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Monday, July 20, 2009

The VSO Presents Final Fantasy in Concert


The VSO Presents the Canadian Premiere of FINAL FANTASY in Concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO announces its presentation of Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at the newly renovated Orpheum Theatre. The concert will feature Nobuo Uematsuĺ─˘s award-winning music from Square Enixĺ─˘s enormously successful FINAL FANTASY video game series, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth. State of the art videos will be projected on screens to showcase the games most memorable and thrilling sequences. This concert will also feature the North American premiere performance of the FINAL FANTASY VII Main Theme.

FINAL FANTASY is a worldwide sensation, and one of the most successful video game franchises in the history of gaming. One of the top-selling video game franchises, FINAL FANTASY has created a lasting legacy in the video game world as one of the most innovative and influential role-playing games ever released. It has received worldwide critical acclaim for its originality, graphics, and of course, its rich, sumptuous, exciting music scores. Tickets go on-sale to the public on Monday, July 27th at 10am. Tickets are available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca, or call 604.876.3434.

Video game music has become increasingly popular in the last decade with the advancement of gaming console technology and has become essential in enhancing a gameĺ─˘s overall experience. In fact, the music of FINAL FANTASY has become just as popular as the ongoing video game franchise due to its epic scores, which incorporate a variety of musical styles. The series veteran composer Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the ĺ─˙Innovatorsĺ─¨ in Time Magazineĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Time 100: The Next Wave ĺ─ý Musicĺ─¨ feature.

A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and Grammy award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, and Josh Groban. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras which Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of the ĺ─˙Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ concerts. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASYČĂ, World of WarcraftČĂ, Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindĺĐó and Battlefield 1942ĺĐó.

CONCERT INFO

Specials:

Final Fantasy in Concert

Thursday, October 8, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Arnie Roth, conductor

Tickets $25 to $65

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

BIOGRAPHIES

Arnie Roth, conductor

A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and Grammy award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras which Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, the WDR Rundfunkorchester KłĆln, and the Sydney Symphony. Since 2004 Arnie Roth has brought critical acclaim to the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra as music director and principal conductor showcasing artists including Michael Feinstein, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd, the Beach Boys and Johnny Mathis. Under his direction the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra appeared in a nationally broadcast PBS Special featuring The Irish Tenors.

Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of ĺ─˙Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY.ĺ─¨ In 2006 Mr. Roth conducted the new ĺ─˙VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASYČĂ, World of WarcraftČĂ, Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindĺĐó and Battlefield 1942ĺĐó. Mr. Roth conducted PLAY! with many international orchestras including the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. As both producer and music director, Arnie Roth premiered ĺ─˙Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─˙ in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. The release of the new ĺ─˙Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY CDĺ─˙ recorded by Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic coincided with the start of the ĺ─˙Distant Worldsĺ─˙ 2008 world-tour.

As music director, conductor and arranger, Mr. Roth was involved in a number of PBS specials including: Charlotte Church: Enchantment - From Cardiff, Wales for Sony, The Irish Tenors: Heritage, the WTTW Soundstage shows featuring: Jewel, Peter Cetera and Symphony, An Evening with Dennis DeYoung, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, and WTTWĺ─˘s Four Seasons in Chicago. In 2006 he was the music director and conductor for a ten part television series for RTE featuring the Irish Tenors. He appeared on NBCĺ─˘s Today Show with Il Divo in 2006.

He is the producer, composer, conductor and arranger for nine of the BarbieĺĐó Princess CGI animated films from Mattel Entertainment. Mr. Roth won the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film BarbieĺĐó as Rapunzel, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song ĺ─˙Shineĺ─¨ from the movie BarbieĺĐó in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 2007 also marks the premiere of Mr. Roth's first live concert creation with Mattel. BarbieĺĐó at the Symphony is a special film with orchestra presentation of the best-selling BarbieĺĐó Princess movies. Music director Arnie Roth is touring the world in performances featuring great works by classical composers and BarbieĺĐó highlights from all of the CGI animated films.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Orchestre symphonique de Laval


Un łętłę en musique avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval!


Laval, 14 juillet 2009- Cet łętłę, l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval ne fait pas relłóche et ne propose rien de moins qu'un concert et un opłęra, les 9 et 16 aoł¬t prochains. Deux łęvłęnements łŢ ne pas manquer!


Le dimanche 9 aoł¬t, dans le cadre des festivitłęs de Sainte-Rose-en-bleu, venez vibrer au son des cuivres et percussions de l'OSL łŢ leur concert champłütre donnłę łŢ 16 h face łŢ l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima (219, boul. Sainte-Rose). Y seront interprłętłęs, notamment, West Side Story, de Leonard Bernstein et Fanfare for the Common Man, d'Aaron Copland. Maestro Alain Trudel, directeur artistique de l'OSL, dirigera l'ensemble des cuivres et des percussions de l'orchestre. Des moments enchanteurs en perspective !


De plus, le dimanche 16 aoł¬t, l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval participe de superbe fał▀on łŢ la 15e łędition de la Semaine italienne de Montrłęal en prłęsentant l'opłęra La Traviata (en version abrłęgłęe) de Giuseppe Verdi! ł─ 19 h 30, au parc de la Petite Italie (angle de la rue Saint-Zotique et du boulevard Saint-Laurent), les spectateurs pourront entendre la voix magnifique de Gino Quillico, dans le rłąle de Giorgio Germont. Un bel hommage łŢ son pł«re, puisque le baryton Louis Quillico avait fait ses dłębuts au New York City Opera dans ce rłąle. Des artistes italiens, soit Natalia Roman (Violetta Valery); Giuseppe Varano (Alfredo Germont); Gloria Polcari (Flora Bervoix) complł«tent la distribution des rłąles principaux. Ils ont łętłę soigneusement choisis par le chef d'orchestre Gianluca Martinenghi, invitłę pour l'occasion łŢ diriger l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval. Maestro Martinenghi s'est illustrłę notamment łŢ la Fondation Arena di Verona ainsi qu'au Thłęłótre Massimo de Palermo, dont il a assurłę depuis 1997 la direction artistique et la gestion et oł╝ il a dirigłę de nombreux concerts.


Cet łętłę, venez cłęlłębrer la musique avec l'OSL!

Abonnez-vous dł«s maintenant pour la saison 2009-2010 de l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Billetterie :
450-667-2040

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Concerts łŢ venir au Domaine Forget

Saint-Irłęnłęe, le 13 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Le 25 juillet, le public a rendez-vous avec Roby Lakatos, une personnalitłę musicale unique, łŢ la fois violoniste virtuose, compositeur imaginatif et improvisateur flamboyant. En compagnie des fabuleux musiciens de l'Ensemble Roby Lakatos, il ravivera l'łóme de la musique gitane avec un programme variłę oł╝ figurent des airs traditionnels russes et tsiganes, des musiques de films, un arrangement de la Deuxił«me rhapsodie de Liszt et l'incontournable Csł░rdł░s de Monti.

Mais tout d'abord, le jeudi 23 juillet, l'alto sera łŢ l'honneur pour souligner la prłęsence au Festival de l'altiste Antoine Tamestit, surnommłę la star de l'alto. ł─ l'occasion de son retour, l'altiste interprłętera des ëýuvres de Britten et des extraits de la suite tirłęe du ballet Romłęo et Juliette de Prokofiev, dans une transcription pour alto et piano. Six musiciens et professeurs łŢ l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget prendront łęgalement part au concert. Enfin, le vendredi 24 juillet, dans le cadre de la słęrie La Musique ancienne, le contre-tłęnor Matthew White et l'ensemble Les Voix baroques transporteront le public dans l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle łŢ l'łępoque du compositeur Henry Purcell dont on cłęlł«bre en 2009 le 350e anniversaire de naissance.


Jeudi 23 juillet, 20 h 30 La Musique de chambre


Antoine Tamestit : Č┤ Star Ȭ de l'alto !


Aprł«s avoir słęduit le public la saison dernił«re łŢ l'occasion de ses dłębuts łŢ la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, l'altiste Antoine Tamestit sera de retour le jeudi 23 juillet, cette fois en compagnie de la pianiste serbe Lidija Bizjak.


La premił«re moitiłę de la soirłęe sera entił«rement consacrłęe łŢ l'alto alors qu'Antoine Tamestit et la pianiste Lidija Bizjak livreront le Lachrymae de Britten, sous-titrłęe Reflexion on a Song by John Dowland. Crłęłęe en 1950, cette ëýuvre reprend un air de John Dowland, If my complaints could passion move, comme thł«me d'une słęrie de dix variations marqułęe par un lyrisme poignant et une grande intensitłę. Suivra Cinq pił«ces tirłęes de la Suite Romłęo et Juliette de Prokofiev. Cet arrangement pour alto et piano du lłęgendaire altiste russe Vadim Borisovsky offre une nouvelle lecture de cette merveilleuse musique tout en mettant en lumił«re la virtuositłę de l'interprł«te.


En deuxił«me partie, les violonistes Yehonatan Berick et Jonathan Swartz, les altistes Jean-Luc Plourde et Jocelyne Bastien et les violoncellistes Paul Marleyn et Thomas Wiebe, tous professeurs łŢ l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, prendront place sur scł«ne pour interprłęter le Sextuor łŢ cordes en la majeur, opus 48 B 80 de Dvorak. Fort du rłęcent succł«s de sa premił«re słęrie de Danses slaves, opus 46, Dvorł░k compose en deux semaines seulement le Sextuor en la majeur. Reposant sur des airs et des danses puisłęs dans le folklore slave, cette ëýuvre contribua łŢ la renommłęe internationale du compositeur.


Vendredi 24 juilet, 20 h 30 La Musique ancienne


L'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle dłęvoilłęe


Le 24 juillet, le Festival accueillera Les Voix baroques, un ensemble dirigłę par le contre-tłęnor Matthew White. Placłęs pour l'occasion sous la direction de l'organiste et claveciniste Alexander Weimann, les 11 instrumentistes et chanteurs de l'ensemble transporteront le public dans l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle avec The League of Purcell, un programme permettant la dłęcouverte de compositeurs anglais ayant cłątoyłę Henry Purcell.


Formłę en 1999, Les Voix baroques est un ensemble łŢ głęomłętrie variable voułę łŢ l'exploration et łŢ l'interprłętation d'ëýuvres młęconnues du rłępertoire baroque. L'ensemble est dirigłę par le contre-tłęnor Matthew White dont la carrił«re d'artiste lyrique l'a dłęjłŢ menłę partout en Amłęrique du Nord, en Europe, ainsi qu'en Asie et en Nouvelle-Złęlande. On l'a vu łŢ l'ëýuvre dans des productions d'opłęra avec le Glyndebourne Festival Opera, le Grand Opera de Houston, l'opłęra de Cleveland, l'Opera Atelier et le Pacific Opera de Victoria. En concert, on a pu l'entendre avec de nombreux ensembles, notamment le Bach Collegium du Japon, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, l'Ensemble Arion et Le Concert Spirituel de Paris.


Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, l'ensemble Les Voix baroques propose un vłęritable voyage au cëýur de l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle. Le programme qui conjuguera musique instrumentale et musique vocale, tracera le portrait de la musique anglaise de l'łępoque avec quelques pages de Purcell et des ëýuvres de quelque 14 compositeurs anglais dont John Blow, Mathew Locke, Thomas Tomkins, John Coperario, John Milton, William Croft et Godfrey Finger.


Samedi 25 juillet, 20 h 30 Les Grands concerts


Soirłęe La Coop fłędłęrłęe

L'Ensemble Roby Lakatos et la musique tsigane rłęinventłęe !


Le samedi 25 juillet, l'Ensemble Roby Lakatos sera de passage pour un soir seulement pour faire vibrer la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier au son de sa musique tsigane. Surnommłę le violoniste Č┤ du diable Ȭ, Roby Lakatos est un virtuose łęblouissant mais aussi compositeur et arrangeur. Sa musique offre un incomparable alliage de musique classique, d'improvisation jazz et de musique folklorique hongroise qui soulł«ve le public łŢ tout coup. Avec sa moustache rappelant Salvator Dali et son allure de dandy, ce violoniste tsigane est aussi un łętonnant personnage qui semble tout droit sorti du XIXe sił«cle romantique.


Issu d'une dynastie de violonistes, Roby Lakatos est un descendant du lłęgendaire Janos Bihari, surnommłę le Č┤ roi des violonistes tsiganes. Ȭ Aprł«s avoir remportłę un premier prix en violon au Conservatoire Bela Bartłäk de Budapest, il forme son ensemble et s'łętablit łŢ Bruxelles. De 1986 łŢ 1996, il divertira le public aux Ateliers de la Grande Ile, un cłęlł«bre restaurant-cabaret russe de la ville. Il compte parmi ses admirateurs Stłęphane Grapelli et Yehudi Menuhin, ce dernier ne manquant jamais une occasion d'aller l'entendre lors de ses słęjours łŢ Bruxelles. En 2004, il fait sensation łŢ Londres łŢ l'occasion d'un concert avec le London Symphony Orchestra et Maxim Vengerov dans le cadre du festival Głęnies du violon. L'Ensemble Roby Lakatos est aujourd'hui acclamłę dans le monde entier, notamment au Japon, au Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis.


Un ensemble formłę de jeunes musiciens prodigieux

Roby Lakatos sera secondłę par le violoniste Lł░szlo Błäni et quatre jeunes musiciens prodigieux : le guitariste Laszlo Balogh, le pianiste Frantisek Janovska, le contrebassiste Robert Fehłęr et le fabuleux joueur de cymbalum, Jelow Lisztes, qui impressionnera assurłęment le public avec son arrangement de la cłęlłębrissime Rhapsodie hongroise no 2 de Liszt. Plusieurs airs cłęlł«bres sont aussi au programme, notamment le thł«me du film Le grand blond łŢ la chaussure noire de Cosma, l'air traditionnel Deux guitares et le Csardł░s de Monti.


Les Brunches-musique Casino de Charlevoix


Le contrebassiste Daniel Marcoux et son trio agrłęmenteront le brunch-musique du 26 juillet avec leur jazz Č┤ endimanchłę Ȭ. Deux services sont offerts : łŢ 10 h 30 et łŢ 12 h 30.


Les cours de małĂtre et les concerts des stagiaires

de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse


Prłęsentłęs en collaboration avec Stein Monast s.e.n.c.r.l., avocats

Le jeudi 23 et le samedi 25 juillet, łŢ 16 heures auront lieu deux concerts des łętudiants ayant participłę au stage des cordes. Le mardi 28 juillet, deux cours de małĂtre seront prłęsentłęs. Le premier aura lieu łŢ 9 h 30 et sera donnłę par la violoniste Mimi Zweig, suivi łŢ 13 h 30, par celui du violoncelliste Matt Haimovitz.


information et rłęservations


418 452-3535

ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : 418 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com


Słęrie La Musique de chambre

Jeudi 23 juillet, 20 h 30

Antoine Tamestit : la star de l'alto

Antoine Tamestit, alto
Yehonatan Berick et Jonathan Swartz, violons
Jean-Luc Plourde et Jocelyne Bastien, altos
Paul Marleyn et Thomas Wiebe, violoncelles
Lidija Bizjak, piano


Britten Lachrymae pour alto et piano, opus 48
Prokofiev Cinq pił«ces extraites de la Suite Romłęo et Juliette
(Transcription pour alto et piano de V. Borisovsky)
Dvorak Sextuor łŢ cordes en la majeur, opus 48 B 80


Coł¬t : adultes : 32 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 28,50 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit


Słęrie La Musique ancienne

Vendredi 24 juillet, 20 h 30

L'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle dłęvoilłęe

Les Voix Baroques
Alexander Weimann, chef invitłę


The League of Purcell (1659ĺ─ý1695)

ëÝuvres de Thomas Tomkins, John Coperario, Matthew Locke, Simon Ives, Robert Ramsey, John Milton, Pelham Humfrey, Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Croft, Godfrey Finger, Martin Peerson, John Jenkins, Timolphus Thopull et Thomas Theophilus Lupo



Coł¬t : adultes : 30 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 28 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.


Słęrie les Grands concerts

Samedi 25 juillet, 20 h 30

łÔlectrisante soirłęe tsigane !


Ensemble Roby Lakatos


Roby Lakatos, violon et direction

Lł░szlo Błäni, violon

Laszlo Balogh, guitare

Frantisek Janovska, piano

Robert Fehłęr, contrebasse

Jelow Lisztes, cymbalum


Balogh Fire Dance et Gipsy Bolero

Legrand Papa Can You Hear Me?

Lakatos A Night in Marrakech

Traditionnel Deux Guitares

Cosma Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire

Balogh Cickom Paraphrase

Liszt /Lisztes Thł«me de la Rhapsodie hongroise no 2

Traditionnel russe I've Met You / Mama

Traditionnel russe Russian Tango / Konfetki Baranotchki

Monti Csł░rdł░s


Coł¬t : adultes : 40 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 34 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.


ł─ venirĺ─Â

Dimanche 26 juillet Fłüte champłütre

Mercredi 29 juillet La musique de chambre pour cordes

Vendredi 31 juillet et samedi 1er aoł¬t L'Orchestre des jeunes des Amłęriques et la pianiste Gabriela Montero

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Minsoo Sohn | New York Concert | 8 Octoer 2009

MINSOO SOHN, FIRST LAUREATE OF THE 2006

HONENS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION,

MAKES HIS WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009, 8 P.M.

WORKS BY KIRCHNER, BEETHOVEN, AND LISZT; AND TRANSCRIPTIONS OF BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT AND MOZART


Minsoo Sohn, the First Laureate of the 2006 Honens International Piano Competition, will make his Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in a solo recital on Thursday, October 8, 2009, 8 p.m.


The recital, presented by the Honens International Piano Competition, will feature Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Leon Kirchner's Interlude II as well as Liszt's transcriptions of works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart.


In addition to winning the Honens International Piano Competition, Mr. Sohn was a top prizewinner at the Rubinstein, Cleveland, Busoni and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, and received laureate prizes at Belgium's Queen Elisabeth and Santander's Paloma O'Shea Competitions. He has performed in recital halls, at festivals, and with orchestra across North America and Europe.


The Weill Hall program is highly personal to Mr. Sohn: "From my earliest years at the conservatory, I had a tremendous love for the Diabelli Variations without fully understanding the greatness of the composition. I later came to understand this as a triumphant and comprehensive representation of Beethoven's ingenious writing for piano. This musical journey confronts matters of life and death in a most genuine way, but always with humor and love. In some ways, this music is reflective of my life as well; through its ups and downs, it has endured, restoring the spirit of music within me."


William Aide, Chairman of the Fifth Honens International Piano Competition, speaks to Mr. Sohn's artistry: "Minsoo Sohn is an artist of Olympian magnitude. To the Diabelli and Goldberg Variations he brings a structural clarity and an expansive range of dramatic characterization. His Liszt is unsurpassable in its lyric refinement and sonic splendor, qualities reminiscent of great Lisztians of the past, such as Egon Petri and Grigory Ginzburg.


The complete program is as follows:

Kirchner Interlude II

Beethoven 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120

Intermission

Beethoven-Liszt Adelałěde, S.466

Schubert-Listz Gretchen am Spinnrade, S. 558 No. 8

Schubert-Liszt Der Mł║ller und der Bach, S. 565

Mozart-Liszt Rłęminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418


Tickets for the October 8 recital are $18 to $25, students and seniors $10 and available online at www.carnegiehall.org, or by telephone at Carnegie Charge: (212) 247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.


About Minsoo Sohn

The First Laureate of Canada's Honens International Piano Competition (2006), Sohn's masterful technique and astonishing artistic expression create performances rich in deep emotion and musical intelligence. His extraordinary interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations from the Honens Competition has been broadcast numerous times on the CBC and across the United States on NPR's Performance Today.


Minsoo Sohn was born in Korea and began piano studies at age three. One of his earliest inspirations was Henryk Szeryng's legendary recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. While the violin first captured his attention, he grew to appreciate the piano's many voices and tonal colors. It wasn't until Sohn moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory of Music that he was reassured of his career as a concert artist. "I just wasn't sure I would be a musician," he says. "I had interests in many fields and stopped playing. I even dreamed of being an athlete."


Last season, Sohn performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, was part of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and was soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Qułębec. His first CD ĺ─ý a disc of Liszt transcriptions and łętudes ĺ─ý was released last fall.


When not sitting at the piano, Sohn can be found watching his beloved Red Sox.


About the Honens International Piano Competition

Founded in 1992, Honens International Piano Competition is one of the world's great music competitions. It is known for its pursuit of the "complete artist" ĺ─ý not only an accomplished soloist, but a musician whose interpretations reflect a wide cultural context, whose well-balanced programs are designed with knowledge and imagination, and who excels in chamber and ensemble performance. Every three years, 21 pianists between the ages of 20 and 30, from all parts of the globe, compete for more than $100,000 CAD (approximately $90,000 USD) in cash prizes, including a comprehensive three-season Artistic and Career Development Program for the laureates, preparing the for the rigors and realities of a professional life in music. This includes arranging performance engagements, production of recordings, residencies at The Banff Centre, promotional and publicity support, professional development opportunities for self-management, and networking opportunities with presenters and artist managers.


Honens searches for musicians whose talent, in the credo of the Competition, "inspires the heart and engages the intellect," whose understanding of his or her art will stem not only from knowledge of a particular composition itself but also from a wide knowledge of related music, of musical literature as a whole, of the other arts, the humanities, and of contemporary culture. Honens is not a series of tests, but rather, a compelling festival of music.


Past Honens Laureates include Maxim Philippov who, in June, 2001, won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition; Albert Tiu, who won Juilliard's prestigious William Petschek Award, giving him a debut recital at Alice Tully Hall; Sergei Babayan, appointed Artist-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music, who founded the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy in Cleveland and his own chamber music festival in Mexico (Babayan has recorded on the Connoisseur Society, Propiano and Discover International labels); Krzysztof Jablonski, who has recorded two CDs as part of the Polish National Edition of the complete works of Chopin (he has recorded 14 more CDs in Germany, Japan and Poland); Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who has recorded several CDs of music by Haydn, Schumann, Ohana, Debussy and Chopin, the complete piano works of Ravel, and the recently critically acclaimed complete piano works of Debussy on the Chandos label (he has been nominated Professor-for-Life at the Detmold Hochschule in Germany); 2003 Laureate Winston Choi, Head of Piano Studies at Chicago's Roosevelt University, whose debut CD of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter received rave reviews, and whose CD of the music of Jacques Lenot was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque de l'Acadłęmie Charles Cros; Xiang Zou, 2003 First Laureate, who teaches at the Central Conservatory in Beijing; and Honens 2000 First Laureate, Katherine Chi.


The Competition is named for Esther Honens, born in Pittsburgh and educated in Calgary, who became a successful businesswoman. She married John Hillier, who died in the 1970s, then Harold Honens, with whom she developed real estate holdings in Calgary. In 1991, Esther Honens made a capital gift to establish the international piano competition. She died five days after the first competition in 1992. After five competitions, Honens has distinguished itself as one of the most prominent competitions of its kind, worldwide. Additional information is available on-line at www.honens.com.

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Błęnłęvoles de l'annłęe (Choeur de la Montagne)


Denise Lamontagne, Stłęphanie Jalbert, Martin Masson et Andrłę Mercier

Les quatre fondateurs des Jeunes voix du cëýur łŢ l'honneur !

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Beloeil, le 23 juin 2009. Lors de la soirłęe annuelle tout spłęcialement organisłęe par le Choeur de la montagne en guise de remerciements łŢ ses błęnłęvoles, les quatre fondateurs des Jeunes voix du cëýur, Denise Lamontagne, Stłęphanie Jalbert, Martin Masson et Andrłę Mercier ont łętłę łęlus błęnłęvoles de l'annłęe.

Grłóce łŢ leurs talents respectifs et leur amour de la musique, leur projet de chorale pour enfants a finalement vu le jour au printemps 2008 avec la contribution de leur directrice musicale, Julie Dufresne et de leur pianiste Marie Muller.


Pour l'occasion, le jeudi 11 juin dernier, les błęnłęvoles du Chëýur de la montagne ont łętłę convoqułęs au local de rłępłętition łŢ 18h00 pour un embarquement Č┤jauneȬ qui les a menłęs tout droit au Thłęłótre du nouveau monde łŢ Montrłęal oł╝ ils ont pu assister łŢ l'incroyable performance de la comłędienne Marie Tifo dans la pił«ce La dłęraison de l'amour. Tous ont grandement apprłęciłę la soirłęe et ont grassement applaudi les organisateurs, Francine Lacroix et Jean-Pierre Chavarie.


L'organisation du Chëýur de la montagne ne pourrait łütre qualifiłęe d'aussi performante sans la constante et głęnłęreuse contribution de ses błęnłęvoles, et c'est pourquoi toute l'łęquipe du Choeur de la montagne les en remercie profondłęment.


Encore MERCI łŢ tous les błęnłęvoles et toutes nos fłęlicitations aux błęnłęvoles de l'annłęe !

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Concerts populaires de Montrłęal


ORGUE ET COULEURS
prłęsente la 45e saison des
Concerts populaires de Montrłęal
Lĺ─˘łÔVłÔNEMENT DE Lĺ─˘łÔTłÔ DANS Lĺ─˘EST DE MONTRłÔAL !
Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, direction artistique
Lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, ensemble officiel des CPM
Six concerts łŢ 19 h 30,
Jeudi 2 juillet, mercredis 8, 15, 22, 29 juillet & 5 aoł¬t 2009
au Centre Pierre-Charbonneau
3000, rue Viau, Montrłęal (młętro Viau)

Avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, Angł«le Dubeau et La PietłŢ, Quartango, lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre de Montrłęal, lĺ─˘ensemble de cuivres Opus Lib, les chefs Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, Ałěrat Ichmouratov, Franł▀ois Dompierre et Wanda Kaluzny, ainsi que les solistes Gianna Corbisiero, Marc Hervieux, Marianne Lambert, et Marie-Josłęe Lord.

Renseignements : 514-899-0644
Billetterie du Centre-Pierre Charbonneau : 514-255-4222
(pour les concerts et le service aux tables)
www.orgueetcouleurs.com

łÔvłęnement majeur de lĺ─˘łętłę musical montrłęalais, Les Concerts populaires de Montrłęal, crłęłęs en 1964 łŢ lĺ─˘initiative du maire Jean Drapeau pour rendre plus accessible la musique symphonique łŢ la population montrłęalaise, cłęlł«bre en 2009 ses 45 ans.

Prłęsentłęe depuis ses dłębuts les mercredis en soirłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Arłęna Maurice-Richard, la słęrie estivale se dłęroule depuis 2001 au Centre Pierre-Charbonneau et est prłęsentłęe depuis 2003 par ORGUE ET COULEURS, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘arrondissement de Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Cette 45e saison haute en couleurs a łętłę concoctłęe conjointement par le chef dĺ─˘orchestre Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin et par Yves Garand, nommłę le 6 avril dernier łŢ la direction głęnłęrale et artistique de ORGUE ET COULEURS. Ce sympathique rendez-vous annuel rassemble des milliers de personnes et se distingue par son lieu de diffusion inusitłę qui donne aux concerts une ambiance dłęcontractłęe, et par la possibilitłę de se restaurer avant et pendant les prestations musicales.

Le Centre Pierre-Charbonneau accueille cette annłęe encore, six concerts prłęsentłęs le 2 juillet (exceptionnellement un jeudi) et les mercredis 8, 15, 22, 29 juillet & 5 aoł¬t 2009, łŢ 19 h30, oł╝ musicalitłę rime avec virtuositłę.
Attention, plaisir contagieux !

Billetterie du Centre Pierre-Charbonneau : du dimanche au samedi de 10 h łŢ 21 h - 514-255-4222
Abonnement : Section parterre : 138 $ / 126 $ (rłęgulier & rłęduit) - Section gradin : 102 $ / 90 $ (rłęgulier & rłęduit)
Demi-abonnement, section gradin : 60 $ / 51 $
Billets łŢ lĺ─˘unitłę : Č┤ parterre Ȭ : 28 $ & 24 $ - Č┤ gradin Ȭ : 23 $ / 19 $
Service aux tables au parterre seulement (en sus du prix du billet)

Boissons (eau, jus, bił«re et vin) et nouveau service de traiteur assurłę par Les Sentiers gastronomes et son chef cuisinier Franł▀ois Parłę qui a concoctłę un petit goł¬ter orchestral, pour les becs salłęs et sucrłęs (de 2$ łŢ 12$)
Stationnement : 5 $


IL łÔTAIT 45 FOIS DANS Lĺ─˘EST !
PROGRAMMATION 2009 ĺ─ý SUIVEZ LE GUIDE !



Lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, orchestre favori des Concerts populaires depuis 2001, donnera, comme łŢ lĺ─˘habitude, trois concerts :
- Le jeudi 2 juillet, les amoureux de la Citłę des Doges sont invitłęs łŢ naviguer Sur le Grand canal de Venise, sous la houlette du gondolier en chef, Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, avec lĺ─˘enfant chłęri du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, le tłęnor Marc Hervieux, dans des extraits dĺ─˘opłęras italiens. [ëýuvres de Verdi, Puccini et Mascagni.] - Prłęcłędłę dĺ─˘une imitation du maire Jean Drapeau par lĺ─˘humoriste et comłędien, Jean-Guy Moreau.

Les deux autres concerts de lĺ─˘OM sont confiłęs łŢ des chefs invitłęs :
- Le mercredi 15 juillet, le chef russe Ałěrat Ichmouratov nous entrałĂne dans un Voyage dans le temps, pour le grand Concert-anniversaire des Concerts populaires, avec la soprano Marianne Lambert. [ëýuvres de Mozart, Schubert, Strauss et Sieczynsky.]
- Le mercredi 29 juillet, cĺ─˘est łŢ une soirłęe chaleureuse que lĺ─˘homme de musique aux multiples talents, Franł▀ois Dompierre nous convie avec entrain łŢ son łÔpopłęe musicale. [ëýuvres pour piano de Dompierre, et pour orchestre de Bizet et Handel]

Ensembles et solistes qułębłęcois viennent complłęter la programmation 2009 :
- Le mercredi 8 juillet, place łŢ lĺ─˘imagination populaire et au monde merveilleux, avec Angł«le Dubeau et les musiciennes de la PietłŢ, orchestre łŢ cordes avec piano. Un płęriple envoł¬tant dans lĺ─˘univers fascinant des Mythes et lłęgendes. [ëýuvres de Philip Glass, les cłęlł«bres Diableries de Franł▀ois Dompierre, Gibbs, De Falla, Piazzolla, Desmarais et Ginastera.]

- Le mercredi 22 juillet, cĺ─˘est Tangopłęra ! ici, le tango trouve sa voix. Prouesses musicales et lyriques avec les musiciens de Quartango et la soprano Gianna Corbisiero. Un cocktail inattendu fait de grands classiques dĺ─˘opłęra et des rythmes ensorcelants du tango. [ëýuvres de Hunt, Piazzolla, Villoldo, Plaza, Bizet, Rodriguez, Gardel, Demare, Ponce, Brubeck, Laurenz et Mores.]

- Le mercredi 5 aoł¬t sera romantique avec Summernight qui clłąt en beautłę la 45e słęrie estivale, avec le meilleur de Gershwin. Avec lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre de Montrłęal - qui cłęlł«bre en 2009 ses 35 ans -, sous la direction de son chef Wanda Kaluzny, lĺ─˘ensemble de cuivres Opus Lib et la soprano Marie-Josłęe Lord. [ëýuvres de George Gershwin]


La saison 2009 des Concerts populaires de Montrłęal est rendue possible grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘appui de ses partenaires : lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain, la Ville de Montrłęal, lĺ─˘Arrondissement de Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Toronto Music Garden celebrates its 10th anniversary season with free concerts and dance performances and two world premieres

This year, the Toronto Music Garden celebrates its 10th anniversary of outstanding free performances in a unique setting, and popular garden tours. Summer Music in the Garden 2009 will see the return of many favourite Music Garden performers from the past 10 seasons, while more than 30 artists will make their Music Garden debut.

From June 28-September 20, Summer Music in the Garden presents 20 free outdoor concerts and dance performances involving more than 90 artists in total. This year's eclectic lineup includes five dance performances, ranging from Korean to Baroque to contemporary. Two dances will be world premieres: one by choreographer Carol Anderson featuring dancer Claudia Moore on Sept. 3, and another by Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company with multimedia composer Tom Kuo, on Sept. 10.

The concerts take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm and on most Sundays at 4pm. The free tours of the Toronto Music Garden, led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden, return for another season, taking place on Wednesdays at 11am, June 3-September 30, and on Thursdays before every concert at 5:30pm from July 2-September 10. Admission to the park and all its programming is free.

Both Summer Music in the Garden and the guided tours are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and with the generous support of Toronto Culture, Margaret & Jim Fleck, George Dembroski, David Graham, Sandra & Jim Pitblado and William & Phyllis Waters. Renowned Canadian composer Ann Southam has generously commissioned the new dance by Carol Anderson to music by J.S. Bach (Sept. 3); Harbourfront Centre has commissioned Leika, by Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company and multimedia artist Tom Kuo, which receives its world premiere on Sept. 10. Summer Music in the Garden is curated for Harbourfront Centre by Artistic Director Tamara Bernstein.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the waterfront at 475 Queens Quay West (on the water's edge side), between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. The Garden is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its current programmes, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/torontomusicgarden. For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 416-338-0338 or visit toronto.ca/parks_gardens.

10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SCHEDULE

All concerts are approximately one hour long (except where noted) and take place weather permitting. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Sunday, June 28, 4pm
Shauna and Friends

Renowned Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston leads six outstanding student cellists from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music in music by Elgar, Massenet, Kreisler and others, arranged for cello solo, duo, and ensemble. As a prelude, Barbara Croall (cedar flutes and First Nation drum) and Anita McAlister (trumpet and conch shell) perform Croall's Calling from Different Directions, which was composed for the Music Garden in summer 2008. Calling from Different Directions is a short, arresting piece that invokes the four sacred directions, bringing together instruments from different cultural "directions": trumpet, conch shell, traditional cedar flutes and First Nations hand drum.

Thursday, July 2, 7pm
Samulnori!

This exuberant Toronto ensemble returns with traditional Korean drumming and danceĺ─ţrooted in nature; transplanted to Canada.

Sunday, July 5, 4pm
Orfea and the Golden Harp

Theatre Cotton Robes presents their delightful adaptation of the Orfeo myth for the whole family. A little girl shoulders her golden harp and journeys to the Underworld to bring her beloved grandfather back to life; along the way we hear music from 400 years of opera, including Monteverdi, Mozart and Offenbach. Performed by baritone Lawrence Cotton, soprano Brooke Dufton and pianist Rachad Feizoullaev. (For information about Theatre Cotton Robes, visit www.theatrecottonrobes.com.)

Thursday, July 9, 7pm
Quartets with a Past

The Kirby String Quartet presents four classical works that look back to earlier composers: Beethoven's Quartet Op. 74, Mendelssohn's Capriccio Op. 8, Brahms' Quartet Op. 67, third movement, and Stravinsky's neo-classical Concertino. Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman (violins), Max Mandel (viola), Carina Reeves (cello).

Thursday, July 16, 7pm
Moonlight, Mountains and Flowing Streams: Voices of Ancient China

The China Court Trio performs music from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Wen Zhao, (pipa ĺ─ý Chinese lute), Yongli Xue, (zheng ĺ─ý Chinese zither), Yu Cheng Zhang (bowled clay flute and vertical flute). (For information about Wen Zhao, visit wendyzhao.com.)

Sunday, July 19, 4pm
Does This Drum Make My Brass Sound Big?

The brass and percussion sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada return with a delightful, varied programme that showcases outstanding young Canadian musicians. (For information about the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, visit nyoc.org.)

Thursday, July 23, 7pm
Another knock at the door

Toronto's Shiraz Ensemble presents a heady brew of Persian art music and original compositions. Yashar Salek (Daf/Dayereh), Nima Rahmani (Santoor), Saeed Kamjoo (Kamanche), Araz Salek (Tar), Shahin Fayaz (Rabab). A co-presentation with Small World Music.

Sunday, July 26, 4pm
Oiseaux Interurbains/Migratory Songflutes

Alison Melville performs acoustic and electronic music from the 12th to 21st centuries, for various flutes, recorders and recorded sound, including works by Bach, Telemann, Hildegard of Bingen, Jacob van Eyck, Peter Hannan, Linda C. Smith, Ben Grossman and the performer. (For information about Alison Melville, visit alisonmelville.com.)

Thursday, July 30, 7pm
Behind the Masques

The period musicians of Toronto Masque Theatre, with renowned Montreal dancer-choreographer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re, reveal different faces of baroque danceĺ─ţcourtly, theatrical, grotesque. Lacoursił«re will also perform several baroque dances reflected in the design of the Music Garden. "[Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re] has set a new standard for historical dance in Toronto."ĺ─ţRobert Everett-Green, reviewing Toronto Masque Theatre in the Globe and Mail, April 25, 2009. (For information about Toronto Masque Theatre, visit torontomasquetheatre.ca.)

Thursday, August 6, 7pm
Strong and Free

True North Brass returns with a programme that will delight and dazzle. Raymond Tizzard and Richard Sandals (trumpets), Joan Watson (French horn), Alastair Kay (trombone) and Scott Irvine (tuba). (For information about True North Brass, visit truenorthbrass.com.)

Sunday, August 9, 4pm
Passage to India

Singer Bageshree Vaze and tabla virtuoso Vineet Viyas perform classical North Indian ragas, along with classically-based songs from early Bollywood. (For information about Bageshree Vaze, visit bageshree.com and for information about Vineet Viyas, visit vineetvyas.com.)

Thursday, August 13, 7pm
Coming out of Hayd'n

The Cecilia String Quartet performs the Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, by the "father of the string quartet," Joseph Haydn, and the sparkling, newly discovered String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major by French composer Theodore Dubois (1837-1924). Sarah Nematallah and Min-Jeong Koh (violins), Caitlin Boyle (viola) and Rebecca Wenham (cello). (For information about the Cecilia String Quartet, visit ceciliastringquartet.com.)

Sunday, August 16, 4pm
Utopian Voices

In the early baroque, fans of the renaissance cornetto and the newly perfected violin duked it out over which instrument was closest to the human voice. Happily, we don't have to choose when the virtuosi of FOLIAĺ─ţbaroque violinist Linda Melsted and cornettist Kiri Tollaksenĺ─ţperform glorious music by Castello, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli and others. With Borys Medicky, harpsichord.

Thursday, August 20, 7pm
"My Unrest": Yiddish Songs for a New Day

Grammy-nominated singer Adrienne Cooper (New York) and world-renowned pianist Marilyn Lerner (Toronto) perform music from their new CD: settings of Yiddish modernist poems on love, longing, war and migration by contemporary composers including Sarah Gordon, Frank London, Fima Chorny and the performers. (For information about Marilyn Lerner, visit marilynlerner.com.)

Sunday, August 23, 4pm
Accordions for a Weill

Four virtuoso accordionistsĺ─ţIna Henning, Eugene Laskiewicz, Joseph Macerollo and Alexander Sevastienĺ─ţperform a wide-ranging programme of music, from Bach to Piazzola. Mezzo-soprano Ali Garrison joins Henning in songs by Kurt Weill, and accompanies dancer-choreographer Claudia Moore in Moore's touching dance, For Heddy, to the Brecht/Weill song, Nana's Lied. "Heddy was my dear grandma from Germany who loved parties, was a fabulous cook and worked at the Broadway Market in Buffalo. She lived to be 97. Nana's Song makes me think of her and inspired me to make this dance."ĺ─ţClaudia Moore

Thursday, August 27, 7pm
Echoes of Ancient Boundaries

In ancient Japan, village boundaries extended as far as the sound of their taiko drums carried. The thrilling sounds of Toronto's outstanding taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu (formerly known as the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) transcend the boundaries of East and West, past and present. (For information about Nagata Shachu, visit nagatashachu.com.)

Sunday, August 30, 4pm
Percussion from a Suitcase

Find out what happens when a percussionistĺ─ţthe spectacular Aiyun Huang of Montrealĺ─ţcreates a programme for which all the instruments fit into her suitcase! Music by Matthew Burtner, Alvin Lucier, Javier Alvarez, Roberto Sierra, Georges Aperghis and John Adams. (For information about Aiyun Huang, visit aiyunhuang.com.)

Thursday, September 3, 7pm
Bach at Dusk ĺ─ý With Claudia

Winona Zelenka continues her journey through Bach's six suites for solo cello. This summer, she performs the Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major for solo cello; for the last three movements of the piece (Sarabande, Bourree I and II, and Gigue), Ms. Zelenka is joined by dancer Claudia Moore in the world premiere of a new work by choreographer Carol Anderson. The dance has been generously commissioned by renowned Canadian composer Ann Southam.
Please note: This is a 30-minute concert due to early sunset. (For information about Winona Zelenka, visit winonazelenka.com. (For more information on Claudia Moore, visit danceumbrella.net/clients_moonhorse.htm.)

Thursday, September 10, 7pm
Leika

In a new work commissioned by Harbourfront Centre, Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company and multimedia composer Tom Kuo reveal hidden secrets of the Music Garden through music, dance and interactive play. Please note: This is a 30-minute concert due to early sunset. Pre-performance audience participation encouraged from 6:30-7pm. (For information about Andrea Nann, visit dreamwalkerdance.com.)

Sunday September 20, 4pm
The Sanssouci Quartet

This exciting new Boston-Toronto quartet on period instruments performs Boccherini's Quartet in D Major and Mozart's Quartet in D Minor, K. 421. Abigail Karr and Karina Fox (violins), Sarah Darling (viola), Kate Haynes (cello). And to close: a reprise of Barbara Croall's Calling from Different Directions, performed by Anita McAlister and the composer. (See June 28 concert.)

TORONTO MUSIC GARDEN TOURS
Guided tours begin at 11am on Wednesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Pre-concert guided tours begin at 5:30pm on Thursdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 6, 13, 30, 27; September 3, 10.

Visitors are invited to take a free 45-minute walking tour led by Toronto Botanical Garden tour guides. Tours start in the west end of the Garden in the Prelude section. Self-guided 70-minute audio tours (English only) hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy are also available for a rental fee of $5 (free rentals for children). Private group tours are also available ($5 per person). For reservations, call 416-397-1366 or visit torontobotanicalgarden.ca.

TORONTO MUSIC GARDEN BACKGROUND
The Toronto Music Garden is one of Toronto's most enchanted locations. The Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based landscape artist Julie Moir Messervy. Its design interprets Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the Garden: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue. A unique and magical venue, the Toronto Music Garden is the only garden/park in the world known to be directly inspired by a specific piece of music.

The Toronto Music Garden opened in 1999; concerts have been held there every summer since 2000. Since 2001, the concerts have been produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto, under the artistic direction of Tamara Bernstein. The Garden itself is lovingly maintained by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, as well as volunteers.

The Toronto Music Garden, located on Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina Avenue, is easy to reach by public transit. From Spadina Station take the 510 (Union Station) streetcar south. From Union Station take the Harbourfront LRT (509 or 510 streetcar) going west from inside Union Station. Call the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-4636 for transit information.

FOCUS: Shift
Harbourfront Centre wants you to shift gears.

What does it mean to change your perspectives on idea, explore new ways of approaching an old notion or to literally shift gears? From June to September, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "shift" throughout its programming. How does an ever-changing culture influence the lives and experiences of artists? What happens when we view the world from a different vantage point? What can be learned from migration, relocation and transformation?

Harbourfront Centre: Change perspectives.

SHIFT is part of an ongoing focus in programming. Our Lens. Your View.

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/torontomusicgarden

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