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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jan Rubes, 1920-2009

Jan Rubes
June 6, 1920 - June 29, 2009

With deep regret, the Rubes family today announced the passing of renowned Canadian singer and actor, Jan Rubes, at the age of 89.

Born in Volyne, Czechoslovakia Jan Rubes emigrated to Canada in 1948. A graduate of the Prague Conservatory of Music, Jan Rubes was a founding member of the Canadian Opera Company performing for the company over 1000 times between 1949 and 1989 and creating more than 100 operatic roles singing in English, French, German, Italian, Czech, and Russian.

A pioneer in many media, Jan took part in the very first CBC telecast with Glenn Gould in 1953. He later sang on the opening telecasts of CTV, TVO, and CITY TV, as well as in many operas specially produced for TV such as La Boheme, Bluebeard's Castle, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Rigoletto, Oedipus Rex, Barber of Seville, Electra, and Down in the Valley with Jon Vickers.

Jan became quite well known in Canada on the strength of his weekly radio show entitled The Songs of My People.
He also became a mainstay on television; guest starring in U.S. and Canadian series, mini-series, and movies of the week. While his wife, Susan, was founding the first North American professional theatre for children, Young Peoples' Theatre, Jan was busy creating 80 episodes of a children's television show called Guess What. Never forgetting the value of live performance, his school appearances numbered in the thousands.

With his Oscar worthy portrayal of the Amish grandfather in Paramount Pictures' Witness, starring Harrison Ford, Jan began his transition from singing to acting. Jan created roles in 40 motion pictures in Canada, the United States and Europe, including Dead of Winter, Something About Love, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, Class Action, Deceived, and Never Too Late.

Besides the applause Jan's efforts have been recognized in the form of The Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1978, The Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967, the 1991 Earl Grey Award for lifetime achievement in television, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Guelph, an Honourary Citizenship of Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Sydney N.S, Honourary degrees from the universities of Windsor and Guelph, and the Order of Canada in 1995.

When time permitted he shared his lifetime of experience through teaching and directing at various universities and opera companies across Canada.

In 1995, at the age of 75, Jan Rubes starred in his first Broadway play, James Lapine's Twelve Dreams at the Lincoln Theatre Centre.

Married to Susan Douglas Rubes for almost 60 years, he leaves sons Jonathan (Judith) and Tony (Brenda), and grandsons Morgan, Colin and Jasan. Jan is predeceased by son Christopher in 1996 and brother Miroslav.

Jan will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues, all of whom loved him very much.

The Rubes family appreciates all the support and understanding of well-wishers and asks that their privacy be respected. In accordance with Jan's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. A celebration of Jan's life will be planned for the future. Condolences to the family should be addressed to 70 Mathersfield Drive, Toronto ON M4W 3W5. No flowers please.

Symphony Nova Scotia to perform Macmillan's Suite Silver Dart at Celtic Colours

Symphony Nova Scotia to perform Macmillan’s Suite Silver Dart at Celtic Colours

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia takes to the road this fall to be part of the annual Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton. The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Nova Scotia guitarist/composer Scott Macmillan’s newest work, Suite Silver Dart, on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm at Glace Bay’s Savoy Theatre and on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm at Mabou’s Strathspey Place.

The Suite Silver Dart commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada. Spearheaded by Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association, the first flight of the Silver Dart took place on February 23, 1909 in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Commissioned by Celtic Colours, the Silver Dart Centennial Association, and the Centre Bras d'Or, Suite Silver Dart is a musical exploration of the hard work, anticipation, and celebration surrounding this historic event.

Suite Silver Dart will be conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor (and native Cape Bretoner) Martin MacDonald, and will feature Chris Stout, violin; Catroina McKay, harp; Paula-Jane Francis, piano; and of course, composer/guitarist Scott Macmillan. The concert program will also include highlights of Alexander Graham Bell’s favourite symphonic music, featuring vocalists Peter Gillis and Laurel Brown.

“I’m so excited about returning home to Cape Breton for the second time in a year with Symphony Nova Scotia,” says Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor Martin MacDonald. “It’s such an honour to be collaborating with Scott Macmillan and Celtic Colours to present the Suite Silver Dart on this very special occasion.”

Tickets for both performances range from $20-35 and are available at 1.888.355.7744 or

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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NAC Orchestra makes 150 rare recordings available online for free

National Arts Centre Orchestra / News Release

June 30, 2009

For immediate release

A gift for Canada Day: National Arts Centre Orchestra makes 150 rare recordings available online for free

NAC Musicbox features podcasts with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and others

Ottawa (Canada) – The National Arts Centre – to celebrate Canada Day and its 40th anniversary – is launching the NAC Musicbox, a first-of-its-kind, online music archive of National Arts Centre Orchestra recordings as part of, the NAC’s award-winning performing arts educational website.

The NAC Musicbox is an online music collection with a player that allows users to search, create playlists and stream more than 150 select archival performances by the NAC Orchestra from the past 40 years. The website also contains a virtual music exhibit that enriches the music collection with an enticing array of related photos, essays about the historical background, ideas of what to listen for, and educational activities.

Key highlights of the NAC Musicbox are two, six-part podcast series on the history of the NAC Orchestra. Renowned writer-broadcaster and classical music specialist Eric Friesen hosts the English programs while Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer, musicologist and longtime music critic for LeDroit newspaper, hosts the French version.

Eric Friesen is joined by special guests and music superstars Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Angela Hewitt, Jon Kimura Parker, Anton Kuerti, and others. For his part, Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer delves deep into the orchestral works drawing from his 40 years of personal experience with the NAC. is the National Arts Centre’s performing arts education website targeted at Canadian teachers, students, parents and the general public. The website helps the NAC pursue its strategic goals of strengthening performing arts education across Canada and developing audiences among Canadian youth. The NAC Musicbox could not have been made without the generous support of CBC Radio 2 and is made possible in part through the Culture Online program of Canadian Heritage.

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Valérie Milot en concert


Valérie Milot

Québec, le 30 juin 2009. - C'est un été chargé qui s'annonce pour la jeune harpiste québécoise Valérie Milot. En effet, elle jouera au Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean le 1er juillet, au Festival de musique de Lachine le 11 juillet ainsi qu'au Festival de Lanaudière, le plus grand festival de musique classique au Canada, le 30 juillet. Elle participera ensuite à la série Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille, qui aura lieu à l'Église de Sainte-Pétronille (Île d'Orléans) le 6 août. Elle terminera par une performance lors du Festival d'été de la Maison Trestler le 19 août.

Valérie Milot fera aussi plusieurs apparitions à l'automne, soit avec la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) le 1er octobre dans le cadre des célébrations en l'honneur du compositeur Gilles Tremblay et avec l'Ensemble Appassionata à la fin du mois de novembre. Ces deux évènements se dérouleront à Montréal.

Depuis 2008, la jeune artiste a été grandement récompensée pour son talent. De fait, elle a reçu le Prix d'Europe 2008, le Prix Jeune Soliste 2009 des Radios Francophones Publiques, le Prix spécial pour la meilleure interprétation de l'œuvre contemporaine au Concours international de harpe de la Cité des arts de Paris, elle a été proclamée Découverte de l'année au gala des prix Opus du Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) et plus récemment, elle a gagné le Prix des arts de la scène Louis-Philippe-Poisson des Grands Prix Culturels 2009 de la ville de Trois-Rivières.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Trois générations de chanteurs au Festival de Knowlton

Trois générations de chanteurs au Festival de Knowlton

Montréal, le 29 juin 2009 – Lors de cette deuxième saison, le festival de Knowlton offre aux mélomanes l'opportunité unique d'écouter des artistes de renommée internationale aux voix les plus éblouissantes, dont June Anderson, Sumi Jo, Ben Heppner dans une rare présence au Québec, Thomas Hampson, Marie-Nicole Lemieux et Susan Platts. Ces chanteurs chanteront sous la baguette de Kent Nagano, directeur artistique du Festival. Ce dernier dirigera dans les quatre symphonies de Brahms, les deux représentations de La Sonnambula et des extraits de l'opéra d'Eugène Onéguine.

Le Festival permet également de découvrir une nouvelle génération d'artistes lyriques qui iront bientôt les rejoindre au sommet. Notons tout particulièrement la présence de la jeune soprano canadienne Hélène Guilmette, 2e prix du prestigieux Concours international Reine Élisabeth de Belgique en 2004 qui, avec les Violons du Roy, placés sous la direction de Bernard Labadie, interprètera quelques uns des plus beaux airs de Handel dans un concert entièrement consacré à ce compositeur, concert qui comprendra également la célèbre Water Music.

Conscient de la nécessité de promouvoir la relève, le Festival présentera certains des lauréats des plus récentes éditions du concours Operalia de Plácido Domingo. « Dès les tout débuts du Festival, nous avons choisi d'inviter de grandes vedettes mais aussi de très jeunes chanteurs, afin de leur offrir une plateforme qui leur permettent de s'exprimer », a expliqué Marco Genoni, directeur exécutif du Festival. De larges extraits de I Capuletti ed I Montecchi de Bellini, dirigés par Massimiliano Muralli et d'Eugène Onéguine de Tchaïkovski, dirigé par Kent Nagano, permettront notamment d'apprécier Ekaterina Lekhina, jeune soprano russe dont la carrière prend un essor remarquable suite à ses débuts remarqués à Covent Garden dans le rôle d'Olympia des Contes d'Hoffmann et à la sortie du DVD de Zaïde de Mozart – dans lequel elle tient le rôle-titre enregistré –, capté au festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2008. À ses côtés quatre chanteurs des plus prometteurs et déjà habitués des grandes scènes internationales : Ketevan Kemoklize, mezzo soprano géorgienne, Oksana Kramaryeva, soprano et Dmytro Popov ténor, tous deux ukrainiens, ainsi que Christopher Magiera, baryton américain.

Enfin, six jeunes chanteurs de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), qui ont été encadrés dans leur travail par la grande soprano Renata Scotto proposeront une soirée bel canto, allant de Bellini à Rossini en passant par Donizetti, sous la direction du maestro Carlo Rizzari de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Leur participation est rendue possible grâce à la collaboration de son président, le professeur Bruno Cagli.

L'ensemble de la distribution de La Sonnambula, soit Sumi Jo, Barry Banks, Riccardo Zanelatto, Ekaterina Lekhina Susan Platts et Juan Novol-Moro, confirme de plus que cette deuxième saison du Festival de Knowlton s'affirme comme un évènement incontournable pour tout amateur de musique et de beau chant.

Devant le remarquable succès remporté l'été dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient manifestation annuelle d'envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 août, se succéderont concerts symphoniques, soirées d'airs d'opéra, présentation en version concert de La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, récitals, concerts de la relève, classes de maître pour jeunes chanteurs et activités d'initiation à la musique pour enfants.

Biographies d'artistes, programmation et billetterie au

Le Festival de Knowlton est présenté par la société Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. avec la participation de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal et avec la collaboration de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome. Le Festival s'appuie également sur l'apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Tourisme Québec, La Ville de Lac Brome, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mireille Proulx pour août-septembre

Mireille Proulx en concert au Québec et en Ontario

Montréal, le 25 juin 2009 – La violoniste et compositeure de jazz Mireille Proulx donnera un concert à Québec au Kiosque Edwin-Bélanger le 6 août, puis en Ontario au All Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope le 26 septembre.

Qualifiée d’inclassable et bourrée de talent, Mireille Proulx met sa solide formation classique au service du jazz, qu’elle aborde avec une élégance et un goût très sûr. Ses compositions nous livrent une musique tour à tour sensuelle, audacieuse, contemplative et passionnée.

Au programme on entendra des œuvres extraites des remarquables albums qui ont valu à la musicienne la reconnaissance spontanée du public et de la critique – Il y avait des pélicans, Infini rendez-vous et Le Jardin de Nuit (maintenant distribués par Scandinavian Record Import) – ainsi que des œuvres inédites.

Mireille Proulx sera accompagnée au piano à Québec par François Bourassa, son complice des années 90, et par John Sadowy pour le concert de Port Hope.

Le Kiosque Edwin-Bélanger est situé sur les Plaines d’Abraham.

Pour information : 418-648-4687

Le concert débute à 20 heures.

Le concert du All Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope a lieu au Memorial Park, rue Queen.

Pour information : 905-885-6210

Le concert débute à 14 heures.

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Orford Arts Centre: Major Modernization Project




Orford, Canada, June 27, 2009It was during a press conference held Thursday afternoon at the Orford Arts Centre that the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, and MNA for Orford, Pierre Reid, announced an agreement in principle for an amount of $6.85 million dollars that will permit the advancement of a major modernization project for the Orford Arts Centre (OAC) and the upgrading of the infrastructure of its site and buildings.

The Orford Arts Centre is located in the heart of beautiful Mount Orford Provincial Park in Quebec, Canada and was founded in 1951 by Mr. Gilles Lefebvre and the Jeunesses musicales du Canada movement. The main mission of the Centre is the training of talented young musicians at the university and postgraduate level by some of the world’s greatest masters in classical music, as well as the presentation of works in various artistic disciplines focusing on local artistry, artistic potential and innovation.

“The Orford Arts Centre has the exceptional potential to attract music and art lovers from all over the world to our region. The project announced today will give the Centre a well-deserved new lease on life and encourage the full development of its potential,” said Pierre Reid, MNA for Orford.

On behalf of the Orford Arts Centre’s Board of Directors, President Mathieu Bouchard warmly welcomed this news. Said Bouchard, “We thank the Government of Quebec for the recognition it has given us and for its assistance. This financial support will allow us to ensure the longevity of the OAC and assert its place as a major heritage site in Quebec, an essential cultural institution both nationally and internationally, and a touristic and economic engine for the region.”

"This financial support will also permit us to continue the Orford Arts Centre’s mission throughout the year. What an extraordinary vote of confidence! Our artists here and abroad, our students from 35 different countries, and our public, applaud you,” said Davis Joachim, Executive Director of the Orford Arts Centre.

The site of the Orford Arts Centre equally possesses great historical and architectural value. Today it is one of the few places in Quebec where you can find a significant concentration of buildings designed in the modern expressionist style. The Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall (1960), L’Homme et la Musique Pavilion (1967) and the J.A.-DeSève Pavilion (1968) are all part of a formal renewal in Quebec architecture that coincided with the entry of Quebec society into modernity. The dynamic shapes of its pavilions and the originality of the methods used by architect Paul-Marie Côté (1921-1969) make these buildings historical masterpieces of modern Quebecois design.

There is also something extremely interesting and unique about the architecture of the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, and the L’Homme et la Musique and J.A.-DeSève pavilions: their designs are all linked to music. The Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall is in the shape of a grand piano. L’Homme et la Musique Pavilion is in the shape of an organ case. And the J.A.-DeSève Pavilion is in the shape of the musical key F.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Canada Council welcomes $25 million funding renewal

Canada Council welcomes $25 million funding renewal

Ottawa, June 26, 2009 – Canada Council for the Arts welcomes today’s announcement that the Government of Canada has renewed for five more years the $25 million in annual funding scheduled to sunset at the end of the current fiscal year. This represents total funding of $125 million over the next five years. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore made the announcement in Vancouver, and Canada Council Director and CEO Robert Sirman was there to hear the good news.

“This funding confirmation couldn’t come at a better time,” said Mr. Sirman. “It gives the Council a solid base for planning the implementation of the third year of its Strategic Plan 2008-11, and helps stabilize the arts sector during a particularly challenging economic period.”

Today’s announcement recognizes the important role of the arts in Canada and the value which the Council’s support of professional arts practice brings to all Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 600,000 cultural workers in Canada of whom over 140,000 are practising artists. Further, a study by the Conference Board of Canada reported that the economic impact of the culture sector was $46 billion. A special examination of the Canada Council in 2008 by the Office of the Auditor General reinforced the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council’s work with the finding: “The systems and practices we examined had no significant deficiencies. In fact, the Canada Council’s systems and practices have contributed to its success in several areas.”

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts is a federal Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. The role of the Council is to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. To fulfill this mandate, the Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, integrated art, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing. It also promotes public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.

The Council administers the Killam Program of scholarly awards, the Governor General’s Literary Awards and the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Public Lending Right Commission operate within the Council. The Canada Council Art Bank, which has some 17,400 works of contemporary Canadian art in its collection, rents to the public and private sectors.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Classical Caberet at the Old Mill Inn



Followed by Fiddle on Fire October 20 and

Vera Lynn Tribute with the Grand Salon Orchestra November 3

The Old Mill Inn continues to serve up classical concerts with excellent cuisine. Classical Cabaret at The Old Mill Inn kicks off its fall series with Canada’s internationally celebrated Quartetto Gelato, Tuesday, September 22 at 21 Old Mill Road (minutes from the Old Mill subway; ample free parking).

Dinner is served from 6 p.m., with live music beginning at 7 p.m. For $65, patrons can enjoy the concert and a three-course meal. For information and reservations, call 416-207-2020, e-mail, or visit

Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and charismatic presence. The artists – Peter DeSotto, tenor/violin/mandolin; Alexander Sevastian, accordion; Kornel Wolak, clarinet; and Carina Reeves, cello – thrill audiences with the mastery of six instruments, plus the unexpected bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. Performed without scores, their shows radiate a sense of spontaneity and excitement rarely seen on the classical stage. (

Violin virtuoso Lance Elbeck takes the stage on October 20 for Fiddle On Fire, a delightfully entertaining musical theatre presentation. The versatile Elbeck stars as “The Fiddler”, with an accompanying pianist, and a dancer performing in Celtic and modern dance styles. The great Leonard Bernstein recognized Elbeck’s talents at an early age, and conducted the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic with Elbeck as soloist. Fiddle on Fire portrays the historical relationship of several famous violin virtuosi, while the “Fiddler” dazzles the audience with a fascinating display of violin wizardry.

Orchestra conductor and Classical 96.3 radio personality Kerry Stratton is the effervescent master of ceremonies for Classical Cabaret at The Old Mill Inn. Having opened the series in April with his elegant Grand Salon Orchestra, he brings the Orchestra back on Tuesday, November 3 for Vera Lynn: We’ll Meet Again – an evening of dining and dancing.

As a Remembrance Day prelude, the powerfully moving mezzo-soprano voice of Barbara Sadegur recreates the memorable songs of the “Forces Sweetheart” Vera Lynn, which buoyed the Allies during World War II. Such memorable 1940s favorites as White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again provide an unforgettable close to the first season of the Classical Cabaret at the Old Mill Inn series.

The Old Mill Inn and Spa, on the Humber River, is Toronto’s premier place for great dance music and excellent cuisine in a party atmosphere. Live dance music has been an Old Mill tradition since 1921. Michael Kalmar, President of The Old Mill Inn, says, “Music and dancing are fabulous social activities that make you feel great! The element of dining adds an up-close and personal experience that is hard to find today.”

Classical Cabaret at The Old Mill Inn: Historical Notes:

The series concept originated in New York’s ballrooms in the 1960s and lasted 30 years as the “in” place to go. Celebrities, such as famed pianist/conductor Skitch Henderson, jazz pianist Billy Taylor, and journalist and broadcaster Alistair Cooke, read the program notes for the audience – much as Kerry Stratton does at the Classical Cabaret at the Old Mill Inn series.

The Old Mill became an entertainment hub as a tea garden and place of leisure on the first day of World War I, 95 years ago (1914). A destination for live dance music since the early 1920s, the Old Mill featured the resident duo of pianist Nelson Hatch and violinist Cec Ryder. After playing dance music for patrons since 1921 in the Print Room, in 1929 they expanded to a nine-piece live orchestra.

More info on The Old Mill’s history, with photos is at

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Boeing Boeing

Théâtre Juste pour rire 2009 présenté par TENA®
Boeing Boeing toujours dans les airs !
Supplémentaires du 6 au 18 juillet.

Montréal, le 25 juin 2009 – L’équipage de Boeing Boeing présenté par TENA® a pris son envol à Montréal il y a une semaine et des supplémentaires sont déjà annoncées! La version québécoise de la comédie française la plus jouée à travers le monde continuera de créer des turbulences à Montréal du 6 au 18 juillet au Monument-National.

Adapté et mis en scène par Serge Postigo, Boeing Boeing met en vedette Pierre-François Legendre dans le rôle d’un joyeux célibataire qui se retrouve au centre d’un désopilant quadrilatère amoureux. Postigo interprète son meilleur ami qui va tenter de le sortir de l’embarras. Catherine-Anne Toupin, Marie Turgeon et Karine Belly incarnent trois hôtesses de l’air hilarantes, belles et irrésistibles et Alexandrine Agostini complète la distribution en se glissant dans la peau d’une gouvernante à l’humeur et aux répliques assassines.

Les billets sont en vente dès aujourd’hui sur Admission!

Une escale à Bromont
Boeing Boeing présenté par TENA® se posera au Chapiteau Bromont dès le 6 août et y fera escale pour un mois.

Concours Boeing : histoires d’avions
De plus, depuis le 8 juin, participez au concours Boeing : histoires d’avions et courez la chance de gagner des billets pour le spectacle Boeing Boeing présenté par TENA® ainsi que deux billets d’avion offerts par WestJet. Allez sur le pour plus d’informations!

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Projet majeur de modernisation au Centre d'arts Orford



Orford, le 25 juin 2009 – C'est lors de la conférence de presse présentée cet après-midi au Centre d'arts Orford que la ministre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, Mme Christine St-Pierre, et le député d'Orford, M. Pierre Reid, ont annoncé un accord de principe au montant de 6,85 M$ qui permettra au Centre d'arts Orford (CAO) d'aller de l'avant avec le projet majeur de modernisation et de mise aux normes des infrastructures de son site et de ses bâtiments.

« Le Centre d'arts Orford possède un potentiel d'attraction exceptionnel pour notre région auprès des amoureux de la musique et des arts de tout le sud du Québec. Le projet annoncé aujourd'hui donnera au Centre un nouveau souffle bien mérité et favorisera le plein épanouissement de son potentiel », a déclaré Pierre Reid, député d'Orford.

Au nom des membres du conseil d'administration du Centre d'arts Orford, M. Mathieu Bouchard, le président, a accueilli très favorablement la nouvelle. Il a déclaré : « Nous remercions le gouvernement du Québec de la reconnaissance qui nous est accordée et de son appui. Cette aide financière nous permettra d'assurer la pérennité du CAO et d'affirmer sa place comme lieu patrimonial majeur du Québec, institution culturelle incontournable tant sur le plan national qu'international, et moteur touristique et économique de la région ».

« Ce soutien financier nous permettra également de poursuivre toute l'année la mission du Centre d'arts Orford. Quel vote de confiance extraordinaire! Nos artistes d'ici et d'ailleurs, nos stagiaires provenant de 35 pays et notre public vous applaudissent », a ajouté Davis Joachim, directeur général du Centre d'arts Orford.

Rappelons que le Centre d'arts Orford est situé au cœur du superbe parc national du mont Orford, et qu'il a été fondé en 1951 par M. Gilles Lefebvre et le mouvement des Jeunesses musicales du Canada. La principale mission du Centre est la formation par les plus grands maîtres du monde en musique classique, de jeunes musiciens particulièrement doués de niveau universitaire et postuniversitaire, ainsi que la diffusion des diverses disciplines artistiques en misant sur le savoir-faire local, le potentiel artistique et l'innovation.


Première Chaîne 106,3 FM - Une série radiophonique sur la vie et l’œuvre de Claude Nougaro



Une série radiophonique sur la vie et l'œuvre de Claude Nougaro

Montréal, le jeudi 25 juin 2009 - Chaque été, la Première Chaîne (106,3 FM à Québec) fait place dans sa grille à un portrait d'une personnalité de la chanson francophone. Après les Aznavour, Renaud, Higelin, place en 2009 à Claude Nougaro, une voix singulière et puissante qui a su mêler les genres musicaux et intégrer les musiques du monde à son répertoire unique. Tous les dimanches à partir du 28 juin jusqu'au 30 août, les auditeurs pourront découvrir l'un ou l'autre des aspects de sa vie et de son œuvre.

Décédé en 2004, Claude Nougaro aurait eu 80 ans cette année. Il a laissé derrière lui une œuvre immense, profondément moderne et populaire. Son répertoire est un véritable reflet des époques qu'il a traversées, bousculant les schémas classiques et explorant de nouvelles pistes. Les dix épisodes d'Hier Nougaro, demain Newgaro permettent d'écouter sa musique, sa poésie - une véritable langue en soi - et de parcourir en sa compagnie l'ensemble de son territoire créateur. De Toulouse à Bidonville, en passant par Le jazz et la java, Le cinéma ou Tu verras, ses chansons ponctuent cette grande odyssée sonore entrecoupée de témoignages de personnalités qui l'ont côtoyé, connu, aimé, tels Manu Dibango, Abd Al Malik, Yvan Cassar, Jeanne Cherhal, Zebda, Nicole Croisille, Maurane, et bien d'autres. On entendra :

28 juin Ÿ Nouganaissance. L'enfance et l'adolescence.

5 juillet Ÿ Nougalangue. La langue selon Claude Nougaro.

12 juillet Ÿ Nougajazz. Le jazz selon Nougaro.

19 juillet Ÿ Nougaronne. Nougaro et Toulouse.

26 juillet Ÿ Nougafricain. Nougaro, explorateur de l'Afrique.

2 août Ÿ Nougaméricain. Nougaro, de New York au Pacifique.

9 août Ÿ Nougaroscopie. Portrait en quatre thèmes de Claude Nougaro.

16 août Ÿ Nougavisions. Autoportrait philosophique.

23 août Ÿ Nougaprès. Nougaro et la postérité.

30 août Ÿ Nougainsbourg. Nougaro, Gainsbourg : frères de sons. Portraits croisés.

Profitez de ces dimanches après-midi pour faire le plein de rythmes, d'histoires vécues, de voyages et de poésie. Nous avons tous en nous un peu de Nougaro. Ne manquez pas Hier Nougaro, demain Newgaro tout l'été sur les ondes de la Première Chaîne et sur

Coproduction des Radios francophones publiques

Conception : Didier Varrod

Réalisation : Jérôme Boulet


11e Festival d’automne Orgue et Couleurs

11e Festival d’automne Orgue et Couleurs
vendredi 19 septembre au dimanche 4 octobre 2009, Montréal

Églises Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Très-Saint-Rédempteur, St. James United, Saint-Viateur,
du Gesù, Château Dufresne, Planétarium, Maison de l’arbre (Jardin botanique) et le Chic Resto Pop

8 Concerts du soir – 1 Grand concert choral - 5 Événements Apéro
5 Récitals Midi - Orgues ouvertes

Porte-parole Philippe Bélanger,
organiste titulaire de l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal

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Montréal, mercredi 25 juin 2009 — ORGUE ET COULEURS, sous la nouvelle direction générale et artistique de Yves Garand, présente la 11e édition de son grand événement musical de l’automne, qui se déroulera du 19 septembre au 4 octobre 2009, dans Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, son quartier d’origine et dans d’autres quartiers montréalais. Le FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE a pour porte-parole cette année, Philippe Bélanger, organiste titulaire de l’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal à Montréal, qui ouvrira les festivités par une improvisation à l’orgue sur la projection d’un grand classique du septième art. Et oui, l’orgue se fait, d’entrée de jeu, son cinéma !

Les Églises Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Très-Saint-Rédempteur, Saint-Viateur, St. James United Church, du Gesù, nous feront découvrir la variété et la richesse des esthétiques des orgues de Montréal. Le Château Dufresne, le Planétarium, la Maison de l’arbre (Jardin botanique) et le Chic Resto Pop seront également les espaces hôtes du Festival.

Vingt événements, diurnes et nocturnes, accueilleront plus des artistes et ensembles de la scène nationale. Au programme : Huit concerts du soir à 20 h révéleront le côté classique, moderne et ludique de l'orgue, qui se fera complice d’autres instruments, provoquant des rencontres originales, dans des formations intimistes ou orchestrales ; un Grand concert choral réunira plus de 300 choristes, dans le cadre du Festival de musique sacrée, en collaboration avec l’Alliance des chorales du Québec ; Cinq Récitals Midi feront entendre des solistes sur cinq grandes tribunes d’orgue ; Cinq Événements Apéro proposeront à 17 h 30, des concerts intimes de musique de chambre avec orgue, voix, piano, flûte et guitare, suivis d’une rencontre avec les artistes, agrémentée d’un verre de vin. Le 28 septembre au Planétarium, à l’heure de l’apéro, le quintette de cuivres BUZZ lancera son disque avec une version personnalisée de la suite symphonique de Gustav Holst, Les Planètes, qui dépeint le tempérament astrologique de chaque planète du système solaire ; et pour une neuvième année, plus de trente églises à Montréal et au Québec ouvriront leurs portes et leurs tribunes, avec Orgues ouvertes, un rendez-vous étonnant avec le Roi des instruments, présenté lors des Journées de la culture 2009, le dimanche 27 septembre 2009 entre midi et 17 h.

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Four cultures, four rhythms, and a full orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with DRUM!

Four cultures, four rhythms, and a full orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with DRUM!

Halifax, NS - You’ve experienced the electrifying music, rhythms, and dance of DRUM! Now experience it with a full symphony orchestra for a truly incredible extravaganza. Symphony Nova Scotia joins DRUM! at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for two very special performances on Sunday, October 4, 2009.

“Symphony Nova Scotia has had the pleasure of truly being a part of Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage,” said Erika Beatty, Symphony Nova Scotia’s CEO, at the official announcement June 24 in Park Lane Mall.

“We’ve partnered with Ron Bourgeois and the Acadian community with concerts such as Grou Tyme; we’ve performed with Mi’kmaq performer George Paul during the Atlantic Scene tour to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre; we’ve joined African Nova Scotian artists onstage for our Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concerts and sold-out Motown performances with artists like Dutch Robinson; and we’ve also embraced the Celtic music community through concerts created by Scott Macmillan in our Maritime Pops series and tours to Cape Breton.

“We are so delighted to come full circle by being part of Brookes and Fiona Diamond’s vision of bringing cultural elements together to showcase the best of Nova Scotia’s music with the extraordinary performers of DRUM!”

DRUM! runs this fall from September 29 to October 4 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Symphony Nova Scotia performs with DRUM! for its final two shows on Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $49, and are very limited – call 494.3820 or visit

About DRUM!

DRUM! is a powerfully moving musical extravaganza that for over a decade has brought audiences throughout North America and beyond to their feet. DRUM!’s heart-pounding combination of music, dance, rhythm and song tells of the arrival, settlement, struggles, and ultimate coming together of four of North America’s founding cultures as seen through the lens of our first Nation’s experience.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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Concert plein-air gratuit

Le Choeur Éolien, Ensemble de Cuivres
samedi 4 juillet 2009, 19H00
endroit: Parc Molson
intersection rues d'Iberville et Beaubien, Mtl. Qc.
Spectacle plein air gratuit, apportez vos chaises!

Robert Prévost présente Le Chœur Éolien et vous convie à un spectacle plein-air de ce nouvel ensemble de cuivres. Le Chœur Éolien fait revivre l'esprit des fanfares populaires qui jouaient autrefois dans les parcs publics. Lors de cette prestation, vous pourrez une fois de plus apprécier les talents d'arrangeur de Robert Prévost, qui a concocté un répertoire de mélodies connues apprêtées dans un esprit festif; marches, valses, polkas, extraits de comédies musicales et quelques surprises vous attendent. Laissez-vous transporter par sa passion pour les cuivres et savourez ce nouveau vent de fraîcheur estivale.

Musiciens :

Trompettes :
Thierry Champs
Diane Gagnon
Robert Prévost

Flugelhorns :
Aron Doyle

Ghislain Potvin

Trombones :
Hélène Lemay
Grant Rummel

Cors :
Émilie Martel
Morgan Sara Gregory

Trombone basse :
Christopher Smith

Tuba :
Samuel Markon

Batterie :
Daniel Lemay

Direction musicale :
Robert Prévost

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New translation of Canadian classic

New translation of Canadian classic Albertine in Five Times begins previews at the Shaw Festival

A new translation of Michel Tremblay's Albertine in Five Times (Albertine en Cinq Temps) begins previews Wednesday, June 24 at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, thrilled to have one of Canada’s leading playwrights and his quintessential tragic heroine as part of this season’s playbill, said: “Michel Tremblay’s Albertine – a fascinating, conflicted woman who refuses to take life’s knocks lying down – is one of Quebec theatre’s most celebrated characters. We welcome her and Michel – Canadian icons both – to our Festival”.

Michel Tremblay first introduced audiences to Albertine, one of his greatest loves, in 1966. She quickly became a Québécois phenomenon appearing frequently in his plays and novels. Albertine en Cinq Temps, written in 1984, made its English premiere as Albertine in Five Times at the Tarragon Theatre in 1986. The play won the 1986 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and has been produced around the world in English, Danish, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and German.

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, this new translation of Albertine in Five Times by Governor General’s Award winner Linda Gaboriau has Québécois theatre’s most iconic character interacting with five versions of herself in varying stages of her life. The five Albertines review a lifetime of past pains, loves and losses. Their sister Madeleine is there to console, counsel and bear witness to how, for seventy years, Albertine’s spirit has suffered, struggled, flourished and survived.

Albertine, in five pivotal stages of her life, is portrayed by Patricia Hamilton (who also starred in the original English production of the play), Wendy Thatcher, Mary Haney, Jenny L. Wright and Marla McLean with Nicolá Correia-Damude as Madeleine. Albertine in Five Times is designed by Teresa Przybylski, with lighting design by Ereca Hassell and original music and sound design by Marc Desormeaux. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Dora Tomassi and Assistant Stage Manager Leigh McClymont.

Albertine in Five Times preview performances begin on Wednesday, June 24; opens Friday, July 10; and plays in repertory until Saturday, October 10.

The Shaw Festival produces and presents the work of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and playwrights writing anywhere in the world during, or about, the era of Shaw’s lifetime – plays about the beginning of the modern world.

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Minsoo Sohn | New York Concert | 8 Octoer 2009





Minsoo Sohn, the First Laureate of the 2006 Honens International Piano Competition, will make his Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in a solo recital on Thursday, October 8, 2009, 8 p.m.

The recital, presented by the Honens International Piano Competition, will feature Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Leon Kirchner's Interlude II as well as Liszt's transcriptions of works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart.

In addition to winning the Honens International Piano Competition, Mr. Sohn was a top prizewinner at the Rubinstein, Cleveland, Busoni and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, and received laureate prizes at Belgium's Queen Elisabeth and Santander's Paloma O'Shea Competitions. He has performed in recital halls, at festivals, and with orchestra across North America and Europe.

The Weill Hall program is highly personal to Mr. Sohn: "From my earliest years at the conservatory, I had a tremendous love for the Diabelli Variations without fully understanding the greatness of the composition. I later came to understand this as a triumphant and comprehensive representation of Beethoven's ingenious writing for piano. This musical journey confronts matters of life and death in a most genuine way, but always with humor and love. In some ways, this music is reflective of my life as well; through its ups and downs, it has endured, restoring the spirit of music within me."

William Aide, Chairman of the Fifth Honens International Piano Competition, speaks to Mr. Sohn's artistry: "Minsoo Sohn is an artist of Olympian magnitude. To the Diabelli and Goldberg Variations he brings a structural clarity and an expansive range of dramatic characterization. His Liszt is unsurpassable in its lyric refinement and sonic splendor, qualities reminiscent of great Lisztians of the past, such as Egon Petri and Grigory Ginzburg.

The complete program is as follows:

Kirchner Interlude II

Beethoven 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120


Beethoven-Liszt Adelaïde, S.466

Schubert-Listz Gretchen am Spinnrade, S. 558 No. 8

Schubert-Liszt Der Müller und der Bach, S. 565

Mozart-Liszt Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

Tickets for the October 8 recital are $18 to $25, students and seniors $10 and available online at, or by telephone at Carnegie Charge: (212) 247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office Box Office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

About Minsoo Sohn

The First Laureate of Canada's Honens International Piano Competition (2006), Sohn's masterful technique and astonishing artistic expression create performances rich in deep emotion and musical intelligence. His extraordinary interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations from the Honens Competition has been broadcast numerous times on the CBC and across the United States on NPR's Performance Today.

Minsoo Sohn was born in Korea and began piano studies at age three. One of his earliest inspirations was Henryk Szeryng's legendary recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. While the violin first captured his attention, he grew to appreciate the piano's many voices and tonal colors. It wasn't until Sohn moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory of Music that he was reassured of his career as a concert artist. "I just wasn't sure I would be a musician," he says. "I had interests in many fields and stopped playing. I even dreamed of being an athlete."

Last season, Sohn performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, was part of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and was soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. His first CD – a disc of Liszt transcriptions and études – was released last fall.

When not sitting at the piano, Sohn can be found watching his beloved Red Sox.

About the Honens International Piano Competition

Founded in 1992, Honens International Piano Competition is one of the world's great music competitions. It is known for its pursuit of the "complete artist" – not only an accomplished soloist, but a musician whose interpretations reflect a wide cultural context, whose well-balanced programs are designed with knowledge and imagination, and who excels in chamber and ensemble performance. Every three years, 21 pianists between the ages of 20 and 30, from all parts of the globe, compete for more than $100,000 CAD (approximately $90,000 USD) in cash prizes, including a comprehensive three-season Artistic and Career Development Program for the laureates, preparing the for the rigors and realities of a professional life in music. This includes arranging performance engagements, production of recordings, residencies at The Banff Centre, promotional and publicity support, professional development opportunities for self-management, and networking opportunities with presenters and artist managers.

Honens searches for musicians whose talent, in the credo of the Competition, "inspires the heart and engages the intellect," whose understanding of his or her art will stem not only from knowledge of a particular composition itself but also from a wide knowledge of related music, of musical literature as a whole, of the other arts, the humanities, and of contemporary culture. Honens is not a series of tests, but rather, a compelling festival of music.

Past Honens Laureates include Maxim Philippov who, in June, 2001, won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition; Albert Tiu, who won Juilliard's prestigious William Petschek Award, giving him a debut recital at Alice Tully Hall; Sergei Babayan, appointed Artist-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music, who founded the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy in Cleveland and his own chamber music festival in Mexico (Babayan has recorded on the Connoisseur Society, Propiano and Discover International labels); Krzysztof Jablonski, who has recorded two CDs as part of the Polish National Edition of the complete works of Chopin (he has recorded 14 more CDs in Germany, Japan and Poland); Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, who has recorded several CDs of music by Haydn, Schumann, Ohana, Debussy and Chopin, the complete piano works of Ravel, and the recently critically acclaimed complete piano works of Debussy on the Chandos label (he has been nominated Professor-for-Life at the Detmold Hochschule in Germany); 2003 Laureate Winston Choi, Head of Piano Studies at Chicago's Roosevelt University, whose debut CD of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter received rave reviews, and whose CD of the music of Jacques Lenot was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros; Xiang Zou, 2003 First Laureate, who teaches at the Central Conservatory in Beijing; and Honens 2000 First Laureate, Katherine Chi.

The Competition is named for Esther Honens, born in Pittsburgh and educated in Calgary, who became a successful businesswoman. She married John Hillier, who died in the 1970s, then Harold Honens, with whom she developed real estate holdings in Calgary. In 1991, Esther Honens made a capital gift to establish the international piano competition. She died five days after the first competition in 1992. After five competitions, Honens has distinguished itself as one of the most prominent competitions of its kind, worldwide. Additional information is available on-line at

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