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Friday, September 25, 2009

Koerner Hall Opens!

Kicks off Inaugural Season with Star-Studded Grand Opening Festival

Tonight is the night! The long-awaited Grand Opening of The Royal Conservatory’s spectacular new Koerner Hall takes place on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:30 pm. The jewel in the crown of Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance, Koerner Hall also represents the final phase in the transformation of The Royal Conservatory’s national headquarters, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

“Koerner Hall and the TELUS Centre are critical components in inspiring audiences and connecting the world’s greatest artists to our students.” remarked Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory.

The Grand Opening of Koerner Hall includes Spirits of the House, a world premiere by R. Murray Schafer, especially commissioned by Michael and Sonja Koerner for the opening, and a video commemorating Glenn Gould’s 77th birthday. The all-Canadian roster of artists includes the Royal Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of rising star conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Grammy-nominated ARC (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), Anton Kuerti, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and vocal soloists Erin Wall (soprano), Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano), Colin Ainsworth (tenor), and Robert Pomakov (bass), all of whom have a special connection to The Royal Conservatory.

The Grand Opening of Koerner Hall is just the beginning of an exciting and wide-ranging season of music at The Royal Conservatory – nine more concerts complete the Grand Opening Festival of Koerner Hall, which runs until October 17. “These first concerts will reveal Koerner Hall’s exceptional acoustics while also reflecting our commitment to bring you some of the best classical, jazz, pop, and world music artists from around the globe”, noted Mervon Mehta, The Royal Conservatory’s Executive Director of Performing Arts.

On September 26, jazz giant Chick Corea takes the stage with bassist Stanley Clarke and jazz funk drummer Lenny White in a special concert that will also feature Juno Award-winning Toronto vocalist Sophie Milman.

On September 29, virtuosos Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla), and Edgar Meyer (double bass) will present a concert blending classical, bluegrass, and world music, presented in association with Small World Music.

On October 1, the Emerson String Quartet, dubbed “America’s best quartet” by TIME Magazine, will be joined by Menahem Pressler, who wowed audiences during his recent appearance at the Toronto Summer Music Festival. He will join the Quartet in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, which they recorded together to great critical acclaim.

The Royal Conservatory will participate in the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche for the first time ever on October 3. Brian Current, Artistic Director of The Glenn Gould School’s New Music Ensemble, will fill the entire TELUS Centre building with sound and light, as he leads musicians from The Glenn Gould School, the Univox Chorale, and the Penthalia singers in a 12-hour installation of James Tenney’s In a large open space.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra returns to Koerner Hall on October 9, this time under Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian, who will lead the orchestra in Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Glenn Gould School 2009 Concerto Competition winner Sam Deason.

This Thanksgiving weekend, Torontonians will be thanking mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade for stopping at Koerner Hall on her farewell recital tour. Canadian singing superstar and RCM alumnus, Isabel Bayrakdarian, will be making a special guest appearance at the performance, on October 10.

Two more singing sensations will appear on October 15 - Hong Kong superstar Frances Yip (perhaps best known for her song Shanghai Beach from TVB movie The Bund) and Cantopop star Anthony Lun, a classically trained pianist who has composed no less than 42 number one hits.

Keb’ Mo’ will bring the RCM down to the Delta on October 16, with his soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, and jazz. He will be joined by Hamilton-based blues man Harrison Kennedy.

The Royal Conservatory celebrates Diwali on October 17 with legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar and his daughter, Anoushka Shankar. These world music luminaries will be the perfect complement to the annual festival of lights.

Certain to become one of the world's great concert spaces, Koerner Hall represents a long-awaited addition to Toronto’s cultural landscape – a world-class concert hall in the heart of the city. It will be used by many of the city’s finest artists and performing arts organizations and will provide a performance venue for many students and faculty of The Royal Conservatory. The opening of Koerner Hall also completes the physical transformation of the RCM’s national headquarters and culminates the vision of President Dr. Peter Simon to provide facilities befitting an internationally-renowned organization dedicated to developing the human potential of Canadians through excellence in performance and learning.

The Royal Conservatory acknowledges all of its donors and recognizes the remarkable generosity of:
TELUS Communications Inc.
The governments of Canada and Ontario
Michael & Sonja Koerner
Ian Ihnatowycz & Marta Witer
Leslie & Anna Dan
Wilmot & Judy Matthews

The Royal Conservatory’s 2009-2010 Koerner Hall Inaugural Concert Season is made possible through the generous support of:

TELUS – official season sponsor of the 2009-10 Koerner Hall Concert Season
The Globe and Mail – Season media sponsor
Classical 96.3 FM – Classical Series sponsor (Chamber Series, Vocal Series & String Series)
Jazz FM – Jazz Series sponsor

Grand Opening of Koerner Hall: Friday, September 25, 2009, 8:30pm
Corea, Clarke & White: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8pm
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 8pm
Emerson String Quartet with Menahem Pressler: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 8pm
Nuit Blanche: Music Inside/Out: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 7pm - 7am
Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra: Friday, October 9, 2009, 8pm
Frederica von Stade with special guest appearance by Isabel Bayrakdarian:
Saturday, October 10, 2009, 8pm
Frances Yip & Anthony Lun: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 8pm
Keb’ Mo’ with special guest Harrison Kennedy: Friday, October 16, 2009, 8pm
Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8pm

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St West
Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208
or in person at The Royal Conservatory Box Office

Tickets for the Grand Opening of Koerner Hall range from $20-$250
Select any 4+ concerts and save 10%
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or in person at The RCM Box Office, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

More information about the 2009-2010 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at


NACO, Oct. 8-9: 40th birthday features first-ever performance of Mahler's "Titan" Symphony

Ottawa, Canada – The National Arts Centre Orchestra is turning 40 years old, and to celebrate the occasion, Music Director Pinchas Zukerman will lead the musicians in their first-ever performance Mahler’s mighty “Titan” Symphony No. 1 in Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 at 8 p.m. in Southam Hall.

The special occasion will also be marked by two works from the NAC Orchestra’s four-decade history. Pinchas Zukerman, also one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a piece first performed by the Orchestra in 1971 with Szymon Goldberg as both conductor and violin soloist. Maestro Zukerman will also lead stellar Canadian baritone Russell Braun (who has been a guest artist with the NAC Orchestra since 1994) in Songs for an Acrobat, a work commissioned from Canadian Linda Bouchard in 1995 during the period when she was the Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence. The music is set to poems by Quebec writer Maurice Tourigny, a close friend of Bouchard. The NAC Orchestra’s Marquis Classics recording of the work was nominated for a Juno Award. The NAC Orchestra will also perform Songs for an Acrobat at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto later this season on January 16, 2010.

There will be Musically Speaking pre-concert chats both nights at 7 p.m. with music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer. On Thursday, October 8 he will present the talk in English titled “The Beginning and Ending of a World”, and on Friday, October 9 he will present it in French titled “Début et fin d’un monde”.

Mahler’s First Symphony is one of the most original and innovative in music history. With the sole exception of Brahms, and possibly Sibelius, there is probably no other composer than Gustav Mahler whose First Symphony represents such a towering achievement. Among the innovations one can point to are the largest assemblage of orchestral musicians hitherto required in a symphony, and the incorporation of café, pop and gypsy music. And nowhere else are the sounds of nature so pervasively and integrally bound up with the symphonic thought than in the first movement of this symphony. Other things to listen for are the unusual rendition of “Frère Jacques” played by the double bass, and a finale in which seven horns – their bells turned up – proclaim the heroic ending.

The expanded NAC Orchestra for Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” is made possible by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra Kilpatrick Fund. The late William Kilpatrick was a longtime NAC subscriber who bequeathed funds to NACOA (now called Friends of the NAC Orchestra), the revenue from which is given to the Orchestra each year to help present a work that requires larger instrumental forces. The Friends of the NAC Orchestra are also celebrating their 40th birthday at this time.

The orchestral forces are also supplemented for this concert by the apprentices of the Institute for Orchestral Studies – five young string players chosen by audition to join the NAC Orchestra in rehearsal and concert, and to receive mentorship from NAC Orchestra musicians, on five different occasions throughout the season.

The concerts are being recorded by CBC Radio 2 for future broadcast on In Concert with host Bill Richardson, on Tempo with host Julie Nesrallah, and for Radio-Canada Espace Musique on Soirée classiques hosted by Michel Keable. Bill Richardson will also host an intermission interview with composer Linda Bouchard and baritone Russell Braun in the Main Foyer.

After the opening concert on Thursday, October 8, the audience is invited to join the musicians in the Foyer for birthday cake and coffee courtesy of Bostonian Executive Suites and Mark Motors Audi.

These concerts also mark the first of this season’s “Exploration of the Symphony” podcast series. You can go online to the NAC’s website at to hear assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier interview music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer about Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony in separate English and French versions.

Tickets for the NAC Orchestra’s 40th birthday concerts on October 8 and 9 in the NAC’s Southam Hall at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19, $29, $39.50, $50, $60, $70 and $87.50 at the newly renovated NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC’s website at

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

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The Met: Live in HD Kicks Off on Saturday, October 10 at Empire Theatre

A New Production of Puccini's Tosca
- Tickets for 2009-10 Season On Sale Now

HALIFAX, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Tickets for the fourth season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's popular, award-winning series of live transmissions in movie theaters around the world, are now on sale at select Empire Theatres locations in Atlantic Canada. The 2009-10 season, featuring nine live opera transmissions, kicks off on Saturday, October 10 at 2:00 p.m. AT with a new production of Puccini's Tosca starring Karita Mattila. The production, directed by Luc Bondy in his house debut and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine, features Marcelo alvarez and George Gagnidze in the other leading roles.

More than 900 theaters in 42 countries around the world are participating in The Met: Live in HD this season. A record number of more than 1.8 million Live in HD tickets were sold last season.

Four other new productions are featured in the series, including Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann starring Joseph Calleja in the title role, with Anna Netrebko and Alan Held; Bizet's Carmen starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna; Natalie Dessay and Simon Keenlyside in Thomas's Hamlet; and Rossini's Armida starring Renée Fleming. The HD season also includes Verdi's Aida with Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick, and Johan Botha; Maria Guleghina and Marcello Giordani in Puccini's Turandot; Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier with Fleming and Susan Graham; and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra starring Placido Domingo, singing the title role for the first time at the Met. James Levine leads four of the HD transmissions. Complete casting and details of the season's Live in HD performances follows below.

All nine high-definition productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays through May 1 with an additional Saturday Encore presentation for each. Tickets are available online and at participating theatre box offices. For complete details visit
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation. Bloomberg L.P. is the global corporate sponsor of The Met: Live in HD. The HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder(R).

The Met: Live in HD has expanded its distribution in the 2009-10 season to include 42 countries. New countries joining the Live in HD network this season include Bulgaria, Chile, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, and Uruguay. The Met: Live in HD returns in the following locations: Argentina (Fundacion Beethoven), Australia (presented by Sharmill Films), Austria (presented by ClasArt), Belgium (Kinepolis), Brazil (Movie MBZ), Colombia (Cine Colombia), Costa Rica (Centro Cultural), Croatia (presented by Aero Films), the Czech Republic (presented by Aero Films), Denmark (Nordisk Film Biografer); Estonia (Forum Cinemas), Finland (Finnkino), France (presented by CielEcran), Germany (presented by ClasArt), Hungary (presented by Aero Films), Iceland (Sam Films), Ireland (presented by Opera Ireland), Japan (Shochiku), Latvia (Forum Cinemas), Luxembourg (Utopia), Mexico (Auditorio Nacional), the Netherlands (Pathé, CineMec Ede, and Foroxity Film Arena), New Zealand (Rialto Distribution), Norway (Bergen Kino, Oslo Kino and Tromso Film Festival), Peru (Radio Filharmonia), Poland (Arthur Rubenstein Philharmonic and Aero Films), Romania (presented by Aero Films), Sweden (FHP Sweden), Switzerland (CielEcran), South Africa (Ster Kinekor Theatres), the United Kingdom (City Screen/Picturehouse), and several UK independent movie theaters and performing arts organizations.

The Met: Live in HD 2009-10 Season

Saturday, October 10, 2009
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore October 31 -
A new production of Puccini's Tosca by Luc Bondy in his house debut, starring Karita Mattila in her first performance of the title role outside her native Finland, and Marcelo alvarez as Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze sings the role of Scarpia. James Levine conducts.
HD host: Susan Graham

Saturday, October 24, 2009
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore November 31 -
Daniele Gatti returns for the first time in 14 years to conduct a cast of powerful voices in Verdi's Aida. Violeta Urmana sings the title role, while Dolora Zajick returns in one of her most acclaimed portrayals as the Egyptian princess Amneris. Johan Botha is Radamès and Carlo Guelfi sings Amonasro.
HD host: Renee Fleming

Saturday, November 7, 2009
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore December 5 -
Franco Zeffirelli's classic production of Puccini's Turandot features the Met role debuts of Maria Guleghina in the title role, Marcello Giordani as Calàf, Samuel Ramey as Timur, and Marina Poplavskaya as Liù. Conductor Andris Nelsons makes his Met debut.

Saturday, December 19, 2009
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore January 23 -
Bartlett Sher, whose staging of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia was a hit two seasons ago, returns to direct his second Met production: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, conducted by James Levine. Joseph Calleja stars as Hoffmann, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia, Ekaterina Gubanova as Giulietta, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse, Kathleen Kim as Olympia, and Alan Held as the four villains.

Saturday, January 9, 2010
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore March 6 -
James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian. Eric Cutler is the Italian Singer, Kristinn Sigmundsson sings the role of Baron Ochs, and Christine Schäfer is Sophie.
HD host: Placido Domingo

Saturday, January 16, 2010
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore March 13 -
The new Carmen, starring Elina Garanca, who sang the title role of La Cenerentola at the Met last spring to great acclaim, will also feature the debuts of director Richard Eyre and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Roberto Alagna is the soldier Don José, Barbara Frittoli is Micaëla, and Mariusz Kwiecien is the bullfighter Escamillo.
HD host: Renée Fleming

Saturday, February 6, 2010
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore March 20 -
Four decades into a legendary Met career, Placido Domingo makes history by singing the baritone title role of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, conducted by James Levine. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris co-star.
HD host: Renée Fleming

Saturday, March 27, 2010
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore April 24 -
Last performed at the Met in 1897, Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet will be seen in a new production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, conducted by Louis Langrée and starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Ophélie. With Jennifer Larmore as Gertrude, Toby Spence as Laërtes and James Morris as Claudius.
HD host: Renée Fleming

Saturday, May 1, 2010
(2:00 p.m. AT / 2:30 p.m. NL)
Encore May 22 -
The season's final new production features Renée Fleming in Rossini's bel canto tour de force Armida, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Also starring Lawrence Brownlee, Bruce Ford, José Manuel Zapata, Barry Banks, and Kobie van Rensburg. HD host: Deborah Voigt

The Live in HD series was recently honored with a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award for its "vividly designed, smartly annotated productions of Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Atomic, Peter Grimes and other operas. The Met used state-of-the-art digital technology to reinvent presentation of a classic art form."

The Met won a special Emmy Award in January 2009 for "advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high-definition programming to movie theaters."

About Empire Theatres Limited

Empire Theatres Limited with its corporate headquarters in Stellarton, NS and regional offices in Halifax, NS, Toronto, ON and Calgary, AB, is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited. Empire Theatres owns and operates 50 theatres, with 374 screens across Canada (including one IMAX Theatre in Halifax) from Newfoundland to British Columbia.
Empire Theatres is Canada's second largest and fastest growing film exhibition company providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including traditional film exhibition as well as other content using its digital and satellite capabilities.
With approximately 2,500 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic industry.

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De l'île à la mer / Le quatuor Saint-Germain à l'honneur!

De l'île à la mer – rencontres culturelles entre Montréal et le Québec maritime – est une vitrine sur le talent des artistes en arts visuels et en arts de la scène en provenance de la Gaspésie, des Îles-de-la-Madeleine et du Bas-Saint-Laurent, présenté dans 17 arrondissements du réseau Accès culture de la Ville de Montréal.

Le Quatuor Saint-Germain : Projet Joseph Petric

Vous êtes invités à goûter au mariage inusité et magique de l'accordéon de concert et du quatuor à cordes dans un concert tout en élégance, en découverte et en passion. D'abord le céleste Adagio et Rondo de Mozart qui cède la place au quintette rythmé et angulaire du québécois Andrew MacDonald. Suit une deuxième partie toute latine qui vogue entre Villa-Lobos et la romance du tango dans l'écriture en?ammée d'Astor Piazzolla. Un menu musical mettant en évidence la virtuosité de Joseph Petric, la sensibilité du Quatuor Saint-Germain et la rencontre exceptionnelle de ces deux mondes.

Le Quatuor Saint-Germain existe depuis 2004 et est formé des musiciens rimouskois Élise Lavoie et Hugues Laforte-Bouchard, violonistes, Steeve St-Pierre, altiste, et James Darling, violoncelliste.

Joseph Petric est reconnu comme l'un des plus éminents accordéonistes de concert au monde. Son vœu de faire de l'accordéon un instrument soliste d'importance s'est concrétisé, entre autres en 1997 lorsqu'il donna trente prestations en Europe et en Amérique du Nord, jouant des concertos commandés à Peter Koprowski, Omar Daniel, Howard Skempton et Gunnar Valkare. Il a participé à de longues tournées de concertos avec le Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, l'orchestre de chambre de Radio-Canada de Vancouver, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne de Montréal, et le Concertante di Chicago. Collaborateur et commissaire prolifique de plus de 200 œuvres, Joseph Petric a été honoré et intronisé par ses pairs en 2005 à titre d'Ami de la musique canadienne.

Maison de la culture Villeray/Saint-Michel – 9 octobre 2009
Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur – 11 octobre 2009
Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – 14 octobre 2009
Maison de la culture Rivière-des-Prairies – 16 octobre 2009
Centre Henri-Lemieux – arrondissement Lasalle – 17 octobre 2009
Salle Saputo – arrondissement Saint-Léonard – 18 octobre 2009

Visitez le site internet De l'Île à la mer pour obtenir plus d'informations sur les artistes et spectacles et pour consulter la programmation complète.

Ce projet bénéficie du soutien financier de l'Entente sur le développement culturel entre le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec et la ville de Montréal.

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Pacific Arbour Tea and Trumpets Series

Light Classics in the Afternoon, with tea, cookies, and host Christopher Gaze

VANCOUVER, BC – The Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets series begins on the afternoon of Thursday, October 1st. Hosted by Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach fame, with most concerts conducted by VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, Tea & Trumpets is a 6-concert series of light and popular classics on Thursday afternoons at 2pm, at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Tea & Trumpets series began in 1989 as the brainchild of Otto Lowy, the host of CBC Radio’s long-running musical series The Transcontinental. His vision was to bring the idea of his radio show – a blend of European music and personal recollection – into a concert format. Lowy, who passed away in 2002, had passed on the torch to Bard on the Beach founder, Christopher Gaze. Lowy was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for his 50+ years of work in theatre and fittingly awarded a star at the Orpheum Theatre’s Walk of Fame.

Since 1989, the series has grown from four concerts per season to six and is one of the VSO’s most successful subscription series. Tea & Trumpets is truly a social experience, with tea and cookies presented in the lobby one hour before each concert begins; in fact, it acts as a communal gathering place and special event for concert goers from all over Greater Vancouver.

Behind the scenes of a Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets series concert is a complex event involving over 50 volunteers per concert responsible for front of house duties, tea and cookie service, clean up, and special assistance to patrons. The VSO is thankful to its many dedicated volunteers who help make this concert series possible.

The VSO is grateful to Pacific Arbour for their generous ongoing support of the Tea & Trumpets series. Pacific Arbour Group builds ideal communities for seniors – they create quality residences that provide safe, comfortable places for seniors to enjoy first rate services and amenities, within convenient neighbourhoods. Please visit them at:

The VSO also thanks Tetley Tea and Peek Freans for the tea and cookies served at Tea & Trumpets.


Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets

Thursday, October 1, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Mendelssohn & Friends: An Anniversary Celebration

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host
Mary Sokol Brown, violin
Andrew Brown, viola

Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C Major
Bruch Concerto for Violin & Viola
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian: IV
Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Fingal’s Cave
Berlioz Roman Carnival

Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday! This concert features beautiful Classics, including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave), Bruch’s Concerto for Violin and Viola, and more Classical favourites.

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

Thursday, November 26, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Great Russian Classics

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host
Kinza Tyrrell, piano

Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96
Mussorgsky Khovantchina: Introduction (Dawn on the Moskva River)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake: Waltz
Stravinsky Firebird: Infernal Dance, Berceuse, Finale

Thrill to a program of full-blooded passionate Russian Classics. This concert features some of the very best in exciting Russian music, including Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake: Waltz, excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture.

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

Thursday, March 18, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Lehar’s Land of Smiles

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host
UBC Opera Ensemble

Lehar The Land of Smiles

Franz Lehar was the King of Operetta. The Land of Smiles is one of his later works and tells the story of Lisa, a Countess in Vienna who meets a Prince from China, falls in love, and travels with his to his home in Beijing. What eventually happens? Come to the concert to find out!

Visit the UBC Opera Ensemble at:

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

Thursday, April 15, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
An English Country Garden

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host
Melanie Krueger, soprano

Grainger Country Gardens
Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite
Gilbert & Sullivan Pirates of Penzance: Poor Wandering One
Delius Irmelin: Prelude
Gilbert & Sullivan Ruddigore: If Somebody There Chanced to Be (The Etiquette Song)
Elgar Chanson de Matin
Elgar Enigma Variations: Nimrod
Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado: The Sun Whose Rays
Elgar Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1

An afternoon of beautiful, sentimental English music, including some of the best-loved Classics of any kind: the breathtaking beauty of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance, and much more.

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

Thursday, May 6, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Bach to Beethoven

Evan Mitchell, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host
Alicia Venables, violin
Colleen Venables, violin

Handel Solomon: Overture & Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Bach Concerto for Two Violins
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro,K.492: Overture
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550: first movement
Mozart Don Giovanni, K.527: Overture
Beethoven Fidelio: Overture, Op. 72a
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. allegro con brio
Beethoven The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

A beautiful concert that focuses on the most important era in music’s development. You will hear selections from some of the greatest music ever written, such as Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro: Overture, the famous first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and much more.

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

Thursday, June 10, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre
Invitation to the Dance

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Christopher Gaze, host

Weber Invitation to the Dance
Rossini William Tell: Pas de six
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Satie Gymnopedie No. 3
Strauss Wine, Women & Song
Delibes Sylvia Suite: No. 3 Pizzicati
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique: Un Ball
Ravel Bolero

Maestro Tovey presents great Classical dance music from Rossini, Weber, Berlioz, Strauss’s Wine, Women and Song, and a performance of Ravel’s famous Boléro.

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

Tickets: $36 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

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City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin screened with live performance of original score

Victoria, BC – On October 9 at UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium, the comedic adventures of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film, City Lights, will be shown with live orchestral accompaniment by the Victoria Symphony. The presentation also features a special introduction by actor and artist Duncan Regehr and a Chaplin Look-a-like contest.

The Victoria Symphony makes it a movie night like no other when City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin is screened with the score performed live by the Victoria Symphony. With precise synchronization to the film Conductor in Residence Giuseppe Pietraroia will conduct the original score written by Chaplin himself.

The Chaplin Look-a-Like Contest will be held between 7:30pm -7:50pm leading up to the concert looking for the best Tramp character and Chaplin impersonator. Winners will be announced at the start of the performance and prizes will be awarded at the end of the film.

City Lights will also be the official launch date of the new vsSOUNDCHECK program, which connects 15 to 29 year olds to a Victoria Symphony concert for only $12. vsSOUNDCHECK allows members to purchase tickets online during the week preceding the concert, offering great value and access to extraordinary live music. Membership is free on .

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island’s largest and most active arts organization performing for more than 125,000 people each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony’s 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Duncan Regehr, actor and artist, was born in Alberta and raised in Victoria, BC. He distinguished himself as an Olympic boxing contender, champion figure skater, and classical Shakespearean-trained actor. In 2000, he was granted the lifetime appellation, 'Royal Canadian Artist' with honours by the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and the Queen's Governor General for his outstanding artistic achievements and in 2008 Regehr received the honourary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Concert Sponsor the Bay Centre.

City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin
October 9, 2009 at 8pm
UVic Centre Farquhar Auditorium
Tickets: $26 for adults, $21 for students, $12 for vsSOUNDCHECK members
250.385.6515 or 250.721.8480

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Concours au Conservatoire ou la terrible é preuve des pièces imposées

Le quintette à vent Pentaèdre / Louise Lessard, piano

M Traiteur – Jean-François Vachon, chef

Jeudi 15 octobre, 17 h

Salle Tudor, Ogilvy

1307, Ste-Catherine Ouest, 5e étage

30 $ (buffet inclus)

Billets : 514-790-1245; 

Réservations par Pentaèdre: 514-270-2558

Montréal, 25 septembre 2009 - Pour ouvrir sa saison 2009-2010, Pentaèdre vous invite à un concert qui fera renaître auprès de certaines personnes les sueurs froides vécues alors qu’ils ont dû affronter la terrible épreuve des pièces imposées, le jeudi 15 octobre prochain, 17 h, à la Salle Tudor du Magasin Ogilvy.

« Lors de ma fin de 3ème cycle au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, le nom de la pièce imposée en basson, La Fileuse de Jacques Castérède, m'était complètement inconnue. Inconnue à moi ! Moi, le rat de bibliothèque par excellence qui, du haut de ses 19 pommes, pensait connaître la presque entièreté du répertoire français ! Non seulement la pièce m'était inconnue (tout comme à mon professeur et à tous les bassonistes que je connaissais), mais c'était l'oeuvre la plus difficile que j'avais vue. En ouvrant la partition vierge, mais tellement vieille qu'elle se détruisait presque au toucher, je me suis exclamé en soupirant: "Mais... je ne serai jamais capable de jouer ça !". Et la bibliothécaire, presque aussi vieille et jaunie que la partition, de me répondre sans aucune compassion: "Vous êtes supposé, vous êtes en fin de 3ème cycle..." J'ai, à ce moment et pour un instant seulement, sérieusement pensé abandonner le conservatoire et recommencer l'année suivante… Après les deux mois alloués pour l'apprentissage de cette pièce, malgré tous mes vaillants et vains efforts, la montagne était encore bien haute... Mon vieux professeur, dans sa grande sagesse, a dit à ma pianiste: " Claude ! Joue fort pis met ben d'là pédale !!!". Les juges n'y ont vu que du feu... »
- Mathieu Lussier, bassoniste de Pentaèdre

Chaque année depuis 1824, les étudiants finissants du Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris doivent interpréter une œuvre imposée en vue d’obtenir le prestigieux diplôme de cette institution réputée. Depuis 185 ans, des compositeurs célèbres ou complètement oubliés se sont prêtés au jeu de fournir des « pièces de concours ». Pentaèdre présentera cinq de ces pièces, écrites il y a un siècle pour les aspirants diplômés de 1909 et 1910 en plus de deux quintettes à vent rarement entendus.

Vins et bouchées à la française accompagneront le concert.

Programme :

Albert Perilhou Ballade en sol mineur

Émile Paladilhe Solo

Claude Debussy Première rhapsodie

Florent Schmitt Lied et Scherzo

Henri Büsser Récit et thème varié

André Souris Rengaines

Adrien Barthe Passacaille 

Depuis ses débuts en 1985, PENTAÈDRE se consacre à la découverte d'un répertoire de musique de chambre varié, original et souvent moins connu. Composé de cinq musiciens talentueux, dont la technique et la précision de jeu sont unanimement reconnues, Pentaèdre effectue des tournées au Québec, au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Europe. Pentaèdre collabore avec des artistes de renom et participe à des créations audacieuses, dont récemment l’opéra comique A Chair in Love ou L’amour est un opéra muet avec les mimes Omnibus. Pentaèdre a reçu deux Prix OPUS : Meilleur disque 2008, musique classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste pour son Winterreise avec le ténor Christoph Prégardien, qui s’est attiré de nombreux éloges internationalement, et Meilleur concert de l’année 2002, musiques actuelle, contemporaine, électroacoustique.


soirée eXceptionnelle à eXcentris

Montréal, le 24 septembre 2009 – Chloé Sainte-Marie y a lancé son nouvel album à 18 h. Deux heures plus tard, le groupe Numéro # y faisait résonner ses accords electro-pop avant de céder la place à un invité très attendu, Jay-Jay Johanson. Pas de doute, c'est sur les chapeaux de roue que le complexe eXcentris a entamé hier soir sa nouvelle carrière multidisciplinaire. Salle comble et émotion comprises.

En plus des fans venus nombreux applaudir le chanteur suédois, le tout Montréal s'était donné rendez-vous sur la Main pour découvrir l'aménagement intérieur réinventé d'eXcentris et célébrer sa nouvelle vocation : des journalistes bien entendu, mais aussi des artistes, des producteurs, des diffuseurs, des promoteurs culturels et même des politiciens.

Ouvert à toutes les musiques et à presque toutes les formes d'expression artistique, eXcentris accueillera dans les prochains jours Pol Pelletier (les 24 et 30 septembre), Irving Fields (les 25 et 26), Leon Fleisher (les 25 et 26), Gonzales (le 26) et Sayari (le 30). Une trentaine de concerts et d'événements sont aussi à l'affiche pour octobre et novembre. Détails et billetterie à


Till We Meet Again, Oct. 16-18 & Nov. 21, 22, at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall

Exclusive & Limited Run! A Must-see Musical!

To see an inspired clip from Till We Meet Again please go to: Till We Meet Again

"Ladies and Gentlemen, you are listening to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation coming to you from the Normandy Roof in Montreal this Tuesday, June 4, 1940. Welcome to 'Music of the Stars', a programme of music, news and light entertainment brought to you by Lucky Strike."

MONTREAL, September 2009 - No onstage sex or violence, but lots of love, hope and connections! The wartime musical production Till We Meet Again offers a true account of how a live CBC-based radio show connected a nation during the uncertainty and emotion of World War II. Based on playwright David Langlois' months of careful research, dozens of interviews with veterans, and analysing old radio recordings and letters, Till We Meet Again authentically recreates life in Canada in the 1940's; much of the dialogue doesn't just ring true, it is true. This musical brings audiences back to an era of live radio entertainment typical of what was presented at the Mount Royal Hotel, starting every night at 8:00 o'clock, Bulova time….

Directed by Heather Markgraf Lowe and presented in the beautiful Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on Concordia University's Loyola Campus, the outstanding cast includes Pierre Lenoir, Amanda LeBlanc and Marian Siminski, who have been part of the show since it's first incarnation in 2003, Stephanie McNamara, Jane Hackett, Michael Daniel Murphy and Dan Jeannotte.

Split into three acts based in 1940, 1942 and 1944, Till We Meet Again is an historical journey. In each segment the audience experiences an entertaining and honest portrayal of the era through lively songs, dance, and ad jingles, contrasted with live news of the day, reports from the front and actual letters to and from the soldiers.

This timeless production is as relevant today as it was more than 60 years ago. For audience members who have experienced the early 1940's first hand, the story conjures up familiar refrains and heart-warming nostalgia. For those who haven't, Till We Meet Again provides a time capsule that gives insight to what it was like to live in this unique wartime era and spend an exquisite hour lost in radioland.

More than nostalgia however, for David Langlois the currency is palpable in our present day-to-day lives, "We've had young women and men going off to war in Afghanistan for the past 6 years. They have felt the thrill of the voyage there, the fear of the unknown, the terror of combat, the grief of losing a comrade in arms, and the angst, anger and ennui which comes once they return to Canada." He continues, "They too have dealt with families and friends who no longer know them or who don't understand why they jump at the slightest sound."

Heather Markgraf Lowe concurs, "The Canadian people hear of death and injury on the news almost every day and the toll it takes on our military is heartbreaking." Hope, however, is what ties the two eras together. Markgraf Lowe adds another angle connecting the show to today's audiences, "Till We Meet Again is set in the 1940's when thrift was important. I think we have come full circle and our throwaway society has realized that there are serious repercussions to consumerism. We are finally taking a page from their book and again reduce, reuse and recycle."

This production also brings families together as witnessed in the excitement of kids putting their grandparents into a context while watching them sing along to the songs. Till We Meet Again includes performances of nearly 30 of the most popular hits of the 1940's. Each one beautifully evokes the sounds and emotions of the World War II era. Songs like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Lilli Marlene instantly bring back the struggle of Canadians trying to make sense out of a world in turmoil. The list also includes: White Cliffs of Dover, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, There'll Always be an England and It's a Long Way to Tipperary; made famous by popular artists including Vera Lynn (whose We'll Meet Again is on Britain's Top 20 again!) and The Andrews Sisters. Filled with songs of romance, comedy, army life and hope, this musical leaves audience members feeling proud and inspired.

The Montreal Gazette named the musical one of the "10 Best Productions in 2005." Theatre Panache's Artistic Director Heather Markgraf Lowe (also founder of Hudson Village Theatre) is thrilled to restage Till We Meet Again, with a 36-performance tour beginning October 16th in Montreal, including a run in Mississauga, Ottawa, Markham and Oakville, before returning to Montreal to close out the tour on November 21st he performances in Ottawa will mark a memorable return to the Canadian War Museum. The all-Canadian cast and creative team will proudly perform there again this year following Remembrance Day. The talented team behind the show includes lighting designer Eric Mongerson, set designer Chris Brown, choreographer Lorna Wayne and costume designer Karen Pearce. Theatre Panache's entire company is excited to travel their home country with the largest tour to date for this professional production.

"The play provides an important message of hope and understanding at a time when despair is again on the rise." - Director Heather Markgraf Lowe

For background info on the play please visit

Till We Meet Again – 8 shows only
Theatre Panache
At Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on Concordia University's Loyola Campus
7141 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
(514) 848-4848
Tickets available at the box office and from Admission - 514 790-1245

Showtimes: Oct. 16, 17, Nov. 21 at 8:00 pm
Matinees: Oct. 16, 17, 18, Nov. 21, 22 at 2:00 pm
Regular price: $35-$65, taxes included
Seniors/students: $31.50-$58.50, taxes included
Veterans/military: $26.25-$48.75, taxes included
Group discounts available
(Service charges applicable- save money by purchasing tickets directly at the box office.

Directions (by public transportation or car) as well as the parking map to the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall:

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Disney's Sonnenschein Express brings Oktoberfest celebrations to the Winspear - Oct. 6

Symphony Special
A family evening of Gemütlichkeit with Sonnenschein Express

Tuesday, October 6th – 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB … The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is proud to present the Canadian debut of Sonnenschein Express. A mainstay at Disney’s EPCOT Theme Park, this Alpine / Oktoberfest show band joins the orchestra and conductor Bob Bernhardt at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for one entertaining evening of folk songs, polkas, yodeling, and Schuhplattler dancing!

Whoop and whistle with these six lederhosen-wearing happy wanderers and celebrate the lively tradition of Bavarian alpine music. With the sounds of the Steirische harmonica (button accordion), singing carpenter saws, 20-foot long alphorns and more, concertgoers will be taken on a delightful trip across Germany and through the Austrian and Swiss Alps. Fueled by audience participation, Sonnenschein Express will round out the Alpine folk fair with a yodeling tutorial, foot stomping quicksteps, and clap dancing polkas that will get families singing and dancing out of their seats.

With a program that includes The Happy Wanderer, Hoi! Hoi! Hoi!, and the Ho La Di Medley, the band will also slip south of the Bavarian border by performing a selection of Viennese waltzes and marches.

Arrive early to meet Mr. Oktoberfest from the German Canadian Cultural Centre, and see a performance of The Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton in the lobby! Oom-pah your way down to the Winspear Centre Box Office for tickets. Ticket prices range from $20 – $69 (agency fees apply). All tickets for children 12 and under are $15. Purchase by phone at (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081, or online at

The next ESO Special will take place on November 11th, 2009. Beloved Canadian singer John McDermott offers a heartfelt salute to those who have bravely served their country in Lest We Forget.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensemble. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

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The Plain Sense of Things

Toronto, September 24, 2009: Toronto’s inventive Talisker Players launch their tenth anniversary season at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre with The Plain Sense of Things, a program that explores the revolutionary cadences of American poets from the last century. Soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens, mezzo soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo, baritone Doug MacNaughton and actor Stewart Arnott join the Talisker Players for two evenings of words and music: Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28, at 8PM.

American poets like Toni Morrison, Carl Sandburg and Emily Dickinson, despite the great diversity of their styles, share an idiom grounded in the language of common speech and the realistic depiction of the world. They also made it their mission to redefine the place of the individual in the world, free from the comforts and the restrictions of Old-World thinking. The rhythms and imagery of their poetry have proved irresistible to many composers.

The concert title is taken from a poem by Wallace Stevens, whose most famous poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is featured on the programme, in a magical setting by the great American composer Lukas Foss, for voice with flute, piano and percussion.

Fittingly, The Plain Sense of Things features music by several other American composers. The iconoclastic Morton Feldman is represented with O'Hara Songs (poetry by Frank O'Hara) for voice with string trio, piano and chimes. André Previn is included with Four Songs of Toni Morrison for voice with cello and piano. And Libby Larson, a young composer renowned for her vocal music, appears with Saints Without Tears (poetry by Phyllis McGinley) for voice with flute and bassoon.

The programme also features How Slow the Wind, a setting of Emily Dickinson by the acclaimed Argentinian-American composer Osvaldo Golijov, and is rounded out with a long-overdue revival of Chicago Portraits by Toronto composer Alexander Rapoport. Commissioned by Talisker Players in 2001, this is a wonderfully idiomatic setting of Carl Sandburg poems for voice with strings and percussion.

Talisker Players’ concerts always include words as well as music. Readings for The Plain Sense of Things will be from First Loves, a collection of essays by contemporary poets about the poems that first inspired them. Many of them write movingly about the poets on the programme, and refer in various ways to the revelation of poetry in “plain English”, with a deeply humane spirit.

An adventurous proponent of new music, soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens was a finalist in the 2008 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition. With her sweet, clear voice and committed performances, this young soprano is developing a growing reputation in opera, oratorio and recital. This marks her debut with Talisker Players. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo is also debuting with Talisker Player. She has delighted audiences across the country with her clear, unaffected voice and expressive singing. Acclaimed as "a great singing actor", Doug MacNaughton is equally at home in standard repertoire and contemporary music, in opera, oratorio, chamber music and musical theatre. He has appeared with Talisker Players on several occasions.

Talisker Players welcome back actor Stewart Arnott, a much respected theatre artist for almost 30 years, who has acted and directed across the country.

The Plain Sense of Things
The revolutionary rhythms and imagery of American poetry
Featuring Marion Samuel-Stevens, soprano, Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo soprano,
Doug MacNaughton, baritone and Stewart Arnott, actor/reader
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8 PM and Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 8 PM
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre: 427 Bloor Street West

Individual tickets: $30 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students)
Box office: 416-978-8849
Information: 416-466-1800

Talisker Players Chamber Music offers one of the most imaginative and exciting concert series in Toronto. In collaboration with some of Canada’s finest young singers, Talisker Players present the rarely-heard repertoire for voice and chamber ensemble. Their unique programming includes readings that illuminate the music and delight audiences with a stimulating, theatrical concert experience. The music, engaging and varied, includes both celebrated works and unknown gems from all styles and periods, with a strong presence of Canadian compositions.

“Talisker gathers a sterling corps of musicians, composers, and writers into an intelligent space, full of invention, and is willing to risk experimenting with their resources.” The Live Music Report, November 2005

Talisker Players Upcoming Events at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre: 427 Bloor Street West:

To the Sea in Ships: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 & Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – 8 pm
Tales of sailors, adventurers and fishers the world over
Featuring Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo soprano; Keith Klassen, tenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone

Illuminations: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 & Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – 8 pm
A window on the world of mystics, visionaries and seers
Featuring Meredith Hall, soprano; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor


Chris Botti - Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8 PM/ Massey Hall

Toronto, ON. Thursday, September 24, 2009 - The fastest selling American jazz instrumental artist, Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti first drew international attention with the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD, When I Fall In Love. Though best-known as a contemporary jazz performer, Botti’s lavish pop-infused sound and charismatic performances have earned him countless fans and recording credits that include collaborations with such notable artists as Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Sting and Andrea Bocelli. Chris Botti brings his remarkable virtuosic trumpet dexterity to the illustrious Massey Hall stage for a return engagement on Thursday, October 22nd at 8:00 pm.

A gifted instrumentalist and composer, Chris Botti has created a series of recordings which draw from the worlds of pop, jazz, classical and other genres. His instantly recognizable signature sound has garnered praise for the warmth and complexity of his tone and musical ideas, which combine a soulful ambience with naturally flowing improvisation. He has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboard Top 200), To Love Again: The Duets (2005, #1 Top Jazz Album, #18 Billboard Top 200), and Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (2006, #2 Top Jazz Album). In addition to receiving an RIAA gold-certification for When I Fall in Love and To Love Again, both produced by Bobby Colomby, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (with vocals by Sting) earned Botti a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

Botti’s association with Sting dates back to 1999, when Botti joined the music legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two years. In the studio and on stage, Chris Botti has also worked with such leading singer-songwriter/composers as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as well as renowned film composer John Barry, among others; as a sideman, he has appeared on dozens of albums, compilations and soundtracks.

Chris Botti’s latest project is Chris Botti in Boston, a visionary expansion of his first PBS pledge drive special “Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests”. Originally aired on PBS during March Pledge Week 2006, Botti’s first television special became a perennial pledge drive favourite in the US, while a DVD of that show achieved platinum status. It became a huge event on September 18 & 19, 2008, when Chris invited some of the most well-known and esteemed artists to perform with himself and the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart: Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith. This concert was recorded and is available on the Columbia Records label in CD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats.

One of the world's most popular concert attractions, Chris Botti maintains one of the busiest touring schedules monitored by the industry. Performing more than 250 concerts this past year, Chris’s 2008 concert itinerary included concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8 pm / Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

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Le Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau et l’Université du Québec en Outaouais, partenaires dans l’enseignement supérieur de la musique

Gatineau, le 24 septembre 2009 — Le directeur du Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, monsieur Marc Landry, et le vice-recteur à l’enseignement et à la recherche de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), monsieur Denis Dubé, ont annoncé aujourd’hui les termes d’une entente de partenariat entre les deux institutions d’enseignement supérieur.

Le Conservatoire annonçait en août dernier que la ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Mme Michelle Courchesne, l’autorisait à offrir les programmes de Baccalauréat et de Maîtrise en musique, profil interprétation. Le Conservatoire devait cependant souscrire à certaines conditions, dont notamment, l’ajout de cours de culture générale à ses programmes existants. L’entente avec l’UQO est le résultat des démarches entreprises dans cette perspective.

« Le partenariat entre le Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau et l’UQO s’est concrétisé en septembre 2009 par l’ouverture du programme de baccalauréat en musique, profil interprétation. Sept élèves du Conservatoire y sont déjà inscrits, mentionne Marc Landry, et nous sommes impatients de remettre nos premiers diplômes. ».

Ces échanges font en sorte que le Conservatoire vient enrichir de son expertise et de son approche pédagogique particulière, l'offre de formation supérieure en musique. « Sans compter que pour l’UQO, qui n'offre pas de formation en musique, cette collaboration élargit en quelque sorte notre champ d'enseignement », ajoute Denis Dubé. Cette entente permet l’échange d’expertise et la circulation des savoirs.

Le Directeur du Conservatoire en a profité pour présenter quelques éléments de sa programmation 2009-2010, dont le Salon de la clarinette, en janvier, qui mettra à l’honneur cet instrument sous toutes ses formes; le Festival de musique de chambre en mai; et une toute nouvelle série, Même instrument même passion, qui mettra en vedette les élèves d’une même classe d’instrument. Parmi les grands concerts, il a également souligné la soirée Hommage à Pierrette Froment-Savoie, où la chorale du Conservatoire sera accompagnée par l’Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau; la Soirée concertos et orchestre mettant en vedette la pianiste Ruth Kwan, ainsi que la visite exceptionnelle de l’Orchestre du réseau du Conservatoire, sous la direction de Raffi Armenian qui mettra à l’honneur le grand compositeur québécois Gilles Tremblay.

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Vancouver Opera Announces Honorary Chairs for Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala

Grade 5 student joins legendary mezzo-soprano and founding father of opera in Western Canada to celebrate 50 years of Vancouver Opera

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera announced today the appointment of three Honorary Chairs for an important event in its Golden Anniversary Season. Joining Founding Artistic Director Dr. Irving Guttman, CM and Canadian opera legend Judith Forst, OBC will be 10-year-old Justin Woolfrey, a Grade 5 student at Glenview Elementary School in Prince George.

Reflecting the past, present and future of VO, these Honorary Chairs will oversee the milestone Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala, a celebration of 50 years of opera in Vancouver, featuring international soloists and the VO Orchestra and Chorus in concert at the Orpheum Theatre, under the baton of Jonathan Darlington.

International stage director Dr. Irving Guttman, CM was the artistic founder of Vancouver Opera and indeed of professional opera in British Columbia and western Canada. Dr. Guttman mounted productions for VO that featured some of the greatest singers of our time, such as Plácido Domingo, Dame Joan Sutherland, James Morris and Marilyn Horne. His production of Norma, in 1963, starring Ms. Sutherland and Ms. Horne in their role débuts, is the stuff of legend. The conductor of that production, Richard Bonynge, returns to VO in November to conduct this season’s mainstage opening production of Norma, starring Hasmik Papian.

Having directed the very first VO performance in 1960, Dr. Guttman will be on hand to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the company he helped create.

Internationally acclaimed singer and Port Moody resident Judith Forst, OBC, graduated from Vancouver Opera’s Young Singer training program and went on to become one of the world’s greatest coloratura mezzo-sopranos. Ms. Forst most recently appeared on the VO stage as Herodias in Salome. In 2010, she will create the role of Irene in the world premiere of VO’s commissioned opera Lillian Alling, by John Estacio and John Murrell.

Ten year old Justin Woolfrey is in Grade Five at Glenview Elementary School in Prince George. Having attended a recent Vancouver Opera In Schools performance of Jack Pine, a new opera by Veda Hille on an environmental theme, he appreciates the importance of arts education and is excited and proud to be an Honorary Chair for the Golden Anniversary Season.

“Children need a chance to learn about all kinds of things, especially the things they have not heard of – and to enjoy the good things that learning can bring,” comments Justin. “You never know what is inside a person until they have an opportunity and this is an opportunity for me to share who I am with others and encourage other kids to always give it your best shot, no matter what.”

The Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala takes place on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7:00pm. beginning with a concert at the Orpheum Theatre. Concert tickets are available online at or from the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222. Gala Packages, which include the Concert as well as an exclusive Reception and Gala Dinner at the historic Commodore Ballroom, are available through the VO Ticket Centre.

Full details of the Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala will follow shortly.


Janine Jansen releases new Britten/Beethoven CD and will perform with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on US tour from October 2nd-8th

Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
London Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

NEW YORK, NY – On September 29th, Decca will release a new recording in which violinist Janine Jansen fulfills a long-held ambition to record Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto alongside the most monumental of all violin works, the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Janine Jansen regularly thrills audiences with both her startlingly fresh interpretations of repertoire staples and remarkable takes on lesser-known works. The Times of London recently put it succinctly that "Whenever a violin repertory piece needs revitalizing, there’s one simple solution. Hire Janine Jansen to play it." Janine records these concerti with two different orchestras to fully explore two very different sound worlds: the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for the Beethoven and the London Symphony Orchestra for Britten. Paavo Järvi conducts both performances.

“To make a recording of the Beethoven and Britten Violin Concertos has been a dream of mine for years,” Janine Jansen enthuses. “They are two of the greatest concertos ever written — so different yet both so real.”

“The Beethoven Rebecca Davis PR Presents Janine Jansen Britten/Beethovenis the purest and in many ways the most beautiful concerto in the violin repertoire. The giant!” Janine explains. “I felt so intimidated by it at first, perhaps because the general perception is that one can only play and understand this piece when one is older and highly experienced. I first played it at a very young age — I was so over-awed it felt like the longest forty-five minutes of my life — but with time and greater maturity, I have discovered so much depth in this remarkable music.”

Playing the concerto with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in March 2009 was one of the highlights of Janine’s career to date. “At first I was concerned that my approach was too Romantic,” she recalls, “and that I wouldn’t blend with the orchestra’s style of playing with little vibrato and its wonderfully pure sound. When we played it together for the first time my doubts simply disappeared.”

If the Beethoven concerto occupies a hallowed place in every concert violinist’s repertoire, the Britten is still a comparative rarity. Yet for Janine it is one of the greatest works in its genre and one she has loved and championed since she first played it nearly ten years ago. “I have fallen completely in love with this extraordinary piece and I try to program it wherever and whenever I can,” she beams. “The Britten is technically very challenging for both soloist and orchestra, but the musical language is as intense and expressive as can be — such underlying tension! For me the most impressive part of the concerto is the very end. The coda starts like a prayer and becomes a cry of pain and despair. You can feel how influenced Britten was by the tensions in the world at the time of the Spanish Civil War. After playing the last notes I feel emotionally finished and empty, yet at the same time nourished and filled with wonder.”

Janine Jansen’s passion for the Britten Concerto is evident to all who experience her performing it. Following a performance with Neeme Järvi and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2005, Bradley Bambarger of the Star-Ledger raved, “Jansen played Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto with bravura abandon, her hair whipping around and the strands flying off her bow. Just hitting the myriad notes of Britten's challenging score in tune and in time wasn't enough for this risk-taking soloist. She maximized the expressivity of every one, making those notes whisper and sing, caress and sear.”

Central to the success of this particular recording is the special musical relationship Janine enjoys with conductor Paavo Järvi and both orchestras: “What I love about our collaborations is the amazing flexibility and sense of communication, in which we get inspired by each other’s ideas. We make music in, for me, the only possible way. Listening to each other, reacting to each other, being open to new ideas and being passionate about it!”

Janine Jansen will perform the Beethoven Concerto with the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on a national tour from October 2nd through the 8th making stops in Purchase, Costa Mesa, Seattle, Lafayette, PA and finally New York’s Carnegie Hall.

For more information and to hear Janine Jansen share thoughts about Beethoven and Britten:

Janine Jansen on tour with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra October 2nd-8th, 2009

October 2, 2009 Purchase SUNY Purchase College
October 4, 2009 Costa Mesa Orange County Performing Arts Center
October 5, 2009 Seattle Benaroya Hall
October 7, 2009 Lafayette, PA Williams Center for the Arts
October 8, 2009 New York Carnegie Hall

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Dévoilement des quatre Grands Montréalais 2009 :
 L. Jacques Ménard, Lise Bissonnette, Dr Balfour M. Mount et soeur Nicole Fournier

Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
English to follow

Montréal, le 24 septembre 2009 - La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain dévoile les noms des quatre nouveaux Grands Montréalais, qui seront honorés lors d'une réception, le 4 novembre prochain, au Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau de l'UQAM.

Cette année, les Grands Montréalais sont : dans le secteur économique, L. Jacques Ménard, président du conseil, BMO Nesbitt Burns, et président, BMO Groupe financier, Québec; dans le secteur culturel, Lise Bissonnette, écrivaine, journaliste, éditrice et gestionnaire; dans le secteur scientifique, Dr Balfour M. Mount, professeur émérite de médecine palliative; dans le secteur social, soeur Nicole Fournier, secrétaire de congrégation, Les Soeurs Grises de Montréal et ex-directrice générale de l'Accueil Bonneau.

« La Chambre salue la contribution exceptionnelle de ces quatre personnalités qui se sont illustrées dans leur sphère d'activité respective tout en participant au développement de la métropole. Grâce à leurs actions et à leurs ambitions, c'est Montréal et le Québec tout entier qui en sortent gagnants. Nous sommes privilégiés de pouvoir compter sur des modèles aussi remarquables et inspirants. Tous, à leur manière, ont su faire une réelle différence dans l'avancement de notre société », a déclaré Michel Leblanc, président et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain.

Depuis 1978, 110 personnalités ont été honorées, incluant les quatre de cette année, et forment aujourd'hui l'Académie des Grands Montréalais, créée par la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain en 1988. Vous trouverez sur le site Web de la Chambre les notes biographiques et les photos des lauréats ainsi que le formulaire d'inscription pour participer à cet événement qui est présenté par Hydro-Québec, en partenariat avec Développement économique Canada.

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.

Announcement of the four Great Montrealers 2009:

L. Jacques Ménard, Lise Bissonnette, Dr. Balfour M. Mount, and Sister Nicole Fournier

Montréal, September 24, 2009 - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has announced the names of the four new Great Montrealers who will be honoured at a reception held this coming November 4, at UQAM's Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau.

This year, the Great Montrealers are: in the economic sector, L. Jacques Ménard, Chairman of the Board, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec; in the cultural sector, Lise Bissonnette, writer, journalist, editor, and administrator; in the scientific sector, Dr. Balfour M. Mount, Emeritus Professor of Palliative Medicine; in the social sector, Sister Nicole Fournier, Congregation Secretary, Les Soeurs Grises de Montréal, and former General Director of Accueil Bonneau.

"The Board of Trade hails the exceptional contribution of these four individuals who have distinguished themselves in their respective spheres of activity and have contributed to the city's development. Through their actions and ambitions, Montréal and Quebec as a whole have benefited. We are privileged to be able to count on such remarkable and inspiring role models. Each, in his or her own way, has made a real difference in our society's progress," stated Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

Since 1978, 110 personalities have been honoured-including the four this year-and today make up the Academy of Great Montrealers, created by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in 1988. Biographies and photos of the laureates can be found on the Board of Trade's Website, along with a registration form to take part in this event, which is presented by Hydro-Québec, in a partnership with Canada Economic Development.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

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The Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank loans three‑hundred‑year­‑old instruments to exceptional young musicians

Toronto, September 24, 2009 – The Canada Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the Musical Instrument Bank competition (MIB). The 14 instruments loaned to gifted young Canadian musicians are worth more than $28 million.

Please find below the list of instruments and the winners of the 2009 competition.

The 1689 Baumgartner Stradivari violin, valued at $4.3 million, is awarded to Judy Kang. In 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006, she won the loan of an instrument from the MIB. Born in Edmonton, she currently lives in New York.

The ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello, valued at $8 million, is awarded to Rachel Mercer. In 2006, she won the loan of an instrument from the MIB. Born in Edmonton, she currently lives in Toronto.

The ca. 1700 Bell Giovanni Tononi violin, valued at $188,000, is awarded to Marie-Ève Poupart. Originally from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), she currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

The ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari violin, valued at an estimated $4.3 million, is awarded to Renée‑Paule Gauthier. Originally from Jonquière (QC), she currently lives in Calgary.

The 1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin, valued at $858,000, is awarded to Véronique Mathieu. Also a winner in 2006, Ms. Mathieu has selected this violin for the second time. Born in Montreal and raised in Quebec City, she now lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

The 1717 Windsor-Weinstein Stradivari violin, valued at $4.3 million, is awarded to Caroline Chéhadé of Montreal. In 2006, she won the loan of an instrument from the MIB.

The 1729 Guarneri del Gesù violin, valued at $4.3 million, is awarded to Nikki Chooi. A native of Victoria (BC), he currently studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 1747 Palmason Januarius Gagliano violin, valued at $322,000, is awarded to Andréa Tyniec. Originally from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), she currently lives Munich, Germany.

The ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini, valued at $536,000, is awarded to Min-Jeong Koh. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Toronto, she currently lives in Montreal.

The 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda violin, valued at $375,000, is awarded to Kerry DuWors. In 2003 and 2006, she won the loan of an instrument from the MIB. Originally from Saskatoon, she currently lives in Brandon (MB).

The 1824 McConnell Nicolaus Gagliano cello, valued at $375,000, is awarded to Chloé Dominguez, of Montreal.

The ca. 1830 Shaw Adam cello bow, valued at $43,000, is awarded to Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron. Also a MIB winner in 2006, Ms. Beaulieu Bergeron has selected this cello bow for the second time. She was born in Roberval (QC), and currently lives in Toronto.

1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin with its Vuillaume model bow, valued at $172,000, is awarded to Jessica Linnebach. In 2003 and 2006, she won the loan of an instrument from the MIB. Born in Edmonton, she currently lives in Ottawa.

1902 Enrico Rocca violin, valued at $214,000, is awarded to Jing Wang. Born in China and raised in Sainte-Foy (QC), he currently lives in Texas.

Instrument descriptions, biographical notes and downloadable photographs of the winners and instruments are available on the Canada Council's website at

Since last Sunday, talented Canadian musicians have competed for a three-year loan of one of the thirteen fine stringed instruments and the one cello bow created between 1689 and 1902. The winners had the opportunity to choose the instrument they would like to have on loan in order of their placement in the competition.

The peer assessment committee evaluated all applications – which included recordings of the applicants' playing – and selected finalists. Finalists were then invited to come to Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto for auditions and interviews. The winners were selected by a committee consisting of Peter Gardner, violinist and director of Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (St. John's, NL); Uri Mayer, violist and conductor (Toronto); and Sophie Rolland, cellist (London, England).

Musical Instrument Bank
Created in 1985, the Musical Instrument Bank acquires through donations and loans fine stringed instruments to be loaned to gifted young Canadian musicians to help further their international solo or chamber music careers. Luthier Ric Heinl and his team at Geo. Heinl & Co. Limited are responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the instruments.

Free concert
Tonight at 8 p.m., the 14 winners will perform in a free concert before a full house at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

The musicians' performances will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio 2's In Concert with Bill Richardson on Sunday, October 4th and on Tempo with Julie Nesrallah at a later date. They will also be broadcast on Espace musique, Radio-Canada's music network, on Tuesday, October 27th at 8 p.m. on Soirées classiques, hosted by Michel Keable.

General information
In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to raising public awareness and celebration of these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Please visit our website ( for a complete listing of these awards.

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Lecture / Mark Kingwell on Glenn Gould 1 October 7 PM Studio Theatre


Thursday, 1 October | 7 PM

Author of fifteen books about philosophy, design and architecture, Mark Kingwell is a philosophy professor at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine. His new book, Glenn Gould (Penguin, 2009), focuses on Canada’s most renowned classical musician of the twentieth century, a figure whose technical virtuosity and interpretive brilliance were matched by an eccentric lifestyle. A recording artist, broadcaster, writer, and proponent of electronic media, Gould stopped performing live in 1964 to focus exclusively on recorded performances. Discussing Gould as a philosopher who lived according to his own contradictory, mischievous and provocative ideas about music, Kingwell adopts a kaleidoscopic approach to writing his life, offering twenty-one “takes” – a reference to Gould’s famous twenty-one “takes” on Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955. Kingwell’s lecture links to the Candice Breitz exhibition at The Power Plant, which also examines connections between live and recorded performance, repetition and improvisation.

This event is dedicated to the Toronto Arts Council in honour of their 35th Anniversary.

$4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase tickets.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Allied Works Architecture and BKDI selected to design Cantos' National...

CALGARY, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Cantos Music Foundation made the announcement today that Allied Works Architecture and local partner BKDI have been selected to design Cantos' new national music centre at the King Eddy site in Calgary's East Village. After an extensive worldwide search and impressive public presentations from five international architects, this highly anticipated announcement is a milestone event in the creation of Canada's only National Music Centre.

"The concept from Allied Works truly captured the heart and soul of this project," said Andrew Mosker, executive director of the Cantos Music Foundation. "Brad and his team will give us an innovative building that fits with Calgary, Alberta, the West and is symbolic of something that is truly uniquely Canadian. This is an exciting day for Calgarians."

Brad Cloepflil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon. In recent years, Allied Works has focused on several significant cultural and educational buildings throughout North America and can now add Cantos' National Music Centre to their roster of impressive projects. Considered an emerging master in architectural circles, Cloepfil and his team have beat out some of the world's biggest names in architecture in numerous international competitions over the last few years.

Allied Works' recently completed projects include the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, a major addition to the Seattle Art Museum, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and the recently completed expansion of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

"The national music centre is an extraordinary instrument, silent and powerful, brought to life by its programs, collections and performances. The new building forms rise as sentinels around the re-born King Eddy, marking the entry to the East Village and new Music District," commented Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works Architecture.

In the last two years, the firm's work has been featured in: Architectural Record/Record Houses, Architectural Review, Space Magazine, Wallpaper, The New Yorker, Blueprint, Metropolis.

On July 23rd, five world renowned architects were asked to develop and present a bold vision for the future of the Cantos Music Foundation and the national music centre. The request included the public presentation of concepts honouring the iconic King Eddy Hotel while creating over 80,000 square-feet of space for programs and exhibitions. The centre was required to house an education research centre, museum, collection of instruments and memorabilia, recording studios, a radio station, a seven-days-a-week live music venue and a suite of innovative and creative programs for people of all ages.

The four other competing architects were:
Studio Pali Fekete Architects: Los Angeles, California
Diller Scofidio and Renfro: New York, NY
Jean Nouvel Workshop: Paris, France
Saucier + Perrotte: Montreal, Quebec

The submissions were reviewed by a selection advisory committee comprised of musicians, architects, business experts, museum experts and others.

To download images from Allied Works' architectural presentation and to learn more about the selection advisory committee please visit

Cantos Music Foundation is a registered charitable organization whose vision it is to be a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. Cantos serves nearly 30,000 people per year - a number that's expected to more than triple in the new facility.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Exposition d’oeuvres récentes d’Angèle Verret au Laboratoire de l’Agora de la danse du 6 au 31 octobre

… j ’ a i t o u t v o u l u e f fa c e r … e n c o r e …

L’oeuvre d’Angèle Verret exerce sur celui qui la regarde une fascination, un pouvoir hypnotique, un envoûtement tel qu’il faut parfois se « secouer » physiquement pour s’en détacher. L’artiste ne s’en cache pas, sa démarche est faite de doute et d’incertitude. En cela, elle rejoint la fragilité du philosophe, sa quête d’équilibre et l’éternel questionnement qui lui est propre.

« Soupçon, suspicion, perplexité, irrésolution, scepticisme, tergiversation, indécision, controverse ou négation, c’est avec insistance que j’utilise ces termes, presque synonymes, mais qui, néanmoins, présentent tous une modulation de sens, un état d’insatisfaction et d’incomplétude. Il devient, dès lors, difficile de recevoir une réponse rassurante ou raisonnable de ce qui se donne à voir dans ma peinture, même si elle joue d’une certaine séduction. »

Angèle Verret procède par touches successives dans la « déconstruction » d’un tableau, chacune des couches aériennes et diaphanes qui le composent efface la couche précédente sans toutefois nier son rôle de substrat. Ses toiles s’offrent à nous, étonnamment lumineuses et nuancées. Sous une apparente monochromie, la diversité des tons et la subtile palette de l’artiste nous renvoient à nos propres incertitudes, à ces moments d’inconfort qui parsèment l’existence. L’utilisation de l’aérographe et de l’encre légère et translucide qui est propre à cet instrument n’est pas fortuite. Le « brouillard » qui en résulte répond parfaitement au non lieu et au non être voulu par la

En 2007, Angèle Verret a obtenu le prix de la création artistique du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Montérégie). On trouve ses oeuvres dans les collections du Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, de Loto-Québec, du Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, de la Bibliothèque nationale du Canada ainsi que dans de nombreuses collections particulières au Québec, au Canada et en France.

Interrogation, lieu d’errance « où le corps se sent concerné mais décontenancé », l’oeuvre d’Angèle Verret demande à être revisitée. Une exposition à voir et… à revoir!

L’Agora de la danse offre gratuitement cette exposition à tous ceux que l’art contemporain québécois intéresse. On pourra profiter de l’occasion qui nous est offerte par cette exposition d’Angèle Verret au Laboratoire pour assister à un spectacle au Studio.

Le Laboratoire, salle d’exposition de l’Agora de la danse, est situé au premier étage du 840 de la rue Cherrier et ouvre ses portes de 19 h 30 à 22 h les soirs de représentation au Studio.

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The 2009 NAC Gala offers a Magical Evening with Yo-Yo Ma and the NAC Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman on Oct. 3

Yo-Yo Ma is the greatest cellist today. Everything he touches he turns to gold...gorgeous, almost voluptuous playing.” Boston Herald

Ottawa, Canada – The upcoming National Arts Centre Gala featuring superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, “the most popular artist in classical music today,” on Saturday, October 3 is sold out. Those lucky enough to have tickets will hear Yo-Yo Ma together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Music Director Pinchas Zukerman. This “Magical Evening with Yo-Yo Ma” is presented by TELUS. The Gala benefits the National Youth and Education Trust which provides funds for the NAC’s wide array of performing arts programming for young artists, young audiences and schools.

Yo-Yo Ma has been a cultural beacon for decades. Young and old flock to his sold-out concerts, coming away moved, thrilled, and inspired. This astonishing artist has performed at the Oscars, the Grammys, the Olympics, and before a live audience of over a million at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He returns to the NAC Orchestra to perform Dvorák’s beloved Cello Concerto with the NAC’s own luminary Pinchas Zukerman leading the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

The concert will also feature rising star pianist AvanYu, a former participant in the NAC Summer Music Institute, performing Chopin’s Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise brillante in E-flat major. Pinchas Zukerman will open the concert with “Blumine” from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Additional programming will remain a surprise!

There will be a pre-concert reception for all patrons at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. Those who have purchased Encore Seating will join Gala sponsors at a post-concert reception, followed by dinner on the Southam Hall stage.

The NAC is honoured once again to have TELUS, Founding Partner of the National Youth and Education Trust, as the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala – a commitment that reflects TELUS’s continuing support of this primary resource for supporting the artistic development of young Canadians through educational materials, professional training, mentoring programs and young audience performances. The Trust is also supported by Michael Potter, supporters and patrons of the National Arts Centre Gala, and members of the NAC Foundation’s Donors’ Circle.

In addition to TELUS as the Presenting Sponsor, the Gala is supported by A&E, University of Ottawa and TD Bank Financial Group. Media partners are the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal, Le Droit, Embassy Newspaper and The Hill Times.

Janet Yale, TELUS’ executive vice president, Corporate Affairs, is the Chair of the Gala Committee for the fourth year. Mrs. Laureen Harper is the Honourary Gala Chair.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including 15 Grammy® Awards from his discography of over 75 albums, the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008). Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide. In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace and in 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended his appointment.

Pinchas Zukerman has been Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1998, and his genius and prodigious technique have been a marvel to critics and audiences for over four decades. He is equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, and chamber musician while his dedication to teaching has been a major catalyst for many of the education initiatives supported by the National Youth and Education Trust. Pinchas Zukerman’s discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. He was named first-prize winner of the 1969 Leventritt Competition, and, in 1983, President Reagan awarded him a Medal of Arts for his leadership in the musical world. In October 2002, he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City.

Avan Yu has already, at the age of 21, performed in recital and with orchestras on four continents, consistently captivating audiences with his extraordinary musicianship and prodigious ability. He is the only pianist to win First Prize in both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. Avan Yu won first prize at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen. In August 2008 he captured the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition in Spain.

He says: “I was 16 years old when I first tackled the Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante in preparation for the Canadian Chopin Competition. My love for it has only grown with time - it’s a wonderful piece that combines elegance, youthful exuberance, and lyricism in a perfect balance. It is astonishing to realize that Chopin completed the work when he was only in his early twenties.”

Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra donate their services for the NAC’s annual Gala.

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Opera Shorts at Carnegie Hall/October 1st

Thursday, October 1st the Remarkable Theater Brigade will present 10-minute operas at Weill-Carnegie Hall. Some of the composers writing for RTB include Seymour Barab, Tom Cipullo, Patrick Soluri, Rob Voisey, Anne Phillips, George Brunner, Ben Bierman and of course, Christian McLeer.

Dedicated to creating and presenting new works for theatrical performances in New York City, RTB exists as a not for profit company founded in 2002, and its team has created and produced exciting and impressive new musical productions including orchestral works, operas, ballets, musicals and electro-acoustic works as well as taking children’s versions of its productions to special-needs and at risk children for free.

Tickets start at $30. Go to, call CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or visit the Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

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