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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Calgary International Film Festival Announces Partnership With Hot Docs

The Calgary International Film Festival Announces Partnership With Hot Docs

Calgary, AB – The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Hot Docs documentary film festival to launch the immensely popular Doc Soup screening series in Calgary this fall.

“We’re thrilled to have these dynamic partners helping us to cultivate wider Canadian audiences for documentaries,” says Chris McDonald, executive director of Hot Docs. “Both festivals have developed loyal followings and we’re certain that they’ll embrace Doc Soup as Toronto audiences have done.”

Launched in 2001, Hot Doc’s monthly Doc Soup screenings have become must-attend events for Toronto’s film-loving public. Running October to April, the series showcases the latest Canadian and international documentaries. Past Toronto editions has featured such notable Academy Award-nominated films as Capturing the Friedmans, Jesus Camp and No End In Site. As an added bonus, guest directors are in attendance at select screenings to introduce their films and engage in post-screening questions and answer sessions with audiences. With well over 1,000 subscribers and hundreds more single ticket buyers, Doc Soup screenings regularly sell out.

“This is a fantastic new opportunity for Calgarians to experience a diverse range of non-fiction work,” says Jacqueline Dupuis, executive director of CIFF. “We’re very excited to be working with Hot Docs to bring ground-breaking documentary films to Calgary on a year-round basis.”

Films selected for Doc Soup in Calgary and Vancouver will be premieres in those markets and guest directors will also be present at select screenings. Documentaries will be programmed by Sean Farnel, Hot Docs’ director of programming, and his team, in consultation with CIFF. To ensure the best available selection, Doc Soup films are programmed and announced a month prior to their screenings.

Calgary’s Doc Soup will run from November to April. Tentative screening dates are: November 5, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6 (no screening in December). All screenings will take place at the Cineplex theatre at Eau Claire Market.

Subscriptions for all three Doc Soup series are currently available at www.docsoup.ca.

Subscription packages come with six free bonus admissions to films during CIFF. Limited quantities are available. Single tickets will also be sold for Doc Soup screenings, subject to availability.

About CIFF
Founded in 1998, the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization based in Alberta, Canada. Inspired by the pioneering spirit and maverick ideals of the community, CIFF showcases films that break traditional boundaries and forge new cinematic ground. CIFF celebrates an unparalleled breadth and depth of cultural diversity through the meaningful, accessible, and artistic medium of film and engages thousands of artists to showcase the best films from filmmakers in over 100 countries around the world. CIFF is held annually at the end of September, screening over 200 films and hosting several gala events, awards, and special presentations. For more information visit www.calgaryfilm.com.

About Hot Docs
Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 16th annual edition from April 30 – May 10, 2009. An outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 6 & 7, and The Doc Shop. For more information, please visit www.hotdocs.ca.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Philippe Bensimon finaliste au Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie

Tableaux maudits de Philippe Bensimon parmi les dix romans finalistes au Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie 2008

Montréal, le 30 juillet 2008. Les Éditions Triptyque félicitent Philippe Bensimon, dont le roman Tableaux maudits est finaliste à la 7e édition du Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. Retenus parmi 78 romans, les 10 ouvrages finalistes ont été sélectionnés par les représentants de trois comités de lecture.

Ce prix, qui récompense tous les ans un roman d'expression française, sera remis le 13 octobre à Québec par Abdou Diouf, Secrétaire général de la Francophonie, en marge du XIIe Sommet des Chefs d'État et de gouvernement de la Francophonie.

Le lauréat sera choisi parmi ces dix finalistes par un jury international présidé par Lise Bissonnette (Canada-Québec), écrivaine et Présidente directrice générale de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, et composé de Monique Ilboudo (Burkina Faso), Paula Jacques (France-Égypte), Vénus Khoury-Ghata (Liban), Pascale Kramer (Suisse), Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (Maurice), Henri Lopes (Congo), René de Obaldia (Hong Kong), Leïla Sebbar (France-Algérie), Denis Tillinac (France), Lyonel Trouillot (Haïti) ainsi que Wilfried N'Sondé (France-Congo), lauréat du prix 2007.

Le Prix des cinq continents est doté d'un montant de 10 000 euros. L'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie assurera la promotion du lauréat. Les 78 auteurs des romans en lice pour l'édition 2008 sont ressortissants de 18 pays: Algérie, Burkina Faso, Canada-Québec, Communauté française de Belgique, Cameroun, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, France et Outre-mer, Haïti, Iran, Liban, Madagascar, République démocratique du Congo (RDC), Rwanda, Sénégal, Suisse, Tunisie et Viêt-nam. Ils ont été publiés par 82 éditeurs exerçant dans 12 pays. Présentation des dix ouvrages: www.francophonie.org


Docteur en criminologie dans le domaine carcéral et enseignant à l’université, Philippe Bensimon est l’auteur d’articles dans diverses revues scientifiques internationales et de deux essais: Les faux en peinture et Pénis sans visage. Le fléau mondial de la pornographie (Éditions du Méridien, 2000 et 2007).

Après Tableaux maudits, paru en 2007 et très bien reçu par la critique, Philippe Bensimon publie cet automne un second roman aux Éditions Triptyque, La Citadelle.
Tableaux maudits, isbn 978-2-89031-603-4, 184 p., 19 $, distribution : Dimedia

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TSMF's Ariadne auf Naxos


TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Festival continues to garner critical acclaim
Strauss's opera Ariadne auf Naxos set to launch in two weeks

The 2008 Toronto Summer Music Festival continues to bask in the success of its third season after a first week of performances featuring virtuoso pianist André Laplante, international award-winning duo Mayumi Seiler, violin, and Tünde Kurucz, piano, and vocal Baroque authorities Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, and Daniel Taylor, countertenor. Ken Winters of the Globe and Mail writes: "The festival - concerts by major performers (and Academy faculty members) - is tapping deeply into a desirous public ordinarily abandoned during these months."

As part of the four-week festival a fully staged opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, featuring a double cast comprised of 18 singers from across the world, will take place from August 14-17, 2008. One of the most difficult operas written for the human voice, Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss is staged by prolific Austrian stage director Titus Hollweg (son of legendary tenor Werner Hollweg) and conducted by the Festival's Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann, who have worked together previously on Ariadne auf Naxos, and accompanied by the National Academy Orchestra.

"We received more than a hundred international applications from the highest caliber of emerging artists," said Grossmann. "It was exciting to hear these amazing artists and musicians and it enabled us to handpick a cast that includes some of the best singers from Canada and abroad."

The opera introduces new talent, including Swiss born soprano Désirée Till (Zerbinetta) as well as Canadian performers Gene Wu (Musiklehrer/Harlequin) and Christopher MacRae (Bacchus) from Calgary, Melinda Delorme (Ariadne) from Port Perry, Ghislaine Dionne (Ariadne) from Ottawa, and Christopher Enns (Scaramuccio/Offizier) from Winnipeg. A significant number of performers hail from Toronto: Steven Sherwood (Bacchus), Mia Harris (Komponist), Erica Iris Huang (Komponist), Teiya Kasahara (Zerbinetta), Neil Aronoff (Musiklehrer/Harlequin), Stephen Bell (Brighella/Tanzmeister), Patrick Jang (Brighella/Tanzmeister), David English (Truffaldin/Lakai), James Baldwin (Perückenmacher), Anna Bateman (Najade), Laura McAlpine (Dryade), and Ada Balon (Echo).

A lecture the day before the opera by renowned Strauss expert, Bryan Gilliam, will give context to the story of Ariadne auf Naxos. Iain Scott returns this year for pre-opera talks on August 14, 15, and 16. The Festival culminates with "A Day at the Opera" which introduces opera lovers to Ariadne auf Naxos with a performance by master storyteller Clayton Scott, followed by a hands-on clay workshop at the Gardiner Museum, and concluding with the final opera performance of the TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL.


TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCLUDES WITH ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Ariadne auf Naxos: Thursday, August 14, 2008 to Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 7:30pm;
Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:00pm
At MacMillan Theatre (Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen's Park)
Festival passes ($175 - $250) and single tickets ($27 - $50) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or by calling 416.597.7840

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Of Mice and Men, Montreal Theatre Ensemble, Aug. 28-Sept. 13

Of Mice and Men


By John Steinbeck

Directed by Terry Donald


Thursday, August 28 – Saturday, September 13, 2008


George: "We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. "

Lennie: "Because I got you to look after me… and you got me to look after you."


Montreal, July 2008- Montreal Theatre Ensemble (MTE), in association with the John Abbott College Department of Theatre and Music, is excited to present their fourth production, Of Mice and Men, by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, playing at the Casgrain Theatre from August 27 to September 13. MTE is dedicated to providing quality work experience for professionally trained, emerging theatre artists. This production also marks the inaugural mentor initiative, the Stage Two series.


Of Mice and Men tells the heartrending story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers in Great Depression-era California. George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child in the body of a dangerously powerful man. When tragedy strikes, it's obvious that Lennie, though unintentionally, is responsible. George is faced with how to handle the situation before the ranchers take matters into their own hands. The title is taken from Robert Burns' poem, To a Mouse- "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."


Director Terry Donald (2008 winner of Black Theatre Workshop's Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award) explains his choice of this classic piece, "A well-written story exposes to a great level, the human condition." He continues, "With a writer of Steinbeck's calibre, both the actor and audience learn about themselves." As Artistic Director of MTE, one of Terry's ideas for the company is to give up-and-coming actors a chance to sink their teeth into a variety of roles, some of which they may not otherwise have an opportunity to play. He is delighted with the wonderfully, surprising results this often brings.


Rebecca Croll (Curley's Wife) talks about how Steinbeck's play resonates with today's audience, "A recession is growing all around us as the price of gas goes up, homes get repossessed and unemployment skyrockets. We are verging on another depression where the luxuries of life are no longer an option for many." She continues, "I think people will forget that this is a story they grew up with and will be there with us in the moment." Christopher Moore (Curley) sees the piece as depicting The American Dream of owning a home, regardless of time period, race, sex, etc., "In Of Mice and Men, everyone is a dreamer, and to some degree, is yearning after something more."


Joining Adam LeBlanc as George and Peter Vrana as Lennie are Herschel Andoh, Rebecca Croll, Bill Fletcher, Alex McCooeye, Christopher Moore, Matthew Raudsepp and Aaron Turner. Rounding out the team is set and lighting designer Peter Vatsis, costume designer Karine Lefebvre, props designers Sheena Gazé-Deslandes and Karen Gomes, and stage manager Christine Gosselin.


About Montreal Theatre Ensemble (MTE) and Stage Two

Originally formed by graduates of the John Abbott College Theatre Program, MTE now promotes the careers of a new generation of young professionals from various accredited theatre training programs. Previous productions include Miller's A View from the Bridge, Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good and Mastrosimone's The Woolgatherer.


This season, the John Abbott College Department of Theatre and Music embarks on a new venture by launching its Stage Two series. In an attempt to expose students in the College's Professional Theatre Program to the world outside their training environment, the Department will be hosting visiting theatre companies who will share their experience and open their rehearsals to the present theatre students. Students have access to the whole professional theatre process and can choose to gain experience working on various production aspects. The first visiting company will be the Montreal Theatre Ensemble. MTE has also donated money to the Department in the past and hopes to continue this in an ongoing scholarship.


"Ain't many guys travel around together. Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other." -Slim


Of Mice and Men
Montreal Theatre Ensemble
Casgrain Theatre

In the Casgrain Building of John Abbott College

21, 275 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

(directions to theatre on website, www.mtlte.com/english/about.html#directions)

Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 p.m.

Matinée: Sundays, 2:00 pm

15$ Regular / $10 Students, seniors

Reservations: (514) 515-9140 or sales@mtlte.com


Louis Lortie à Orford


Festival Orford 2008
Louis Lortie célèbre les grandes villes d'Europe

Orford, lundi 21 juillet 2008 – Cette année, au Festival Orford, Louis Lortie nous revient avec trois concerts qui célèbreront les grandes villes musicales d'Europe : Venise, Prague et Vienne.

Le samedi 2 août à 20h, Mort à Venise sera un concert très spécial! Spécial de par la grande variété de compositeurs qui y seront présentés. Spécial de par la prestation multimédia préparée par le cinéaste Mathieu Roy montrant Venise sous l'angle de ses canaux, sa peinture, ses réflexions et ses abstractions. Spécial parce que Louis Lortie nous entourera de sa magie si particulière dans ce projet inédit. Vous ne pouvez vous permettre de manquer ça!

Salvatore Sciarrino Perduto in una città d'acque
Franz Liszt La lugubre Gondola
Frédéric
Chopin Barcarolle
Luigi Nono Sofferte onde serene
Claude Debussy L'Isle joyeuse

Ce concert est une présentation de CIMA, partenaire de génie.

Le vendredi 8 août, Louis Lortie nous présente la ville de Prague. Reconnu pour son travail avec grand orchestre et comme artiste soliste de calibre international, Louis Lortie est aussi un excellent chambriste. Pour ce concert, le deuxième d'une série de trois, il nous présentera les beautés de Prague avec quelques-uns de ses bons amis. Partons ensemble découvrir les trésors de Prague!

Antonin Dvorak Quintette pour piano et cordes
Leos Janacek Sonate pour violon

Ce concert est une présentation de Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Enfin, le dimanche 10 août à 14h30 exceptionnellement, Vienne la magnifique ! nous transportera dans un charmant tour de la ville de Vienne - ville de Mozart, de Schubert, de Strauss, de la valse et de la crème chantilly - pour en découvrir toutes les splendeurs. Ce concert montre le côté romantique d'une des villes du monde les plus importantes musicalement. Profitez de cet après-midi d'été en compagnie de Louis Lortie et de ses amis.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonate pour violon et piano

Johann Strauss Roses du sud
Aimer, boire et chanter

Franz Schubert Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle nº1

Ce concert est une présentation du journal Le Devoir.

Consultez notre brochure ou notre site internet pour tous les détails.

Billetterie du Centre d'arts Orford : 3165, chemin du Parc, Orford, 819-843-3981, 1 800 567-6155 ou billetterie@arts-orford.org.

www.arts-orford.org

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Canada Council Music Prizes Announced

Tyler Duncan, Michelle Yelin Nam and Jean-Philippe Sylvestre win Canada Council for the Arts music prizes

Ottawa, July 29, 2008 – Baritone Tyler Duncan and pianists Michelle Yelin Nam and Jean-Philippe Sylvestre are this year’s winners of Canada Council for the Arts prizes for young Canadian musicians.

Originally from Prince George (BC), Tyler Duncan is the winner of the $5,000 Bernard Diamant Prize, which offers professional Canadian classical singers under age 35 an opportunity to pursue their careers through further studies. The prize was created in 2001 with funds from a generous bequest to the Canada Council by the late Bernard Diamant, as well as through memorial gifts from a number of his friends, colleagues and former voice students. It is awarded in addition to a regular Canada Council grant to an outstanding young classical singer in the Council’s annual competition for Grants to Professional Musicians, classical music category.

Edmonton resident Michelle Yelin Nam is this year’s winner of the $15,000 Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, established in 1981 by the late Sylva Gelber of Ottawa. Ms. Gelber had a passion for music to which she gave expression in various ways throughout her life. In the late 1970s she established the Sylva M. Gelber Music Foundation which helps young musicians to embark on a professional career. The award is given to the most talented candidate under age 30 in the Council’s annual competition for Grants to Professional Musicians, classical music category.

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre of Montreal is the winner of the 2008 Virginia Parker Prize. Worth $25,000, the prize was established in 1982 by Virginia Parker Moore. Moved by her profound love of music and the recognition that talented young musicians need such a prize to help them take a leap forward in their careers, the late Mrs. Moore established the prize for performers of classical music under age 32 , who demonstrate outstanding talent and musicianship.

The three winners were selected by a peer assessment committee consisting of Hélène Fortin (St-Nicolas, QC); Kurt Kellan (Brentwood Bay, BC); Walter Prystawski (Ottawa); and Jeremy Spurgeon (Edmonton).

Images of the winners can be downloaded from the Canada Council image gallery. For a list of previous winners of these prizes, visit our web site at www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes.

Tyler Duncan, baritone

Originally from Prince George (BC), baritone Tyler Duncan carries degrees in music from the University of British Columbia, the Hochschule fuer Musik Augsburg and the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Munich where he studied at the August Everding Bavarian Theatre Academy and studied song interpretation. His versatile voice enables him to sing lieder, opera and oratorio spanning from Monteverdi to Mozart to modern music.

Mr. Duncan’s performances have taken him throughout Europe and North America. Some highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut, Handel's La Resurrezione for the Handel Festival in Halle, the High Priest in the Strauss adaptation of Mozart's Idomeneo at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch Partenkirchen, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio Tafelmusik in Toronto. He often performs with pianist Erika Switzer giving recitals in Canada, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa. Radio recordings can often be heard on the CBC and BR (Bavarian Radio) as well as a recent performance on WGBH Boston. He recently won the 2008 Oratorio Society of New York's Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition. In the 2008/2009 season, his performances will include John Blow’s Venus and Adonis for the Boston Early Music Festival, Haydn’s Creation with Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and Bach’s Ich habe genug with Symphony Nova Scotia. www.tylerduncan.ca

Michelle Yelin Nam, pianist

Canadian Korean pianist Michelle Yelin Nam debuted professionally with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2006. She has completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Juilliard School. Since 2006, she has received scholarships from Anne Burrows Fund, Winspear Foundation. She is in demand as soloist in Canada and abroad. Praised for her “silvery clarity,” (Montreal Gazette) she has been described as playing “in the manner of the greats, before reaching their age” (La Presse).

Ms. Nam recently won the grand prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition (2006) and has since played regularly with the OSM, under the conducting of Heinrich Schiff and Jacques Lacombe. She was featured in a DVD for CBC Records and has had solo appearances at the House of Jeunesses Musicales of Canada (2007) and Orford Art center (2008). In May 2009, she will work with the OSM and perform Mozart Triple Piano Concerto under the direction of Kent Nagano along with André Laplante and Alain Lefèvre, and will also interpret a world premiere of a commissioned concerto by Jacques Hétu.

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, pianist

Sainte-Julie pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, 26, came to recognition in 2000, winning first prize at the Montreal Symphony Competition and the People’s Choice Award. The next year, he won second prize at the CBC Young Performer Competition. Since then, Jean-Philippe continued to win awards such as first prize in the Canadian Music Competition and many concerto competitions including the Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie, Glenn Gould School’s Concerto Competition and Concertino Praga Competition. Recently, Mr. Sylvestre won first prize at the Concours des Journées de la Musique Française. “…the young Sylvestre already possesses a complete technique, an extremely powerful playing with a great sonority" (Claude Gingras, Montreal’s La Presse).

He has appeared at such venues as the Concertgebouw, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier and Salle Pierre-Mercure, Bradshaw’s Amphitheatre, George Weston Hall and Ottawa’s NAC and performed with the Montreal Symphony, Orchestre Metropolitan, Longueuil, Trois-Rivière and Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Jean-Philippe has been broadcast by BravoTV, CBC and SRC. A graduate of École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and University of Montreal, he obtained a Bachelor and an Artist Diploma from Toronto’s Glenn Gould School. He studied at the International Accademia Pianistica in Italy. Equally comfortable in jazz, he lives in Berlin, studying with Louis Lortie. www.jeanphilippesylvestre.com

General information

In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to raising public awareness and celebration of these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Please visit our website (www.canadacouncil.ca) for a complete listing of these awards.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Jusqu'aux oreilles 2008 !


Innovations en concert et la Cathédrale Christ Church
présentent
La 10e édition estivale de l’événement de musique contemporaine à Montréal


JUSQU’AUX OREILLES
Du 1er au 17 août 2008

À la Cathédrale Christ Church : 635, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
Angle des rues Union et Ste-Catherine (Métro McGill)

Prix des billets : 10 $ tarif régulier - 5 $ tarif réduit
Passeport Toute la série (22 événements) : 80 $ régulier / 40 $ réduit
Passeport Olivier Messiaen (9 événements) : 35 $ régulier / 15 $ réduit

Renseignements (grand public) : 514.252.8520



Montréal, le lundi 28 juillet 2008
Le mois d’août approche à grands pas ramenant avec lui, pour une dixième édition, l’événement musical JUSQU’AUX OREILLES ! Conçu par le directeur artistique Scott Tresham et présenté en coproduction par Innovations en concert et la Cathédrale Christ Church, cet incontournable événement estival consacré à la musique contemporaine propose, du 1er au 17 août, pas moins de 16 concerts, 2 messes chantées (répertoire contemporain !), 2 causeries, 1 lancement de disque et une installation où l’éclectisme et l’originalité seront au rendez-vous pour le plus grand plaisir de nos oreilles !

D’une durée d’une heure sans entracte, les concerts JUSQU’AUX OREILLES se veulent un terrain d’exploration de tout ce que la musique offre de nouveau, un endroit où l’on se régale des métissages entre genres contemporains.

Parmi ces 22 événements, soulignons la commémoration du 100e anniversaire de naissance d’Olivier Messiaen qui fut l’un des compositeurs les plus originaux du XXe siècle. Son expression musicale éminemment personnelle continue de fasciner le public et d’inspirer les artistes d’un peu partout dans le monde. Patrick Wedd interprétera l’intégrale des œuvres de Messiaen pour orgue lors de 6 concerts. D’autres événements Messiaen sont également au calendrier.

Le coup d’envoi de la 10e édition de JUSQU’AUX OREILLES sera donné le vendredi 1er août à 19 h 30, avec un concert mettant en vedette le platiniste de renommée mondiale Martin Tétreault, le saxophoniste de jazz d’avant-garde Philippe Lauzier et le bassiste expérimental Pierre-Yves Martel. Au programme, une soirée d’improvisation qui s’annonce d’ores et déjà palpitante et remplie de surprises ! À ne pas manquer !

L’édition 2008 de jusqu’aux OREILLES accueille les artistes qui se partageront la scène de la magnifique Cathédrale Christ Church, lieu de culte religieux situé au cœur du centre-ville de Montréal. Détruite par un incendie en 1856, la Cathédrale fut reconstruite d’après les plans de l’architecte britannique Frank Wills et terminée en 1859. Aujourd’hui, en plus d’accueillir ses fidèles, elle ouvre ses portes aussi bien au public mélomane averti qu’au grand public qui souhaite se familiariser à un répertoire musical nouveau, audacieux et parfois même surprenant.

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Fondé en 1994, l’organisme Innovations en concert (IEC) se consacre principalement à la musique de chambre, aux solistes et aux petits ensembles. Il privilégie ainsi un contact intime et personnel entre les artistes et le public, afin de favoriser le rayonnement de la musique de création. Doté d'une vision stylistique très large, l'organisme présente des concerts de musique classique contemporaine, actuelle, improvisée, expérimentale, électroacoustique et de jazz contemporain.

Innovations en concert remercie de leur appui
Patrimoine canadien, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil des arts de Montréal.


Vendredi 1er août
19 h 30 ::: Martin Tétreault, tables tournantes; Philippe Lauzier, saxophone; Pierre-Yves Martel, viole de gambe
::: Platiniste de renommée internationale, Martin Tétreault se joint au saxophoniste de jazz d’avant-garde Philippe Lauzier et au bassiste expérimental Pierre-Yves Martel, pour une palpitante soirée d’improvisation.

Samedi 2 août
17 h ::: Pemi Paull, alto
::: Altiste créatif et polyvalent, Pemi Paull offrira un récital intimiste de musique de chambre pour un seul instrumentiste, dont l’incroyable Sonate pour alto solo de György Ligeti ainsi que des compositions de Gérard Grisey et Nicolas Gilbert.

Dimanche 3 août
19 h 30 ::: Les Poules (Joane Hétu, saxophone et voix; Diane Labrosse, échantillonneur; Danielle P. Roger, percussions) Lancement du disque Phénix
::: Les Poules est un trio d’improvisatrices qui peint d’extraordinaires paysages sonores à l’aide de sonorités synthétiques et acoustiques.

Jeudi 7 août

19 h 30 ::: Millennium Chamber Players
::: L’ensemble Millenium Chamber Players regroupe de jeunes musiciens de chambre de Chicago, passionnés et spécialisés dans un répertoire neuf et inusité pour petits et grands ensembles. Ce concert présentera des oeuvres de Carmel Raz, Michael LaCroix, Rodney Sharman, Alex Berezowsky, ainsi que Eight Songs for a Mad King de Peter Maxwell Davies.

Vendredi 8 août
19 h 30 ::: Patrick Wedd, orgue
::: En prélude à l’installation sonore Banquet pour O, Patrick Wedd interprétera des œuvres d’Emily Hall et Claude Vivier.

20 h 08 ::: Montreal Organ Consort, chœur Liederwölfe
Une installation sonore méditative et envoûtante signée Scott Tresham pour souligner le 100e anniversaire d’Olivier Messiaen. Banquet pour O est construite à partir de l’interprétation par le compositeur de sa première oeuvre publiée (Le Banquet céleste), étirée sur 100 minutes.

Samedi 9 août
17 h ::: D’Arcy Gray, percussions
::: Vivez tout l’art du percussionniste avant-gardiste D’Arcy Phillip Gray, dans un programme d’œuvres
de John Cage, Franco Donatoni et Nicolas Gilbert.


Dimanche 10 août
::: Les Chanteurs JAO, chœur, Patrick Wedd, direction et orgue

10 h 00 (Messe)
16 h 00 (Vêpres)
::: Patrick Wedd et Les Chanteurs JAO interprètent une messe chorale toute spéciale, comprenant Missa pro organo: in memoriam Olivier Messiaen de Bengt Hambreaus, ainsi que Missa Brevis, pièce commandée à John Burge pour l’occasion. M. Wedd et Les Chanteurs JAO donneront aussi un programme de musique chorale contemporaine aux vêpres.


19 h 30 ::: Marie-Annick Béliveau, voix; Mark Simons, clarinette
::: Un duo parfaitement agencé, la voix de Marie- Annick Béliveau et la clarinette de Mark Simons, dans un programme captivant d’oeuvres signées Ralph Vaughan Williams, Shulamit Ran Marco, Pérez-Ramirez et André Villeneuve.

Jeudi 14 août
19 h 30 ::: Isaiah Ceccarelli
::: Inspiré par ses voyages dans les Alpes françaises et par les écrits d’Olivier Messiaen, le compositeur et batteur de jazz Isaiah Ceccarelli a créé Lieux-dits, avec Jean Derome et Francisco Lozano (saxos et flûtes), Steve Raegele (guitare) et Clinton Ryder (contrebasse).


Vendredi 15 août
19 h ::: Causerie avant concert avec Laura Barrett (en anglais) animée par Patti Schmidt
19 h 30 ::: Laura Barrett, voix et kalimba; Ajay Mehra, banjo et glockenspiel
::: Laura Barrett, chanteuse et kalimbiste, interprétera ses compositions fantaisistes à propos de terreur amorphe, d’obsolescence planifiée et du dualisme corps-esprit, accompagnée d’Ajay Mehra au banjo et au glockenspiel.

Samedi 16 août
17 h 00 ::: Quatuor Molinari
::: Pour souligner le 75e anniversaire du compositeur canadien R. Murray Schaffer, le Quatuor Molinari interprétera son plus récent quatuor à cordes (n° 11). Également au programme, des oeuvres de Sofia Gubaidulina et d’Alfred Schnittke.

Dimanche 17 août
::: Les Chanteurs JAO, chœur, Patrick Wedd, direction et orgue

10 h 00 (Messe)
::: Patrick Wedd et Les Chanteurs JAO donneront un programme de musique chorale contemporaine.





Patrick Wedd.
L’intégrale pour orgue : Olivier Messiaen

Lundi 4 août
19 h ::: Causerie avant-concert avec Patrick Wedd (bilingue)
19 h 30
Apparition de l’église éternelle
La Nativité du Seigneur


Mercredi 6 août
19 h 30
Le Banquet céleste
Offrande au Saint-Sacrement
Les Corps glorieux


Vendredi 8 août
20 h 08
Banquet pour O (catalogue de durées)


Samedi 9 août
19 h 30
Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité


Dimanche 10 août
10 h
Les Chanteurs JAO
Messe
In memoriam Olivier Messiaen

Lundi 11 août
19 h 30
Diptyque
Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
Monodie
Livre d’orgue


Mercredi 13 août
19 h 30
Prélude
L’Ascension
Messe de la Pentecôte


Samedi 16 août
19 h 30
Le Livre du Saint-Sacrement

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Le choeur de la montagne

Le Chœur de la montagne recrute

Beloeil, 28 juillet 2008 - Les personnes désireuses de joindre le Chœur de la montagne pour la première fois sont priées de prendre rendez-vous au (514) 816-6577 pour une audition jeudi, le 21 août 2008. Elles doivent avoir une expérience chorale et savoir lire la musique est un atout. Elles devront préparer un chant et fournir une partition pour accompagnement au piano. Les auditions auront lieu au Centre de formation artistique du Chœur de la montagne (620, rue Richelieu, à l'entrée arrière du Centre culturel de Beloeil). Les répétitions auront lieu les jeudis à 19 heures.

Renseignements www.choeurdelamontagne.com ou 514.816.6577.

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Ma vie culturelle avec Denis C.


MA VIE CULTURELLE AVEC DENIS C.
Une toute nouvelle capsule,
exclusive au site Web de Bazzo.tv !

Montréal, le 28 juillet 2008 – À sa troisième saison, Bazzo.tv change de format et devient hebdomadaire. Chaque jeudi, à 21 heures, Marie-France Bazzo et sa bande proposent désormais un grand plateau d’une heure et demie, enregistré devant public. Autre nouveauté, l’émission sera dorénavant disponible intégralement en webdiffusion. De plus, à l’intention des internautes, Bazzo.tv inaugure sur son site une toute nouvelle rubrique : Ma vie culturelle avec Denis C. Denis qui ? Denis C., mieux connu sous le nom de… Denis Coderre ! Eh oui, le député libéral du comté de Bourassa (Montréal-Nord), se joint cette année à l’équipe !

Tout le monde connaît – ou croit connaître – Denis Coderre, bouillant politicien, as de la formule choc, parlementaire chevronné et passionné. Mais ce que tout le monde ne sait pas, c’est qu’il est fou de cinéma, il adore l’opéra et s’intéresse tout autant au phénomène de la télé-réalité qu’au théâtre ou à la danse.

Au printemps dernier, monsieur Coderre est devenu le porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière de patrimoine et de langues officielles. Il n’en fallait pas plus pour que l’équipe de Bazzo.tv l’invite à « faire ses preuves » en participant – virtuellement – à l’émission pour causer culture... Défi relevé ! Chaque semaine, Denis C. assistera donc avec Marie-France à un événement culturel (première de théâtre, tapis rouge, lancement de disque, opéra, exposition, spectacle de danse, etc.). Ils en discuteront ensuite sous l’œil de la caméra. Mais attention, pas question ici jouer les critiques ! En fait, l’événement culturel en question pourrait tout aussi bien les amener à parler… d’un tout autre sujet. Dans cette capsule exclusive au Web, tout, tout, tout est permis ! Chaque nouvelle édition de Ma vie culturelle avec Denis C. sera mise en ligne le soir de l’émission, à 21 heures, au www.bazzo.tv

Dans ses habits du jeudi, Bazzo.tv continuera à réfléchir sur les grandes questions de notre époque à travers des rencontres, discussions et débats, avec ses analystes politiques, son éditorialiste, ses chroniqueurs et ses nombreux invités. Et comme à Bazzo.tv on prend les choses au sérieux... mais avec légèreté, on trouvera toujours le temps de rigoler un peu.

Marie-France et sa bande vous donnent donc rendez-vous dans leur « discothèque d’idées » les jeudis soirs, 21 heures, à compter du 11 septembre. Avec Denis C., Dany Laferrière, Joseph Facal, Vincent Marissal, Anne Darche, Frédéric Metz et les autres, Bazzo.tv c’est tout le contraire de la télé prête-à-penser.

Mais en attendant, si vous voulez en savoir plus, ne manquez pas Marie-France qui est l’invitée de France Beaudoin à Bons baisers de France, toute la semaine. Et devinez qui lui fera une surprise ce soir ?


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TSO Now or Never Sale is back!

THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Announces the return of the Now or Never Sale
Tickets Only $39!
10 Days Only! Begins Friday, August 8

After the tremendous success of the first ever online seat sale last year, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announced today their next seat sale designed to offer music fans flexible and affordably priced subscription packages. In 2007, 7995 tickets were sold in one week and about 67% of the patrons who bought through the sale were new customers!

And now the Now or Never Sale is back! For 10 days only, beginning Friday, August 8, at midnight, and ending on Friday, August 18, at noon, TSO concerts will be priced at only $39 each for patrons who purchase a series with a minimum of three-concerts of their choice. This represents a savings of up to 70% on regular priced tickets!

The $39 seat sale is available online. Patrons can mix and match available concerts in all categories including Masterworks, Light Classics, Pops, Kids, and Casual Concerts, and must purchase a minimum of three separate concert dates in one online transaction at tso.ca.

The initiative is based on a successful model used by leading North American orchestras to find a profitable solution to the lull between the end of the subscription campaign period and the beginning of single ticket sales.

Audience development studies have shown that the two major barriers to non-renewing or potential subscribers were time and cost, especially for younger demographics. The flexible three-concert package is designed to capture the attention of this generation who desire control over their busy schedules and are less inclined to commit to five concerts some 14 months in advance. The three-concert buyer makes less of an initial commitment, and has the flexibility to upgrade to full subscriber status at any time.

The TSO online seat sale is an excellent opportunity for music lovers to hear international superstars like pianists Lang Lang and Radu Lupu, violinists Pinchas Zukerman and Midori, and celebrated maestros like Charles Dutoit and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for only $39.

Seats will be allocated on a "best available" basis while quantities last. Patrons will receive TSO subscriber benefits including ticket exchanges and no service charges on additional tickets. As quantities are limited, the TSO advises to act early!


THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Announces the return of the Now or Never Sale
10 Days Only - Friday, August 8 - Monday, August 18, 2008
Purchase any 3 concerts for $39 each*
Tickets On Sale Friday, August 8 at 12midnight
Sale ends Monday, August 18 at 12noon
Tickets available online at http://www.tso.ca/
*Subject to availability. Not valid with any other offer.

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The OSM is back for the summer


THE OSM IS BACK FOR THE SUMMER

beginning July 30

Mozart Plus Series: 4 rendezvous not to be missed

· July 30: Mozart and Bizet’s L’Arlésienne

· August 6: Pianist Stephen Kovacevich returns to the OSM

· August 13: Jean-Philippe Collard and the 23rd Concerto

· August 20: Sumi Jo sings Mozart and bel canto

OSM / Loto-Québec Concerts in the Parks: Tango gets pride of place

· August 7: Parc des Faubourgs, borough of Ville-Marie, Montreal

· August 9: Sportplexe George Springate, borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Montreal

· August 12: Parc de l’Île des Moulins, Terrebonne

Festival Bel Canto in Knowlton: 2 weekends, 6 concerts

· August 15: Opening recital with Jennifer Larmore

· August 16: June Anderson and the OSM under the direction of Kent Nagano

· August 17: Bellini’s Norma, opera in concert version with the OSM and Kent Nagano

· August 22: Sumi Jo sings Mozart, Donizetti and Bellini with the OSM and Kent Nagano

· August 23: Gino Vannelli in concert

· August 24: Bellini’s Norma, opera in concert version with the OSM and Kent Nagano

Montreal, July 28, 2008 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s summer gets under way on July 30 with the Mozart Plus series at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts, in the very heart of the entertainment district. The series, which has enjoyed great success for over 25 years, offers music lovers four concerts, two of them conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 from July 30 to August 20.

Coloratura soprano Sumi Jo, pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Jean-Philippe Collard, conductor Jean-François Rivest and violinist Andrew Wan, Grand Prize winner in the 2007 OSM Standard Life Competition, will be featured guests. On the program, some of Mozart’s best-loved works and great classics like Ravel’s La Valse, Bizet’s L’Arlésienne and Prokofiev’s First Symphony, the “Classical” – some of the highpoints in this edition of a series that has become an essential element of our cultural summer.

In its open-air summertime series, OSM / Loto-Québec Concerts in the Parks, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is offering the public three free concerts: a concert at the Parc des Faubourgs in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal (corner of Ontario and De Lorimier), on August 7; another on August 9 at the Sportplexe George Springate in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro in Montréal; and a third on August 12 at Parc de l’Île des Moulins in Terrebonne. For the second summer in a row, host and actor André Robitaille is the spokesman and host of these concerts, which are under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, the OSM’s conductor in residence.

Tango music performed by the group Quartango will have pride of place at these evenings, which will also present well-known works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Johann Strauss. Quartango has conquered audiences all over Canada and in the United States, as well as in Tokyo, Taipei, Paris and São Paulo. The band also delighted spectators when they performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. The series of four concerts they gave with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal attracted close to 60,000 people.

The Festival Bel Canto takes us to the banks of Brome Lake, in a rustic and cozy setting where six concerts spread out over two weekends will be presented under a tent accommodating 600 concert-goers. Two concert-version performances of the opera Norma, the masterpiece of Vincenzo Bellini, will be presented on Sunday, August 17 and 24, at 3 p.m. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore and pianist Antoine Palloc will launch the Festival on August 15 at 8 p.m., in a recital with piano. On August 16 at 8 p.m., soprano June Anderson and four young singers from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia will take the stage with the OSM and Kent Nagano to perform some of the most beautiful arias and ensembles of Rossini and Donizetti.

The coloratura soprano Sumi Jo, meanwhile, will be the star of an evening devoted to Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini under the direction of Kent Nagano on August 22 at 8 p.m. This concert will also be presented in Montreal on August 20 as part of the Mozart Plus series, again under Kent Nagano. On August 23, on a more popular note, well-known singer Gino Vannelli will do a show that includes excerpts from his most recent album, entitled “Canto,” with the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke under the direction of Stéphane Laforest. Numerous free events will also be presented during the week in the framework of Festival Bel Canto.

Finally, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will be performing as well on August 2 as part of the Festival de Lanaudière, in the Joliette amphitheatre. Kent Nagano will conduct the celebrated Verdi Requiem. In addition to the OSM Chorus, four soloists – Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano, Elena Maximova, mezzo-soprano, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, tenor, and John Relyea, bass – will take part in what is a legendary work in the vocal repertoire.

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is presented by Hydro-Québec

in association with National Bank

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