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Friday, February 29, 2008

[Montreal] I, Claudia- The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, March 16-April 13

Press Release

For Immediate Release

First Class Theatre

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre and Theatre and Company

in association with Delav Consulting Inc.


I, Claudia

By Kristen Thomson

Directed by Leah Cherniak

Starring Michelle Polak

March 16 –April 13

" I'm going through puberty. Oh my God, I don't even want to talk about it, it's disgusting!" –Claudia

MONTREAL February 2008- The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, in association with Theatre and Company and Delav Consulting is pleased to present the award-winning play I, Claudia from March 16-April 13 in the new Studio space. This lauded Canadian work has also been turned into a film directed by Chris Abraham. Michelle Polak, originally from Montreal, returns to portray Claudia as well as the important adults in her life in this outstanding performance.

Claudia speaks to us from inside the boiler room of her school. Incensed and incredulous at the adult world around her, she is also fiercely funny about it. Michelle Polak deftly uses masks to portray Claudia, whose parents are divorcing, Drachman, a former actor turned school janitor, Claudia's grandfather Douglas and Leslie, her father's new girlfriend. Though the central character is a pre-teen, the story resonates with communal notions of bringing meaning to our lives and the search for happiness. I, Claudia is the winner of the 2001 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play.

Director Leah Cherniak describes the universality of the piece, "The play reminds us of both the fragility and resiliency of childhood. It also reminds me to keep my eyes open, to watch and listen to my own daughter, taking nothing for granted."

This highly theatrical one-woman show will astound you with Michelle Polak's performance. She is thrilled to be doing the role, "This is by far one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in the theatre. Themes of transformation, truth, vulnerability, loneliness and hope all speak to me. May the audience go on this journey with me."

Creating Claudia's world is Robin Fisher, set and costumes; Andrea Lundy, lighting; and Lyon Smith, sound. Todd Bricker is the stage manager.

We are excited to offer this production as part of the first season in The Segal Centre's new Studio space. Its 177-seat flexible plan makes the Studio an exciting space to work with, allowing innovative artists from all levels in their career to explore their most current projects or works-in-progress. As well, performing arts groups in the community have a professional venue to showcase their endeavours. The space's flexibility also allows for a variety of exploratory and multi-disciplinary works. The Studio is already home to our new resident theatre company Sidemart, who presented their terrific production of Trad in November. Other great uses of the space include hosting a film festival by the Jewish Public Library, The Dybbuk and the Schulich at the Segal Concert Series, which saw 150 high school kids listening to the McGill School of Music's Big Band Orchestra. Further information about the Studio and recent events is available on The Segal Centre for Performing Arts website.

"Ever stare at yourself so hard that your eyes practically start bleeding? I do." –Claudia

88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal with Leah Cherniak

Sunday, March 16, 11am. Admission is free.

Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures. Leah Cherniak, co-artistic director of Theatre Columbus and director of I, Claudia, shares her thoughts on new play development in Canada, specifically as it relates to this play.

Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada

As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.

Tickets and Media Information


March 16- April 13, 2008


March 16 1:30 pm

March 17- 19 8:00 pm


March 16 11:00 am

Media Opening Night:

Thursday, March 20 8:00 pm


Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm

Saturday 8:30 pm

Sunday 7:00 pm


Wednesdays 1:00 pm

Sundays 2:00 pm

Box Office:

(514) 739-7944


(514) 790-1245

Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170 cote St. Catherine Rd.

Leah Cherniak- Director

Leah Cherniak is the co-artistic director of Theatre Columbus in Toronto. The company has created over 25 new plays and has an excellent reputation for innovative productions of classics. Leah studied theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. For Theatre Columbus she has directed most of the company's repertoire, including, Hotel Loopy, Gynty (an adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt), The Barber of Seville, Paranoia, Lonely Nights and Other Stories, The Betrayal, (Chalmers Award for Playwriting) The Cherry Orchard and Twelfth Night, among many others. She co-created and directed the multi-award winning play, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine. Leah also directs for The Tarragon Theatre, The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Blyth Festival and Thousand Islands Playhouse among others. Last year Leah enjoyed directing Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn for Theatre & Company and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman for Theatre Columbus/Soulpepper. She also directed John and Beatrice, by Carol Frechette at The Tarragon and John Mighton's The Little Years, a co-production with Neptune Theatre and The National Arts Centre. Leah teaches an intensive clown course for The Ryerson Theatre Program. She also teaches for the George Brown Theatre Program and The National Theatre School in Montreal.

Michelle Polak- Claudia and other characters

Michelle has found herself involved in some amazing projects- pieces of theatre that excited her and hopefully audiences as well. Her love for the theatre ranges from experimental, to new Canadian work, to Shakespeare and Moliere. Some favourite works include The Overcoat in London, Australia and New Zealand; Little Dragon (at TPM); Lost Heir and Schoolhouse (Blyth Festival) and Dying to be Sick (National Arts Centre).

Kristen Thomson– Playwright

As playwright and performer, Kristen Thomson has had considerable success with I, Claudia, her first play. The one-woman performance play was created through improvisation with masks, and Kristen has performed it at The Tarragon Theatre (Dora Mavor Moore Awards for both performance and writing), Belfry Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Magnetic North Festival, World Stage Festival and a tour of Hungary. The play was later adapted for film by Kristen and director Chris Abraham. For the film, Kristen was awarded a best performance Gemini Award and ACTRA Award, along with two Canadian Comedy Awards for performance and writing. Kristen is a resident of Toronto, where she continues her long-standing relationship with the Tarragon Theatre as a playwright in residence. The Patient Hour, Kristen's second play, will be presented there in 2009. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School.


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Career Focus Program | Programme Objectif carrière

Career Focus Program

February 28, 2008

Good afternoon,

It's that time of the year again!

The Cultural Human Resources Council, through it's Career Focus program, funded by the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), is seeking proposals from cultural institutions and organizations willing to offer dynamic opportunities in the areas of Arts Practice and Arts Administration to recent college and university graduates under the age of 30. If you have a position in mind and are looking for a positive addition to your team, send us your application.

Deadline for submission is March 14, 2008.

Please note that projects must be a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 8
months, and must start between May 1st, 2008 and September 1st, 2008, and must finish by December 31st, 2008.

Application forms and specific guidelines can be found at

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.



Geneviève Chassé
Youth Internship Program Administrator - CHRC
tel.: (613) 562-1535 ext. 28
toll free: 1-866-562-1535 ext. 28
fax : (613) 562-2982

Programme Objectif carrière

28 février 2008


Nous en sommes encore une fois à cette période de l'année!

Dans le cadre du programme Objectif carrière, financé par le Département des Ressources humaines et du Développement social du Canada (RHDSC), le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel est à la recherche de propositions de la part des établissements et des organismes culturels qui désirent offrir des possibilitiés de stages en arts et en administration des arts au nouveaux diplômés collégiales et universitaires âgés de moins de 30 ans.
Si vous désirez ajouter du dynamisme à votre équipe et que vous êtes en mesure d'offrir un poste faites-nous parvenir une demande d'inscription.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le 14 mars 2008.

Veuillez noter que tous les projets doivent durer un minimum de 4 mois et un maximum de 8 mois et doivent débuter entre le 1e mai et le 1e septembre 2008 et terminer par le 31 décembre 2008.

Le formulaire d'inscription ainsi que les lignes directrices spécifiques au programme sont disponible au

N'hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi si vous avez des questions.

Au plaisir,


Geneviève Chassé
Administratrice du programme de stages - CRHSC
tel.: (613) 562-1535 p. 28
sans frais: 1-866-562-1535 p. 28
téléc. : (613) 562-2982


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

[Montreal] Next Allegra Concert

27ème saison / 27th Season

jeudi 27 mars à 20 h
Thursday March 27 at 8 pm

salle Redpath, Université McGill
/ Redpath Hall, McGill University

flûte/flute Marie-Andrée Benny
clarinette/clarinet Simon Aldrich
clarinette/clarinet Martin Carpentier
basson/bassoon Mark Romatz
cor/horn Louis-Philippe Marsolais
violon/violin Yukari Cousineau
violon/violin Alexander Lozowski
alto/viola Brian Bacon
violoncelle/cello Alexandre Castonguay
contrebasse/double bass Yannick Chênevert

  • Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Septuor en mi bémol majeur (1823) pour clarinette, basson, cor, deux violons, violoncelle et contrebasse / Septet in E Flat Major (1823) for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, cello and double bass
  • Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), Sérénade en fa majeur op. 95 pour flûte, clarinette, basson, cor, deux violons, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse / Serenade in F Major op. 95 for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Sérénade No. 1 en ré majeur op. 11 (reconstruction par Simon Aldrich de la version originale, perdue, pour nonet) pour flûte, deux clarinettes, basson, cor, violon, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse / Serenade No. 1 in D Major op. 11 (reconstruction by Simon Aldrich of the lost original nonet version) for flute, two clarinets, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass

Entrée libre
Admission Free

Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg

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[Ottawa] Opera Lyra presents La Traviata

Media Contact: Karl Balisch

Director of Marketing and Communication

T: 613-233-9200 ext 229 F: 613-233-5431 email:

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Opera Lyra joins the Stop TB Partnership

Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) presents Verdi's beloved opera, La Traviata, on March 15, 17, 19 and 22, 2008 as the finale to its 2007-2008 season. With one of Verdi's most intoxicating scores, La Traviata is one of the most frequently produced operas and holds the distinction of being the first opera that OLO presented on the NAC Opera stage in Southam Hall 15 years ago, after several seasons of performing on the smaller stage of the NAC Theatre. OLO last presented La Traviata in 2000.

La Traviata, which translates literally as "the woman who strayed" or more figuratively as "the fallen one," is the story of a courtesan living in lavish and sophisticated 19th century Paris. She is the toast of every party, but she is also gravely ill. Violetta dares not imagine finding real love until the charming Alfredo Germont wins her heart. The libretto was written by Francesco Piave, based on the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils. The music and the story of Verdi's opera stir great sympathy for Violetta whose vulnerability makes her perhaps the most real of Verdi's heroines.

The issue of tuberculosis, the tragic illness which afflicts the ill-fated Violetta, is still an issue of grave concern today. Opera Lyra Ottawa has joined the Stop TB Partnership* to help raise awareness about TB among people who love opera. In its new role as a Stop TB Partner, Opera Lyra is collaborating on one of the Partnership's newest initiatives, Music to Stop TB. Music to Stop TB is an advocacy project that draws on longstanding links between TB and opera - particularly La Traviata (Verdi) and La Bohème (Puccini), whose narrative also focuses on the tragic death of a young woman from TB. The movement also seeks to raise awareness about TB through performances of music by Chopin, Boccherini, Pergolesi and other composers whose lives were taken by TB.

Canadian soprano Laura Whalen, who was praised in Opera Lyra's production of Roméo et Juliette for her "lovely and powerful" voice, returns to Ottawa to sing the role of Violetta. Tenor Kurt Lehmann will bring his "honey toned voice" and "clean romantic delivery" to the role of Alfredo, and baritone Gregory Dahl, who was an audience favourite as Ford in OLO's Falstaff (2006), returns to make his debut in the role of Giorgio, Alfredo's father.

Tenor, Benoit Boutet, who has performed in OLO's productions of Otello (2007) and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005), returns for the role of Gastone. Bass Gregory Atkinson sings the role of Dr. Grenvil; and Quebec-born mezzo-soprano Renée Lapointe sings the role of Flora, friend of Violetta. Canadian baritone Sean Watson will sing in the role of Baron Douphol; baritone Andrew Tees will sing the role of the Marchese d'Obigny. Both baritones have previously sung in the matinee productions presented by Opera Lyra for schools over the past two seasons.

The production will be set in a traditional fashion as directed by Joseph Bascetta, whose stage direction in OLO's 2002 production of La Bohème was cited as "imaginative" and possessing scenes with "spectacular" results by local critics. Opera Carolina General Director & Principal Conductor James Meena, who was the celebrated conductor of Opera Lyra Ottawa's Don Pasquale (2003), returns to conduct the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Sets for this production have been rented from the New Orleans Opera Association.

Opera Lyra Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors who make the 2007-2008 season possible. We thank Bell, Season Sponsor, as well as our other Principal Sponsors: Cadillac, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sun Life Financial, and Ottawa Citizen; Major Sponsors: Arosa Suites Hotel, Custom Printers, Handa Travel, CBC/Radio-Canada and Couleur FM; and Key Sponsor Bombardier. Opera Lyra would also like to thank the following agencies for their support: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Learn more about the opera

Sung in Italian with English and French Surtitles, performances of La Traviata will begin at 8:00 pm. Pre-opera chats are presented in the NAC one-hour prior to each performance. These offer an opportunity to learn more about the composer, background and historical significance of the opera. English Pre-Opera Chats for La Traviata will be presented on March 15 and 19 and French Pre-Opera Chats on March 17 and 22. Pre-Opera Chats are presented free of charge to all patrons.

The OLO Guild will present Opera Insights on March 4, at 7:00 pm at the Library and Archives Canada. This highly informative event will introduce the music, history, and themes of Verdi's tragic opera. Ingemar Korjus will be joined by cast members for a lecture and an interactive round-table discussion as they share their experiences, views and a great deal of interesting information. Tickets are $15 and are available from Opera Lyra's box office. Call 613-233-9200.

Bring your lunch to the NAC on March 6 at noon and enjoy a free concert at the Fourth Stage featuring artists of the OLO Opera Studio as they perform excerpts of La Traviata. This is an excellent opportunity to hear more of the music from the opera before it is presented on the mainstage.

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 Rush™ membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at a discount price. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the NAC Box Office on the day of the performance between 2 and 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 productions 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

About the Stop TB Partnership*

The Stop TB Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, is a network of more than 700 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, tuberculosis patients and nongovernmental and governmental organizations working together towards a world free of tuberculosis.

Special support for organizing the collaboration with Opera Lyra Ottawa has been provided by: Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, Stop TB Canada, and Results Canada. To learn more about tuberculosis, please visit

The Cast and Production Crew

Violetta Valéry Laura Whalen (soprano)

Gastone Benoit Boutet (tenor)

Alfredo Germont Kurt Lehmann (tenor)

Baron Douphol Sean Watson (baritone)

Flora Bervoix Renée Lapointe

Marquis D'Obigny Andrew Tees (baritone)

Annina Danielle Dudycha (soprano)

Giuseppe Michael Carty (tenor)

Giorgio Germont Gregory Dahl (baritone)

The Commissioner Christopher Mallory (bass)

Doctor Grenvil Gregory Atkinson (bass)

Conductor - James Meena

Stage Director - Joseph Bascetta

Artistic Director – Tyrone Paterson

Chorus Master - Laurence Ewashko

Lighting Designer - Steve Ross

Stage Manager - Thomas L. Schweitzer

Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Costumes Malabar Limited

Scenery made available courtesy of

New Orleans Opera Association

Karl Balisch
Director of Marketing and Communications (613) 233-9200 ext 229

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[Toronto] The Mayhem of Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Returns to the COC Stage

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Opera Company’s spring run continues with Gioacchino Rossini’s opera buffa, The Barber of Seville. A comedy of mischievous mayhem and delightful absurdities, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is eternally popular for its frothy charm and irresistible melodies. Director Michael Patrick Albano, last with the COC for the critically acclaimed Ensemble Studio production of Swoon, returns to stage this production. Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, makes his company debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus for nine performances, while assistant conductor Steven Philcox conducts two performances. The Barber of Seville runs April 16 at 7:30 p.m., 19 at 7:30 p.m., 25 at 7:30 p.m., May 2 at 7:30 p.m., 4 at 2 p.m.,

8 at 7:30 p.m., 10 at 4:30 p.m., 13 at 7:30 p.m., 16 at 7:30 p.m., 21 at 7:30 p.m., and 23 at 7:30 p.m., 2008 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

The Barber of Seville follows the young Count Almaviva who is in love with the charming Rosina. She is a prisoner in the home of her elderly guardian, Dr. Bartolo, who intends to marry her himself. To gain access to Rosina, Almaviva hires the services of Figaro, the irrepressible barber who spends as much time scheming as he does shaving. Last performed by the COC in 1999, this production brings together set designer John Stoddart and lighting designer Stephen Ross.

Beloved characters and sparkling arias make The Barber of Seville one of the world’s most popular and frequently performed operas. Singing the role of Rosina, the young and beautiful ward, is Albanian soprano Enkelejda Shkosa. Macedonian tenor Blagoj Nacoski, is her admirer, the ardent Count Almaviva. Ms Shkosa has sung with major opera houses around the world including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr. Nacoski, who recently sang Almaviva with Polish National Opera, also appeared with Frankfurt Oper, Teatro Regio in Parma, and Zurich Opera. Both Ms Shkosa and Mr. Nacoski make their company debuts. Recently appearing with Welsh National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov makes his COC debut as the mischievous barber, Figaro. Returning to the COC are bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Dr. Bartolo, and bass Burak Bilgili as Don Basilio. COC Ensemble Studio bass Justin Welsh is Fiorello, Ensemble soprano Melinda Delorme is Berta, and Ensemble bass-baritone Alexander Hajek is the Notary.

The Barber of Seville, libretto by Cesare Sterbini, is based on Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’ satirical Le barbier de Séville, which is the first in a series of three plays. The second instalment of the series, Le mariage de Figaro, known in the opera world as Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, opened the COC’s current season. The opera premiered in Rome in 1816 under the name Almaviva, ossia l’inutile precauzione, and Rossini maintained this title for four months before he switched it back to the play’s original name. The fame of Rossini’s popular opera quickly spread, and to this day is a mainstay of the operatic repertoire.

Single tickets for The Barber of Seville are on sale and may be purchased online at, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Ticket prices for all performances range from $60 to $275. Special young people’s tickets for all performances throughout the season are priced from $30 to $95. These ticket prices apply to those who are 15 years of age or under, accompanied by and sitting next to an adult.

Starting Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10 a.m., $20 tickets will be available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 through the Opera for a New Age program presented by TD Bank Financial Group, and can be purchased online at or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Student group tickets are $20 per student and may be purchased by calling 416-306-2356. Remaining Opera for a New Age tickets will be released as $20 rush seats at 11 a.m. the morning of the performance, subject to availability.

Production Sponsor of The Barber of Seville: National Bank Financial

Presenting Sponsor of SURTITLESä: Sun Life Financial

Official Automotive Sponsor of the COC at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Official Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

Opening Night Sponsor of the COC: Hilton Toronto

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Financial Group, and other generous donors.

BMO Financial Group Pre-Performance Opera Chats

The COC offers free 20-minute introductions to the opera and its themes in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 45 minutes prior to every performance.

Canadian Opera Company Web site

The Canadian Opera Company Web site, at, contains information on all productions including synopses, historical background, and production photographs.

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For more information or to request production photographs via e-mail, please contact:

Melissa Than, Publicist, tel. 416-306-2369, fax: 416-363-5584, e-mail:
Vanessa Somarriba, Assistant Publicist, tel. 416-306-2303, fax: 416-363-5584, e-mail:

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ottawa Chamber Music Society Ends Pursuit of Concert Hall

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, Ontario - February 26, 2008
-- The Ottawa Chamber Music Society will not be seeking an extension of the deadline granted by City Council to seek private sponsorship for the proposed Concert Hall.

This announcement this morning from Colin Cooke, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber Music Society. This Thursday is the deadline for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society to inform city council that it has a title sponsor for the proposed concert hall at Elgin and Gloucester streets. Colin Cooke: "We have not completely closed the door on our dream of a Concert Hall but at this time it wouldn't be fair nor right to request additional time. The current economic climate and the competition for the sponsorship and charity dollar made the Concert Hall a tough sell at this time.

On behalf of the OCMS and music lovers across the city, we want to express our appreciation to the Mayor and city councillors for their solid support over the years, as well as our funding partners at the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Province of Ontario."
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For further information, please contact:

Karen St. Aubin
Communications Officer
Ottawa Chamber Music Society
613-234-8008 (ext 244)


Pour publication immédiate

Ottawa (Ontario), le 26 février 2008
-- La Société de musique de chambre d'Ottawa ne demandera pas la prolongation du délai que le conseil municipal lui avait accordé pour obtenir une commandite privée pour le projet de salle de concert.

Colin Cooke, président du conseil de la Société, en a fait l'annonce ce matin.

Au plus tard ce jeudi, la Société de musique de chambre d'Ottawa devait informer le conseil municipal qu'elle a trouvé un commanditaire nominatif pour le projet de salle de concert à l'angle des rues Elgin et Gloucester.

Colin Cooke a déclaré : « Nous n'avons pas totalement abandonné l'idée d'une salle de concert mais il ne serait ni juste, ni correct de demander davantage de temps. Le climat économique actuel et la concurrence pour les contributions de commanditaires et autres bienfaiteurs font en sorte qu'il est difficile de vendre l'idée d'une salle de concert en ce moment.

Au nom de la SMCO et des amateurs de musique à travers la ville, nous tenons à remercier le maire et les conseiller municipaux pour leur solide appui au cours des ans, ainsi que nos partenaires financiers, le ministère du Patrimoince canadien et la province d'Ontario. »

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Pour des renseignements supplémentaires, veuillez communiquer avec

Karen St. Aubin
Agente de communications
Société de musique de chambre d'Ottawa
613-234-8008, poste 244

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OSM to make Japan and South Korea tour in April 2008

First OSM international tour with
its music director
Kent Nagano
8 concerts in Japan and South Korea

Montreal, February 26, 2008
- The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will be undertaking an international tour for the first time with Kent Nagano, visiting Japan and South Korea from April 10 to 19, 2008. The Orchestra will present three different programs at eight concerts in the following five cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Shizuoka in Japan, and Seoul in South Korea. In Tokyo, the OSM will give three concerts in three different halls.

These concerts are of very special importance, marking as they do the first international tour of the OSM under the direction of its new music director, Kent Nagano. After an acclaimed visit to Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the spring of 2006, a Canadian tour in 2007 and an upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York (March 8, 2008), the OSM will be finding itself once again on familiar terrain, this being the ninth Asian tour in its history.

The Orchestra's first concert in Japan was held in Osaka, in 1970, with Franz-Paul Decker. In 1989, the OSM under the direction of Charles Dutoit performed for the first time in Seoul, South Korea. The last tour of Asia by the Orchestra took place in 1999, when the OSM and Charles Dutoit gave concerts in 10 Japanese cities. Since 1962 the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has carried out 37 tours around the world.

This international tour of the OSM with Kent Nagano is sponsored by Air Canada. Air Canada is proud to be helping showcase Canadian talent abroad.

The tour is also made possible by support from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Québec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions and Conseil des arts et des lettres, and the City of Montreal. The year 2008 marks the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.

From Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts, located in the very heart of the city, the OSM radiates outward across Québec and Canada, bringing the world's repertoire of symphonic music to the widest possible audience. Through its international tours and its recordings, the Montreal orchestra is an ambassador for the city and for music, promoting the influence of culture as well as artistic exchanges.

The tour itinerary is reproduced below, preceded by details of the three scheduled programs.

Program 1: Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, excerpts
Ravel, Boléro
Program 2: Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Debussy, La Mer
Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie
Program 3: Debussy, La Mer
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 (Ye-Eun Choi, violin)
Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie
Itinérary :
April 10 :
Tokyo, Musashino Civic
Cultural Hall
Program 1
April 11:
Osaka, Festival Hall
Program 2
April 12:
Nagoya, Aichi Perfectural Art
Program 1
April 13:
Tokyo, Suntory Hal
Programm 2
April 15:
Shizuoka, Granship
Program 1
April 16:
Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City
Program 1
April 18:
Séoul, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Program 1
April 19:
Séoul, Sejong Center for the Performing
Program 3

Source : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Information : Lucie Paquin, Head of Media Relations
(514) 840-7414 or (514) 608-7414
© 2003-2008 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
260, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montréal (Québec) H2X 1Y9
Service à la clientèle et billetterie - Tél.: (514) 842-9951
Administration - Tél.: (514) 842-3402

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