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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 16, No. 7


Par/by Julie Berardino, Crystal Chan, Wah Keung Chan / April 1, 2011

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2011 YoungCuts Film Festival, Regular Deadline: March 31; Absolute drop-dead deadline: June 15 www.youngcuts.com

The Canadian Centre for Architecture's new Young Curators Program and Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program: April 15 www.cca.qc.ca/curatorialopportunities


Le Cirque Éloize a remporté le 26e Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal pour la création de son remarquable spectacle iD qui a inauguré la première édition du nouveau festival international Montréal Complètement Cirque et pour son rayonnement international exceptionnel.

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin was presented with a Doctorate (honoris causa) from the Université de Québec à Montréal at an Orchestre Métropolitain performance at Place des Arts on March 21.

Alain Nonat, Fondateur, directeur général et artistique du Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 a été nommé chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication de France.

Yvon Deschamps, Margie Gillis, William Shatner, Howard Shore, Leslee Silverman and Paul Thompson were named the 2011 laureates of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

2011 Juno award winners: Vocal Jazz Album of the Year - Kellylee Evans, Nina; Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year - Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Treelines; Traditional Jazz Album of the Year - John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, Our First Set; Instrumental Album of the Year - Fond of Tigers, Continent & Western; Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble - Gryphon Trio, Beethoven: Piano Trios Op. 70 No. 1, Ghost & No. 2: Op 11; Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment - Lara St. John, Mozart/Scott and Lara St. John/The Knights; Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance - Gerald Finley, Great Operatic Arias; Classical Composition of the Year - R. Murray Schafer, Duo For Violin And Piano, WILD BIRD

Emma Donoghue's novel Room has won the Canada and Caribbean category of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and her novel will now compete for the Best Book category. The book has already won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize.

The winners of the CBC Literary Awards recognizing unpublished writing are: Gina Leola Woolsey, Leslie Beckmann, Brian Brett, Gerald Hill, Meghan Adams, Corinne Stikeman, Monique Letarte, Monique Pariseau, Alain-Bernard Marchand, Dominic Gagné, Isidore Guy Makaya, Luc Lamarre.

Création du Fonds capital culture Québec

Le 17 mars dernier, le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé la création d’un fonds commercial destiné au développement de projets d'envergure en culture, que ce soit dans le monde du spectacle, des livres, du cinéma et de la télé ou des productions numériques interactives et des jeux vidéo afin de favoriser l’exportation de la culture québécoise. Le gouvernement du Québec ainsi que le Fonds de solidarité de la FTQ assureront la capitalisation du fonds qui sera géré par la SODEC. L’orchestre métropolitain et l’OSM, notamment, se sont grandement réjouis de l’initiative. JB

Riccardo Muti Wins the Birgit Nilsson Prize

Conductor Riccardo Muti has been awarded the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Prize. The prize comes with a $1-million remuneration. Muti is the second winner of the prize, after Plácido Domingo, who received it in 2008, three years after Nilsson passed away. Muti has been the music director of the Chicago Symphony since 2010, and over his illustrious career he has been at the helm of such orchestras as London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scalla, Philadelphia Orchestra and has guest conduced the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics. CC

James Levine Withdraws from Rheingold, Il Trovatore

Only a little over a month before the Metropolitan Opera celebrates his 40 years with the company at a May 1st gala, 67-year-old Maestro James Levine has stepped back from several upcoming performances. The need to recover from a procedure he undertook to alleviate back pain was cited as the cause. He will be replaced by Met principal guest conductor Fabio Luisi. This follows the announcement earlier in March that he would be stepping down as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. CC

Ottawa Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly One of Five 2011 Met Auditions Winners

Ottawa native and McGill student bass-baritone Philippe Sly has been named one of five winners of the 2011 Met Auditions according to a news flash on the Metropolitan Opera website. The five winners are:
Joseph Barron, bass-baritone from Pittsburgh
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone from Suffolk, VA
Michelle Johnson, soprano from Pearland, Texas
Joseph Lim, baritone from Seoul, Korea
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone from Ottawa

The other three finalists include Montreal soprano Sasha Djihanian who will also represent Canada in the BBC Singer of the World Competition in May 2011 as well as the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium. Soprano Deanna Breiwick from Seattle and bass Nicholas Masters from New Canaan, Connecticut, round out the finals. WKC

Yakov Kreizberg Dies at 51

Music director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg passed away on March 15, following a long illness. After emigrating to the U.S. from Russia in 1976, Kreizberg became a rising star in the conducting world, landing fellowships at Tanglewood, studying with Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas, and winning the 1986 Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition. His last public appearance as a conductor was with the Netherlands Philharmonic on Valentine's Day 2011. CC

Youtube Orchestra 2011 Performance

The 2011 Youtube Orchestra performed to a full house at the Sydney Opera House on March 21. Michael Tilson Thomas led 101 musicians from more than 30 countries. The performance was streamed live on Youtube. The music was accompanied by real-time video projections on the exterior and interior of the opera house. CC

Itzhak Perlman Resigns from Westchester Philharmonic

Violinist Itzhak Perlman is stepping down as artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic a few months short of his contract, which would have terminated in June. The orchestra's executive director Joshua Worby cited financial concerns and says the split was mutual. CC

Music Critic Ken Winters Passes Away

Ken Winters, aged 81, passed away on March 22, after a heart attack. He was a critic for newspapers including, most recently, the Globe and Mail, co-editor of the original edition of The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. He had worked for more than 40 years at CBC, hosting shows such as Mostly Music, Personalities in Music, and Ken Winters on Music. CC

St. Lawrence Choir Launches Iwan Edwards Award

An award in the name of choir conductor Iwan Edwards has been created to support one singer participating in the Montreal Choral Institute's Masterclass each year. The first winner is *Alberta's Rob Curtis. The prize will cover the fee of the workshop as well as a per diem. Edwards founded and led the St. Lawrence Choir for over three decades. He has founded and led many other choral ensembles and programmes and is a Member of the Order of Canada. CC

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Sponsors Artist Chih-Chien Wang

Galleries have been courting sponsorship for as long as they've been around. Now, the MMFA is turning the tables; they are sponsoring an artist for a year to add new work to the contemporary collection. Their choice this year: a Darling Foundry artist-in-residence, Chih-Chien Wang. Born in Taiwan in 1970, Wang moved to Montreal in 2002 and graduated with a MFA from Concordia in 2005. His work is mainly in photograph and video form. CC

Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away at Age 79

Prolific Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23. She won three Academy Awards, for her acting in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Butterfield 8 and for her humanitarian efforts in fighting AIDS. She was also one of the most famed celebrities of the 20th century; her eight marriages and other personal dramas fascinated the general public. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. CC

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