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Friday, August 29, 2008

Waterloo Region Composers Choral Song Circle

Waterloo Region Composers Choral Song Circle

The Waterloo Region Composers Choral Song Circle will feature the choral music of Glenn Buhr, Barrie Cabena, Richard Cunningham, Leonard Enns, Jeff Enns, Michael Purves-Smith and Carol Ann Weaver.

Where: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2008

Time: 7:00 pm

Admission: Free



A unique event patterned on the popular singer songwriter circles, the Waterloo Region Composers Choral Song Circle features the choral music of Glenn Buhr, Barrie Cabena, Richard Cunningham, Leonard Enns, Jeff Enns, Michael Purves-Smith and Carol Ann Weaver.

The Event

The Waterloo Region Composers Choral Song Circle is a unique concert event, patterned after the Songwriter Circles that have become popular in the pop world. Audiences attend the events and have an opportunity to interact with the songwriters, who often introduce works that are new or unique, and perform them by themselves or with participation from other songwriters who are all present on stage.

The Choral Song Circle will be similar to this pattern, except choral classical composers are not obviously able to accompany themselves SATB on stage. With the help of a Region of Waterloo Arts Fund grant, we have formed a professional core choir reinforced with the best singers from the region's two university music schools.

The choir conducted by Wilfrid Laurier University's Dr Lee Willingham will perform choral music of the composers who make their homes or places of work in the Waterloo region, with the seven composers present on stage.

Hosted by Jurgen Petrenko, there will be opportunities to hear the composers talk about their music, and for audiences to meet with them and become familiar with who they are and to develop awareness of their craft and their sound, and how they are a vital part of the cultural fabric of the Waterloo region, Canada and abroad. Jurgen will moderate interaction between the composers and the audience as we talk about the music and the compositional process.

The Participants

  • Seven Waterloo region composers, including Glenn Buhr, Barrie Cabena, Richard Cunningham, Leonard Enns, Jeff Enns, Michael Purves-Smith and Carol Ann Weaver.
  • A newly formed professional choir will be conducted by Dr Lee Willingham, who is an Associate Professor at WLU where he leads the Laurier Singers and is Director for the new Laurier Centre for Music in the Community.
  • Jurgen Petrenko, former producer of CBC's Music and Company, will be acting as host for the event.

The Venue

The event is being held at the city of Kitchener's unique Rotunda, situated on ground floor of the building. The hall is very open and accessable to the public, and the choir, composers and audience will be arranged so that there is a close sense of interaction and community. The acoustics are amazing and the hall is four stories high, with a circular floor layout... perfect for a choral song circle.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Event POSTPONED: Classical at the Carlu

Classical at the Carlu

A Fundraising Celebration in support of Piano Plus


(August 28, 2008, Toronto) Classical at the Carlu – a fundraising event in support of Piano Plus due to take place on September 9, 2008, has been postponed until the Spring of 2009. An announcement confirming the details will be made at a later date.

For ticket refunds, please contact the St. Lawrence Centre Box office at 416-366-7723 or log on to

Piano Plus brings Canada's finest classical musicians to communities throughout the country in which opportunities to experience the magic of live concerts at an affordable cost are limited or simply non-existent. The brainchild of Artistic Director and Founder Janina Fialkowska, Piano Plus is the iteration of the incredibly successful Piano Six, the original 10-year program which began in 1993 with six pianists thrilling more than 100,000 classical music lovers in small towns and isolated communities across the country. Since 2004, the Piano Plus artist roster has been expanded to include distinguished Canadian musicians from the worlds of strings and voice as well as piano in order to bring a much broader range of the world’s great music to the program. Pianist Angela Cheng is Artistic Director.

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OSM / A Majestic opening to the OSM 's 75th Season



Kent Nagano conducts Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand:

Dress rehearsal open to the public

Zubin Mehta at the Notre-Dame Basilica

Joshua Bell in Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto

Gershwin, Bernstein, Benoit, and All That Jazz!

Montreal, August 28, 2008 – Under the banner of bringing people together in a spirit of festivity, the 75th season of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal begins with the grand-scale Symphony of a Thousand by Gustav Mahler under the direction of Kent Nagano on September 9 and 10. More than 400 artists will be performing this massive work, which in addition to the Orchestra’s musicians features two mixed choruses, a boys choir, a girls choir, eight soloists and an offstage contingent of brass. “Imagine that the universe bursts into song,” Mahler wrote. “We no longer hear human voices, but those of planets and suns that revolve.” The public is also invited to attend the dress rehearsal, which is taking place on September 8 at 7 p.m.

The following week, on September 17, Zubin Mehta, a music director emeritus of the OSM, rejoins the musicians and a Montreal audience in an exceptional non-series concert presented at the imposing Notre-Dame Basilica. This setting lends itself admirably to a French program, which in this case will consist of Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a work with a powerful emotional charge by composer Olivier Messiaen – the 100th anniversary of whose birth is being observed in 2008 – and the luminous Symphony No 3 (“Organ”) by Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the flagship works of the French symphonic repertoire.

On September 29 and 30, the remarkable violinist Joshua Bell, recipient of a Grammy, will be performing the Montreal premiere of American composer John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto, a work derived from his Oscar-winning soundtrack in 1999 to the film The Red Violin and which takes up some of the most memorable themes in the original score. This program will be under the direction of Jacques Lacombe, principal guest conductor with the OSM from 2002 to 2006.

Jazz musician David Benoit, meanwhile, is offering a tribute to jazz piano in a program that includes singers Ranee Lee and Michael Dozier, while flutists Timothy Hutchins and Carolyn Christie will be playing a concerto for two flutes by Telemann.

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or


September 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts / Opening Night: Kent Nagano and the Symphony of a Thousand open the OSM’s 75th season! Kent Nagano, conductor; Jennifer Wilson, Aline Kutan, Mihoko Fujimura, Susan Platts, Simon O’Neil, Sergei Leiferkus, Reinhard Hagen, the OSM Chorus.

Public dress rehearsal: September 8 at 7 p.m.

September 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Notre-Dame Basilica) Non-series concert: Zubin Mehta at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Zubin Mehta, conductor.

September 23 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Air Canada Classical Escapes: Gershwin, Bernstein, Benoit, and All That Jazz! Jean-François Rivest, conductor; David Benoit, piano; Michael Dozier, jazz singer; Ranee Lee, jazz singer.

September 24 at 10:30 a.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Symphonic Matinees: Beloved Tchaikovsky. Marc David, conductor; Timothy Hutchins, OSM principal flute; Carolyn Christie, OSM second flute.

September 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Joshua Bell and The Red Violin. Jacques Lacombe, conductor; Joshua Bell, violin.

Information on the month’s concerts:

Opening Night

Grand Concerts

Kent Nagano and the Symphony of a Thousand

open the OSM’s 75th season!

Mahler liked to say that a symphony “must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” His Eighth, known as the “Symphony of a Thousand” in recognition of the forces deployed at its premiere in 1910, was written by Mahler for two mixed choirs, a boys chorus, a girls chorus, eight soloist, an extra brass section stationed offstage and an enormous orchestra! From the moment of its premiere, which was attended by many celebrities, it enjoyed great success, which has not waned to this day.

The work is in two parts. The first consists of a setting of a medieval Latin hymn and is almost exclusively vocal, the hymn being sung primarily by the choruses. The second part is based on the closing scene of Goethe’s Faust and is sometimes considered, owing to the numerous interventions of the soloist singers, more cantata than symphony. The work’s gigantic finale is described by Mahler in these terms: “Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound.”

The Symphony will be conducted by Kent Nagano, the OSM’s music director. An especially visionary composition, colossal and majestic and carrying a message of hope, it would be impossible to imagine a more appropriate work to launch the OSM’s 75th season. The same piece was used to mark the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary in 1984, when it was played at the Montreal Forum.

Grand Concerts

September 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts


Kent Nagano, conductor

Jennifer Wilson, Magna Peccatrix

Janice Chandler-Eteme, Una Poenitentium

Aline Kutan, Mater Gloriosa

Mihoko Fujimura, Mulier Samaritana

Susan Platts, Maria Aegyptiaca

Simon O’Neill, Doctor Marianus

Sergei Leiferkus, Pater Ecstaticus

Reinhard Hagen, Pater Profundus

OSM Chorus

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand”

Tickets starting at $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or

Non-series concert:

Zubin Mehta at the Notre-Dame Basilica

The musicians of the OSM and the Montreal public will have the pleasure of a visit from Zubin Mehta, OSM music director from 1961 to 1967, for a concert that is part of the festivities surrounding the Orchestra’s 75th season. A conductor of stellar reputation, Zubin Mehta headed the New York Philharmonic from 1978 to 1991, was music director of the Bavarian State Opera from 1998 to 2006 and has been principal conductor at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino since 1985.

For this occasion he is conducting Olivier Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a work composed in 1964 as a commission from André Malraux, France’s Minister of Cultural Affairs at the time, to honour the dead of two world wars. “It was conceived to be played in a church,” the composer explained, “taking resonance for granted, as well as the ambience and even the echoing of sounds that can be had in such a setting.” A work on a grand scale, it builds on notions of sound-colour and space, colour expressing itself by way of atypical instrumentation (woodwinds, brass and metallic percussion), and space through the variety of registers and the treatment of resonance and silence.

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), meanwhile, is a classic of the French repertoire orchestral. It is dedicated to Franz Liszt, who wrote a great number of works for organ to affirm, in the evening of his life, his faith in God, something else he and Messiaen have in common. Saint-Saëns admirably blends the colours of the piano with those of the orchestra (as Messiaen would later do in his Turangalîlâ Symphony) and uses the organ in a register that is sometimes intimate and sometimes brilliant.

Non-series concert

September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Notre-Dame Basilica

Zubin Mehta, conductor

Olivier Messiaen Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ”

Tickets starting at $22.50

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or

Sponsors: Air Canada and Fondation J.A. DeSève

Air Canada Classical Escapes:

Gershwin, Bernstein, Benoit, and All That Jazz!

A five-time Grammy nominee for his extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz, David Benoit is one of the most acclaimed jazz pianists of the last few decades. Composer of the soundtracks for several films and television programs, including a number of “Peanuts” specials, he cites as musical influences Henry Mancini, John Berry, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson. In a second segment he will be joined on stage by Michael Dozier, a jazz singer who was part of Corona Theatre’s “Esquire Show Bar – La Revue” this summer, and by Ranee Lee, one of the most popular jazz singers in Canada, in some of jazz’s most memorable standards.

Jean-François Rivest, OSM conductor in residence, will also be leading the Orchestra in the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated musical, and in excerpts from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a groundbreaking synthesis of European orchestral techniques, American jazz and popular music.

Air Canada Classical Escapes

September 23 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jean-François Rivest, conductor

David Benoit, piano

Michael Dozier, jazz singer

Ranee Lee, jazz singer

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

George Gershwin Porgy and Bess, excerpts

Works by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, David Benoit.

Tickets starting at $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or

Sponsors: Air Canada and Fondation J.A. DeSève

Symphonic Matinees:

Beloved Tchaikovsky

Artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and principal conductor with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Marc David is much in demand as a guest conductor not only in Canada but in the U.S., Mexico and Europe as well. Here he leads the OSM in Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most popular in the literature. On the theme of destiny, the composer vacillates between “total submission” and his doubts, laments and reproaches of destiny. A single theme undergoes metamorphoses through the work’s four movements.

Timothy Hutchins and Carolyn Christie, OSM principal flute and second flute, respectively, will also be heard in this concert, in the Concerto for Two Flutes in E Minor by Georg Philipp Telemann, an especially prolific composer who was a contemporary of Bach’s. These lively pages offer a rare opportunity to hear a concerto written for two flutes.

Opening the program is the “symphonic fantasy” by Pierre Mercure, Kaléidoscope, which since its premiere in 1948 has become one of the most frequently performed Canadian compositions.

Symphonic Matinees

September 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Marc David, conductor

Timothy Hutchins, OSM principal flute

Carolyn Christie, OSM second flute

Pierre Mercure Kaléidoscope

Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto for Two Flutes in E Minor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Tickets starting at $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or

Sponsor: Imperial Oil Foundation

Grand Concerts:

Joshua Bell and The Red Violin

Violinist Joshua Bell, recipient of a Grammy and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, hailed as much by critics as he is cheered by the public, revisits the OSM in John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto. The work, in four movements, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father, concertmaster with the New York Philharmonic for close to a quarter-century, is an extension of the music for the movie The Red Violin, which received an Academy Award for best original soundtrack in 1999. The composer first extracted a Chaconne from it, a concert piece that Joshua Bell has performed on disc, but he wanted to be able to offer the violin an impassioned and romantic concerto. The work was premiered by Joshua Bell and recorded by him last year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This will be its first presentation in Montreal.

Jacques Lacombe, principal guest conductor with the OSM from 2002 to 2006, and whose career was honoured in 2005 by a Prix Opus for his achievements abroad, will also lead the OSM in Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, one of the most remarkable orchestral works of the 20th century. According to the composer himself, the five movements of the Concerto describe “a gradual transition from the severity of the first movement to a life-affirming finale.” Opening the program, Ramon Humet, winner of the Olivier Messiaen International prize at the first edition of the OSM’s International Composition Prize, offers us a premiere of his work Escenas de viento.

Grand Concerts

September 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jacques Lacombe, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

Ramon Humet Escenas de viento, world premiere, OSM commission

John Corigliano The Red Violin Concerto

Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets starting at $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is presented by Hydro-Québec

in association with National Bank

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Action terroriste socialement acceptable


du 2 octobre au 11 décembre 2008, à Montréal

En décembre 1997, L’ATSA poussait son premier cri d’indignation en orchestrant dans l’urgence, devant le Musée d’art contemporain, une première intervention artistique, politiquement et socialement engagée, La Banque à Bas, traçant ainsi leur stratégie, dite terroriste : s’attaquer à la pauvreté, à l’exclusion, au gaspillage et à la pollution ; livrer des messages aux titres choc, par le biais d’un art vivant et engagé en interaction avec autrui et par des interventions spectaculaires dans l’espace urbain, transformé pour l’occasion en espaces scénique et de débat. Depuis, les artistes fondateurs de l’ATSA, Annie Roy et Pierre Allard ont produit plus d’une vingtaine d’interventions urbaines engagées sur des problématiques de justice sociale, environnementale et patrimoniale, invitant les citoyens à expérimenter leur capacité d’action.

L’ATSA célébrera, du 2 octobre au 11 décembre 2008,
10e anniversaire avec la présentation de trois événements

du 2 octobre au 11 décembre 2008, ouverture du magasin temporaire CHANGE

Le 2 octobre l’ATSA ouvre au grand public son propre fond de commerce et pendant dix semaines s’offrira en cobaye en investissant le monde de la mise en marché. Tout en offrant une rétrospective de l’ensemble de ses interventions réalisées sur la place publique, photos d’archives, artéfacts et produits dérivés seront mis à la vente. Une occasion unique pour découvrir ou revisiter la production iconoclaste de l’ATSA et se questionner sur l’évolution des problématiques investiguées par ce duo d’artistes engagés. L’adresse de CHANGE sera dévoilée en septembre 2008.

le jeudi 2 octobre, lancement de la publication ATSA : Quand l’Art passe à l’Action
Lancée au magasin CHANGE, cette publication anniversaire bilingue redonne vie aux dix ans de production atsaïenne et rassemble des photographies d’archives. On y retrouvera également des textes de grands communicateurs, tels Sami Aoun (politicologue), Patrick Beauduin (spécialiste du marketing), Dinu Bumbaru (Héritage Montréal), Guy Sioui Durand (sociologue de l’art), Steven Guilbeault (porte-parole de Équiterre), Louis Hamelin (écrivain), Louis Jacob (historien de l’art), Jean Lemire (cinéaste et biologiste) et Laure Waridel (sociologue et co-fondatrice d’Équiterre), qui ont été conviés à livrer leurs réflexions sur l’art engagé et sur les enjeux sociaux et environnementaux. Un entretien avec les deux artistes fondateurs réalisé par Sonia Pelletier (directrice de la revue Spirale) ouvre cet ouvrage qui sera en vente au magasin CHANGE et en librairies en octobre.

du 26 au 30 novembre, place à la 10e édition d’État d’Urgence
En 1998, l’ATSA montait son premier État d’Urgence, installant un camp de réfugiés urbains pour les sans abris en plein cœur de Montréal. C’était le cinquantième anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme … 2008 en célébrera le soixantième. L’ATSA s’associe pour l’occasion à Amnistie Internationale. Pendant cinq jours, 24 heures sur 24, ce Manifestival accueillera des sans-abri et de nombreux bénévoles et offrira une programmation artistique engagée multidisciplinaire et gratuite, s’articulant autour des 30 articles et du préambule de cette Déclaration. État d’Urgence est récipiendaire du prix Citoyen de la culture 2008 par les Arts et la Ville.

« Ce couple tente depuis une dizaine d’années de nous brasser la cage par toutes sortes de moyens originaux. On reproche souvent à l’art contemporain d’être trop hermétique, snob, coupé du public. C’est tout le contraire avec l’ATSA. »
Nathalie Collard, LA PRESSE, 2007

Les réalisations de l’ATSA, en bref

L’ATSA propose une vision active et responsable de l’artiste comme acteur prenant part au développement durable de sa société. Parmi ses nombreuses activités, qui ont fait leur marque dans l’imaginaire de plusieurs à Montréal, Paris, Vancouver, Toronto, mentionnons : La Banque à Bas (17 décembre 1997 au 12 février 1998) — des portes de poêles de cuisine faisant office de guichet automatique, distribuant des bas chauds aux itinérants victimes des banques sans cœur ; neuf éditions de l’État d’Urgence — un «manifestival» artistique interdisciplinaire et solidaire, accueillant un camp de sans-abris au centre-ville ; Parc Industriel (17 août au 4 septembre 2001) — un site archéologique fait de rebuts proposant une réflexion sur la société de consommation — ; Attention : Zone Épineuse (5 au 15 octobre 2002) — une promenade attentive sur le Mont-Royal sur la précarité des patrimoines écologiques, rappelant la vocation naturelle su site ; — Murs du feu et de Frag sur la Main (depuis 2005) — deux parcours graphiques permanent in situ sur l’histoire du boulevard St-Laurent ; Attentat (depuis 2003) — une série sur l’hyper dépendance aux énergies fossiles, dont les constats d’infraction citoyenne collés sur les pare-brise des VUS.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Opera superstar Jane Eaglen opens the Victoria Symphony season

Opera legend Jane Eaglen makes her first appearance in Victoria to open the Victoria Symphony’s 2008-2009 season

Victoria, BC On September 14 and 15, opera superstar Jane Eaglen will perform in Victoria with the Victoria Symphony for the very first time. Conducted by Music Director Tania Miller, she will sing arias from three of Wagner’s most well known operas. There will be two performances at the Royal Theatre, September 14 at 2:30pm and September 15 at 8:00pm.

Pre-concert talks will begin 45 minutes before each performance.

Ms. Eaglen has an international reputation and the repertoire chosen for these concerts will highlight her renowned portrayals of Wagner’s heroines. Wagner’s operas are celebrated for their drama, their powerful scores, and their emotion. Ms Eaglen will sing the joyful ‘Dich, Teure Halle’ from Tannhäuser, aswell as the emotional and tragic ‘Liebestod’ aria in which her character, Isolde, sings over the body of her dead lover. Ms Eaglen has performed these roles all over the world to critical acclaim and her visit to Victoria will no doubt have audiences on their feet.

Music Director, Tania Miller is very excited about this first time collaboration,

“It will be an immense thrill to work with the great Wagnerian icon, Jane Eaglen, in her debut performances with the Victoria Symphony. The great roles of Brunnhilde and Isolde will be brought to life in these electrifying opening concerts of the season. The Symphony and I are excited to be performing some of the great music of Wagner and to be making music together again!”

Other highlights of the new season include performances of Nielsen’s Symphony no. 4 “The Inextinguishable”, Handel’s Water Music and Last Night of the Proms. The season also includes collaborations with the South Island Dancers, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and a spectacular performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana in March which will feature the Victoria Children’s Choir and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. Over 50 diverse concerts will be performed in this exciting and busy concert season.

The 2008-2009 season marks Tania Miller's sixth as music director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, an appointment that made her the first woman to hold such a significant position in Canada. Her vibrancy and dynamic approach to music making have inspired many innovations with the Victoria Symphony and a new era of artistic growth for the orchestra.

Jane Eaglen has one of the most formidable reputations in the opera world today. She has garnered spectacular reviews worldwide, enjoying unique success in the contrasting roles of Isolde (for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Puerto Rico); Leonore (debuted for the Seattle Opera) and Brunnhilde (performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Milan, New York, Oslo and the UK).

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences 68 years of tradition, a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists the Victoria Symphony’s 2008-2009 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Jane Eaglen performs at the Royal Theatre with the Victoria Symphony on Sunday, September 14 at 2:30pm and again on Monday, September 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at by calling 250.385.6515 or 250.386.6121 or online at

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the newly created Egon Baumann Foundation for these performances.

For complete programming details of the 2008-2009 season please visit

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