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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

World Première of One-Woman Cabaret

World Première of Carolyn Guillet's One-Woman Cabaret

Plucked, Hammered and Strung


How many poems, songs, films and plays have been written about love and yet we never tire of the subject in all its mystery. This fall Inifnithéâtre explores the topic, from two very different perspectives, both of them female. Running concurrently for two weekends at the Bain St-Michel with Carole Fréchette's John and Béatrice, is the world première of Carolyn Guillet's one-woman cabaret, Plucked, Hammered and Strung.


A woman, a piano, and five lovers. Six obsessive love songs. Nine dying fathers and a forgotten spouse or two. A theatrical performance event full of passion, lamentation and frivolity. Themes of yearning, absurdity and insanity are played out to the tune of Chopin's Funeral March and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. This is Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera meeting Aeschylus' Electra; a cross between Peggy Lee and Mozart improvising "Variations on the Theme of Love".


Juxtaposed with Fréchette's mythic fairytale, Guillet plays it close to the bone with this semi-autobiographical (or is it?) rendering of all the "first loves" of her life…so far. The piano, her closest confidante throughout, plays a major role in her life and the piece, as Carolyn weaves original songs as well as pop ballads and a few choice classical piano solos into the storyline. In an attempt to deal with the death of her father and the subsequent muddy resurgence of all her dead affairs, Guillet takes the audience though a labyrinth of fantasy and reality; funny, dark, brutal and touching. Dovetailing perfectly with the other two themes of Infinite's 2008 – 09 season, 'Hope' and 'Faith', Plucked, Hammered and Strung is a story of eternal renewal.


Regarding the issue of semi-autobiographical material, Guillet, the writer admits, "I steal things. And then I lie. I 'use' the truth, twist it just enough to make it entirely believable." However, Guillet, the actor, felt a little over exposed. "I thought the character was a little too close to the real me. But as the work developed, the characters multiplied and I got all these different names to play with, like different hats in a costume box. Every time she [the character] sits down at the piano, she's someone else…or a slightly different version of herself. I have to fall in love over and over…discover the pleasures of sex over and over again, as if for the first time."


Guillet, who is working on a sequel to her first original script, Seventeen [Anonymous] Women, entitled Seventeen [Particular] Men asked Diana Fajrajsl to dramaturge the work as she developed it through a CALQ grant. "Diana was indispensable. She kept me at it, kept me laughing, got me out of the mud and into a place of wit, clarity and elegance." Arianna Bardesono, an NTS graduate having just come off her successful directorship of Repercussion Theatre's The Tempest, is directing. Bardesono had attended a reading of Plucked at Playwright's Workshop Montreal and when she and Guillet met last summer at an international master class for directors in Ottawa, they hit it off.


OF SPECIAL NOTE: "Strung Out on Sushi" - an additional fundraising performance of Plucked, Hammered and Strung will be held on Monday, November 10th to raise money to support Infinithéâtre's ongoing mandate to discover, develop and produce Québecois writers. Sushi dinner at 6:00 PM with the performance following. For those enticed by the play AND keen to support local theatre, this is the perfect combo! Call Infinithéâtre for more info at (514) 987 – 1774.

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The American Federation of Musicians


THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR PASSING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT MEASURES

Passage of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act will Stem the Growth of Music Piracy and Protect AFM Members’ Hard Work

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) applauds Congress for passing the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property “PRO-IP” Act. This bill will greatly increase the federal government’s ability to fight music and video piracy and enforce intellectual property and counterfeiting laws. Music piracy and intellectual property theft represent some of the most serious threats to musicians, the music industry and AFM members. The AFM thanks Congress for its passage of the PRO-IP Act and its support for the creative community.

The AFM, working in a labor-management coalition, advocated for passage of the bill. The Senate unanimously passed the PRO-IP Act (S.3325) on Friday, September 26, and the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, 381 members voting for passage to 41 members voting against, passed the bill on Sunday, September 28.

The PRO-IP Act will increase penalties for copyright violations and counterfeiting. It will strengthen the government’s ability to enforce intellectual property and counterfeiting regulations by providing funding for additional FBI agents and Justice Department personnel dedicated solely to intellectual property protection and prosecuting those caught violating the law. Finally, the bill creates the position of Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the White House. This position is designed to coordinate the federal government’s intellectual property and counterfeiting enforcement operations across all departments and agencies.

About the AFM

Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO, is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. With more than 90,000 members, the AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. www.afm.org


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La jeune fille et la mort par Les Violons du Roy - 3 octobre 10h30 et 20h


La jeune fille et la mort
Série Grands Rendez-vous

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, chef d’orchestre


Vendredi 3 octobre, 20 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Québec)

Série chefs-d’œuvre du matin
Vendredi 3 octobre, 10 h 30
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Québec)

B. Britten Prélude et fugue pour 18 cordes, opus 29
B. Britten Variations sur un thème de Frank Bridge, opus 10
F. Schubert Quatuor en ré mineur « La jeune fille et la mort », D. 810
(Arrangement pour orchestre à cordes de G. Mahler)


Québec, le jeudi 11 septembre 2008 – La saison 2008-2009 des Violons du Roy s’ouvrira avec le premier concert de la série Grands Rendez-vous, le vendredi 3 octobre, 20 h, à la Salle Raoul-Jobin du Palais Montcalm. Pour l’occasion, Jean-Marie Zeitouni dirigera des œuvres de Benjamin Britten et l’un des chefs-d’œuvre du répertoire romantique, le Quatuor « La jeune fille et la mort » de Franz Schubert dans l’arrangement pour orchestre à cordes de Gustav Mahler. Cette dernière œuvre sera aussi donnée en matinée, à 10 h 30, dans le cadre de la série de concerts commentés Chefs-d’œuvre du matin.

La première partie sera consacrée à deux œuvres pour orchestre à cordes de Benjamin Britten, toutes deux composées pour un ensemble londonien réputé, l’Orchestre à cordes Boyd Neel. Le concert s’ouvrira avec le Prélude et fugue, opus 29, une œuvre qui met bien en lumière la virtuosité de chacun des musiciens, tous étant traités en soliste. Suivront les Variations sur un thème de Frank Bridge, opus 10 créées au Festival de Salzbourg en 1937. Dans cette série de variations, Britten rend hommage à son maître, Frank Bridge, mais surtout, il prend un plaisir évident à évoquer le style de nombreux prédécesseurs et contemporains, notamment Beethoven, Verdi, Rossini, Mahler, Ravel, Bach et Bartók. Cette œuvre destinée à faire briller l’orchestre contribua grandement à la célébrité du compositeur alors âgé de 24 ans.

En deuxième partie, Jean-Marie Zeitouni dirigera l’arrangement pour orchestre à cordes du Quatuor en ré mineur « La jeune fille et la mort » de Schubert, réalisé par Gustav Mahler dans le but de rendre plus accessible ce magnifique chef-d’œuvre. Mis en musique par Schubert en 1817, le court poème de Matthias Claudius, Der Tod und das Mädchen (la mort et la jeune fille) relate le dialogue entre une jeune fille effrayée et la Mort. Sept ans plus tard, le compositeur, alors confronté à sa mort prochaine, reprend son lied et s’en inspire pour créer son quatorzième et avant-dernier quatuor. Cette œuvre en quatre mouvements, portée par un souffle dramatique puissant, constitue sans contredit l’un des sommets de tout le répertoire romantique.

La Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec est le partenaire présentateur de ce concert. Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, est le diffuseur officiel des Violons du Roy. La saison 2008-2009 à Québec est présentée par Hydro-Québec, partenaire de saison à Québec.


Série Grands Rendez-vous : Cinq concerts d’envergure
Pour ceux qui aiment la diversité, la série Grands Rendez-vous propose cinq grands concerts où l’on pourra entendre des œuvres magnifiques telles La jeune fille et la mort de Schubert, La nuit transfigurée de Schoenberg, La messe de minuit de Charpentier et même de la musique klezmer. Truls Mork, Karina Gauvin, l’ensemble Kleztory et La Chapelle de Québec figurent parmi les invités de marque de cette série aux saveurs variées !


Série Chefs-d’œuvre du matin
La série Chefs-d’œuvre du matin est de retour, cette fois avec une offre de cinq concerts. Ces concerts commentés par les chefs et ponctués de démonstrations des musiciens permettent aux mélomanes d’enrichir leur expérience du concert. D’une durée d’environ 70 minutes sans entracte, ces concerts ont lieu en matinée à 10 h 30.


L’abonnement

Abonnez-vous à l’une des séries de la Saison 2007-2008 et profiter d’un rabais sur le tarif régulier et de nombreux privilèges. En vous abonnant avant le 3 octobre, vous courez la chance de gagner l’un des trois prix du concours « Trois chances plutôt qu’une ». Tous les détails sont disponibles dans la brochure de saison ou sur le site : violonsduroy.com.
Nouveauté : la formule Trio Découverte permet de créer votre série de 3 concerts parmi 14 grands concerts du soir et de découvrir ainsi la gamme variée du répertoire des Violons du Roy. Vous pouvez même choisir autant de trios que vous le désirez…
Le tarif 29 ans et moins de retour !
Un concert de haut niveau au même prix qu’un film, soit seulement 12,50 $.


Information et Réservation


Billetterie du Palais Montcalm
(418) 641-6040, poste 0
(418) 692-3026
ou www.billetech.com

Concerts à venir au Palais Montcalm :
Mardi 4 novembre à 10 h 30 : Flûte alors !
Concert commenté par Bernard Labadie,
Série Chefs-d’œuvre du matin
Mardi 4 novembre, à 20 h Flûte alors !
Avec Bernard Labadie, chef; et Maurice Steger, flûte à bec
série Bach avant-tout

www.violonsduroy.com

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PSO Kinderkonzert Series Begins October 20th


PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S KINDERKONZERT 2008-09 SERIES OPENS WITH "STRINGS: FOUR SEASONS," OCTOBER 20
Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) kicks off its popular Kinderkonzert series of the 2008-09 season with "Strings: Four Seasons" beginning October 20 and running through November 19.

The PSO String Quartet will guide kids aged 3-7 through the experience of how music can remind us of our surrounding environments. The PSO String Quartet, comprised of violin, viola, cello and double bass, will demonstrate how music can tell a story in much the same way as words and pictures. Various stringed instruments can conjure different seasonal weather patterns and their subsequent moods – the plucking of violin strings might make one think of a rain shower while the deep sounds of the double bass may being to mind a thunderstorm.

The "Strings: Four Seasons" program opens on October 20 at the Crooker Theater in Brunswick High School and then travels to nine other locations in Maine and New Hampshire for a total of 24 performances.

Kinderkonzerts are entertaining, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians where kids ages 3 - 7 can sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. School systems can coordinate the Kinderkonzert visit with Science and English Language Arts instruction in addition to Visual and Performing Arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine's Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $3 per person with advance reservation, $4 at the door (adult or child). For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128.

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PSO Kinderkonzert Schedule for Strings: Four Seasons:

October 20, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School

116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick

October 21, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

Gorham High School

41 Morrill Ave, Gorham

October 22, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30

South Portland High School Auditorium

637 Highland Avenue, South Portland

October 23, 2008 | 9:00, 10:00, 11:00

Olin Arts Center, Bates College

75 Russell Street, Lewiston

October 30, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30

Reiche Community School

166 Brackett Street, Portland

November 3, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30

Manchester Elementary School

17 School Street, Manchester, ME

November 7, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

Fairfield School

75 Beach Street, Saco

November 14, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30

Town & Country Motor Inn

Route 2, Shelburne, NH


November 18, 2008 | 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

Oxford Elementary School

79 Pleasant Street, Oxford, ME


November 19, 2008 | 10:30 *

Hear Me Now

New Gloucester, ME


* Sold out

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2009 JUNO Awards Submissions Start October 1st

Get in the Running for the 2009 JUNO Awards
- Call for Submissions Start on Wednesday, October 1st -

CARAS introduces new partnerships and
changes to category and voting guidelines

Toronto, ON (September 30, 2008) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2009 JUNO Awards open on Wednesday, October 1st; giving Canadian artists the opportunity to enter eligible works to be considered for the 38th edition of Canada's Music Awards. The 2009 Juno Awards Weekend will take place in Vancouver, BC, March 26-29, 2009.

This year, CARAS has introduced new category guidelines, voting criteria and an all-new partnership with YANGAROO to streamline the judging process. Using YANGAROO's patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) which is a secure, accessible and easy-to-use digital file transfer system, eligible submissions will be distributed electronically to judges during the voting period.

CARAS is also pleased to announce that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will be the official ballot accountants for the 2009 JUNO Awards.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Submissions for the 2009 JUNO Awards open October 1, 2008
  • Early-Bird deadline (to receive discounted submission rates) is October 22, 2008 before 5 p.m. (EST)
  • Final submissions for CRAFT Categories (5-39) must be received by
    November 12, 2008 before 5 p.m. (EST)
  • Final submissions for SALES Categories (3-4) must be received by January 7, 2009 before 5 p.m. (EST)

2009 eligibility applies to works released during the period between September 1, 2007 to November 12, 2008. For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, voting criteria and submission forms, go to www.junoawards.ca.

Along with the announcement of submission dates and deadlines, CARAS has also introduced significant changes to several JUNO Awards categories effective for 2009.

Voting Criteria Changes: Nominations for Artist of the Year and Group of the Year will now be determined based on split criteria of 50% sales and 50% Academy member votes, with the winner decided by a final Academy members' vote.

Category Crossover: Aboriginal Album of the Year* and Contemporary Christian /Gospel Album of the Year can now cross over into another genre category (provided the album meets the specific genre category criteria). *Aboriginal Album of the Year is now a FULL album category. Single track submissions will no longer be considered for this category.

Voting: To receive voting ballots for 2009 Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Artist of the Year, participants must be current CARAS members as of December 1, 2008. For all other member-voted categories, voters must be current CARAS members prior to February 1, 2009. Registrations received after this date will be ineligible to vote for the 2009 JUNO Awards.

Sponsors of The 2009 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver and Radio Starmaker Fund.

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 38th Annual JUNO Awards or the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (CARAS) please visit our websites at
www.carasonline.ca and www.junoawards.ca.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Yuli Turovsky conducts I Musici de Montreal


The VSO Presents Yuli Turovsky and I Musici de Montréal

Vancouver BC – I Musici de Montreal is one of Canada’s top chamber orchestras, specializing in Chamber and Baroque. The VSO is proud to present them, with their founding director, Yuli Turovsky, for the opening concert of the Bach & Beyond series in a perfect baroque concert: the music of Bach and Handel. I Musici de Montreal performs at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts on October 10th and 11th.

“Turovsky, a man of high passion”

--The Montreal Gazette

“I Musici de Montreal is a decidedly virtuoso group”

--South China Morning Post, Hong-Kong

Founded by cellist and conductor, Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that specializes in Baroque repertoire. Maestro Turovsky has joked that back in 1983, he purchased a few batons on sale while in New York City and decided that since he had these new batons, he needed an orchestra to conduct. With this new goal, he went back home and founded I Musici de Montreal. This string orchestra is now celebrating its 25th anniversary and performs over one hundred concerts annually at home and abroad.

I Musici de Montreal visits Vancouver as part of their Western Canadian Tour, which also includes performances in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. The VSO presents them for the first concert of the 5-concert Bach & Beyond series, while the VSO is on its Asia-Pacific Tour.

CONCERT INFO

Bach & Beyond Series

The VSO Presents I Musici de Montréal

Friday, October 10, 8pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Saturday, October 11, 8pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Yuli Turovsky, conductor

I Musici de Montreal

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op.6, No.1 in G Major

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op.6, No.4 in A minor

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, No.12 in B minor

JS Bach Goldberg Variations

Tickets: $35 to $59 (Senior, Student and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available from Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311, VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434, or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

The VSO’s Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By:

The Chan Foundation of Canada

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

Radio Sponsor:

600AM

BIOGRAPHIES

Yuli Turovsky, conductor

Born in Moscow, dynamic and visionary conductor Yuli Turovsky began studying the cello at age 7. He continued his studies at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Galina Kozulupova and in 1969 received First Prize in the USSR Cello Competition. After graduating, he toured the world as a member of the celebrated Moscow Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Rudolph Barchai.

After immigrating to Canada and establishing himself in Montréal, Yuli Turovsky formed I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra in 1983. An ensemble of 15 strings with a repertoire that extends from the baroque to the contemporary, I Musici de Montréal performs over 100 concerts per year throughout the world.

I Musici de Montréal

Founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that performs a vast repertoire extending from the Baroque to the Contemporary. The orchestra presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world, including three series in Montreal. This extraordinary amount of activity places I Musici de Montréal among the most important touring orchestras in Canada. Since its beginnings, I Musici de Montréal has released more than 40 CDs for the Chandos and Analekta Record Labels that are distributed in more than 50 countries around the world.

These recordings have won the orchestra and Maestro Turovsky many awards, including a Diapason d’Or for their 1988 recording of Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony and a 1992 Penguin Guide Rosette for their Concerti grossi, opus 6 by Handel. I Musici de Montréal’s recording of Handel has since become a reference recording of the highest standard. In December of 1998, the Conseil québecois de la musique gave two Opus Awards to the orchestra for Recording Event of the Year and Best Recording - contemporary music for a CD grouping works by Gorecki, Pärt and Schnittke. In August 2001, BBC Music Magazine named as their CD of the Month I Musici de Montréal’s 40th CD, a recording of Miaskovsky, Schnittke and Denisov, naming it “Pickof the month”. In 2007, the orchestra won the Opus Award for their latest record Shostakovich’s Circle and was nominated for a Juno Award.

In 1999, I Musici de Montréal was awarded the Grand Prix by the Montreal Urban Community for their exceptional contribution to music presentation in and around Montreal. In 2004, the Orchestra and Maestro Turovsky received a uniquely special award for International performances presented by the Conseil québécois de la musique. This award saluted the 20th anniversary of the orchestra and the whole work that made the reputation of the orchestra throughout the years.

Under the dynamic and visionary direction of Maestro Yuli Turovsky who also performs as cello soloist with the orchestra, I Musici de Montréal has performed in some of the greatest halls in the world: New York’s Lincoln Center, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Kioi Hall in Tokyo and Philharmonie in Luxemburg, among others. Public enthusiasm and critical acclaim underlining the precision, cohesion and virtuosity of their performance as well as the brilliant and distinctive sound of the orchestra confirm I Musici de Montréal’s importance on the world’s musical stage.

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NACO, Oct. 9-10: Measha Brueggergosman


Measha Brueggergosman sings Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Bolcom cabaret songs with the NAC Orchestra on October 9 and 10

Ottawa (Canada) – Marvellous Measha Brueggergosman, Canada’s soprano sensation, returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra to sing *Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a musical interpretation of an elegant memory poem by James Agee (poet, novelist and scriptwriter of The African Queen), as well as three cabaret songs by William Bolcom. These opening concerts of the Bostonian Bravo Series on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. in the NAC’s Southam Hall are led by young American conductor James Gaffigan making his NAC debut. Gaffigan will also lead the NAC Orchestra in Rossini’s Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

James Gaffigan says, “This program is like the perfect dinner, the audience gets a taste of everything, without getting too full. A Rossini overture is the ideal appetizer in a concert program; it whets the appetite with loads of charming humour and unexpected drama in just eight minutes time. Measha then takes the stage with two contrasting but equally engaging vocal works. The first being the elegiac Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber, followed by the effervescent cabaret songs of Wiliam Bolcom. These pieces will show the depth of diversity in these American composers as well as in Measha’s interpretive abilities. After intermission, the orchestra shifts gears to the classical meat and potatoes in Beethoven’s first symphony. This work combines the intensity often associated with the composer, as well as passages of alluring beauty.”

The cabaret songs by William Bolcom – “George”, “Total Stranger in the Garden” and “Amor” – will be heard in new orchestrations by the composer performed live for the first time in Canada after being recorded by Measha Brueggergosman on her Juno Award-winning Deutsche Grammophon recording entitled Surprise! She says, “What these songs do so brilliantly is to create highly theatrical mini-dramas in which the music is borne out by the texts – not the other way around. It’s catching the sly mix of the casual and the formal in these songs that is their particular challenge.”

Critically acclaimed by the international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for a sovereign stage presence far beyond her years, Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. Her appearances this season include performances with Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Miami, and at Carnegie Hall. She has performed several times with the NAC Orchestra, most recently this past July during “Orchestras in the Park”.

James Gaffigan, born in 1979, is the Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of CityMusic Cleveland, a chamber orchestra which presents free concerts throughout the city. His appearances as a guest conductor have included appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Tonhalle Orchestra, and this season he makes his debut with, among others, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony as well as the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for these Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $86.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC’s website at www.nac-cna.ca.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

*Measha Brueggergosman requested a change of programme. The Barber and Bolcom will be performed in place of the previously announced Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz.

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Prix Zof du partenariat 2008 : appel aux candidatures

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Prix Zof du partenariat 2008 : appel aux candidatures

Prix Zof 2008 Création de l'artiste Donald Doiron
Prix Zof 2008
Création de l'artiste Donald Doiron
Ottawa, le 29 septembre 2008 - Pour une 6ème année, la Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF) s'associe au gouvernement du Québec pour honorer un partenariat gagnant entre un organisme du Québec et un organisme des communautés francophones et acadienne dans le domaine des arts et de la culture. Le Prix sera remis en 2008 en marge du Forum sectoriel des arts et de la culture qui se tiendra du 20 au 21 novembre à Québec.

Si vous connaissez un organisme québécois et un organisme des communautés francophones et acadienne qui oeuvrent dans le domaine des Arts et de la Culture; qui, ensemble, contribuent à promouvoir la francophonie et qui, par leur(s) initiative(s) commune(s), renforcent les liens entre le Québec et la francophonie canadienne, faites-nous en part en remplissant le formulaire de candidatures sur notre site www.fccf.ca , rubrique Prix Zof.

Un jury, composé de représentants du gouvernement du Québec et du secteur des Arts et de la Culture de la francophonie canadienne se réunira pour sélectionner la meilleure initiative qui se sera distinguée par la qualité et l'originalité du partenariat ainsi que par son impact sur le réseautage des arts et de la culture entre le Québec et les communautés francophones et acadienne.

Les candidatures doivent parvenir soit par courriel à info@fccf.ca , par courrier au 450, rue Rideau - Bureau 405 - Ottawa K1N 5Z4 ou encore par télécopie au (613) 241-6064 au plus tard le 3 novembre 2008.

D'ores et déjà, nous tenons à remercier toutes celles et ceux, qui par l'envoi des candidatures, contribuent à faire connaître la richesse et la diversité des initiatives de la francophonie au Canada.

La Fédération culturelle canadienne-française est un organisme national dont la mission est de promouvoir l'expression artistique et culturelle des communautés francophones et acadienne. Elle réunit des représentants de sept regroupements nationaux en théâtre, en littérature, en chanson-musique, en arts médiatiques et en arts visuels, ainsi que des représentants de onze provinces et territoires du Canada.


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Pink Martini Show Announcement


SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT:

PINK MARTINI RETURNS TO TORONTO

FOR A ROY THOMSON HALL PERFORMANCE

Friday, June 19 at 8 PM

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Sept. 30 at 10 AM; to the Public on Oct. 4 at 12 NOON

$69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

The fabulous Pink Martini, “beautiful and sophisticated,” as declared by The New Yorker, returns to Toronto after a highly successful debut on March of 2008. In writing about the group’s last appearance in March, the Toronto Star wrote, "Pink Martini represents all that Toronto aspires to - sophistication, cosmopolitanism, and a type of delight that sometimes involves dressing up and carousing…with its heterogeneous tastes and facility in languages, the pop orchestra might have sprung from our own diverse metropolis, but hails instead from Portland, Oregon.” And the National Post wrote, "Like the cocktail they're named after, Pink Martini packs a punch when you get past the frothy sweetness…It's music to dress up for, in heels and pearls; music that gets the ballroom buzzing."

The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” was founded in 1994 by Lauderdale, a Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist, to perform at political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In the years following, Pink Martini grew from four musicians to its current twelve, and has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada and the United States. In the US, the band has performed with such symphony orchestras as the Boston Pops, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and special engagements have included the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall; the opening party of the New York Museum of Modern Art; and the 100th birthday celebration for the William Morris Agency with soul legend Al Green.

“Pink Martini is like a romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940s or ‘50s – but with a global perspective which is modern,” says founder and artistic director Thomas M. Lauderdale. “We bring melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something which is new and beautiful. All band members have studied different languages and music from different parts of the world, so because everyone in the band contributes in the writing and arranging of songs, the repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you are suddenly in a French music hall of the 1930s or in a palazzo in Napoli. It’s like an urban musical travelogue,” says Lauderdale.

Pink Martini’s debut album, Sympathique, was released in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog) and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. Seven long years later the high-anticipated follow-up, Hang on Little Tomato, was released and climbed to #1 on Amazon.com’s best sellers list. A new CD is in the works (details to come before the June concert date), but until then, Pink Martini’s last album was Hey Eugene!, released in May 2007. This recording is a twelve-track sonic journey that travels the globe with uplifting songs of hope and beauty. The title track “Hey Eugene,” an audience favourite for years, is delivered with sultry grace by lead singer China Forbes, who wrote the song about a boy she met at a party who asked for her number and then never called.

PINK MARTINI

Friday, June 19, 2008 at 8 pm / Roy Thomson Hall

178 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets $69.50-$49.50
- Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

www.masseyhall.com


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OSM / les concerts du mois d'octobre

October at the OSM

Great violinists at the OSM:

Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Itzhak Perlman

5 to 8 is back

with Hubert Reeves and André Robitaille

Pianist Alain Lefèvre in the land of the tsars (sold out)

Tribute to musical creativity

and

Symphonic Matinees: two OSM musicians in the spotlight

Montreal, September 24, 2008: The programming for the month of October at the OSM will appeal to a huge audience. On October 1, the last chance to hear remarkable violinist and Grammy Award–winner Joshua Bell perform The Red Violin Concerto written by John Corigliano. An American composer, Corigliano won an Oscar in 1999 for the soundtrack to the film The Red Violin. The concerto, conducted here by Jacques Lacombe, is an expansion of the soundtrack and incorporates some of the more memorable themes of the original score. At intermission, Joshua Bell will be in one of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier lobbies for a record-signing session.

The popular series 5 to 8 at the OSM opens on October 7 when astrophysicist and scientific popularizer Hubert Reeves shares his musical selections with the audience. Hosted by actor André Robitaille and led by OSM conductor in residence Jean-François Rivest, the 5 to 8's at the OSM are a pleasant way to wind up the day in music.

As part of the Air Canada Classical Escapes series, well-known pianist Alain Lefèvre will perform Rachmaninov's celebrated Second Concerto at a concert on October 14 conducted by Jean-François Rivest and devoted entirely to masterpieces of Russian music. In addition to Rachmaninov, the program features Prokofiev, Borodin and Stravinsky.

Canadian violinist and Grammy winner James Ehnes revisits the OSM and conductor in residence Jean-François Rivest on October 5 with one of the most beloved works in the violin repertoire, the Sibelius Concerto. On October 29, the OSM presents Tribute to musical creativity. Conductors Walter Boudreau and Susanna Mälkki will lead the Orchestra and violinist Chantal Juillet in a program bringing together works by five composers of our time: Paul Frehner, André Prévost, György Ligeti, Steve Reich and Claude Vivier.

On October 21 and 22, violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman will perform and conduct Johann Sebastian Bach's Violin Concerto BWV 1042. He will also conduct Mozart's "Haffner"Symphony as well as Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. Finally, on October 15, the audience will get to hear OSM concertmaster Richard Roberts and principal oboe Theodore Baskin in a concerto Bach wrote for the two instruments, among other works. Also on the program, Dvořák's Symphony No. 5.

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

THE OCTOBER CONCERTS:

October 1 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Joshua Bell and The Red Violin. Jacques Lacombe, conductor; Joshua Bell, violinist. At 7 p.m.: pre-concert discussion: Kelly Rice welcomes Ramon Humet.

October 5 at 2:30 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Musical Sundays: James Ehnes and the Sibelius Concerto. Jean-François Rivest, conductor; James Ehnes, violinist. At 1:30 p.m.: pre-concert discussion: Kelly Rice welcomes Joseph Zuskin, Gilles Moisan and Olivier Thouin.

October 7 at 7 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) 5 to 8 at the OSM: Hubert Reeves' choices. Jean-François Rivest, conductor. At 5:30 p.m.: cocktail reception (Piano Nobile).

October 14 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Air Canada Classical Escapes: From the Land of the Tsars. Jean-François Rivest, conductor; Alain Lefèvre, pianist. At 7 p.m.: recital by a young pianist (Piano Nobile).

October 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Symphonic Matinees: OSM Stars in the Spotlight. Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor; Richard Roberts, violinist; Theodore Baskin, oboist.

October 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Perlman Plays and Conducts. Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violinist.

October 29 at 8 p.m. (Théâtre Maisonneuve) Non-series concert: Tribute to musical creativity. Walter Boudreau and Susanna Mälkki, conductors; Chantal Juillet, violinist.

Information on the month's concerts:

Grand Concerts:

Joshua Bell and The Red Violin

Violinist Joshua Bell, winner of a Grammy Award and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, hailed by critics and acclaimed by the public, revisits the OSM in The Red Violin Concerto by John Corigliano. The work, in four movements, dedicated to the memory of the composer's father, concertmaster with the New York Philharmonic for nearly a quarter-century, is an extension of the soundtrack to the movie The Red Violin, which won an Oscar for best original score in 1999. The composer first extracted a Chaconne, a concert piece performed on disc by Joshua Bell, but wanted to expand it into an impassioned, romantic violin concerto. The work was premiered and recorded by Joshua Bell last year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is being presented in Montreal for the first time.

Jacques Lacombe, principal guest conductor at the OSM from 2002 to 2006, whose career was rewarded in 2005 with the Prix Opus for his reputation abroad, also revisits the Orchestra's musicians in Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, one of the most remarkable orchestral works of the 20th century.

Opening the program, Ramon Humet, winner of the Olivier Messiaen Prize at the first edition of the OSM International Composition Prize, offers a premiere, Escenas de viento.

There will be a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m.: Kelly Rice, producer-coordinator and host on CBC Radio Two, will welcome Ramon Humet, composer.

Grand Concerts

September 30 and October 1 at 7 p.m.: pre-concert discussion

September 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m.: concert

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jacques Lacombe, conductor

Joshua Bell, violinist

Ramon Humet Escenas de viento, world premiere, OSM commission

John Corigliano The Red Violin Concerto

Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Musical Sundays:

James Ehnes and the Sibelius Concerto

Violinist James Ehnes, winner of a Grammy Award in 2008, returns to the OSM and conductor in residence Jean-François Rivest in the Sibelius Concerto, one of the most magnificent and most difficult for the instrument, with its many virtuoso passages. The concerto is bookended by works by Shostakovich: a short piano piece orchestrated by Joseph Zuskin and an imposing symphony, the Eighth, which evokes the tragedy and horrors of war, and which aspires to a tranquil peace. In its depth, its expressive intensity, its wealth of feeling and its epic properties, the work is one of the most personal and powerful the composer created, and one of his best loved.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be a pre-concert discussion: Kelly Rice, producer-coordinator and host on CBC Radio Two, will welcome Joseph Zuskin, orchestrator, Gilles Moisan, clarinettist and saxophonist and Olivier Thouin, OSM associate concertmaster.

Musical Sundays

October 5 at 1:30 p.m.: pre-concert discussion

October 5 at 2:30 p.m.: concert

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jean-François Rivest, conductor

James Ehnes, violinist

Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue, Opus 87, No. 24 (orch. Zuskin)

Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto

Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

5 to 8 at the OSM:

Hubert Reeves' choices

Special moments of after-work relaxation, 5 to 8 at the OSM, hosted by actor and veteran host André Robitaille, is an original way to end the day. Musical discovery joined to pleasures of the palate, this one-hour concert conducted by Jean-François Rivest, the OSM's conductor in residence, will lead the audience into the rich universe of the inspiring astrophysicist and scientific popularizer Hubert Reeves. In addition, audience members can mix with other music fans when, starting at 5:30 p.m., tidbits and fine wines are served in the Piano Nobile starting at 5:30 p.m.

5 to 8 at the OSM

October 7 at 5:30 p.m.: cocktail reception at Piano Nobile

October 7 at 7 p.m.: concert at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jean-François Rivest, conductor

Érik Satie Gymnopédie No. 1

Gilles Tremblay Vers le soleil, excerpt

Felix Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jean Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela

Arnold Schoenberg Transfigured Night, excerpt

Maurice Ravel Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

Tickets from $38.50

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Air Canada Classical Escapes:

Pianist Alain Lefèvre in the land of the tsars

Alain Lefèvre, a standard bearer of the romantic repertoire, will be performing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, certainly the most renowned concerto of the 20th century, a tormented, passionate and particularly lyrical work. The program also includes Borodin's captivating Polovtsian Dances, the suite from Stravinsky's magnificent ballet The Firebird, excerpts from Prokofiev's opera War and Peace and the grand-scale 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, everything under the direction of OSM conductor in residence Jean-François Rivest.

At 7 p.m. there will be a recital at the Piano Nobile by a young pianist.

Air Canada Classical Escapes

October 14 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Jean-François Rivest, conductor

Alain Lefèvre, pianist

Sergei Prokofiev Overture from War and Peace

Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Alexander Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Igor Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Symphonic Matinees:

OSM Stars in the Spotlight

Two of the first chairs of the OSM, concertmaster Richard Roberts and principal oboe Theodore Baskin, are soloists for a program focusing on concerto works. Richard Roberts will first perform a jewel of Mozart's before yielding to Theodore Baskin in a concerto by Bellini, both works of great elegance and lyricism. The two musicians will then share the stage in the Bach Concerto BWV 1060, a work of great polyphonic richness and emotional range. Dvořák's intense Symphony No. 5 will conclude the program.

Symphonic Matinees

October 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor

Richard Roberts, OSM concertmaster

Theodore Baskin, OSM principal oboe

Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio for Violin, K. 261

Vincenzo Bellini Oboe Concerto in E-flat major

Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 5

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Grand Concerts:

Perlman plays and conducts Bach, Mozart and Prokofiev

One of the true stars of the violin, Itzhak Perlman is one of those exceptional artists who touch the hearts of audiences around the world, through his remarkable technique but above all thanks to the profundity with which he conveys the subtleties of the repertoire. Here he will be both soloist and conductor in a program consisting of Bach's Violin Concerto BWV 1042 – a work in which the writing and the architecture are subtle and contained – Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, a work of powerful epic spirit.

Grand Concerts

October 21 and 22 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violinist

Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 35, K. 385, "Haffner"

Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

Non-series concerts:

Tribute to musical creativity

Since the very first years of the OSM's existence, steady attention has been brought to bear on the creation of new works. A number of these have over the years become the classics of today. This concert, to begin with, will mark the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the Violin Concerto by André Prévost, performed by its dedicatee (and the violinist who premiered it), Chantal Juillet. Orion by Claude Vivier, a composer the 60th anniversary of whose birth and 25th anniversary of whose death are being noted in 2008, was commissioned and premiered by Charles Dutoit and the OSM in 1980. The American Steve Reich, meanwhile, is represented by his City Life. We will also hear Lontano by György Ligeti, as well as Lila by Canada's Paul Frehner, a work that won its author the Claude-Vivier National prize at the OSM's International Composition Prize in 2007. Walter Boudreau, artistic director of the SMCQ, and Susanna Mälkki, music director of the prestigious Ensemble Intercontemporain de Paris, share this unique and bold program, which eloquently demonstrates the vitality of contemporary creativity.

Non-series concerts

October 29 at 8 p.m.

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Walter Boudreau, conductor

Susanna Mälkki, conductor

Chantal Juillet, violinist

Paul Frehner Lila

André Prévost Violin Concerto

György Ligeti Lontano

Steve Reich City Life

Claude Vivier Orion

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514-842-9951 or www.osm.ca

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is presented by Hydro-Québec

in association with National Bank

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