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Friday, May 29, 2009

WSO Remembers Max Tapper

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is saddened to recognize the passing of former WSO Executive Director Max Tapper.
Tapper came from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to serve as Executive Director from 1985 to 1991, before moving on to become Managing Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure at the WSO, Tapper is credited with hiring Artistic Director Bramwell Tovey as well and the WSO’s first Composer-in-Residence Glenn Buhr. Together with Tovey and Buhr, he worked to establish the organization’s world-renowned New Music Festival.
“We are very saddened to learn of his passing. He was a brilliant negotiator and a terrific salesman and he brought an intense passion to his work with the orchestra. Our condolences go out to his family on behalf of the musicians,” said Principal Harp and board member Richard Turner.
A service will be held for Tapper on Sunday (May 31) at 2 pm at Cropo Funeral Chapel.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Coup d'envoi des travaux de l'Adresse symphonique 9

Culture Montréal se réjouit du coup d'envoi donné aux travaux de l'Adresse symphonique, lieu qui abritera l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Longtemps attendu par les citoyens et par la communauté artistique montréalaise, l'édifice sera voisin d'un ensemble de lieux à vocation culturelle présents dans le Quartier des spectacles, un des carrefours artistiques de la métropole, et viendra y ajouter une nouvelle dimension.

Le projet architectural de l'Adresse symphonique semble confirmer la volonté de l'OSM de se doter d'un lieu ouvert à la population et propice à de nouvelles expériences. L'engouement pour cet orchestre profondément aimé des Montréalais et reconnu internationalement n'est plus à prouver. Nul doute que ce dernier saura rapidement conférer une âme et une histoire propres à sa nouvelle résidence.

Par son soutien au projet d'Adresse symphonique, le gouvernement du Québec affiche de nouveau son adhésion au projet de Montréal, métropole culturelle et son désir de constituer un partenaire important du Plan d'action 2007-2017, où le développement d'infrastructures culturelles de qualité côtoie le soutien aux artistes et créateurs ainsi que l'accessibilité aux arts et à la culture pour tous les citoyens.


Fondé en 2002, Culture Montréal est un mouvement citoyen et non partisan dont le mandat est d’affirmer le rôle central des arts et de la culture dans toutes les sphères du développement de Montréal. Par le biais d’activités d’analyse, de communication, de recherche et de concertation, Culture Montréal contribue à édifier l’avenir de Montréal, métropole culturelle. L’organisation bénéficie du soutien de ses membres, du ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, de la Ville de Montréal, de la Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal et du Cirque du Soleil.

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The VSO's Exciting Season Finale!

The VSO’s Season Finale is a real barn-burner: Carl Orff’s extraordinary masterpiece Carmina Burana is a musical setting of medieval poetry, from the sacred to the profane, from devotional love and piety to drinking songs and debauchery! It also happens to be one of the wildest live concert experiences you can possibly have. Combined with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, this concert is a magnificent Season Finale for Lower Mainland audiences, and a prelude to the excitement of the 2009/2010 Season!

Maestro Bramwell Tovey wields the baton in this massive concert that features soprano Laura Whalen, tenor Colin Ainsworth, baritone Hugh Russell, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus. Concerts take place on Saturday and Monday, June 13th and 15th, 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre.

Carmina Burana was German composer Carl Orff’s first and greatest success. It is a scenic cantata composed between 1935 and 1936 based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection of the same name. In 1803, at the monastery of Benediktbeuern in Upper Bavaria, musicologist J. A. Schmeller discovered a manuscript collection of lyrics, dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and eventually published it in 1847. The polite side of the collection includes six plays based on the Christmas, Passion and Easter mysteries. The earthier part contains some 200 drinking songs, love lyrics and recruiting songs.

When Orff came across the manuscript in 1935, he saw in it the ideal vehicle to express the kind of basic, uncomplicated human emotions he had in mind. Choosing two dozen poems from the collection, with the assistance of Michel Hofmann, he matched them with equally direct music, featuring simple yet striking rhythms, melodies and harmonies. “It’s not sophisticated, not intellectual,” he wrote, “and the themes of my work are themes that everyone knows…There is a spiritual power behind my work, that’s why it is accepted throughout the world.” The premiere took place in Frankfurt on June 8, 1937.

The illuminated pictures that accompanied the original poems intrigued Orff virtually as much as the words. The cover showed luck as a revolving wheel, blindly governing people’s destinies. Orff begins his Carmina Burana with a grandiose hymn, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Luck, Empress of the World), saluting this inscrutable, unpredictable concept. O Fortuna is one of the grandest statements in all of music, and has become famous world-wide. This extraordinary music from the beginning of Carmina Burana has been used in movies, commercials, and in sports arenas around the world as a trigger for creating feelings of drama and thrilling anticipation. Primo vere (In Springtime), follows. It deals, mostly in quiet, mysterious fashion, with the anticipated arrival of that season. Joy eventually breaks forth as Spring itself appears. It is celebrated in the section entitled Uf dem anger (On the Green).

The next segment, In Taberna (In the Tavern) salutes the juice of the grape in riotous fashion. The tenor soloist, singing in falsetto, takes the role of a swan roasting slowly and sadly on a spit. The baritone is an Abbot who launches the men of the choir into a rollicking ode to drink.

Cour d’amours (Court of Love) brings several of Orff’s loveliest, most lyrical moments. The soprano solo In trutina (In the Balance) a glowing anticipation of fulfillment, is a particular highlight. After the ecstatic fervor of Blanziflor et Helena (Blanchefleur and Helen, the principal characters in a medieval romance), Orff’s ode to luck returns, to close Carmina Burana as majestically as it began.

Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms was commissioned in 1929 by conductor Serge Koussevitzky, for the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He used this opportunity to realize a project he had been considering for some time: a setting of selected Biblical Psalms for chorus and orchestra.

“I began with Psalm 150,” Stravinsky wrote. “After finishing the fast-tempo sections, I went back to compose the first and second movements…The first movement, Hear my prayer, O Lord, (Psalm 39) was composed in a state of religious and musical symbolism in any of my music before The Flood. It consists of an upside-down pyramid of fugues.

“The Allegro in Psalm 150 (Finale of the Symphony) was inspired by a vision of Elijah’s chariot climbing to the heavens; never before had I written anything quite so literal as the triplets for horns and piano to suggest the horses and chariot. In setting the words of this final hymn, I cared above all for the sounds of the syllables, and I have indulged my besetting pleasure of regulating prosody in my own way.”

Stravinsky, who had become a regular communicant of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1926, inscribed the score of Symphony of Psalms “To the Glory of God.” The orchestration includes enlarged wind and brass sections, but excludes violins and violas.


Masterworks Diamond Series:

Carmina Burana!

Saturday & Monday, June 13 & 15, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Laura Whalen, soprano

Colin Ainsworth, tenor

Hugh Russell, baritone

Vancouver Bach Choir

Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Orff Carmina Burana

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

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4th Rolandseck Chamber Music Festival Brings World-Class Musicians to the Rhine 14-23 July 2009

This year internationally successful musicians will be travelling to the Rhine in order to perform at the Chamber Music Festival in the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck. Hélène Grimaud, Lisa Batiashvili, Sol Gabetta, Christiane Oelze, Elena Bashkirova, Guy Braunstein, Emmanuel Pahud and Paul Meyer are among the artists.

Guy Braunstein, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is the festival's artistic director. Chaim Taub, former concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will be in charge of the festival's master class.

Seven concerts will take place during the ten-day long fourth festival season when 34 artists will perform chamber music of the 20th and 21st century.

Hélène Grimaud and Guy Braunstein will open the festival on 14 July. On 20 July the young musicians of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra will present the programme perfected during Chaim Taub's master class. For the first time the soprano Christiane Oelze will be taking part in the festival. On 21 and 23 July she will be singing pieces by Wagner, Berg and Mahler.

Guests visiting the Bahnhof Rolandseck concert hall which seats 200 people can look forward to a most diverse programme. The repertoire of the five standard concerts and two special concerts extends from Mozart and Brahms to Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dvorak. Particular focus has been placed on orchestral works and operas in partly new chamber musical arrangements. Guy Braunstein adapted both the prelude and Isoldes Liebestod from Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde for soprano, violin, viola, violoncello, wind quintet and double bass. Ohad Ben Ari wrote an arrangement on Strawinsky's orchestral suite The Firebird for strings and wind quintet. Yoel Ghamzou concentrated on Mahler's Rückert Lieder for voice and piano. The resultant composition is a nonet.

The revival of the master course tradition is a highlight of this year's festival. The Rolandseck summer courses took place annually from 1982 to 1996 at Bahnhof Rolandseck. During these years they represented a unique combination of both festival and master class. Chaim Taub, former concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernhard Greenhouse, co-founder of the Beaux Arts Trio were the main teachers. Young musicians aged between ten and twenty who were mostly from Israel were being tutored while famous musicians were performing. The courses were concluded by concerts featuring the participants.
Formerly classes were largely dominated by young Israeli musicians, but this year 14 members of Daniel Barenboim's West Eastern Divan Orchestra from Israel, the Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iran, Egypt and Turkey will be instructed by 84-year-old Chaim Taub. This enterprise occurred in cooperation with the Barenboim Said Foundation.

Halfway through the festival on 19 July, guests will be invited to enjoy a relaxing boat trip. This almost mandatory cruise will also serve as a venue for Guy Braunstein and Gili Schwarzman's civil wedding ceremony. (Gili Schwarzman is a festival participant and a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra).

The following artists will be performing at the 4th Rolandseck Festival:
Maja Avramovic, Guy Braunstein, Lisa Batiashvili, Daishin Kashimoto (violin), Amihai Grosz, Ori Kam (viola), Sol Gabetta, Zvi Plesser, Kyrill Zlotnikov (violoncello), Nabil Shehata (double bass), Elena Bashkirova, Hélène Grimaud, Eric Lesage (piano), Emmanuel Pahud, Gili Schwarzman (flute), Francois Leleux (oboe), Chen Halevi, Paul Meyer (Klarinette), Chezy Nir (horn), Gilbert Audin (bassoon), Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Tickets for the Rolandseck Festival concerts can be purchased at +49(0)2228 942516, the Arp Museum's ticket desk and the ticket agencies of Bonnticket and Koblenzticket.

Special concert 14 July 2009: 45 EURO/reduced tickets 30 EURO
Special concert 20 July 2009: 45 EURO/reduced tickets 30 EURO
Single ticket for subscription concerts: 35. EURO/reduced ticket 20 EURO
Subscription for five subscription concerts: 120 EURO
Tickets purchased in connection with a subscription are transferable.
Boat trip: 35 EURO, including snacks and drinks – no reductions

Visit for programme information.

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
Hans-Arp-Allee 1
53424 Remagen -Rolandseck

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Toronto Music Garden celebrates its 10th anniversary season with free concerts and dance performances and two world premieres

This year, the Toronto Music Garden celebrates its 10th anniversary of outstanding free performances in a unique setting, and popular garden tours. Summer Music in the Garden 2009 will see the return of many favourite Music Garden performers from the past 10 seasons, while more than 30 artists will make their Music Garden debut.

From June 28-September 20, Summer Music in the Garden presents 20 free outdoor concerts and dance performances involving more than 90 artists in total. This year's eclectic lineup includes five dance performances, ranging from Korean to Baroque to contemporary. Two dances will be world premieres: one by choreographer Carol Anderson featuring dancer Claudia Moore on Sept. 3, and another by Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company with multimedia composer Tom Kuo, on Sept. 10.

The concerts take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm and on most Sundays at 4pm. The free tours of the Toronto Music Garden, led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden, return for another season, taking place on Wednesdays at 11am, June 3-September 30, and on Thursdays before every concert at 5:30pm from July 2-September 10. Admission to the park and all its programming is free.

Both Summer Music in the Garden and the guided tours are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and with the generous support of Toronto Culture, Margaret & Jim Fleck, George Dembroski, David Graham, Sandra & Jim Pitblado and William & Phyllis Waters. Renowned Canadian composer Ann Southam has generously commissioned the new dance by Carol Anderson to music by J.S. Bach (Sept. 3); Harbourfront Centre has commissioned Leika, by Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company and multimedia artist Tom Kuo, which receives its world premiere on Sept. 10. Summer Music in the Garden is curated for Harbourfront Centre by Artistic Director Tamara Bernstein.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the waterfront at 475 Queens Quay West (on the water's edge side), between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. The Garden is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its current programmes, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 416-338-0338 or visit


All concerts are approximately one hour long (except where noted) and take place weather permitting. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Sunday, June 28, 4pm
Shauna and Friends

Renowned Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston leads six outstanding student cellists from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music in music by Elgar, Massenet, Kreisler and others, arranged for cello solo, duo, and ensemble. As a prelude, Barbara Croall (cedar flutes and First Nation drum) and Anita McAlister (trumpet and conch shell) perform Croall's Calling from Different Directions, which was composed for the Music Garden in summer 2008. Calling from Different Directions is a short, arresting piece that invokes the four sacred directions, bringing together instruments from different cultural "directions": trumpet, conch shell, traditional cedar flutes and First Nations hand drum.

Thursday, July 2, 7pm

This exuberant Toronto ensemble returns with traditional Korean drumming and dance—rooted in nature; transplanted to Canada.

Sunday, July 5, 4pm
Orfea and the Golden Harp

Theatre Cotton Robes presents their delightful adaptation of the Orfeo myth for the whole family. A little girl shoulders her golden harp and journeys to the Underworld to bring her beloved grandfather back to life; along the way we hear music from 400 years of opera, including Monteverdi, Mozart and Offenbach. Performed by baritone Lawrence Cotton, soprano Brooke Dufton and pianist Rachad Feizoullaev. (For information about Theatre Cotton Robes, visit

Thursday, July 9, 7pm
Quartets with a Past

The Kirby String Quartet presents four classical works that look back to earlier composers: Beethoven's Quartet Op. 74, Mendelssohn's Capriccio Op. 8, Brahms' Quartet Op. 67, third movement, and Stravinsky's neo-classical Concertino. Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman (violins), Max Mandel (viola), Carina Reeves (cello).

Thursday, July 16, 7pm
Moonlight, Mountains and Flowing Streams: Voices of Ancient China

The China Court Trio performs music from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Wen Zhao, (pipa – Chinese lute), Yongli Xue, (zheng – Chinese zither), Yu Cheng Zhang (bowled clay flute and vertical flute). (For information about Wen Zhao, visit

Sunday, July 19, 4pm
Does This Drum Make My Brass Sound Big?

The brass and percussion sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada return with a delightful, varied programme that showcases outstanding young Canadian musicians. (For information about the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, visit

Thursday, July 23, 7pm
Another knock at the door

Toronto's Shiraz Ensemble presents a heady brew of Persian art music and original compositions. Yashar Salek (Daf/Dayereh), Nima Rahmani (Santoor), Saeed Kamjoo (Kamanche), Araz Salek (Tar), Shahin Fayaz (Rabab). A co-presentation with Small World Music.

Sunday, July 26, 4pm
Oiseaux Interurbains/Migratory Songflutes

Alison Melville performs acoustic and electronic music from the 12th to 21st centuries, for various flutes, recorders and recorded sound, including works by Bach, Telemann, Hildegard of Bingen, Jacob van Eyck, Peter Hannan, Linda C. Smith, Ben Grossman and the performer. (For information about Alison Melville, visit

Thursday, July 30, 7pm
Behind the Masques

The period musicians of Toronto Masque Theatre, with renowned Montreal dancer-choreographer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, reveal different faces of baroque dance—courtly, theatrical, grotesque. Lacoursière will also perform several baroque dances reflected in the design of the Music Garden. "[Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière] has set a new standard for historical dance in Toronto."—Robert Everett-Green, reviewing Toronto Masque Theatre in the Globe and Mail, April 25, 2009. (For information about Toronto Masque Theatre, visit

Thursday, August 6, 7pm
Strong and Free

True North Brass returns with a programme that will delight and dazzle. Raymond Tizzard and Richard Sandals (trumpets), Joan Watson (French horn), Alastair Kay (trombone) and Scott Irvine (tuba). (For information about True North Brass, visit

Sunday, August 9, 4pm
Passage to India

Singer Bageshree Vaze and tabla virtuoso Vineet Viyas perform classical North Indian ragas, along with classically-based songs from early Bollywood. (For information about Bageshree Vaze, visit and for information about Vineet Viyas, visit

Thursday, August 13, 7pm
Coming out of Hayd'n

The Cecilia String Quartet performs the Quartet in C Major, Op. 74 No. 1, by the "father of the string quartet," Joseph Haydn, and the sparkling, newly discovered String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major by French composer Theodore Dubois (1837-1924). Sarah Nematallah and Min-Jeong Koh (violins), Caitlin Boyle (viola) and Rebecca Wenham (cello). (For information about the Cecilia String Quartet, visit

Sunday, August 16, 4pm
Utopian Voices

In the early baroque, fans of the renaissance cornetto and the newly perfected violin duked it out over which instrument was closest to the human voice. Happily, we don't have to choose when the virtuosi of FOLIA—baroque violinist Linda Melsted and cornettist Kiri Tollaksen—perform glorious music by Castello, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli and others. With Borys Medicky, harpsichord.

Thursday, August 20, 7pm
"My Unrest": Yiddish Songs for a New Day

Grammy-nominated singer Adrienne Cooper (New York) and world-renowned pianist Marilyn Lerner (Toronto) perform music from their new CD: settings of Yiddish modernist poems on love, longing, war and migration by contemporary composers including Sarah Gordon, Frank London, Fima Chorny and the performers. (For information about Marilyn Lerner, visit

Sunday, August 23, 4pm
Accordions for a Weill

Four virtuoso accordionists—Ina Henning, Eugene Laskiewicz, Joseph Macerollo and Alexander Sevastien—perform a wide-ranging programme of music, from Bach to Piazzola. Mezzo-soprano Ali Garrison joins Henning in songs by Kurt Weill, and accompanies dancer-choreographer Claudia Moore in Moore's touching dance, For Heddy, to the Brecht/Weill song, Nana's Lied. "Heddy was my dear grandma from Germany who loved parties, was a fabulous cook and worked at the Broadway Market in Buffalo. She lived to be 97. Nana's Song makes me think of her and inspired me to make this dance."—Claudia Moore

Thursday, August 27, 7pm
Echoes of Ancient Boundaries

In ancient Japan, village boundaries extended as far as the sound of their taiko drums carried. The thrilling sounds of Toronto's outstanding taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu (formerly known as the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) transcend the boundaries of East and West, past and present. (For information about Nagata Shachu, visit

Sunday, August 30, 4pm
Percussion from a Suitcase

Find out what happens when a percussionist—the spectacular Aiyun Huang of Montreal—creates a programme for which all the instruments fit into her suitcase! Music by Matthew Burtner, Alvin Lucier, Javier Alvarez, Roberto Sierra, Georges Aperghis and John Adams. (For information about Aiyun Huang, visit

Thursday, September 3, 7pm
Bach at Dusk – With Claudia

Winona Zelenka continues her journey through Bach's six suites for solo cello. This summer, she performs the Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major for solo cello; for the last three movements of the piece (Sarabande, Bourree I and II, and Gigue), Ms. Zelenka is joined by dancer Claudia Moore in the world premiere of a new work by choreographer Carol Anderson. The dance has been generously commissioned by renowned Canadian composer Ann Southam.
Please note: This is a 30-minute concert due to early sunset. (For information about Winona Zelenka, visit (For more information on Claudia Moore, visit

Thursday, September 10, 7pm

In a new work commissioned by Harbourfront Centre, Andrea Nann Dreamwalker Dance Company and multimedia composer Tom Kuo reveal hidden secrets of the Music Garden through music, dance and interactive play. Please note: This is a 30-minute concert due to early sunset. Pre-performance audience participation encouraged from 6:30-7pm. (For information about Andrea Nann, visit

Sunday September 20, 4pm
The Sanssouci Quartet

This exciting new Boston-Toronto quartet on period instruments performs Boccherini's Quartet in D Major and Mozart's Quartet in D Minor, K. 421. Abigail Karr and Karina Fox (violins), Sarah Darling (viola), Kate Haynes (cello). And to close: a reprise of Barbara Croall's Calling from Different Directions, performed by Anita McAlister and the composer. (See June 28 concert.)

Guided tours begin at 11am on Wednesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Pre-concert guided tours begin at 5:30pm on Thursdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 6, 13, 30, 27; September 3, 10.

Visitors are invited to take a free 45-minute walking tour led by Toronto Botanical Garden tour guides. Tours start in the west end of the Garden in the Prelude section. Self-guided 70-minute audio tours (English only) hosted by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy are also available for a rental fee of $5 (free rentals for children). Private group tours are also available ($5 per person). For reservations, call 416-397-1366 or visit

The Toronto Music Garden is one of Toronto's most enchanted locations. The Garden was conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and designed by Boston-based landscape artist Julie Moir Messervy. Its design interprets Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the Garden: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue. A unique and magical venue, the Toronto Music Garden is the only garden/park in the world known to be directly inspired by a specific piece of music.

The Toronto Music Garden opened in 1999; concerts have been held there every summer since 2000. Since 2001, the concerts have been produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto, under the artistic direction of Tamara Bernstein. The Garden itself is lovingly maintained by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, as well as volunteers.

The Toronto Music Garden, located on Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina Avenue, is easy to reach by public transit. From Spadina Station take the 510 (Union Station) streetcar south. From Union Station take the Harbourfront LRT (509 or 510 streetcar) going west from inside Union Station. Call the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-4636 for transit information.

FOCUS: Shift
Harbourfront Centre wants you to shift gears.

What does it mean to change your perspectives on idea, explore new ways of approaching an old notion or to literally shift gears? From June to September, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "shift" throughout its programming. How does an ever-changing culture influence the lives and experiences of artists? What happens when we view the world from a different vantage point? What can be learned from migration, relocation and transformation?

Harbourfront Centre: Change perspectives.

SHIFT is part of an ongoing focus in programming. Our Lens. Your View.

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L'Adresse symphonique : un écrin de prestige ...

Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

L'Adresse symphonique :
un écrin de prestige digne de notre métropole culturelle

Montréal, 28 mai 2009 - La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain s'est permis des applaudissements nourris à l'occasion du coup d'envoi officiel de la construction de l'Adresse symphonique.

« Élément important dans le nouveau Quartier des spectacles, la nouvelle maison de l'OSM était un projet attendu depuis longtemps. Le lancement officiel des travaux de construction constitue donc une excellente nouvelle. Ce chantier vient donner un élan supplémentaire à l'embellissement de ce secteur du centre-ville. À terme, l'OSM disposera d'une salle qui mettra pleinement en valeur les talents qui composent l'orchestre. Et dès aujourd'hui, notre économie profitera des effets stimulants de ce projet important », a déclaré le président et chef de la direction de la Chambre, Michel Leblanc.

« Dans la période de ralentissement que nous connaissons, il est crucial que les intentions d'investissement se traduisent rapidement par des travaux concrets sur le terrain. Voilà pourquoi le coup d'envoi des travaux de l'Adresse symphonique - en plus de la contribution future de l'édifice à la qualité de la vie culturelle montréalaise - constitue aujourd'hui une intervention très profitable à l'économie de la métropole et du Québec », a poursuivi Michel Leblanc.

« Force est de reconnaître que le projet qui est en train de se concrétiser est des plus inspirants. Montréal se retrouvera avec un écrin de prestige, à la mesure du talent de ses artistes et de nos ambitions de métropole culturelle. Nous sommes impatients d'avoir la chance d'y entendre maestro Nagano y diriger un premier concert », a conclu Michel Leblanc.

La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain compte quelque 7 000 membres. Sa mission est de représenter les intérêts de la communauté des affaires de l'agglomération urbaine de Montréal et d'offrir une gamme intégrée de services spécialisés aux individus, aux commerçants et aux entreprises de toutes tailles de façon à les appuyer dans la réalisation de leur plein potentiel en matière d'innovation, de productivité et de compétitivité. La Chambre est le plus important organisme privé au Québec voué au développement économique.

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Experience the inimitable glory of operatic self-delusion that is Florence Foster Jenkins while supporting the inimitable glory that is Edmonton Opera with Shadow Theatre's June 4th production of Glorious! The evening begins with complimentary refreshments at 7pm, followed by a 7:30pm performance, both at the Varscona Theatre (10329 83 Avenue). Tickets, available by calling 780-424-4040 ext. 231, are $60*, and proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Edmonton Opera directly.

Peter Quilter's Glorious! tells the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the 1940's eccentric and enthusiastic soprano whose voice left much to be desired. Possessing a voice of extraordinary volume but minimal beauty, she is determined to share her gifts with the rest of the world… Whether it wants them or not. This hilarious and heart-warming comedy takes audiences though the sonic glory of her charity recitals, extravagant balls, bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall, and sets out to prove real talent may only be a secondary concern in becoming a world famous performing artist.

Florence was a New York legend: a lady who believed she was blessed with a divine voice and that it was her duty and pleasure to delight her friends and later, the public, with her arias. Sadly, her voice, though powerful, rarely stayed on pitch or hit the correct note, making her renditions discordantly appalling - yet strangely appealing.

Glorious! premiered in September 2005 in England, was at least the third play about Florence. In November 2005, it transferred to London's West End, where it ran for more than 200 performances, and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy. More than 20 countries worldwide have produced the hit show in 13 languages. Shadow Theatre's production is directed by Wayne Paquette, stars Leona Brausen, Coralie Cairns and Darrin Hagen, featuring set and lights by April Viczko, costumes by Brian Bast, production management by Scott Peters and stage management by Elizabeth Allison.

"As a comic tribute to bullet-proof joie de vivre and boilerplate self-confidence, it's hard to fault... Glorious! is pitch perfect." --Sun Herald

"A huge hilarious surprise...delightful and heart-warming... Glorious! is aptly named."

Warning: Glorious! contains bad singing.

For information about the benefit performance of Glorious! or the 2009-2010 Edmonton Opera season, call 780-424-4040 ext. 231 or visit

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Tickets Now On Sale for PORTopera’s 15th Anniversary Gala Concert, July 30

Tickets are now on sale for PORTopera's 15th Anniversary Gala Celebration Concert to be held Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. PORTopera, Maine's only professional opera company, enjoys its 15th anniversary with special events throughout the summer, including the grand opera concert featuring a full orchestra and singers from past productions. The concert takes place at Merrill Auditorium (20 Myrtle Street, Portland).

Directed by PORTopera's Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn, the concert will be conducted by Robert Moody, celebrated Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Featured singers for the concert include PORTopera past guest artists: Pamela Armstrong (soprano), Heather Johnson (mezzo-soprano), Sandra Lopez (soprano), Michael Mayes (baritone), Lauren McNeese (mezzo-soprano), Jan Opalach (bass-baritone), and Gaston Rivero (tenor).

Some of the planned arias and duets planned for the Anniversary Concert are: "Si. Mi Chiamano Mimì" from Puccini's La Bohème, "Un bel dì" and the "Flower Duet" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the "Habanera" and "Toréador's Song" from Bizet's Carmen, and "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Tickets for the PORTopera Anniversary Concert range from $38 to $100 plus PortTix handling fees, and may be purchased at, by calling (207) 842-0800, or by visiting the PortTix box office Monday through Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the concert and other PORTopera 15th anniversary events, visit .

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Quatuor Bozzini : annulation concert 5 et 6 juin 2009

Le Quatuor Bozzini est au regret d'annoncer l'annulation du dernier concert de sa saison montréalaise, alt:neu, les 5 et 6 juin 2009 au Monument national, pour cause d'accident.

Ce concert tournant autour du théâtre musical de Mauricio Kagel, avec des créations de Jennifer Walshe et Eliav Brand, est reporté en janvier 2010.

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L'Opéra de Montréal sous les étoiles

Jeudi le 4 juin à 20h, l’Opéra de Montréal présente Lucia di Lammermoor en direct de l’opéra sur écran géant extérieur.

La projection a lieu à l’Esplanade de la Place des Arts et l’entrée est libre.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

23e Festival International Nuits d'Afrique

13 jours de spectacles et d'activités pour toute la famille


« Kassav' a des attaches profondes avec l'Afrique. Nous n'oublions jamais que nos ancêtres en sont originaires. Nos nombreuses visites sur la terre de nos aïeux nous ont permis de confirmer la filiation musicale et de prendre la mesure de l'héritage reçu ». Ces propos de Jocelyne Beroard et Jacob Desvarieux, membres du célèbre groupe antillais et respectivement marraine et parrain de cette édition 2009, résument très bien une des missions que le Festival International Nuits d'Afrique s'est donnée dès ses tout débuts: montrer à quel point de nombreux styles musicaux, aux quatre coins du monde, ont été et sont encore influencés par les rythmes du continent africain. Chaque jour, ceux qui la pratiquent permettent à la musique d'évoluer, de repousser les frontières. Cette nouvelle édition du Festival international Nuits d'Afrique témoigne non seulement de la diversité des cultures mais, plus que jamais, de la richesse des métissages que rien comme la musique ne peut générer.

Du 14 au 26 juillet, les cœurs (et les tympans!) vibreront au rythme des sons d'ascendance africaine. Plus de 50 spectacles en salle et à l'extérieur, près de 500 chanteurs, danseurs et musiciens sur scène, des artistes originaires de 29 pays différents qui brassent les cultures et réinventent la Culture: le Festival international Nuits d'Afrique cuvée 2009 réserve bien des surprises.


Série Grands événements

Leur nom, incontournable, est synonyme de succès sur la scène internationale des musiques du monde.

Rebelle dans l'âme, Sergent Garcia (France / Espagne) a inventé son propre style musical, la salsamuffin, un mix de sons latinos et urbains et des propos souvent engagés. Groupe phare de la scène rock orientale depuis près de 15 ans, l'Orchestre National de Barbès (France / Algérie / Maroc) est à l'image du quartier parisien dont ils tirent leur nom: en marge des conventions. « Oriental Roots », le titre du dernier opus de Jimmy Oihid (Algérie) en dit beaucoup sur ses intentions musicales: un mix explosif de chaâbi, gnawa, arabo-andalou, R&B, funk et reggae. On ne présente plus Kassav' (Martinique / Guadeloupe). L'inventeur du zouk, qui a révolutionné le mot « fête » célèbre ses trente ans de carrière.

Série Grande première

Malgré leur notoriété, leur talent, le prestige de leur formation, ils ne se sont encore jamais produit à Montréal.

Le projet Umalali (Belize) met en vedette les chants traditionnels des femmes Garifuna, ponctués de touches de jazz, de funk, de rock et de blues. La musique de Novalima (Pérou) est ancrée dans leurs racines et pigmentée de reggae, d'afrobeat, de son, de hip-hop ou encore de salsa.

Série Prédilection

Ils portent une véritable affection à Montréal et Montréal le leur rend bien. On a toujours beaucoup de plaisir à les revoir sur scène.

Accompagné de Djely Mory Tounkara, Balla Tounkara (Mali) joue et se joue de sa kora, relookant les rythmes de son pays natal de notes jazz, funk et reggae. Révélation du festival 2004, Maria de Barros (Cap Vert) ensoleille la musique capverdienne par une interprétation sensuelle, fraîche et baignée de soul des morna et coladeira traditionnelles.

Série Découvertes

Ils sont la relève des musiques du monde. Leurs prestations sont animées de la fougue des premières grandes expériences.

Influencés par leurs origines et par la mosaïque culturelle marseillaise, les membres de Watcha Clan (Algérie/ France / Maroc) mêle adroitement chaâbi algérien, musiques électroniques, hip-hop et rythmes est-européens. L'un est un joueur de Banjo et l'autre griot virtuose de la kora ; la musique a rapproché Jayme Stone (Ontario) et Mansa Sissokho (Mali) . Folk sud-africain, pop, blues, jazz, le tout mâtiné de rock: la musique de FreshlyGround (Afrique du Sud) est à l'image des membres du groupe, moderne et métissée.

Série Rythmes d'ailleurs, gens d'ici

La scène locale des musiques du monde est à la fois fertile et d'un dynamisme époustouflant. Le Festival international Nuits d'Afrique est l'événement de ces artistes gorgés de talent.

Neev (Maroc / Québec) imprègne sa musique de sa riche culture occidentalo-orientale. Syli d'Or de la musique du monde 2009, Aboulaye Koné et Bolokan (Côte d'Ivoire / Québec) explorent la musique ouest africaine sous toutes ses coutures. Une touche de jazz, un touche de classique, des beats caribéens, avec Makaya Jazz (Haïti / Québec), les notes de la gamme se déclinent en une symphonie de couleurs. Le son « made in » Intakto (Chili / Québec) oscille entre l'intensité nordique et l'exaltation latine, entre la rigueur des traditions et la liberté de création. Liées par leurs voix chaleureuses et leurs rythmes métissés, Joanne Griffith (Antilles / Québec) et Empress Deeqa (Somalie / Québec) se partagent une soirée spéciale « Rythmes au féminin ». Rythmes sérères, sons wolofs, ambiance du Fouta et instruments traditionnels sont au cœur de la musique résolument acoustique de Oumar Ndiaye Xosluman (Sénégal / Québec). Jonglant avec la musique traditionnelle brésilienne, le reggae, le funk et les musiques africaines, Rommel Ribeiro (Brésil / Ontario) étonne par son style unique.

Fait à noter, les prestations de plusieurs des artistes de cette série sont présentées au festival suite à la performance exceptionnelle qu'ils ont donné dans le carde de la 3e édition des Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde, qui se veut être la seule distinction musicale créée pour les artistes de la musique du monde à Montréal. Il s'agit de: Aboulaye Koné et Bolokan percussions (Syli d'Or), Oumar Ndiaye Xosluman (Syli d'Argent), Xlim (Syli de Bronze) et Neev (Syli d'Honneur pour l'ensemble de son travail).

Les étoiles de Nuits d'Afrique – le rendez-vous des concerts nocturnes.

Lors de ces rencontres exploratoires inédites, Taafé Fanga (Afrique de l'Ouest / Québec) invite plusieurs groupes d'origines différentes à partager son répertoire de chants traditionnels, ses rythmes colorés et ses danses endiablées.

Taafé Fanga, avec Habana Café (Cuba / Québec), retrouvera les racines africaines de la musique cubaine ; avec Estacao Da Luz (Brésil / Québec), les festivaliers auront droit à un mix de sons percussifs parmi les plus puissants au monde ; avec Laeticia Zonzambé (Centre-Afrique / Québec), ils feront la preuve que les rythmes traditionnels africains sont au cœur des rythmes modernes ; avec Oumar Ndiaye Xosluman, ce sera une rencontre 100 % mandingues où les instruments traditionnels seront à l'honneur.

Cadeaux de cette série spéciale, la rencontre inusitée de Tapa Diarra et Balla Tounkara (Mali / Québec), deux griots dépositaires de l'histoire de leurs familles respectives et donc d'un large pan culturel du Mali.

Taafé Fanga clôturera cette série, et le festival, dans une prestation aussi impressionnante qu'énergisante mariant kora, balafon, chants, djembés et doundouns dans une effervescence sonore aux arrangements modernes.

Ces six soirées spéciales, possibles grâce au soutien du Conseil des arts du Canada et de TV5, sont gratuites pour tous ceux qui détiennent un billet du Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 2009.


Les 23, 24, 25 et 26 juillet, bye ! bye ! Place Émilie-Gamelin (carré Maisonneuve, Berri, Ste-Catherine, St-Hubert), bonjour le Village des Nuits d'Afrique (carré Maisonneuve, Berri, Ste-Catherine, St-Hubert): une ambiance qu'on ne retrouve nulle part ailleurs qu'en Afrique, dans les Antilles ou en Amérique Latine ; un lieu d'effervescence où on baragouine pour le plaisir avec les commerçants du Marché Tombouctou, rivalisant d'ingéniosité pour vendre leurs boubous, percussions et autres produits de beauté et bijoux traditionnels ; un espace convivial où on s'assoit sur la terrasse aménagée à cet effet ou dans l'herbe, « à la bonne franquette », pour déguster un poulet grillé sauce yassa, plat typique du Sénégal, un bœuf jerk épicé à la mode jamaïcaine, ou encore une crème glacée aux saveurs exotiques.

Mais surtout un véritable bouillonnement culturel où l'on chante et danse avec des artistes de tous horizons qui les uns à la suite des autres, sans arrêt, occupent la grande scène Loto-Québec pour des spectacles et ateliers diversifiés.

Cette année en grande nouveauté…. une toute nouvelle série que vous pourrez découvrir sur la grande scène Loto-Québec: «Nuits D'Afrique sous les Etoiles »
La notoriété acquise par la programmation extérieure du Festival International Nuits d'Afrique au fil des ans, et particulièrement depuis que la durée de cette portion majeure du festival a été prolongée, a incité les Productions Nuits d'Afrique à créer une série de concerts qui soit le pendant artistique de la série des « Grands événements » en salle. C'est ainsi qu'est née la série de concerts « Nuits d'Afrique sous les Etoiles ». Celle-ci met de l'avant des artistes internationaux de grande envergure tels des coups de cœur incontournables, des valeurs sûres ainsi que des découvertes qui font déjà beaucoup parler d'elles au niveau planétaire.

Au programme pour cette première édition : Trois formations « Coup de Cœur » dont l'identité sera révélée en temps et lieu, le son typiquement guadeloupéen des tambours du groupe K'Koustik, les rythmes de « son » cubain de la formation Anacaona de Cuba, une dynastie de musiciennes qui chauffe les scènes depuis 80 ans, la troupe de 40 jeunes martiniquais « Tché Kreyol » qui ravit tous les publics par sa spontanéité, son talent et l'explosion de couleurs qui séduit tous et chacun ainsi que le plateau événementiel « Carré'Mandingue »

Aussi, à ne pas manquer, la tente du Montréal Multicolore réjouira les plus jeunes. Sous le pinceau à maquillage magique de Allison (Caraïbes), les enfants deviendront fleur multicolore ou lion roi des forêts. Leurs jolis dessins, inspirés de contes africains ou d'animaux de la savane, seront quand à eux exposés au regard de tous les festivaliers.

Enfin, véritable succès l'an dernier, l'Agor'Afrique Loto-Québec remet ça! Entre chaque spectacle, cet endroit chaleureux permet de faire connaissance intimement avec la culture africaine grâce à des ateliers d'initiation à la musique africaine, des contes traditionnels, des séances de signature d'artistes et une exposition de photos choisies.

Pour plus d'informations sur les spectacles, les activités, la billetterie, les forfaits :

Téléphone 514 499-

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Chant / Voice 2009 : et les lauréats sont…/ and the Laureates are

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Chant 2009 : et les lauréats sont…

Le Concours Musical International de Montréal annonce les noms des 3 lauréats de l’édition Chant 2009 :

Premier prix* 30000 $ Angela MEADE, soprano États-Unis
Deuxième prix 15 000 $ Yannick-Muriel NOAH, soprano, Canada

Troisième prix 10 000 $ Andrew GARLAND, baryton, États-Unis

*Le Premier prix du Concours est accompagné d’un enregistrement pour la maison de disques canadienne Analekta.

Ces trois chanteurs se produiront lors du concert gala des lauréats ce jeudi 28 mai à 19 h 30, au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts, avec la participation spéciale de la mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne et du ténor Joseph Kaiser. Placé sous la direction d’Alain Trudel, l’Orchestre Métropolitain accompagnera les lauréats. Le programme musical exact du concert sera annoncé ultérieurement.

Les noms des lauréats des prix spéciaux seront divulgués ce jeudi 28 mai, lors de la cérémonie officielle de remise des prix, qui précédera le concert gala.

Cérémonie officielle de remise des prix et concert gala des lauréats
Le jeudi 28 mai, 19 h 30

Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
Orchestre Métropolitain
Alain Trudel, chef d'orchestre
Régulier : 45 $ / 27,50 $ / Étudiant : 10 $
514.842.2112 /

Espace musique, diffuseur officiel du Concours
Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, est fière d’être le diffuseur officiel du Concours Musical International de Montréal. Voici l’horaire de diffusion des différentes épreuves du Concours sur les ondes d’Espace musique (100,7 FM à Montréal) et sur le site d’Espace classique

Mercredi 27 mai 20 h : Les soirées classiques : émission entièrement consacrée aux lauréats du CMIM 2009 : Entre autres au programme, diffusion du récital donné par le lauréat du 1er Prix lors de l’épreuve demi-finale; animation, Sylvia L’Écuyer / réalisation, Michèle Patry / Espace musique, 100,7 FM à Montréal.

Samedi 30 mai à 12 h : sur les ondes de CBC Radio Two, 93,5 FM à Montréal, et sur le site , Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, émission spéciale de quatre heures présentant les meilleurs moments du Concours; animation, Bill Richardson / réalisation, Matthew McFarlane et Kelly Rice / réalisatrice-coordonnatrice, Denise Ball / adjoint à la production, Hayley Lapalme.

Mercredi 1 juillet, 20 h : La radio des festivals : diffusion d’extraits de l’épreuve finale avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain sous la direction d’Alain Trudel ; réalisation-coordination, Guylaine Picard / Espace musique, 100,7 FM à Montréal.

Rappelons que l’épreuve finale a été diffusée en direct sur les ondes d’Espace musique, 100, 7 FM à Montréal (animation : Sylvia L’Écuyer, commentaires : Fabrizio Melano), et sera disponible en ligne sur Espace classique dès le 29 mai. Les concerts filmés de la demi-finale du Concours qui ont été diffusés en direct sur Espace classique, la web Radio d’Espace musique, seront disponibles pendant un an au

En plus de ces diffusions en direct, l’épreuve finale sera entendue dans plusieurs pays du monde dans le cadre des Festivals d’été Euroradio, grâce à l’association de la radio de Radio-Canada avec l’Union Européenne de Radio-Télévision. Dès le 19 mai, consultez le blogue d’Espace classique ainsi que différents reportages sur Internet à

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Voice 2009: and the Laureates are …

The Montreal International Musical Competition announces the names of the 3 winners of the 2009 Voice Edition:

First Prize* $30,000 Angela MEADE, soprano, United States

Second Prize $15,000 Yannick-Muriel NOAH, soprano, Canada

Third Prize $10,000 Andrew GARLAND, baritone, United States

*The Competition’s First prize includes a recording with the Canadian record label Analekta.

These three singers will appear in the Winners’ Gala Concert this Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, with the special participation of mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne and tenor Joseph Kaiser. Under the direction of Alain Trudel, the Orchestre Métropolitain will accompany the winners. The concert’s exact musical programme will be announced shortly.

The names of the winners of the Special Awards will be revealed on Thursday, May 28, during the official awards ceremony preceding the Gala Concert.

Official Awards Ceremony and Winners’ Gala Concert:
Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm
Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
Orchestre Métropolitain
Alain Trudel, Conductor
Regular : $45 / $27,50 / Student : $10
514.842.2112 /

Espace musique, official broadcaster
Radio-Canada’s music radio network, Espace musique, is proud to be the official broadcaster of the Montreal International Musical Competition. Following is the broadcast schedule for the various rounds of the competition on Espace musique (100.7 FM in Montreal) and the Espace classique website

Wednesday, May 27 at 8 pm: Les soirées classiques, a whole show devoted to the laureates of the MIMC 2009. Programme includes a broadcast of the recital given by the 1st Prize winner during the Semi-final round. Host: Sylvia L’Écuyer | Producer: Michèle Patry.

Saturday, May 30 at 1 pm : on CBC Radio 2 (93.5 FM in Montreal) and on the Internet at Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, a 4-hour special programme of MIMC Voice 2009 highlights. Host: Bill Richardson | Producers: Matthew McFarlane and Kelly Rice | Executive Producer: Denise Ball | Production Assistant: Hayley Lapalme

Wednesday, July 1 at 8 pm: La radio des festivals, excerpts from the Final round with the Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Alain Trudel. Executive Producer: Guylaine Picard

Remember that the Final round was broadcast live on Radio-Canada’s Espace musique (100.7 FM in Montreal) with host Sylvia L'Écuyer and commentator Fabrizio Melano, and will be available online on Espace classique starting May 29. The video concerts of the Semi-Finals will also be posted for one year on Espace classique, Espace musique’s Web Radio, at

In addition to these live broadcasts, the Final round will be heard internationally, thanks to Radio-Canada’s partnership with the European Broadcasting Union. Starting May 19, follow Espace classique’s competition blog and webcasts at


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NAC announces Summer Music at the National Arts Centre

Summer Music at the NAC includes

Orchestras in the Park, visiting orchestras and repertoire readings, and everything is FREE!

The National Arts Centre today announced details of Summer Music at the NAC, a line-up that includes four Orchestras in the Park concerts outdoors in LeBreton Flats Park presented in collaboration with the National Capital Commission; concerts by the l’Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne led by Pinchas Zukerman and Jean-Philippe Tremblay, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada led by Alain Trudel; Canada Day concerts and activities; plus a series of three “Repertoire Readings” of new music by Canadian composers. All concerts are free, though some require tickets that can be picked up in person at the NAC Box Office.

Summer at the NAC also features the unveiling of the new Le Café menu by Chef Michael Blackie.

From July 23 to 26 at 7:30 pm, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will present its third season of Orchestras in the Park in collaboration with the National Capital Commission in the special outdoor performance space developed at LeBreton Flats Park in front of the Canadian War Museum. Each of the four concerts will be preceded by a KidsZone of activities for youngsters.

Orchestras in the Park begins on Thursday, July 23 with the NAC Orchestra performing “Classics and Kuertis” featuring renowned Ottawa favourite Anton Kuerti at the piano with his son Julian Kuerti (associate conductor of the Boston Symphony, and an alumnus of the NAC Conductors Program) on the podium. This concert also features trumpet player Amy Horvey, this year’s recipient of the Richard Li Young Artist Chair, performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto.

In “Opera Under the Stars” on Friday, July 24, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni leads the NAC Orchestra, soprano Erin Wall, baritone James Westman, and tenor Antonio Figueroa three sensational Canadian singers – in favourite arias from The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and more, joined by the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus directed by Laurence Ewashko.

On Saturday, July 25, the electrifying Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton’s fiddling, step-dancing and vocal sensation, guarantees to have the audience on its feet cheering her and the NAC Orchestra in a night of Celtic delights with Jean-Marie Zeitouni once again on the podium.

Orchestras in the Park concludes on Sunday, July 26, when the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne takes over the outdoor stage in “Beethoven’s Fifths” led by Music Director Jean-Philippe Tremblay and featuring pianist Hong Xu , the 2006 Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition. Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 is followed by Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony!

Orchestras in the Park concerts are free with no tickets required.

To kick off the month of July, visit the National Arts Centre for Canada Day festivities taking place all day long on Wednesday, July 1, including a massed choral performance by Unisong at 10 a.m. in Southam Hall and one concert by the NAC Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman at 2:30 p.m. featuring both the Unisong Choir and musicians of the NAC Young Artists Program, part of the Summer Music Institute .

The Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne will also pay a visit to Southam Hall on Thursday, July 2 with two more Beethoven symphonies and a piano concerto to coincide with the Orchestra’s summer recording project of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Jean-Philippe Tremblay will open the program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Then Pinchas Zukerman, Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra will lead 14-year-old Calgary piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and close the program with Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

On Tuesday, July 28, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada led by Alain Trudel makes its annual visit to the Capital. The program consists of Rob Teehan’s Dreams of Flying, a new work commissioned by the NYOC, Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.

Tickets for both the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada are free and can be picked up in person at the NAC Box Office.

And on July 7, 8 and 9, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will offer its services to four composers for “Repertoire Readings” of original works. These sessions, conducted by the NAC Composers Program Lead Composer Gary Kulesha, will take place in the NAC Rehearsal Hall and are open to the public, no tickets required, as long as space is available.

There are also numerous public concerts presented as part of the eleventh annual NAC Summer Music Institute during the month of June. These have been announced separately.

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