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Monday, July 13, 2009

David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on August 1

Ingrid Fliter is soloist in the Schumann Piano Concerto

Aspen Academy conductor James Feddeck makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut with a Mendelssohn overture

CLEVELAND, July 13, 2009 ĺ─ý David Zinman, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 1, at 8:00 p.m. The program also features the Schumann Piano Concerto with pianist Ingrid Fliter as soloist. James Feddeck will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut conducting the opening work on the program, Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Overture: ĺ─˙The Fair Melusina.ĺ─¨

James Feddeck, a participant at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen for the summers of 2006-2008, and assistant conductor there this summer, was selected to conduct the Orchestra through a partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and the Aspen Festival and School, where David Zinman created and leads the American Academy of Conducting. In March 2009, Mr. Feddeck was appointed an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, to begin in September 2009.

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of the most prestigious awards for pianists, made her Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Festival in August 2007. Ms. Fliter made her major American orchestra debut with the Atlanta Symphony in January 2006, just days after the announcement of her Gilmore Award. Since then, in addition to The Cleveland Orchestra, she has made debut appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and at the Aspen, Grant Park, and Mostly Mozart festivals. Equally busy as a recitalist, Ms. Fliter has recently performed in New York at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Museum, in Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn Foundation, and in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Vancouver.

The August 1 program will begin with Felix Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Overture: ĺ─˙The Fair Melusina,ĺ─¨ Opus 32, conducted by James Feddeck. David Zinman will conduct the remainder of the program, which continues with Robert Schumannĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54, with Ingrid Fliter as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64.

Program notes are available at by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Pass. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 1 concert is sponsored by National City, now a part of PNC, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

Biographical information on David Zinman, James Feddeck, and Ingrid Fliter is available on request. For a recent interview with James Feddeck in The Aspen Times, see

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestraĺ─˘s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossomĺ─˘s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The VSO Presents the Vancouver Debut of Alexander Gavrylyuk

The VSO Presents the Vancouver Debut of Alexander Gavrylyuk, performing Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other Piano Concerto!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Celebrated for his outstanding technique and dramatic musicality, Alexander Gavrylyuk is unquestionably one of the top pianists of his generation. Mr. Gavrylyuk plays Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2 in his Vancouver debut. Maestro Bramwell Tovey wields the baton in a string of other Russian classics performed by the orchestra, including Rimsky-Korsakovĺ─˘s Russian Easter Overture, Shostakovichĺ─˘s The Age of Gold Suite and Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture. This extraordinary concert is featured at the Orpheum and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey in the final concert of the 2008/2009 Surrey Nights series.

ĺ─˙A world class pianist performing at his absolute bestĺ─Âĺ─¨

- New York Times

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âsuch blow-your-socks-off virtuosity is complemented with a dark, intense, ferociously-concentrated essence and natureĺ─Âunlike so many competition winners we shall surely be hearing a lot more of this prodigiously gifted young pianist and life force.ĺ─¨

- The Gramophone

Winner of the 1999 Vladimir Horowitz Competition, the 2000 Hamamatsu Competition and, most notably, the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition, Mr. Gavrylyuk is undeniably a superstar in the making. Currently based in Moscow, Mr. Gavrylyuk had his solo debut recital last year at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov and also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin.

Alexander Gavrylyukĺ─˘s upcoming engagements include a recital at the hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Moscow Radio Orchestra. Gavrylyuk has also been invited to record the complete Prokofiev concerti with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Gavrylyuk performs Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No.2, a rarely-performed gem of the repertoire that lives in the shadow of its much more famous big brother, the popular Piano Concerto No.1. Although not blessed with such an intense beginning or as many memorable melodies, many passages of the Second are as dramatic and beautiful as anything ever written for piano and orchestra. Mr. Gavrylyukĺ─˘s debut features this extraordinary work that has rarely been heard in Vancouver in an exciting, all-Russian classical celebration.


Musically Speaking & Surrey Nights Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Saturday, May 9, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Monday, May 11, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano*

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other piano concerto will blow you away.

Tickets for May 9 Concert: $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets for May 11 Concert: $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

May 9 Concert Sponsor: HSBC Canada

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

Radio Sponsor: 103.5 QM/FM

The Surrey Nights Series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing.


Bramwell Tovey, conductor

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

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

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

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

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Winner of the 11th Arthur Rubinstein Masters Piano Competition 2005. Winner of the 4th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition Japan 2000. Winner of the 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition in Ukraine in 1999.

Alexander's upcoming engagements include solo recital at the big hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Orchestra. Gavrylyuk has been invited to record and perform the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting in 2009.

In January 2007 Alexander had his solo debut recital at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov. Gavrylyuk has also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin. 2007 took Alexander to Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Taipei, and the USA.

Alexander has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Western Australia Symphony. Lately Gavrylyuk has performed with conductors Lazarev, Spivakov, Segerstam, Fedoseyev, Gruppman, Ettinger, Tovey and Soudan.

Alexander Gavrylyuk was born in 1984 in the Ukraine and began his piano studies at the age of seven. He gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. In 1996 he was a prize winner in Senigalia, Italy and in 1997 was a 2nd prize winner at the Second Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev. The next big step for Alexander was going back to compete at the Third Horowitz International Piano Competition and winning the coveted First prize and Gold medal in 1999.

Proclaimed as ĺ─˙the best sixteen year old pianist of the late twentieth centuryĺ─¨ by critics in Japan in November 2000 after winning First Prize in the prestigious Hamamatsu International piano Competition in Japan. He was 16 years old in a field of competitors ranging in age from 16 to 32. Alexander returns regularly, touring Japan and performing to a full house in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Hall. He recorded his first two CDĺ─˘s in Japan.

Alexander lived in Sydney, Australia from 1998-2006. His Australian concert activities in more recent years include recitals at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall in Sydney as well as performances with the Melbourne Symphony and the West Australian Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s in 2006.

In April 2005, Gavrylyuk won the First Prize, Gold Medal as well as the Best Performance of a Classical Concerto in the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. That year, VAI International recorded his live performance at the Miami Piano Discoveries Festival, USA, for international DVD release which went on to receive four and five star ratings in the international press. In May 2007 he recorded his second DVD with VAI.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Opera Lyra Ottawa Presents Eugene Onegin by Pietr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Opera Lyra Ottawa Presents Eugene Onegin by Pietr Ilych Tchaikovsky

April 4 ĺ─ý 11, 2009 Southam Hall National Arts Centre

March 24 2009. Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) presents for the first time Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s great romantic opera Eugene Onegin April 4, 6, 8 and 11, 2009 at the National Arts Centre. Exquisite singing, beautiful dancing and gorgeous music will transport audiences to 19th century St. Petersburg.

For this production, Opera Lyra Ottawa has brought together a stellar cast of Canadian and international singers led by baritone Russell Braun in the title role. With a voice that has been described as thrilling, glorious, powerful, elegant, soft-grained, and spine-tingling, Russell first sang the role of Onegin in San Francisco in 2004. Russian-born soprano Inna Dukach takes on the role of Tatiana, a beautiful and innocent young woman who falls passionately in love with Onegin. Acclaimed for her ĺ─˙appealing emotional vulnerabilityĺ─¨ĺ─Âcolourful shaping and shadingĺ─¨ (Opera News), this is Inna Dukachĺ─˘s first appearance with OLO. Richard Troxell brings an ĺ─˙intensity and sensitivityĺ─¨ to the role of Lenski who, through jealousy, is doomed to die by Oneginĺ─˘s hand in a duel.

As Olga, ĺ─˙radiant and rich-voicedĺ─¨ Ottawa-based mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull is doomed to lose her lover Lenski in a flirtatious moment with Onegin. New Yorker Peter Volpe, who appears as Prince Gremin, was ĺ─˙especially impressive in both voice and stage presenceĺ─¨ (Opera) in the same role in the recent Vancouver Opera presentation of Eugene Onegin. Highly appreciated for her dramatic stage presence, Polish mezzo-soprano Agnes Zwierko, makes her Canadian debut as Madame Larina bringing to the role a ĺ─˙dark and homogenous voiceĺ─Âand a well-established stage authorityĺ─¨ ( Rounding out this superb cast are Emilia Boteva in the role of the maidservant Filippyevna, Hugues Saint-Gelais as Triquet, and Alexander Savtchenko as Zaretski.

Stage Director Joseph Bascetta, choreographer Jean Leger, and lighting designer Louise Guinand, using Neil Patelĺ─˘s set design from the new Vancouver Opera, will recreate the luxury and elegance of 19th century Russian high society on the stage of the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s Artistic Director and Conductor, Tyrone Paterson, will lead the National Arts Centre Orchestra and OLOĺ─˘s Chorus.

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

The Story

Based on the epic Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin is the story of a melancholic young aristocrat whose restlessness and yearning for meaning in his life leads to heartbreak and death.

Through his best friend Lenski, Onegin is introduced to the young and innocent Tatiana who is captivated by this aloof and serious young man. She professes her love for him in a letter but is rejected by Onegin who admits he was touched by her letter but adds that he would tire quickly of marriage ĺ─ý the most he can offer is a brotherĺ─˘s love. Crushed, Tatiana rushes away.

Some months later, Onegin and Lenski attend a party in honour of Tatianaĺ─˘s name day given by Madame Larina at her country estate. Onegin dances with Tatiana but is clearly bored by his fellow guests and their provincial sensibilities. To get back at Lenski for dragging him to the party, Onegin dances with Tatianaĺ─˘s sister Olga, who is betrothed to his friend. In a fit of jealousy, Lenski challenges Onegin to a duel. Although both men privately admit they would prefer to be laughing together than fighting a duel, pride does not allow them to back down; the duel is fought and Lenski is fatally shot.

Several years later, Onegin finds himself once again in St. Petersburg at a magnificent ball where he encounters Tatiana. She is no longer the girl he knew ĺ─ý she is now a confident, poised woman, married to Prince Gremin. This time it is Onegin who rights an impassioned letter, begging for Tatianaĺ─˘s love. In a meeting at the Greminĺ─˘s town house, she finds the courage to reject him. As his pleas grow more ardent, Tatiana rushes from the room, leaving a distraught Onegin behind.

Background Notes:

In this era of email, Twitter, and text messaging, modern means of communication are seemingly endlessĺ─ţwe are overloaded with digital ephemeraĺ─ţbut in the nineteenth century the letter was the primary means of sharing news and gossip, and of cultivating friendships. So it is not surprising that letters play a pivotal role in our understanding of both the personal and public life of Tchaikovsky, especially in the writing of Eugene Onegin. It was in the late spring of 1877, during a social visit, that contralto Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya casually suggested to Tchaikovsky that he might write an opera based on Pushkin's beloved novel. This was a timely notion as he had been considering composing a vocal work on Tatianaĺ─˘s letter scene for some time. He enlisted the assistance of his friend Konstantin Shilovsky to help him construct the libretto and together the two of them worked out a text that maintains a great deal of Pushkinĺ─˘s original verses. Tchaikovsky exploited the episodic nature of the novelĺ─ţindeed he titled his work a lyric drama rather than an operaĺ─ţoffering up juxtaposed vignettes of pivotal moments in these lives for our scrutiny. Though flying in the face of dramatic conventions, the resulting work espouses the contemporary penchant for realism in opera, the Russian equivalent of Verdiĺ─˘s Traviata and Massenetĺ─˘s Manon.

Ticket Information:

Single tickets, from $39 to $165, are available from the NAC box office and all Ticketmaster locations (service fees will be applied). Visit Ticketmaster online or call 613-755-1111. DISCOUNTS: For groups of 10 or more please call Opera Lyra Ottawa at 613-233-9200 and ask about our group rates. Students with a valid Live RushĺĐó membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at a discounted price. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the NAC Box Office on the day of the performance from 2 to 6 pm. More information is available at

About Opera Lyra Ottawa

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

Opera Lyra Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors who make the 2008-2009 season possible. We thank Bell, Season Sponsor, as well as our other Principal Sponsors: Bel-Air Lexus, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sun Life Financial, and Ottawa Citizen; Major Sponsors: Arosa Suites Hotel, Custom Printers, Kolegram and Handa Travel. Opera Lyra would also like to thank the following agencies for their support: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

WSO Supports Heart Month- Tchaikovsky 6


The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky 6
Friday, February 13 at 8pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Saturday, February 14 at 8pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Sunday, February 15 at 3pm
Brandon Western Manitoba Auditorium

Featuring -
Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Gwen Hoebig, violin

February 5, 2009 -- To commemorate Heart Month, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will give back to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Valentineĺ─˘s Day with Dinner and a Symphony, a stunning concert package featuring WSO Concertmaster Gwen Hoebig as our featured soloist and Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 6th and final symphony.

As part of the package, concertgoers can enjoy a three-course dinner (beef or vegetarian menu options) at the Concert Hall prior to the concert. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

The concert features Gwen Hoebig performing Hungarian composer Błęla Bartłäkĺ─˘s optimistic Violin Concerto No. 2, a piece with which Gwen has a very personal history. In 1992, she studied the concerto with Zoltł░n Szłękely, a friend of musical collaborator of Bartłäkĺ─˘s and the violin virtuoso who commissioned and premiered the work.

In the concertĺ─˘s second half, the WSO performs Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 6 (Pathłętique). Premiering just nine days before his death, Tchaikovsky was convinced this was his greatest masterpiece, writing ĺ─˙without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.ĺ─¨

Tchaikovsky 6 takes place on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at 8pm at the Centennial Concert Hall and Sunday, January 15 at 3pm at the Western Manitoba Auditorium in Brandon. Concert tickets range from $26.25 to $61.00 and are available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The Valentineĺ─˘s Day dinner (February 14) begins at 5:30pm - tickets for the Dinner and a Symphony package start at $75.00 per person and the deadline for booking is Tuesday, February 10.

Wednesday, February 11 1:30 to 4pm
Thursday, February 12 10am to 12:30pm
For additional information, photos or to schedule interviews please contact

Sheena Stemler
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(204) 949-3970
(204) 290-7484
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is the celebrated hub of Winnipeg's rich cultural life, delighting more than 100,000 audience members each year with innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO presents educational programs for more than 25,000 students annually and tours outside the city reaching out to communities across Manitoba.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

NACO, Jan. 24-25: "Beyond the Score" of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony

The NAC Orchestra goes ĺ─˙Beyond the ScoreČĂĺ─¨ of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 on January 14 and 15

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý The National Arts Centre Orchestra will go Beyond the ScoreČĂ of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 in an intense and entertaining multi-media exploration of the composer and his music on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15 at 8 p.m. in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. These Audi Signature Series concerts will be led by conductor Edward Gardner, Music Director of English National Opera since 2007and now making his NAC Orchestra debut. Beyond the ScoreČĂ is narrated by Bill Richardson, host of CBC Radio Twoĺ─˘s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Sunday Afternoon in Concert. The writings of Tchaikovsky and those around him will be performed by actor Greg Kramer, who was last seen at the NAC in Shakespeareĺ─˘s Dog and will return later this season in Peter Hintonĺ─˘s The Changeling.

There will be Musically Speaking Pre-Concert Chats in French both nights at 7 p.m. titled ĺ─˙Au delłŢ de la Quatrił«me symphonie de Tchałěkovskiĺ─¨ with NAC Artistic Attachłę Paul Lefebvre.

Beyond the ScoreČĂ is produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The CSO has presented a number of compositions in this popular concert format to great critical success and sold-out houses.

Written and created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s creative director Gerard McBurney, Beyond the ScoreČĂ is designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music. The first half of the evening offers an examination of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 illustrated with projected images to share the illuminating stories found ĺ─˙insideĺ─¨ the music ĺ─ý its context in history, how it fits into the composerĺ─˘s output of works, and the details of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s life that influenced its creation. Live musical examples performed by the NAC Orchestra of both Tchaikovsky and those who influenced him are called upon to illustrate the structure of the composition. After the intermission, concertgoers will return to Southam Hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Fourth Symphony played in its entirety.

Beyond the ScoreČĂ will be presented in English with French surtitles. Martha Gilmer of the CSO is the Executive Producer. Gerard McBurney is the Creative Director. Caroline Moores is the Production Stage Manager. The NAC Orchestra production is directed by Janet Irwin.

There is plenty of heart-wrenching material to explore in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s life around 1877, the year in which he wrote this symphony. Hoping to ĺ─˙cureĺ─¨ his homosexuality or at least give the appearance of ĺ─˙normalcyĺ─¨, he impetuously married an emotionally unstable former student who was infatuated with him; separated from her just ten days later; attempted suicide shortly thereafter; and concurrently with all this, entered into an extraordinary relationship with a wealthy patroness whom he never met but with whom he exchanged what is perhaps the most famous body of correspondence in the history of music. His Fourth Symphony is unavoidably bound up in the external events of that fateful year.

Tickets for Beyond the ScoreČĂ on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 15at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 and $86.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at

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

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

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Sweetest Holiday Tradition - The Nutcracker

Canadian Ballet Theatre Presents
Three Performances Only with Special Guest Ballet Superstars
Alina Somova & Anton Korsakov, Kirov Ballet
Zhong-Jing Fang, American Ballet Theatre
December 20 & 21, 2008, Winter Garden Theatre

Toys magically coming to life, a young girl, a mysterious prince, elegant dancing snowflakes and Christmas wishes fulfilled: it's no wonder THE NUTCRACKER is the most beloved ballet in the world and the most delightful of holiday traditions! Canadian Ballet Theatre (CBT) is thrilled to present an elegant, traditional Russian mounting of this classic piece with international ballet superstars performing alongside shining young stars-in-the-making.

The role of Clara will be alternated between Victoria Harding and Alys Shee, to be partnered with Eugene Dokoukine as the valiant Nutcracker Prince. All of these superstars in the making are senior students with the Academy of Ballet and Jazz, the school of Canadian Ballet Theatre.

Alina Somova is a St. Petersberg native who graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2003 and joined the Mariinsky theatre the same year. A glittering ballerina, Ms. Somova is famous for her impeccable fouette turns and grands jetes.

A past winner of the esteemed Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Anton Korsakov is widely renowned for his dramatic intensity, technical prowess and spectacular elevation.

A rapidly rising star, Zhong-Jing Fang has been with American Ballet Theatre since 2002. Trained at the Shanghai Ballet School, where she was accepted at the age of 10, Ms. Fang won the very first competition she entered, the Prix de Lausanne 2000.

Canadian Ballet Theatre students have the unique opportunity to work with the award-winning and world-famous Artistic Director Nadia Veselova Tencer. With her husband and producing partner, Solomon Tencer, Ms. Veselova co-founded the Canadian Ballet Theatre, and it's school, the Academy of Ballet and Jazz, both committed to the traditions of Russian classical ballet. A master teacher, Nadia is a graduate of the world-renowned Vaganova Choreographic Institute, the school of the Kirov Ballet, class of Alla Osipenko.

The Tencers produce the worldwide dance phenomenon, Stars of the 21st Century. For more than ten years these international ballet galas, a tribute to excellence in the art of classical dance, have been the hit of the season around the world. Recently, Nadia judged and choreographed at the Youth America Grand Prix dance competition finals in New York and was a judge at the Prix Benois De La Danse, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia. This faithful and classic rendering of THE NUTCRACKER is staged by Nadia Veselova Tencer.

THE NUTCRACKER begins on Christmas Eve with the young Clara and her beautiful nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight, Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree and dreams the most marvelous dream of a winter wonderland with dancing snowflakes, a defeated Mouse King, and a magical sleigh ride with her Prince.

Canadian Ballet Theatre presents
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Vasily Vainonen
Set and Costumes from the Bolshoi Ballet
Staged by Nadia Veselova Tencer

Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street (north of Queen Street)
Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 2:30pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 1:30pm

Tickets are $60 and $70 and can be purchased in person at the box office,
by calling Ticketmaster 416.872.5555 or online at
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn performs with the VSO!

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn performs Tchaikovsky with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO is proud to present 28-year-old internationally-renowned superstar violinist Hilary Hahn for three performances, from October 4th to 6th at the Orpheum Theatre. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts a concert that includes a piece by former VSO Composer-In-Residence Jeffrey Ryan, Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s beautiful Violin Concerto in D Major and Berliozĺ─˘s colossal Symphonie fantastique.

ĺ─˙Hilary Hahn is one of those rare performers who can dazzle you with the warmth of her personality and knock you dead with the dexterity of her technique and the emotional depth of her interpretations.ĺ─¨

--Los Angeles Times

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is part of a new generation of musical stars dedicated to expanding the fan base of classical music. She was named ĺ─˙Americaĺ─˘s Bestĺ─¨ young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001 and is well-known for her intellectual and emotional maturity. Hahn maintains a comprehensive website and has launched her own custom-designed YouTube channel which she uses to answer fansĺ─˘ questions. She recently used her You Tube channel to host a buzz-worthy Q&A session in honour of late composer Arnold Schoenbergĺ─˘s birthday. Hahn continues to try to bring classical music to a wider audience in new and sometimes unorthodox ways.

Hilary Hahn will join the VSO again for its upcoming Asia-Pacific Tour from October 10th to 20th where she will perform the same Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky featured in these Masterworks Diamond and Beltone Symphony Sundays concerts. The Asia-Pacific Tour will see the orchestra perform in China, South Korea, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau. It will also mark the first time a Canadian symphony orchestra will perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival.


Masterworks Diamond & Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Hilary Hahn Plays Tchaikovsky!

Saturday & Monday, October 4 & 6, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Sunday, October 5, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Hilary Hahn, violin

Ryan The Linearity of Light

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Hilary Hahn, superstar! This sensational violinist joins the VSO for Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s exciting Violin Concerto, and the orchestra weaves some sonic magic with a musical colossus by Berlioz.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

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Bramwell Tovey

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

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

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

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

Hilary Hahn

For the past decade, GrammyČĂ Award-winning violinist HILARY HAHN has been celebrated for her innovative interpretations and thoughtful musicianship. Her captivating stage presence and emotional sophistication belie her 28 years, while extensive international performances and recording activities confirm her place as one of the most sought-after artists on the concert circuit.

Hahn appears regularly with the worldĺ─˘s leading orchestras and on notable recital series throughout Europe, Asia and North America. In the 2007-08 season, she will tour the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Israel, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Scotland, Croatia, Japan and Korea as guest soloist with, among others, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her recital tours and solo concert collaborations will take her to the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland. Hahnĺ─˘s 2006-07 season brought wide-ranging recital tours of Europe and North America and appearances with major orchestras throughout the world. In April 2007, she was chosen to be the featured soloist in Pope Benedict XVIĺ─˘s 80th birthday celebration at the Vatican, a performance recently released on DVD.

Hahn records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon and, over the past five years, has released four albums, comprising works by Bach, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Paganini and Spohr. Her most recent recording was a collaboration with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and maestro Eiji Oue, pairing Paganiniĺ─˘s Concerto No. 1 and Spohrĺ─˘s Concerto No. 8. All of Hahnĺ─˘s recordings have received much critical acclaim and have spent weeks on the Billboard Top Ten list. In 2007, Deutsche Grammophon distributed a popular documentary entitled Hilary Hahn: A Portrait, containing exclusive interviews and concert footage. Her next albumĺ─ţthe violin concertos of Sibelius and Schoenberg, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonenĺ─ţwill be released in Spring 2008. Prior to signing with Deutsche Grammophon, Hahn made five award-winning recordings for Sony Classical, featuring repertoire by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, in addition to a concerto written for her by American bassist/composer Edgar Meyer.

In 2004, Hahn was the violin soloist on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to M. Night Shyamalanĺ─˘s film The Village, and in 2005 and 2006, she appeared as a guest on albums by the band ĺ─ÂAnd You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. Most recently, she wrote and performed violin parts on singer-songwriter Tom Brosseauĺ─˘s record Grand Forks. Unique upcoming projects include concert collaborations with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and mandolinist Chris Thile, a commissioned concerto by Jennifer Higdon, and a collection of contemporary encore pieces by living composers.

Hahn has received numerous distinctions throughout her career, including a GrammyČĂ for her recording of the Brahms and Stravinsky violin concertos, Diapason's ĺ─˙d'Or of the Yearĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritikĺ─¨ (German Record Criticsĺ─˘ Award) and several Echo awards. She has appeared on the covers of all major classical music publications and has received mentions in mainstream periodicals such as Vogue, Elle and Town and Country. In 2001, Hahn was named ĺ─˙Americaĺ─˘s Best Young Classical Musicianĺ─¨ by Time Magazine.

Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1979. At the age of three she moved to Baltimore, where she began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in the Suzuki program of the Peabody Conservatory. For the next five years, Hahn studied in Baltimore with Klara Berkovich, a native of Odessa who taught for 25 years at the Leningrad School for the Musically Gifted. From age 10 to 17, she studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with the legendary Jascha Brodskyĺ─ţthe last surviving student of the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysayeĺ─ţworking closely with him until his death at age 89. Having completed her university requirements at 16, Hahn deferred graduation and remained at the school for several more years, taking additional elective courses in languages, literature, writing and drama, coaching regularly with Jaime Laredo, and studying chamber music with Felix Galimir and Gary Graffman.

A year and a half after entering the Curtis Institute of Music, Hahn made her major orchestral debut. In March 1995, at age 15, Hahn made her German debut playing the Beethoven concerto with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe. Two months later, she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She attended the Marlboro Music Festival for several summers and, in 1996, made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In May of 1999, at the age of 19, Hahn graduated from Curtis with a Bachelor of Music degree.

An avid writer, Hahn keeps a journal on her website,

Christopher Gaze

Born and Educated in England, Christopher Gaze was inspired to come to Canada in 1975 by his mentor, legendary Shakespearean actor Douglas Campbell. He spent three seasons at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake then moved to Vancouver in 1983. After a couple of experiences with other outdoor Shakespeare events, Christopher recognized the potential in blending excellent Shakespeare productions with Vancouverĺ─˘s spectacular location. In 1990 he founded Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival where Bardĺ─˘s signature open-ended performance tent allowed to actors to perform against a backdrop of the cityĺ─˘s skyline and mountains.

The first summer of Bard on the Beach was a huge success. Beginning as an Equity Co-op production, it staged one play in a rented tent on an ĺ─˛ambitiousĺ─˘ budget of $35,000. Today the Festival, which recently completed its 17th season, has a budget of over $2.7 million and has seen its attendance rocket from 6,000 in that first summer to more than 87,000 in 2007. The growth has been slow and organic, so the Festival has been able to sustain its mandate ĺ─˛to provide quality Shakespeare productions that are accessible and affordable.ĺ─˘ As audiences have grown, so has support from the corporate and private sector, again helping to keep ticket prices among the lowest in the city for a professional production. Not only has attendance burgeoned from the local community, but Bard has contributed significantly to the city as major tourist attraction with approximately one quarter of its patrons from outside the Lower Mainland.

Bard on the Beach has also become a significant employer within the Arts, providing jobs in Vancouver in 2007 for over 100 artists and support staff. This includes a small full time and administration team plus more than 30 actors, 4 directors, 7 designers, 6 stage managers as well as the production crew, box office, front of house. The companyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Bard in the Vineyardĺ─¨ project in the Okanagan in 2003 also created over a dozen additional jobs for Vancouver artists. Bard employs primarily Equity actors but always mentors a couple of upcoming talents each season both on stage and on the production team. Many emerging actors have cut their professional teeth at Bard and have gone on to secure major roles in subsequent seasons at Bard and with other major theatre companies. Christopherĺ─˘s support and mentoring of these new talents has played a large part in their success.

Christopher also introduced the ĺ─˙Young Shakespeareansĺ─¨ Acting Program at Bard which provides an opportunity every summer for over 250 young people to train with the season professionals on the Bard stages. The Festival has also developed a Student Matinee Series that annually sees more than 7,000 students introduced to the magic of Shakespeareĺ─˘s stories and language. During the past two years, Bard has expanded its education programs with heavily subsidized Bard in the Classroom workshops for students and teachers. This commitment to youth outreach and education has made an important contribution to the development of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic ĺ─˙audience of the futureĺ─¨ for the Arts in general.

Christopher, who trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is an extremely talented actor and director. During his four decade professional acting career, Christopher has performed locally with the Playhouse Theatre Company and the Arts Club Theatre as well as in virtually every major centre across Canada, and England and the USA. In 2004 he was honoured with a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Playhouse production of Equus.

In addition to his role as Artistic Director, Christopher frequently performs and directs at Bard on the Beach. His directing credits include A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream (2003 & 1990), Henry V (2002), The Winterĺ─˘s Tale (1997) and As You Like It (1991). Favourite roles among the innumerable characters he has played at Bard are Bottom in A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, the title role in Richard III, Cornwall in King Lear and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. In 2008 he plays the title role in the great tragedy King Lear.

A gifted public speaker, Christopher frequently shares his insights on the theatre and Shakespeare out in the community with school groups, service organizations and local businesses. He works with several other Arts organizations, notably as host of Vancouver Symphonyĺ─˘s Tea & Trumpets and Christmas Concerts series, guest artist at selected Chor Leoni concerts, and as a guest host on the Knowledge Network. Christopher also works extensively as a character actor in film and radio, and he narrated the Emmy Award winning animation series Madeline. For three years he was on the Board of Tourism Vancouver, serving as the Festival and Events representative.

Christopherĺ─˘s numerous honours include: induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (2002), Canadaĺ─˘s Meritorious Service Medal (2005), an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University (2006), the BC Community Achievement Award, and the 2007 Medallion from the Childrenĺ─˘s Theatre Foundation of America. Most recently he received a Doctor of Letters from University of British Columbia in 2008.

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