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Friday, October 31, 2008

"From Russia With Love", Classical Benefit Concert for Philippine Soldiers for the Environment

"From Russia With Love"

Benefit Concert for Philippine Soldiers

Cultural Center of the Philippines, 19 Nov 2008 @ 8:00 P.M.


Katya Grineva (Russia), Steinway Artist & Carnegie Hall Performer

Accompanied by

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by David Harutyunyan (Armenia), Lead Conductor of the Orchestra Symphónica de Guyaquile, Ecuador

With Special Guest Performance by

Joanna Ong Go (Philippines), Soprano, Clarion Chamber Ensemble

30 October 2008, Manila. "From Russia With Love" celebrates a first-time performance bringing together world-class talents Katya Grineva, Russian Steinway Artist and Carnegie Hall regular (romantic & classical piano); our very own Joanna Ong Go (opera); and David Harutyunyan (world conductor) - each of whom rank top in their fields - for a magical evening of romantics, classics and opera this November 19th at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Benefit Concert Dedicated to Environmental, Social & Community Development Projects in the Philippines

Katya has delighted her audiences at concerts from New York to Moscow , Guam and Kenya , for presidents and royalties to governments and charities across the globe. Despite her demanding concert schedule, she finds time to perform for non-profit communities to help raise awareness for specific causes. In November 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presented Katya Grineva with the Gusi Peace Prize, awarded to "distinguished individuals or groups worldwide with exemplary contributions to peace and human rights".

"I am so pleased that my friends Joanna Ong Go and David Harutyunyan have agreed to join me to support environmental and civic work here in the Philippines , the results of which I am sure will surely go a long way in helping local communities develop livelihoods," says Katya.

Mdme Amelita "Ming Ramos", former First Lady of the Philippines and Russian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Vitaly Y. Vorobiev, will make the opening remarks.

Tickets can be obtained from the following:

  • CCP Box Offie at telephone: +63 2 8323704;
  • Tickets on line: (ref: "From Russia With Love");
  • Ticketworld: +63 2 8919999
  • National Bookstore Outlets, The Philippines.

About the Artistes

Katya Grineva (Russia), Steinway Artist & Carnegie Hall Performer. Born in Moscow , Ms. Grineva began piano studies at age six with the Moscow Music School . She continued under the aegis of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, at which point she started giving recitals and experiencing the "special and spontaneous" interaction between artist and audience, which is now the hallmark of her performances. Ms. Grineva has been a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony, the ARS Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra and the European Philharmonic Orchestra in France. Her recitals have captivated audiences at the Laurier Society in Paris and in one of the most prestigious concert halls in Paris, Salle Gaveau. Since April 1998 Steinway and Sons has awarded Katya the honorable title of Steinway Artist. Ms. Grineva has made a specialty of the romantic piano music and recorded three CDs: "From Katya with Love", "Katya From the Heart" and "Katya...Inspiration Bleu". Visit:

Joanna Ong Go (Philippines), Soprano, Clarion Chamber Ensemble.


Renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes to give Master Class

Opera superstar Sherrill Milnes to visit faculty of music for master classes

"Milnes knows exactly how to clothe his voice with the unique mixture of lyricism and bravado that Verdi demands. It was vintage Verdi, sung by a master of this extremely difficult art." ­ Detroit Free Press

TORONTO – Universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, American opera superstar Sherrill Milnes will visit the University of Toronto as the Faculty of Music’s John R. Stratton Visiting Artist for two voice master classes. A superstar in every sense, Milnes’s remarkable voice, artistic integrity, commanding stage presence and rugged handsomeness have made him a favorite for all audiences. Details of the master classes are as follows:

Friday, November 7, 2008
7:30 – 10 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Saturday, November 8, 2008
2:30 – 5 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Sherrill Milnes has conquered all of the great opera capitals of the world: the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; Berlin's Deutsche Oper; the Paris Opera; Buenos Aires' famed Teatro Colon; the Liceu in Barcelona; the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; the Salzburg Festival; the Hamburg Opera and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami and Denver, among others in the United States. At the Metropolitan Opera he has been honored with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts, and he also performed at the 25th anniversary gala honoring James Levine. In 2008 he is honored with the receipt of the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.

In recent seasons, Sherrill Milnes expanded his vast operatic repertoire to include performances of new roles, including the title role in Falstaff (several productions including New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera); Count Westmoreland in Wolf-Ferrari's Sly (Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Washington Opera on tour in Japan); Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (Ravinia Festival); the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, also with performances of Michele in Il Tabarro); and Ajax in Georges Antheil's Transatlantic (Minnesota Opera, United States premiere). However, Mr. Milnes continued to perform most of the roles which have brought him great acclaim, including Amonasro in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera; Scarpia in Tosca (Budapest and Torre del Lago); Iago in Otello (Budapest and Karlruhe); Mendelssohn's Elijah (performances throughout the United States); Gerard in Andrea Chenier (Pittsburgh Opera); Germont in La Traviata (L'Opéra de Montréal); and performances of Verdi and Puccini arias with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Milnes was also in great demand as a recitalist and in concert, appearing on the world's major recital stages and with the great orchestras of North America and Europe. He had the honor of performing for every United States president since Gerald Ford, and has appeared in recital at the White House at the request of Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush.

Conducting has become an integral part of Mr. Milnes' multi-faceted career. Two recent engagements include Elijah at Carnegie Hall (which marked his New York conducting debut), and Aida with Opera Memphis (his operatic conducting debut).

He has the distinction of being the most recorded American opera singer, with a discography encompassing his great opera roles, as well as lieder, oratorio, symphony and Broadway. His recordings of Così fan tutte, Aida, and La bohème had the distinction of receiving Grammy Awards, and his recordings of Brahms's Four Serious Songs (with Erich Leinsdorf at the piano) and the sacred recording Amazing Grace received Grammy Award nominations. In 1997, Video Arts International (VAI) released two of several live recital albums: There but for You Go I and Kingdom by the Sea. The baritone is also featured on three music videos: Homage to Verdi, Sherrill Milnes: All Star Gala, and Sherrill Milnes at Juilliard: An Opera Master Class, as well as on his Metropolitan Opera performances on current release. His autobiography, American Aria: From Farm Boy to Opera Star, was published by Schirmer Books.

Throughout his remarkable career, Mr. Milnes has shown an affinity for Verdi, whose works form the cornerstone of his repertoire which comprises some 70 roles, including the lead baritone roles in Otello, Don Carlo, Aida, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Luisa Miller, Ernani, and Un Ballo in Maschera, as well as the monumental title roles of Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, and Nabucco, all sung to overwhelming acclaim. He has also triumphed as Mozart's Don Giovanni, at the famed Salzburg Festival, as well as Bizet's Escamillo in Carmen, Rossini's Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's Scarpia in Tosca, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet, Athanael in Massenet's Thaïs, and the title role of Henry VIII by Saint-Saëns, among many others.

Mr. Milnes grew up on a dairy farm in Downers Grove, Illinois. Despite a childhood devoted to daily chores, he, in addition to taking voice lessons, studied piano, violin, viola, double bass, clarinet and tuba. But when it came time for college, he could see no future in music and pursued pre-medical studies. After a year and a half, however, during which he had banished music from his life, he realized that it was his true calling and enrolled at Drake University where he studied with Andrew White, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in music in the hope of becoming a teacher. Additional graduate studies with Hermanus Baer followed at Northwestern University. During these years, the young baritone supported himself by playing in local jazz bands and singing wherever he could at women's clubs, with local opera groups, in churches and synagogues, and for television and radio commercials. A great opportunity came when the baritone won an audition with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company, an event he has called the "luckiest possible beginning" for his career. He toured throughout the United States with the Goldovsky Opera Company - over 100,000 miles by bus - singing in over 300 performances of more than a dozen roles.

It is fitting that the career of this artist was launched in his native land, belying the notion that singers must work their way through the small European opera houses before earning the respect of American critics and audiences. In fact, it was at the quintessential American house, the New York City Opera, that Mr. Milnes made his first important debut, Valentin in Gounod's Faust. It was in this same role that Sherrill Milnes made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera to great public and critical acclaim. Sherrill Milnes was launched to stardom, however, when his riveting performance as Miller in Verdi's Luisa Miller literally stopped the show at the Met and immediately made him the dominant baritone of our time. His international career began with a triumphant Macbeth at the Vienna Staatsoper.

The baritone has received numerous honors during his distinguished career, including seven honorary doctoral degrees. He is particularly proud of being named as a Commendatore of the Italian Republic for his long commitment to Italian opera. In 1987 he received New York City's Seal of Recognition for his rich contribution to the city's cultural life. Mr. Milnes was also chosen by the American Bible Society to receive the 25 millionth copy of its Good News Bible, and in 1993 he organized a benefit concert in Vienna's famed St. Stephen's Cathedral for the victims of the Bosnia-Herzegovina War. In September 1996, Mr. Milnes was honored by the French government with the distinguished Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2003 he became a member of the Lincoln Academy, the highest honor awarded by the state of Illinois.

Sherrill Milnes has worked extensively with young singers throughout his career, including master classes and more extensive teaching during his concert and opera tours. He has led master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, at major universities throughout the country, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. More extensive teaching has been done at the Yale University School of Music, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the Northern Royal College of Music in Manchester, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Mr. Milnes has judged several international competitions including the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He is currently the John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University.

In 2000, Mr. Milnes with his wife Maria Zouves, founded VOICExperience, a not-for-profit organization. VOICExperience helps young singers develop and pursue their careers with programming throughout the country. They bring the best coaches and teachers, as well as the stars, from both the operatic and theatrical world to interact with the singers.

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SHIFT Festival


Movement and meaning between Canada and the Netherlands

A Festival of Canadian and Dutch Music, Film and Literature

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam: November 18 – 22, 2008

Harbourfront and the Music Gallery in Toronto: February 25 – March 3, 2009

For Immediate Release – Toronto, October 31, 2008: Continuum Contemporary Music is pleased to announce SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature, taking place November 18-22, 2008 in Amsterdam and February 25-March 3, 2009 in Toronto. Programmed by some of Canada’s top artistic voices – Continuum Contemporary Music, Authors at Harboufront Centre and The Images Festival, in collaboration with The Netherlands’ influential Muziek Centrum Nederland (formerly Gaudeamus) and the internationally acclaimed Asko|Schönberg and Ives ensembles -- in Amsterdam SHIFT is hosted by the architecturally stunning new Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ while Canadian activities take place at Toronto’s jewel of the waterfront, Harbourfront Centre, as well as the Music Gallery.

Amsterdam events include concerts, pre-concert talks moderated by well-known Dutch cultural critics, a live VPRO Radio broadcast, film and live music collaborations, late night screenings of film and video, and panel discussions featuring authors from both countries, one of which will be recorded for later broadcast on CBC radio. With 36 Canadian artists represented, 29 of them present, SHIFT is the largest festival of Canadian art to take place in Europe in many years. Added to those numbers are 42 Dutch musicians, composers, filmmakers and writers, making SHIFT an exceptional cultural event.

SHIFT was conceived by Continuum’s Artistic Director Jennifer Waring during her Metcalf Foundation funded residency with Gaudeamus in 2005-06. At its root, the festival is an investigation of the bond between the two markedly different countries, created during the Second World War and through the subsequent wave of immigration to Canada, and provides a new perspective on the relationship. She writes, “The Netherlands is small, rich in human history, and still comparatively uniform in makeup; Canada is large, young as a modern state, and diverse in its population. In these rather obvious factors the countries are diametrically opposed, and to an expatriate – a privilege I had on and off over seven years – the contrast is a head-swiveling, breathtaking experience that can provoke hyperactive theorizing. But a base of common outlook and perception prevents total disorientation and makes comparison possible. Beyond these is an ineffable but strong affinity.”

SHIFT’s musical highlights include:

  • On November 18, a performance by the one of the world’s premiere new music ensembles, the ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, with internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan and conductor Etienne Siebens. The programme features premieres funded by The Canada Council for the Arts by James Rolfe and Michael Oesterle, as well as the Dutch premiere of Lettura di Dante by the late Claude Vivier and a new work by the young Dutch composer Corrie van Binsbergen;
  • On November 19, a performance by Quatuor Bozzini, twice winner of the Prix Opus from Conseil québécois de la musique featuring works by Canadian composers Martin Arnold and Michael Oesterle, and Dutch composers Richard Ayres, Hanna Kulenty and Martijn Voorvelt.
  • On November 20, a joint concert by Continuum and the Ives Ensemble. Recognized as leaders in new music in their respective countries, IE and Continuum premiere music written for the combined ensembles – Linda Bouchard (CA) (funded by the Canada Council for the Arts) and Guus Janssen (NL) (funded by Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten NFPK+) and for the separate ensembles – Makye Nas (NL) for Continuum, and Gyula Csapo for IE. Continuum also performs raW (by James Rolfe), winner of the 2006 Jules-Léger Prize. The concert will be broadcast live by VPRO Radio.

SHIFT features an ambitious programme of film and music collaboration in Notes on Composing: 5 collaborations in film and music, November 21. The result of a programming collaboration between Continuum Contemporary Music and The Images Festival, Notes on Composing features world premieres of five short films with live music performed by Continuum and violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein. Most of the collaborating artists had never met or worked together – as Images Festival Artistic Director Pablo de Ocampo writes, “these collaborations represent something of a leap in faith, or a dare on the part of all the parties involved.”

  • Winnipeg-based Guy Maddin (a multiple award-winner at local and international film festivals including Best Canadian Feature at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival for My Winnipeg) working with the brilliant British/Dutch composer Richard Ayres;
  • video artist Vera Frenkel (winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Canada Council Molson Prize, the Bell Canada Award for Video Art, the 2006 Governor General’s Award and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) working with acclaimed Toronto percussionist and composer Rick Sacks;
  • Canadian filmmaker Daïchi Saïto working with one of the originators of North American musical experimentalism, Montreal-based Malcolm Goldstein;
  • environmental biologist turned filmmaker Christina Battle working with Toronto composer Martin Arnold;
  • Toronto-based filmmaker and poet Clive Holden working with Rotterdam composer Oscar van Dillen.

The program will be repeated in Toronto on opening night of The Images Festival in April 2009.

SHIFT will also feature two nights of screenings of short films from Canada and The Netherlands, curated by The Images Festival and The Impakt Festival (Utrecht) respectively.

Programming for the literature component of SHIFT has been undertaken by Authors at Harbourfront Centre, with events in Amsterdam falling under the banner of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). In its 35 year history, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has presented more than 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries. The world-renowned IFOA, now in its 29th year, annually presents more than 100 authors – established and emerging – from around the world as part of an 11-day festival each October. IFOA Amsterdam is the first time an element of the Festival has been presented overseas. Events in both Amsterdam and in Toronto feature panel discussions in which Canadian and Dutch authors at different stages in their career open up new debates around literature, culture, and shared international perspectives. The line-up for Amsterdam is: From Canada: Dionne Brand (What We All Long For, Inventory), Lewis DeSoto (A Blade of Grass), Helen Humphreys (Wild Dogs, Coventry), Andrew Pyper (Lost Girls, The Killing Circle), and, as event moderator, Eleanor Wachtel (host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company). From The Netherlands: Gerbrand Bakker (The Twin), Lieve Joris (The Rebels' Hour), Lucette ter Borg (The Gift from Berlin), Anja Sicking (The Silent Sin), and, as event moderator, Michaël Zeeman (cultural correspondent for de Volkskrant). Canadian author Richard Clewes (Finding Lily) hosts all events. The discussion moderated by Eleanor Wachtel will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio. Continuum has worked with Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor to set up these author events.

Continuum Contemporary Music presents the work of emerging Canadian composers alongside works by established national and international composers in its concert series, at festivals, on tour, over the air waves and through recordings. The Chalmers Award-winning group has generated interdisciplinary projects with celebrated Vancouver choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz; Montreal video artist Ramona Ramlochand; and John Oswald. For l'Oreille Fine, Continuum combined new music and philosophy in concerts and a symposium wherein philosophers, poets and critics dealt with the subject of new music. Formed in 1985, Continuum has a core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion which is often varied and combined with electronics. The organization has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works from emerging and established Canadian composers; increasingly it commissions international composers. Continuum toured Canada in 1999 and Europe in 2003, and will be on tour again in the fall of 2008, with performances in Aberdeen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam and Huddersfield. It has released two CD's on its own label, recorded one for Centrediscs and has two CD projects in the works.

Established in 1987, The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. From Super-8 and hand-tinted celluloid to the latest video art, Images has presented thousands of films and media based projects in our 21+ year history. Images is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. We go out of our way and over the edge to provide Toronto with an annual extravaganza of image making. Attended by more than 30,000 people each year, Toronto’s 2nd oldest film festival is a critical forum for the independent media arts in Canada and around the world and provides artists with a supportive and professional forum in which to present their projects. Many influential media artists have been nurtured by Images’ willingness to embrace new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field. The Images Festival exhibits and encourages the work of artists producing film and video outside of mainstream commercial production, distribution systems and aesthetic conventions. In addition to the international competition programs drawn from submissions to the festival, Images includes artists' retrospectives, national and regional cinema spotlights, publishing projects, touring programs and special guest-curated sections.

The world renowned Authors at Harbourfront Centre programme is home to a weekly reading series (September to June), the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October) and, for younger readers, YoungIFOA (October), ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May) and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May). Established in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre's mandate is to present the world's most important and influential authors and distinctive new writers, Canadian and international, in a forum that celebrates books and writing. The programme provides Canadian authors with an internationally recognized platform on which to present their work, and fosters an awareness in its audiences of the variety and richness of writing from Canada and around the world. Since programming began, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has presented more than 5,000 authors, including 15 Nobel Laureates and countless other prize winners, on its stages. In 1980, the fledgling IFOA became the first international literary festival in North America. At that time it presented 18 poets over 6 days. Twenty-nine years later, IFOA continues to grow. The 2008 festival included nearly 70 public events, featuring writers of fiction, non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, graphic novels, and books for younger readers in a series of readings, interviews, and panel discussions. Annual special events include readings by the authors shortlisted for the three major Canadian fiction awards, the awarding of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, and a gala benefit to support of PEN Canada.

Continuum is supported through grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Metcalf Foundation's Strategic Initiatives programme; the SOCAN, Emerald and McLean foundations; by patrons Aurora Tewksbury Reford, Ann Southam and Christopher Des Brisay; by the accounting firm Newman & Sversky; and as well, through the generosity of many private donors.

SHIFT is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Muziek Centrum Nederland, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, the Consulate-General of The Netherlands, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Charles Street Video and a variety of individual and corporate donors.

For more information on SHIFT please contact Festival Coordinator Josh Grossman at (416) 924-4945 or , or visit .

Ticket prices will be posted shortly.

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La Coalition canadienne des arts souhaite la bienvenue au nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien

La Coalition canadienne des arts souhaite la bienvenue au nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien

Le 31 octobre 2008 - La Coalition canadienne des arts félicite M. James Moore, le nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, à l'occasion de sa nomination au Cabinet.

« Il nous tarde, a déclaré la coprésidente du Comité directeur de la Coalition, Anne-Marie Jean, de travailler avec le ministre pour faire respecter la garantie donnée par le Parti conservateur, à savoir que "les arts sont essentiels à notre pays et à nos collectivités." »

Durant la campagne électorale, tous les partis ont confirmé qu'ils attachaient une grande valeur au maintien d'une bonne qualité de vie pour les Canadiens et ils ont reconnu l'importance des arts et de la culture pour le Canada. « Nous croyons que des expériences artistiques et culturelles exceptionnelles et accessibles constituent une composante essentielle de cette bonne qualité de vie qui fait la réputation du Canada, a réitéré Mme Jean. Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec le gouvernement pour renforcer les programmes, les politiques et les investissements au chapitre des arts et de la culture qui visent à appuyer le secteur canadien des arts et de la culture, dont la contribution à notre PIB atteint 46 milliards de dollars. »

La Coalition canadienne des arts qui représente le plus grand consortium appuyant les arts, la culture et le patrimoine, réclame un financement accru au programme fédéral artistique et culturel. Une communauté des arts et de la culture florissante, soutenue par un financement adéquat du gouvernement fédéral, placera le Canada dans le peloton de tête des sociétés dont la stratégie de développement marie brillamment innovation, excellence, cohésion sociale et prospérité économique.

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Frédérick De Grandpré au GEMU

samedi 8 novembre 2008, 20H00
Maison de la Culture Mercier
8105 Hochelaga Mtl. Qc.
Spectacles gratuits avec laissez-passer

Suite à une prestation enlevante au Festival 3e Art ce printemps dernier à Mercier, Robert Prévost est de retour à la demande générale et propose IndigoSwingRumore. Ce concert met en scène 30 des meilleurs musiciens montréalais et présente des airs favoris arrangés de façon nouvelle et rafraîchissante. Pour cette occasion, Robert Prévost reçoit des invités de marque : Frédérick De Grandpré, Victoria Doyon et Hugo St-Cyr.

Le charme
crooner de Monsieur De Grandpré sera en effervescence alors qu'il interprètera avec le GEMU des succès popularisés par Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin et Harry Connick jr.. Il faut entendre Victoria Doyon — reconnue entre autres pour son travail vocal avec Garou colorer le swing de son empreinte très personnelle et voir Hugo St-Cyr jouer de la batterie jazz avec une passion epoustouflante!

Le GEMU présente un style à la croisée des musiques
d'aujourd'hui ; le big-band est présenté ici en version moderne et éclatée, entièrement revigoré. Le GEMU est reconnu comme étant un des ensembles les plus excitants de la scène montréalaise ; ce spectacle promet d'être excitant et exceptionnel... à ne pas manquer!!!

Le nombre de places est limité et les laissez-passer pour ce spectacle gratuit sont présentement disponibles à la Maison de la Culture Mercier.

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Trio Hochelaga en concert à Montréal le 10 novembre

De retour d’une tournée en Chine, le Trio Hochelaga est heureux de vous inviter à son prochain concert
présenté à Montréal à la Salle Redpath de l'Université McGill, le lundi 10 novembre 2008, à 20 h.

Au programme :
Joseph Haydn - Trio no 15, en sol majeur, Hob. XV
Théodore Dubois - Trio no 1, en do mineur
Félix Mendelssohn - Trio no 1, en ré mineur, opus 49

Coût des billets : étudiants 5 $ - adultes 20 $ (taxe incluse) - Billets en vente à la porte avant le concert.

Salle Redpath de l'Université McGill, 3461 McTavish, Montréal (Métro McGill)
Ce concert sera aussi présenté à Ottawa, le dimanche 9 novembre, à 15 h, au Pavillon Tabaret de l'Université d'Ottawa

Fondé en 2000, le Trio Hochelaga s’est très rapidement distingué sur la scène musicale canadienne comme l’un des plus importants ensembles de musique de chambre au pays. La violoniste Anne Robert, le violoncelliste Paul Marleyn, et le pianiste Stéphane Lemelin ont choisi de partager leur passion pour un répertoire de musique de chambre allant de l’époque classique à la musique d’aujourd’hui. Interprètes des grandes œuvres du répertoire, ils accordent une place particulière à la musique française, dont ils se donnent le mandat d’explorer les richesses méconnues.

Le Trio Hochelaga a dès ses débuts été invité à participer aux principaux festivals d’été de l’est du Canada, dont le Festival international de Lanaudière, le Festival international de musique de chambre d’Ottawa, le Festival of the Sound, et le Festival du Centre d’Arts d’Orford. En 2003, le Trio Hochelaga a créé le Triple Concerto de Jacques Hétu, avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal au Festival de Lanaudière. Parmi les faits saillants d’une tournée à Taiwan et au Japon en 2004, notons l’invitation à se produire avec le Tokyo New City Orchestra dans le Triple Concerto de Beethoven au Sumida Triphony Hall de Tokyo.

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Giorgia Fumanti en concerts au Québec pour le temps des Fêtes

Après avoir fait un malheur aux Jeux olympiques de Beijing

Giorgia Fumanti

nous revient pour une

série de concerts du temps des Fêtes!

Montréal, le 30 octobre 2008 – De retour à la maison après avoir électrisé des millions de Chinois à l’occasion de mémorables prestations livrées aux Jeux olympiques de Pékin et au Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival, voilà que l’envoûtante soprano québécoise d’origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti est à mettre au point les derniers préparatifs en vue d’une mini-tournée de concerts aux couleurs du temps des Fêtes, qu’elle s’apprête à effectuer dans quelques salles et églises de la Belle province. Une occasion en or (et… en art!) de voir et, surtout, d’entendre de près celle qui a désormais l’habitude de briller devant plusieurs milliers de spectateurs, sur les scènes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses au monde.

Si elle est des plus fières d’offrir prochainement aux Québécois un tout premier album de langue française (Je Suis, en magasin le 18 novembre), reste que son ultime plaisir réside dans ce partage d’émotions qu’elle vit avec son premier public, le public d’ici, lorsqu’elle ne fait qu’un avec la scène. Pour l’heure, les dates et les endroits suivants de cette « rentrée » québécoise ont été confirmés :

Le samedi 29 novembre | 20 h Église de la Purification

445, rue Notre-Dame, à Repentigny
Infos : Isba Music, Édith Provost 450.669.4088

Le dimanche 30 novembre | 15 h Église Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly

164, rue Martel , à Chambly
Infos : 450.658.1568 ou 819.679.0313

Le samedi 6 décembre | 20 h – Chapelle Saint-Édouard

364, Chemin Knowlton, au Lac Brome
Infos : 450.242.2870 Sans frais : 1.877.242.2870

Le dimanche 7 décembre | 15 h 30 – Église de Val-Morin

6149 rue Morin, à Val-Morin

Infos : Isba Music, Édith Provost 450.669.4088

Le dimanche 21 décembre | 19 h – Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne

866, rue Saint-Pierre, à Terrebonne

Billets en vente : À la billetterie du Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne
450.492.4777 – Sans frais : 1.866.404.4777

Par internet :, ou au 514.790.1245

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CCA applauds CRTC's decision to support Canada's cultural sector / La Conférence canadienne des arts se réjouit de la décision du CRTC d'appuyer la programmation canadienne

CCA applauds CRTC’s decision to support Canada’s cultural sector

The CRTC’s decision to support local Canadian programming clearly meets the requirements of Canada’s broadcasting legislation and Canadians’ desire, for more and better-funded Canadian programming, says Canada’s oldest and largest arts advocacy and cultural policy development organization, the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA).

“By strengthening cable and satellite companies’ financial commitments to Canadian content and enabling broadcasters in all but five locations to improve the local service they provide to Canadian audiences, the CRTC has acted to ensure that most Canadians will be able to hear and watch more high-quality programming made about Canadians, by Canadians and for Canadians,” said CCA’s National Director, Alain Pineau. “We are delighted that after so many years of deregulatory policies whose perverse result was to encourage increased spending on foreign imports at the detriment of programs made in Canada, the Commission is now acting to support and strengthen Canada’s cultural sector.”

Pineau also welcomed the CRTC’s clear desire for enforceable and enforced programming objectives. “Setting out measurable local programming targets in the CRTC spring 2009 TV licence renewal hearings is the most effective and efficient way to ensure that Parliament’s objectives for our broadcasting system are being met,” said Pineau. “CCA welcomes the Commission’s decision to act in light of the benefits its policy will bring to the economy through increased employment and opportunities for investment.”

CCA’s written and oral presentation to the CRTC focussed on the need for effective and efficient regulation in the public interest, and emphasized the importance of the cultural sector to the economy as a whole. According to a Conference Board of Canada report published in August 2008, every dollar of real value-added GDP produced by Canada’s culture industries, generates roughly $1.84 to Canada’s overall real GDP.

CCA’s mandate is to be the national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada; to provide research, analysis and consultations on public policies affecting the arts and the Canadian cultural institutions and industries; to foster informed public debates on policy issues; and to seek to advance the cultural rights of Canadians.

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La Conférence canadienne des arts se réjouit de la décision du CRTC d’appuyer la programmation canadienne

La Conférence canadienne des arts (CCA) estime que la décision du CRTC d’appuyer la production d’émissions locales canadiennes est conforme aux objectifs de la Loi sur la radiodiffusion et au désir des citoyens d’avoir accès à des programmes de qualité qui réflètent leur réalité proche.

Selon le directeur général de la CCA, Alain Pineau, « En reforçant les obligations financières des compagnies de câble et de satellite et en donnant aux diffuseurs partout sauf dans cinq localités les moyens d’améliorer leurs services locaux, le Conseil a fait en sorte que la majorité des citoyens pourront voir davantage de programmes de meilleure qualité, faits pour eux et près de chez eux. » M. Pineau a ajouté: « Nous sommes ravis qu’après tant d’années de déreglementation dont l’effet principal aura été d’augmenter l’achat d’émissions étrangères aux dépens de la production domestique, le CRTC agit maintenant de façon à renforcer notre culture nationale. »

La CCA se réjouit également de voir le CRTC adopter des mesures pour que les objectifs de programmation fixés soient effectivement respectés. « En établissant des cibles quantifiées de programmation lorsqu’il procédera au printemps 2009 au renouvellement des licences des diffuseurs privés, le CRTC a choisi la façon la plus efficace et efficiente de mesurer comment sont atteints les objectifs culturels que le Parlement canadien a fixés pour notre système de radiodiffusion », déclare Alain Pineau. « La CCA accueille avec satisfaction cette décision du Conseil qui entraînera de plus des bénéfices économiques en créant de l’emploi et des possibilités d’investissement. »

Les présentations de la CCA devant le CRTC étaient centrées sur le besoin d’une réglementation effective et efficace, visant l’intérêt public en général et reconnaissant l’importance du secteur culturel dans la société et l’économie canadienne. Selon une étude récente du Conference Board du Canada, chaque dollar de valeur ajoutée par les activités culturelles au pays contribue ultimement l’équivalent de 1,84 $ au produit national brut.

Le mandat de la Conférence canadienne des arts (CCA) est d’être le forum national de la communauté artistique et culturelle au Canada. Elle effectue des recherches, produit des analyses et fournit des expertises sur les politiques publiques concernant les arts, les institutions et les industries culturelles canadiennes. La CCA favorise et éclaire le débat public entourant les enjeux politiques et travaille à la promotion des droits des Canadiens en matière de culture.

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Canadian Arts Coalition Welcomes New Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Arts Coalition Welcomes New Minister of Canadian Heritage

October 31, 2008 - The Canadian Arts Coalition congratulates Mr. James Moore, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on his appointment to Cabinet.

"We are eager to begin working with the new Minister to fulfill the Conservative Party's assurance that 'the arts are essential to our country and our communities,'" says Anne-Marie Jean, co-chair of the Coalition's Steering Committee.

During the election campaign, all parties affirmed the value they place in continuing to provide a high quality of life for Canadians, and recognized the importance of arts and culture for Canada. "We believe that outstanding, accessible arts and culture experiences are an essential component of that high quality of life for which Canada is known," reinforced Jean. "We look forward to working with the government to strengthen arts and culture programs, policies, and investments to support the Canadian arts and culture sector, one that contributes $46 billion to our GDP."

The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada's largest consortium of arts, culture and heritage supporters advocating for increased federal investment in arts and culture. We believe that a thriving arts and culture sector, supported by adequate investment by the federal government, will place Canada at the forefront of a global society that values innovation, excellence, social cohesion and economic prosperity.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

NAC Orchestra to perform for 1,400 students and teachers

NAC Orchestra to perform for 1,400 students and teachers at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on November 4th

First concert ever by a major Canadian orchestra at CFB Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform a student matinee at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Field House on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. This will be the first time a major Canadian orchestra has performed at CFB Edmonton.

Media are asked to report to the front lobby of the Edmonton Garrison Military Fitness Centre on the corner of Range Road 244 and Mons Avenue at CFB Edmonton.

This event is part of the Ottawa-based Orchestra’s three-week Western Canada Tour featuring 13 concerts in 10 cities, as well as 135 education events in 27 communities from Victoria, to the Yukon, to Winnipeg.

During Tuesday’s concert, the NAC Orchestra will perform a program called Bravo Beethoven! for 1,400 students and teachers from the base’s Guthrie Elementary School as well as from other area schools. During the performance, students will be invited to sing and play along on recorders with the NAC Orchestra to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

This special concert will be led by the NAC Orchestra’s Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott, and will feature young Victoria-born violinist Nikki Chooi, as well as actor Peter Duschenes in the role of Ludwig van Beethoven.

While at CFB Edmonton, selected NAC Orchestra musicians will lead instrumental clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for musicians of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

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En route vers le 1er Gala de la musique à Québec

En route vers le 1er Gala de la musique de Québec…

Québec, le 30 octobre 2008 – La première rencontre d’information tenue par les producteurs du Gala de la musique de Québec (GMQ) s’est tenue le 19 octobre dernier à l’Impérial de Québec. Les membres présents ont pu prendre connaissance en détail du projet de gala pour la grande région de Québec et ont voté à l’unanimité pour la tenue du premier Gala de la musique ainsi que pour la mise sur pied d’une association pour les représenter. L’Association des professionnels en musique de la grande région de Québec (APMGRQ) vise à structurer le milieu de la musique à Québec et à rassembler ses artisans. Mme Annie Poulain, auteure-compositrice-interprète et musicienne professionnelle, est dès maintenant nommée présidente de l’APMGRQ.

Mme Poulain se fixe deux mandats principaux, soit de constituer un exécutif et de stimuler l’adhésion des membres à l’APMGRQ. « Il me fait plaisir de m’impliquer dans l’organisation de l’APMGRQ et du Gala. Le travail déjà fait est colossal et les idées qu’il contient sont porteuses pour le milieu de la musique de Québec. J’invite tout le monde à s’inscrire à l’APMGRQ et à mettre leur production en nomination. »

Une opportunité pour les musiciens et artisans de Québec…

L’APMGRQ, comptant 58 membres, invite les artistes, artisans, techniciens et groupes de musique à profiter du Gala de la musique de Québec pour se faire entendre en mettant leur travail, leur musique, leur album, leur clip et leur site Web en candidature. Pour participer à une des plus grandes réunions artistiques de Québec, les artisans intéressés ont maintenant jusqu’au 31 décembre 2008 pour s’inscrire au :

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Welcome Back Alice! Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall Re-opens With Two Weeks of Concerts & Events February 22-March 8, 2009

Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, one of New York's premier concert venues, has been closed since May 2007 for major renovations. It will reopen in mid-February 2009 with two weeks of performances designed to showcase the dramatically transformed space. Performances in a wide range of genres—chamber music, orchestral, opera, early music, world music, lieder and popular song, along with film and a site-specific sound installation—by world-renowned artists, are scheduled from February 22 through March 8, 2009. A total of 18 events, a number of them free, and the remainder with a $25 ticket price, will take place during the "Opening Nights" festival. Among the highlights are:

●"First Look," on February 22 with the Emerson String Quartet, Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI, pianist Leon Fleisher, Artist Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra, David Robertson conductor in a program of works of Sephardic traditional music, Bach, Stravinsky, Bartók and Osvaldo Golijov

●Lieder recital by Mark Padmore, tenor singing an all-Schubert program (February 25)

●U.S. premiere of Vladimir Martynov's opera Vita Nuova, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor (February 28)

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi, conductor, with two all-Beethoven evenings (March 1 and March 2)

●A new music concert by Alarm Will Sound, Bang On a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich & Musicians featuring four New York premieres and two world premieres—Lincoln Center commissions--by Caleb Burhans and Michael Gordon (March 3)

●Innovative American string quartet ETHEL in a site-specific composition by Phil Kline and sound artist Jody Elff (March 3)

●Opening night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series (March 5)

●An evening with popular songwriter/singer Stew, creator and star of the 2007 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Passing Strange. (March 6)

● "Night of World Music" featuring sitar virtuoso Ustad Shujaat Khan, multi-instrumentalist/ composer Karsh Kale, pianist Vijay Iyer, and bassist Jonathan Maron (March 7)