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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Un troisième album pour Joseph Edgar arrive en gare !


« Y'a un train qui s'en vient... »

un troisième album pour Joseph Edgar arrive en gare !

Deux ans et demi après la parution de « oh ma ma », Joseph Edgar offre au public un troisième album intitulé « Y'a un train qui s'en vient... », en vente à partir du mardi 5 mai. L'auteur-compositeur-interprète acadien, ex-chanteur principal du groupe populaire Zéro ˚Celsius, livre un disque composé de 11 nouvelles pièces, dont la plupart ont été créées au cours de la dernière année. Déjà, depuis le début avril, le premier extrait « Rêves volés » a été lancé aux radios et sur Internet et suscite un grand intérêt de la part des critiques. La chanson a déjà fait son entrée sur les palmarès des radios communautaires francophones en Atlantique et, même s'il s'agit d'une production maison, le vidéoclip de cette chanson a fait beaucoup de chemin sur divers sites web.

S'alliant une fois de plus au réalisateur Marc « Chops » Arsenault (Pascal Lejeune, Petunia, Serge Brido...), bassiste du groupe Les Païens dont les membres font partie de l'équipe principale du disque, Joseph Edgar raconte que ce cd vient finalement combler son désir de faire un album qui a comme vocation de « joindre le plus possible l'énergie et la force du spectacle à une expérience sonore qu'on ne peut explorer qu'en studio. » Le chanteur ajoute qu'il a réussi à obtenir le son qu'il cherchait « grâce au travail de tous ceux et celles qui ont joué sur l'album et qui sont venus complémenter les chansons de leur talent magique, et surtout, grâce au travail passionné du réalisateur qui a aussi agi comme ingénieur et mixeur. »

En plus des autres membres du groupe Les Païens (Jean Surette, Denis Surette et Sébastien Michaud), les autres musiciens que l'on retrouve sur l'album sont Isabelle Thériault, Chris Colepaugh et Lisa LeBlanc, entre autres.

Rappelons que Joseph Edgar a été récipiendaire du trophée Artiste de l'année en musique au Gala des prix Éloizes en 2008 pour son album « oh ma ma » sorti à l'automne 2006 et sur lequel l'extrait « Fantôme de Blanchard » a réussi à capter l'attention et les éloges de quelques grands noms de la scène québécoise dont Daniel Bélanger et Ariane Moffatt. On entend souvent dire que Joseph Edgar est l'héritier de Zachary Richard !

À la mi-mai, Joseph Edgar partira à travers les provinces atlantiques pour promouvoir l'album avec sa « Tournée du tounerre » à laquelle s'ajoute le groupe Les Païens. Lors de son arrêt au Théâtre Capitol à Moncton le 23 mai, Oumou Soumaré, Georgette LeBlanc, Isabelle Thériault, Lisa Leblanc et Brian Coughlan s'ajouteront au spectacle. Joseph Edgar devrait être de passage à Montréal en juin.

Les détails de la tournée ainsi que d'autres informations se retrouvent sur le site www.myspace.com/josephedgar ainsi que sur la page Facebook de l'artiste.

« Y'a un train qui s'en vient... » est distribué en magasin et sur Internet par Distribution Plages (www.plages.net) et sera aussi disponible sur les sites Internet zik.ca et iTunes.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Twenty-Year Old Piano Prodigy Ran Jia makes her Vancouver Debut


Twenty-Year Old Piano Prodigy Ran Jia makes her Vancouver Debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver BC Twenty-year-old wunderkind Ran Jia took her homeland China by storm, performing from the age of seven – now, she sets her sights on North America. The VSO is honoured to present her Vancouver debut in an all-Mozart series finale in the Bach & Beyond and Beltone Symphony Sundays series packages. She will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, while Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra in Mozart’s Paris and Linz symphonies.

Pianist Ran Jia has been hailed as “China’s new champion” and a “piano poet.” The daughter of Professor Daqun Jia, Dean of the Graduate Study Programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and one of China’s leading composers, she began studying the piano at age 3 and immediately showed extraordinary natural abilities. Her professional career skyrocketed when she was the only concert pianist invited to perform at Thelonious Monk’s 90th birthday in New York. The winner of numerous accolades the world over, she now studies with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

This concert celebrates the music of history’s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Symphony No.31, better known as the “Paris” Symphony, is one of Mozart’s most famous symphonies. Longing to escape from the tyrannical, unappreciative grip of his employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg, in September 1777 Mozart and his mother set out to find him a new job. They arrived in Paris and over the next six months, Wolfgang and his music drew an indifferent response. To make matters worse, his mother died in July. One of the few bright spots of the Parisian period was his association with the Concert spiritual, a series of public musical events managed by Jean Le Gros. This impresario commissioned several works from Mozart including Symphony No.31 which was positively received by Parisian audiences.

Mozart composed Symphony No.36 in the autumn of 1783. After an emotionally strained visit with his family in Salzburg, he and his wife Constanze stopped in the city of Linz during their return journey to Vienna. They enjoyed the hospitality of Count Thun, a music-loving nobleman whose wealth allowed him the luxury of his own orchestra. As a gesture of gratitude to his host, Mozart composed this work for him. Written in just four days, it has been known as the Linz Symphony ever since.

Mozart launched his life as a freelance artist in Vienna in May 1781. Since he was best known there as a pianist, he composed numerous piano works, including Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major, to play at his own subscription concerts. Despite the modest nature and scoring of this concerto, it stands out in Mozart’s early works for that instrument.

CONCERT INFO

Bach & Beyond and Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 8pm, Chan Centre

Sunday, May 17, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

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

Tickets available through VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434 and online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Chan Centre performance tickets also available at the Chan Centre Box Office, or Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311.

Generously Supported By:

The Bach & Beyond Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada.

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Symphony Sundays Series Sponsor: Beltone

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Tovey’s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

Tovey garnered a 2008 Grammy Award and a 2008 Juno Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. New works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics’ 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

Tovey has been awarded honorary degrees, including a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary Doctorates of Law from the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.

Ran Jia, piano

At twenty, pianist Ran Jia is already regarded as a striking musician with unusual natural abilities. Tan Dun hailed her a “piano poet with dramatic skill in music-making”.

Born on December 31, 1988 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Ms. Jia began studying piano at the age of three. She made her solo debut in 1995, and has since performed publicly in Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu, Fuzhou, and Xiamen in China. Her numerous awards include The Special Prize for her performance of a Mozart Sonata in the Second Piano International-E-Competition in 2004; the Silver Medal in The National Cultural Ministry Dandelion Youth Arts Competition in Nanjing, China in 2001; First Prize and the Osaka Mayer Prize in the Shanghai-Osaka Chinese and Japanese Friendship Youth Piano Competition in 2000; First Prize in The Sichuan Youth Piano Competition in 1998; and Second Prize in The National Xinghai Cup Piano Competition in 1998.

In October 2001, Ms. Jia performed Mozart’s Sonata in F major (K. 533) at a master class at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Piano master Fou T’song praised her talent in the Evening News Standard in Shanghai as “an amazing natural feeling for music.” In May 2004, Ms. Jia presented an ambitious recital at the Heluting Concert Hall at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The program included sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Schubert, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, Debussy’s Preludes and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Her recital was received with great enthusiasm by the audience and the media. Oriental TV broadcasted two documentaries featuring Ran’s life as a young artist including her live performance at the Conservatory.

In November 2005, Ms. Jia was selected to perform at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with her teacher, Gary Graffman, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at a “Junior/Senior Concert” organized by the Musicians Emergency Fund, Inc. Ms. Jia performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 under Maestro Li Jian. Highlights of 2006 included a return, sold-out concert at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and a performance of two Mozart concerti with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Shanghai Concert Hall. She has recently been featured in a live concert on Chicago’s classical music station WFMT and has given her recital debut at the concert series of Rockefeller University in New York. She was the only classical pianist invited to perform for a celebration concert in New York City in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 90th Birthday. This concert was broadcast worldwide on WQXR. Ms. Jia will make her debut at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in the summer of 2008 and will make her Carnegie Hall recital debut in the 08/09 season and return to Shanghai for a solo recital.

Ran Jia is currently studying with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her father, Professor Daqun Jia, is one of the leading composers in China and Dean of the Graduate Study Programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million


The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million in funding support from the Government of Canada

Colleen Blake, Executive Director of the Shaw Festival, announced today that the theatre festival is receiving $2,131,860 million in funding through the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP).

“The Shaw Festival is thrilled to receive this significant grant from the Government of Canada during this challenging economic time,” said Blake. “Not only will this funding assist the Shaw Festival in extending our marketing efforts to increase the visibility of our events both nationally and internationally by investing in building visitors now and in the future, but we are confident this injection of support will also have a positive economic impact for our community partners and the entire Niagara Region.”

The announcement was made on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and MP for Niagara Falls at The Shaw’s Royal George Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and Board Chair Janet McKelvey spoke on behalf of the Festival and a performance by Shaw Festival Ensemble member Jay Turvey from The Shaw’s production of Sunday in the Park with George concluded the celebration.

Funding from the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) must be used to support costs associated with new activities, programs or experiences that enhance a tourism event. In The Shaw’s case, this funding will be used primarily to support marketing initiatives that will increase ticket sales.

The Shaw will launch an immediate and aggressive strategic marketing plan to turn the current sales trend around early. One of the marketing initiatives is “Great Theatre in the Heart of Niagara Wine Country”, a fully integrated marketing project that leverages many partners in the Niagara Region (wineries, accommodation and fine dining) creating “Staycation” value-added packages to promote the experience of great theatre in a region rich in fine wine, fabulous dining experiences and award-winning accommodation. These and other funded activities will support and promote great theatre in the heart of Niagara wine country. The project deals not only with this year’s needs, but also focuses strongly on initiatives to grow future audiences to levels that ensures sustainability.

A powerful economic force in the Niagara (and Ontario) economy, The Shaw’s season lasts from April to the end of October, and critically affects the health of many industries that rely on Shaw visitors for this period. The Shaw believes it is vital to be in the market place more aggressively, for a longer period of time, and in more markets and this incremental marketing funding makes that possible.

In thanking the Government for its investment in The Shaw, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell spoke about the important role of theatre in times such as these: “We become more, not less necessary. We are here to explain, to distract, to clarify, to comfort, and to give the reasons why. We have been heartened by the incredible support of our donors who are coming to the fore to ensure we can continue to create work that is both challenging and entertaining. The Government of Canada’s support of the Shaw Festival with this Marquee Tourism Events grant makes a critical contribution towards ensuring financial stability for both the Shaw Festival and tourism in the Niagara Region. Thank you for creating this innovative funding initiative.”

The Shaw Festival is an internationally renowned theatre company, one of the pre-eminent theatre companies in North America, and one of the major performing arts organizations in Canada. Its Academy plays an important role in training future actors, directors, and designers – a major contribution to the health of theatre in Ontario and Canada. As well, The Shaw plays a vital part in the important tourism business of the Niagara Region, with an annual direct economic impact of over $80 million.

The Shaw Festival is just one of several of Canada’s annual, world-class marquee tourism events that have been granted funding under the MTEP Summer 2009 funding stream.

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Nouveauté partition de CMBV


Nouveauté partition : entre oratorio et divertissement, l'Idylle "Un Pasteur de son peuple" de B.-A. Dupuy (1707-1789)

Le divertissement que publient les Éditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles en partition est très original. Composé en 1761 par Bernard-Aymable Dupuy pour la nomination d'Arthur-Richard Dillon à l'archevêché de Toulouse, il s'agit d'un portrait en musique de cet homme d'église, héritier d'une grande famille au passé militaire glorieux, en forme d'oratorio.


Le compositeur toulousain montre une ambition dépassant largement l'aspect circonstanciel de l'œuvre : la vivacité et la variété dominent cette musique qui enchaîne les airs, les rondeaux, les ariettes, les ritournelles, les chœurs, les danses, les récitatifs, les duos… Ménageant un juste équilibre entre spontanéité italienne et élégance française dans un beau style classique.


Aussi divertissante pour le public que pour les interprètes, l'œuvre se prête parfaitement bien à un cadre pédagogique ambitieux associant toutes les disciplines de la scène : chant, chœur, orchestre, danse, mise en scène, l'on peut même envisager une narration. Les professionnels trouveront eux une petite œuvre lyrique classique extrêmement divertissante dont la frontière entre profane et religieux tangue.


L'effectifs comprend 4 chanteurs solistes, chœur à 5 parties (soprani divisés), et orchestre (piccolo, flûtes (1 & 2), hautbois (1 & 2), basson, Cor (ut), violon 1 & 2, violoncelles et basse continue).


BERNARD-AYMABLE DUPUY (1707-1789)

Maître de chapelle de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges et de Saint-Sernin à Toulouse.

Idylle « Un pasteur de son peuple » [BAD. 70] (livret non identifié), transcription Françoise Talvard collection Œuvre lyrique – série Patrimoine musical en Midi-Pyrénées proposée par Françoise Talvard, © 2008, 79 pages, 19x24 cm, conducteur broché, ISMN M-56016-178-5 : avec introduction et livret (français).


cahiers-178 Idylle « Un pasteur de son peuple », conducteur.......................... 20,00 €
cahiers-178-mv Idylle, chant/basse continue............................................................ 15,50 €

cahiers-178-mo Idylle, matériel d'orchestre........................................................... 110,00 €


Les publications des Éditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles peuvent être commandées sur leur boutique en ligne (http://editions.cmbv.fr) et sont en stock dans le réseau des librairies partenaires (liste disponible : http://editions.cmbv.fr/lire/index.php?rubid=1). Elles peuvent par ailleurs être commander dans toute librairie musicale.


Short opera for an archbishop


The lyric work newly published in a full score by the Éditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles is really original. Composed in 1761 as an oratorio by Bernard-Aymable Dupuy for the nomination of His Grace Arthur-Richard Dillon as archbishop of Toulouse, it is a musical portrait of this man of the church, heir to a great family with a glorious military past. This short classical lyric work, full of freshness, is on a fluctuating borderline between sacred and secular music.


The composer from Toulouse (South of France) goes beyond the conventional form of a works such as this: the music is extremely lively and varied, linking aria, rondeau, duet, dance, recitative, arietta, chorus… with a good balance between Italian liveliness and French clarity and elegance in a beautiful classical esthetic.


Entertaining for the public and the performers, the work can be used for a show merging all aspects of the stage arts: soloists, chorus, orchestra, dance, drama… a narrator should be added. Professionals will enjoy a short classical lyric work, full of freshness, on a fluctuating borderline between sacred and secular.


The work can be performed by 4 singers (SABB), a five parts choir (soprani divided) and an orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboe, bassoon, Horn (C), Violins 1 & 2, cellos and continuo).


For further information, see : http://editions.cmbv.fr/achat/new.php?langue=en

The Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles are available from:
The website http://editions.cmbv.fr (delivery all over the world)
In New-York at OMI (http://www.omifacsimiles.com)
In California at Theodore Front (http://www.tfront.com)
In England at Jacks Pipe and Hammers (http://www.jackspipesandhammers.com)



web : http://www.cmbv.fr
boutique : http://editions.cmbv.fr


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Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2009




Jeff Guess, From Hand to Mouth, 1993. Vue de l'installation / Installation view, The American Center, Paris, 1995. Détail / Detail. Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste / Courtesy of the artist


LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO À MONTRÉAL DÉVOILE UN APERÇU DE SA 11e ÉDITION

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal est heureux de dévoiler un aperçu de la programmation de sa 11e édition, qui se déroulera du 10 septembre au 11 octobre prochain. L'événement automnal transformera la ville en une vaste exposition de photographie contemporaine.

Sous le thème Les Espaces de l'image, développé par la commissaire invitée Gaëlle Morel, la 11e édition du Mois de la Photo à Montréal propose d'explorer la question des dispositifs et de la mise en espace, perçue comme une des clés de lecture essentielles des différents projets photographiques présentés au cours de ces dernières années.

Sorties de leur cadre traditionnel, les images se déploieront dans l'espace d'exposition sous la forme d'installations photographiques et vidéo. Le spectateur sera invité à faire l'expérience d'une variété de procédés visuels et sonores : agrandissement et monumentalité des tirages, projections multiples, conception in situ, fabrication et utilisation d'objets et de machines, etc.

EXPOSITIONS
Au programme : 24 expositions individuelles d'artistes en provenance de 13 pays et de 4 continents, qui associent leurs images à de véritables expériences scénographiques. Parmi ceux-ci, mentionnons : Luc Courchesne (Canada), Jeff Guess (É.-U./France), Alfredo Jaar (Chili/É.-U.), Emmanuelle Léonard (Canada), Oscar Muñoz (Colombie) et Beat Streuli (Suisse). Plusieurs oeuvres seront présentées en première nord-américaine et mondiale.

Les expositions et interventions extérieures seront réparties dans une variété de lieux de diffusion montréalais en partenariat avec des musées, galeries, centres d'artistes et maisons de la culture. La soirée d'ouverture et plusieurs expositions se dérouleront dans un édifice du quartier historique de Saint-Henri. Grâce à la générosité de nos partenaires, toutes les expositions et les activités ouvertes au grand public seront gratuites.


À PROPOS DE L' ÉVÉNEMENT

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal est une biennale internationale de photographie contemporaine dont la première édition s'est tenue en 1989, afin de célébrer le 150e anniversaire de l'invention de la photographie. En 2007, le directeur du British Journal of Photography, Simon Bainbridge, situait Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal parmi les 10 meilleurs festivals de photographie dans le monde et le considérait comme la plus importante biennale de photographie en Amérique du Nord.


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LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO À MONTRÉAL PRESENTS ITS PROGRAM PREVIEW
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is delighted to present the preview of the program for its 11th presentation, to be held from
September 10 to October 11, 2009. This fall, the event will transform the city into a vast exhibition of contemporary photography.

Organized around the theme The Spaces of the Image, developed by guest curator Gaëlle Morel, the 11th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal will explore the questions of mechanisms and staging, perceived as essential keys to reading the different photographic projects presented in recent years.


Taken out of their traditional framework, images will be deployed in the exhibition spaces in the form of in situ photographic and video installations. Visitors will be invited to immerse themselves in a variety of visual and sound experiences: enlargement and monumentalization of prints, projections, the use of objects and devices, staging strategies, etc.

EXHIBITIONS
The event will feature 24 solo exhibitions by artists from 13 countries and 4 continents, whose practices combine images with scenographic experiences. Among them are Luc Courchesne (Canada), Jeff Guess (USA/France), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA), Emmanuelle Léonard (Canada), Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), and Beat Streuli (Switzerland). A number of the works are being presented for the first time in North America or as world premières.

The exhibitions and public space interventions will be presented in a variety of different sites across the city in partnership with museums, galleries, artist-run centres, and maisons de la culture. The public event launch and several exhibitions will be held in the historic Saint-Henri district. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, all of our exhibitions and activities open to the general public will be presented free of charge.

ABOUT THE EVENT
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is an international biennale of contemporary photography first presented in 1989, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography. In 2007, the editor of the British Journal of Photography, Simon Bainbridge, listed Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal among the 10 best photographic events in the world, and named it North America's premier biannual photo festival.

PARTENAIRES D'EXPOSITIONS / EXHIBITIONS PARTNERS
Centre Canadien d'Architecture | Fonderie Darling |Galerie B-312 | Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen
Galerie de l'UQAM | Les Ateliers Jean Brillant | MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
Maison de la culture Frontenac | Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal
SBC, galerie d'art contemporain | VOX, image contemporaine


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PSO Percussion Kinderkonzert Series, Beginning May 18

Portland Symphony Orchestra Presents Kinderkonzert Series on Percussion Instruments Beginning May 18
Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) begins its last Kinderkonzert series of the 2008-09 season with "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" The programs will travel to six Southern Maine locations May 18 through May 29.

The PSO Percussion trio will introduce kids aged three to seven to their fascinating array of both standard and unusual percussion instruments. They'll see and hear how wood, metal and "skins" are used to create rhythms and melodies. The "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" program opens on May 18 at the South Hiram Elementary School and then travels to five other locations for a total of 15 performances.

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

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

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PSO Kinderkonzert Schedule for Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!:

May 18, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Hiram Elementary School
213 South Hiram Road, South Hiram

May 19
, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Portland High School Auditorium
637 Highland Avenue, South Portland

May 21, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM
Brunswick High School's Crooker Theater
116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick

May 27, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
Reiche Community School
166 Brackett Street, Portland

May 28
, 2009 | 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 AM
Olin Arts Center, Bates College
75 Russell Street, Lewiston

May 29, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30* AM, 1:00 PM
C.K. Burns Elementary School
135 Middle Street, Saco

* SOLD OUT

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Laudate Singers present VIVA VIVALDI! May 22

Laudate Singers present

VIVA VIVALDI!


with

Nancy DiNovo, violin

and Baroque instrumentalists


Friday May 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

St. David's United Church, West Vancouver

(Taylor Way @ Hwy 1)


Tickets $25 / $20 / Free for ages 17 & under (reservation required)

604.729.6814 or info@laudatesingers.com

www.laudatesingers.com


Laudate Singers and artistic director Lars Kaario bring their 14th season to an exhilarating close, as they join forces with violinist Nancy DiNovo and an ensemble of Vancouver’s finest Baroque instrumentalists for Viva Vivaldi! The choir and orchestra will present such beloved Vivaldi masterpieces as the joyful Gloria, the refined Beatus Vir (both featuring soprano soloists Catherine Crouch and Heidi Ackermann and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Stephanson) and the Credo. DiNovo will also perform the glittering Spring movement from Vivaldi's most famous work, The Four Seasons.


Viva Vivaldi! provides a brilliant, spirited conclusion to a season that – in true Laudate fashion – has ranged from the very old to the brand new, including several world premieres of new pieces by Canadian composers. The choir’s varied programming has spanned centuries, cultures and musical styles, taking audiences on a journey through the ancient mysteries of the medieval mass, the colourful sounds of the tango and, now, the beauties of a Baroque Venetian spring. Hearts will be lifted and ears dazzled, as Laudate Singers, Nancy DiNovo and friends give virtuoso performances of some of the most popular works in the Western classical canon.


www.laudatesingers.com

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Phila Singers in Concert at Verizon Hall is Centrepiece of National Conference

THE PHILADELPHIA SINGERS PRESENTS CENTERPIECE CONCERT OF 32ND ANNUAL CHORUS AMERICA CONFERENCE

500 arts leaders from across the United States and Canada expected to attend Conference and The Philadelphia Singers Centerpiece Concert in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Singers will host the 32nd Annual National Chorus America Conference in Philadelphia from June 10th through the 13th at the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing and has the distinct honor of presenting the Centerpiece Concert in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, on Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will include Donald Martino’s a cappella Seven Pious Pieces and Charles Martin Loeffler’s gorgeous By the Rivers of Babylon performed by The Philadelphia Singers fully professional chorus. The finale will feature Anton Bruckner’s exquisite and seldom performed masterpiece, Mass in E Minor, featuring the glorious 150-voice Philadelphia Singers Chorale. The concert is open to the general public. Tickets are $36, $51 and $61 and may be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.philadelphiasingers.org.

Music Director David Hayes said, “The Centerpiece Conference will put the artistic focus almost exclusively on the chorus, showcasing The Philadelphia Singers’ artistry and virtuosity.” Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor combines moments of quiet a cappella tranquility with passages of soaring beauty. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale will be joined by woodwinds and brass from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. A unique combination of flutes, harp, cello and organ will accompany the women of The Philadelphia Singers on Loeffler’s By The Rivers of Babylon and will feature organist Michael Stairs on The Kimmel Center’s magnificent Fred J. Cooper memorial organ. An expanded chorus of fifty-voices from the fully-professional ensemble will perform Martino’s a cappella Seven Pious Pieces.

Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor for chorus, wind and brass instruments is considered his first great work, premiering in 1866 when he was 42 years old. It is a beautiful combination of intricate Italian Renaissance polyphony and the dark sonorities and lush harmonies of the Romantic period. His use of a wind band makes it unique among the composer's works and among 19th-century liturgical works in general. Bruckner's choral writing is among the most glorious and powerful in all Romantic music: the polyphony for eight-part chorus in the Kyrie and the Sanctus is matched by few of his contemporaries. Bruckner's harmonic language is enormously expressive throughout, and much of the music is obviously inspired by the music of Wagner, whose Tristan und Isolde Bruckner had just heard.

American Donald Martino, who died in 2005, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1974 and was the former chair of the New England Conservatory’s composition department. His Seven Pious Pieces is an a cappella work for mixed chorus set to texts by 17th century poet Robert Herrick. The Philadelphia Singers previously performed the piece in 1994 at its Philadelphia Premiere. Although Martino was known as an academic and a serialist composer, in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1980, he said, ''My music is not austere and academic. It is a fantasy that anyone writes academic music. I write music for people to listen to, to react to; I want them to say, 'Hey, this is nice!' " It is in this spirit that he set out to write Seven Pious Pieces, which he composed with an intent to demonstrate that a twelve-pitch piece could be made to sound tonal.

Charles Martin Loeffler was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in America, becoming a U.S. Citizen in 1887. By the Rivers of Babylon is set to text from Psalm 137. It is typical of his choral writing, which he often set to texts that reflect the sadness and transience of life, the loss of something once known and loved. To express this quality, he used a unique instrumentation of two flutes, harp, cello and organ. The melodic line is reminiscent of the reciting tones of Gregorian chant and the unusual orchestration provides an intriguing contrast to the women’s chorus.

The 32nd Annual Chorus America Conference and Centerpiece Concert will shine a national spotlight on The Philadelphia Singers, and welcome the service organization back to its birthplace. Michael Korn, who founded The Philadelphia Singers in 1972, established Chorus America in 1977 as the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles. The association has since expanded and in 1993 officially changed its name to Chorus America to reflect its role as a service organization that embraces the broad spectrum of choruses. For more information on Chorus America Conference and the Conference visit www.chorusamerica.org.

The Philadelphia Singers, a professional choral ensemble, engages and inspires a broad range of audiences in the Philadelphia region with compelling concert experiences. The Singers has a special commitment to preserve and strengthen America’s rich choral heritage through performances, commissions, and music education. It seeks to enrich the broader community through embodying the highest standards of classical musicianship and providing a platform for its musicians to serve the community in a wide variety of formats.

Founded in 1972 by Michael Korn, The Philadelphia Singers has been under the dynamic leadership of Music Director and Conductor David Hayes since 1992. For 36 years, The Philadelphia Singers has contributed to the city’s vibrant cultural community through presenting choral music of the highest caliber, meaningful education and community programs, and significant collaborations with local, national and internationally recognized performing arts organizations. In 2001, The Philadelphia Singers Chorale was named Resident Chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the first time in the orchestra’s history that a chorus has received this distinction. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale appears on all of the orchestra’s choral subscriptions concerts including performances at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and the “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” as well as appearances at the Saratoga Performance Arts Center. Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor Laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, hails The Singers as “one of the musical treasures of Philadelphia.”

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JAZZ@MASSEY/09-10 season/Starting Aug 5!


Massey Hall presents

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL 09/10

Single Tickets Now On Sale!

· Lang Lang & Herbie Hancock – Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8pm

· Ornette Coleman – Thursday, September 24, 2009 8pm

· Brad Mehldau Trio – Saturday, April 10, 2010 8pm

Single Tickets On Sale to FriendsFirst members: 10 am, Wed April 22, 2009

Single Tickets On Sale to Public: 12 Noon, Sat April 25, 2009

Subscriptions (3 Concerts) Still Available

Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.masseyhall.com or www.roythomson.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL 2009-2010 Season (Series of 3 concerts)

Massey Hall presents its 2nd spectacular season of Jazz @ Massey Hall – a three-concert series featuring a stellar lineup of internationally acclaimed artists with three very distinct perspectives on jazz. The lines are blurred between classical and jazz; contemporary popular music is re-worked as jazz standards; and uncharted territory is explored through improvisation. Toronto audiences will be treated to the extraordinary partnership of piano greats Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock, the inimitable genius of saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and the incomparable stylings of the Brad Mehldau Trio – all on the stage of Massey Hall, Canada’s historic concert venue long recognized internationally as one of the great halls for jazz.

Subscriptions (3 concerts) Still Available: $295 - $145

1) LANG LANG & HERBIE HANCOCK with ORCHESTRA

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $199.50 - $69.50

Pianists Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock reunite after their thrilling, dueling-keys performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. The hottest artist on the classical music planet and the legendary jazz pianist join forces to perform a variety of solos, duets and concertos for two pianos, with orchestra, by such masters as Gershwin, Bernstein, Ravel, and others.

"...a genre-crossing revamp of George Gershwin's ''Rhapsody in Blue'' was the perfect showcase for these two hugely talented ivory tinklers." -- Entertainment Weekly on 50th Grammy Awards performance

2) ORNETTE COLEMAN

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $89.50 - $69.50

Fifty years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the world of jazz with The Shape Of Jazz To Come, a groundbreaking album whose influence has been felt by virtually every jazz musician. Coleman has always sought that most prized quality in jazz: freedom. His profound artistry was recognized in 2007 with both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. We have heard first hand how powerfully his music continues to resonate, thanks to his deeply memorable concert at Massey Hall in 2005. “There are concerts in the world of jazz, plenty of concerts, and then there are events. Ornette Coleman’s appearance in Toronto was both.” --The Globe & Mail

3) BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $69.50 - $49.50

Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists on the jazz scene today, Brad Mehldau pushes boundaries to blend musical genres and blaze trails into new musical territory. His hauntingly beautiful melody lines and stunning improvisations reveal his deeply intelligent musicianship. Mehldau has recorded and performed around the world since the mid 1990s as a soloist and in collaboration with Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Wayne Shorter, and many others. His acclaimed trio includes bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. The elliptical lines, volatile rhythmic figures and unexpected bursts of color and dissonance… prove that Mehldau writes as cleverly as he plays.” --The Chicago Tribune

Jazz @ Massey Hall is sponsored by TD Canada Trust

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eighth Blackbird Performs Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Double Sextet at Ojai Music Festival


*Steve Reich and members of Nexus perform Reich’s Drumming at 2008 Ojai Music Festival

STEVE REICH WINS PULITZER PRIZE FOR DOUBLE SEXTET

Work To Be Performed By Eighth Blackbird at Ojai Music Festival Sunday, June 14

Steve Reich, the 2008 featured composer at the Ojai Music Festival described by New Yorker magazine as “the most original musical thinker of our time,” has won a Pulitzer Prize for Double Sextet, which was commissioned and premiered in 2007 by eighth blackbird, the music director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival. The 22-minute work can be performed either by a sextet playing against a prerecording of the work or as an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists.

On Sunday, June 14, the closing day of the four-day Ojai Music Festival, eighth blackbird will be joined by six ‘live’ musicians in a performance of Steve Reich’s Double Sextet, to open the Festival’s four-hour Marathon Finale.

Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird, known for its provocative and engaging performances, comprising flutist Tim Munro, clarinetist Michael J. Maccaferri, violin/violist Matt Albert, cellist Nicholas Photinos, percussionist Matthew Duvall, percussion; and pianist Lisa Kaplan. The sextet, which plays with a virtuosic and theatrical flair, debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few.

The six artists joining eighth blackbird in the June 14 performance of Double Sextet are flutist Alexis Kenny, clarinetist John Schertle, violinist Andrew McCann, cellist Darrett Adkins, percussionist Greg Beyer, and pianist Amy Briggs.

American composer Steve Reich, an early pioneer in tape music and American minimalism, has established himself as one of the foremost composers of our time. The 72-year-old composer has been described by The Guardian as one of the few composers who have "altered the direction of musical history" and by The New York Times as “our greatest living composer.” His music has been performed by countless orchestras and ensembles worldwide, and noted choreographers have created dances to his music. Known for steady pulse, repetition, and a fascination with canons, his music has been influential to composers and pop musicians all over the world. Mr. Reich has been recognized with Grammy Awards for Different Trains and Music for 18 Musicians (also to be performed at the 2009 Ojai Music Festival), and his “documentary video opera” works The Cave and Three Tales, created in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot, have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.

The 63rd annual Ojai Music Festival, under 2009 Music Director eighth blackbird, takes place from June 11 to June 14. The Festival, which for six decades has become well known for its fearlessness in championing pioneering musical ideas and personalities, takes place in the unspoiled beauty of California’s Ojai Valley, and is known worldwide for providing artists with the freedom to present music they are passionate about. Many of today’s finest contemporary artists have been gathered for this year’s festival, which has been described as “a wild and diverse musical party of extraordinary talents.” Among them are freewheeling chamber ensemble Tin Hat; the matchless recorder quartet from Berlin, QNG; American pianist Jeremy Denk; composer/guitarist Steven Mackey, actor/singer Rinde Eckert, and renowned sound sculptor Trimpin. The Ojai Music Festival is located 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Ojai Music Festival single tickets range from $35 to $95 for reserved seating; lawn seats are $15. For a full schedule of events, visit www.ojaifestival.org

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Death and the Maiden, Altera Vitae at MainLine Theatre- May 13-24

Death and the Maiden

By Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Jesse Corbeil

Wednesday, May 13 - Sunday, May 24

"During all those years not an hour has passed that I haven't heard it, that same voice, next to me, next to my ear, that voice mixed with saliva, you think I'd forget a voice like his?" - Paulina

Montreal, April 2009- Altera Vitae is proud to present their third production, Death and the Maiden, playing at MainLine Theatre from May 13 to 24. Directed by Jesse Corbeil, the capable cast includes Sam Croitoru (Dr. Roberto Miranda), Carolyn Fe (Paulina Salas) and William Ward (Paulina's husband, Gerardo Escobar). Altera Vitae produces works of theatre that engage and service the community. With each new production, the company partners itself with a valuable, charitable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play. For Death and the Maiden, Altera Vitae supports RIVO, assisting the organization in their public awareness strategies. Carolyn Fe, Altera Vitae's artistic director, wants the public to know about this vital intervention network of therapists and community workers concerned with the well being of survivors of torture and other forms of organised political violence. "RIVO helps people like Paulina get on with their lives and thrive…not forgetting the past but moving onto the future with pride."

Years after the fall of a dictatorship, a woman gets the chance to confront her torturer. Is this a time for forgiveness or revenge? Death and the Maiden is an inquest into the darker side of humanity – one in which everyone is implicated and justice seems like a fragile, ambiguous invention. Winner of the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Play, Ariel Dorfman's explosively, provocative drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and the benevolent doctor Roberto Miranda picks him up. But Gerardo's wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man – the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before. What would you do?

Director Jesse Corbeil comments on the unfortunate timelessness of the story, "Though it's not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the text, the play references the forces that were at work in Chile during the early post-Pinochet years; but the themes are still very fresh today." He continues, "Torture and the presumption of guilt are everywhere, and habeas corpus is becoming nothing more than a notion." Jesse would like audience members to come away questioning what it is that moves people to make assumptions where guilt and innocence are concerned, especially with so many people still imprisoned on the strength of extremely flimsy evidence.

Death and the Maiden is about survival and survivors' will to live and show the strength in humanity. Producer/actor Carolyn Fe is passionate about the play on many levels, "It amazes me how much the human body and mind can take when there is a goal, a promise, a hope or objective that is held onto." For Carolyn it is also deeply personal, "I've chosen to do this play to bring out the silent scream in everybody." She continues, "This play makes you listen to that scream in the dark that nobody hears after barricading yourself for too long. Yes, it is political, but it also speaks to those who lack confidence." Carolyn believes if you have a goal and you remain focused on it, you can attain anything.

Rounding out the team is stage manager and lighting designer Mindy Sirois, sound designer Dan Legault, fight choreographer Vladimir Cara, technical director Scott Drysdale, technical assistant Jeffery Farrer and photographer Litratista.

"If he's innocent? Then he's really screwed." - Paulina

Death and the Maiden

Altera Vitae Productions

Playing at MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

$20 regular, $15 student/senior

Pay-what-you-can: Wed. May 13 preview and May 16 and 17 matinees, to help spread word of mouth

Reservations: 514 849-3378 or www.mainlinetheatre.ca

Showtimes: May 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 at 8:00 pm

Matinées: May 16, 17, 23, 24 at 2:00 pm

www.alteravitae.com

RIVO- http://www.web.net/~rivo/EngFramesHome.htm

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