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Monday, March 31, 2008

Protest at CBC Vancouver on April 1


Contemporary composer Anita Sleeman of West Vancouver, BC is spearheading a protest on Tuesday morning at 10am at the CBC building Temporary Entrance, 775 Cambie Street in Vancouver. She is asking everyone who disagrees with the elimination of the CBC Orchestra to attend, including musicians, listeners, and members of the public.

"Composers depend on the skill and dedication of such performers as the CBC Radio Orchestra for the production of their compositions, music which presents unique techniques and concept approaches, beyond the requirements of the mainstream repertoire. Discontinuing this ensemble is putting musical creation back into the nineteenth century."

"The CBC belongs to the people of Canada, not a political party. The President of CBC was a Harper appointee. If the people of Canada don't want the public purse raided, we must stand up to this cultural tyranny."

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers Shocked By Decision to Disband CBC Radio Orchestra

March 28, 2008, Toronto, ON Today, the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers, are trying to come to terms with the CBC Radio's decision to disband its orchestra – the last radio orchestra still functioning in North America. This announcement, made privately yesterday in Vancouver with less than a 24 hour notice to the orchestra's musicians, has left much of the Canadian musical community questioning the broadcaster's commitment to both classical music and its own broader cultural mandate.

Elisabeth Bihl, CMC Executive Director, believes that "the decision to disband the CBC Radio Orchestra must have been a decision made with little to no input from the Canadian public or our music community. The orchestra may have been around for some 70 years - but since when is longevity equated automatically with having already served its purpose?"

She further states that "the need for CBC Radio to fulfill its mandate to showcase Canadian talent has not evaporated with time. If CBC management can simply destroy such a vitally important infrastructure for Canadian talent, then it must be held publicly accountable. As a government funded institution, it must see beyond its immediate actions of budget cutting and pursue its mandate cultural role – for the benefit of all Canadians."

Jennifer McGuire, Executive Director of CBC English Radio, indicated yesterday that the money "saved" as a result of this decision will be used more efficiently by spending it on other Radio 2 musical programs. While also asserting that CBC Radio was still committed to innovative and creative Canadian music, she made no concrete indication that this funding would be used to directly support future classical music programming.

As organizations focused on the promotion of Canadian composers and their work, the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers, see this most recent CBC Radio announcement as yet another in a series of decisions made without input from the communities to which the broadcaster is ultimately accountable – both its listeners and the broader Canadian public. Sadly, the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra came as a fait-a-compli news yesterday afternoon.

Ms. Bihl feels that the following statement made today (via e-mail) by Sarah Davis Buechner, a piano professor at the University, all too accurately sums up this situation: "It is a sad day in the history of this country when artists have to stand up to defend their contributions against the very institutions which were founded to foster cultural understanding, emotional connection and pride in the Canadian national character."

Established in 1959, the Canadian Music Centre exists to stimulate the awareness, appreciation and performance of Canadian music, making the music of its Associate Composers available through its music libraries and through various promotional and outreach activities. The CMC is Canada's primary information resource, producer, distributor of concert music and sound recordings.

Founded in 1951, the Canadian League of Composers is the oldest organization in Canada that speaks for professional composers in an official capacity. It represents the interests of composers, monitoring and influencing the conditions that affect their livelihood and public image.


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Steven W. Foster

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Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Celebrate the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar - April 15

PORTLAND, Maine – The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ will celebrate the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar, Portland's pre-eminent musician of the late 19th century and the organ's namesake, on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. This marks the 100th anniversary of Hermann Kotzschmar's death.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Portland's Merrill Auditorium. Organists/choir directors Harold Stover, Albert Melton and Chip Kaufman will join Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils in a concert featuring works of J. S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Will Macfarlane, John Knowles Paine, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Mr. Kotzschmar. Highlights of the program include Haydn's "The Heavens Are Telling" (from The Creation), Bach's "Fugue in Eb Major" (St. Anne), Macfarlane's "Evening Bells and Cradle Song," and Kotzschmar's "Rejoice in the Lord" and "Commercial Street Polka."

Choirs from First Parish Church UU, Portland; First Parish Church, UCC, Brunswick; St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland and Woodfords Congregational Church will join the Organists and Directors for this special celebration.

Hermann Kotzschmar, a German native, moved to Portland in 1849, where he worked as organist at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist for 47 years, and as a choral conductor in Portland. Kotzschmar was a talented musician, composing music as well as instructing hundreds of students at the "Kotzschmar Piano School" for more than 50 years. His great friend, Cyrus H. Curtis, donated the Kotzschmar Organ to the City of Portland as a permanent fixture of City Hall in memory of Hermann Kotzschmar.

Admission is a suggested $12 at the door; under 21 free.

About the Kotzschmar Organ
The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, built in 1912 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford Connecticut, is this nation's oldest working municipal organ. With 5 manuals for the hands, a 32-note pedal board, 6857 pipes from ½ inch to 32 feet in length, 87 stops, 101 ranks, it is truly one of this nation's musical treasures.

About Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ was founded in 1981 as a result of the city of Portland's need to withdraw funding for the organ due to financial limitations. Today, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Kotzschmar Organ, the Friend's responsibilities include raising funds, presenting concerts and educational programs and engaging the services of a Municipal Organist.

For more information on any of the concerts contact Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Executive Director Kathleen Grammer, 207-883-4234 or visit


The Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar

July 4, 1829- April 15, 1908

Homeland Traditions

The Heavens Are Telling (from The Creation) Franz Joseph Haydn

Chorus 1732-1809

Ray Cornils, conductor, Harold Stover, organ

Fugue in Eb Major (St. Anne) Johann Sebastian Bach

Albert Melton, organ 1685-1750

Happy and Blest Are They (from St. Paul) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Chorus 1809-1847

Albert Melton, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

When Will Ye Think of Me? Hermann Kotzschmar

Soloist TBA

Hermann Kotzschmar in Portland

Rejoice in the Lord Hermann Kotzschmar


Chip Kaufmann, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

The Leviathan March Hermann Kotzschmar

Ray Cornils, organ

Commercial Street Polka Hermann Kotzschmar

Henry Kramer, piano

Variations on the Austrian Hymn John Knowles Paine

Ray Cornils, organ 1839-1906

The Kotzschmar Hymn Hermann Kotzschmar

Chorus and audience

Hermann Kotzschmar's Legacy

Malaga Isaac Albeniz

Henry Kramer, piano

Evening Bells and Cradle Song Will C. Macfarlane

Harold Stover, organ 1870-1945

I Was Glad C. Hubert H. Parry

Chorus 1848-1918

Harold Stover, conductor, Albert Melton, organ

America, The Beautiful Will C. Macfarlane

Chorus and audience

Harold Stover, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

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Karen Kain announces she is stepping down as Canada Council Chair

Ottawa, March 28, 2008Karen Kain, Chair of the Canada Council since September 2004, announced today she is stepping down on March 31 to dedicate herself completely to her full-time job as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

"I accepted this position because I passionately believe in the essential role of the Canada Council and thought I would be able to devote sufficient time, attention and energy to it," she said in a letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Since my subsequent appointment as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, I have found it increasingly difficult to do justice to both positions."

"It is with regret that I accept Ms. Kain's resignation. Over the past three and a half years, she has contributed greatly to the successes of the Canada Council for the Arts," said Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. "However, I understand her desire to fully direct her energy to her work with the National Ballet of Canada. I offer my sincere thanks for the leadership Ms. Kain has provided and wish her the very best in her future endeavours."

Ms. Kain described her experience at the Canada Council as "deeply rewarding" and thanked the federal government for increasing its financial support to the Canada Council during her tenure as Chair. The government announced last July that the Council's annual parliamentary appropriation would be increased by $30 million on an ongoing basis, following a one-time increase of $50 million over two years. Ms. Kain also presided over the celebration of the Canada Council's 50th anniversary in 2007 and, most recently, the development of a new Strategic Plan and Action Plan to guide the Council's activities over the next three years.

"I have been deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to lead the Canada Council for the Arts, which is one of the most important public institutions in the country," she said. "I am particularly proud of the Council's 50th anniversary year, when we drew attention to the outstanding Canadian artists and arts organizations that have contributed so much to the lives of Canadians, with Council support. I am also grateful for the appointment of a new Director in Robert Sirman, who has brought a new dynamic to the Canada Council at this important time in its history."

Under the Canada Council's governance policy, Vice-Chair Simon Brault will assume the official duties of the position until a new Chair is appointed by the federal government. The Chair's responsibilities include presiding at meetings of the Council's 11-member Board and representing the Council in its relations with the government, Parliament and the public.


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Moses Znaimer Calls Frustrated CBC Radio 2 Listeners

For immediate release – Wednesday, March 26, 2008

There Is An All Classical Alternative:

"CBC Management should have the right to manage!
In any case, they cannot be held hostage to
the claim that there is no other source for classical music in English Canada."
– Moses Znaimer, Zoomer and Proprieter, The New Classical 96.3 FM

Calling all frustrated CBC Radio 2 listeners! Media innovator and Zoomer Moses Znaimer, proprietor of The New Classical 96.3 FM and 103.1 FM (in the Greater Toronto Area) wants Canadians in search of classical music to know that they DO have an alternative. Across Canada, and worldwide, classical music is available around the clock at and for Bell ExpressVu's 1.8 million subscribers, on Channel 963.

Since its official re-launch in September 2007, Moses has dramatically transformed the content, look, and sound of The New Classical 96.3 FM and 103.1 FM, starting with Live in The Concert Lobby, a series of live and interactive hours of 'Concert and Conversation' with the greatest artists on the world stage today! These exclusive and high-profile performances have quickly established The New Classical 96.3 FM as a premier promotional stop for every major classical artist on tour. Most recently listeners were treated to the exquisite sounds of piano marvels Lang Lang and Yundi Li who performed to packed houses of VIPs and members of the Classical 96.3 FM Classical Club, now standing at 15,000 members and growing. Past performers have included vocal superstars Measha Brueggergosman and Ben Heppner; violinist Lara St. John; The Gryphon Trio; The Canadian Brass; and pre-eminent pianists Angela Hewitt and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Other station innovations include revitalized morning, drive-home and late-night shows with the station's CJs (Classical Jocks); the re-introduction of vocal music; and more themed weekend programming including a By-Request Hour and Sunday Night At The Opera.

The New Classical 96.3 FM is also the premiere source for the breaking news in the classical music world. In addition to the usual up to the minute news, traffic and weather, there is information on the arts: season announcements, special concerts and awards ceremonies. On the horizon, Moses plans to dispatch "The Classical Corps", a battalion of mobile young reporters who will cover a multitude of cultural events. A classical music game show is also in the works. There you have it – the future of classical music in Canada is alive and well at The New Classical 96.3 FM. Moses Znaimer invites all classical music lovers to turn on and tune in anywhere in Canada, and the world.

Tune in to the next "Live in The Concert Lobby" event:
TOMORROW! Thursday, March 27 from 12noon – 1pm
Canadian Vocal Sensations Baritone Russell Braun and Tenor Michael Schade

96.3 FM and 103.1 FM (GTA+)
Bell ExpressVu Channel 963

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

COMMUNIQUÉ : Le député Daniel Turp présente le projet de création de Radio-Québec, le lundi 7 avril

Dans le cadre des conférences du Cercle de musicologie de l'Université de Montréal

Montréal, le 27 mars 2008 – Le Cercle de musicologie de l'Université de Montréal recevra le député Daniel Turp, le lundi 7 avril prochain, à 16 h, dans le cadre de sa série de conférences. Député de Mercier à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec, M. Turp présentera le projet de création d'une nouvelle radio publique, Radio-Québec. La conférence aura lieu au local B-421 de la Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal (200, Vincent d'Indy, Montréal, métro Édouard-Montpetit).

Intitulée « Le projet de création de Radio-Québec : Une place pour la musique et un espace pour la médiation musicale », cette conférence a pour but de présenter à la communauté des musiciens, des musicologues et des mélomanes le projet de création d'une nouvelle radio musicale. Elle fournira également au grand public une occasion unique de discuter avec le député Turp et de lui poser des questions sur ce projet.

Résumé de la conférence

L'initiative de doter le Québec de sa propre radio publique se veut un projet destiné à créer un espace pour la culture. Outre la musique, qui représenterait une part importante de sa programmation et de ses activités, et les autres arts, la parole y occuperait une place de choix.

S'agissant en particulier de la musique, l'univers musical de Radio-Québec privilégierait une écoute mélomane, mais non spécialisée, plutôt que le simple fond musical ou le divertissement. Pour donner un sens à cette écoute, Radio-Québec ferait une place à la médiation musicale de façon à ce que les œuvres présentées puissent être appréciées et situées dans leur contexte.

Consciente du devoir de mémoire qui lui incomberait, elle serait soucieuse de donner accès à la musique qui a résisté au temps et serait également à l'affût des phénomènes émergents et, tournée vers l'avenir, favoriserait la création.

Tant sur les ondes que sur une plate-forme électronique, Radio-Québec pourrait développer une programmation autour de l'enregistrement, de la captation et de la production d'un nombre significatif des concerts donnés par les orchestres et ensembles nationaux, régionaux et locaux du Québec, présentés par les conservatoires et facultés de musique et organisés dans le cadre des nombreux festivals de musique se déroulant sur l'ensemble du territoire du Québec.

En sa qualité de diffuseur national, et dans le respect de la diversité culturelle, Radio-Québec accorderait une place significative au contenu québécois tout en assurant un accès aux diverses expressions culturelles provenant des autres pays du monde et collaborerait, à cette fin, avec les autres radios publiques nationales ainsi qu'avec l'Organisation des radios francophones publiques (ORFP) et le Conseil international des radios télévisions d'expression française (CIRTEF).

Daniel Turp

Daniel Turp est député du Parti Québécois à l'Assemblée nationale du Québec pour la circonscription de Mercier (Montréal). Il est membre de la Commission des institutions. Il est également vice-président de la Délégation de l'Assemblée nationale pour les relations avec l'Europe. Il exerce les fonctions de porte-parole en matière de réforme des institutions démocratiques ainsi qu'en matière de Relations internationales et de Francophonie. Il est membre de la « Mission Identité, langue, culture et relations extérieures » de l'aile parlementaire du Parti Québécois à l'Assemblée nationale. Il a assumé les fonctions de porte-parole de l'Opposition officielle en matière de culture et de communications entre 2004 et 2007. Les activités du député Turp sont présentées sur le site électronique

Le député Turp est à l'origine du Mouvement Radio-Québec ( qui promeut la création d'une radio publique québécoise. Il est l'auteur d'un article paru le 15 mars 2008 dans la revue Argument intitulé « De la dérive d'Espace musique à la création Radio-Québec : du choix du divertissement à un espace pour la culture », Argument (Vol. 10, no 2- Printemps-Été 2008).

Daniel Turp est professeur titulaire à la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal depuis 1982 et est en congé pour fonction politique. Il enseigne le droit international public, le droit international et constitutionnel des droits fondamentaux ainsi que le droit constitutionnel avancé. Les activités du professeur Turp sont présentées sur le site électronique

Cercle de musicologie

Le Cercle de musicologie de l'Université de Montréal est un organe de l'AÉMUM (Association des étudiant(e)s en musique de l'Université de Montréal) dont l'objectif est de créer un réseau des étudiants en musicologie. Les activités du Cercle sont variées et s'étendent de rencontres sociales jusqu'aux journées d'étude, en passant par le groupe courriel et la série de conférences.


Source :

Marie-Hélène Benoit-Otis

Présidente, Cercle de musicologie

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L'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal présente Vivier1 + Mahler5, le samedi 5 avril

Montréal, le 27 mars 2008 – L'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal, sous la direction de Jean-François Rivest, présentera la Symphonie no 5 de Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) lors du concert de clôture de sa saison 2007-2008, le samedi 5 avril prochain, à 19 h 30, à la salle Claude-Champagne.

La première partie du programme de la soirée comprend l'œuvre Lonely Child de Claude Vivier (1948-1983), qui permettra d'entendre la soprano Kripa Nageshwar, étudiante à la maîtrise à la Faculté de musique, ainsi que la création d'Upload de Margareta Jeric (née en 1982), gagnante ex-aequo du 1er prix du Concours de composition 2007 de l'OUM.

Ce concert s'inscrit dans le cadre de la Série Hommage à Claude Vivier de Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques.

La Cinquième Symphonie de Mahler

Gustav Mahler créa lui-même, en 1904, sa Cinquième Symphonie, œuvre dans laquelle il renouvelle totalement sa vision de l'écriture symphonique. Exempte de tout élément descriptif, faisant état d'un art purement orchestral, la Cinquième Symphonie correspond parfaitement à l'adage de « la musique pour la musique ». Mahler rompt avec la structure traditionnelle et articule son œuvre en cinq mouvements, divisés en trois parties. Bien qu'entamée par une marche funèbre, la symphonie se conclut par un Finale débordant de joie de vivre, introduit par le Choral de la vie aux cuivres et couronné par une coda apothéotique.

Claude Vivier et Lonely Child

Compositeur québécois sacré « trésor national » par ses pairs, Claude Vivier a été un ardent défenseur de la création musicale au Québec. Il a puisé son inspiration à différentes sources sans jamais trahir son monde intérieur, riche de voyages et de langues inventées. Ses réflexions autobiographiques sur l'enfance, la mort, le rituel, le cosmos caractérisent ses grandes œuvres vocales telles que Lonely Child, pour soprano et orchestre. L'instrumentation de cette pièce nous transporte au cœur de rituels bouddhistes tibétains, tandis que le texte, écrit en français ainsi que dans une langue inventée par Vivier lui-même, chante l'innocence de l'enfance. Œuvre quasi-mystique, tanguant entre la pureté et l'aliénation, Lonely Child est un des plus beaux témoins du style de Vivier, que György Ligeti décrira en ces termes : « Ni néo ni rétro à la mode d'Arvo Pärt, ni même avant-gardiste comme Stockhausen, mais portant le flambeau d'une école à part : un « viviérisme », inventeur de timbres. »

Margareta Jeric et Upload

Originaire de Croatie, Margareta Jeric vit à Montréal depuis 1990. Après avoir étudié l'accordéon et le piano, elle se tourne vers la composition. Elle a étudié avec Alan Belkin et Michel Longtin et poursuit actuellement des études de doctorat auprès d'Ana Sokolovic et de Robert Normandeau à la Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal. « Upload, dit la compositrice, est une pièce en un mouvement, dont la cellule de base est un motif de quatre notes duquel découle tout le matériau musical et rythmique de la pièce. Métamorphosé et dans certains cas totalement imperceptible, ce matériau a donné naissance à deux thèmes principaux et à l'harmonie ainsi qu'à la forme globale de l'œuvre. Il s'agit d'une pièce très vivante, entrecoupée de deux sections calmes et méditatives. De cette pièce émanent une folie et une joie de vivre étincelantes. »

L'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal, sous la direction de Jean-François Rivest

Dès sa création en 1993, l'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal (OUM) a suscité un véritable engouement. L'orchestre a séduit d'emblée le public montréalais grâce à l'enthousiasme communicatif de ses musiciens et de son directeur artistique, Jean-François Rivest, qui ont contribué à donner un caractère particulier à chacun des concerts de l'OUM. Le talent, l'énergie et la fraîcheur de cet orchestre de plus de 80 musiciens éblouissent; son professionnalisme convainc. Sa saison artistique (quatre concerts ainsi qu'une collaboration annuelle avec l'Atelier d'opéra) est non seulement une occasion pour les étudiants de se familiariser avec la vie professionnelle et de fréquenter un répertoire varié allant de la musique baroque à la musique contemporaine, mais aussi, de vivre des moments de grâce durant lesquels technique et musicalité ne font qu'un.

L'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal est le carrefour des énergies créatrices de la Faculté en réunissant ses instrumentistes, ses solistes, ses compositeurs et ses chanteurs. L'OUM tient chaque année un concours de solistes et un concours de composition dont les lauréats occupent une place de choix dans la programmation de la saison suivante.


L'Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal

sous la direction de Jean-François Rivest


Margareta Jeric : Upload (création)

Claude Vivier : Lonely Child pour soprano et orchestre (1980)

Kripa Nageshwar, soprano
Mahler : Symphonie no 5 en ut dièse mineur (1904)

Le samedi 5 avril 2008 – 19 h 30

Salle Claude-Champagne de l'Université de Montréal

220, av. Vincent-d'Indy, Montréal

(métro Édouard-Montpetit)

12 $, 10 $ (aînés), gratuit (étudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION (514 790-1245) ou en vente à la porte

Renseignements : 514 343-6427

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Julie Fortier

Faculté de musique – Université de Montréal

514 343-6365

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Le Big Band de l'UdeM accueille le clarinettiste André Moisan, le jeudi 3 avril

Avec la participation de la Chorale jazz de l’Université de Montréal

Montréal, le 26 mars 2008 – Le Big Band de l’Université de Montréal, sous la direction de Ron Di Lauro, vous convie au dernier concert de sa saison 2007-2008, le jeudi 3 avril prochain, à 19 h 30, à la salle Claude-Champagne.

À cette occasion, le Big Band accueillera comme invité spécial le clarinettiste André Moisan, qui célèbre cette année ses 30 ans de carrière. La Chorale jazz de l’Université de Montréal, sous la direction de Vincent Morel, se joindra aux musiciens du Big Band pour une partie du concert.

Au programme :

Spring Is Here – Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers, arr. : Lennie Niehaus

Game of Inches – Gordon Goodwin

Ride Home – Rémi Bolduc

Uno Más – Paul Lopez

Days Of Wine And Roses – Henry Mancini, arr. : Maria Schneider


Chattanooga Choo Choo – Mack Gordon/Harry Warren, arr. : Mike Carubia
Indiana – James F. Hanley, arr. : Ryan Jesperson

Satin Doll – Mercer, Ellington, Strayhorn, arr. : Mike Carubia
Get Me To The Church On Time – Lerner/Lowe, arr. : Mike Carubia

Avec la Chorale jazz de l’Université de Montréal


All Of Me – Seymour Simons/Gerald Marks, arr. : Billy Byers


Under The Wire – Gordon Goodwin

Symphonie no 40 en sol mineur – W. A. Mozart, arr. et adapt. Gordon Goodwin

Petite Fleur – Sydney Bechet, arr. : Rémi Bolduc

Thad Said No – Gordon Goodwin

Ballad For Benny – Oliver Nelson

Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs – Leonard Bernstein

Invité spécial : André Moisan, clarinette


Réputé pour sa maîtrise de l'instrument, sa grande musicalité et la clarté de son jeu, le clarinettiste André Moisan célèbre, en 2008, ses 30 ans de carrière en tant que musicien professionnel. Occupant le pupitre de saxophone solo et de clarinette basse au sein de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal depuis mai 1999, il dirige également l’orchestre, entre autres, lors de concerts jeune public. Au fil des ans, il a reçu plusieurs nominations pour des prix Opus et ses enregistrements ont retenu l’attention de la critique internationale. On peut l'entendre régulièrement en concert et à la radio, tant comme soliste que comme chambriste. André Moisan est professeur agrégé à la Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal.

Le Big Band de l’Université de Montréal, dirigé par Ron Di Lauro, est constitué d'une quinzaine de musiciens qui explorent avec passion et énergie le répertoire des classiques (standards jazz) des années 50 à 70 et le jazz fusion et actuel des années 70 à aujourd'hui. Lauréat de plusieurs mentions « OR » au JazzFest des Jeunes du Québec, le Big Band contribue ardemment au rayonnement de l’excellence du secteur jazz de la Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal.

La Chorale jazz de l’Université de Montréal, dirigée par Vincent Morel, est formée de 25 à 30 étudiants qui participent avec enthousiasme à cette formation explorant le répertoire jazz. La Chorale se produit à l'Université de Montréal, mais aussi dans d’autres institutions d'enseignement et des lieux consacrés au jazz dans la région montréalaise.


Invité spécial : André Moisan, clarinette

Avec la participation de la Chorale jazz de l’Université de Montréal

Jeudi 3 avril 2008 – 19 h 30

Salle Claude-Champagne

220, Vincent-d’Indy, Montréal (métro Édouard-Montpetit)

12 $, 10 $ (aînés), gratuit (étudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION : 514.790.1245

Renseignements : 514.343.6427

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Julie Fortier

Faculté de musique – Université de Montréal


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TSO April Concerts

Roll over Beethoven,
make room for the Chairman of the Board!
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Celebrates Sinatra!

Other April Highlights include
Opera Favourites and Tchaikovsky Symphony 4

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Pops Concert Series continues with Celebrate Sinatra, a swinging tribute to the blue-eyed legend from Hoboken. Cincinnati's Jeff Tyzik joins the TSO as guest conductor for the evening's concert, which also features guest vocalist Steve Lippia on scooby-dooby-duties. The programme covers all the classic tunes that made Frankie a legend, from Come Fly with Me and All the Way, to New York, New York and That's Life. There will be three performances only, April 22 at 8pm, April 23 at 2pm and 8pm.

On April 25, Alain Trudel concludes the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra's season with the "little one", Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, and a rousing performance of Shostakovich's popular work, Symphony No. 5.

On April 26 and 27, passion, drama, and epic adventure reign as guest conductor James Gaffigan leads soprano Sally Dibblee, rising tenor (and one of the judges of Bravo's Bathroom Divas) Luc Robert, and the TSO through some of the most popular operas ever written, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Rossini, and more. Opera Favourites features operatic overtures, duets, and interludes from La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, Tristan and Isolde, and many others.

On April 30 and May 1, Estonian conductor Eri Klas makes his TSO debut conducting Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 and master pianist Alexander Toradze returns with Prokofiev's thrilling showpiece, Piano Concerto No. 3.

April at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Pops, Opera, and Tchaikovsky Symphony 4!
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Celebrate Sinatra: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8pm
& Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 2pm and 8pm
* Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra: Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7:30pm *
Opera Favourites: Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 3pm
Tchaikovsky Symphony 4: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8pm

For tickets to all TSO concerts, call Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or online

*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street
Tickets to this concert can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 416.872.1111
or online at

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Choral Art Society to Present Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

PORTLAND, Maine – The Choral Art Society (CAS) singers will present Sergei Rachmaninoff's beautiful a cappella All-Night Vigil on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 307 Congress Street in Portland. All advance tickets are $15, admission at the door will be $20.

All-Night Vigil is an a cappella choral composition written and originally premiered in 1915. It is one of Rachmaninoff's most admired works, as well as one of his personal favorites. The piece is comprised of the settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox liturgical services, and is widely considered "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church." The a cappella chorus is so richly textured that the blending of singers' voices evokes the sound of an orchestra.

Sunday's performance at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is sponsored by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland . Tickets are available through CAS and all CAS ticket outlets, call 207-828-0043 or visit for more information.

In addition to Sunday's performance, CAS will also perform All-Night Vigil on Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 27 Bartlett Street in Lewiston , Maine . Suggested donations at the door will benefit the Basilica's organ restoration fund. There is a third performance planned for Saturday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos Street in Peabody, Massachusetts.

About The Choral Art Society:
The Society has more than 150 members who perform in three distinct ensembles: the symphonic Masterworks Chorus, the mid-sized Choral Art Singers, and the intimate a cappella Camerata. All singers are skilled amateurs, selected by audition. The Society offers an annual concert series and appears regularly as guests of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Robert Russell, professor of music at the University of Southern Maine , is the conductor and artistic director of The Choral Art Society.

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Music at Sharon Festival


After the tremendous success of last year's festival, Music at Sharon will be back again this summer! For the second year Stephen Cera has been appointed as artistic director to create a musical feast inspired by the Temple's history and designed to showcase its extraordinary acoustics. The festival offers high quality summer concerts not found anywhere else in Ontario, thus providing a unique musical experience to the residents of Toronto and the GTA.

Beloved Quebec soprano Suzie LeBlanc will open the festival with "Songs of Earth and Heaven" on Sunday, June 1, at 3pm. She was recently described by The Australian as "Ša singer of the highest quality, she dazzled and entranced with her impeccable vocal control and a sound of wonderful beautyŠThis was music-making to live for." The concert programme includes songs by Mozart, Poulenc, Faure, Debussy, Messiaen, and Weill, all accompanied on the piano by Robert Kortgaard.

The second concert of the festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen. Pianist Louise Bessette, violinist Olivier Thouin, cellist Yegor Dyachkov, and clarinetist Simon Aldrich will present the Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill is a world premiere by the young Quebec composer Nicolas Gilbert. An homage to Messiaen, this new work is scored for the same
instrumentation as the Quartet. Beethoven's youthful Clarinet Trio in B-flat, Opus 11, will complete the programme on Sunday, June 8, at 3pm.

Works by Mozart, Ibert, Poulenc, Eliot Weisgarber, and Gershwin will be explored by the award winning pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Sunday, June 15, at 3pm. The Washington Post enthused: "Buechner's performance had a beauty that might have taken even Mozart's breath away." Buechner, a consummate performer, is always charming and engaging on stage.

A very special concert, titled "Beginning to See the Light", with a start time of 6pm on Sunday, June 22, will close the festival. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, True North Brass initially burst on to the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world's finest brass ensembles. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression with an international outlook, they will perform a delightful mix of classical, traditional, Canadian and jazz music including the historic Tunes of the Sharon Band. The concert, marking the Summer Solstice, will take advantage of the unique spatial and architectural characteristics of the Sharon Temple by positioning the musicians on a balcony high above the performance space.

Stephen Cera is best known for his role as vice president, concert music programming, with Toronto's Livent Inc. where he developed the distinguished concert season at the George Weston Recital Hall from 1991 - 2000. His connection to Sharon dates back to the late-80s when, as a CBC Radio music producer, he recorded for broadcast a series of performances in the Temple, including the Orford Quartet and renowned Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini.

A national historic site, the Sharon Temple of the Children of Peace was built from 1825 - 1831 by a group of former Quakers who called themselves the Children of Peace. The Temple was designed to represent their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality, and social justice. The annual summer concert series was founded to celebrate the Temple's 150th anniversary and lasted initially from 1981 to 1990. Audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience the musical delights of this intimate 230-seat venue that topped the Toronto Star's 2006 list of essential Canadian architecture.

The Sharon Temple Museum Society presents
Artistic Director Stephen Cera
June 1 - June 22, 2008
Temple of the Children of Peace
18974 Leslie Street in Sharon, ON
north of Newmarket near the northern terminus of Hwy. 404
Free Parking
Sunday, June 1, at 3pm: SUZIE LeBLANC, soprano
Sunday, June 15, at 3pm: SARA DAVIS BUECHNER, piano
Sunday, June 22, at 6pm: TRUE NORTH BRASS, quintet
Tickets $45
Subscription for all four concerts $150 o Group discounts available
Call the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Customer Service Centre at 416.597.7840
Artists and programmes are subject to change.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Laitman's Latest Song Cycle Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Deaths of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 23, 2008

For Immediate Release

A new song cycle by acclaimed composer Lori Laitman, commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, will premiere on April 18, 2008 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For this commission by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, Laitman selected two unpublished poems which reflect on life, death and the notion of legacy. Titled "And Music Shall Not End," the cycle includes the works of poets Anne Ranasinghe and John Wood.

Holocaust-survivor Anne Ranasinghe's poem, "Partial Lunar Eclipse, September 7th, 2006," reflects on the mystery and timelessness of the universe, as well as her realization that she is nearing the end of her life, while John Wood's poem, "A Pastoral Lament," dedicated to a colleague upon his death, is a message of love and grief and a celebration of an enduring legacy.

Mezzo Soprano D'Anna Fortunato will perform the works with composer Lori Laitman at the piano. The performance will be presented at the Lehman Hall Music Room of Dudley House, Harvard Yard, at 4pm on Friday, April 18, 2008. Admission to the event is free of charge.

Jona Rapoport
Jona Rapoport Artist Management

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Lori Laitman Seed of Dreams European Premiere April 2008

By Jona Rapoport
Artist Manager/Publicist
March 24, 2008

"The Seed of Dream", Lori Laitman's song cycle for baritone, cello and piano, will have its overseas premiere at The Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilna, Lithuania. The powerful song cycle is based on five poems written by Abraham Sutzkever during his imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto, and stand witness to the transcendent power of art in the face of unimaginable cruelty and brutality.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art, the cycle saw its premiere performance in May of 2005 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. A recording of the song cycle will be released in April 2008 on the Naxos label.

A recent review of the cycle from the Journal of Singing is quoted as saying: "The American song composer, Lori Laitman, has been lauded by reviewers as one of the most extraordinary song composers working today, likening her to Ned Rorem. She has an innate ability to capture the essence of textual meaning, a keen perception of vocal nuance, and a lavish intellectual and musical vocabulary that she uses with a facile ease. It was with all of these extraordinary skills that she created a magnificent song cycle called The Seed of Dream..."

The concert, which will also include works by Brahms and Ulmann, takes place on April 29, 2008 in Vilna, with baritone Stein Skjervold, accompanied by pianist Rokas Subovas and cellist Mindaugas Backus.

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Pacific Opera presents REGINA, April 17-26

APRIL 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 2008

Pacific Opera Victoria presents the Canadian premiere of an American
opera. Based on Lillian Hellman's 1939 play The Little Foxes, with a
sweeping cinematic score that blends jazz, ragtime, spirituals and blues
with hints of Copland and Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein's REGINA is
presented April 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2008 at the Royal Theatre, 805
Broughton Street in Victoria.

REGINA is performed in English with a running time of approximately 2 ½
hours with one intermission. All performances begin at 8pm. Priced
between $25 and $100, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson
Box Office at (250) 386-6121, or on-line at

RUSH tickets for those presenting valid student identification are
available at the door of the theatre, 45 minutes prior to each
performance, subject to availability. RUSH tickets are $15, inclusive
of all box office charges.

Pacific Opera Victoria provides a fresh, new experience for audiences
with the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitztein's REGINA. Based on Lillian
Hellman's 1939 play, The Little Foxes, REGINA is presented April 17, 19,
22, 24 and 26, 2008 at Victoria's Royal Theatre.

REGINA tells the gloriously toxic tale of a nouveau riche southern
family who have fuelled their greed through cynical marriages, the
exploitation of workers, and now theft and murder. Regina Giddens and
her two brothers, Ben and Oscar Hubbard, scheme for money and power.
When her ailing husband Horace opposes her plans, Regina denies him his
heart medication and he dies of a heart attack. Their daughter
Alexandra, realizing the true cause of Horace's death, finds the
strength to leave her mother. Having double-crossed her brothers as
well, Regina is left wealthy but alone.

REGINA premiered on Broadway in 1949 to critical acclaim, but most agree
that this work really belongs in the opera house. With its sweeping
cinematic score that blends jazz, ragtime, spirituals and blues with
hints of Copland and Bernstein, REGINA is drenched in the language and
music of America circa 1900. Blitzstein himself explained, "I wanted to
write something as real musically to Americans as Italian opera is to
the Italians".

Timothy Vernon conducts this Canadian premiere, which will be recorded
by CBC Radio for future broadcast on "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera".
Maestro Vernon has received national honours for his leadership in
Canadian opera. His great musical acumen and passion have guided
Pacific Opera Victoria since the company's inception, and his unique
ability to interpret new and existing works has engaged the community
and made POV a nationally recognized symbol of artistic excellence.
Glynis Leyshon, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse and former
Artistic Director of the Belfry Theatre, returns to Victoria to direct
the production with lighting designer Alan Brodie, costume designer Erin
Macklem and choreographer Anne Wootten. Pam Johnson (POV's 1999 Don
Giovanni) is creating a set that evokes the languid nostalgia of the
American South. This made-by-POV production of REGINA will be presented
by Utah Opera in January 2009.

Tallulah Bankhead described the role of Regina Giddens, which she
created on Broadway, as "etched in acid". Her sensational performance in
the stage play The Little Foxes was followed by Bette Davis's
Oscar-nominated portrayal in the 1941 film. "Regina is a tour-de-force
for an actor and requires no less intensity from a singer", declares
Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria. "We have
contracted the finest opera actors for this Canadian premiere, many of
whom have never performed with Pacific Opera Victoria, and we are
especially delighted to announce that Kimberly Barber will make both her
role and POV debut as Regina."

Kimberly Barber has performed throughout the world and is acclaimed for
the power and beauty of her voice and the intelligence and intensity of
her acting. She performs opposite another newcomer to POV, Dean Elzinga,
as Horace Giddens. Mr. Elzinga has impressed the New York Times with
the "mesmerizing dramatic intensity" of his performances. They are
joined by Robyn Driedger-Klassen as their daughter, Alexandra, and by
Kathleen Brett (POV's Roméo et Juliette) as Birdie, Tracie Luck as
Addie, Doug MacNaughton (POV's The Tempest) and Gregory Dahl (POV's Don
Giovanni) as Ben and Oscar, Lawrence Wiliford as Leo and DeAndre Simmons
as Cal. Victoria's jazz diva, Louise Rose, makes her POV debut as the
appropriately named Jazz.

Performed in English with English surtitles, Pacific Opera Victoria's
production of REGINA runs April 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2008 at the
Royal Theatre in Victoria. All performances begin at 8pm. Priced
between $25 and $100, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson
Box Office at (250) 386-6121 or

Student RUSH tickets for those presenting valid student identification
are available at the door of the theatre, 45 minutes prior to each
performance, subject to availability. RUSH tickets are $15, inclusive
of all box office charges.

For more information, please contact Pacific Opera Victoria at (250)
385-0222 or visit

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