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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kent Nagano dirige l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Brahms au Festival de Knowlton


Kent Nagano et l'OSM dans l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Brahms au Festival de Knowlton

Montrłęal et Knowlton, le 22 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Maestro Kent Nagano, directeur musical de l'OSM et directeur artistique du Festival de Knowlton, dirigera l'OSM dans l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Johannes Brahms lors de quatre concerts qui auront lieu łŢ Knowlton les 7, 8, 13 et 16 aoł¬t Ces concerts seront jumelłęs łŢ des ëýuvres de musique vocale, interprłętłęes par certains des artistes lyriques les plus en demande sur la scł«ne internationale.

Č┤ Avec les quatre symphonies de Brahms, Kent Nagano, directeur artistique du Festival de Knowlton, lance le dłębut des prłęsentations symphoniques au festival Ȭ, a expliqułę Marco Genoni, directeur exłęcutif du Festival de Knowlton. Č┤ . Les spectateurs qui auront la chance d'assister aux quatre symphonies dans un contexte champłütre auront łęgalement l'occasion de voir et d'entendre de grands artistes lyriques de renommłęe internationale, parmi lesquels certains n'ont pas chantłę au Qułębec depuis un long moment. Ȭ

Les concerts mettront en vedette les artistes suivants :

Čů Le 7 aoł¬t, la mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux interprłętera la Rhapsodie pour alto, chëýur d'hommes et orchestre de Brahms et les Deux chants pour voix d'alto, dans lesquels dialoguent deux voix d'alto, l'une humaine et l'autre instrumentale (la partie d'alto sera assurłęe par Neal Gripp, alto solo de l'OSM).

Čů Le 8 aoł¬t, le tłęnor hłęrołěque Ben Heppner fera un retour des plus attendus au Qułębec dans six lieder de Richard Strauss, dont le sublime Morgen, cadeau de mariage du compositeur łŢ sa femme Pauline.

Čů Le baryton Thomas Hampson se joindra łŢ l'OSM le 13 aoł¬t lors du troisił«me concert de cette słęrie, dans trois lieder de Strauss rarement interprłętłęs.

Čů Et finalement, le 16 aoł¬t, lors du concert de clłąture du Festival, les sopranos June Anderson, Sumi Jo et Susan Platts offriront des extraits du płętillant opłęra Le Chevalier łŢ la rose, de Richard Strauss. Ce concert, sera suivi d'un grand pique-nique champłütre avec Kent Nagano, les artistes et musiciens de l'OSM.

Les symphonies de Brahms, vłęritables monuments du genre, sont des ëýuvres de musique pure et doivent leur puissance au talent du compositeur łŢ jouer avec le langage musical. Un univers vaste et glorieux attend donc l'auditeur prłüt łŢ consacrer quatre soirłęes łŢ la musique orchestrale de Brahms. Que ce soit le combat hłęrołěque de la Premił«re Symphonie, la beautłę idyllique de la Deuxił«me, la młęlancolie automnale de la Troisił«me ou la majestłę imposante de la Quatrił«me, ces chefs-d'ëýuvre sauront rłęvłęler toute leur splendeur.

Devant le remarquable succł«s remportłę l'łętłę dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient une manifestation annuelle d'envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, se succłęderont concerts symphoniques, soirłęes d'airs d'opłęra, prłęsentation en version orchestrale de l'opłęra Bel Canto La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, rłęcitals, concerts de la relł«ve, classes de małĂtre pour jeunes chanteurs et activitłęs d'initiation łŢ la musique pour enfants.

Les biographies d'artistes, la programmation et les coordonnłęes de la billetterie sont disponibles sur le site du festival au www.festivaldeknowlton.com

Le Festival de Knowlton est prłęsentłę par la sociłętłę Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. avec la participation de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et avec la collaboration de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome. Le Festival s'appuie łęgalement sur l'apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Tourisme Qułębec, La Ville de Lac Brome, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Pinchas Zukerman leads NACO's first-ever performance of Brahms' German Requiem


Pinchas Zukerman leads NAC Orchestra in its first-ever performance of Brahmsĺ─˘ German Requiem on June 18-19

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Music Director Pinchas Zukerman leads the National Arts Centre Orchestra in its first-ever performance of Brahmsĺ─˘ sublime German Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem) as a grand finale to the 2008-09 season with soprano Nicole Cabell (making her NAC Orchestra debut), baritone Nathan Berg, and three choirs combined under the direction of chorus master Duain Wolfe ĺ─ý the Ottawa Choral Society (Matthew Larkin, director), Ottawa Festival Chorus (Laurence Ewashko and Duain Wolfe, directors) and Cantata Singers of Ottawa (Michael Zaugg, director). These Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall open with Capital BrassWorks alternating with a womenĺ─˘s chorus in works by Bach and Brahms.

On Friday, June 19 only, there is a Musically Speaking pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. This exploration of the Brahms German Requiem will be led by star soprano-teacher Benita Valente (on the faculty of the NAC Summer Music Institute) and demonstrated by young soprano Maghan Stewart and baritone Jonathan Estabrooks accompanied by pianist Jean Desmarais. This entertaining and informative lecture-demonstration, hosted by Paul Lefebvre, is free.

Brahms considered calling this Requiem the ĺ─˙Human Requiemĺ─¨. With a gentle setting of ĺ─˙How lovely is thy dwelling placeĺ─¨ as its centrepiece, it is intended to comfort the bereaved and give them peace and hope. The composerĺ─˘s crowning achievement, the German Requiem ranges from radiant to dramatic. Brahms began the Requiem when he was only 23 and suffering from the loss of Schumann, his dear friend and mentor ĺ─ý and he completed it three years after the death of his mother.

The opening half of this program features Capital Brassworks, a 12-member ensemble made up of brass players from the NAC Orchestra, in transcriptions of three Bach numbers, two of which are introduced by the respective chorales upon which they are based performed by a womenĺ─˘s choir singing unaccompanied ĺ─ý ĺ─˙Jesu, Joy of Manĺ─˘s Desiringĺ─¨ (Jesus bleibet meine Freude) and ĺ─˙Sleepers, Wakeĺ─¨ (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme). As an interlude in this Bach encounter, the womenĺ─˘s choir joins two horns and a harp for a group of Brahms songs that, due to their unusual scoring, are rarely heard in live performance but which are among the most divinely beautiful ever written. The evening opens with Bachĺ─˘s Fantasia in C major performed by Capital BrassWorks.

California-born soprano *Nicole Cabell, the 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, and a DECCA recording artist, has received tremendous public and critical acclaim for her work in opera, concert and recital. This season included her debut season at the Metropolitan Opera, and this summer, she makes her Hollywood Bowl debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Next season she returns to the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony.

Baritone Nathan Berg made his debut at the National Arts Centre in 1998, and his most recent appearance was last season, singing Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Elijah. A winner of prizes in the Royal Over-Seas League, Peter Pears, Kathleen Ferrier and Walther Gruner Lieder Competitions, Mr. Bergĺ─˘s musicality and artistry continues to receive international critical acclaim. His operatic credits include the Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper.

*Nicole Cabell replaces soprano Erin Wall. (However Erin Wall will perform with the NAC Orchestra in Opera Under the Stars on July 24 as part of Orchestras in the Park.)

Tickets for these Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 and $86.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at www.nac-cna.ca.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jamie Parker and Friends - Feb 27

Jamie Parker and Friends
Faculty artist concert showcases the music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck Schumann

TORONTO ĺ─ý A founder of the award-winning Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker and his colleagues will present a concert dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Clara Wieck Schumann. The concert takes place on Friday, February 27
at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall as part of the Faculty Artist Series. Tickets $25 ($15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the Faculty of Music box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744. Walter Hall is located in the Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queen's Park, accessible by subway (Museum stop).

PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms: Romanze in F, Op. 118 No. 5
Clara Wieck Schumann: Romance: Andante con sentimento, from Quatre pił«ces caractłęristiques, Op. 5 No. 3
Robert Schumann: Trłžumerei from Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15
Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 2, in F, Op. 80 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, and Roman Borys, cello)
Clara Wieck Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3, in C minor, Op. 101 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon and Roman Borys)

A two-time JUNO Award winner and founder of the Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker is one of Canada's most renowned artists. Whether in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts, he has appeared across Canada, US and Europe. Celebrated by critics, he has performed with every major Canadian orchestra including Montrłęal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Qułębec City and National Arts Centre orchestras, to name a few. James Parker studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia with Kum Sing Lee, and then went on to study with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School in New York. In September 2004, Dr. Parker was appointed as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.

Featuring music faculty members, the Faculty Artist Series has a long tradition of presenting some of Canadaĺ─˘s most celebrated artists and is considered one of the finest recital series in Toronto. For more information on this or other Faculty of Music concert series, please visit our website at www.music.utoronto.ca or contact the Box Office at 416-978-3744.

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Ticket sales and general inquiries:
Faculty of Music Box Office
Hours: 1 ĺ─ý 7 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours on performance nights.
Phone: 416-978-3744
Address: Lobby level, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C5

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Monday, January 5, 2009

The VSO proudly presents the Wall Centre Brahms Festival!


The VSO proudly presents the Wall Centre Brahms Festival

with world-renowned guest artists James Ehnes, Jan Vogler

and Peter Donohoe

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is extremely proud to present the Wall Centre Brahms Festival, a musical celebration of one of historyĺ─˘s greatest composers. Firmly cast in the Romantic era, yet gracefully writing in the Classical style of Mozart and Haydn, Johannes Brahms wrote some of the most extraordinary music the world has ever known. The Wall Centre Brahms Festival consists of four concerts and will take place between January 17th and 26th at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey will conduct all four concerts.

January 17th features the VSOĺ─˘s GRAMMY and JUNO partner, violinist James Ehnes performing one of the greatest works for violin ever written, Brahms Violin Concerto. Also featured in this concert is Symphony No. 1 and the Academic Festival Overture. James Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music. He has performed in over 20 countries on five continents with many of the worldĺ─˘s most renowned orchestras and conductors. Recently, Ehnes paid tribute to the worldĺ─˘s most celebrated violin-makers with his recording and DVD, HOMAGE, released on the ONYX label in November in Canada and in early 2009 to the rest of the world. This unique project features performances on 12 of the greatest instruments ever made, all belonging to the Fulton collection, one of the most important private collections in the world.

January 19th showcases James Ehnes and cellist Jan Vogler performing the famous Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, in an evening that also features Brahmsĺ─˘s Second Symphony and Hungarian Dance No. 1. Jan Vogler is hailed for his ĺ─˙spiraling virtuosityĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙lyrical intuitionĺ─¨. A world-renowned cellist, Vogler plays with passion and the right amount of risk, unafraid of expanding his style and refining his musical language.

January 24th features internationally-renowned pianist Peter Donohoe performing the first of Brahmsĺ─˘s two monumental piano concertos. Also on the program is the beautiful Symphony No. 3 and the legendary Tragic Overture. January 26th also features pianist Peter Donohoe performing one of the greatest works for piano ever written, Brahmsĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2. This concert will also feature Brahmsĺ─˘s final symphony, Symphony No. 4, and his Hungarian Dance No. 10. Peter Donohoe is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest British pianists alive today ĺ─ý acclaimed for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. Born in Manchester, he studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music and later in Paris with Olivier Messiaen. Donohoe shot to fame after winning the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition and began touring the world as a soloist. Prior to appearing with the VSO, Mr. Donohoe will perform with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Celebrate the music of one of historyĺ─˘s most important composers with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Bramwell Tovey and world-renowned guest artists in a festival that features all four Brahms Symphonies and all of his concertos. The VSO is proud to present the Wall Centre Brahms Festival Pass: purchase all four concerts and receive 25% off regular pricing!

CONCERT INFO

WALL CENTRE BRAHMS FESTIVAL

Saturday, January 17, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

James Ehnes, violin

Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major

Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor

Monday, January 19, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

James Ehnes, violin

Jan Vogler, cello

Brahms Hungarian Dance No.1

Brahms Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major

Saturday, January 24, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Peter Donohoe, piano


Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor

Brahms Symphony No.3 in F Major

Monday, January 26, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Peter Donohoe, piano

Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 10

Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major

Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor

Johannes Brahms was one of the worldĺ─˘s greatest composers. Firmly cast in the Romantic era, yet gracefully writing in the Classical style of Mozart and Haydn, Brahms wrote some of the most extraordinary music the world has ever known. Join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Bramwell Tovey and world-renowned guest artists in a celebration of the music of one of historyĺ─˘s most important composers.

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Wall Centre Brahms Festival Pass: Purchase all 4 concerts and receive 25% off regular pricing!

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Festival Sponsor:

Wall Centre

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, Conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

Tovey garnered a 2008 Grammy Award and a 2008 Juno Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. New works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonicsĺ─˘ 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

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

James Ehnes, Violin

James Ehnes has rapidly established a pre-eminent reputation among concert violinists. He has performed with such renowned conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Lorin Maazel, Michael Gielen, Hans Graf, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Richard Hickox, Paavo Jłžrvi, Andrew Litton, Zdenek Macal, Sir Charles Mackerras, David Robertson, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Christian Thielemann, Bramwell Tovey, and Bobby McFerrin, appearing with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada. Recent engagements include appearances in Europe with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra, in Asia with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and in North America with the major orchestras of New York, Cleveland, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, Minnesota, St. Paul, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal.

Recitals have taken Mr. Ehnes to major cities around the world including London, Paris, Prague, Washington D.C., Tokyo, Osaka, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. He has also appeared at major international festivals including Chicago's Ravinia Festival, the Marlboro Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Tokyo Summer Music Festival, the Bermuda Festival, the Montreux Festival, the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, the Festival Cłąte St. Andrłę, the Moritzburg Festival, and the Festival of the White Nights. As a chamber musician, he has performed in trio with cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Louis Lortie and has collaborated with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes and Yo-Yo Ma.


Following a busy summer featuring appearances in Seattle and Vail, and his first tour to Australia and New Zealand, the 2008-2009 season takes James Ehnes to Malaysia, Western and Eastern Canada, as well as to Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, the UK, Detroit, Nashville, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

In Europe, James will be featured in concerts with l'Orchestre de la Swisse Romande in Geneva, the Duisberger Philharmoniker, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Gł║rzenich Orchester KłĆln, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the GłĆteborg Symfonieorkester, l'Orchestre philharmonique de Lił«ge, the Munich State Opera Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Canada claims James for performances with the Winnipeg, Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, St. John's and Timmins Symphony Orchestras, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; in the US, he will appear with the Florida West Coast Symphony and at the San Diego Mostly Mozart Festival.

As well, James will return to Australia in November for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and appear with the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his many concert appearances, James will appear in recital in Detroit, Toronto, Tilburg (Netherlands), London's Wigmore Hall, and undertake tours of Eastern and Western Canada.


An extremely prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, with five JUNO Awards and the 2008 GRAMMY Award, James Ehnes recently added to his impressive discography of over 20 recordings with the release of Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis on the Onyx label and a disc of works by Paul Schoenfield with pianist Andrew Russo (Black Box). James's CD featuring the violin concertos of Korngold, Walton and Barber with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey conducting (CBC) was widely considered a highlight of 2006 and won the 2008 GRAMMY and JUNO Awards.

In January 2006, he celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with the release of a recording of Mozart's complete oeuvre for solo violin and orchestra. The five Violin Concertos and three single movement works- Adagio K 261, Rondo K 269, and Rondo K 373 - features an ensemble of extraordinary musicians which Ehnes gathered from around the world and directed himself (CBC Records) and has widely received top praise making it "a clear first choice in the field" (Classic FM).

James Ehnes has recorded repertoire ranging from Bach Violin Sonatas to John Adams Road Movies. His CBC recordings with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal of Max Bruch's Concertos nos. 1 and 3 (with Charles Dutoit) and Concerto no. 2 with the Scottish Fantasy (with Mario Bernardi) won back-to-back Juno awards in 2001 and 2002 for Best Classical Recording. In January 2002, he was named Young Artist of the Year at the Cannes Classical Awards for his Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin by Bach (Analekta), which was also awarded a JUNO award in 2001.


James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, at age nine he became a protłęgłę of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music, then in 1993 at The Juilliard School. He graduated from Julliard in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts' prestigious Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In October 2005, James was honoured by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.

James Ehnes plays the "Ex Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715 and gratefully acknowledges its extended loan from the Fulton Collection. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife Kate.

Jan Vogler, Cello

Since he dedicated himself to his instrument he has constantly been working on expanding the spectrum of his cello sound and refines his musical language in an enduring dialogue with renowned contemporary composers and interpreters ĺ─ý with passion and the required dose of risk. The New York Times admires Jan Voglerĺ─˘s ĺ─˙lyrical intuitionĺ─¨, the Gramophone Magazine praises his ĺ─˙spiraling virtuosityĺ─¨ and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung certified him the talent to be able to ĺ─˙let his cello speak like a singing voiceĺ─¨. ĺ─űFrom Screaming to singing ĺ─ý Jan Vogler and his celloĺ─˙ was the title of a 2004 Strad issue. In October 2006, Jan Vogler received the European Award for Culture.

Highlights of the 2007/08 season are concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Mark Elder and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in December. In February, Jan Vogler presents an extraordinary program together with the Camerata Bern in Dresden, in which he will also perform solo pieces. Also his successful cooperation with pianist Martin Stadtfeld will be continued in this season. The German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has invited him for February, and in April he will perform Brahmsĺ─˘ double concerto together with violinist Mira Wang in the Cologne Philharmonie. In 2006/07, Jan Vogler has toured the USA, Asia and Europe. He performed together with Moritzburg Festival artists in Berlin Philharmonie, and he was guest of the Freiburg Philharmonic, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, Staatsorchester Halle and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Jan Vogler and the mdr Symphony Orchestra performed at the Leipziger Gewandhaus and at the Prague Autumn Festival, and in May 2007, Jan Vogler gave his debut with the Vienna Symphony.

Jan Vogler, who currently lives in Dresden and New York together with his wife and two daughters started as principal cellist of the Słžchsische Staatskapelle Dresden only aged 20 but left the position in 1997 in order to fully concentrate on his already successful career as a soloist. Career highlights include his performances with the New York Philharmonic, one of them with Lorin Maazel during the reopening festivities of the Dresden Frauenkirche in 2005. Jan Vogler plays the precious Montagnana ĺ─˛Ex-Hekkingĺ─˘ cello from 1721.

Alongside the standard pieces Jan Voglerĺ─˘s orchestra repertoire includes exceptional works such as the cello concerto Dunkle Saiten by JłĆrg Widmann which is dedicated to Jan Vogler, and the cello concertos by Samuel Barber and Michael Haydn. Together with the New York Philharmonic he premiered English composer Colin Matthewsĺ─˘ Berceuse for Dresden in the Dresden Frauenkirche in 2005.

Vogler is also a passionate chamber musician. Co-founder of the Moritzburg Festival, he is its artistic director and also takes the festival ensemble on tours. He regularly performs with pianists such as Hłęlł«ne Grimaud, Martin Stadtfeld, and Louis Lortie. Together with Lortie he offers special programs, for example a Lieder program with works by Wagner, Wolf and Liszt.

Vogler began his successful collaboration with Sony Classical in 2003/04 with a recording of Straussĺ─˘ Don Quixote and Romance with the Słžchsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Fabio Luisi. Another Sony recording, titled The Secrets of Dvorakĺ─˘s cello concerto with the New York Philharmonic and David Robertson, was awarded the Diapason dĺ─˘Or, among others. Following a CD with Faurłę and Ravel piano quintets, in 2006 two new CDs were released with musicians of the Moritzburg Festival, performing Mozart chamber works. One of them was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2006. His highly successful recordings for Berlin Classics include the cello concertos by Samuel Barber and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. His latest CD My Tunes, was released on Sony Classical in February 07. The next CD from September 07 includes cello concerti by Hasse, Graf, Michael Haydn (world premiere recordings), and C.P.E. Bach, recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Reinhard Goebel.

Peter Donohoe, Piano

Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derek Wyndham and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. Since his unprecedented success as joint winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has developed a distinguished career in Europe, the USA, the Far East and Australasia. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. In 2006 he was invited by the Netherlands to be Ambassador for Music in the Middle East.

During the 2007/8 season Peter Donohoeĺ─˘s performances include the City of Birmingham Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, an extensive tour to South America and concerts in Moscow and St Petersburg. He will also take part in a major Messiaen Festival in the Spanish city of Cuenca, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the composerĺ─˘s birth and performs solo recitals throughout the UK, including Londonĺ─˘s Cadogan Hall. Last season Peter Donohoeĺ─˘s engagements included the complete works for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Donohoe played with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Sir Simon Rattleĺ─˘s opening concerts as Music Director. He has also recently performed with all the major London Orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. He was an annual visitor to the BBC Proms for seventeen years and has appeared at many other festivals including six consecutive visits to the Edinburgh Festival, La Roque dĺ─˘Anthłęron in France, and at the Ruhr and Schleswig Holstein Festivals in Germany. In the United States, his appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Peter Donohoe has worked with many of the worldsĺ─˘ greatest conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yevgeny Svetlanov.

Peter Donohoe is a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with the pianist Martin Roscoe. They have given performances in London and at the Edinburgh Festival and have recorded discs of Gershwin and Rachmaninov. Other musical partners have included the Maggini Quartet, with whom he has made recordings of several great British chamber works.

In 2001 Naxos released a disc of music by Finzi, the first of a major series of recordings which aims to raise the public's awareness of British piano repertoire through concert performance and recordings. Discs of music by Rawsthorne, Bliss, Darnton, Rowley, Ferguson, Gerhard, Alwyn, Pitfield and Harty have now also been released to great critical acclaim.

Peter Donohoe has made many fine recordings on EMI Records and has won awards for them including the Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt and the Gramophone Concerto award for the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 2. His recordings of Messiaen with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble for Chandos Records and Litolff for Hyperion have also received widespread acclaim.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson | New CD On Wigmore Hall Live


LORRAINE HUNT LIEBERSON'S 1999 WIGMORE HALL CONCERT

IS RELEASED ON THE WIGMORE HALL LIVE LABEL


THE MUSIC OF SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS IS HEARD IN POWERFUL AND PROFOUND PERFORMANCES BY THE BELOVED AMERICAN MEZZO-SOPRANO WHO DIED IN 2006; JULIUS DRAKE IS THE PIANIST


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the esteemed and beloved American mezzo-soprano who died in 2006, is heard in a new CD on the Wigmore Hall Live label (WHLIVE0024). This concert was recorded live in London's Wigmore Hall on October 4, 1999. Julius Drake is the pianist.


Ms. Hunt Lieberson's performances of works by Brahms and Schumann are soulful, powerful and profound -- a masterful technique completely in service to the music and its message.


This is the 25th CD released on the Wigmore Hall Live label and the second by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the first being the 30 November 1998 concert of works by Brahms, Handel, Lieberson (the singer's husband), Mahler, and a traditional spiritual, with Roger Vignoles, pianist (WHLive0013, released last year).


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, originally from Northern California, died at the age of 52. She brought an almost paradoxical combination of serenity and intensity to her performances, with her subtle but penetrating illumination of both text and music. Her recorded legacy is relatively small, making this release especially valuable.


Reviewing the live concert in 1999, Andrew Clements in The Guardian (London) wrote: "...With Julius Drake as the ever attentive pianist, she devoted her recital to Brahms and Schumann, and it was spell-binding. There is no artifice, no affectation and most of all no self-regarding ego about Hunt Lieberson; she is on the platform to communicate. It helps, of course, that she possesses a voice of such haunting beauty and that her musicality is so instinctive ... Each number of Frauenliebe und -leben ran through a whole spectrum of colour and emotional flux. The way in which Ich kann's nicht fassen grew from breathless wonder to untrammelled ecstasy was a microcosm of the emotional journey that the whole cycle charts. Magical."


The contents of the CD are as follows:


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mezzo-soprano

Julius Drake, Piano


Brahms ĺ─ý Eight Songs, Op. 57

Schumann ĺ─ý Four Lieder from Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Op. 98a

Schumann ĺ─ý Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

(Encores: Debussy ĺ─ý Fantoches from Fetes galantes; and Handel ĺ─ý Angels, ever bright and fair, from Theodora)


John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, who is responsible for all aspects of the Hall's activities and its recording label, stated: "We are particularly delighted to release a second Wigmore Hall Live archive recording of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson -- one of the world's most beautiful voices -- in repertoire by Schumann and Brahms.


"Wigmore Hall Live has grown into a flagship international label since its launch in 2005, and we're very excited that we have already reached our 25th disc, with many more exciting releases planned for the seasons ahead. The label is now distributed in 30 worldwide territories, bringing the unique Wigmore Hall experience to an even greater audience."


London's Wigmore Hall is generally regarded as the world's finest concert hall for chamber music and song, a reputation which has grown and flourished in the 107 years since its opening. Its generous acoustics, intimacy and warm hospitality has won great loyalty from the world's greatest artists. Being innovative as well as traditional, Wigmore Hall has consistently led the way for new types of song recital and chamber music programming. It is held in the highest esteem and affection by musicians and music lovers the world over.


Wigmore Hall Live's catalogue includes archival recordings of musicians of the highest calibre: Dame Margaret Price with Geoffrey Parsons, and Peter Schreier with Andrł░s Schiff; contemporary Wigmore regulars Dame Felicity Lott with Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen with Malcolm Martineau. Early music, with the Academy of Ancient Music, is heard in close proximity to contemporary music, advocated by the Arditti Quartet, while Wigmore Hall continues its commitment to nurturing Young Artists with exhilarating performance by Joyce DiDonato and Julius Drake. The label's newer releases include recent concerts from the Ysał°e Quartet, and the first appearance at the Hall by Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski and her recital partner, Marita Isokoski.


Releases scheduled for 2009 on Wigmore Hall Live include recitals by Swedish soprano Miah Persson and pianist Roger Vignoles; Polish mezzo-soprano Ewa Podleë§ with pianist Garrick Ohlsson (a program that also features Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death); Russian-born pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja; and Hungarian pianist Andrł░s Schiff playing at Wigmore Hall's 1988 Haydn Festival.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Mozart Brahms Festival includes Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, and more!

The NAC Orchestra launches its 08-09 season with a Mozart Brahms Festival led by Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, including special guests Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Janina Fialkowska, the Tokyo Quartet and more, Sept. 23-Oct 2

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Pinchas Zukerman opens his tenth season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra on Tuesday, September 23 with a Mozart Brahms Festival that runs until Thursday, October 2. For ten magnificent days these two classical titans meet face to face in concerts featuring such superstars as violinist Itzhak Perlman, conductor Zubin Mehta, pianist Janina Fialkowska, the Tokyo and Escher String Quartets and Pinchas Zukerman as conductor, violinist and violist. Audiences will hear how each composer illuminates the other through orchestral, vocal, chamber and family concerts including pre- and post-concert talks given by media and musical celebrities. There are five orchestral concerts on September 23, 24 and 27, and October 1 and 2 in Southam Hall at 8 p.m.; four chamber music concerts at the National Gallery of Canada on September 26 and 28 and October 1 and 2 (at various times); and two separate daytime family events on September 27. (A chronological listing of concerts follows.)

The Festival includes pre-concert talks at 7 p.m. prior to each of the five orchestral concerts, in English on Sept. 23, 27 and Oct. 2, and in French on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Speakers include CBC Radio personalities Eric Friesen, Alan Neal and Jill LaForty, and music critics Richard Todd, Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer and Franł▀ois Tousignant. In addition, on Sept. 27 principal bassoon Christopher Millard will record a podcast with Pinchas Zukerman and his daughter Arianna Zukerman in front of a live audience for the Orchestraĺ─˘s renowned NACOcast series.

The musical content of the Festival includes all four Brahms symphonies, with Nos. 1, 3 and 4 conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and No. 2 conducted by Zubin Mehta in his NAC Orchestra debut. Mehta will also lead Pinchas Zukerman in the Brahms Violin Concerto; violinist Itzhak Perlman will join violist Zukerman for Mozartĺ─˘s Duo for Violin and Viola in G major and Sinfonia Concertante; pianist Janina Fialkowska will perform Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 24; and Pinchas Zukerman will conduct Mozartĺ─˘s Requiem with his daughter soprano Arianna Zukerman, mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, tenor Wesley Rogers and bass John Fanning, with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the Ottawa Choral Society and the Ottawa Festival Chorus under chorus master Duain Wolfe. The concerts on Sept. 23 and 24 are also the opening concerts of the Mark Motors Audi Signature Series, and the concerts on Oct. 1 and 2 are the opening concerts of the Ovation Series.

CBC Radio 2 (103.3) is the official broadcast partner of the Festival. All four Brahms Symphonies plus the Violin Concerto are being recorded by CBC Radio 2 for broadcast on Tempo hosted by Julie Nesrallah and Sunday Afternoon in Concert hosted by Bill Richardson.

The world-famous Tokyo String Quartet will perform two different programmes combining Mozart, Brahms, Haydn and Webern on September 26 at 8 p.m. and on September 28 at 2 p.m. (the latter doubling as the opening chamber music concert of the Music for a Sunday Afternoon series). The rising star Escher Quartet, made up of four of Pinchas Zukermanĺ─˘s students from the NAC Summer Music Institute and the Manhattan School of Music, will perform Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven in two different programmes in the Rideau Chapel of the National Gallery at 12 noon on October 1 and 2.

There are two family events on Saturday, September 27. The Shoestring Opera will present a show for children aged 5 to 8 based on Mozartĺ─˘s Magic Flute in the Panorama Room at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m. there will be an interactive workshop exploring the NACĺ─˘s Flentrop Organ for ages 8 to 15 given by organist Thomas Annand and Ian MacKay of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

COMPLETE MOZART BRAHMS FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING

ITZHAK AND PINCHAS

Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m.

Mark Motors Audi Signature Series and Mozart Brahms Festival

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, viola

Itzhak Perlman, violin

MOZART Duo for violin and viola in G major

MOZART Sinfonia concertante

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in English)

ĺ─˙The Mozart/Brahms Connectionĺ─¨

with CBC Radio Network Host Eric Friesen

ITZHAK AND PINCHAS ENCORE

Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

Mark Motors Audi Signature Series and Mozart Brahms Festival

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor, viola

Itzhak Perlman, violin

MOZART Duo for violin and viola in G major

MOZART Sinfonia concertante

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in French)

ĺ─˙Aimez-vous Brahms? Et Mozart?ĺ─¨

with music critic Jean Jacques Van Vlasselaer

TOKYO STRING QUARTET

Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m.

Mozart Brahms Festival

National Gallery of Canada Auditorium

Tokyo String Quartet

HAYDN String Quartet No. 60 in G major, Op. 76, No. 1

MOZART String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, ĺ─˙Prussian 2ĺ─¨

BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C minor

SHOESTRING MAGIC FLUTE

Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 (in English)

Mozart Brahms Festival

Panorama Room: mats for children and chairs for grown-ups (for ages 5-8)

Based on Mozartĺ─˘s famous opera, Shoestring Opera presents the story of Allegra, lost in a dark forest on her way home from school. Enter Papageno, a feathered birdcatcher pursued by a Dragon ĺ─ý and the fun, adventure and glorious singing begin! Featuring two singer-actors, a cellist, a pianist and Mozartĺ─˘s beautiful music this is an ideal childĺ─˘s introduction to the joy of opera.

EXPLORE THE FLENTROP ORGAN

Saturday, September 27 at 3 p.m.

Mozart Brahms Festival

For ages 8-15

Southam Hall backstage

Thomas Annand, organ

Ian MacKay, Royal Canadian College of Organists

Ever wonder why the organ is called ĺ─˙the king of instrumentsĺ─¨? Find out in this exciting interactive workshop especially for families held backstage in Southam Hall. Hear the music of Mozart and Brahms as your children explore the massive Flentrop organ, a thank-you gift to the NAC from the Dutch community in Canada.

MOZARTĺ─˘S TRANSCENDENT REQUIEM

Saturday, September 27 at 8 p.m.

Mozart Brahms Festival

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor

Arianna Zukerman, soprano

Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano

Wesley Rogers, tenor

John Fanning, bass-baritone

Cantata Singers of Ottawa

Ottawa Choral Society

Ottawa Festival Chorus

Duain Wolfe, chorus master

MOZART Requiem

Musically Speaking Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in English)

ĺ─˙Eyeing Eternityĺ─¨

CBC Radio host Alan Neal leads a discussion with CBC Radio Music Producer Jill LaForty

Musically Speaking Post-Concert Talkback (in English)

NACOcast host and principal bassoon Christopher Millard hosts a podcast with Pinchas Zukerman and his daughter Arianna Zukerman.

TOKYO STRING QUARTET

Sunday, September 28

Music for a Sunday Afternoon and Mozart Brahms Festival

National Gallery of Canada Auditorium at 2 p.m.

Tokyo String Quartet

Pinchas Zukerman, viola

Amanda Forsyth, cello

WEBERN String Quartet, Op. 28

HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 50, No. 1
BRAHMS String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

ESCHER STRING QUARTET

Wednesday, October 1 at 12 noon

Mozart Brahms Festival

National Gallery of Canada Rideau Chapel

Escher String Quartet

MOZART Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387
BEETHOVEN Quartet Op. 59, No. 3

MEHTA, ZUKERMAN AND BRAHMS

Wednesday, October 1 at 8 p.m.

Ovation Series and Mozart Brahms Festival

Zubin Mehta, conductor

Pinchas Zukerman, violin

BRAHMS Violin Concerto

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in French)

ĺ─˙Aprł«s lĺ─˘art pour lĺ─˘art, voici la musique pour la musiqueĺ─¨

with Montreal music critic and composer Franł▀ois Tousignant

ESCHER STRING QUARTET

Thursday, October 2 at 12 noon

Mozart Brahms Festival

National Gallery of Canada Rideau Chapel

Escher String Quartet

MOZART Quartet No. 17, B-flat major, K. 458, "The Hunt"
BRAHMS Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major

THE PASSION OF MOZART AND BRAHMS

Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m.

Ovation Series and Mozart Brahms Festival

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor

Janina Fialkowska, piano

MOZART Overture to CosłĘ fan tutte

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

Pre-Concert Chat at 19:00 (in English)

ĺ─˙What Mozart forgot to tell Brahmsĺ─¨

with Ottawa Citizen music critic Richard Todd

Tickets are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at www.nac-cna.ca.

Tickets for the NAC Orchestra concerts in Southam Hall at 8 p.m. (if available) are $39 to $115 on Sept. 23 and 24; $25 to $89 on Sept. 27 and Oct. 1; and $19 to $86 on Oct. 2 (5% GST and Facility Fee included). The Tokyo Quartet concerts in the Auditorium of the National Gallery are $29 and the Escher Quartet concerts in the Rideau Chapel are $ 20. The Shoestring Magic Flute and Explore the Flentrop Organ, both on Sept. 27, are $8 for children and $14 for adults.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets at $11 (subject to availability) are available for full-time students aged 13 to 29 between 2 p.m the day before a performance until 6 p.m the day of the performance, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card. Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca. Subscriptions are also still available by calling the Subscription Office at 613-947-7000, ext. 620.

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