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Monday, March 30, 2009

CMQ - Analekta récolte deux Prix Junos


Montréal, le 30 Mars 2009 – Analekta est fière d'annoncer que deux de ses enregistrements ont récolté un Prix Juno dans les catégories « album classique de l'année : grand orchestre ou soliste(s) accompagné(s) d'un grand orchestre » et « album classique de l'année : chanteur solo ou chorale ». Ces récompenses confirment la qualité d'enregistrement mettant en lumière les musiciens canadiens les plus reconnus.

Dans la catégorie « album classique de l'année : grand orchestre ou soliste(s) accompagné(s) d'un grand orchestre », l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal et son directeur musical Kent Nagano ont récolté un Prix Juno pour Beethoven: L'Idéal de la Révolution française, disque sur lequel on retrouve Le Général, une œuvre qui rend hommage au lieutenant général Roméo Dallaire.

Dans la catégorie « Album classique de l'année : musique vocale ou chorale », Analekta a récolté un Prix Juno pour son disque Gloria ! Vivaldi et ses anges de l'Ensemble Caprice, sous la direction artistique de Matthias Maute.

Avec ces deux récompenses, Analekta confirme la place unique qu'elle détient sur le marché canadien de la musique classique et s'affirme comme l'une des plus importantes maisons de disques, tous genres confondus.

Devenue au fil des ans la plus grande maison indépendante de disques de musique classique au Canada, Analekta a célébré en 2008 son 20e anniversaire. Plusieurs prix et distinctions ont couronné la qualité de ses enregistrements et le talent de ses artistes.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Juno Award-Winning Canadian Composer John Burge

US Premiere of Juno Award-Nominated Composer John Burge’s Mass for Prisoners of Conscience at Lincoln Center, April 5, 2009

“In attempting to communicate the suffering of political prisoners, to pay tribute to Amnesty International’s role in ending it and to write a large piece, the young composer set himself a challenging task…John Burge’s Mass for Prisoners of Conscience is a triumph.”-- Kingston Whig Standard

A classical and a modern Mass

A recording of the music of John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, by the Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Nurhan Arman, has been nominated for a 2008 Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, in the category of Best Canadian Classical Music Composition. The US premiere of the Burge Mass for Prisoners of Conscience will be presented in a performance dedicated to human rights organization Amnesty International, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Sunday, April 5, at 2:00 PM. Conductor Laureate Doreen Rao will conduct musicians and singers from the University of Toronto, where she is Director of Choral Programs, and Queen’s University in Ontario, where Dr. Burge is Director of the School of Music.

As a counterpoint to the Burge Mass, the evening will also feature the Mass No. 12 in B minor ("Theresienmesse") of Franz Josef Haydn, under the baton of Guest Conductor Eric Johnson. This work features the Distinguished Orchestra International and the Distinguished Singers International, which consists of vocalists from all corners of the United States and abroad. Guest soloists for this section of the program will be Orna Ariana, Soprano, Shannon McGee, Mezzo, John Tiranno, Tenor, and Samuel Smith, Baritone.

Previous recognition; First musical setting for world-famous poem

John Burge has written a large body of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions. His piece, Angels’ Voices, for choir and orchestra, received the 2006 Outstanding New Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and was performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005. As a long-serving past-President of the Canadian League of Composers, Burge has been a passionate advocate for contemporary music and Canadian music in particular. His oeuvre contains many works that are inspired by Canadian poetry and landscape, such as One Sail, based upon a poem by Canadian poet Margaret Avison. Regarding the Juno-nominated Flanders Fields Reflections, based on the iconic poem by Canadian military officer John McCrae, conductor Nurhan Arman said, “Recording these works was a real labour of love for us, and we are delighted that now people…will be able to listen to these remarkable compositions…it’s a great privilege to help pieces as beautiful as these become better known.”

The Program

Mass for Prisoners of Conscience, commissioned in 1987 by Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir, is scored for baritone, mezzo-soprano and child soloists, accompanied by choir and a small instrumental ensemble of four solo woodwind instruments, two pianos and percussion. The text material for the soloists consists entirely of settings of first-hand accounts of political prisoners and their families sung in English. These accounts or testimonials are drawn from material provided by Amnesty International. The choir sings sections from the liturgical Mass in Latin, and comments on the emotions and situations expressed in the solo movements. Musically, the work is highly dramatic in the way that it combines percussively angular passages with lyrical vocal writing. The work was premiered by the University of Toronto Symphony Chorus, Dr. Doreen Rao, conductor, on November 9th, 1990.

The Theresienmesse was composed following Haydn’s tenure in England, where he had secured his reputation as the greatest living composer of his day. He would write no more symphonies, but did accept a commission from Nicholas II, the fourth of the Esterházy princes whom he had served, to write a Mass each year celebrating the name day of Nicholas’s wife. The Theresa Mass is written for four vocal soloists, chorus, and a somewhat unusual orchestra consisting of two clarinets, bassoon, two trumpets, timpani and strings.


To obtain tickets or further information regarding this event, please visit the Distinguished Concerts web site, Tickets can also be purchased by calling the DCINY box office, 212.707.8566, x 307 or directly from the concert venue.

Premiere works

In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster of participating ensembles and attracting talent from all over the globe. Among the events DCINY is honored to present this season are: one world and two US premiere performances of major new works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, which took place on January 19, and the world premiere of a new choral piece by American composer Eric Whitacre on June 28. Please visit for details regarding other highlights of DCINY’s 2009/2010 Season.

Interviews can be arranged by contacting Mindi Rayner Public Relations, at 718.377.4720, or For press tickets please contact Gene Wisniewski of Distinguished Concerts International, at 212.707.8566, ext. 306, or

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Calling All Canadian Artists: JunoFest wants to put YOU on stage


Calling All Canadian Artists: JunoFest wants to put YOU on stage

Be part of the JUNO Awards Weekend's two–night music showcase,
March 27 & 28 in Vancouver, BC

Submissions open Monday, November 10


JunoFest is a two-night music extravaganza that showcases the talents of over 100 local, regional and national artists representing the diverse spectrum of Canadian music.

Nearly half of the participating line-up will be chosen locally to highlight Vancouver's rich and diverse music scene, in addition to performances from 2009 JUNO Award nominees and some of Canada's national touring acts.


As part of the 2009 JUNO Awards weekend, JunoFest will take place at various venues in downtown Vancouver on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 each night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Artists and bands interested in participating in this year's JunoFest can apply online through Sonic Bids at, starting Monday, November 10, 2008.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 12, 2008 at 5 p.m. (PST). A $10 application fee will apply. All applicants must be Canadian residents and 19 years of age or over.

We thank all applicants who respond, but only those selected will be contacted.

About JunoFest: 2009 marks the eight year anniversary of JunoFest since its inception in St. John's, Newfoundland in 2002. As a means to promote and celebrate Canadian music, JunoFest has showcased to-date almost 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres. JunoFest '09 will be produced by Vancouver-based Donnelly & Associates Event Marketing Inc., a leading independent producer of special events, music festivals and national promotions.

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