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Friday, January 30, 2009

Soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme to Perform in Dear Mrs. Parks with DSO


Soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme to Perform in Hannibal Lokumbe's Dear Mrs. Parks with DSO in March 2009



American soprano Janice Chandler- Eteme has established an international reputation for her musical sensitivity, astonishing vocal agility and memorable dramatic presence. She has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and opera companies, and collaborated with renowned conductors worldwide. She continues to make her mark with an ever-growing recital, operatic and Gospel music repertoire to critical acclaim. Ms. Chandler-Eteme will perform in Hannibal Lokumbe's oratorio, 'Dear Mrs. Parks' on March 6th, 7th and 8th, 2009 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Wilkins. The performance will also be recorded for a Naxos release.


Hailed as "one of the loveliest soprano voices on earth" by The Baltimore Sun, Ms. Chandler-Eteme has recently returned from a triumphant performance of Porgy and Bess in Nantes, France. "We will remember for a long time ... this radiant and fragile Bess who reminds us that Gershwin liked heroines created in the style of Puccini..." wrote Diapason.


Ms. Chandler-Eteme professes to be one of composer Hannibal Lokumbe's great admirers and close friends. She premiered his work for soprano and orchestra, 'One Heart Beating' several years ago, and only recently performed the role of the angel in his dramatic work based on the life of Medgar Evers, the slain civil rights leader.


Lokumbe's dramatic and moving tribute to the heroism of the famed civil rights activist, 'the mother of the modern civil rights', and beloved Detroit icon, was originally commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2005. "Dear Mrs. Parks' is a prayer of music and words in honor of Mrs. Rosa Parks and every soul of her spiritual and social realm. She is the true nature of what is perceived and spoken of as being heaven. Her unselfish love, as unselfish love always does, transforms the entire world," said the composer in a recent interview.


Thomas Wilkins conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Rackham Symphony Choir, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, mezzo-soprano Jevetta Steele and baritone Kevin Deas.


Concert Details:


Performances: March 6th at 8 pm; March 7th at 7:30 pm; March 8th at 3 pm


Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111
Box Office Fax: (313) 576-5109


www.detroitsymphony.com

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Clavecin en concert : concert du 6 février 2009


Luc Beauséjour, directeur artistique

RÉCITAL DU CLAVECINISTE ITALIEN

RINALDO ALESSANDRINI

Le vendredi 6 février 2009, 20 h 00

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montréal

Prix des billets : 28 $ (tarif régulier), 10 $ (étudiants, temps plein, 25 ans et moins)

et gratuit pour les moins de 15 ans

Renseignements et réservations : 514-748-8625 – www.clavecinenconcert.org


Montréal, 12 janvier 2009 – La société Clavecin en concert est heureuse de présenter en récital le claveciniste italien Rinaldo Alessandrini.


Considéré comme l'un des acteurs essentiels de la scène internationale de la musique ancienne et comme le plus grand spécialiste de Monteverdi, Rinaldo Alessandrini mène depuis plus de vingt ans une importante carrière de récitaliste au clavecin, au pianoforte et à l'orgue. Fondateur et directeur musical du Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini s'est imposé, notamment, par ses interprétations du répertoire italien des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Ses enregistrements de Monteverdi ou de Vivaldi sont d'incontestables références.


Cet artiste passionnant et passionné jouera à Montréal un programme varié où la musique italienne du XVIIe tient une place de choix. Lors de son séjour en sol québécois, Monsieur Alessandrini donnera des cours de maître au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, à l'université de Montréal et à l'université McGill.


PROGRAMME


Bernardo Storace: Ciaccona (Selva di varie compositioni, 1664)

Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata Prima (Secondo Libro, 1615)

Girolamo Frescobaldi: Cento Partite sopra Passacagli (Primo Libro,1627)

Giovanni Picchi: Ballo alla Polacha, Ballo Ongaro, Ballo ditto il Pichi

(Intavolatura di Balli, 1621)

Michelangelo Rossi: Toccata Settima (Toccate e Corenti, 1657)


Pause


Dietrich Buxtehude: Preaeludium et Fugue en sol mineur BuxWV 163

Louis Couperin: Prélude, Chaconne, Tombeau de Mr de Blancrocher

George Friedrich Handel: Suite en mi mineur HWV 438

Allemande – Sarabande – Gigue

Pancrace Royer: La Marche des Scythes (Pièces de Clavecin, 1746)



Clavecin en concert remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil des arts de Montréal de leur soutien.

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Giorgia Fumanti en concert au Festival Montréal en Lumière


Dans le cadre de la 10e édition du Festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

La soprano québécoise Giorgia Fumanti

fera vibrer l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste !

Montréal, le lundi 2 février 2009 – Le vendredi 27 février, à 20 h, l'église Saint‑Jean‑Baptiste (sise au cœur du Plateau Mont-Royal) accueillera en ses murs la magnifique soprano québécoise d'origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti, laquelle s'y produira en compagnie de ses musiciens dans le cadre de la 10e édition du Festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Au fil des ans, le volet culturel du populaire événement (qui se tiendra cette année du jeudi 19 février au dimanche 1er mars) s'est bâti une solide réputation en offrant au public d'ici et d'ailleurs le summum de la musique. À ce titre, nul doute dans l'esprit des programmateurs du Festival : Giorgia Fumanti devait figurer dans la programmation de cette 10e édition.

Fidèle à ses habitudes, celle que l'on acclame désormais à travers le monde livrera donc un mirifique concert en interprétant, de sa voix d'ange et avec toute la grâce qu'on lui connait, les œuvres les plus enchanteresses de son répertoire qu'elle interprétera tant en italien, en anglais qu'en français. Le public présent aura ainsi droit à un programme on ne peut plus diversifié comprenant, entre autres, certaines pièces de l'album à succès From My Heart, d'autres extraites de Je Suis (réalisé par Guy St‑Onge et récemment lancé), quelques chansons de musiques de films populaires ainsi que plusieurs autres grands succès du répertoire pop et classique. Le public présent est par ailleurs en droit de s'attendre à être touché, voire ému, puisque Giorgia Fumanti, soir après soir, laisse toujours le public pantois d'admiration, béat…

Les organisateurs du Festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE sont donc honorés d'inscrire à leur prestigieuse programmation le spectacle de Giorgia Fumanti, laquelle est de retour au pays après avoir été chaudement applaudie aux quatre coins du globe, sur certaines scènes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses et parfois en compagnie de stars internationales dont José Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Zucchero et Lucio Dalla, pour ne nommer qu'elles.

À vous de saisir la chance de découvrir (ou redécouvrir !) l'une de nos plus grandes stars à l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (309, rue Rachel Est, angle Henri-Julien), le vendredi 27 février, dès 20 h.

Les billets, au)coût de 30 $ (taxes non incluses), sont en vente à la billetterie de Ticketpro (514 908-9090 / 1-866-908-9090, ticketpro.ca) sur le réseau Admission.com (514 790-1245 / 1 800 361-4595, admission.com) et à la billeterie de la Place des Arts (514 842-2112 / 1 866 842-2112, laplacedesarts.com)

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Honens and CPO present North American premiere of Mendelssohn's Third Piano Concerto


Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra present North American Premiere of Mendelssohn’s Third Piano Concerto

CALGARY, AB January 30, 2009 – Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday with the North American premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor. The concert takes place on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Singer Concert Hall, EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (205 Eighth Avenue SE).

Left unfinished at the prolific composer’s death in 1847, the score was completed and reconstructed by composer/conductor Marcello Bufalini for exclusive performance by Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda. Prosseda came across the incomplete manuscript at the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 2006 and urged Bufalini, a respected Mendelssohn scholar, to bring his considerable knowledge of the composer’s style to the task of assembling a reconstruction from the sketches. The process involved deciphering the manuscript which consisted of the solo piano part and the piano sketch of the orchestra score; completing the orchestration, and writing the Finale based upon the autograph melodic sketches.

Julian Kuerti conducts the all-Mendelssohn program, which also includes the Hebrides Overture Op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave) and Sinfonia for String Orchestra No. 10 in B minor. Roberto Prosseda will be joined by his wife Alessandra Maria Ammara (2000 Honens Laureate) to perform the Concerto for Two Pianos in E major.

Tickets are $28 to $85 and are available by calling (403) 571-0849 or online at cpo-live.com. For more information visit honens.com or cpo-live.com.

Honens Concerts Presenting Sponsor: TD Waterhouse

Calgary Philharmonic Season Sponsors: Calgary Herald and Nexen Inc.

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About Honens

Honens, Canada’s leading presenter of music for piano, produces more than 100 concerts and events across Canada and internationally each year. The triennial Honens International Piano Competition, founded in 1992, is ranked among the world’s greatest music competitions. It is unique in its mission to find the “complete artist” – one who possesses technical mastery as well as expressiveness in a wide range of musical forms and style, and whose music-making possesses imagination, innovation and relevance in today’s world. The sixth Honens Competition takes place in Calgary from October 22 to November 6, 2009.

About the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was formed in 1955 through the amalgamation of the Calgary Symphony and the Alberta Philharmonic. Today the CPO is one of North America’s finest and most versatile orchestras presenting world leading artists and a wonderful range of genres. The CPO’s innovative style excites, entertains and inspires music lovers of all ages.

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RCM February events



LISTINGS UPDATE

THE ROYAL CONCERT SEASON AT
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
February 2009

Come in from the cold to the sparkling new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning as the Royal Concert Season continues with concerts and lectures in February.

Great Artists Series start with Dublin International Piano Competition prize winner Li Wang playing Schumann's Kinderszenen, Chopin's Mazurkas, Op. 17, and Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on Sunday, February 1, at 4pm. Andrew McCandless, The Glenn Gould School faculty member and principal trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will appear onstage with fellow musicians Neil Deland, French horn, Gordon Wolfe, trombone, Vanessa Lee, piano, Julie Spring, harp, and Leonie Wall, flute, on Sunday, February 8, at 2pm, in a program of Bernstein, Ravel, Debussy and others.

World Music Concerts will continue on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 pm, with Canada's renowned world music fusion group autorickshaw. Their music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk blends with the classical and popular music of India. autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering a 2004 JUNO nomination and winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005. Suba Sankaran, autorickshaw's vocalist, was recently appointed as a resident artist at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

The last concert of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra series will present the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian leading the RCO in Ravel's quirky and passionate Alborado del Gracioso and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 will round out the programme on Friday, February 20, at 8pm, and feature soloist Alexander Seredenko, the GGS Concerto Competition winner from 2007. This will be the last concert the RCO will be performing at the George Weston Recital Hall before their return home, to the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, next season.

The free Master Class Series is a wonderful way to see famous musicians as they teach the new generation to perfect their craft. Internationally renowned French-Canadian pianist and foremost interpreter of Liszt, André Laplante, will lead two master classes on Friday, February 20, at 10am and 2pm.
THE ROYAL CONCERT SEASON AT
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
February 2009

Li Wang, piano (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 1 at 4pm
Andrew McCandless, trumpet, with the GGS Brass faculty (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 8 at 2pm
autorickshaw, world music fusion (World Music Concerts):
Thursday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor, Alexander Seredenko, piano (RCM Orchestra):
Friday, February 20 at 8pm +
André Laplante, piano (GGS Master Class Series):
Friday, February 20 at 10am and 2pm*


Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at www.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
* Free event

All events, except for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, will take place at the Conservatory's new home, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West.

+ The Royal Conservatory Orchestra performs at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. For RCO tickets visit www.ticketmaster.ca or call 416.872.1111.

More information about the 2008-2009 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at
www.rcmusic.ca.

The RCM 2008-2009 Concert Season is made possible through the generous support of:
Presentation Sponsors: BMO Financial Group and MasterCard®
Performance Supporters: Acuity Funds Ltd.; Mona and Robert Bandeen; D. & T. Davis Charitable Foundation; Margaret and Jim Fleck; Invesco Trimark; Mr. Thomas Logan; Mary Jean and Frank Potter; Meredith and William Saunderson; Janet and Michael Scott; Shiu Pong
The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council and RBC Financial Group

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Alexander Brott Tribute concert


MONTRÉAL January 27, 2009

The McGill Chamber Orchestra

Press Release

All Beethoven Program

ALEXANDER BROTT TRIBUTE CONCERT

The McGill Chamber Orchestra, performing under Artistic Director Boris Brott, presents an ALL BEETHOVEN concert in tribute to its Founder and first Musical Director Alexander Brott, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm, in Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West.

The Alexander Brott Tribute will feature the composer's Paraphrase in Polyphony. The work is based upon Québec's ONLY DIRECT connection to Beethoven, a manuscript (attached) discovered by Montréal antiquarian and music lover Lawrence Lande, which is a Canon in Beethoven's handwriting dedicated to a Québec music teacher Theodore Molt who visited Beethoven in Vienna. The original document is housed at the National Library of Canada. A copy of this manuscript will be on display at the concert – as the original is too fragile to be shipped! Paraphrase in Polyphony was recorded on the Analekta label.

Janina Fialkowska (photo attached) is recognized as one of Montréal's greatest musical exports. She graces the world's stages with stirring interpretations of Chopin and Beethoven. She studied with the renowned Yvonne Lefebure in Paris. In New York she completed her studies at the Juilliard School of Music with Sasha Gorodnitzki. Her career was launched by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein after her prize winning performances at the first international piano competition held in his name.

Ms. Fialkowska will perform Beethoven's beloved Piano Concerto No.4

in G Major.

The Orchestra will begin the concert with the Overture, Adagio and Allegro from Beethoven's ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus.

Program for the evening:

Ludwig van Beethoven Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus

(The Creatures of Prometheus)

Overture, Adagio and Finale

Alexander Brott Paraphrase in Polyphony

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Opus 58

The concert is sponsored by the AZRIELI FOUNDATION.



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Rue Saint-Jean, rue carnavalesque


_____________________RAPPEL

RUE SAINT-JEAN, RUE CARNAVALESQUE

AUX FRONTIÈRES DES CARNAVALS DE QUÉBEC ET DE VENISE

Québec, le 30 janvier 2009 - L’Association des gens d’affaires de la rue Saint-Jean du Vieux-Québec (AGA), en collaboration avec le Carnaval de Québec, la Ville de Québec et le CLD de Québec, propose des activités gratuites pour toute la famille les dimanches 1er et 8 février 2009, de 11h30 à 16h, sur la rue Saint-Jean (entre les rues d’Auteuil et côte du Palais) qui sera alors fermée à la circulation. Deux journées d’activités qui présentent un mariage entre les carnavals de Québec et de Venise ; deux journées où la Commedia dell’Arte côtoie le hockey bottine et où les Dames masquées de Venise s’acoquinent avec des conteurs québécois !

…SUITE EN PIÈCE JOINTE

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BUZZ les Planetes de Holst - 15 FEVRIER 09

Buzz [cuivres] & Mélanie Barney [orgue]

Les Planètes de Holst

Dimanche 15 février 2009 - 15h00

Sunday February 15th, - 3h00

Église Saint-Viateur - 1175, avenue Laurier Ouest (angle Chemin Côte-Ste-Catherine)

Outremont - Montréal / 20 $ - 15 $ (aînés et étudiants/seniors and students)

Montréal, vendredi 30 janvier 2009 : - Buzz et l’organiste Mélanie Barney s’unissent pour vous offrir un concert rempli d’éclats et de splendeur. Au programme, une version personnalisée de la célèbre suite symphonique composée par Gustav Holst intitulée « Les Planètes ». Source d’inspiration monumentale pour le Septième Art, cette œuvre dépeint le tempérament astrologique de chaque planète du système solaire, à l’exception de la Terre :

Mars, celui qui apporte la guerre

Vénus, celle qui apporte la paix

Mercure, le messager ailé

Jupiter, celui qui apporte la joie

Saturne, celui qui apporte la vieillesse

Uranus, le magicien

Neptune, le mystique

Le concert sera d’une durée d’une heure, sans pause. Laissez-vous transporter au son de l’orgue et des cuivres dans un majestueux voyage interplanétaire!

One hour concert! let yourself dreaming to this incredible voyage!

BILLETTERIE - TICKETS

À la porte, une heure avant le concert - At the door only, one hour before the concert.

Argent comptant seulement - cash only.

Buzz cuivres farfelus c'est: promouvoir la musique de chambre pour ensemble de cuivres à travers le monde, auprès de tous les auditoires, en offrant notamment des concerts et des enregistrements sonores qui respectent un haut niveau d’interprétation musicale.

Buzz c’est deux trompettes, un cor, un trombone et un trombone basse. En plus d’œuvres musicales choisies parmi les classiques du répertoire pour quintette de cuivres, les musiciens interprètent des compositions et des arrangements exclusifs.

Buzz c’est aussi un farfelu ̶ un comédien ̶ qui intervient lors de présentations « musithéâtrales ». Il s’agit ici de spectacles musicaux accessibles et divertissants qui allient musique et théâtre en parfait équilibre. Pour plus d’information, visitez notre site Internet au www.buzzcf.com

Buzz tient à remercier ses partenaires gouvernementaux : Les Conseils des arts du Québec, du Canada et de Montréal ainsi que Musicaction et la SODEC


Buzz cuivres farfelus' (Buzz Oddball Brass)

By offering accessible and entertaining musical shows in which music and theatre are combined in perfect harmony.

Also, by proposing concerts and sound recordings featuring a high level of musical interpretation.

Buzz consists of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a bass trombone. As well as playing musical selections from the classics of the repertoire for brass quintet, the musicians play original compositions and exclusive arrangements.

Buzz also consists of one oddball — an actor — who intervenes during our “musitheatrical” presentations. Under the actor's direction, a theme is carefully chosen and dramatized in order to assure interaction between music and audience. The actor plays the main characters. The musicians play supporting characters as well as performing music from memory, thus assuring efficient staging and keeping the music in forefront.

With the use of diverse musical influences, high quality performance, and fresh theatrical settings, Buzz invites its audience to rediscover music as they have never experienced or even imagined it before!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Giogia Fumanti in concert


La star internationale Giorgia Fumanti

en concert à la salle André-Mathieu

le dimanche 1er février


Laval, le jeudi 29 janvier 2009 – La chanteuse québécoise d'origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti se produira pour la toute première fois à Laval le dimanche 1er février, à 20 h, à la salle André-Mathieu.

Pour cette occasion toute spéciale, la ravissante soprano sera accompagnée de ses cinq musiciens en compagnie desquels elle livrera les plus belles chansons de son répertoire, qu'elle interprétera tant en italien, en anglais qu'en français. Le public présent aura ainsi droit à un programme on ne peut plus diversifié comprenant, entre autres, certaines pièces de Je Suis (son plus récent album lancé peu avant le temps des Fêtes) et de l'album From My Heart, quelques chansons extraites de musiques de films à succès ainsi que les plus beaux airs de grands classiques populaires.

Mentionnons qu'au cours de la dernière année Giorgia Fumanti a brillé sur certaines scènes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses du monde. Elle a également joint sa voix à celles de stars internationales dont José Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward – Moody Blues, John McDermott, Zucchero, Lucio Dalla et Patrizio Buanne. À l'occasion des Jeux Olympiques de Beijing, en août dernier, elle a en outre livré une inoubliable prestation devant plusieurs millions de téléspectateurs !

Après avoir été chaudement applaudie aux quatre coins du monde, voilà donc que la belle Italienne, résidente des Laurentides depuis quelques années, est enfin de retour à la maison. À vous de saisir la chance de découvrir (ou redécouvrir !) l'une de nos plus grandes stars québécoises à la salle André-Mathieu, le dimanche 1er février, dès 20 h.

Les billets, au)coût de 38 $ (taxes incluses), sont en vente à la billetterie de la salle André‑Mathieu (475, boul. de l'Avenir, à Laval – 450.667.2040) ou au Groupe de loisirs La Relance (450.661.4276).



International star Giorgia Fumanti

In concert at Salle André-Mathieu

on Sunday February 1st

Laval, Thursday January 29th 2009 – Giorgia Fumanti, Canada's own Italian diva, will be performing for the first time in Laval on Sunday February 1st, at 8 pm, at the beautiful Salle André-Mathieu.

On this special occasion, accompanied by her great musicians, our stellar soprano will perform her favourite songs in Italian, French, and English. All present will be treated to an eclectic program that includes tracks from her recently released album 'Je Suis' and "From My Heart", along with choice songs from great movie soundtracks, as well as selected gems from popular classics.

Giorgia Fumanti, over the past year, has appeared on many of the world's most prestigious venues, joining her melodious voice with that of international greats such as José Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward – Moody Blues, John McDermott, Zucchero, Lucio Dalla and Patrizio Buanne. Last August, Giorgia joined in the Beijing Olympic celebrations, delivering a sensational performance broadcast to an audience of millions of viewers!

Having received the glowing praise of audiences from the four corners of the world, our Italian beauty, who calls the Laurentieans home, has finally returned. Discover, or rediscover, one of our own stars, to shine at Salle André-Mathieu, Sunday, February 1st, at 8 pm.

Ticket prices are $38 (tax included), and are available at the Salle André‑Mathieu ticket booth (475, De l'Avenir blvd, Laval – 450.667.2040) and Groupe La Relance (450 661-4276). The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 pm.


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Pan-Macedonian Association presents the Toronto Debut of Alexander The Great


"ALEXANDER THE GREAT" TO HELP STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATION TO PREMIERE OPERA IN AID OF HELLENIC HOME


The Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario will produce the Toronto premiere of "Alexander the Great", an epic opera by Panayiotis Karousos on February 15, 2009 at the P.C. Ho Theatre in Toronto.


A concert version of the opera will be performed in order to raise funds for the Hellenic Home for the Aged and the St. Cyril and Methodius Chapel that the Home is building.


"Alexander the Great" premiered in Montreal in 2007 and has been performed in Chicago and Washington D.C. Karousos is a prolific composer residing in Montreal and he is donating his royalties to the Hellenic Home.


"We are very pleased to be able to produce a work by a young Greek composer and to help the Hellenic Home" said James Karas, the president of the Pan-Macedonian Association. "It will be a new experience of many people. Opera is no a common pastime for Greeks."


The opera follows the life of Alexander from a meeting at the Acropolis following the Macedonian victory at Chaeronea in 339 B.C. to the death of the great general in Babylon in 323 B.C. There are scenes for Alexander's Farewell to Greece as he crosses the Hellespont into Asia, and set pieces after the battles of Granicus, Issua and a scene at the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.


"The Hellenic Home is thrilled with the offer of the Pan-Macedonian Association" said Irene Keroglidis, the Vice President of the Hellenic Home. "The board of directors has embraced the idea and we will all work very hard to make sure it is a success."


"Alexander the Great" will be performed at the P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto Ontario on February 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.


Alexander the Great

P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre

5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto

February 15, 2009 at 3pm

Tickets: $50

For more information, visit www.panmacedonian.ca





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Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, Nominated for Four 2009 Grammy Awards, at Alice Tully Hall, 3/16/09


Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, Nominated for Four 2009 Grammy Awards, to Appear at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, March 16, 2009

First A Cappella Choir to Perform at Newly Renovated Landmark Cultural Institution

Selections from Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning albums

The Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale (formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir) will be appearing at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, March 16, at 8:00 PM. Conducting will be Director Charles Bruffy, in a program of music by Josef Rheinberger, from the 2009 Grammy Award-nominated album Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works, and Alexander Grechaninov, from the 2008 Grammy Award-winning album Passion Week (both on Chandos Records). Also on the program will be works by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and Frank Martin.

Glowing reviews, fiftieth anniversary

BBC Music Magazine has said of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, “The superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffy’s name, and deservedly so”. Recordings by the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale have been called “simply gorgeous” (International Record Review), “superb” (All Music Guide), and “remarkable” (Gramophone).

The Phoenix Chorale, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary this past season, has been nominated for a total of four 2009 Grammy awards; two for its recently released solo recording Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, and two for its joint recording with sister organization the Kansas City Chorale, Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works.

Both groups cover a challenging and diverse repertoire spanning many centuries, from music of Shakespeare’s time to the present day. A list of Bruffy’s recent commissions and premieres include works by Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, and Chen Yi.

Tickets

To obtain tickets or further information regarding this event, please visit the Distinguished Concerts web site, www.DCINY.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the DCINY box office, 212.707.8566, x 307 or directly from the concert venue.

Premiere works

In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster of participating ensembles and attracting talent from all over the globe. Among the events DCINY is honored to present this season are: one world and two US premiere performances of major new works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, which took place this past January 19, and the world premiere of a new choral piece by American composer Eric Whitacre, this upcoming June 28. Please visit www.DCINY.org for details regarding other highlights of DCINY’s 2009/2010 Season.


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