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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sonnez Ici ! - Le nouveau rendez-vous estival de musique contemporaine !


INNOVATIONS EN CONCERT
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Sonnez ici !
Le nouveau rendez-vous estival de musique contemporaine

Six concerts
6, 7, 8 août
13, 14, 15 août
19 h 30

Au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
4750 Henri Julien (Métro Mont-Royal)
Prix des billets : 10 $ régulier - 5 $ étudiants, artistes, aînés
Renseignements (grand public) : 514.252.8520



Montréal, le mardi 28 juillet 2009 – Sonnez ici !, voilà ce que propose la toute nouvelle série estivale d’Innovations en concerts. Présentés du 6 au 8 et du 13 au 15 août inclusivement et d’une durée d’une heure sans entracte, les six concerts de la série Sonnez ici ! se veulent le reflet de la diversité des tendances du milieu de la nouvelle musique de chambre.

Ce nouveau rendez-vous estival porte un nom qui reflète bien son emprise dans le temps et l’espace. Il s’adresse d’une part à l’auditoire, qui est invité à « sonner ici », à entrer dans l’univers inouï de la musique d’aujourd’hui. Les musiciens, quant à eux, sont invités à faire sonner leurs instruments dans les nouvelles salles du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal pour une expérience sonore palpitante.

Michel Frigon, directeur artistique de Sonnez ici !, a concocté une série haute en couleur. Au programme: de la musique électroacoustique, de la musique instrumentale d’influence orientale et occidentale, de la musique contemporaine inspirée des différents folklores et la création de plusieurs nouvelles œuvres en compagnie d’artistes d’ici et d’ailleurs tels que Louis Dufort, In Extensio, Yuki Isami, Jérôme Ducharme, QAT, Jeremy Brown, Luciane Cardassi et Quasar.

Sonnez ici !
Six concerts envoûtants et intrigants qui ne manqueront pas de piquant !


Programmation

Jeudi 6 août 2009, 19 h 30
Bifurcation
Louis Dufort
musique immersive, David Cronkite piano
Un concert de musique complexe, chaotique et fractalisante
! Ce compositeur réputé pour sa musique expressionniste à tendance cathartique, nous présente un concert de primeurs. Il vous fera entendre une nouvelle version de sa pièce pour piano et vidéo en temps réel, Particule III, qui sera interprétée par David Cronkite ainsi qu’une nouvelle pièce de musique immersive conçue à partir d’une technique d’écriture que le compositeur a imaginée suite à ces récentes lectures sur la systémique. Vous entendrez également son cycle Matério dans une version octophonique, qui figure sur l’album Matériaux composés paru chez empreintes DIGITALes.


Vendredi 7 août 2009, 19 h 30
Jeremy Brown saxophone
, Luciane Cardassi piano
De calgary, le saxophoniste Jeremy Brown et la pianiste Luciane Cardassi, tout deux membres du prestigieux Rubbing Stone Ensemble vous proposent un programme d’œuvres mixtes. Entre autres, des pièces pour saxophone et électronique de Laurie Radford, David Eagle et Chantale Laplante (création) et une œuvre magistrale de Luigi Nono pour piano et bande, «... sofferte onde serene...», où le jeu en rafale de la pianiste vous garantit une expérience de concert inoubliable.

Samedi 8 août 2009, 19 h 30
QAT
Xavier Brossard-Ménard
clarinette
, Chantal Bergeron violon
Sheila Hannigan violoncelle
, Sonia Wheaton Dudley piano
Cet ensemble à géométrie variable fondé en 2004 se consacre à l’interprétation de pièces contemporaines de tous horizons. Mise en espace, improvisation, mouvement, poésie et projections sont autant d’expédients que QAT utilise pour créer un contexte musical nouveau. Ils vous présenteront trois œuvres contrastantes : une pièce de l’italien Marco di Bari qui évoque l’univers naturel des oiseaux et qui utilise des appeaux de colombe et de grive; Trails of Gravity and Grace de l’albertain Allan Bell ainsi qu’une création de la canadienne d’origine serbe Katarina Curcin réputée pour sa musique aux accents folkloriques.


Jeudi 13 août 2009, 19 h 30
In Extensio
MariEve Lauzon
flûte
, Louise Campbell clarinette, Barah Héon-Morissette percussions
Un concert aux influences folkloriques, In Extensio propose de visiter les reliefs de différentes régions du monde par l’entremise des œuvres de René Oréa-Sanchez (Venezuela), Etelka Nyilasi (Hongrie), Malina Rauschenfels (États-Unis) et Yiorgos Vassilandonakis (Grèce). Ce voyage musical nous fera découvrir entre autres : la musique rythmée de René avec la saya bolivienne, un genre musical de racine africaine et celle de Malina qui est pour sa part teintée d’humour et de jazz. Avec la musique de Yiorgos, la gestuelle musicale interagit avec l’environnement sonore et la complicité des interprètes et finalement la musique d’Etelka s’inspire de la danse et de la musique irlandaise du Cap Breton.


Vendredi 14 août 2009, 19 h 30
Yuki Isami flûte
, Jérôme Ducharme guitare
L’exotisme japonais à son meilleur. Ces deux jeunes musiciens vous proposent un concert de musiques qui puisent à la fois dans la tradition avec des pièces de Sakichi Kineya et Kazuo Fukushima et dans la musique d’aujourd’hui avec Toru Takemitsu dont vous entendrez les œuvres séduisantes et mystérieuses Voice, Air et Toward the Sea.


Samedi 15 août 2009, 19 h 30
Quasar
Marie-Chantal Leclair
saxophone soprano
, Mathieu Leclair saxophone alto
André Leroux saxophone ténor
, Jean-Marc Bouchard saxophone baryton
Assister au concert de Quasar à la mi-août, c’est monter dans l’astronef de l’éclectisme. Entre l’univers de Simon Martin, fondé sur l’évolution de sons multiphoniques, et celui de Frank Zappa, chargé d’une puissante et fantastique ironie, la distance est pour le moins cosmique. Mais nous la franchissons sans vergogne. Au fil de cet hyperespace, vous croiserez Daniel Peter Biro, qui nous offre Hoe Down, œuvre étonnante pour saxophone seul; Will Gregory, dont la pièce fera « giguer » le saxo baryton; et le regretté Franco Donatoni, avec un opus déjà classique. Attachez vos ceintures!



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Fondé en 1994, l’organisme Innovations en concert (IEC) se consacre principalement à la musique de chambre, aux solistes et aux petits ensembles. Il privilégie ainsi un contact intime et personnel entre les artistes et le public, afin de favoriser le rayonnement de la musique de création. Doté d'une vision stylistique très large, l'organisme présente des concerts de musique classique contemporaine, actuelle, improvisée, expérimentale, électroacoustique et de jazz contemporain. La programmation est partagée entre les compositeurs et interprètes régionaux et nationaux, et l'accueil à Montréal des artistes étrangers en tournée.

Innovations en concertPatrimoine canadien,
le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil des arts de Montréal.
remercie de leur appui

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Le Festival de Knowlton accueille la brillante soprano Sumi Jo dans l'opéra la Sonnambula

Le Festival de Knowlton accueille la brillante soprano Sumi Jo

dans l’opéra La Sonnambula dirigé par Kent Nagano

Montréal et Knowlton, le 29 juillet 2009Maestro Kent Nagano, le directeur musical de l’OSM et directeur artistique du Festival, dirigera deux représentations en version concert de La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini les dimanche 9 et samedi 15 août, avec la spectaculaire soprano Sumi Jo dans le rôle titre. L’Orchestre du Festival de Knowlton, composé de musiciens sélectionnés spécialement pour l’événement, accompagnera les solistes lors de ces deux représentations et dans les deux concerts Bel Canto.

« L’an dernier, Sumi Jo a connu un grand succès auprès des festivaliers lorsque elle a chanté des airs de Mozart, Bellini et Donizetti. Nous sommes très heureux qu’elle ait accepté l’invitation de revenir cette année et de jouer le rôle titre dans La Sonnambula», a commenté Marco Genoni, directeur exécutif du Festival de Knowlton. « C’est une soprano exceptionnelle de renommée internationale qui se retrouve encore une fois sous la direction de Kent Nagano dans le cadre champêtre de Knowlton. »

Sumi Jo, qui revient au Festival pour la deuxième année consécutive, se distingue comme l'une des plus remarquables sopranos de sa génération. Parmi ses derniers engagements, notons de nouvelles productions des Contes d'Hoffmann au Washington Opera, à l'Opéra de Paris, au Los Angeles Opera et au Festival d'Orange. Elle a aussi repris ses célèbres interprétations de Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti et de la Reine de la Nuit dans Die Zauberflöte de Mozart dans plusieurs villes dont Sydney, San Juan, Los Angeles, Orange, Palerme et Paris. Elle a récemment ajouté à son répertoire les rôles de Lakmé de Delibes, Dinorah de Meyerbeer et Giulietta dans I Capuletti e i Montecchi au Minnesota Opera. En 2008, elle a notamment participé à un concert gala aux côtés de Jonas Kaufmann, Renée Fleming et Dmitri Hvorostovsky dans le cadre des Jeux olympiques de Beijing. On a pu l’entendre quelques jours après, lors de l’édition 2008 du Festival de Knowlton, dans le rôle titre de Norma de Bellini

Le ténor Barry Banks, l'un des meilleurs interprètes actuels du répertoire italien du bel canto, chantera le rôle d’Elvino. La basse Riccardo Zanellato, lauréat du Concours Operalia à Tokyo en 1996, sera Rodolfo. Ekatherina Lekhina, lauréate du premier prix au Concours Operalia de Paris en 2007, jouera Lisa tandis que Susan Platts, protégée de Jessye Norman, le rôle de Teresa. Le ténor Juan Noval-Moro, lauréat de l’édition 2007 du Concours international de chant de Clermont-Ferrand campera quant à lui le notaire.

Bellini a composé La Sonnambula en seulement deux mois et l’œuvre a été crée le 6 mars 1831 à Milan et, dès la première, devait connaître un succès qui ne s’est jamais démenti. Le thème de l'amour tendre et contrasté entre Amina et Elvino offre à Bellini l'occasion d'exalter sa veine lyrique. L'œuvre culmine dans l'un des airs pour soprano les plus sublimes, à savoir le célèbre Ah, non credea mirarti, que le personnage d'Amina chante dans une scène de somnambulisme.

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

Les biographies d’artistes, la programmation et les coordonnées de la billetterie sont disponibles sur le site du festival au www.festivaldeknowlton.com

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MJF - Solveig Barber

The Markham Jazz Festival 2009
Solveig Barber


Markham, ON-Local Markham resident and acclaimed vocalist Solveig Barber performs on her town’s Main Street on Sunday, August 16th with the 12th Annual Markham Jazz Festival.

Norwegian born singer and actress Solveig Barber grew up in Canada where she developed her musical talents. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company and in upscale nightclubs throughout Ontario and Quebec. She has appeared on television, in movies and has even traveled to the Far East to entertain our Armed Forces. Currently, she performs with the vocal group The Canadian Singers, and as a soloist or with an ensemble for private and special events. She is performing twice with the Markham Jazz Festival this year, first on Sunday August 9th for a promotional concert at Markville Shopping Centre, a silver sponsor of the festival, and then as a quartet with local jazz musician Larry Bond and his trio on Sunday, August 16th on Main Street Markham.

The Markham Jazz Festival runs from August 14th-16th, 2009 and is one of the town’s most notable events, attracting thousands from across Ontario to the picturesque main streets of Markham and Unionville. With over 20 performers on four stages, plus many “hot spots” (local bars and restaurants who book their own acts under the umbrella of the Markham Jazz Festival), this year’s festival is sure to provide “cool” sounds for all fans of great music!Solveig Barber

When: Sunday, August 9th 2009
Location: Markville Shopping Centre
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
When: Sunday, August 16th 2009
Location: Main Street Markham
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

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Danielle de Niese The Mozart Album

Danielle de Niese
The Mozart Album

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Charles


In Stores: September 8th, 2009
Album Released to Digital Retailers: August 18th, 2009
Duet with Bryn Terfel Available Exclusively at
iTunes Music Store July 28th, 2009

“Her singing is utterly delectable and completely assured…Sheer ‘joie de vivre’ and mastery come spilling across, to the eyes as well as the ears.” -The New York Times

New York, NY – On September 8th, 2009, Decca will release The Mozart Album, the hotly anticipated second solo recording from 30-year-old soprano Danielle de Niese. The full album will be available at digital music retailers including the iTunes Music store on August 18th. On July 28th, iTunes will exclusively offer the single “La ci darem la mano” performed by Danielle de Niese together with baritone Bryn Terfel.

An Australian–born American soprano of Dutch and Sri Lankan heritage, the exotically beautiful de Niese has been captivating audiences since childhood, when she was a fixture of Los Angeles local television hosting a weekly arts showcase for teenagers, for which she won an Emmy Award. De Niese was just 18 when she was accepted as the youngest artist ever into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera. She made her Met debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, alongside Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, and Cecilia Bartoli and led by James Levine. On September 22nd of this year, de Niese returns to the Met to perform the leading role of Susanna in the same Jonathan Miller production of Le Nozze di Figaro in which she made her debut over a decade ago.

From the age of 19, when Danielle de Niese made that auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut it was clear that she was destined to be a major Mozart singer, given her extraordinary ability to communicate emotion through her one-of-a-kind voice, personal charisma, star quality and the irresistible force of her personality. So Mozart is a natural next step for de Niese in her recording career following up on her debut album of Handel arias released in 2007. The selections on The Mozart Album reflect her career on stage, as well as her own favorite Mozart arias. Sir Charles Mackerras, a world authority on Mozart, leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

In addition to her engagement with the Metropolitan Opera, the 2009-10 season sees Danielle de Niese performing as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Edward Gardner. She also appears in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Teatro Real and Semele with Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Additionally, Ms. de Niese will tour Europe with the period instrument group Il giardino armonico with an all Handel program with performances in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin and Madrid.

Visit Danielle de Niese on her website at www.danielledeniese.com and join her more than 1000 friends at www.myspace.com/danielledeniese.

Danielle de Niese in Performance USA 2009-2010

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
September 22, 29,
October 1, 5, 9,
December 4, 8, 12
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Metropolitan Opera


Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
February 28,
March 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Lyric Opera of Chicago



Danielle de Niese: The Mozart Album Tracklisting
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)

Exsultate, jubilate (K.165)
Bella mia fiamma (Concert aria K.528)
Giunse al fin il momento ... Al desio di chi t'adora (Alternative Aria in Act 4 of "The Marriage of Figaro" K.577)
Una donna a quindici anni (from "Così fan tutte" K.588)
Quando avran fine o mai ... Padre, germani, addio! (from "Idomeneo" K.366)
Ah Fuggi il Traditor (from "Don Giovanni" K.527)
Oh, temerario Arbace! ... Per quel paterno amplesso (Concert aria K.79)
L'amerò (from "Il re pastore" K.208)
La ci darem la mano (Duet with Bryn Terfel) (from "Don Giovanni" K.527)
Laudate Dominum (from "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" K.339)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

SweetWater Music Festival 2009

SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
Friday Saturday Sunday, September 18, 19, 20 2009

Artistic Director Mark Fewer is pleased to announce the sixth annual SweetWater Music Festival. The Festival presents a series of breathtaking chamber music concerts which features internationally-acclaimed musicians and inspired programming. Music students are encouraged to sign up for Free Masterclass Workshops by Festival artists (see contact details below). September 18 to 20, 2009 at Historic Leith Church in Georgian Highlands (20 min N.E. of Owen Sound) and Division Street United Church in Owen Sound.

The Festival takes a new spin this season! SweetWater welcomes two highly regarded Guest Directors: for Friday evening Barry Shiffman will present music by Gideon Klein, Osvaldo Golijov and Mozart; for Sunday afternoon's concert Adrian Butterfield will present music by Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Leclair and Muffat. The commissioned composer for this year is award-winning jazz legend Phil Dwyer. Also, Saturday evening's performance will include a showstopper version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with four different violin soloists: Jonathan Crow, Adrian Butterfield, Barry Shiffman, and Mark Fewer. Saturday's performance will also feature soprano Melanie Conly singing Edith Piaf and a new arrangement by Mark Fewer of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne".

Performers for the weekend will include: Virginia Barron; Adrian Butterfield; Melanie Conly; Jonathan Crow; Steven Dann; Denise Djokic; Mark Fewer; Peter Longworth; Myron Lutzke; Douglas McNabney; Joseph Phillips; Ken Slowik; Barry Shiffman.

This year's "Pre-Concert Chat", taking place at 6:45pm before the Saturday evening concert, will take the form of a panel discussion moderated by Mark Fewer, with guest directors Barry Shiffman and Adrian Butterfield as panelists. All Saturday evening patrons are welcome to attend, no extra ticket required.

Tickets:
Fri 8pm (Leith Church) $25, Sat 8pm (Division St. United Church, Owen Sound) $30 (incl. pre-concert chat), Sun 2pm (Leith Church) $25
Three-concert series ticket: $75
Roxy Theatre Box Office 519-371-2833 (1-888-446-ROXY)
or call 519-376-3517
or email info@swmw.ca
http://www.swmf.ca

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Orchestras in the Park: the weather did not stop the music!


Canada’s Capital Region The National Capital Commission (NCC) and the National Arts Centre (NAC) thank the 18,700 concert-goers who made the third edition of Orchestras in the Park a resounding success. The program of four free outdoor concerts in LeBreton Flats Park, from July 23 to 26, came to a close yesterday evening.

In spite of weather forecasts that threatened rain all four nights, concert-goers were rewarded with concerts that went ahead on time and in their entirety under almost entirely rainfree skies.

This excerpt from an unsolicited e-mail received this morning summarized what a lot of concert-goers were saying about these four perfect concerts:

“My family appreciated the concerts at LeBreton Flats Park. I can't imagine a better way to give the general public an opportunity to hear music that some might not be familiar with. It also provided an opportunity for people who cannot afford to attend concerts at the NAC to hear good music performed by world-class musicians. My wife and I enjoyed Thursday, Friday and Sunday the most. My two granddaughters, however, thought that Natalie MacMaster was wonderful (and she was). The setting and ease of access to the site could not have been better.”

Indeed, the National Capital Commission and the National Arts Centre are proud of the strong line-up of performers featured this year with the NAC Orchestra and the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne: Anton Kuerti, Julian Kuerti, Amy Horvey, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Erin Wall, Antonio Figueroa, James Westman, Laurence Ewashko, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Hong Xu and of course, Natalie MacMaster.

Orchestras in the Park is a collaboration between the NAC and the NCC to present a series of free outdoor orchestral concerts at LeBreton Flats Park, the biggest gathering site for cultural events in the Capital.

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Festival to Transform Washington D.C. into “Piano Capital of the World”

301.230.6556

Festival to Transform Washington D.C. into “Piano Capital of the World”


2009 Washington International Piano Festival to Feature World-Renowned Lecturers and Artists


Washington, D.C.The nation’s capital will become the “Piano Capital of the World” next month as internationally renowned artists and lecturers will be joined by 44 participants from the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and Germany at the 2009 Washington International Piano Festival. The festival, made possible by a partnership with the Catholic University of America, begins the week of August 9th and is an opportunity for young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs, and piano lovers at-large to participate in an inspiring and informative one-week program.


“We are incredibly excited about the Washington International Piano Festival and hope that through beautiful music from some of the world’s most elite artists, participants and observers alike will develop a greater appreciation for the highest standard of classical music,” said Nikita Fitenko, Internationally acclaimed pianist and Co-Director of the festival.


Festival participants will have an opportunity to work with prominent instructors in daily one-on-one coaching sessions as well as educational workshops and master classes. The program also includes seminars presented by outstanding guest lecturers, covering such topics as style, technique, methods and the art of teaching, as well as business aspects of teaching among others. Participants will also have an amazing opportunity to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, which will be webcast live at www.kennedy-center.org.


Each day of the festival will conclude with piano concerts featuring renowned artists such as Milen Petroff and Ivo Kaltchev performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Joseph Banowetz, Anderson & Roe and Alessio Bax at the Ward Recital Hall on Campus of the Catholic University of America.


The concerts are open to the community at a cost of $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be reserved by emailing the Washington International Piano Festival at washingtonpianofest@gmail.com. In addition, the 2009 Festival participants will present three concerts that are free and open to the public. To learn more visit www.WashingtonPianoFest.com.


About WIPF

WIPF is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard. The Festival is sponsored by Jordan Kitt's Music and Yamaha.

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Gang Violence: From the Streets to the Stage

Gang Violence: From the Streets to the Stage

Toronto, July 27, 2009Mixed Company Theatre partners with the Toronto Police Service to create theatre for social change with youth affected by gang violence.

"The Toronto Police Service's partnership with Mixed Company Theatre creates an excellent opportunity to engage communities through the use of theatre arts and assists our ongoing efforts to enhance relationships with citizens of Toronto. Positive community relations improve our effectiveness in keeping our community safe,” said Staff Superintendent Glenn De Caire, Central Field, Toronto Police Service.

For the next four weeks, youth will meet at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, collaborating with professional theatre, dance and music artists, including Chalmers Award Winning script-writer, Rex Deverell. They will participate in intensive workshops, covering hip-hop, rap, and script-development, learning to express their voices to make their communities safer.

"With support from the Toronto Police Service, Mixed Company Theatre has had the opportunity to connect with many community groups across Toronto, hearing the voices of those who have experienced gang violence. This new interactive performance incorporates these experiences, focusing on gang presence in our neighbourhoods and the pressures youth face finding social connection and identity,” remarked Simon Malbogat, Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre.

With the help of the Toronto Police Service, Mixed Company Theatre has been reaching out to young people through the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), the Youth in Policing Initiative and other community-based programs such as Project PEACE, Breaking the Cycle and L.O.V.E.. The end result, a forum theatre production addressing gang violence, will debut August 14 and August 16 at York Memorial CI. The presentation will tour to communities within 12 and 31 Divisions plus many more between August 17 – 21.

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Fray makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in “Mozart Masterpieces” program featuring Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 (“Jupiter”) at the Blossom Festival on August 15

CLEVELAND, July 24, 2009 – Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jayce Ogren will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program titled “Mozart Masterpieces” at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 15, at 8:00 p.m. The program features Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41. French pianist David Fray will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. The concert will mark Mr. Ogren’s final performance with the Orchestra as one of its assistant conductors.

The August 15 program begins with Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. Next on the program is Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503, with David Fray (pronounced FRY) as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”).

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kids’ Lawn Pass. Kids’ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kids’ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

Prior to the concert, The Cleveland Orchestra will offer patrons an All-American Cookout on the Blossom grounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concertgoers may purchase grilled fare including hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs as well as potato salad, baked beans, and more, prepared by Blossom chefs. As usual, patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics, packed with everything needed to make the evening complete.

The Blossom Grille will be open for pre-concert dining also. Dinner reservations may be made by calling (330) 916-6063 Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or after 4:00 p.m. on Festival concert nights.

The August 15 concert is sponsored by The Sherwin-Williams Company. David Fray’s appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a contribution to the Orchestra’s Guest Artist Fund from The Hershey Foundation.

Biographical information on Jayce Ogren and David Fray is available on request.

A video clip from a documentary film on David Fray and his CD recording of Bach keyboard concertos is available on YouTube.

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra’s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestra’s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossom’s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

CALENDAR LISTING

Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

JAYCE OGREN, conductor

DAVID FRAY, piano

“Mozart Masterpieces”

MOZART Symphony No. 40, K. 550

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503

MOZART Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”), K. 551

Concert Sponsor: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Guest Artist Fund: The Hershey Foundation

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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The Devil's Fiddler at Chamberfest

The Devil’s Fiddler to perform at Chamberfest!

Roby Lakatos, accompanied by his talented five-piece 'Gypsy Band', slithered and scampered his way - at about 100 notes a second - through four show stoppers, each more preposterously exuberant than the last. - The London Times

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is thrilled to announce the Ottawa debut of Roby Lakatos as a surprise addition at the 16th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival thanks in part to the support of the Marquee Tourism Events Program. Lakatos and his ensemble, a scorching Hungarian gypsy band will perform at Chamberfest on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Roby Lakatos is not only an impressive virtuoso, but a musician of amazing versatility. With an unusual musical scope - as composer, classical violinist and gypsy violinist, Roby Lakatos is at home in the Hungarian folklore as well as in classical music and jazz. He was born into a legendary family of gypsy violinists who are descended from Janos Bihari, known as the "King of Gypsy Violinists". His musicianship evolved not only within his own family as he was initiated into secrets of gypsy music as a child, but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984.

The combination of his heritage and his nomadic free spirit and classical violin education has allowed Lakatos to become a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, a fiery violinist – all at the same time.

"Since Haydn’s time the influence of Gypsy music has been evident throughout classical music. There is no other performer or ensemble in this day and age that encapsulates the true essence of the Gypsy tradition, its virtuosity, its passion, and sheer ability to entertain, as does violinist Roby Lakatos and his remarkable ensemble," raves Roman Borys, cellist of the Gryphon Trio, the Artistic Directors of the Festival.

His musical prowess borders on genius. Lakatos follows in the footsteps of masters such as Liszt and Brahms in combining classical music with pulsating, vibrant Hungarian Gypsy overtones. Xpress (Abu Dhabi)

“My style has three elements,” says Lakatos. “The base is Gypsy music, of course, but also it includes classical music and jazz. The arrangements are very classical - but we have a lot of improvisation, too, because Gypsy music is like jazz,” he explains. “And, of course, we never make the same concert twice.”

In addition to sold-out performances at the 2009 festivals of Domaine Forget and Orford, Lakatos and his ensemble have performed to great acclaim in concert halls in North America and Europe, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Santa Cecilia in Rome, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The other members of Roby Lakatos' ensemble are Kálmán Cséki, László Bóni, Oszkár Németh and Attila Rontó.

Reserved tickets for this performance can be purchased online at www.chamberfest.com, in person at the OCMS office, Dominion Chalmers United Church Box Office, or at any festival concert, or by calling 613-234-6306. General admission tickets are available only at the door. A Festival pass provides access to this, as well as 90 other Chamberfest concerts. Full ticket and pass details are available at www.chamberfest.com or at 613-234-6306.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber Music America Announces $253,000 in Grants to Jazz Ensembles

CMA announces $253,000 in grantS to JAZZ ensembles

for the creation and development of new work

Twelve U.S. jazz ensembles to receive support

NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2009)—Chamber Music America (CMA), celebrating its 32nd year of service to ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of 12 grants through CMA's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program. The grantees were selected in June by an independent, five-member panel of professional jazz musicians. CMA received 161 applications from jazz ensembles in 16 states.

Made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New Jazz Works supports the creation and performance of new works by professional U. S. jazz ensembles, funds activities that extend the life of the work, and encourages the development of career-related business skills. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided support to more than 132 jazz ensembles.

"We're delighted to be offering the New Jazz Works program," said Margaret M. Lioi, chief executive officer of Chamber Music America, "not only because of the new compositions it is supporting, but also because of the opportunities for professional development it will foster for composers over the three-year grant period. More than ever, creative artists need to be competent administrators and promoters of their own work. CMA is grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for its generosity in making the program possible, and we look forward to working closely with these exceptional musicians over the next several years."

Grantees and their Projects

Rez Abbasi Group (New York, NY) In Motherland, Abassi will draw from indigenous Pakistani music and his experiences as a Pakistani-American to create a work for his quartet—guitar, piano, bass, and drum set—and a guest vocalist.

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Yonkers, NY) ElSaffar's piece for sextet will integrate a harmonic language based on the intervals of the Maqam, a system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music; alternative tunings; a melodic and rhythmic template, and improvisation. The piece will feature voice, trumpet, alto saxophone, santour, oud, buzuq, violin, bass, dumbek, frame drum, and drum set.

John Escreet Project (New York, NY) Escreet explores his interest in the relation between speech and music with a new work that looks into the compositional possibilities of multiple, simultaneous speech tracks. His ensemble includes alto saxophone, trumpet, electronics, piano, bass, and drum set.

Ellery Eskelin and Different But the Same (New York, NY) Eskelelin plans a work in which the instrumentalists will improvise as composers, rather than simply playing solos in a pre-composed piece. Instrumentation includes tenor saxophones, bass, and drum set.

Joel Harrison Group (Brooklyn, NY) Harrison draws from the formal concepts of Charles Ives, John Adams, Oliver Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Aarvo Pärt to construct densely textured suite for alto saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, hajini, dejmbe, frame drum, and drum set.

John Hollenbeck and The Claudia Quintet (New York, NY) Suite Lorrainebased loosely on structures, melodies, and harmonies of select jazz standards—will feature polyrhythms, sonic "tapestries," and rhythmic counterpoint. The piece will be scored for clarinet, tenor saxophone, accordion, vibraphone, bass, piano, percussion, and drum set.

Jason Kao Hwang and Edge (Jersey City, NJ) Jason Kao Hwang will sequence written notation and improvisations, creating "a musical landscape through which each instrument, as a character, will journey." Instrumentation: cornet/flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, violin/viola, erhu, pipa, bass, and drum set.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet (Brooklyn, NY) Gamak is planned as a multi-movement work for alto saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum set. Mahanthappa will explore melodic ornamentation, alternative tunings, and rhythm beat cycles derived from Indian, African, and Indonesian music in a jazz context.

Ole Mathisen and F.F.E.A.R. (New York, NY) Mathisen conceives Mirage as a multi-movement work built on unusual meter, tempo, and micro-tonal relationships. As the title suggests, the piece is meant to project the illusion that the quartet (saxophones, clarinet, trombone, bass, and drum set) is part of a much larger group of instruments.

Josh Moshier and Moshier/Lebrun Collective (Evanston, IL) For a work inspired by Studs Terkel's memoir Touch and Go, the composer will utilize both sequenced song and through-composition in five self-contained songs. The work will be scored for tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.

Mario Pavone and Orange Double Tenor Ensemble (Prospect, CT) In anticipation of his 70th birthday, Pavone will compose a polyrhythmic work for sextet that alternates composed sections with structured and open improvised sections. The five-part suite will feature tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, piano, bass, and drum set.

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures (Maplewood, NJ) Yeyi: A Wordless Psalm of Protypical Vibrations is envisioned as a 12-part suite for six multi-instrumental improvisers. The work will investigate rhythm themes, thematic melodies based on intervallic materials and develop Rudolph's "Cyclic Verticalism" and prototypical signal rhythm patterns. Instrumentation includes winds (B-flat and bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bansuri, hichiriki, shakuhachi, bass, C and alto flute, cornet, flugelhorn, and kuduhorn), strings (guitars, oud, banjo, dotar, and sintir), and percussion (djembe, dumbek, tarija, cajon, bata, conga, thumb piano, bender, qarqaba, gongs, slit drum, marimbula, udu drum, caxixi, achimevu, and drum set).

Chamber Music America was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website www.chamber-music.org.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Visit www.ddcf.org.

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Première du Nouveau quatuor à cordes Orford - ce samedi 25 juillet à 20h


FESTIVAL ORFORD 2009

En grande première mondiale!

Le Nouveau quatuor à cordes Orford refait l’histoire!

Avec Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, Eric Nowlin et Brian Manker

Le samedi 25 juillet à 20 h

Orford, le 22 juillet 2009 Il y a quarante-quatre ans, un nouveau quatuor à cordes canadien voyait le jour au camp d’été des Jeunesses musicales du Canada (aujourd’hui le Centre d’arts Orford) dans le parc national du Mont-Orford. Le Quatuor à cordes Orford a donné son premier concert le 11 août 1965. Ses nombreux enregistrements et tournées nationales et internationales en ont fait l’un des ensembles canadiens les plus célèbres. Après avoir donné plus de deux mille concerts sur cinq continents pendant vingt-six ans, le quatuor a présenté son dernier récital le 28 juillet 1991, pour ensuite se dissoudre. Maintenant, en 2009, apparaît tel un phénix le Nouveau quatuor à cordes Orford dans le sillage de la réputation et de la tradition de son glorieux prédécesseur.

Quand Davis Joachim, directeur général, a approché Jonathan Crow pour lui demander de considérer la formation d’un nouveau quatuor à cordes à Orford, son idée n’était pas de simplement créer un autre ensemble qui offrirait quelques concerts de temps à autres. Le Centre d’arts Orford avait besoin d’un ensemble de haut niveau qui représenterait l’excellence de notre académie et de notre festival, et qui véhiculerait le nom d’Orford à travers le monde. Il voulait aussi honorer les noms et les réalisations de ceux qui sont venus avant, puisqu’ils ont été les artisans de vingt-six années d’histoire et de concerts remarquables par le premier Quatuor Orford.

Andrew Dawes, membre fondateur et Premier violon du Quatuor Orford original, a travaillé avec Davis Joachim afin de s’assurer que nous pourrions appeler ce nouvel ensemble le Nouveau quatuor à cordes Orford, et Jonathan Crow s’est chargé de réunir autour du projet un groupe de musiciens hors pair.

À sa sortie de l’Université McGill alors qu’il n’avait que 19 ans, Jonathan Crow se joignait à l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Nommé Violon solo en 2002, il a occupé ce poste jusqu’en 2006. Il est ainsi devenu le plus jeune premier violon au sein d’un orchestre majeur en Amérique du Nord .Il a ainsi réuni autour de lui quelques-unes des premières chaises des orchestres symphoniques de Montréal et de Toronto. En août 2008, Andrew Wan a été promu Premier violon assistant de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, ce qui a fait de lui un des plus jeunes premiers violons d’un orchestre majeur en Amérique du Nord. Eric Nowlin est membre régulier du Jupiter Chamber Players à New York et tourne également avec les ensembles Musicians for Marlboro et Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute. En plus de sa carrière de soliste et de chambriste, il a récemment été nommé Altiste solo associé du Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Nommé violoncelle solo à l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal en 1999, Brian Manker prend un plaisir tout particulier à interpréter des quatuors à cordes depuis son adolescence, et il le fait toujours avec autant de passion. MM. Jonathan Crow et Brian Manker sont également membres de la faculté de l’Académie Orford 2009.

Poursuivant fièrement la tradition d’innovation et d’excellence du Centre d’arts Orford, ce soir, les initiatives de Joachim et de Crow trouveront leur aboutissement dans ce concert inaugural du Nouveau quatuor à cordes Orford. Venez nombreux !

LE NOUVEAU QUATUOR À CORDES ORFORD

Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violons, Eric Nowlin, alto et Brian Manker, violoncelle

Le samedi 25 juillet à 20 h à la salle de concert Gilles-Lefebvre, Festival Orford 2009
Billetterie : 819-843-3981 Prix régulier : 37 $

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Quatuor à cordes en do majeur, op. 20, no 2

Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973) Quatuor à cordes en do mineur

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Quatuor à cordes no 15 en lamineur, op. 132


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