pertinentes sur les artistes, les łęvłęnements et les enjeux de la communautłę anglophone du Canada. L'an passłę, elle a consacrłę de longs articles łŢ des sujets tels que El Sistema, le St. Lawrence String Quartet et Peter Simon, du Conservatoire royal de musique.

Les annonceurs de The Music Scene pourront błęnłęficier dĺ─˘un rabais 50 % sĺ─˘ils insł«rent la młüme annonce dans la publication nationale mensuelle bilingue La Scena Musicale, et vice versa.

Trousse młędias 2010 ĺ─ý 
The Music Scene
Quatre numłęros en 2010 axłęs sur lĺ─˘łęducation et les festivals desservant lĺ─˘Ontario (Toronto et Ottawa) et lĺ─˘ouest du Canada.

TMS Printemps 2010

  • Thł«me : camps dĺ─˘łętłę et festivals de musique internationaux
  • Sortie : le 26 mars 2010
  • Tombłęe annonces : 22 mars 2010 ĺ─ó Maquettes : 22 mars 2010
  • Distribution : sud de lĺ─˘Ontario (15 000 exemplaires), Ottawa-Gatineau (5000 exemplaires), łęcoles de musique (3000 exemplaires), poste (2000 exemplaires)
  • Public cible : musiciens amateurs, aux łętudes et professionnels, amateurs de musique et dĺ─˘art
TMS łÔtłę 2010 Jazz
  • Thł«me : numłęro national annuel sur le jazz
  • Guides : festivals canadiens de jazz, de musique du monde et de musique folklorique et festivals de jazz internationaux
  • Sortie : le 7 mai 2010
  • Tombłęe annonces : 23 avril 2010 ĺ─ó Maquettes : 26 avril 2010
  • Distribution : sud de lĺ─˘Ontario (12 000 exemplaires), Ottawa-Gatineau (3000 exemplaires), C.-B. (6000 exemplaires), Alberta (4000 exemplaires)
  • Public cible : musiciens amateurs, aux łętudes et professionnels, amateurs de musique et dĺ─˘art
TMS łÔtłę 2010 Classique
  • Thł«me : numłęro national annuel sur les festivals de musique classique et dĺ─˘art
  • Guides : festivals de musique classique et dĺ─˘art au Canada
  • Sortie : 7 juin 2010
  • Tombłęe annonces : 24 mai 2010 ĺ─ó Maquettes : 24 mai 2010
  • Distribution : sud de lĺ─˘Ontario (12 000 exemplaires), Ottawa-Gatineau (3000 exemplaires), C.-B. (6000 exemplaires), Alberta (4000 exemplaires)
  • Public cible : musiciens amateurs, aux łętudes et professionnels, amateurs de musique et dĺ─˘art
TMS Hiver 2010
  • Thł«me : łÔtudes supłęrieures en musique
  • Sortie : 10 novembre 2010
  • Tombłęe annonces : 1er novembre 2010 ĺ─ó Maquettes : 2 novembre 2010
  • Distribution : sud de lĺ─˘Ontario (15 000 exemplaires), Ottawa-Gatineau (5000 exemplaires), łęcoles de musique (3000 exemplaires), poste (2000 exemplaires)
  • Public cible : musiciens amateurs, aux łętudes et professionnels, amateurs de musique et dĺ─˘art
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Contact młędias :
 Wah Keung Chan, rłędacteur en chef
wkchan@lascena.org

514-400-0882

Contact annonceurs :

Morgan Gregory, Wah Keung Chan
514-948-0509
sales@scena.org
http://ads.scena.org


Information :
 http://tms.scena.org

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Announcing 2010 Schedule of The Music Scene


La Scł«ne Musicale/The Music Scene Announces 2010 Schedule of The Music Scene
Quarter-annual Music Magazine is Geared to Serve Ontario and Western Canada 

March 15, 2010, Montreal, QC ĺ─ý La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce the 2010 schedule of The Music Scene, its quarter-annual publication tailored specifically for Ontario and Western Canada music lovers. 
The four upcoming issues will provide readers with the latest and most comprehensive coverage of music events and personalities, as well as CD, DVD and book reviews, guides and much more. The Music Scene will focus on education and festivals serving Ontario and Western Canada residents. 


The next issue of The Music Scene hits news stands on March 26, 2010 and will have as feature story the making of a new opera, Giiwedin, a co-production of the Native Earth Performing Arts and An Indie(n) Rights Reserve, with a libretto by Algonquin playwright Spy Dłęnommłę-Welch, who also co-composed it with Catherine Magowan. Giiwedin tells the story of Noodin-Kwe, a 150-year old Aboriginal woman, fighting for her land. This opera is unique in that it is the first time Canadian First Nations artists have chosen opera as a medium for their story-telling. The issue will also feature international festival and summer camp guides as well as profiles on pianist Yuja Wang and 2010 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Performing Arts Award winner Walter Homburger, the great orchestra and artist manager. 


In 2010, The Music Scene will continue to uphold its mandate of providing up-to-date coverage of artists, events and issues relevant to English Canada. Last year, The Music Scene was proud to offer cover profiles on El Sistema, The St. Lawrence String Quartet and Peter Simon of the Royal Conservatory of Music. The Music Scene is also complimented on the Internet by Joseph Soĺ─˘s This Week in Toronto blog post at http://www.scena.org/blog. 


Advertisers in The Music Scene will have access to the exclusive offer of 50% off the same advertisement in La Scena Musicale, a monthly and bilingual national publication, and vice-versa.
 

TMS Spring 2010
  • Theme: Summer Camps and International Music Festivals
  • Appearance: March 26, 2010
  • Ad Deadline: March 19, 2010 ĺ─ó Artwork: March 22, 2010
  • Distribution: Southern Ontario (15,000 copies), Ottawa-Gatineau (5000 copies), Music Schools (3000 copies), mailing (2000 copies)
  • Target audience: amateur, student and professional musicians, music and arts lovers

 
TMS Summer Jazz 2010
  • Theme: Annual Jazz National Issue
  • Guides: Canadian Jazz, World and Folk Festivals and International Jazz Festivals
  • Appearance: May 7, 2010
  • Ad Deadline: April 23, 2010 ĺ─ó Artwork: April 26, 2010
  • Distribution: Southern Ontario (12,000 copies), Ottawa-Gatineau (3000 copies), BC (6000 copies), Alberta (4000 copies)
  • Target audience: amateur, student and professional musicians, music and arts lovers

 
TMS Summer Classical 2010
  • Theme: Annual Classical Music and Arts Festivals National Issue
  • Guides: Canadian Classical Music and Arts Festivals
  • Appearance: June 7, 2010
  • Ad Deadline: May 24, 2010 ĺ─ó Artwork: May 24, 2010
  • Distribution: Southern Ontario (12,000 copies), Ottawa-Gatineau (3000 copies), BC (6000 copies), Alberta (4000 copies)
  • Target audience: amateur, student and professional musicians, music and arts lovers

 
TMS Winter 2010
  • Theme: Higher Music Education
  • Appearance: November 10, 2010
  • Ad Deadline: November 1, 2010 ĺ─ó Artwork: November 2, 2010
  • Distribution: Southern Ontario (15,000 copies), Ottawa-Gatineau (5000 copies), Music Schools (3000 copies), mailing (2000 copies)
  • Target audience: amateur, student and professional musicians, music and arts lovers

 
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Media contact:
Wah Keung Chan, editor
wkchan@lascena.org
514-400-0882 


Advertising contact: 
Morgan Gregory, Wah Keung Chan
514-948-0509
sales@scena.org
http://ads.scena.org 


Information:
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Ensemble Transmission łŢ New York

Montrłęal, le lundi 8 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Transmission fera ses dłębuts łŢ New York  le 16 mars prochain, en rendant hommage au compositeur Iannis Xenakis dans le cadre de lĺ─˘exposition Iannis Xenakis : architecte, compositeur, visionnaire organisłęe conjointement par le Drawing Center et le Xenakis Project of the Americas of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation.  

Avec lĺ─˘aide du CALQ, Transmission prłęsentera son programme intitulłę French Transmission łŢ la salle Elebash du CUNY Graduate Center de New York.   

French Transmission (ëýuvres de Boulez, Murail, Leroux, Vivier et Xenakis) sera prłęcłędłę d`une prłęsentation sur Xenakis au Canada du compositeur canadien James Harley, łęlł«ve de Xenakis et auteur de Xenakis, His Life in Music.  

Cette exposition sera d`ailleurs prłęsentłęe łŢ Montrłęal de juin łŢ octobre 2010 par le Centre d`Architecture Canadien. Transmission participera łŢ cet łęvł«nement en donnant deux concerts : It`s all Xenakis : ëýuvres de Xenakis et Xtc : ëýuvres de Xenakis, Aperghis et  Harley.  

Le collectif Transmission se compose de six artistes/musiciens, penseurs et producteurs indłępendants: Guy Pelletier, flł¬te; Lori Freedman, clarinette; Alain Giguł«re, violon; Julie Trudeau, violoncelle; Julien Grłęgoire, percussion; Brigitte Poulin, piano. Transmission travaille sans chef la musique moderne et contemporaine du solo au sextuor.
Transmission est une łęnergie frałĂche et essentielle, un refuge artistique, en constante recherche dĺ─˘ëýuvres et de performances nouvelles. 

Principal Oboe Lidia Khaner showcases musicality and precision in a concert featuring Mozartĺ─˘s Oboe Concerto

Midweek Classics
Principal Oboe Lidia Khaner showcases musicality and precision in a concert featuring
Mozartĺ─˘s Oboe Concerto
Wednesday, March 17th ĺ─ý 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin bring a supernatural element, stark emotionality, and mysticism to their upcoming Midweek Classics concert at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.  Featuring Principal Oboe Lidia Khaner in Mozartĺ─˘s elegant Oboe Concerto, significant works by Weber, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky complete this midweek program of music.

Tuneful and powerful, and a staple in concert halls around the world, Weber's groundbreaking overture to Der Freischł║tz dawned a new era in German music.  With its daring innovations, this piece is considered the precursor to Wagnerĺ─˘s great music dramas.  Mozartĺ─˘s only Oboe Concerto offers a light and transparent musical texture that highlights the soloistĺ─˘s shining presence, and ebullient exchanges between the soloist and orchestra add touches of rhythmic challenge.  ĺ─˙The concerto may not be one of the hardest pieces in the oboe repertoire, but it can easily show an oboistĺ─˘s musicality, technique, and precision,ĺ─¨ explains Lidia Khaner.

On the contrary, Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music is dark and serious ĺ─ý a melancholic tune of mystery as opposed to fear or dread.  Though written following the deaths of two members of the same Masonic lodge to which Mozart belonged, Mozart viewed this chilling piece as a meditation upon death.  Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Fourth Orchestral Suite, ĺ─˙Mozartianaĺ─¨ ĺ─ý adapted from some of Mozartĺ─˘s lesser known works ĺ─ý quickly won acclaim for its elaboration on graceful simplicity to create tone pictures full of charm and colour.  Vivaldi's variations on ĺ─˙La Foliaĺ─¨, a popular Spanish tune which has inspired dozens of composers including Corelli, will also be performed.

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

The next and final performance of the Midweek Classics series this season takes place on March 26th, 2010.  Edmontonĺ─˘s Jeremy Spurgeon performs Handelĺ─˘s dramatic concerto on the Davis Concert Organ in Echoes from the Baroque ĺ─ý a concert also featuring substantial orchestral works by Bach, Bizet, and Poulenc.

Thank you to our series media sponsor Espace Musique, and our season media sponsors CBC and the Edmonton Journal.

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

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

Messe brł«ve La Stella et Stabat Mater łŢ 10 voix

Domenico Scarlatti
Messe brł«ve La Stella et Stabat Mater łŢ 10 voix

Le vendredi 19 mars 2010, 20 h 00
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal

Prix des billets :
Entrłęe simple 28 $ / AłĂnłę (65 ans et +) 25 $
łÔtudiant, temps plein, 25 ans et moins 10 $
15 ans et moins accompagnłę dĺ─˘un adulte : gratuit

Renseignements et rłęservations : 514-748-8625 ĺ─ý www.clavecinenconcert.org


Montrłęal, 4 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Lors de son prochain concert, Clavecin en concert vous proposera dĺ─˘entendre deux ëýuvres de musique sacrłęe de Domenico Scarlatti : la messe brł«ve La Stella et le Stabat Mater łŢ 10 voix. Dix chanteurs et trois musiciens seront dirigłęs par Luc Beausłęjour. Quatre sonates pour orgue de Domenico Scarlatti complł«teront le programme.


Č┤ Vin błęnłęfice Č¬ łŢ la crypte au profit de Clavecin en concert

Aprł«s le concert, tous ceux qui dłęsirent participer łŢ un Č┤ Vin błęnłęfice Č¬ pourront se rendre łŢ la crypte de la chapelle oł╝ des vins et fromages seront servis. Luc Beausłęjour jouera dĺ─˘une łępinette en aile dĺ─˘oiseau du facteur Yves Beauprłę.

Prix des billets :
Concert seulement (20 h) : rłęgulier 28 $, ałĂnłę 25 $, łętudiant 10 $
Concert et vin błęnłęfice : ałĂnłę et rłęgulier 75 $, łętudiant 60 $.
Vin błęnłęfice : 50 $ (21 h)

Rłęservations : Gisł«le Pelletier 514-748-8625 / gpelletier@vif.com / clavecinenconcert.org

Clavecin en concert remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le Conseil des Arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal de leur soutien.
Renseignements : Louis Allard, 514-805-9904

Art of Time Ensemble presents The Kreutzer Sonata

Inspired by and featuring Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata

featuring Ted Dykstra in his adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novella of the same name
and the choreography of James Kudelka danced by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie to Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, performed by
Andrew Burashko on piano and violinist Marie Błęrard

Toronto, February 24, 2010 - Capitalizing on the tremendous sold-out success of The Kreutzer Sonata last season, the Art of Time Ensemble, under the artistic direction of founder Andrew Burashko, re-stages this outstanding concert evening inspired by and featuring Ludwig Van Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata (Sonata for violin and piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47) at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre from March 18-21, 2010.

Sponsored by BMO Financial, this unique evening moves in a bold direction with a collage of theatre, dance and music that features a dramatic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's passionate novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, written and performed by award-winning actor/director Ted Dykstra.

The second half features James Kudelka's 15 Heterosexual Duets: a virtuosic work choreographed by one of Canada's most eminent choreographers to Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, and danced by the acclaimed Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie to the accompaniment of Andrew Burashko on piano and Marie Błęrard on violin. Like the Tolstoy story, it explores the male/female relationship.
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie is led by Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, who are also life partners. 15 Heterosexual Duets features some of the most talented dancers in the country:
Kate Alton
Valerie Calam
Michael Caldwell
Lauren Chin
Bill Coleman
Luke Garwood
Andrew Giday  
Jones Henry
Sylvain Lafortune
Laurence Lemieux
Graham McKelvie
Christianne Ullmark

 Founded by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, the Art of Time Ensemble is now in its 11th season. Art of Time provides a unique musical experience that breaks down barriers between artistic and musical disciplines, and reveals the vibrancy of classical music as a contemporary artistic expression, appealing to a range of audiences. Its concerts are provocative, engaging and accessible to people unfamiliar with classical music, but also immensely fulfilling to aficionados. Currently, Art of Time is on tour with singer Steven Page in support of the release this month of its latest CD, A Singer Must Die.

The 2009/2010 season features performances by Emilie-Claire Barlow, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Guinga, Kevin Hearn, Gregory Hoskins, Raine Maida, Andy Maize, Peter Mettler, Andrea Nann, Steven Page, Alejandra Ribera, Sarah Slean, John Southworth and R.H. Thomson, plus some of the finest classical and jazz musicians in the country.
Art of Time Ensemble
-Andrew Burashko, Artistic Director-
presents The Kreutzer Sonata
Inspired by and featuring Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata
Featuring Ted Dykstra and the choreography of James Kudelka danced by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, accompanied by Andrew Burashko on piano and violinist Marie Błęrard

Thursday March 18 - Sunday March 21, 2010
Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM with a Sunday matinee at 2 PM
Enwave Theatre | 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $19-$49 ; Box Office: 416-973-4000 AND www.artoftimeensemble.com

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Opera Kitchener presents Madama Butterfly

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 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 www.operakitchener.com for more information on this performance or our 2009/2010 season.

Exposition - Parle-moi d'amour

Lĺ─˘exposition-encan

Nouvelle formule pour la 12e łędition

Montrłęal, le lundi 1er mars 2010 - Jean-Bernard Trudeau, prłęsident du conseil dĺ─˘administration, Michel Dallaire, coprłęsident, artiste, Tina Sealy, coprłęsidente, Impatiente et Clłęmence DesRochers, porte-parole, ont le plaisir dĺ─˘inviter le grand public łŢ la 12e łędition de lĺ─˘exposition-encan Parle-moi dĺ─˘amour. Lĺ─˘exposition se tiendra jusquĺ─˘au 23 mars 2010 dans la salle RONA du Centre Les Impatients (100, rue Sherbrooke Est, 4e łętage).

Lĺ─˘exposition-encan Parle-moi dĺ─˘amour, qui se dłęroule chaque annłęe durant la płęriode de la Saint-Valentin, connałĂtra cette annłęe sa 12e łędition. Cet łęvłęnement unique en arts visuels rłęunit des artistes professionnels et des Impatients. Plus dĺ─˘une cinquantaine dĺ─˘artistes sĺ─˘impliquent głęnłęreusement dans cette cause et offrent une ëýuvre qui est vendue lors de lĺ─˘encan. Parmi eux, Madeleine Arbour, Elmyna Bouchard, Laurence Cardinal, Janine Carreau, Renłę Derouin, Clłęmence DesRochers, Michł«le Drouin, Jean-Louis łÔmond, łÔliane Excoffier, Pierre Gauvreau, Raymonde Godin,  Yves Louis-Seize,  Jaber Lutfi, Lłęo Rosshandler et Serge Roy.

ł─ l'occasion de cette 12e łędition, l'łęvłęnement prend un nouveau virage :
Čů        Du cłątłę des Impatients
Pour la premił«re fois dans lĺ─˘histoire des Impatients, une cinquantaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres provenant des archives seront prłęsentłęes, accompagnłęes des Č┤ Dłęlirantes Č¬ et des Č┤ Tenaces Č¬, des poupłęes rłęalisłęes en atelier qui seront mises en vente lors de cette fłüte.
Čů        Du cłątłę des artistes
Une plus grande variłętłę de format est proposłę cette annłęe aux artistes professionnels.
Čů        Lors de soirłęe de clłąture
Cette annłęe, la soirłęe se terminera par un encan criłę, animłę par Pierre Paquet lors de laquelle une cinquantaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres seront mises en vente. Mis łŢ part la soirłęe de clłąture, le fonctionnement de l'encan demeure le młüme. Les ëýuvres rłęalisłęes sont offertes aux collectionneurs par le biais d'un encan silencieux dł«s lĺ─˘ouverture de l'exposition, et ce, jusqu'łŢ la soirłęe de clłąture. La mise de dłępart demeure łŢ 50 $.

Cette exposition-encan a pour but de recueillir des fonds pour permettre aux Impatients de poursuivre leur double mission : offrir un lieu dĺ─˘expression artistique et thłęrapeutique aux personnes souffrant de problł«mes de santłę mentale et de favoriser les łęchanges avec la communautłę par la diffusion de leurs rłęalisations. Au-delłŢ de lĺ─˘impact financier de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, il sĺ─˘agit pour Les Impatients de sensibiliser le grand public aux rłęalitłęs des personnes connaissant des problł«mes de santłę mentale, problł«mes qui touchent une personne sur cinq au Qułębec.

Le centre Les Impatients est un organisme łŢ but non lucratif dont la mission est dĺ─˘aider les personnes atteintes de maladie mentale en leur offrant des ateliers dĺ─˘expression artistiques, et ce, dans cinq lieux diffłęrents : au Centre Wellington (Institut Douglas), łŢ lĺ─˘Hłąpital Louis-H. Lafontaine, łŢ Montrłęal-Est et dans le centre-ville de Montrłęal.

Heures dĺ─˘ouverture
Mardi au vendredi de 10 h łŢ 17 h, jeudi jusqu'łŢ 19 h
Samedi et dimanche de 13 h łŢ 17 h
Pour plus dĺ─˘information : 514-842-1043

Cet łęvłęnement est rłęalisłę grłóce au ministł«re de la Santłę et des Services sociaux, Postes Canada, Prologue, Transcontinental, Lundbeck Canada inc., Gestion Phila, Fondation du Grand Montrłęal, Hydro-Qułębec, Le Curateur public du Qułębec, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Płęlican International Inc, Fondation des maladies mentales, Communications Voir, SAQ, DeSerres et RONA.

The Hudson Music Club performs Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical

Join The Hudson Music Club for its performance of Disneyĺ─˘s Beauty and the Beast, happening at Le Grand Theatre in Vaudreuil (Citłę des Jeunes) starting February 28th till March 14th, 2010. Proceeds of the show go towards La Passerelle, a shelter to help victims of domestic violence.  

In this beloved tale, we meet a spoiled prince, who has been turned into a Beast after being placed under a spell. Meanwhile, a young Beauty in a nearby village might be the only hope in breaking the spell and setting all those who reside in the castle, free.  

The Hudson Music Club is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to producing quality musical entertainment to benefit the community. Through annual productions and events, the Club raises funds for charities for the Hudson/St-Lazare/Vaudreuil area.  

Matinees are playing Feb. 28 th, March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. Evening shows are March 3rd, 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th. Call 514-848-9696 for tickets today! Group rates available. 

Bravo Yannick!

Montrłęal, le mardi 23 fłęvrier 2010 -Lĺ─˘Administration et les musiciens de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain fłęlicitent leur chef, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, laurłęat du Prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral pour les arts du spectacle (PGGAS) 2010 (Prix du Centre National des Arts).

Les PGGAS constituent la plus haute distinction accordłęe aux artistes canadiens.

Č┤ Il est touchant pour nous, qui avons soumis le dossier de Yannick aux PGGAS, de voir combien Yannick fait lĺ─˘unanimitłę parmi ses pairs. Il est un chef et un homme dĺ─˘une sensibilitłę et dĺ─˘une intelligence remarquables. Cĺ─˘est un artiste ambassadeur de choix pour le Canada Č¬, a exprimłę Luce Moreau, prłęsidente-directrice głęnłęrale de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain.

Pour de plus amples renseignements: http://www.canadacouncil.ca/nouvelles/communiques/2010/fm129114250566215078.htm

Toronto Pictures Puts a Lens on Social Issues

SocialWorkersSpeak.org Talks to VP Daria Trifu About Studioĺ─˘s Causes

WASHINGTONĺ─ţ Toronto Pictures is a movie studio on a mission.

The Canadian company is dedicated to making Hollywood quality films that explore different cultures and educate about social issues, including child abuse, modern-day slavery, eating disorders and prostitution.

The studio also listens to social workers and covers issues that interest them. In January Toronto Pictures appointed social worker and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) member Silvio Orlando, MSW, and his wife Adriana Hellinger Orlando, to their advisory board. Mrs. Orlando is a former social worker.

SocialWorkersSpeak.org sat down with Toronto Pictures vice president Daria Trifu to talk about the company and its projects. SocialWorkersSpeak.org is a NASW Web site that lets social workers comment on and influence how they and issues they care about are portrayed in film, on television and the news.

Here is the interview:

Q: How long have you been involved with Toronto Pictures and what can you tell us about the company?

A: I moved to Canada in 1999 (Trifu is Romanian) and became involved with Toronto Pictures in 2000. Toronto Pictures is an independent film studio which develops, produces and distributes Hollywood standard, 35-mm feature films around the world.  Maestro Bruno Pischiutta is the founder, president and chief executive officer of the company.  He is the one who had the vision of using mainstream filmmaking to address issues of our world, thereby bringing them forth to the general public, reaching a large audience with films produced according to top production standards.  Bruno Pischiutta is an internationally celebrated writer, director and producer who is known for his lifelong commitment to fostering the art of filmmaking.

Q: Tell us more about your latest project ĺ─˙Punctured Hope.ĺ─¨

A: ĺ─˙Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and Young Girlsĺ─˘ Slavery in Todayĺ─˘s West Africa,ĺ─¨ is the first mainstream feature film which is based on an African story interpreted by an all African cast of professional actors and shot in Africa under the direction of Bruno. ĺ─¨Punctured Hopeĺ─¨  is inspired by the true life story of an African ĺ─˙trokosiĺ─¨ slave. Trokosi is one of the most widespread forms of womenĺ─˘s slavery that exists in the world today. In fact, today there are 25,000 trokosi slaves and two million women who are genitally mutilated every year. ĺ─˙Punctured Hopeĺ─¨ was an official Selection at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009 and it has recently been nominated by the Political Film Society as Best Film Exposłę and Best Film on Human Rights of 2009. The film has now qualified for consideration for the Academy Awards as ĺ─˙Best Picture.ĺ─¨

Q: Where is the film being shown and how has it been received?

A: ĺ─˙Punctured Hopeĺ─¨ has been screened in Los Angeles since November. Each screening of the film has evolved into an event. The audience included members of Amnesty International, the Green Party, Women in Film (WIF), Films4Change, Veterans for Peace and film professionals. Together with the general public present, they have all chosen to join the movement behind the film and Pischiuttaĺ─˘s cause. Viewersĺ─˘ reactions have actually created a grassroots movement that identifies with this cause. Future event screenings will follow the film as it opens commercially in New York City beginning in June. When we decided to produce ĺ─˙Punctured Hopeĺ─¨ we made the commitment to donate 10 percent of the net profit of the film from the first three years after the commercial release to develop the infrastructure of an African village.

Q: What other projects are you working on?

A: This year, we are producing the film ĺ─˙A Party Girl for the Rat Packĺ─¨ which originates from the novel ĺ─˙Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex-Trade Survivorĺ─¨ by Jane McCormick. For many years, Jane was very close to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. The film will deal with the relationship between child abuse and prostitution. It will be non-graphic and it will constitute a new genre due to the fact that the structure of this new feature will be something that has never been seen before. This film has a budget of $3.5 million and it will be filmed in Brazil and in the United States.

Q: You recently formed an advisory board that includes social worker and NASW member Silvio Orlando. What is the importance of having a social worker involved with your film work?

A: Education is a big component of our films and, as I have stated before, most of our filmsĺ─˘ topics consist of a social nature. The presence of Silvio Orlando and his wife Adriana Hellinger Orlando (who was herself a social worker for many years) on the advisory board is absolutely necessary for us and we are happy and honored to be able to count on their advice. As a matter of fact, when we were following the screenings of ĺ─˙Punctured Hopeĺ─¨ in Los Angeles a month ago, we took the time to visit Optimist Youth Home and Family Services, a treatment center for young offenders in Pasadena. We were invited by Silvio Orlando, who has been executive director of the center since 1999. What we saw was amazing; we had the chance to speak with members of the staff and with young residents who were sent there by the courts instead of being sent to jail. OYHFS, rather than a detention center, resembles a resort. We did a walk-through of the entire facility: the chapel, the sport facilities, the art and music classrooms, the high school, the dining and social rooms and, of course, the residential apartments. OYHFS has a rehabilitation ratio record of 80 percent. We were very impressed by the attachment that the young offenders developed to the center, which they communicated to us. We were impressed by the staffĺ─˘s dedication and we were particularly impressed by Silvio Orlandoĺ─˘s enthusiasm and complete devotion to his mission of rehabilitating these young men and women through his center. The new morality that our cause is aiming to achieve means not only exposing problems to our filmsĺ─˘ viewers but also doing something about them. We are aware that the recent California budget cut to OYHFS funds result in a necessity for Silvio to look for private sponsors. Taking all this into consideration, we have decided to donate 10 percent of the net profit worldwide (including theater, TV, DVD, etc.) for the first three years from the commercial release date of the film ĺ─˙A Party Girl for the Rat Packĺ─¨ to the center. This percentage will come from our producersĺ─˘ share and it will not affect the profit share of film investors.

Social workers are dedicated to ensuring equal rights for all in the United States and abroad. To learn more, visit the National Association of Social Workersĺ─˘ Human Rights and International Affairs Division Web page by clicking here.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 150,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

Infinithłęłótre presents Write-On-Q winner

Infinitheatre Presents Third premiere of the 2009-2010 Season

 
Infinithłęłótre presents the world premiere of Arthur Holdenĺ─˘s FATHER LAND directed by Guy Sprung and playing at the Bain St-Michel, March 9 to 28
Sunday morning in Westmount.   Fifteen-year-old Eric Brook is writing a history essay about Uday and Qusay, the sons of Saddam Hussein.   His father Joe, a successful accountant, is about to take Ericĺ─˘s reformed drug-addict uncle Victor to see their elderly father at the seniors residence.   Itĺ─˘s a quiet, uneventful day that turns suddenly menacing when Victor reveals that he owes money to a local mobster ĺ─ý money he doesnĺ─˘t have ĺ─ý and the mobster is on his way over to collect.   The irresistible force of Victorĺ─˘s desperation confronts the immoveable object of Joeĺ─˘s outrage as young Eric, excluded from the conflict by his father, finds himself drawn to the bright flame of his uncleĺ─˘s recklessness.   In the boyĺ─˘s imagination his uncle and father become Uday and Qusay Hussein in the fateful aftermath of the American invasion: two men trapped in a sumptuous house as a mortal enemy approaches.   Alternating between the Brook home and the Iraqi villa in which the Hussein brothers have taken refuge, Father Land advances toward twin resolutions: one decreed by history, both by loyalty shot through with spite.   It is a story of the debt owed by sons to fathers, by fathers to sons, by blood to blood. 
Father Land was chosen from nearly forty submissions by a jury of Kent Stetson (Order of Canada recipient and Governor General award-winning playwright), Emma Tibaldo (Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal) and Carolyn Guillet (playwright, actor and Associate Artist at Infinithłęłótre) as the winner of Infinithłęłótreĺ─˘s first Write-On-Q playwriting competition and received a public reading in The Pipeline in 2008. The audience was so involved in the play, the heated post-reading discussion threatened to go on longer than the play itself.  
Arthur Holden is a Montrłęal native, currently residing in Westmount, who has worked as an actor and writer in this city since the 1980ĺ─˘s.  Acting credits include Battlefield Quebec, a TV docudrama written and directed by Brian McKenna, and Four Minutes If You Bleed, a stage play by Alex Haber and Ned Cox, directed by Alain Goulem.  Arthurĺ─˘s latest submission to the Write-On-Q contest, Kennedy: The Musical was chosen as one of the top three of 2009 and received a public reading using Arthurĺ─˘s original compositions in The Pipeline reading series last fall.  Arthur garnered rave reviews for his character Marty in the recent Infinithłęłótre smash hit, The Daily Miracle
With
Dylan Gouze
Neil Napier
Howard Rosenstein

Set and Costume Design by James Lavoie
Lighting Design by Sarah Yaffe
Sound Design by Keith Thomas
Stage Managed by Sarah-Marie Langlois 
MEDI          Dates & Times March 9 ĺ─ý 28/10
      Previews     March 9 & 10 Pay-What-You-Can
      Opening     March 11
      Tues. through Sat.    20:00
      Sunday Matinłęe    14:00
      Monday     DARK

      Tickets

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

      Venue

      Bain St-Michel
      5300, St-Dominique

      Box Office     Web Site

box-office@infinitheatre.com

Talks between Shaw Festival and Union Break Down

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, February 23, 2010 . . . The Shaw Festival announced today talks between management and IATSE Local 461 regarding the collective agreements for the Facilities, Production and Audience Sales and Services departments has broken down. 

The Union acquired bargaining rights over the Facilities department on July 25, 2008. Collective agreements in both the Audience Sales and Services and Production departments expired on November 30, 2008. 

Numerous negotiation sessions have taken place regarding the Facilities bargaining unit. The Shaw has also made repeated efforts to try and negotiate the renewal of Audience Sales and Services and Production contracts without success.

The parties met with a mediator appointed by the Ministry of Labour on February 18 and reached a tentative agreement on the Facilities contract at approximately 9 pm. At approximately 12:45 am on February 19, that agreement fell apart.

The parties agreed to return to the bargaining table on February 22 to revisit the Facilities contract. Those talks were again unsuccessful. The Shaw remains willing to return to the bargaining table as it continues to prepare to launch its 49th season with previews beginning April 1.

Jonas Kaufmann sings great German arias on two new releases available April 6th, 2010

Opera Arias by
Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner
Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Die SchłĆne Mł║llerin with pianist Helmut Deutsch

ĺ─˙He has burst upon the international scene as a fully mature, major artist. And "artist" with Kaufmann means the full deal.ĺ─¨ Gramophone

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s Kaufmannĺ─˘s gift that his immensely seductive and secure voice can encompass nearly anything the tenor repertoire throws at him.ĺ─¨ The Times of London on
Romantic Arias

NEW YORK, NY ĺ─ý February 2010 ĺ─ý Jonas Kaufmann is now established as one of the most successful and versatile tenor of his generation, attracting rave reviews for his live performances and recordings. With a velvety rich and dark, almost baritonal timbre unique among tenors performing today, Jonas Kaufmann lends an exquisite sound and unique artistic outlook to a wide variety of repertoire.

Following the international success of Romantic Arias, Jonas Kaufmann returns with two new albums available on Decca on April 6th, 2010. These recordings are released simultaneously just as Kaufmann arrives in the Unites States to perform the role of Cavarodossi in Pucciniĺ─˘s Tosca at New Yorkĺ─˘s  Metropolitan Opera (April 14th-24th).

One album features outstanding German tenor arias from the great operas of Wagner, as well as the challenging leading role of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio, favorite arias by Mozart, and rarely heard opera arias by Schubert.  Jonas Kaufmann has already sung most of these roles on the world's great opera stages.  Claudio Abbado directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in his first ever vocal recital recording for Decca, and his first Decca recording for almost 40 years.

This album was released in Europe to coincide with his role debut as Wagner's Lohengrin in a new production at the Munich Festival last summer. ĺ─˙Quite simply,ĺ─¨ Opera News wrote of that performance, ĺ─˙tenor Jonas Kaufmann sang a Lohengrin for the ages. Not one minute of his performance was less than extraordinary.ĺ─¨
The album cover shows Jonas Kaufmann as Wanderer - inspired by the much-loved painting by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.

Tracklisting for Opera Arias
RICHARD WAGNER (1813ĺ─ý1883) In fernem Land ... bin Lohengrin genannt (Lohengrin); Mein lieber Schwan ... Leb wohl! (Lohengrin)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756ĺ─ý1991) Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schłĆn ... Ware sie dann mein (Die ZauberflłĆte); Die Weisheitslehre ... fł║hrt mich der Ton zu ihr (Die ZauberflłĆte)
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797ĺ─ý1828) Was qułžlst du mich ... In tiefbewegter Brust (Fierrabras); Schon, wenn es beginnt zu tragen ... und mein Herze will ihm nach (Alfonso und Estrella)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770ĺ─ý1827) Gott, Welch Dunkel ... In des lebens Frł║hlingstagen (Fidelio)
RICHARD WAGNER Wintererstł║rme wichen dem Wonnemond (Die Walkł║re); Amfortas! Die Wunde! ... Ewig von mir (Parsifal); Nur eine Waffe taugt ... (Parsifal)


SCHUBERT: Die SchłĆne Mullerin
Jonas Kaufmann with Helmut Deutsch, piano

Also in stores on April 6th is Jonas Kaufmannĺ─˘s interpretation of Schubertĺ─˘s devastating song cycle Die schłĆne Mł║llerin.  This is a work Kaufmann wanted to record before he got much older (he recently turned 40) as the piece, he says, ĺ─˙calls for a young voice as well as a young soul. It is about a young man who goes out into the world bright and happy and utterly carefree ĺ─ţ and then his life is completely shattered. His ill-fated love for the millerĺ─˘s daughter is his first painful experience. And for this ĺ─˛innocenceĺ─˘ to be reasonably believable, the interpreter should not sound overly mature.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙For me, the first songs are purest expressions of joie de vivre,ĺ─¨ Kaufmann goes on to say, ĺ─˙and thatĺ─˘s how they should be presented. The fellow who sets off on his wanderings is bursting with energy and self-confidence. The better you convey this mood, the greater the build-up of tension, the harder the fall.ĺ─¨

As with the best of German Lieder, Die schłĆne Mł║llerin is not music for the singer only but an equal duet between pianist and voice.  Helmut Deutsch, a renowned collaborative pianist, brings his intelligence and sensitive artistry to bear in these heart-rending performances.

For more information on Jonas Kaufmannĺ─˘s Opera Arias and Die schłĆne Mł║llerin recordings, including exclusive videos and interviews with the artists, please visit www.jonas-kaufmann.com.

Violinist Scott St. John appointed New Artistic Director of Piano Plus

TORONTO, ONĺ─ÂScott St. John, one of Canadaĺ─˘s best-known musicians and violinist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, has been appointed Artistic Director of Piano Plus, effective immediately.  Founded by pianist Janina Fialkowska in 1993, Piano Plus is the only national not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in small and remote communities across the country, by presenting Canadaĺ─˘s internationally renowned classical musicians in affordable concerts and workshops.   St. John succeeds pianist Angela Cheng, who has led the organization since 2006.

Born in London, Ontario, Scott St. John is a highly sought-after soloist, teacher and a consummate chamber musician.  He made his Carnegie debut in 1988 after winning First Prize in the Alexander Schneider Competition.  He won the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award, and has since played an enormous variety of concerts across North America, including solo appearances with the Boston Pops, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal.  From 1999 - 2006, St. John served as Associate Professor of Violin at University of Toronto and in 2003 he received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Since 2006, he has been a member of the prestigious St. Lawrence String Quartet, performing over 100 concerts a year with them world-wide.  His solo recordings include an all-Dvorak CD, and 2 volumes of Paganini works for violin and guitar.  St. John resides and teaches in the Bay Area of California and will be in Toronto this week to perform on the Music Toronto series, Thursday, March 25 at 8 pm. 

ĺ─˙I believe strongly that every community should have access to the live concert performance, and the opportunity to experience great artistry in front of their eyes and ears - and feel thegoose bumps,ĺ─¨ enthused Scott St. John. ĺ─˙Piano Plus artists are world-famous musicians who know their roots and have made commitments to play every corner of Canada.  I want to help them realize that goal.ĺ─¨

The Piano Plus artist roster is comprised exclusively of world-class Canadian pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists with exceptional performance and teaching expertise.  Motivated by a desire to give back to their country, this select group of artists waive their usual fees to ensure Piano Plus events are affordable to small communities.  Over the last 12 months, James Ehnes, Janina Fialkowska, Jon Kimura Parker, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Jens Lindemann, Heather Schmidt, and David Jalbert have toured from Newfoundland to Bella Bella, BC; and Snow Lake, Manitoba to Owen Sound, ON.  Currently, both Andre Laplante and Katherine Chi are touring, in New Brunswick and northern Ontario, respectively.

A cultural pioneer, Piano Plus has created a huge impact on hundreds of small and remote communities across Canada.  Since 1993, more than 100,000 children, youth and adults have enjoyed Piano Plus recitals, school workshops, master classes, concerts, and individual teaching sessions.  The majority of these audiences have never experienced a live classical music performance before Piano Plus visited their community.   For more information about Piano Plus, or to download photos and a complete biography of Artistic Director Scott St. John, visit www.pianoplus.ca.

Friday, March 12, 2010

BBC brings Planet Earth live TO U.S. with Emmy-winning composer George Fenton

Monday, March 1, 2010 - New York, NY - The Emmy Award winning documentary series, Planet Earth caught the imagination of audiences around the world and now the BBC is bringing the awe-inspiring beauty of the series to live audiences across the U.S.  Planet Earth Live is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the seriesĺ─˘ most spectacular moments on the big screen. Planet Earth composer and Emmy-winning George Fenton will conduct a full orchestra at each event. 
Planet Earth Live kicks off in early summer with the world premiere at Dallasĺ─˘ Meyerson Symphony Center on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other venues and orchestras confirmed include Atlantaĺ─˘s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Friday, July 16 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chicagoĺ─˘s Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park on Wednesday, July 21 with the Grant Park Symphony and two dates at LAĺ─˘s Hollywood Bowl, Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Possible further dates and cities to be announced.  Each show, which runs 90 minutes plus an intermission, features the best moments from Planet Earth in full High Definition on the big screen with live orchestra and narration.  
Composer George Fenton says: ĺ─˙Planet Earth made a very special connection with the American audience and we are all very excited at the opportunity of coming to North America this summer to work with some of the greatest orchestras and together recreate the Planet Earth experience live."
Planet Earth, a BBC/Discovery co-production, aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007.  The BBCĺ─˘s Alastair Fothergill was the series producer and he and his team spent four years in production, with over 2000 days in the field, using 71 film crews, across 204 locations in 62 countries to capture the ultimate portrait of the planet. It has garnered legions of fans and universal critical acclaim with Oprah Magazine saying ĺ─˙It is the most beautiful, wondrous and truly majestic series - the best thing Iĺ─˘ve ever seen on TV.ĺ─¨
It has sold over 5 million DVDs, with one in every 30 households in the U.S. owning the series and is the U.S.ĺ─˘s top selling documentary DVD of all time.
Alastair Fothergill says: ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m delighted the incredible HD footage from Planet Earth will be experienced in a whole new way by Americans this summer.  With Georgeĺ─˘s amazing score and the wonder of the animals on our planet on a big screen, fans of Planet Earth are in for a fantastic treat.ĺ─¨
The BBC is the worldĺ─˘s largest producer of natural history programs and for over 50 years, has produced such notable titles as Life on Earth and The Blue Planet as well as the upcoming Life ĺ─ý airing on Discovery, March 2010.  BBC Earth is the global brand for all of this natural history content available on television, digital, DVD and merchandise.
Planet Earth Live is produced by IMG Artists in cooperation with The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.
Notes to editors:
PLANET EARTH LIVE DATES:
June 25, 2010             Meyerson Symphony Center                                              Dallas, TX

June 26, 2010             Meyerson Symphony Center                                              Dallas, TX

July 16, 2010               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park            Atlanta, GA                                                  
ticket info: www.vzwamp.com  

July 21, 2010               Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park                 Chicago, IL   

July 23, 2010               Hollywood Bowl                                                                   Los Angeles, CA      

July 24, 2010               Hollywood Bowl                                                                   Los Angeles, CA      

ABOUT GEORGE FENTON
George Fenton began writing music for the theatre in 1974 working on productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and Riverside Studios. His television scores include the major documentary series The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds, Shanghai Vice, The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and most recently, Life.

Following the broadcast of The Blue Planet in 2001 for which he won a BAFTA and Emmy award for Best Television Score, he created the show, The Blue Planet Live! which toured in the UK and worldwide, performed by many of the worldĺ─˘s leading orchestras.

He has composed for a wide variety of feature films, receiving Academy Award nominations for The Fisher King, Dangerous Liaisons, Gandhi and Cry Freedom (for both score and song).  Other scores include The Madness of King George, Groundhog Day, Shadowlands, Ever After, Anna and the King, Mrs Henderson Presents, Hitch, and Foolĺ─˘s Gold.

Recently the Royal Television Society awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award and he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.  

ABOUT ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL
Alastair Fothergillĺ─˘s BBC career began at the world-renowned Natural History Unit in 1983 where he worked on a wide range of award-winning programs including Wildlife on One and the innovative Reefwatch - he was one of the team that developed live broadcasting from beneath the ocean.  His first project with Sir David Attenborough was The Trials of Life followed in 1993 by Life in the Freezer.  

He was Head of the Natural History Unit from 1992 to 1998 at which point he stood down to concentrate on his role as Series Producer of multi award-winning The Blue Planet, a landmark series on the natural history of the worldĺ─˘s oceans. His portfolio of work has included roles as producer and presenter on a diverse range of high quality natural history programs including Going Ape, a film that took him to the Ivory Coast and Deep Blue, a cinematic view of the worldĺ─˘s oceans and the innovative live broadcast Live from the Abyss

Alastair was Series Producer for the Emmy-winning, global hit Planet Earth. Currently heĺ─˘s working as the Executive Producer on the BBC/Discovery co-production Frozen Planet, a major six part series, due to premiere in the U.S. in 2011.  He is also directing two movies for Disneyĺ─˘s new Disney Nature label.   Alastair has Honorary Degrees from Durham and Hull Universities. 

ABOUT BBC EARTH
BBC Earth is the global brand for all the BBCĺ─˘s natural history content spanning the last 50 years. The BBC is the largest producer of natural history programming in the world and the brand highlights the vast scale of incredible content which is produced in this genre. Visible across all platforms - TV, digital and merchandising as well as expanding across TV stings, DVDs and digital products, BBC Earth encourages engagement with current as well as classic programs such as Planet Earth and The Blue Planet in addition to future commissions. 

ABOUT BBC WORLDWIDE, AMERICA
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  BBC Worldwide, America, with headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, brings together all of BBC Worldwideĺ─˘s businesses in the U.S.  The company exists to maximize the value of the BBCĺ─˘s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer, and invests in public service programming in return for rights. BBC Worldwide has seven core businesses:  Channels, Sales and Distribution, Content and Production, Home Entertainment, Digital Media, Global Brands and Magazines.  Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. ĺ─ý digital cable channel BBC America and a bi-coastal production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars for ABC.

Crow, Solo Violin is Season


CROW CAPS OFF SEASON WITH SOLO FINALE

WINNIPEGČé ĺ─ţ On Saturday, March 20, 2010 Jonathan Crow will bring to an end another critically acclaimed season with Virtuosi Concerts. The violin virtuoso has attracted a capacity audience for his unaccompanied performance which will undoubtedly showcase the extraordinary talent that has become synonymous with the series.

Born in Prince George in 1977, Crow began the Suzuki violin method at age six and continued studies first at the Prince George Music School, then at the Victoria Conservatory of Music before earning his Bachelor of Music in Honors Performance from McGill University. 

Upon graduation from McGill University, Crow joined the Montreal Symphony at the age of 19 as Associate Principal Second Violin, and won the Associate Concertmaster chair 5 months later. He was appointed Concertmaster in 2002, a position he held until 2006, and was the youngest Concertmaster to lead a major North American orchestra. He is currently Head of Strings and Assistant Professor of Violin at McGill University.

Crow has been featured as soloist with most major Canadian orchestras including the Montreal, Kingston, London, National Arts Centre, Victoria and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. In 2009 he performed two world premiere concerti performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.


Programme: J.S. BACH Partita No. 3 in E Major; PROKOFIEFF Sonata for Solo Violin, Op 115; ECKHARDT-GRAMATTłÔ Selected Caprices;  BEN-HAIM Sonata in G for Solo Violin; YSAYE Sonata No. 3 ĺ─˙Balladeĺ─¨ 

Clavecin en concert : Communiqułę concert 19 mars 2010

Domenico Scarlatti
Messe brł«ve La Stella et Stabat Mater łŢ 10 voix

Le vendredi 19 mars 2010, 20 h 00
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal

Prix des billets :
Entrłęe simple 28 $ / AłĂnłę (65 ans et +) 25 $
łÔtudiant, temps plein, 25 ans et moins 10 $
15 ans et moins accompagnłę dĺ─˘un adulte : gratuit

Renseignements et rłęservations : 514-748-8625 ĺ─ý www.clavecinenconcert.org


Montrłęal, 4 mars 2010 ĺ─ý Lors de son prochain concert, Clavecin en concert vous proposera dĺ─˘entendre deux ëýuvres de musique sacrłęe de Domenico Scarlatti : la messe brł«ve La Stella et le Stabat Mater łŢ 10 voix. Dix chanteurs et trois musiciens seront dirigłęs par Luc Beausłęjour. Quatre sonates pour orgue de Domenico Scarlatti complł«teront le programme.


Č┤ Vin błęnłęfice Č¬ łŢ la crypte au profit de Clavecin en concert

Aprł«s le concert, tous ceux qui dłęsirent participer łŢ un Č┤ Vin błęnłęfice Č¬ pourront se rendre łŢ la crypte de la chapelle oł╝ des vins et fromages seront servis. Luc Beausłęjour jouera dĺ─˘une łępinette en aile dĺ─˘oiseau du facteur Yves Beauprłę.

Prix des billets :
Concert seulement (20 h) : rłęgulier 28 $, ałĂnłę 25 $, łętudiant 10 $
Concert et vin błęnłęfice : ałĂnłę et rłęgulier 75 $, łętudiant 60 $.
Vin błęnłęfice : 50 $ (21 h)

Rłęservations : Gisł«le Pelletier 514-748-8625 / gpelletier@vif.com / clavecinenconcert.org

Clavecin en concert remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le Conseil des Arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal de leur soutien.
Renseignements : Louis Allard, 514-805-9904

The Cleveland Orchestra showcases timeless masterpieces, world music, and popular American music to welcome new audiences to the 2010 Blossom Festiva

The Orchestra will perform symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more; Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst to conduct Brahms and Schubert

Continuing a renewed tradition of ballet at Blossom, The Joffrey Ballet returns

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma makes its Blossom debut ĺ─ý Yo-Yo Maĺ─˘s first appearance at Blossom in more than 20 years

Pops programs offer family-friendly programs:  American Spectacular, Broadway Swings, DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music of the Movies, Music of the ĺ─˘40s, and the Canadian Brass

Children 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn with an adult Lawn ticket purchase; 1,500 Pavilion seats offered at Lawn ticket admission prices; New Create-Your-Own Subscriptions


CLEVELAND, March 1, 2010 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010 Blossom Festival at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls begins Friday, July 2, with an American Spectacular Cleveland Orchestra concert and continues through Sunday, September 5, with performances by The Cleveland Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet on Labor Day weekend.  This seasonĺ─˘s programming offers symphonic masterpieces, ballet, world music, popular music, and film music, to attract new fans to Blossom.

Masterworks Galore
            The Cleveland Orchestra will perform 12 concert programs at the Blossom Festival, including many of the symphonic literatureĺ─˘s most popular Baroque, Classical, and Romantic works.  Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst will lead two programs, featuring Brahmsĺ─˘s Second Symphony, Schubertĺ─˘s Fourth Symphony, and Straussĺ─˘s Ein Heldenleben, or A Heroĺ─˘s Life.
            The music of Tchaikovsky figures prominently in the Festival, including the ĺ─˙1812ĺ─¨ Overture, the Violin Concerto with guest artist Giora Schmidt in his Cleveland Orchestra debut, and the First Piano Concerto with Arnaldo Cohen.  Additional audience favorites throughout the season include Respighiĺ─˘s The Pines of Rome, Elgarĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Enigmaĺ─¨ Variations, Debussyĺ─˘s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Stravinskyĺ─˘s Suite from The Firebird, and Rossiniĺ─˘s William Tell Overture.  Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns for a program featuring Vivaldiĺ─˘s The Four Seasons with First Associate Concertmaster Peter Otto in his first Blossom Festival appearance as soloist, and Karen Gomyo will make her Cleveland Orchestra debut in Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Violin Concerto, led by former Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Andrew Grams.  Returning guest conductors include Jahja Ling and Stłęphane Denł«ve (in his Blossom Festival debut), as well as Cleveland Orchestra Director of Choruses Robert Porco.  Violinist Gil Shaham will perform Barberĺ─˘s Violin Concerto led by Pablo Heras-Casado (in his Cleveland Orchestra debut), and David Zinman will conduct Brahmsĺ─˘s First Piano Concerto with Stephen Hough as soloist.

The Joffrey Ballet Returns to Blossom
            The 2010 Blossom Festival season will conclude on Labor Day weekend with two performances featuring The Joffrey Ballet in repertoire to be announced.  Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muł▒oz will lead the performances. 
            The Joffrey Balletĺ─˘s appearances renew a long-standing tradition of ballet at Blossom. Ballet companies appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra in the pit at Blossom annually from 1968 through 1984.  Last season, the Joffrey collaborated with the Orchestra for the first time since 1988, for an audience of 10,000 people over two evenings. 
             
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Making their Blossom Festival debut, the Silk Road Ensemble will perform with Yo-Yo Ma, artistic founder and director.  Yo-Yo Ma last appeared at Blossom in 1989.  Musicians from multiple nations collaborate in a multi-media experience to present music from the Silk Road, a series of land and sea trade routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium B.C.E. through the middle of the second millennium C.E.  The intersections among people from diverse cultures along the way promoted an unprecedented sharing of commodities, ideas, arts, sciences, and innovations.
The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of internationally renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries.  Each Ensemble memberĺ─˘s career illustrates a unique response to what is one of the artistic challenges of our times: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition.
Many of the musicians first came together under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 2000.  The ensemble has since made five recordings.  Several musicians in the Silk Road Ensemble performed with Yo-Yo Ma on his 2010 Grammy Award-winning recording, Songs of Joy & Peace. The Silk Road Ensemble performs around the world in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Tokyoĺ─˘s Suntory Hall, Chicagoĺ─˘s Millennium Park, Londonĺ─˘s Royal Albert Hall, and the Shanghai Stadium.

Pops Concerts Include The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band,
Blossom Festival Orchestra, and Canadian Brass
            The Blossom Festival Band and conductor Loras John Schissel appear in traditional Fourth-of-July Band Concerts on July 3 and 4.  The concerts will feature a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, Sousa marches, Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙1812ĺ─¨ Overture, and fireworks (weather permitting).
Broadway Swings will be led by pops conductor Jack Everly, who returns to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program of music by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, and others, with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway.  Ms. Callaway is a New York cabaret star, appearing frequently at Dizzyĺ─˘s Club Coca Cola, the Algonquin Room, and the Blue Note in New York City and at Yoshiĺ─˘s in San Francisco, and is known for her orchestral appearances, including concerts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops.
The DISNEY IN CONCERT: Magical Music of the Movies program with the Blossom Festival Orchestra takes place on Saturday, August 21, under the direction of Richard Kaufman, in his Blossom Festival debut.  Mr. Kaufman, a former music supervisor at MGM Studios, has led The Cleveland Orchestra in two popular concerts of film scores at Severance Hall.  The program includes music from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, among other classic Disney hits.  Excerpts of the films will be projected on giant screens above the stage and in front of the Lawn. 
Loras John Schissel will conduct a program of American popular music of the 1940s on Sunday, August 29, with the Blossom Festival Orchestra.  From the music of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to Rodgers and Hammersteinĺ─˘s South Pacific, this concert will celebrate the era of the Greatest Generation.
The Canadian Brass will make their ninth appearance at Blossom this summer.  The ĺ─˙fabulous fiveĺ─¨ brass players entertain with music ranging from baroque to jazz and pop, served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.  Seen by millions on The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight, their time-honored tradition of excellence over the past 40 years never ceases to amaze audiences around the world.

Kids Free on the Lawn and General Admission Tickets Continue
Continuing last yearĺ─˘s new policy, children 12 and under are admitted free to the Lawn with an adult Lawn ticket purchase.  The Kids Lawn Passes are available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office and the Blossom Box Office. 
Blossom patrons holding Lawn tickets may sit on the Lawn or can choose from among 1,500 seats at the rear of the Pavilion that are general admission ĺ─ý first come, first seated ĺ─ý and are priced individually at $19 and $21 for most concerts.  This change was welcomed last season by thousands of concertgoers who value Blossomĺ─˘s low Lawn prices but also enjoy the comfort and shelter of the Blossom Pavilion. 

New Lawn Ticket Book Discounts and Create-Your-Own Series
An affordable way to enjoy Blossom Festival concerts, Lawn Ticket Books of ten tickets and two free Pavilion upgrade coupons, which can be used at any concert, are now available at an advance discount of $130.  As of June 1, the price will be $139.
A Create-Your-Own Series package is being offered this season for the first time.  When purchasing 4 or more concerts, there is a savings of 10% off the single-ticket price.  There is no limit to the number of Create-Your-Own Series purchases.

2010 Series, Ticket, and Sponsor Information
Individual concert Pavilion tickets range in price from $19 to $93.  Lawn tickets for the Lawn and the rear Pavilion for most Blossom Festival concerts are priced at $19 or $21.  Individual tickets go on sale by telephone, in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, and online at www.clevelandorchestra.com on Tuesday, June 1.  The Blossom Box Office opens for the season on Friday, June 4, and will be open throughout the summer on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. through intermission on concert days.
            Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.  Call the Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales Office at Severance Hall at (216) 231-7463 for more information.
The 2010 Blossom Festival features a five-concert Saturday evening ĺ─˙Classics Aĺ─¨ subscription and a five-concert ĺ─˙Classics Bĺ─¨ series Sunday evening subscription; a four-concert ĺ─˙Celebrationsĺ─¨ subscription; and a four-concert ĺ─˙Popsĺ─¨ subscription.  Subscription package prices, which are not increasing this season, represent approximately 20% savings from single-ticket prices.  Subscription prices range from $88 to $185.  Box-seat subscriptions are priced at $272 and $340.  The renewal deadline for returning subscribers is Monday, April 12, 2010.  New subscription inquiries should be directed to the Cleveland Orchestra Subscription Office at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  New subscriptions also can be purchased online at www.clevelandorchestra.com.
VIP subscriber benefits are offered at Box-seat-level pricing and include the closest available parking in Lot A and access to Kulas Plaza, adjacent to the Pavilion, with pre-concert dining, intermission refreshments, and dedicated restrooms. 
The Blossom Festival is supported only in part through ticket sales.  For more information about contributing to support the Blossom Festival, please call (216) 231-7521.  The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following generous organizations whose sponsorship makes possible the summerĺ─˘s Blossom Festival concerts and presentations:
Akron Community Foundation
Baker Hostetler
Blossom Womenĺ─˘s Committee
The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust
Dix & Eaton
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