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Monday, October 19, 2009

The VSOs Elementary School Concerts begin next month

October 15, 2009 - Vancouver BC The VSO is proud to present VSO Goes Global! on November 16, 18, 23 and 25. Each concert takes place at 10am and 12pm at the newly-renovated Orpheum Theatre and is designed for students from grade 4 to 7. VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell leads the orchestra in an internationally-themed concert featuring the works of two Canadian composers VSO Composer-In-Residence Scott Good and video game composer Marc Baril.

The VSO highly encourages students to attend an Elementary School Concert, which are open to all schools and homeschools. Supported by study guides and materials that support the curriculum, the concerts are an affordable, educational, and fun experience for students. Students can sing-along with the orchestra to the African folk tune Siyahamba and discover new cultures and music from around the world. They will learn in an entertaining and stimulating environment while the VSO circles the globe in less than one hour!

The VSO has a long standing tradition of providing grade-appropriate Elementary School concerts and each season up to 35,000 students from over 400 schools and homeschools attend. A wonderful combination of orchestral music, theatre and video technology, the VSO school concerts provide students with an interactive live music experience. Video screens located on both sides of the Orpheum stage provide students with close-up shots of the orchestra and conductor as they perform. Study Guides, podcasts, music tracks and bonus features designed to prepare teachers and students for the concerts can be downloaded for free on the VSOs website: www.vancouversymphony.ca/esc.

The VSO thanks its series sponsor Industrial Alliance Pacific and TELUS, Premier Education Partner, for their continued generosity and support, which has enabled the Symphony to freeze the ticket price at $5.50 per student the lowest Elementary School Concert ticket price out of all major Canadian Symphony Orchestras.

CONCERT INFO
VSO Goes Global!ĮClimb aboard with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and travel the world without ever leaving the Orpheum Theatre! Discover cultures and music from around the world as the VSO circles the globe in less than an hour!ĮĮIntermediate Concert: Grades 4 to 7Į
November 16, 18, 23 and 25Į
10:00am and 12:00pm daily
ĮNOVEMBER 18th, 10 am SOLD OUT

TICKET PRICE:
Students: $5.50 (incl. GST)Į
Teachers: Teachers and Special Needs Assistants are free
ĮChaperones: One adult per 10 students will be free. All additional adults are $5.50 (incl. GST)

ORDER: online at www.vancouversymphony.ca/esc or call 604-684-9100 ext. 246 to request a brochure and fax or mail it in.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tiny Tots: Concerts for the Little Ones!

VANCOUVER, BC The Vancouver Symphonys Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for children up to four years of age, focusing on fun and music education for early childhood development. Concerts take place on Fridays at 10:00am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm at the Playhouse Theatre in downtown Vancouver and Saturdays at 10:00am and 11:30am at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, in their own musical presentations for kids.

The Tiny Tots series begins on October 23rd and 24th with Musical Olympics for Tots, a concert of winning melodies and favourite classics. The next concert in the series takes place in December Holiday Hooray! features the music of Tchaikovskys Nutcracker and other frosty favourites for children to sing-along with. The Cirque de Classic concert in March presents music by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart and features magic, movement, and classic miniatures. The final concert of this series, Gallop and Go!, takes place in May and will be a symphonic adventure into farmyard fun.

Lisa Grace Allison and Linda Sebenius, the creators of Let Your Music Shine!, are Redmond-based twin sisters, educators, composers, and performers. They have performed their original musical theatre scores for thousands of Northwest families, as well as releasing multiple award-winning CDs and DVDs. Music Shine Media, LLC is a multi-media production company devoted to developing, producing, and distributing the original products and performances of Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda.

Check out Let Your Music Shines new YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/LetYourMusicShine

Single concert tickets: Adult $15, Child $7, Children under 6 months by donation
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

TELUS Premier Education Partner

The VSOs Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher.


CONCERT INFO

Friday, October 23, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, October 24, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Musical Olympics for Tots
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrens entertainers

I can sing, I can play! Winning melodies and favourite classics highlight this GOLD medal show.


Friday, December 11, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, December 12, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Holiday Hooray!
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrens entertainers

Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky. Move-along with the Nutcracker and sing-a-long to frosty favourites!


Friday, March 26, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Cirque de Classic
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrens entertainers

Let's all go to the 3-ring musical circus! Filled with magic, movement and classic miniatures.


Friday, May 21, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, May 22, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Gallop and Go!
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrens entertainers

This symphonic adventure into farmyard fun will have tots bouncing to that barnyard beat.


BIOGRAPHIES

Let Your Music Shine with Linda and Lisa, childrens entertainers

Lisa G. Allison and Linda Sebenius, are composers, producers and educators. Their performance duo is committed to presenting the highest quality original, engaging, and age appropriate music education programs and products for young children.

Lisa G. Allison, Artistic Director (M.A. Music Education)
As Artistic Director, Lisa co-ordinates staging, set design, and costuming for live performances. In addition, Lisa is footage coordinator and lead editor for Music Shine Media video productions. When not performing with Let Your Music Shine and editing amazing footage, Lisa is a Voice/Performance Coach and Director of LGMusic Voice Studio and an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake Washington School District.

Linda Sebenius, Music Director (B.A. Music Theory/Composition)
As Music Director, Linda is the lead orchestrator and arranger for Let Your Music Shine. Whether it is a brass quartet playing Beethoven's Fifth, or a string quartet playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Linda makes the magic of classical music come alive for the youngest listener. As a composer, Linda's original works were featured in the 2003 and 2005 New Works/New Hope concerts to benefit Gilda's Club. Linda also scores music for film and won a 1999 Nell Shipman award for the hilarious short film "Pendemonium."

For more information, please visit www.letyourmusicshine.com

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Monday, October 5, 2009

'Clowning Around' at the Harbourfront Centre

Toronto Jasp arrives for her first day at a new school. Morro, the local bully, decides that Jasp is the perfect new target and things go from bad to worse.

Combining Forum Theatre and Theatre in the Round, loveable and laughable clowns Morro and Jasp along with young bystander, Wit Ness invite kids to get involved and suggest their own approaches for dealing with bullies.

The Bully Show: Clown in the Round kicks off the season in Hamilton elementary schools, followed by free performances at HarbourKIDS: Respect, a 3-day festival for kids October 10 12.

The interactive play will then tour to elementary schools across Toronto, empowering kids to stand up for themselves and for those around them who just might need a helping hand.

WHAT: The Bully Show: Clown in the Round, a new interactive anti-bullying performance for kids
WHERE: Harbourfront Centre - Lakeside Terrace - York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

WHEN: Saturday, October 10 - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 11 - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Monday, October 12 - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: All performances are FREE. Additional information is available at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids/events.cfm?id=1757.

To learn more about The Bully Show: Clown in the Round and Mixed Company Theatres Educational Tour, additional information is available at www.mixedcompanytheatre.com or by calling 416 515 8080.

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The VSO's Kids Koncerts begin October 11

THE VSOS SPECTRA ENERGY KIDS KONCERTS SERIES
The very best in musical entertainment for children and families

VANCOUVER, BC The 5-concert Spectra Energy Kids Koncerts series begin on Sunday, October 11th. Kids Koncerts feature fun and educational concert presentations, designed for children from age four to eleven. Its a great family outing for kids, parents, and grandparents alike. Spectra Energy Kids Koncerts is a five-concert series with concerts taking place on Sundays, 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre.

One hour before each concert begins, the VSO Instrument Fair is held in the main lobby of the Orpheum Theatre. The VSO Instrument Fair allows music lovers of all ages to touch and play real orchestra instruments. An array of instruments will be featured throughout the season, one family at a time. Music students and members of the Vancouver Youth Symphony are on hand for each concert to help the kids get a handle on the instrument they choose to try. There is also the Composition Table, where kids can write their own musicand have it played by a member of the VSO! All instruments are generously provided by Tom Lee Music.

Kids Koncerts presents the very best in musical entertainment for children and families, with internationally-renowned childrens entertainers joining the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The series begins on October 11th with Platypus Theatre and Rhythm in Your Rubbish. On December 6th, the VSO welcomes Al Simmons for Festive Frivolity. Next up is Maestro Bramwell Tovey as the inimitable Inspector Tovey, investigating the instrument families in the orchestra. On April 18th, Classical Kids appears with one of their most popular shows, Vivaldis Ring of Mystery. The series concludes on May 9th with Enchantment Theatres amazing take on the tale of Scheherazade.


CONCERT INFO

Spectra Energy Kids Koncerts

Sunday, October 11, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Rhythm in Your Rubbish

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Platypus Theatre, entertainers

In this fun and inspiring concert, Platypus Theatre shows audiences that life is what you make of it: two tramps living a hard life on the streets discover that music and beauty exist all around them.

Visit Platypus Theatre at: www.platypustheatre.com

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy
Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Tickets: $26 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434


Sunday, December 6, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Festive Frivolity

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Al Simmons, entertainer

Al Simmons Festive Frivolity show is a non-stop Holiday romp of gags, jokes, spontaneous fun and audience interaction you never know exactly what Al will do, but you know the kids will have the time of their lives!

Visit Al Simmons at: www.alsimmons.com

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy
Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Tickets: $26 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434


Sunday, March 14, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Inspector Tovey Investigates Instruments of the Orchestra

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Vivian Liu, violin

With his inimitable sense of humour and brilliant musicianship, Maestro Inspector Tovey will illustrate just what the heck is going on up there on stage with all the different instruments of the orchestra.

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy
Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Tickets: $26 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434


Sunday, April 18, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Vivaldis Ring of Mystery

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Classical Kids, entertainers

Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated in Vivaldis Ring of Mystery, a compelling mystery story by Classical Kids about an orphan girl in search of her roots.

Visit Classical Kids at: www.classicalkidslive.com

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy
Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Tickets: $26 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434


Sunday, May 9, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Scheherazade

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Enchantment Theatre, entertainers

Enchantment Theatres Scheherazade is the spectacular exotic story of A Thousand and One Nights told through music and acting, an awesome story that will have the kids and parents! enthralled.

Visit Enchantment Theatre at: www.enchantmenttheatre.org

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy
Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Tickets: $26 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotias Musical Munchkins program returns this fall

Halifax, NS Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted once again to present Musical Munchkins! After another overwhelming success in 2008-09, the Musical Munchkins program is back this fall to introduce even more 3- to 5-year-olds to music and motion in a fun, interactive way.

Beginning September 23, Symphony Nova Scotia will offer 19 free-of-charge Musical Munchkins sessions for kids and parents at public libraries throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. Parents and guardians can register their children by calling their preferred library (dates and times are listed below).

The goal of Musical Munchkins is to introduce 3- to 5-year-old youngsters to music and motion in a fun, comfortable environment. Each 30-minute session includes musical demonstrations, games, activities, and dancing, all directed by two talented Symphony Nova Scotia musicians.

Response to this program from staff and patrons around the region has been unanimously positive, says Heather MacKenzie, library branch manager at Alderney Gate. This fun and lively introduction to music and movement brings preschoolers, parents (and grandparents!) together to enjoy dance, games and other activities through different styles of music. We are very grateful to Symphony Nova Scotia and the participating musicians for allowing us to bring such a high quality cultural program to families in our community.

Last years Musical Munchkins program was extremely popular, with most sessions at full capacity. Please register early to ensure your place in the program!

Symphony Nova Scotia is also willing to hold extra Musical Munchkins sessions for groups associated with special needs children.

For more information about Musical Munchkins, contact Symphony Nova Scotia at 902.421.1300.

This program is co-presented by Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Public Libraries with the generous sponsorship of Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline.

Musical Munchkins is just one part of Symphony Nova Scotias comprehensive educational programs. Other offerings include Adopt-a-Musician, Open Dress Rehearsals, In-School Concerts, School Matinees, the Library Series, Pre-Concert Chats, and family concerts. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca for details.


MUSICAL MUNCHKINS SESSIONS 2009


Woodlawn Public Library

Wednesday, September 23 / 10:15 am

To register: call 435-8352


J.D. Shatford Memorial Public Library

Friday, September 25 / 10:30 am

To register: call 857-9176


Sackville Public Library

Friday, September 25 / 10:30 am

To register: call 865-3744.


Sheet Harbour Public Library
Friday, September 25 / 10:30 am

To register: call 885-2391.


Alderney Gate Public Library

Tuesday, October 13 / 10:15 am and 10:45 am

To register: call 490-5748.


Keshen Goodman Public Library

Tuesday, October 20 / 10:15 am and 11:15 am

To register: call 490-6410


Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library

Tuesday, October 20 / 11 am

To register: call 889-2227


Bedford Public Library

Wednesday, October 21 / 10:15 am and 10:45 am

To register: call 490-5757.


Tantallon Public Library

Wednesday, October 21 / 10:30 am and 11 am

To register: call 865-3744.


Captain William Spry Public Library

Saturday, October 24 / 11 am

To register: call 490-5818.


Halifax North Public Library

Tuesday, October 27 / 10:30 am

To register: call 490-5723


Cole Harbour Public Library

Wednesday, October 28 / 10:15 am and 11 am

To register: call 434-6177.


Spring Garden Road Public Library

Wednesday, October 28 / 10 am and 11 am

To register: call 490-5700.



About Symphony Nova ScotiaĮSymphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotias orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!


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

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Monday, April 27, 2009

PSO Percussion Kinderkonzert Series, Beginning May 18

Portland Symphony Orchestra Presents Kinderkonzert Series on Percussion Instruments Beginning May 18
Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) begins its last Kinderkonzert series of the 2008-09 season with "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" The programs will travel to six Southern Maine locations May 18 through May 29.

The PSO Percussion trio will introduce kids aged three to seven to their fascinating array of both standard and unusual percussion instruments. They'll see and hear how wood, metal and "skins" are used to create rhythms and melodies. The "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" program opens on May 18 at the South Hiram Elementary School and then travels to five other locations for a total of 15 performances.

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

Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $3 per person with advance reservation, $4 at the door (adult or child). For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128.

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PSO Kinderkonzert Schedule for Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!:

May 18, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Hiram Elementary School
213 South Hiram Road, South Hiram

May 19
, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Portland High School Auditorium
637 Highland Avenue, South Portland

May 21, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM
Brunswick High School's Crooker Theater
116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick

May 27, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
Reiche Community School
166 Brackett Street, Portland

May 28
, 2009 | 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 AM
Olin Arts Center, Bates College
75 Russell Street, Lewiston

May 29, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30* AM, 1:00 PM
C.K. Burns Elementary School
135 Middle Street, Saco

* SOLD OUT

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia performs at eight elementary schools this spring


Halifax, NS Symphony Nova Scotia takes to the road this spring to perform at eight schools across the Halifax Regional Municipality and beyond.


Sponsored by RBC Financial Group and conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor Martin MacDonald, these engaging in-school concerts introduce young audiences to musical instruments, classical music, and the orchestra in a fun, interactive way.


Each in-school concert provides students with a unique educational experience. This years program will explore music from a wide variety of cultures, including European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Latin American, and French Canadian.


Then, students will be able to discover the character and qualities of each family of instruments as the orchestra performs the sounds of the cultures that form our Canadian identity.


We are so excited about the focus of this program, says Christina Murray, Symphony Nova Scotias Education and Outreach Manager. Weve developed it in collaboration with teachers to help open a dialogue about intercultural understanding.


The orchestra will be performing this special program between April 8 and May 7 for seven schools: Southdale-North Woodside Elementary (Dartmouth), Enfield District School, Oyster Pond Academy, Seaside Elementary (Eastern Passage), BLT Elementary (Timberlea), Hillside Park Elementary (Lower Sackville), and Somerset and District Elementary (Berwick). They will also be performing a smaller program for pre-school and primary students at Halifax Independent School.


In-school concerts are just part of Symphony Nova Scotias comprehensive music education initiatives, along with open rehearsals, school matinees, special workshops, the Adopt-a-Musician program, the Musical Munchkins program, and the Library Series. These programs allow the orchestra to share the love of musical learning with over 14,000 young audiences each year.

For more information about Symphony Nova Scotias education and outreach programs, visit www.symphonynovascotia.ca.


About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!


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

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride


Vancouver BC The VSO presents Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride on March 13th at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:30pm at the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and March 14th at 10:00am and 11:30am at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Dance and sing to music from the New World, focusing on the great classical composer Antonin Dvorak, in these interactive concerts that engage the entire family.

Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to five years of age, held in the intimate performance spaces of the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda also known as twin sisters Lisa Allison and Linda Sebenius a pair that is devoted to developing and presenting The Very Best Music for the Very YoungTM. Visit Lisa and Linda at www.musicshinemedia.com.

CONCERT INFO

Tiny Tots Series:

Magical Melody Train Ride

Friday, March 13, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, March14, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the Music of Dvorak. Dance and sing, by land and sea to music from the New World.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

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

Premier Education Partner:

TELUS

Special Thanks:

The VSO's Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher

BIOGRAPHIES

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Lisa G. Allison
Artistic Director (M.A. Music Education)
As Artistic Director, Lisa co-ordinates staging, set design, and costuming for live performances. In addition, Lisa is footage coordinator and lead editor for Music Shine Media video productions. When not performing with Let Your Music Shine and editing amazing footage, Lisa is a Voice/Performance Coach and Director of LGMusic Voice Studio and an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake Washington School District.

Linda Sebenius
Music Director (B.A. Music Theory/Composition)
As Music Director, Linda is the lead orchestrator and arranger for Let Your Music Shine. Whether it is a brass quartet playing Beethoven's Fifth, or a string quartet playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Linda makes the magic of classical music come alive for the youngest listener. As a composer, Linda's original works were featured in the 2003 and 2005 New Works/New Hope concerts to benefit Gilda's Club. Linda also scores music for film and won a 1999 Nell Shipman award for the hilarious short film "Pendemonium."

For more information visit: www.musicshinemedia.com

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MATA at Geordie

Geordie Productions
Geordie Productions presents Mata on the Mainstage!

MONTREAL - Geordie Productions is proud to present Mata, by Esther Beauchemin, produced by the Thtre de la Vieille 17 and the Thtre de Sable in collaboration with the Thtre Franaise at the National Arts Centre. Mata is presented in an English translation by Henry Gauthier at the D.B. Clarke Theatre from March 13 to 22, 2009. Directed by Robert Bellefeuille, this poetic marionette production about freedom and hope is appropriate for adults and children age 7 & up.

ABOUT THE PLAY | Originally produced in 2000, Mata comes to Geordie after an extensive tour in three different languages that has brought it across Quebec, Canada, to the United States and even Mexico. The production was last seen in Montreal in 2002 for an extremely successful French-language run at La Maison Thtre. Esther Beauchemin won the Christine-Dumitriu-Van-Saanen Prize at Toronto French Book Fair for the script, and the production was a finalist at the 2003 Soire des Masques for best production for young audiences, sound conception and original text.

THE STORY | Mata, the daughter of a puppet maker, is sent by her father to work in a factory in order to pay off family debts. Before leaving his 8-year-old daughter, he bestows upon her Issane, a precious puppet on which Mata's mother has sewn 1461 pearls, one for each day until her father will come for her. Since she knows how to read and write, Mata becomes indispensable to Wunan, the factory foreman. Mata works hard, but when night falls she recounts the tale of Issane - The Princess of Light - through shadow puppetry to the other children, and counts the days until she will finally gain her freedom.

GEORDIE'S VOW OF SILENCE | In honour of the true events that inspired this play, Geordie will be participating in Free the Children's "Vow of Silence" campaign. Free The Children is a Canadian charity and the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with youth involved in its innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Beginning at 3pm on March 5, 2009 Geordie will join people around the world in remaining silent in support of those who are unable to speak up themselves. For more details, please visit www.iamsilent.com


Mata | Written by Esther Beauchemin | Produced by Thtre de la Vieille 17 and the Thtre de Sable and in collaboration with the French Theatre of the National Arts Centre

STARRING: Esther Beauchemin, Roch Castonguay, Henry Gauthier, Marie-Th Morin, Nathalie Poir; STAGE DIRECTION: Robert Bellefeuille; PUPPET DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION: Jose Campanale; STAGE MANAGEMENT & LIGHTING: Jean Hazel

PERFORMANCES: March 13 - 22, 2009| Opening night: March 13 at 7:00pm |

Weekend Family Performances: Mar. 14 & 15 at 3pm; Mar. 21 & 22 at 1pm & 3pm | School Matines: Mar. 17 - 20, 10am & 12pm

VENUE: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University Hall Building | 1455 de Maisonneuve W.

TICKETS:(ON SALE NOW): $13.50 children, $16 adults; $15 seniors; all prices include tax

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 7+ and adults of all ages | 60 minutes

BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

CCOC Open House

Canadian Children's Opera Company
IN ACTION!
CCOC holds an Open House
with all five divisions of choruses performing


The Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) will be holding an Open House, where all five divisions of choruses can be seen "in action", on Saturday, March 7, 2009, between 1:00pm and 5:00pm, at the First Unitarian Church in Toronto.

The 2008/09 season has already been a busy one for the CCOC. Preceding the Christmas holidays, the CCOC presented a tremendously successful run of A Dickens of a Christmas at the Enwave Theatre, they sang at the Ontario Legislature in Lights Across Canada, appeared with the Hannaford Street Silver Band in a Christmas Joy concert, and were the chorus of choice for The Canadian Tenors.

The CCOC also participated in three Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts this year, The Snowman, A Very Merry Christmas Pops and the concert version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. On February 20th a CCOC chorus will sing at the Bohemian Ball, a benefit for the Sick Kids Foundation, and on April 9th, all 200 kids will sing the national anthem at a Blue Jays Game.

It is a busy life for a CCOC chorister! The junior division practices once a week; the Principal Chorus rehearse for two hours twice a week and, when preparing for a specific production, they add staging rehearsals to the mix! This is an enormous commitment for a young singer, but it illustrates the professional commitment by the members and why the CCOC is held in such high regard in the music community.

The Open House is a unique opportunity to meet the energetic and remarkable CCOC Artistic Director, Ann Cooper Gay, and all 200 children that make up the current chorus. Observe the CCOC staff conductors in action as they run an informal performance and rehearsal demonstration with each division of the CCOC.

In addition, there will be guest workshops, props making and drama classes, a Make-an-Opera workshop, as well as a bake sale, displays, merchandise, and audition information.

Composer Dean Burry (Pandora's Locker) leads the Make-an-Opera workshop demonstrating how to create an opera with nothing but imagination. Sophia Perlman, Co-ordinator of OPERAtion KIDS, will lead a workshop with the junior divisions.

And for all aspiring opera singers -- information, application forms and audition registration will be readily available.


Canadian Children's Opera Company
IN ACTION!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Ages 5-10: 1:00pm until 3:30pm; Ages 10-19: 2:30pm until 5:00pm
First Unitarian Church
175 St. Clair Avenue West (at Avenue Rd), Toronto
For more information call 416.366.0467

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Geordie's upcoming Winter shows

Geordie Productions
Geordie Productions' Winter Highlights:
The Shape of a Girl; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Mata.

MONTREAL - This winter, Geordie Productions shapes up to go from the coldest winter of Narnia to the warmth of South-East Asia with 3 Montreal presentations, including a Centaur Wildside Festival selection, Centaur Saturday Morning Children's Series, and Geordie's own Montreal Mainstage offering. From kids age 4, to teens and adults, there's something this winter for everyone!

THE SHAPE OF A GIRL | Centaur's Wildside Festival | January 14 - 24, 2009 | For teens & adults

The Shape of a GirlBy Joan MacLeod. Directed by Amanda Kellock.
Starring: Alarey Alsip, Jade Hassoune
Governor General-Award winner Joan MacLeod's acclaimed play, loosely based on the tragic murder of Victoria teenager Reena Virk, is an evocative look at how a monster can sometimes take the shape of a girl. 15-year-old Braidie is forced to confront her role in the bullying of a childhood friend as she watches teen violence on the news.

Box Office: (514) 288-3161 | Centaur Theatre, 453 St. Franois-Xavier | Tickets: $10 - $12

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
| Centaur Theatre Children's Series | January 24, 2009 | For age 4 & up, and adults of all ages

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeBy le Clanch du Rand. Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis.
Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming.
Starring: Alarey Alsip, Jade Hassoune

Don't miss this opportunity to catch a public performance of Geordie's School Tour play in Centaur's intimate black box theatre! From the popular Chronicles of Narnia, re-live the story of a magical wardrobe in this unique interpretation that brings to life the wintery splendour of Narnia, fantastical creatures and a heroic battle...all by two actors and the enchantment of live theatre.

Box Office: (514) 288-3161 | Centaur Theatre, 453 St. Franois-Xavier | Tickets $5 - $8

MATA
| Geordie's Montreal Mainstage | Mar. 13 - 22, 2009 | For age 7+ and adults


MaitaBy Esther Beauchemin. Directed by Robert Bellefeuille.
Translation by Henry Gauthier.
Produced by Thtre de la Vieille 17 in co-production with Thtre de Sable and in collaboration with Thtre franais du Centre national des arts
Starring: Esther Beauchemin, Roch Castonguay, Henry Gauthier, Marie-Th Morin, Nathalie Poir.

Inspired by traditional Indonesian shadow-puppet theatre, Mata is a poetic fable about freedom and childhood told by marionettes. Originally produced in French, this exquisitely beautiful production comes on tour from Ottawa.

Box Office: (514) 845-9810 | D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve West | Tickets $13.50-$16


About Geordie Productions: Geordie is a professional theatre company that has presented live English-language theatre for young audiences for over twenty-five years. Based in Montreal, Geordie's School Tour travels extensively from the Far North to all across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, bringing many communities their only opportunity to see live theatre. Geordie's Montreal Mainstage Series presents both well-loved classics and exciting new work by contemporary Canadian playwrights to families and school groups at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in downtown Montreal.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Little Prince

Geordie Productions
The Little Prince lands on Geordie Productions' Mainstage!
The little things get the big treatment in Geordie's stage adaptation of a well-loved and timeless classic.
MONTREAL - Geordie Productions is proud to open its 2008-2009 Mainstage Series with Antoine de Saint-Exupry's classic, The Little Prince, playing at the D.B. Clarke Theatre from November 28 - December 7, 2008. The adaptation, written by Montrealer Luciana Burcheri is directed by Dean Patrick Fleming.

From the popular book that has delighted generations of readers with its simple story filled with profound messages, Geordie Productions follows in the tradition of last season's successful The Jungle Book to bring together some of the finest professional artists in Montreal to create innovative and entertaining theatre that is as relevant for adults as it is for children.

A crash-landed aviator meets a curious little Prince from a house-size asteroid while stranded in the desert. As the open-hearted Little Prince recounts tales of characters he has met in his intergalactic travels, the Aviator is gently reminded of the simple truths that people seem to forget as they grow older.

Award-winning designers Ana Cappelluto (set and lighting) and James Lavoie (costumes) interpret Exupry's iconic illustrations with large-scale set designs and ingenious costumes to transport the audience from the Sahara desert to far-off planets. Original music composed by Harry Standjofski provides a jazzy soundtrack played by the ensemble cast live onstage. Stage management is provided by Melanie St-Jacques.

The impressive cast includes experienced actors familiar to both adults and children: Danny Brochu (The Haunted Hillbilly, Sidemart Theatrical Grocery and the voice of Buster Baxter on PBS's hit show, Arthur) as the title character, Chip Chuipka (My Old Lady, Segal Centre and Shere Khan in Geordie Productions' The Jungle Book), Danielle Desormeaux (The Anger In Ernest and Ernestine, Hudson Village Theatre), Marcel Jeannin (The Odd Couple, Segal Centre and Relative Good, Centaur Theatre), and audience favourite, Harry Standjofski (The Jungle Book, Geordie Productions).

Since the first publication of the book in 1943, The Little Prince has sold over 80 million copies, been translated into more than 180 languages, and still continues to captivate new generations of young readers.
PERFORMANCES: November 28 - December 7, 2008 | Opening night: Nov. 28 at 7:00pm
Family Performances: Nov. 29 at 3:00pm; Nov. 30, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7 at 1:00pm, 3:00pm
School Matines: December 2 - December 5, 10am & 12pm (limited seats left)
VENUE: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University Hall Building | 1455 de Maisonneuve W.
TICKETS:(ON SALE NOW): $13.50 children, $16 adults; $15 seniors; all prices include tax
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 5+ and adults of all ages | 60 minutes
BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca

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Monday, October 27, 2008

OSM / November at the OSM

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November at the OSM

FRANZ-PAUL DECKER,

former music director of the OSM, conducts three concerts

Pianist MARC-ANDR HAMELIN

in Strauss's breathtaking Burleske

After a triumphant European tour,

MARIE-NICOLE LEMIEUX sings Mahler

The Beethoven cycle continues

with pianist TILL FELLNER and KENT NAGANO

OSM Standard Life Competition: voice, woodwinds and brass

Children's Corner

Montreal, October 15, 2008 Former OSM music director (1961 to 1967) Franz-Paul Decker will be revisiting the musicians of the Orchestra when he leads a program devoted exclusively to the works of Richard Strauss on November 4 and 6. These concerts will feature pianist Marc-Andr Hamelin, a special collaborator of the OSM for 20 years, in the highly virtuoso Burleske, a concerto work rarely performed.

On November 11 and 12, Maestro Decker will conduct well-known works by Johann Strauss father and son along with other great Viennese classics, resuming a much appreciated tradition of evenings dedicated to Viennese music.

The first shows in the Children's Corner series will take place on November 9 at 1:30 p.m. for the French-language version and at 3:30 p.m. for the bilingual version. Qubec actor Patrice Dubois, in the role of Octavio, will interact with OSM conductor in residence Jean-Franois Rivest, playing the captain. Soprano Kyra Folk-Farber as well as a chorus and musicians from Joseph-Franois Perrault High School will join the OSM for these exciting shows.

The celebrated contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who is enjoying an extremely active international career, will be singing Mahler's Rckert-Lieder on November 16, Mahler being a composer with whom she has often been associated. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Escenas de pjaros, the work with which Barcelona composer Ramon Humet won the International Olivier Messiaen Prize at the OSM's 2007 composition competition as well as the 24th Queen Sofia Composition Prize in 2006.

On November 26 and 27, OSM music director Kent Nagano will lead the Orchestra and Austrian pianist Till Fellner in Beethoven's sublime Concerto No. 4.

Finally, the stages and activities of the 69th edition of the OSM Standard Life Competition, dedicated to voice, woodwinds and brass, are open to the public free of charge and will take place from November 26 to 30.

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

THE NOVEMBER CONCERTS:

November 4 and 6 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Decker and Strauss a historic meeting. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Marc-Andr Hamelin, pianist.

November 9 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Thtre Maisonneuve) Children's Corner: Adventure at sea, The further travels of Octavio. Jean-Franois Rivest, conductor; Marie-Lou Dion, scriptwriter and director; Patrice Dubois, actor; Kyra Folk-Farber, soprano. At 1:00 and at 3:00 p.m.: meeting with musicians from Joseph-Franois Perrault High School.

November 11 at 8 p.m.(Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Air Canada Classical Escapes: Viennese Evening. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Ulrike Steinsky, soprano; Alois Haselbacher, tenor. At 7 p.m.: pre-concert discussion: Jean-Franois Rivest, OSM conductor in residence, presents the concert program.

November 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Symphonic Matinees: Viennese Evening. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Ulrike Steinsky, soprano; Alois Haselbacher, tenor.

November 16 at 2:30 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Musical Sundays: Marie-Nicole Lemieux Sings Mahler. Roberto Minczuk, conductor; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto.

November 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.(Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Till Fellner and Beethoven's Fourth. Kent Nagano, conductor; Till Fellner, pianist.

November 26 to 29 (Tanna Schulich Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University) Semi-finals, finals and master classes of the OSM Standard Life Competition.

November 30 at 7 p.m. (Redpath Hall, McGill University) OSM Standard Life Competition chamber-music concert. Alain Trudel, trombone; Jens Lindemann, trumpet; James Campbell, clarinet; Andrew Wan, concertmaster with the OSM and Grand Prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition.

Information on the month's concerts:

Grand Concerts:

Decker and Strauss: a historic meeting

Devoted exclusively to Richard Strauss, this concert includes the suite of waltzes for orchestra from Der Rosenkavalier, an evocation of imperial Vienna from his famous opera, as well as the Symphonia Domestica, an autobiographical work in which the composer sets to music the characters of his wife and son as well as himself. In four linked movements, the work abounds in motifs, some 40 of them, interwoven by Strauss in a masterful way.

German conductor Franz-Paul Decker has been a fervent champion of the works of his compatriot Richard Strauss, whom he had the honour of meeting in his youth. Music director of the OSM from 1967 to 1975, he took the Orchestra to new heights and new horizons, to among other places the Osaka World's Fair in 1970, the first of numerous trips the Orchestra would take to Japan.

The musicality and virtuosity of Canadian pianist Marc-Andr Hamelin have earned him legendary status as a piano master. Long renowned for his explorations of unfamiliar works, he is now recognized around the world for his dazzling technique and the originality of his interpretations of the classical repertoire. "For 20 years now," the pianist has said, "I've had the privilege of collaborating regularly with the OSM, which always gives me great pleasure. Furthermore, it seems to me that each time the pleasure only increases, and with the OSM, I always feel as though I'm at home." He will play Burleske, a work of formidable technical difficulty, considered unperformable by Strauss's contemporary the pianist and conductor Hans von Blow.

Grand Concerts

November 4 and 6 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Franz-Paul Decker, conductor

Marc-Andr Hamelin, pianist

Richard Strauss Symphonia Domestica

Richard Strauss Burleske

Richard Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Children's Corner:

Adventure at sea, The further travels of Octavio

Children and their parents are invited aboard the great musical vessel of the OSM, skillfully captained by Jean-Franois Rivest. In the traces of the indefatigable voyager Octavio, this time acting as navigator, they will sail the seas with the best crew of musicians going! On the program: all the world's oceans, famous ships, tropical fish, marine monsters, whales, sirens and piratesĶ A thrilling adventure by way of great works of the symphonic repertoire, original compositions and movie music.

Taking part in a show scripted and directed by Marie-Lou Dion are actor Patrice Dubois (interacting with the conductor), soprano Kyra Folk-Farber, the OSM and a girls chorus as well as musicians from Joseph-Franois Perrault High School, everyone under the direction of OSM conductor in residence Jean-Franois Rivest.

Before the shows, in the Thtre Maisonneuve lobbies, the audience is invited to meet some of the young students from the Joseph-Franois Perrault school, who will be presenting the instruments they play.

Following the success of The Enchanted Orchestra (a concert in the 2005 Children's Corner series nominated for "Best young-audience concert" at the Prix Opus) and A Trip Around the World (a concert in the OSM Youth Concerts and Children's Corner presented in 2007), Marie-Lou Dion is back to offer the OSM's young audience a new script, one that she is directing as well. Ms. Dion, who at one point was known mostly as an actress on the small screen, has devoted more of her time over the past 10 years or so to directing, writing for the stage and teaching acting.

Since he left theatre school in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1993, Patrice Dubois has been seen in about 20 stage works in various theatres in Qubec, and in 2007 he became artistic co-director at Thtre PP. On television he has played a number of roles in some 15 series. For more than five years he played the character Victor Dub in Les Poupes russes. He also appears on the series Les Surs Elliott. Patrice Dubois has additionally been involved in the dubbing of about 100 films, of cartoon and of television series.

Canadian soprano Kyra Folk-Farber has appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Concertgebouw and the Ignatius Huis in Amsterdam and at the Snape Maltings Hall in England. She completed her bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Edward Zambara. She is currently doing doctoral studies in voice at the Universit de Montral with Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Svigny.

Children's Corner

November 9 at 1:30 p.m.: French-language show

November 9 at 3:30 p.m.: bilingual show

November 9 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.: get-together with musicians

Thtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Jean-Franois Rivest, conductor

Marie-Lou Dion, scriptwriter and director

Patrice Dubois, actor

Kyra Folk-Farber, soprano

Orchestre symphonique de Montral

Girls choir from Joseph-Franois Perrault High School

Musicians from Joseph-Franois Perrault High School

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov The Sea and Sindbad's Ship, from Scheherazade, symphonic suite, Opus 35 (excerpt)

Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathoustra, symphonic poem, Opus 30 (excerpt)

Benjamain Britten Moonlight, Four Sea Interludes, from the opera Peter Grimes (excerpt)

Claude Debussy Jeux de vagues, from La Mer (excerpt)

Patrick Sobczak l'abordage, OSM commission

Claude Debussy Sirnes, from Nocturne (excerpt)

Jean Sibelius Tapiola, symphonic poem, Opus 112 (excerpt)

Dimitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Opus 65, "Adagio" (excerpt)

Bedrich Smetana The Moldau, from the symphonic cycle M Vlast (excerpt)

Claude Vivier Lonely Child (excerpt)

Bruno Coulais Caresse sur l'ocan, from the soundtrack to the movie Les Choristes (excerpt)

John Williams Prologue, from the soundtrack to the movie Hook (excerpt)

Individual tickets:

Children: $13.75

Adults: $27.50

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Air Canada Classical Escapes:

Viennese Evening

(this program is reprised in the Symphonic Matinees series)

Vienna stirs up romantic images of fairy tales with sparkling chandeliers, dazzling ballrooms and beautiful elegant women, in an atmosphere of infectious gaiety and excitement. Vienna is also the city par excellence for music.

The Viennese evenings were among the most loved and best attended when Franz-Paul Decker was music director of the OSM. For a rare occasion the conductor revisits that universe and invites us to an evening of waltzes, polkas, marches and operetta arias. Musical tipsiness and surprises are in store.

At 7 p.m., at a pre-concert discussion, Jean-Franois Rivest, the OSM's conductor in residence, will present the concert program.

Air Canada Classical Escapes

November 11 at 8 p.m.

Symphonic Matinees

November 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Franz-Paul Decker, conductor

Ulrike Steinsky, soprano

Alois Haselbacher, tenor

Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Johann Strauss II Furioso Polka

Johann Strauss II On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Johann Strauss I Radetzky March

and other Viennese classics

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Musical Sundays:

Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings Mahler

Marie-Nicole Lemieux is known for her dark, voluptuous voice, an ideal vehicle for the romantic vocal music of Gustav Mahler inspired by texts by the German poet and Orientalist Friedrich Rckert. Mahler composted four of the five songs while staying at Villa Mahler in the summer of 1901. The last song is a poem that Mahler set to music in July 1902 for his wife, Alma Mahler. That evening in her diary she noted: "It almost made me cry. What profundity there is in such a man! And how I am lacking in soul! I am often made aware of just how little I am and how little I possess in comparison with his incommensurable wealth!" At its premire, Mahler enjoyed one of his great successes. Wrote Paul Stefan: "We exulted with [Mahler], we shared, successively, his affliction, his childish moods, joyful or dreamy. We took pleasure in marveling at his knowledge and at his mastery of the small forms, as though at a magnificent flowering of beautiful poems."

The program begins with Escenas de pjaros by Ramon Humet, an orchestral synthesis of birdsongs that earned its author the International Olivier Messiaen grand prize at the OSM's 2007 composition competition and the 24th Queen Sofia Composition Prize in 2006. In the second part we will hear Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, the final movement of which is one of the most sensational and most thrilling in the repertoire. "Never before had one of my orchestral works cost me so much difficullty," wrote Tchaikovsky, "but neither have I ever felt so much love for any of my compositions.

This much anticipated concert will be under the direction of Brazilian conductor Roberto Minczuk, a protg of Kurt Masur, who is music director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Orquestra Sinfnica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro.

Musical Sundays

November 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Roberto Minczuk, conductor

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Ramon Humet Escenas de pjaros

Gustav Mahler Rckert-Lieder

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Grand Concerts:

Till Fellner and Beethoven's Fourth

Alfred Brendel evoked the intelligence, the sensitivity, the curiosity and the vast esthetic appetite of his disciple Till Fellner, born in Vienna in 1972, winner of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 1993 and one of the most interesting younger pianists on the international scene. He will be performing, under the direction of Kent Nagano, Beethoven's Fourth Concerto, a masterwork of the concerto literature devoid of all formal constraints and overflowing with lyricism and poetry. The piano seems to be in a perpetual state of grace and of improvisation here, supported by an orchestra of great richness. This concerto will appear on an upcoming recording by the OSM.

Kent Nagano will also conduct Bla Bartk's The Miraculous Mandarin, a forebear of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in its orchestration and rhythms, and two Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, both the Bartk and Debussy having been recorded by the OSM, the second honoured with a Juno Award in 1991. "The title Nocturnes is to be interpreted here in a general and, more particularly, in a decorative sense," noted Debussy. "Therefore, it is not meant to designate the usual form of the nocturne, but rather all the various impressions and the special effects of light that the word suggests."

Rounding off the program is Orchestral Theater 1: "Xun" by Tan Dun, author of the score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. "Theatrical and ritualistic," wrote Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, "Tan Dun's music sculpts sound and transforms everything into a riveting experience that is hard to define but very easy to appreciate." In this work Tan Dun has written something that reflects his compositional concepts and his personal ideas. He evokes his childhood memories of shamanistic rituals and integrates them into the symphonic fabric. "Xun" is written for orchestra musicians and their voices.

Grand Concerts

November 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Kent Nagano, conductor

Till Fellner, pianist

Claude Debussy Nocturnes 1 and 2

Tan Dun Orchestral Theater 1: "Xun"

Bla Bartk Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Non-series concerts:

OSM Standard Life Competition

and chamber-music concert

The 69th edition of the OSM Standard Life Competition, devoted to woodwinds, brass and voice, will take place from November 26 to 30, under the presidency of Mr. Jean lie. We must point out the presence of two great ladies of the vocal arts on the jury: Madam Renata Scotto (judge for the finals, voice category), soprano and teacher at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy, and Madam Franoise Pollet (judge for the semi-finals and finals, voice category), soprano and teacher at the Conservatoire national suprieur de musique et de danse in Lyon, France. Mr. Jean-Pierre Brossmann, former executive director of Thtre du Chtelet, in Paris, as well as Maestro Kent Nagano, music director of the OSM, will join the jury for the finals. Mr. Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of Chicago's Ravinia Festival, will act as chairman of the jury. Master classes will be offered by oboist Louise Pellerin, trumpeter Jens Lindemann and by singers Franoise Pollet and Renata Scotto.

The Competition will conclude with a chamber-music concert on November 30 at 7 p.m., featuring trombonist Alain Trudel, trumpeter Jens Lindemann, clarinetist James Campbell and violinist Andrew Wan, concertmaster with the OSM and Grand Prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition.

All Competition activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Title sponsor of the competition: Standard Life; principal partner: Espace musique; major partner: Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

Non-series concerts

November 26 to 29: OSM Standard Life Competition

Tanna Schulich Hall, Schulich Music School, McGill University

November 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by oboist Louise Pellerin

November 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: woodwinds semi-finals

November 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by trumpeter Jens Lindemann

November 26, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.: master class given by soprano Franoise Pollet

November 27, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: brass semi-finals

November 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. voice semi-finals

November 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by soprano and director Renata Scotto

November 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon: woodwind finals

November 29, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.: brass finals

November 29, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.: voice finals

November 29, 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.: awarding of prizes

November 30 at 7 p.m.: gala chamber-music concert

Redpath Hall, McGill University

Alain Trudel, trombone

Jens Lindemann, trumpet

James Campbell, clarinet

Andrew Wan, OSM concertmaster

Grand Prize Winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition

Free admission, open to the public

Information: 514 842-9951 or www.osm.ca

The Orchestre symphonique de Montral is presented by Hydro-Qubec

in association with National Bank


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