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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Illness forces Ben Heppner to Withdraw from COC 60th Anniversary Concert

  

    
For immediate release: October 31, 2009

ILLNESS FORCES BEN HEPPNER TO WITHDRAW FROM COC 60TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

OPERA STARS RAMÓN VARGAS AND RUSSELL BRAUN TO PERFORM WITH NEW COC MUSIC DIRECTOR, JOHANNES DEBUS, AND COC ORCHESTRA

Toronto, Ontario The Canadian Opera Company (COC) regretfully announces that renowned tenor Ben Heppner is unable to perform at the company's 60th anniversary concert on November 7, 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Heppner has not sufficiently recovered from a viral infection caught in October while singing Tristan in Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

"I caught an infection in London and I had hoped to have fully recovered by this time," says Mr. Heppner.  "Unfortunately, a visit with my doctor and my coach confirmed that I will not be able to give the first-class performance Toronto audiences deserve."

The COC's anniversary concert will take place as planned on Saturday, November 7, 2009 featuring conductor Johannes Debus making his debut as the COC's new Music Director, and the celebrated COC Orchestra.  The company is very pleased to announce that it has secured world renowned artists, tenor Ramón Vargas and baritone
Russell Braun to sing at the concert.  Additional artists will be confirmed early next week.

"We are terribly sad that Ben is unable to perform with us on Saturday.  His presence means a lot to the Canadian Opera Company and we're sorry that he can't be here to celebrate with us," says Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC.  "Fortunately, another one of the world's greatest tenors, Ramón Vargas, was available on short notice and is very pleased to make his debut with us.  And, of course, it is always a pleasure to welcome our good friend Russell Braun back to Toronto.  I am very happy that we have secured some great vocal talent to celebrate the COC's 60th anniversary and Johannes Debus's first appearance as new Music Director.  We know that this new program, along with the wonderful COC Orchestra, will make for a spectacular concert."

Regulars at all the great opera houses of the world, Ramón Vargas and Russell Braun perform extensively with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Munich State Opera, and San Francisco, among many others.

Ramón Vargas is currently performing as Faust in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Robert Lepage's production of La Damnation de Faust.  He returns to the Met in 2010 to sing in a new production of Attila, and next spring performs Werther at the Vienna State Opera and Medea in Corinto at the Munich State Opera.  The Metropolitan Opera has graciously agreed to allow Mr. Vargas to appear at the COC anniversary concert.

This season, Russell Braun makes his role debuts as The Traveller in Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and as Lescaut in the ROH Covent Garden production of Manon, as well as appearing with the Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver symphony orchestras.

Portions of the evening's program remain unchanged, and additional arias will be performed. The complete program will be announced early next week.


The 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 7 begins with a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room at the Four Seasons Centre, followed by the concert which begins at 7 p.m.  All tickets include a complimentary glass of Trius Brut sparkling wine or Peller Estates Icewine.  

To add even more sparkle to the event, a draw for a spectacular 1.26 carat Canadian diamond, valued at $20,000, will be held at the concert.  The Hearts and Arrows brilliant-cut diamond, courtesy of De Beers Canada, originated from the pristine tundra of the Canadian Arctic and has been environmentally and ethically mined, cut, and polished.  Diamond Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250 and will be available for purchase at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. or by calling 416-306-2309.  

Supporting Sponsors of the COC's Diamond Anniversary Concert: BMO Financial Group, Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Wine Sponsor: Andrew Peller Limited

Diamond Raffle Sponsor: De Beers Canada

Russell Braun's appearance is generously underwritten by Earlaine Collins.

The COC is grateful to Colleen Sexsmith for offering her generous financial support to make the other artists' appearances possible.



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Friday, October 30, 2009

New Music Concerts: Robert Aitken Receives the Walter Carsen Prize

Flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken wins the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa, October 20, 2009 – Internationally renowned flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken, of Toronto, is the winner of the 2009 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in theatre, dance or music.

Mr. Aitken was selected by a peer assessment committee consisting of Henri Brassard, pianist and professor (St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, QC); Jani Lauzon, multi-disciplinary Métis performing artist (Toronto); and Ian McDougall, trombonist, composer and teacher (Victoria, BC).

In awarding the prize to Mr. Aitken, the committee said, "A masterly force in the world of contemporary Canadian music, Robert Aitken has demonstrated for over half a century a tireless commitment to its development, performance and promotion in every corner of the globe. As a flutist, composer, interpreter and teacher, he is a distinguished innovator and continues to exert a strong influence on upcoming generations."

Robert Aitken
World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been honoured with the Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Mr. Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him all over the world.

He has more than 40 recordings to his credit and such notables as R. Murray Schafer, John Cage, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Gilles Tremblay, John Beckwith and Bruce Mather have dedicated works to him. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA). In 2004 he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years.

As a composer, he holds bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Mr. Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971.

Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Presented for the first time in 2001, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts was created as a result of a generous donation of $1.1 million to the Canada Council by Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen, O.C. The prize is normally awarded annually on a four‑year cycle: dance, theatre, dance, music. Previous prize winners include dancer/choreographer Margie Gillis, playwright Judith Thomson, choreographer David Earle, composer R. Murray Schafer and principal dancer/producer-director Veronica Tennant.

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

Please visit our website (www.canadacouncil.ca) for a complete listing of these awards.

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Chor Leoni presents Stolen Voices Nov 8 (Surrey), Nov 11 (West Van & Vancouver)

Chor Leoni Men's Choir
Diane Loomer, C.M.
Artistic Director

present

Stolen Voices

17th annual Remembrance Day concerts

Sunday, November 8, 2009 @ 3 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd
2250 150 St, Surrey, BC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 1 pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC

Veterans admitted free. Please RSVP by November 1 to 604.263.7061.

Ticketmaster 604.280.3311 $28 | $23
Information 604.263.7061 www.chorleoni.org


Their terrified, haunted expressions stare at us from television screens, newspapers, and the internet. They are children and young people caught amidst the cataclysm of war. Stolen Voices will view war through the eyes of these innocents, with readings from diaries written by children and mothers dating from WWI through to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The concert will feature newly commissioned works by Larry Nickel, Marcus Goddard, and Ken Cormier.

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Portland’s Choral Art Society Announces 2009-10 Season

PORTLAND, Maine – Portland, Maine's Choral Art Society (CAS) has announced their 2009-2010 concert season which opens with the immensely popular annual Christmas at the Cathedral performances and, again this year, includes two concerts alongside the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium. The full season includes:

Christmas at the Cathedral
Sat., December 5, 2009 – 12:00 noon preview and 8:00 p.m. concert Sun., December 6, 2009 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. concerts at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Portland
The mid-sized CAS group, Choral Art Singers, will be joined by the Portland Brass Quintet and organist Dan Moore. This year the concerts feature a new work, the premiere performance of Charles Kaufmann's "A Longfellow Winter," commissioned by CAS. Kaufmann is an award-winning composer, the founding director of Portland's The Longfellow Chorus and a well-known Baroque bassoonist as well as an organist.

Sponsored by Norton Insurance and Financial and Ramblers Way Farm, the Christmas at the Cathedral concerts take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland. Tickets range from $10 (preview show, available at the door only) to $30 with a limited number of $5 youth tickets, and will be available through CAS by calling (207) 828-0043 or visiting www.choralart.org.

CAS Annual Messiah Sing-Along Mon., December 14, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Portland
CAS and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra present the annual Messiah Sing-Along and Handel on Hunger food drive to benefit Project FEED. This fun and popular event takes place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1342 Congress Street, Portland. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or donations. A suggested donation of $5 at the door is welcomed and students are free.

Christmas with Cornils Tues., December 22, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For their annual holiday concert, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ have invited the CAS Camerata to join the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, the Parish Ringers handbell choir from Brunswick and Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils. The concert takes place at Merrill Auditorium located at 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Tickets range from $19-$33 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Epiphany Celebration Sat., January 2, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata, the Choral Art Society's select a cappella group, will perform the Epiphany Celebration concert with an instrumental ensemble including organist Dan Moore. The program includes a Bach Cantata in addition to seasonal a cappella songs, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

"Life, Death, Transfiguration" Tues., March 9, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
The CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Mozart's Requiem Tues., March 30, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
In collaboration with Portland Ballet, the CAS Singers and Camerata will perform Mozart's Requiem – the composer's last work and one of his most profound pieces – with musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The Portland Ballet Company dancers will present new choreography, created specifically for this joint production by choreographer Kennet Oberly. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets will be available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"Mighty Mahler" Sun., May 2, 2010 – 2:30 p.m. and Tues., May 4, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For the Portland Symphony Orchestra's final concerts of the year, the CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Symphony for a performance of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection." The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"My Spirit Sang All Day" Sat., June 5, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata will perform British composer Gerald Finzi's 1937 My Spirit Sang All Day among other works at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

About The Choral Art Society:
The Society has more than 150 members who perform in three distinct ensembles: the symphonic Masterworks Chorus, the mid-sized Choral Art Singers, and the intimate a cappella Camerata. All singers are skilled amateurs, selected by audition. The Society offers an annual concert series and appears regularly as guests of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Robert Russell, professor of music at the University of Southern Maine, is the conductor and artistic director of The Choral Art Society.

For more information about The Choral Art Society and the 2008-09 performances visit www.choralart.org or call (207) 828-0043.

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KINOBE & Soul Beat Africa, Grande première au Club Balattou le 25 octobre

NUITS D'AFRIQUE des spectacles…..toute l'année !

Présentent
En Grande Première


KINOBE
and Soul Beat Africa
(Ouganda)

Dimanche le 25 octobre – 21h
au Club Balattou

«….parmi les musiques les plus exquises sortant de l'Afrique aujourd'hui»
-Zina Saro-Wiwa , BBC-

Montréal le 15 octobre 2009- KINOBE (prononcé CHI-NO-BÉ) chanteur, multi-instrumentiste, compositeur et arrangeur accompli et son groupe Soul Beat Africa, revisitent avec modernité les sons et rythmes traditionnels d'Ouganda en Afrique de l'est. Son talent et son inventivité hors pairs lui ont très vite permis d'accompagner les plus grandes stars de la scène musicale africaine.

KINOBE qui a étudié au Mali avec le grand maître de la kora Toumani Diabaté, soigne son jeu, sa technique et surtout, élabore son propre style musical, qui signera plus tard la coloration résolument «électro» de son œuvre. Imprégné de sons novateurs véhiculés par les grands noms de l'Afrobeat et du blues sahélien, KINOBE, accompagné de musiciens exceptionnels, reste très fidèle aux rythmes et harmonies que lui ont léguées ses racines ougandaises. KINOBE s'avère être un extraordinaire archiviste musical.

KINOBE & Soul Beat Africa mixe les traditions et les instruments de musique ougandais avec des influences de l'Afrique de l'ouest et de la musique moderne afin de créer un style unique, à la fois novateur et pourtant ancré dans la tradition africaine.

Grâce à un premier album, «Soul Language» sorti en 2007 sous l'étiquette Multicultural Média, KINOBE réussit à s'imposer comme une des meilleures formations «Afro-world de la scène musicale mondiale. Par la suite, Il effectue une série de concerts en Afrique et en Europe pour effectuer la promotion de cet album.

Il puise ses influences à travers le globe. Des nouveaux sons pour un nouveau monde. Le jeune virtuose de la kora, KINOBE incarne les ponts jetés entre la création contemporaine et la musique traditionnelle d'Afrique, créant ainsi un alliage de rythmes élégants et ensorcelants. À cet univers musical unique, qui est le sien, s'ajoute son immense talent de parolier. Et c'est sur un ton d'optimisme et d'humour qu'il compose la totalité de ses textes.

KINOBE (né en 1983) joue de plusieurs instruments traditionnels tels que l'Adungu (harpe ougandaise), l'Endingidi (flûte), la kora, la kalimba (piano à main), le tama (talking drum) (pour ne nommer qu'eux) dès l'âge de 5 ans, période à laquelle débute son éducation musicale.

A l'âge de 10 ans, il entreprend sa première tournée en Afrique et en Europe accompagné des personnages phare de la musique africaine. Au cours de cette année KINOBE visite l'Allemagne avec un chœur de jeunes musiciens afin de représenter l'Ouganda dans le cadre d'une conférence culturelle internationale.

A peine sorti de l'enfance, il s'embarque aux côtés de Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, Toumani Diabaté et Salif Keita, les monstres sacrés de la musique mandingue. De plus il partage la scène avec Angélique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Miriam Makeba et plusieurs autres,

Dans le cadre de leur toute première tournée nord-américaine, soutenue par l'Alliance Française, KINOBE & Soul beat Africa viendront nous présenter au Club Balattou, le dimanche 25 octobre prochain, leur nouvel album « Kinobe et Soul Beat Africa » sorti en 2009, sous l'étiquette Multicultural Média.

KINOBE, un jeune multi-instrumentiste, virtuose de la Kora
Un nom à retenir pour ceux qui n'ont pas encore eu la chance de le découvrir.

Dimanche le 25 octobre – 21h
au Club Balattou
4372, boul. St-Laurent (coin Marie-Anne) - Montréal

Billets en vente dès maintenant !!!
Au Club Balattou – (514) 845-5447
Sur Réseau Admission – (514) 790-1245
www.admission.com
www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com

Lang Lang plays Beethoven!

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG PLAYS BEETHOVEN
WITH MAESTRO BRAMWELL TOVEY AND THE VSO

VANCOUVER, BC – World-renowned pianist Lang Lang returns to Vancouver for a special concert on Wednesday, November 4th, at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He performs one of the most exciting piano concertos in the repertoire: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts a concert that also includes Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) and Symphony No. 4.

“…there will be no stopping this nonchalant dervish of the keyboard…[Lang Lang’s] playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.”
—Chicago Tribune

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world, and he is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. On October 1st, he was a featured performer at the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. Last May, it was announced that Lang Lang was chosen and one of three official worldwide Ambassadors for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, alongside NBA player Yao Ming and actor Jackie Chan.

Lang Lang performed for a worldwide audience at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and he appeared on the 50th GRAMMY® Awards show in a memorable piano duet with Herbie Hancock. As further testimony to his tremendous success, Lang Lang recently made Time magazine's list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a concerto that the composer wrote as a vehicle to enhance his own reputation as a virtuoso pianist. This concert also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Classical music’s greatest composers, Felix Mendelssohn.

CONCERT INFO

Wednesday, November 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Lang Lang plays Beethoven!

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Lang Lang, piano (Cherniavsky Laureate)

Mendelssohn The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

The VSO celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the birth of one of history’s greatest composers: Felix Mendelssohn. And classical music’s most exciting superstar, Lang Lang, performs one of the most exciting piano concertos in the repertoire: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Visit Lang Lang at: www.langlang.com

Tickets: $50 - $125 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his 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. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire.

Bramwell continues as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, a post he has held since 2000. He continues as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, the orchestras co-commissioned him to write a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, which has also been premiered in Canada.

Last season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell toured China and South Korea with guest artist Hillary Hahn. The VSO was the first orchestra from Canada to perform in China in 30 years, which ended with a performance at the Beijing Music Festival—another first for a Canadian symphony. Further highlights of the Vancouver season include an in-depth Brahms Festival, featuring all four symphonies, the two piano concertos and the violin concerto. The Brahms Violin concerto is performed with violinist James Ehnes who, along with the VSO, won both a GRAMMY Award and a Juno Award in 2007 for a CBC recording of violin concertos by Walton, Korngold and Barber. Other special guest artists during the season include violinist Joshua Bell as well as a joint performance by celebrated vocalists Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade.

An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in Europe and the UK including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra as well as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with whom he works regularly. This season, Tovey returns to the Ulster and Helsingborg Orchestras having made his successful debut in 2008/09 and to Opera North and Trondheim Symphony. He makes his debut with Bergen Philharmonic in 2009/10 and will also return to Melbourne as curator of the contemporary Metropolis Festival in summer 2010 and to the main subscription season in autumn 2011. That season, he will also conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the first time. In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto, where he conducts each season.

Prior to his music directorship in Vancouver, Tovey spent twelve years as music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, where he founded its highly regarded New Music Festival. A significant milestone in the ensemble’s exploration of new music, the festival premiered more than 250 works by diverse international and Canadian composers under Tovey’s leadership, with every performance broadcast on Canada’s CBC Radio.

During his four years as the music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, from 2002 to 2006, Tovey led three successful tours in Europe, the Far East and the eastern United States, traveling to China, Korea, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Holland and Belgium. In 2004, Tovey and the orchestra were awarded the “Orphée d’Or” of the Academie Lyrique Francaise, for their critically praised recording of Jean Cras’s opera, Polyphème. The following year, in celebration of the opening of Luxembourg’s new Philharmonic Hall, Tovey conducted the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Europa Academie Choir in the world premiere of Penderecki’s 8th Symphony, composed especially for the occasion.

Renowned as a choral conductor, Tovey has performed works ranging from Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 to Bach’s Mass in B Minor. In opera, his repertoire includes works by Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Menotti, Poulenc, Britten and Stravinsky. In 2004, he premiered a new opera by John Estacio, jointly commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Calgary Opera, which he reprised for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2005.With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer and is the first artist to win a Juno Award in both conducting and composing. He has been commissioned by the Calgary Opera to compose the company’s third original full-length opera. Written with librettist John Murrell, this work is based on the extraordinary life of Alexander “Sandy” Keith, a notorious 19th century con artist and criminal from Halifax, Nova Scotia. An immense undertaking, the piece will premiere in Calgary in January of 2011. Tovey’s other accomplishments as a composer include receiving the Best Canadian Classical Composition 2003 Juno Award for his Requiem for a Charred Skull, performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Band in Toronto.

Tovey has also built a strong reputation as an accomplished jazz pianist with two recordings to his name and has made memorable appearances on television, including two documentaries with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a 1996 CBC TV broadcast of Victor Davies’ Revelation, a full-length oratorio based on the Book of Revelation, with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded several DVDs, of works including Holst’s The Planets Suite with distinguished guests such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, among many others.

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

Lang Lang, piano

Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008, the Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs. To that effect, in October 2008 he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of the Grammy's and UNICEF. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was created enrich the lives of children through a deeper understanding and enjoyment of classical music and to inspire and financially support the next generation of musicians. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen scholars from the foundation – aged between 8 and 10 years old – performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show on "Oprah's Search for the World's Most Smartest and Most Talented Kids."

Lang Lang also continues to give master classes regularly throughout the world at the invitation of the most prestigious music institutions, including the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Hanover Conservatory, as well as all the top conservatories of China where he holds honorary professorships. He has held music residencies in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Rome and Stockholm, which include master classes for exceptional students. In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide.

In 2008, his biography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, published by Random House in eight languages, was released to critical acclaim. As part of his commitment to the education of children, he released a version of his autobiography specifically for younger readers, entitled Playing with Flying Keys.

In 2010, Lang Lang continues his busy touring schedule around the world, and will be a featured highlight of the Carnegie Hall China Festival this Fall. Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed Lang Lang's performances in open-air concerts in parks and venues around the globe, including New York City's Central Park, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Theaterplatz in Dresden and Hamburg's Derby Park. In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm, an event attended by the Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. Collaborating with Maestro Seiji Ozawa, he appeared at the New Year's Eve gala opening for the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He participated in the opening concert at Munich's Olympic Stadium with Mariss Janson, marking the commencement of the World Cup and in a celebratory concert for the closing of '08 Euro Cup finals Lang Lang played with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta in front of Schönbrunn Palace.

Lang Lang has become the face and vision for numerous global campaigns. Following, Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock's performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, the pair have recorded a new commercial entitled "Heart" for United Airlines, featuring their rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Steinway has recognized Lang Lang's popularity with children, by creating five versions of the "Lang LangTM Steinway" designed for early music education. This is the first time in its 150-year history that Steinway has ever used an artist's name to produce pianos. Lang Lang is global brand ambassador for Sony Electronics with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. He has also collaborated with Adidas, creating a limited edition "Gazelle" shoe in his name and continues his honored relationship with Audi Automobiles as their global brand ambassador. He recently signed on to represent Aegon's worldwide financial services. When in Berlin, Lang Lang stays at the grand hotel The Ritz-Carlton and in California, his official home is Shutters on the Beach hotel.

Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3 and by the age of 5 he had won the Shenyang competition and given his first public recital. Entering Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Lang’s break into stardom came at age 17 when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the “Gala of the Century”, playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this gigantic debut, he performed successful concerts around the world, leaving the London Times to remark: “Lang Lang took a sold-out Albert Hall by storm… This could well be history in the making.” He has appeared three times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes. Lang Lang has been featured on every major TV network and in news and lifestyle magazines worldwide, including such diverse publications as Vogue, GQ, Die Welt, Reader’s Digest and People. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “biggest, most exciting keyboard talent encountered in many years,” Lang Lang has progressed from one triumphant appearance to the next.

Lang Lang has performed for numerous international dignitaries including the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President George H. W. Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Hu Jin-Tao of China, President Horst Koehler of Germany, H.R.H. Prince Charles, as well as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Spooktacular afternoon of musical treats for young ghouls and goblins - Oct. 31

ESSO Symphony for Kids
Pumpkinful afternoon of frightful tricks and musical treats

Spooktacular
Saturday, October 31st – 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB … A ghostly host joins your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to take the whole family on a witch’s broom ride through the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Conductor Bruce Hangen will reveal an orchestral graveyard of frightening noises and eerie effects that will have children screaming with delight!

This chilling performance will haunt the music hall with the Addams Family Values Tango, Bratton’s The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, selections from The Phantom of the Opera and Pictures at an Exhibition, and so much more. This 60-minute concert is performed without intermission.

Fill your cauldron of Halloween activities with a pumpkinful afternoon of musical tricks and treats. Creep over to the Winspear Centre for pre-concert activities starting at 1:15 PM in the main lobby, where young ghouls and goblins will have a frightfully fun time crafting Halloween masks.

Ticket prices for this matinee performance range from $21 to $29 for Adults, and $13 to $17 for Children (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The next performance of the ESSO Symphony for Kids series will take place on November 21st. Bring the wee lads and lasses to the Winspear Centre for A Celtic Adventure with Bill Eddins and the Knock School of Irish Dance.

Thank you to our generous series sponsor ESSO Imperial Oil Foundation, our series media sponsor 105.9 Shine FM, and our season media sponsor CBC.

Sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Marc Carnes, Director of Development, at (780) 401-2518.

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

Winspear Centre Box Office:
#4 Sir Winston Churchill Square
(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081
www.edmontonsymphony.com

Biography

Bruce Hangen is Director of Orchestral Activities at the Boston Conservatory, serving as the Conservatory’s principal orchestral conductor as well as director of both the orchestra and conducting programs. The 2008/2009 season marked his 11th season as the Music Director of the Indian Hill Symphony. Recently, Mr. Hangen completed his tenure as the Principal Pops Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops. This position was created in May 2002 especially for Mr. Hangen, reflecting the strong musical relationship built over two decades of regular guest conducting. Other past positions include Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. From 1998 to 2000, he was Acting Resident Conductor of both the Utah and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Hangen was for ten seasons (1976-86) Music Director and Conductor of the Portland (Maine) Symphony; 1973-79 Associate Conductor of the Denver Symphony; 1975-79 Music Director of the Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra in Denver; six summer seasons (1966-72) Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a major in conducting, Hangen was also a conducting fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood for two summers, where his conducting teachers included Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. His recent appearances have included concerts with the Florida Philharmonic and Boston Symphony as well as the orchestras of St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Naples (FL), and Houston. His repeat engagements with the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras alone totaled well over 200 performances since 1979. Mr. Hangen is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New England, and in Omaha he received the ICAN Foundation’s 1990 Browning Award for Career Excellence and Vision. Bruce Hangen was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and was raised in Great Falls, Montana.

Mr. Hangen last appeared with the ESO in September, 2008.

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Herbert Barrett Management and Vantage Artists Management Inc. Complete Merger

BARRETT VANTAGE ARTISTS
Chosen as New Corporate Name

Combined Artist Roster Includes over 110
Celebrated Musicians and Ensembles

New York, NY, October 19, 2009: Herbert Barrett Management and Vantage Artists Management Inc. today announced their merger, creating a new performing arts management company named Barrett Vantage Artists. The merged company will be led by longtime Herbert Barrett Management President John A. Anderson and will combine the staff from both companies, including industry veterans Emmy Tu as Managing Director, Senior Vice President Mary Lynn Fixler and Vice Presidents Alexandra Bacon and Bonnie Barrett. The roster of Barrett Vantage Artists includes 68 vocalists, as well as 45 instrumentalists, ensembles and conductors, representing oustanding musicians across classical, opera, jazz and cabaret genres.

Commenting on the new organization, Barrett Vantage Artists President John A. Anderson remarked, "I am pleased that the legacy of the late Herbert Barrett will now be carried forward in this new venture. Since 1957, Herbert Barrett Management has had a proud tradition of representing world-class performing artists, developing careers and reaching out to audiences. The combined strength of the rosters and staffs of HBM and Vantage Artists creates a new platform from which together we can address the challenges and opportunities of the music industry today."

“Vantage Artists has always explored new ways of reaching audiences with dynamic artists and creative approaches to doing business in a mature industry,” states Emmy Tu, who will serve as Managing Director in the newly formed organization. “We are looking forward to leveraging our collective strengths on behalf of our terrific artist roster.”

The legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, who has been represented by Herbert Barrett Management from the beginning of his career (1960) to this day, notes: “Herbert Barrett was one of the great impresarios of the 20th Century and a dear friend. I think he would be delighted to see the company he founded and nurtured expanding to meet the needs of its artists and its presenters around the world today, while still honoring the rich 52-year history of Herbert Barrett Management.”

Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, part of the Vantage Artists roster since the company’s inception in 2004, added, “I am delighted to be part of Barrett Vantage Artists. It is especially gratifying for me, because at the start of my career I had the pleasure of meeting Herbert Barrett. I look forward to continuing my wonderful relationship with Vantage Artists and collaborating with the excellent team from the Barrett office. This is an exciting synergy of two very complementary companies, and a great development for all those who love the sacred art of music.”

Francesca Caccini, Femme de génie

Le vendredi 6 novembre 2009, 20 h 00
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montréal

Prix des billets :
Entrée simple 28 $ / Aîné (65 ans et +) 25 $
Étudiant, temps plein, 25 ans et moins 10 $
15 ans et moins accompagné d'un adulte : gratuit
Renseignements et réservations : 514-748-8625 – www.clavecinenconcert.org

Montréal, 15 octobre 2009 – Pour son deuxième concert de saison, Clavecin en concert vous invite à une soirée qui vous permettra de découvrir l'art de Francesca Caccini (1587-1640), fille du compositeur italien Giulio Caccini. Estimée par le grand Claudio Monteverdi, Francesca Caccini fut la première femme à composer des opéras. Son écriture vocale est d'une absolue beauté.

Avec Shannon Mercer (soprano), Luc Beauséjour (clavecin et orgue positif), Sylvain Bergeron (luth, théorbe, guitare baroque) et Amanda Keesmaat (violoncelle).

Programme
Francesca Caccini, extraits de Il primo libro delle musiche (1618)

S'io men vò / Non sò se quel sorriso / Rendi alle mie speranze il verde / Io mi distruggo /
Ch'Amor sia nudo / O chiome belle / Chi desia di saper che cosa è Amore /
Dov'io credea le mie speranze vere / Regina ceali

PAUSE

Su le piume / Dolce Maria / Se muove / Dispiegate / Lasciatemi /
La pastorella / O vive rose / Fresche aurette



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

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Gryphon Trio Premieres Two New Commissions

Wave by Gary Kulesha – Inaugural Esther Gelber Fund Commission
Berliner Konzert by Paul Frehner – Commemorates the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall

Toronto, ON (October 19, 2009)…In November, Toronto’s Gryphon Trio will continue its practice of championing contemporary Canadian composers and their works when it premieres two new commissions: Wave by Gary Kulesha and Paul Frehner’s Berliner Konzert.

Wave is a 21-minute chamber symphony for soprano, violin, cello and piano by composer Gary Kulesha, based on excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s 1931 novel The Waves which follows six main characters from birth to death through a series of interior monologues. Kulesha’s chamber symphony focuses on Susan, a character for whom Woolf wrote the most astonishingly beautiful language of her career. A Gryphon Trio commission made possible through the Esther Gelber Fund, Wave will have its world premiere on Thursday, November 5th when Music TORONTO presents the Gryphon Trio with soprano Valdine Anderson in the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (227 Front Street East).

The Esther Gelber Fund was created by sisters Nance Gelber, Patty Rubin, Judith Gelber and Sara Charney in honour of their late mother, Esther Gelber, a well-known Toronto arts supporter and philanthropist. The fund provides performers with the opportunity to select and commission a composer of their choice for a debut performance. Established in 2007, the fund is administered by the Canadian Music Centre. The CMC is Canada’s primary resource for more than 700 Canadian composers’ scores and recordings. With a mandate to actively promote its 21,000 works catalogue, the centre distributes the music within Canada and around the world. The Gryphon Trio’s commission of Gary Kulesha’s Wave is the first to be awarded and premiered through the fund.

Esther Gelber and her husband Arthur Gelber were both passionate about the visual arts, music, theatre and dance and became very active in the Toronto cultural scene with a number of organizations including COMUS Music Theatre of Canada, the National Ballet, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

“Our mother was a major supporter of new initiatives, and wanted artists to have the chance to create and perform new work,” said Patty Rubin, the second daughter of Esther Gelber. “Torontonians are very generous in their support of the arts, and this has been particularly evident in the many ‘bricks and mortar’ campaigns that are transforming the face of the city. Through the fund, my sisters and I hope to raise awareness that commissioning work is another great option for people who are interested in supporting the arts.”

“The Trio’s production of Constantinople presented an opportunity for us to invite supporters and fans to get behind an initiative that we were very passionate about and help us get it to the finish line,” said cellist Roman Borys. “Since then we’ve had numerous commissions and touring projects funded by individuals from Canada and abroad. Funding the creation of a new piece of chamber music and gaining insight into the creative process is very rewarding; however the greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing the work’s evolution from performance to performance. We bring these pieces to life and share them with audiences everywhere we go.”

Later in November Gryphon Trio and Germany’s Württemberg Chamber Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Berliner Konzert by Canadian composer Paul Frehner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A co-commission with Soundstreams Canada, the work will be presented as part of their 2009-2010 season on November 24th at Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Following the world premiere, Gryphon Trio and Württemberg Chamber Orchestra will perform Frehner’s piece at Dominion Chalmers Church (www.chamberfest.com) in Ottawa (November 27).

Tickets to Music TORONTO presents the Gryphon Trio with soprano Valdine Anderson on Thursday, November 5th at 8 p.m. and Soundstreams Canada’s Berliner Koncert on Tuesday, November 24th at 8 p.m. are available through the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office by calling 416-366-7723, 1-800-708-6754 or on-line at www.stlc.com.

Gryphon Trio, founded in 1993 by violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, is one of Canada’s pre-eminent ensembles. Based in Toronto, Gryphon Trio tours extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and has released 10 CDs on the Analekta label including the Juno award-winning Canadian Premieres, which features the work of leading Canadian composers. Gryphon Trio is strongly committed to expanding the piano trio repertoire and has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has collaborated on numerous special projects including Christos Hatzis’ Constantinople, a groundbreaking multimedia production which was performed in Canada, the United States, and at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden in 2006. Between 2007-2009, Gryphon Trio served as interim Artistic Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Permanent appointments were made in August 2009, with cellist Roman Borys serving as Artistic Director with Patipatanakoon and Parker acting as Artistic Advisors. The Trio members continue teaching and nurturing future generations of classical musicians and audiences, all three are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where Dr. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is an Assistant Professor.

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Chants Libres présente, en première mondiale, sa nouvelle création 
‘L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité’

Uun opéra férie de 
GILLES TREMBLAY, composition
PIERRE MORENCY, livret

ROBERT BELLEFEUILLE, mise en scène

NOUVEL ENSEMBLE MODERNE+, sous la direction de LORRAINE VAILLANCOURT

12 CHANTEURS 
Salle Ludger-Duvernay du Monument-National 
Jeudi 19, vendredi 20 et samedi 21 NOVEMBRE 2009, 20 h

1182, St-Laurent, Montréal (Québec, Canada)

Info : www.chantslibres.org 
Durée : 2 h 20, avec un entracte

40$ [régulier] – 20$ [étudiants, aînés]

Billetterie : Monument-National : 514-871-2224 / 1-866-844-2172


Montréal, lundi 19 octobre 2009 — Chants Libres, compagnie lyrique de création, sous la direction artistique de Pauline Vaillancourt, présentera en première mondiale les 19, 20 et 21 novembre 2009 à la salle Ludger-Duvernay du Monument-National à Montréal, un opéra féerie, L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité.



Deux grands artistes majeurs du Québec contemporain et grands observateurs de la nature, qui ont reçu pour l’ensemble de leur œuvre plusieurs hautes distinctions, signent respectivement leur premier opéra : le compositeur Gilles Tremblay, pilier des cultures musicales québécoise et canadienne, qui a sonorisé le pavillon du Québec à l’expo 67 et Pierre Morency, poète, homme de théâtre, de radio et de télévision, auteur du magnifique ouvrage L’œil américain, La mise en scène été confiée à l’homme de théâtre Robert Bellefeuille, à qui l’on doit des mises en scène de créations remarquées (Le conte de Monte-Cristo, Jouliks, La Dame aux camélias). La scénographie est de Jean Bard, la chorégraphie de Lina Cruz, les éclairages de Nicolas Descoteaux, le visuel de Geodezik, les costumes de Marianne Thériault et les maquillages d’Angelo Barsetti.

Dans la fosse, Lorraine Vaillancourt assure la direction musicale des 12 interprètes et des 25 musiciens du Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, dont c’est la 4e collaboration avec Chants Libres, après Il suffit d’un peu d’air de Claude Baliff, La Princesse blanche de Bruce Mather et Le Vampire et la Nymphomane de Serge Provost.



L’eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l’oiseau qui dit la vérité nous invite dans un monde féerique et nous relate les 3 épreuves que doit remporter l’amour victorieux. Sur scène, des personnages plus colorés les uns que les autres prennent vie par une jeune distribution entièrement canadienne : YBY, Jean Maheux (comédien-baryton) ; BELLE-ÉTOILE, Marianne Lambert (soprano) ; POULANE, Marie-Annick Béliveau (alto) ; FEINTISE, Michèle Motard (mezzo-soprano) ; L’OISEAU, Scott Belluz (haute-contre) ; LE ROI, Taras Kulish (basse) ; CHÉROT, Sylvain Paré (ténor) ; LA POMME QUI CHANTE et LA SIRÈNE, Claudine Ledoux (mezzo-soprano) ; TOURTERELLE, Stéphanie Pothier (mezzo-soprano) ; BLONDINE, Anne Saint-Denis (soprano) ; PETIT-SOLEIL, Julien Patenaude (baryton) ; BEAUJOUR, Philippe Martel (baryton). 

Cette production sera enregistrée pour diffusion ultérieure sur Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada (100,7 FM à Montréal), dans le cadre de l'émission animée par Sylvia L'Écuyer tous les samedis.



OPÉRA FÉERIE est une création de Chants Libres, présentée avec l’appui du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, du Conseil des arts de Montréal, du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de Opéra.ca, et avec la collaboration du NEM. Chants Libres est partenaire de la série HOMMAGE à Gilles Tremblay, une initiative de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ).

Final Fantasy performs with Symphony Nova Scotia for the Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with indie/pop/classical artist Final Fantasy on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Named in tribute to the video game series, Final Fantasy is a one-man band made up of Canadian violinist/pianist/composer Owen Pallett. His trademark performances feature him using a foot pedal to loop the live violin in simultaneous layers, building a grand, intricate sound.

This classically trained violinist has written arrangements for artists like Arcade Fire, the Pet Shop Boys, and Mika, and won the inaugural Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds. This concert will be his second orchestral appearance, following a performance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic earlier this year.

"The forthcoming Final Fantasy album is entirely orchestral, and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to perform these songs the way they were meant to be heard,” says Owen. “I also took some time to revisit some older songs, revise them for a symphonic performance."

Final Fantasy’s performance with Symphony Nova Scotia will be conducted by Martin MacDonald, and will feature Owen’s own arrangements of some of his most popular songs, including Arctic Circle, He Poos Clouds, Oh Heartland, Up Yours!, Took You Two Years to Win My Heart, Lewis Takes Action, The CN Tower, and Ultimatum. He will also perform several pieces solo, and Symphony Nova Scotia will perform orchestral works by Prokofiev and Mercure. The entire performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio Two.

This performance is almost sold out, so pick up your tickets today! Prices range from $29-49 (HST included), or you can purchase a subscription package and save up to 30%. For tickets and more information, call 494.3820 or visit our website at www.symphonynovascotia.ca.

About Final Fantasy
Owen Pallett's live violin-looping project, Final Fantasy, has released four albums and EPs, including Has a Good Home and He Poos Clouds. The Village Voice praised He Poos Clouds as having "the best lyrics of the year," Pitchfork described it as "a joy to hear... this is, in a word, fierce – it can engage you on a level most albums can't," and many publications put it in their top-ten lists for the year. Canadian journalists voted and awarded it the inaugural Polaris Prize for best Canadian full-length album.

In addition to curating the Maximum Black Festival in early 2008, Owen has been touring constantly while writing string and orchestral arrangements for many releases, including Arcade Fire's Neon Bible (and Funeral), Grizzly Bear's Yellow House, Beirut's The Flying Club Cup, The Last Shadow Puppets' The Age of the Understatement, and the Pet Shop Boys’ Yes. He is currently working on his forthcoming full-length romance album entitled Heartland.

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

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

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Special Guest Judd Nelson for "Great Stories to Tell" at Merrill Auditorium, November 8

PORTLAND, Maine – For the first Sunday Classical concert of the 85th anniversary season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes celebrity guest narrator Judd Nelson for "Great Stories to Tell!" Led by Music Director Robert Moody, the matinee performance will also feature members of Portland Ballet Company. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 PM in Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

"Great Stories to Tell!" blends music, story-telling, dance and colorful costumes to appeal to all the senses. The concert begins with Respghi's Ancient Airs and Dances (Suite No. 1), composed in 1917 and based on themes of Renaissance-era lute music, followed by selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61, written to accompany the Shakespearean romantic comedy.

The centerpiece of the program is Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat ("A Soldier's Tale") – a 1918 theatrical work "to be read, played, and danced" ("lue, jouée et dansée"). L'histoire du Soldat is a parable based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy. The music is witty and acerbic, and includes elements of ragtime, early jazz, and tango. Dancers from Portland Ballet Company portray the Soldier, the Devil, and the Princess, while Nelson narrates, all accompanied by a virtuoso ensemble of select PSO players.

Judd Nelson, best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire and Jack Richmond in Suddenly Susan, is a native of Portland, and returns to the city to narrate this exciting performance. Nelson's father Leonard is a past Board President of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Sponsored by Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, "Great Stories to Tell!" will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, at 2:30 PM on November 8. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

A Concert Conversation with Dr. Scott Harris, Director of the USM School of Music, takes place at 1:15 PM in the Rehearsal Hall, and a Post Concert Q&A will be held onstage with the artists immediately following the performance. Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine will be providing free health screenings in the auditorium lobby. A live recorded broadcast of the concert can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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BENT By Martin Sherman

Directed by Carolyn Fe
Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 15, 2009

Max: "We'll miss the Olympics next month in Berlin."
Horst: "I knew there was a reason I didn't want to be here in Dachau."

Montreal, October 2009 - BENT is a story of acceptance, tolerance and love in the wrong place and time. Altera Vitae is honoured to present their fourth production, playing at Espace 4001 (formerly Geordie Space) from November 5 to 15. Directed by Carolyn Fe, the talented cast includes Vance De Waele, Yves Jacquier, Adam Leblanc, Christopher Moore, Serge Turcotte and Mark Waters in this poignant piece. Altera Vitae produces quality works of theatre that engage and service the community. One of the company's raisons d'êtres is helping those who need to be heard. With each new production, they partner with a valuable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play. For Bent, Altera Vitae supports GRIS-Montreal. Says Carolyn Fe, Altera Vitae's artistic director, "I am proud to have found GRIS-Montreal for this production. Their important work takes them into the schools and demystifies homosexuality to local youth by educating students with a non-lecturing, judgment-free approach." This year marks GRIS-Montreal's 15th year servicing the community.

Bent highlights Paragraph 175, a largely ignored German law making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and reinforced during his rise to power. Gays were arrested and interned at work camps prior to the genocide of the Jews, Gypsies and handicapped, and continued to be imprisoned even after the fall of the Third Reich and liberation of the camps. To director Carolyn Fe, herself a visible minority, it is important to show the 'minorities' that were sharing the horrors of the concentration camps. Each coloured patch- pink, red, green, black, brown, purple, blue and of course, yellow, had a meaning and a 'pride line'. The pink triangle was the lowest. Fe hopes the play reminds people how to find strength and dignity at their lowest moments, "For me, this play goes beyond the pink triangle; it goes all the way to accepting and believing in oneself regardless of how difficult the environment or the times may be." The company is so pleased at the number of school groups who will be seeing the production.

Christopher Moore plays Max, a character both filled with hope and in denial. For Moore, the play is summed up beautifully and painfully in the last lines when Max says to Horst, "I love you. What's wrong with that?" He says the role has brought to his attention what it takes to survive certain atrocities that many people outside (and some inside) North America face every day, "I hope the audience is able to appreciate the idea of this union of love in a time when it was illegal and especially in the camp, unthought-of and not dared." He would like people to go home answering, "There is nothing wrong with that". For Vance De Waele, in the role of Horst, additionally, "The themes in the play go beyond sexual orientation or identity." Bent also contains an unforgettable love scene.

The integral designs are by creative team Scott Drysdale, lights and Dan Legault, sound. The stage manager is Anne-Marie Pierre. The play's theme song is David Bowie's Heroes: "Though nothing will drive them away; We can beat them, just for one day; We can be Heroes, just for one day."

Taken from the Latin expression, Spes Altera Vitae, meaning 'another hope of life', Altera Vitae Productions proposes a peek at another life through theatrical presentations. This, if only for a brief moment in time, whether it be as a member of the audience, on stage or behind the scenes. In keeping with Altera Vitae providing a peak at 'another life', Bent is an excellent example. In its short time on the local theatre landscape, Altera Vitae has managed to capture the attention of the public and the media, garnering an Honorable Mention for the Revelation Award at the 2008 Montreal English Critics' Circle Award (MECCA) ceremony.

"I worked a deal. I'm good at that."- Max

BENT
Altera Vitae Productions
Playing at Espace 4001
4001 Berri (near Duluth)

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm
20$ regular, 18$ students/seniors
Two-for-one: Sat. Nov. 7 and Sun. Nov. 8 at 2pm, to help spread word of mouth


Reservations: 514-823-8823 or purchase online: http://www.alteravitae.com/bent/tickets.html
www.alteravitae.com
www.gris.ca

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Venue Change for Sky Gilbert's "Why We Tortured Him: A Meditation on the Nature of Violence"

Hamilton, Ontario (Thursday, October 15, 2009) - The venue for Hammertheatre's upcoming production of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE by Sky Gilbert has changed. The eagerly awaited play will
now be presented at The James Street North Theatre.

SHOW DATES AND TIMES: All performances of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE will take place at the intimate James Street North Theatre located just above "The Factory" at 126 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.

Tickets are $15 each with Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinees. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the theatre 30 minutes before the show starts. Cash only.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30pm

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:30pm
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:30pm

CREATIVE TEAM: Bill Chabassol (LIGHTING DESIGNER), Mark Crawford as DOUG, Alex Fiddes as GARY, Sky Gilbert (WRITER/DIRECTOR), Ian Jarvis (PROMO MATERIALS DESIGNER), Denise Lisson (DESIGN CO-ORDINATOR), Haley McGee as BRANDY,
Kerry Mounfield (SET DESIGNER), Stephen Newman (STAGE MANAGER), and Diana Stephens (COSTUME DESIGNER)

THEATRE COMPANY: Sky Gilbert founded Hammertheatre in January 2007. Hammertheatre is devoted to theatre research in Hamilton, particularly in plays by Artistic Director Sky Gilbert that deal with issues of gender and sexuality in experimental ways.

PERFORMANCE SPACE: The James Street North Theatre was once known as The Forester's Hall. Built in 1884 by the Ancient Order of Foresters, the architect was W.A. Edwards. The hall housed meetings and functions for many years and was used as a performance space. It was rumoured to have hosted artists such as Caruso and Billie Holiday during its heyday. Currently, the space is Hamilton artist Colina Maxwell's studio and gallery.

SPONSORS: Ontario Arts Council

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David Altmejd remporte le Prix artistique Sobey 2009

Montréal, le 16 octobre 2009 - David Altmejd, artiste de renommée internationale diplômé du baccalauréat en arts visuels et médiatiques de l'UQAM, a remporté le Prix artistique Sobey 2009 pour lequel il représentait le Québec. Remis à tous les deux ans à un artiste de moins de 40 ans, ce prix est l’un des plus prestigieux en arts visuels au Canada et s’accompagne d’un montant de 50 000 $.

Le jury de conservateurs du Prix artistique Sobey 2009 est composé de : Liz Wylie, conservatrice, Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, directrice Arts visuels, The Banff Center; Ivan Jurakic, conservateur, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Déry, directrice et conservatrice, Galerie de l'UQAM; Terry Graff, conservateur et député de directeur, Galerie d'art Beaverbrook. Les membres du jury ont salué la vision originale de l'artiste et reconnu unanimement l’excellence de son œuvre.

La Galerie de l’UQAM a contribué à la notoriété de David Altmejd de plusieurs façons, notamment lorsque Louise Déry, directrice de la Galerie, a été commissaire du pavillon du Canada à la Biennale de Venise de 2007 et y a présenté une exposition majeure de l’artiste. La Galerie a publié les deux monographies existantes sur l’artiste, David Altmejd. The Index (2007) et David Altmejd (2006). Elle a organisé la seule circulation canadienne d’une exposition lui étant entièrement consacrée en 2007.

Ceux qui ont envie de découvrir prochainement le travail de David Altmejd pourront le faire lors de l’exposition Expansion qui sera présentée à la Galerie de l’UQAM du 26 février au 27 mars 2010, dans le cadre du 40e anniversaire de l’Université.

David Altmejd 
David Altmejd est né à Montréal et vit à New York. Il est diplômé en arts visuels de l’UQAM (B. A. 1998) et de Columbia University (MFA 2001). Il a exposé au Québec (Galerie de l’UQAM, Skol, Optica, Clark, B-312), aux États-Unis et en Europe. En quelques années, David Altmejd a acquis une réputation internationale en participant notamment aux biennales d’Istanbul (2003), du Whitney (2004) et de Venise (2007).

Connu pour ses installations qui multiplient les références aux légendes, au cinéma et à la science-fiction, David Altmejd a réussi, en quelques années seulement, à susciter l'intérêt des critiques et des spécialistes de l'art à l'échelle internationale. L’artiste est représenté par Andrea Rosen Gallery, une influente galerie new-yorkaise, et par la galerie Modern Art de Londres. À 35 ans, ses œuvres se retrouvent dans des collections permanentes aussi prestigieuses que celles du Musée Guggenheim et du Whitney Museum de New York.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Announcing: Orson's Shadow

ORSON' S SHADOW
by AUSTIN PENDLETON
Conceived by JUDITH AUBERJONOIS

Directed by RONA WADDINGTON
A PILOT GROUP PRODUCTION

THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, MAINSPACE
NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 12

Starring
PAUL EVES, JANET PORTER, STEVE ROSS,
CAMILLA SCOTT, GEOFF SCOVELL, CHRISTOPHER STANTON

Based on true events, Orson's Shadow is set in 1960 London, where Orson Welles, already in the declining years of his career, is directing a production of Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. Olivier, fresh from his triumphant portrayal of vaudevillean Archie Rice on stage and about to reprise the role in the film adaptation of John Osborne's The Entertainer, and Plowright are in the early stages of a romantic liaison developing at the end of his tumultuous marriage to Vivien Leigh. All four, and critic Kenneth Tynan, figure in the plot, which debates the merits of stage vs. screen, the mental and emotional struggle theatrical performers endure when contemplating a leap to films, and what occurs when their movie careers are hampered by the controls thrust upon them by the studio establishment.

Orson's Shadow is a study of theatrical egos, each of the protagonists living more on the stage than in real life, each feeling betrayed and insecure, each finding hope and power through dominating the other, using bluster, candor, half-truths and downright lies to get through the rehearsal, get through the day, get to the next phase of a career. The play received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Play and won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

Debuting at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in January 2000 Orson's Shadow was performed at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September of that year. The off-Broadway production, directed by David Cromer, opened on March 13, 2005 at the Barrow Street Theatre, where it ran for 349 performances. Since its New York City staging, Orson's Shadow has been mounted by a number of regional theatres, including Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California, Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and the Gorilla Theatre in Tampa, Florida. In 2006 Orson's Shadow received a rehearsed reading at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Orson's Shadow
A PILOT GROUP PRODUCTION
Presented at
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, MAINSPACE, 16 Ryerson Ave. Toronto
NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 12
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30PM
PWYC Saturday Matinee at 2:00PM
TICKETS on sale by the ARTS BOX OFFICE
416.504.7529 artsboxoffice.ca
visit us at www.orsonsshadow.com

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Renowned American violinist Rachel Barton Pine makes her VSO debut

Vancouver BC – World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine graces the Orpheum stage on October 24th & 26th at 8pm. Guest conductor and Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a beautiful concert featuring the works of Respighi, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel’s epic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition.

"An exciting, boundary-defying performer – (Rachel Barton) Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."
- Washington Post

“Guerrero understood them completely, and his uninhibited, vividly physical complicity with the orchestra in boldly making them happen was a joy to encounter.”
- The Globe and Mail

Rachel Barton Pine began playing the violin at age 3 and played at many renowned venues throughout her childhood and teen years including her debut with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf at age 10. At age 17, she became the youngest and first American winner of the gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Germany.

Rachel Barton Pine’s story is one of inspiration and extraordinary resilience in addition to exquisite technique and music-making. In January of 1995, Barton Pine was severely injured in a train accident, one that came close to killing her and would have ended the majority of careers. As she was exiting a train in Winnetka, Illinois, the strap to her violin case was trapped between the doors, pinning her shoulder to the train. She was dragged 366 feet by the train before being pulled underneath and run over, severing one leg and mangling the other.

After a 2-year hiatus to recover from her injuries in which she had to endure over 40 surgeries, Barton Pine made a noteworthy return to the classical world. She has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Montreal, Chicago, Vienna, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic, and New Zealand Orchestras. She has also earned critical acclaim for her prolific discography of over 16 recordings. Her musical interests extend well beyond classical and she has successfully crossed over to the genres of Celtic, folk, rock and jazz. Declared one of America’s most important young musicians, Rachel Barton Pine performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on generous loan from her patron.

Ms. Barton Pine runs a charitable foundation – The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation – which provides career assistance and instruments to young musicians in need and promotes the study and appreciation of classical music by African-American composers.

Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero is highly sought after as a guest conductor from prolific orchestras world-wide. He has recently made two important debuts abroad: his European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, where he was immediately invited to return, and his UK Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also recently made successful debuts with several major American orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern Universities. His principal conducting teachers were Michael Haithcock, Stephen Heyde, Victor Yampolsky and Guillermo Scarabino. He was most recently the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He made his Minnesota Orchestra subscription debut in March 2000, leading the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He returned on subscription every subsequent season during his time there. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

CONCERT INFO

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Saturday and Monday, October 24 and 26, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Rachel Barton Pine with the VSO

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Respighi Trittico Botticelliano
Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition evokes images in music (as does Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures) with the grand orchestration of Ravel. In her starburst of a career so far, Rachel Barton Pine has left critics scratching their heads in search of superlatives – it is no wonder she is being called the most important American violinist of her generation.

Visit Giancarlo Guerrero at: www.giancarloguerrero.com
Visit Rachel Barton Pine at: www.rachelbartonpine.com

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers
Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS
Special Video Screen Presentations Created and Produced by: Columbia Academy

Tickets: $25 - $78.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Giancarlo Guerrero’s 09/10 season marks his first as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the music of several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty and Roberto Sierra. A new CD on Naxos of music by Michael Daugherty, with the Nashville Symphony, is scheduled for release in September 2009.

Mr. Guerrero’s guest conducting engagements in the 09/10 season include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, New Jersey and Fort Worth, the Pacific Symphony, in Costa Mesa as well as the Curtis Institute of Music. Abroad, he conducts the Symphony Orchestras of Vancouver and Edmonton in the fall and the Slovenian Philharmonic in the spring.

As a guest conductor, Guerrero recently made two important debuts abroad: his European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, where he was immediately invited to return, and his UK Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also recently made successful debuts with several major American orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra (where he was invited back for a subscription week and tour), the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra (where he returned in the 07/08 season). Other recent orchestral engagements in North America include appearances with the orchestras of Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego; the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and at the Grant Park Festival.

Also in demand in Central and South America, Guerrero conducts regularly in Venezuela with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, with which he has had a special relationship for many years. His debut at the Casals Festival with Yo-Yo Ma and the Puerto Rico Symphony in 2005 was followed by return engagements in 2006 and 2007. He also made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Argentina in 2005. Elsewhere he is a regular guest conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.

Equally at home with opera, Guerrero works regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème and most recently a new production of Rigoletto. In February 2008, he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival, to great acclaim.

In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.

Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern universities. He was most recently the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He made his Minnesota Orchestra subscription debut in March 2000, leading the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He returned on subscription every subsequent season during his time there. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Táchira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Rachel Barton Pine, violin
American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Iceland Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Israel and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, and Placido Domingo. Acclaimed collaborations include Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield, Christopher O’Riley and Mark O’Connor. Her festival appearances include Ravinia, Marlboro, and Salzburg. She has been featured on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, From the Top, CBS Sunday Morning, and NBC’s Today.

Her 16 critically acclaimed albums for the Cedille, Dorian, and Cacophony labels include "Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos" with Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony, "Scottish Fantasies" with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and "Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos" with José Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic. She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions, and has twice been honored as a Chicagoan of the Year. A tireless ambassador for classical music, Ms. Pine is dedicated to community engagement and music education. She frequently participates in pre-concert conversations, gives master classes, and presents programs in public schools. Her creative efforts to reach new audiences include appearances on rock radio stations and solo concerts in alternative venues.

Ms. Pine’s charitable activities include serving as a trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago and president of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. She plays the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on generous loan from her patron.

A Chicago native, Pine began violin studies at age three and made her professional debut four years later at age seven with the Chicago String Ensemble. Her earliest appearances with the Chicago Symphony (at ages ten and fifteen) were broadcast on television. Her principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos and she has also studied with Ruben Gonzalez, Werner Scholz, Elmira Darvarova and several specialists in early music performance practice. Pine resides in Chicago with her husband.

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Roy Thomson Hall's 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts: featuring Frédéric Champion, organ on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12 Noon

Roy Thomson Hall’s 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts
Frédéric Champion, organ
Solo Recital by the First Prize Winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 12 Noon / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
FREE Admission - Call 416-872-4255 for further information
For reservations of 20 or more, call 416-593-4822, Ext.225
Concert suitable for ages 6 and up - www.roythomson.com

Toronto, ON, October 16, 2009 - French organist Frédéric Champion launches Roy Thomson Hall’s 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Series with a solo recital of organ masterworks on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12 Noon. The event is the first of four FREE noon hour concerts during the 2009-2010 season that celebrate the artistry of outstanding organists and choral ensembles, and spotlights Roy Thomson Hall’s magnificent Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ, one of the largest mechanical action instruments in Canada.

Frédéric Champion won the top prize at the inaugural Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), held in Montreal in October 2008. The first prize included a three-year career management contract with Karen McFarlane Artists, a CD recording with ATMA Classique, which will be released in October 2009, and a $30,000 cash award. He was also voted the audience favourite to win the $5,000 Richard Bradshaw Audience Prize. The competition attracted 60 applications from 17 countries; and following a pre-selection round, 16 competitors from 11 countries were chosen to participate. Mr. Champion’s Roy Thomson Hall solo recital is part of his debut North American tour as the initial ambassador of this prestigious new triennial competition. Organist John Grew is the Artistic Director of the CIOC.

A native of Lyon, France, Frédéric Champion has won a string of top prizes at major international organ competitions, including First Prize at the Minoru Yoshida Tokyo Competition; the Bach Prize at the Leipzig Bach Competition; First Prize at the International Competition Gottfried Silbermann; and First Prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. He has performed regularly as a solo organist and with orchestras and choirs, appearing in concerts in France, Germany, Russia, Portugal and Japan. Mr. Champion is acclaimed for his exceptional talent at improvisation.

Frédéric Champion’s Recital Program at Roy Thomson Hall Nov. 10, 2009 at 12 Noon
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) - Prelude in E-flat major “St. Anne”
Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) - Sonata 6 in D-minor
Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) - Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5
Frédéric CHAMPION (1976 -) - Improvisation

Roy Thomson Hall’s Choir & Organ Concerts are generously supported by Edwards Charitable Foundation

Roy Thomson Hall’s 2009-2010 Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts (Call 416-872-4255):
- Tues Nov 10/09 12 Noon: Frédéric Champion - Solo Organ Recital
- Tues Dec 15/09: Victoria Scholars & The Sr. Choir of St. Michael’s Choir School - A Christmas Celebration
- Thurs Mar 25/10: Elora Festival Singers - Celebrating the Music of J.S. Bach
- Wed April 7/10: The Choirs of Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto - Youthful Treasures

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Sylvie Paquette & Monsieur Mono, en solo et en duo à eXcentris

Montréal, le 13 octobre 2009 — Les 28, 29 et 30 octobre, eXcentris consacrera trois soirées à Sylvie Paquette et à Monsieur Mono, deux auteurs-compositeurs reconnus pour leur sensibilité ainsi que pour leur approche toute personnelle de la chanson.

Sylvie Paquette présente un tout nouveau spectacle : Les valises
Élégance, raffinement, intensité : voilà quelques-uns des termes souvent employés pour décrire la grande Sylvie Paquette. Cette auteure-compositrice-interprète, qui a écrit pour Luce Dufault,
Catherine Durand, Stéphanie Lapointe et, plus récemment, Marie Carmen, poursuit depuis plus de 15 ans un parcours axé sur la création, l'exploration et la quête d'authenticité.

Sylvie Paquette, « … qui doit être considérée parmi les plus accomplies auteures-compositricesinterprètes de l'Amérique francophone » (Alain Brunet, La Presse), présente Les valises, un concert intime où elle revisite les plus belles chansons de son répertoire en solo dans une formule acoustique et chaleureuse.
Mercredi 28 octobre à 19 h 30, salle Fellini

Monsieur Mono avec Petite musique de pluie
Alter ego solo d'Éric Goulet, leader de la formation Les Chiens et réalisateur émérite (Vincent
Vallières, WD-40, Yann Perreau), Monsieur Mono avait réussi à élever la mélancolie à des sommets inégalés de beauté avec un premier disque paru en 2005, Pleurer la mer morte, inspiré d'une peine d'amour. De ce « succès involontaire », pour reprendre les termes du principal intéressé, on retient entre autres les émouvantes L'Océan et Tout autour, ainsi que la très belle relecture opérée en duo, avec Mara Tremblay, de Love Hurts.

En 2008, Monsieur Mono remettait ça avec Petite musique de pluie, un album sur lequel il
continuait d'explorer la même veine créatrice. Il nous convie à un spectacle intimiste traversé
d'ombres et de lumières, où les émotions se déclinent sur tous les tons.
Jeudi 29 octobre à 20 h, salle Fellini

Sylvie Paquette et Monsieur Mono sur la même scène
Les deux créateurs partageront la scène le 30 octobre lors d'un spectacle où leurs univers se
croiseront. Avec des artistes aussi entiers, on peut s'attendre à une soirée haute en atmosphères
conjuguant la sensualité de Sylvie Paquette et la nostalgie de Monsieur Mono. Une occasion à ne
pas manquer de voir ces deux artistes interpréter ensemble les succès de l'un et de l'autre!
Vendredi 30 octobre à 20 h, salle Fellini

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