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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia performs new music in partnership with the Canadian New Music Network

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Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia partners with the Canadian New Music Network, Upstream Music Association, and Vocalypse Productions to present “New Music for a New Year,” an innovative concert of all-new Canadian music on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax.

Conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller, “New Music for the New Year” features six brand-new diverse Canadian works for orchestra by composers Mark Armanini, Sandeep Baghwati, Jérôme Blais, Tim Brady, Paul Cram, and Derek Charke. The performance also serves as the opening event of the Canadian New Music Network’s international Forum 2010 conference, “Partnering Diversity.”

“Symphony Nova Scotia is always ready to rise to a challenge,” says Gueller. “And what can be more challenging for musicians and interesting for audiences than to have a whole concert dedicated to contemporary music?

“We are very happy to collaborate with the Canadian New Music Network. The music that was sent to me for consideration showed again what at what a high level our composers produce. The first challenge for me was to choose from amongst the submissions. I know audiences will also enjoy the challenge, for the pieces range from very free improvisation to formally structured notation, with lyricism and minimalism.”

Each of the works on the program presents an imaginative new vision of creating music in the 21st century. Paul Cram's Beyond Benghazi is a rollicking collision of jazz improvisation and high-energy orchestral composition, while Derek Charke's Inuit Throat Singing Games is a colourful score crossing cultural boundaries into the North.

Mark Armanini's Heartland features the ethereal playing of Vancouver erhu player Lan Tung, Jerome Blais' Dremlen Feigl oyf di tsvaygn is sung in Yiddish by Halifax's own Janice Jackson, and Tim Brady's Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain uses music from the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit to create a haunting orchestral miniature.

The program also features Sandeep Baghwati's Steel 3 for James Tenney, a work that makes the conductor "compose" the music in real time, working with the players to create the piece during the performance.

During the concert, the composers and soloists will be interacting with the audience and musicians, sharing inside stories about the process, results, and motivations behind their works.

Tickets for this unique performance are $20 / $15 / $10, and are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669 or online at http://artscentre.dal.ca.

For more information about the Forum 2010 “Partnering Diversity” and other concerts during the conference, visit www.newmusicnetwork.ca.

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!

About the Canadian New Music Network

The Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) / Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles (RCMN) is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, production companies, record labels, music educators, music media, musicologists, music lovers and fans who believe in the importance and value of creative music making in Canadian society. The CNMN was founded in November 2005, after almost 3 years of discussions with the national new music community.

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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Performing Arts Looks Towards Greening Industry First Ever Survey and Study on Greening the Performing Arts Released

Arts Presenters

NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, January 8, 2010, Arts Presenters, in partnership with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and leading consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, will hold a press conference to announce the findings and analysis of the first study of greening in the performing arts industry. In a rapidly changing environment, Arts Presenters and its partners seeks to both raise awareness and activate change within the industry, and the individuals and communities it serves to collectively move towards sustainability.

WHO: Sandra Gibson, President and CEO, Arts Presenters
Terrence D. Jones, President and CEO,
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
David Erne, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas (on Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.) between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Room: Petite Trianon

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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’

Vancouver, BC – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was his final complete symphony, and arguably the greatest piece of music ever written. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents this epic piece along with Beethoven’s Ah, Perfido! and Fidelio: Overture on January 2nd and 4th at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts a concert that features soprano Joni Henson, mezzo-soprano Norine Burgess, tenor Michael Colvin, baritone Greg Dahl and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Truly one of the most profound creations of the human mind, Beethoven's Ninth is always fresh and current, and always the most inspiring, uplifting and joyful concert experience one can hope to have. The Ode to Joy also makes a particularly significant prelude to Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and rings in the new decade with a message of hope, joy and brotherhood.

Composed over a ten-month period in 1823/1824, the Ninth was Beethoven’s last symphony, a genre he had not written in for ten years. And as much as the Ninth is seen as being revolutionary, and in many ways it is, much of the work harks back to styles and influences of Beethoven’s past. Even the famous final melody was an earlier creation, dating to 1794 in the guise of a song called ‘Gegenliebe’ (Mutual Love), then used again by Beethoven as the principal theme of the 1808 ‘Choral Fantasia’ before finding its apotheosis as the choral finale of the Ninth. The truly revolutionary aspect of the Ninth was the addition of solo vocalists and a choir to the final movement. This had not been done before to any effect, and changed music forever. The choral finale of the Ninth is also no mere added bauble – it brings the work together with Beethoven’s musical setting of Frederick Schiller’s ode, ‘To Joy’, a poem Beethoven had long desired to set to music (in fact, it seems Beethoven did manage to set the entire poem to music as he wanted to, but the work was tragically lost). The aggressive, operatic choral writing adds weight and brilliance to the conclusion, giving the words a profound credibility.

The Ninth is, in a very real sense, a musical and metaphorical journey, the centerpiece of which is a struggle for D minor to find its way to D Major, reflecting a very human struggle to overcome the troubles of the world with peace, and enter into the fields of Elysium. D Major ultimately finds its way, after being thwarted and parried and teased throughout, bursting forth triumphantly in the final movement in stunning fashion, heralding the arrival of the people into Elysium. The choral finale is of course the most famous part of the piece, and rightly so – it is a magnificent statement of hope, happiness and friendship, as well as a powerful, dramatic and joyful end to a musical journey, a musical career, and, in many ways, a musical life.

CONCERT INFO

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series

Saturday and Monday, January 2 & 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Joni Henson, soprano

Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano

Michael Colvin, tenor

Greg Dahl, baritone

Vancouver Bach Choir

Beethoven Fidelio: Overture

Beethoven Ah, Perfido!

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Visit Joni Henson at: www.jonihensonsoprano.com

Visit Norine Burgess at: www.norineburgess.com

Visit Michael Colvin at: www.michaelcolvin.com

Visit Greg Dahl at: www.gregorydahl.com

Visit the Vancouver Bach Choir at: www.vancouverbachchoir.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

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.

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. An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in Europe and the UK including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. 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.

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.

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.

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Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in concerts featuring Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 at Severance Hall on January 14, 15, and 16

Leila Josefowicz (Photo by J. Henry Fair)

Program for Thursday and Saturday includes Cleveland Orchestra premiere of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist


CLEVELAND, December 18, 2009 – Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 at Severance Hall on Thursday, January 14, at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 15, at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, January 16, at 8:00 p.m.

The program for Thursday and Saturday evenings begins with Richard Strauss’s Don Juan, Opus 20, followed by the first Cleveland Orchestra performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto: Concentric Paths, Opus 23, with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73. The Friday morning concert, performed without intermission, consists of the works by Strauss and Brahms.

About Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto: Concentric Paths

British composer Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto was written in 2004-05 and given its world premiere in September 2005. Born in London in 1971, Adès is widely regarded as the outstanding composer of his generation. In 2000, he became the youngest composer ever to receive the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, often described as “the Nobel Prize of music.” Program annotator Paul Schiavo has written that the Violin Concerto “bears the title Concentric Paths, an allusion that carries possible poetic and certainly formal connotations. Circular patterns, both large and small, permeate the work. The music unfolds in a traditional concerto format of three movements [titled ‘Rings,’ ‘Paths,’ and ‘Rounds’] … arranged in a familiar fast-slow-fast pattern….”

Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz attracts audiences around the world with her fresh approach to repertoire and dynamic virtuosity. She came to national attention with her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, at the age of 16. In recognition of her advocacy and commitment to contemporary music, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She has collaborated with contemporary composers including John Adams and Oliver Knussen, and last season she premiered concertos written for her by Steve Mackey, Colin Matthews, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Ms. Josefowicz first performed with The Cleveland Orchestra in July 1991 and most recently appeared with the Orchestra in October 2005.

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Mixed Company Theatre Springs into 2010 with Ontario Arts Council Support

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Toronto, December 18, 2009 - The Ontario Arts Council has confirmed their support for Mixed Company’s Spring 2010 Educational Tour. This assistance from the Ontario Arts Council will help students understand issues from the perspective of others through Mixed Company’s delivery of interactive, entertaining, and age-appropriate theatrical presentations. Secondary and elementary level offerings for the coming season include:

DISS - Touring March 22 – April 16 2010

For Grades 9-12

Why is gang life so appealing? Mixed Company’s acclaimed 2009 Summer production focuses on gang presence in our neighbourhoods and the pressures youth face finding social connection and identity. Created in collaboration with the Toronto Police Service and youth who have experienced violence, the plot covers snitching, family relationships, friendship, theft, gun violence and many other issues that affect young people living with gang presence in their communities.

Morro and Jasp...GO GREEN! - Touring April 12 – 30 2010

For Grades K-6

Mixed Company Theatre partners with UNIT - Up Your Nose and In Your Toes – to tour “their best show yet: an eco-tainment piece about environmental issues that's both funny and informational for youngsters.” (NOW Magazine, Toronto, July 4, 2008). Clowns Morro and Jasp turn assumptions about being green on their heads, teaching that every little bit does make a difference. This show delivers the ‘going green’ message like never before!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Canadian Debut of Alt-Classical Quartet Highlight of January Performances

The New Year is almost upon us, and The Royal Conservatory will kick off the next decade with a wide ranging set of performances encompassing classical music, flamenco dance, and the blues.

Concerts begin on January 16, when musical globetrotters Quartetto Gelato come to Koerner Hall. Praised by The New York Times for their “warm, endearing vitality,” they will warm up the winter with selections from their latest disc, Musica Latina, which explores the hot and cool sounds of South America. Joining them in a double bill is New York-based alt-classical string quartet, ETHEL, in their Canadian debut. This amplified ensemble of Juilliard graduates has been described by The Guardian as “the fiercest string quartet this side of hell.” Having collaborated with everyone from Ornette Coleman to Lenny Kravitz, their music fuses classical, rock, blues, and jazz. Dedicated to educational outreach, the group will also present a free public master class on January 15. The concert is sponsored by CBC Radio 2, who will be recording the performance for future broadcast.

A blast of blues will hit Koerner Hall on January 18, when the TBS Maple Blues Awards come to The Royal Conservatory for the first time. Co-presented by the Toronto Blues Society, the 13th edition of Canada’s only national blues awards program will honour the best blues musicians across Canada. Hosting duties will be handled by popular blues performer and radio host Danny Marks, along with Nanaimo’s Juno-nominated blues musician David Gogo. Performers include Quebec City’s Clio & The Blues Highway, Vancouver’s The Twisters, Toronto’s Paul Reddick, B.C.-based Harry Manx, and The Maple Blues Band, featuring Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Teddy Leonard, Tom Bona, Al Lerman, Chris Whiteley, Pat Carey, and Chris Murphy.

Koerner Hall’s first dance performance comes courtesy of the electrifying Spanish touring company, Noche Flamenca, and its incomparable dancer, Soledad Barrio. Hailed for their emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring group in the field today. The Village Voice has exclaimed that “the company digs deep into flamenco’s dark soul.” Their thrilling combination of music, song, and dance makes a welcome two night return to Toronto on January 30 and 31, as part of their North American tour.

Performances in Mazzoleni Hall begin on January 17, with distinguished Toronto musicians and Conservatory faculty members Bryan Epperson and Dianne Werner. These frequent collaborators will present a diverse program of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and modern Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik.

Beautiful chamber music continues on January 31, when the highly sought-after ensemble, The Duke Trio, comes to Mazzoleni Hall. Having performed in recitals across North America, Conservatory faculty members Mark Fewer (violin), Thomas Wiebe (cello), and Peter Longworth (piano) will perform an all-Brahms program of duo and trio works, and will be joined by violist Douglas McNabney for the Piano Quintet in G Minor.

Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory is the largest and oldest independent arts educator in Canada. It is an internationally renowned centre for performance and learning, providing opportunities for personal development through music and arts education in over 300 communities across Canada and a dozen countries around the world. Each year, more than 500,000 Canadians take part in RCM programs, exams, and public school initiatives.

The Royal Conservatory acknowledges all of its donors and recognizes the remarkable generosity of:

TELUS – Official season sponsor of the 2009-10 Koerner Hall Concert Season

The Globe and Mail – Season media sponsor

CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY – JANUARY 2010

KH – Koerner Hall; MH – Mazzoleni Hall; CT – Conservatory Theatre

ETHEL Master Class: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5pm; FREE (CT)

Quartetto Gelato & ETHEL: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$50 (KH)

Bryan Epperson with Dianne Werner: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2pm; $30 (students $20) (MH)

TBS Maple Blues Awards: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 7pm; $20-$28 (KH)

Noche Flamenca: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8pm and

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3pm; $30-$75 (KH)

The Duke Trio: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2pm; $30 (students $20) (MH)

INDEPENDENT PRESENTATIONS

Arianna Huffington: The Brave New World of the “New Media” (Advertising Week 2010):

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4pm; $75 (KH)

Penderecki Plus! (Esprit Orchestra): Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8pm; $15-$43 (KH)

Tickets are available online at www.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208,

or in person at the Weston Family Box Office, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

More information about upcoming concerts and events is available The Royal Conservatory website at www.rcmusic.ca.

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Severance Hall offers free MLK Day Community Open House on Monday, January 18

Event includes performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Ensembles including Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir and Drum Line, Opera Per Tutti, and Gabriel’s Horns to perform during the day

CLEVELAND, December 17, 2009 – Severance Hall will hold its eleventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House on Monday, January 18, 2010, from 12:00 to 5:15 p.m. The free day of activities and performances celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and will include performances by some of Cleveland’s finest community performing arts groups, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Other performances include the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir and Drum Line; “On Ma Journey: A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual” by Opera Per Tutti; and a big band/jazz performance by Gabriel’s Horns. Activities throughout the afternoon include the “I Have a Dream” wall where children can “color their dreams,” the “Picture Yourself At Severance Hall” photo activity, and popular DJ Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment.

Performances and Activities

The Community Open House kicks off in Reinberger Chamber Hall at 12:10 p.m. with a performance by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir. At 12:45 p.m., the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Drum Line will lead concertgoers up into the Grand Foyer for their performance, then into the Main Concert Hall. The All-City Arts Program is a district-wide, after-school and weekend program providing artistic and college-readiness skill development for students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

At 1:00 p.m. in the Main Concert Hall, an ensemble of French horn students from area middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and including members of The Cleveland Orchestra’s horn section, will perform selections by Weber, Schubert, and Bach, led by Loras John Schissel. The students are participating in a special day of clinics and masterclasses titled “Hornapalooza,” led by members of The Cleveland Orchestra’s horn section.

At 2:00 p.m., the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will perform under its music director, James Feddeck. Their program includes Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, including members of The Cleveland Orchestra’s horn section; Copland’s “Simple Gifts” Theme from the Appalachian Spring Suite; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major featuring Stephanie Lee as soloist; George Walker’s Lyric for Strings; and the first movement of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and many other donors. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and Christine Gitlin Miles.

At 3:00 p.m. in the Main Concert Hall, Opera Per Tutti will perform On Ma Journey: A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual. Opera Per Tutti is a non-profit organization that brings opera to Northeast Ohioans at performances throughout the community including the Art Walk in Little Italy, the annual Home & Garden Show at Cleveland’s IX Center, and al fresco concerts at the Italian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park.

At 4:00 p.m., Gabriel’s Horns will perform big band and jazz music in the Main Concert Hall. The ensemble, directed by James T. May, Jr., is a Cleveland-based, non-profit community jazz-praise big band whose members include professional and amateur musicians, music teachers, youth pastors, ministers, high-school and college students, and talented youth.

The Community Open House concludes with a 4:45 concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus under its director, Frank A. Bianchi. The Youth Chorus program will feature music from around the world, including Glinka’s Russian folk tune Traveling Song, a traditional Negro spiritual Ezekiel Saw De Wheel (arranged by Moses Hogan), a Spanish folk song titled El Vito, and classical selections. The concert will conclude with a performance of Jai Ho, the theme song from the 2008 hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

Throughout the day, and especially in between Concert Hall performances, attendees can enjoy a DJ from Terry Macklin’s Sounds of Entertainment – DJ-driven musical fun including line-dancing for the whole family, in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer. Attendees will have an opportunity to write their “dreams for the world” or color line drawings of Dr. King, to be included on the “I Have a Dream” Wall in Severance Hall’s Smith Lobby. And, attendees can participate in “Picture Yourself At Severance Hall” (sponsored by Macy’s Foundation) – a photo opportunity where you can pretend you are “performing” on the Severance Hall main stage.

A complete schedule of “Community Open House” performances and activities follows.

Shopping, Food & Parking

The Cleveland Orchestra Store, located in the Lerner Lobby, will be open to the public from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Offering a unique shopping experience, the store features Cleveland Orchestra recordings and signature merchandise as well as specialty musical gift items and children’s toys.

Light concessions will be available for purchase in the Smith Lobby.

Parking will be available in the Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall). Convenient off-site and alternative parking options include the Cleveland Botanical Garden, which offers two levels of covered parking. The garage is located on the corner of East Boulevard and Wade Oval Drive. CWRU Lot 1, located off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, and University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road are surface lots within walking distance of Severance Hall. There is also metered street parking along East Boulevard between Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Visit universitycircle.org for more details on parking.

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The 2010 MLK Day Community Open House is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio, the exclusive health insurer of The Cleveland Orchestra and a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence. Additional support is provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Cleveland Orchestra to perform 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on January 17

Music Director Franz Welser-Möst to lead free program at Severance Hall featuring the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, the Central State University Chorus, and Sphinx Competition prizewinner Tony Rymer

Mayor Frank G. Jackson to participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Award presentation

Pre-concert talk with James Rose to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Concert to be broadcast live on WCLV, WCPN, and WNWV radio stations

CLEVELAND, December 17, 2009 – The Musical Arts Association and Mayor Frank G. Jackson today announced The Cleveland Orchestra’s 30th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The concert will take place at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 17, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst. The program will feature selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, and Aaron Copland, as well as spirituals and gospel songs. Performing as cello soloist in this year’s celebration concert is Sphinx Competition prizewinner Tony Rymer. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University Chorus, prepared by William Henry Caldwell, also will participate.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a 125-member volunteer chorus from the greater Cleveland community, and the internationally acclaimed Central State University Chorus (directed by William Henry Caldwell) is the official choir of Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio. Cellist Tony Rymer, first-prize winner from the 2009 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, Senior Division, will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in a performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Opus 104 (First Movement). The Orchestra’s performance of Bernstein’s “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story features two students from John Hay High School: soprano Imaris Rivera and tenor Martin Parries.


PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH JAMES ROSE
James Rose, vice president, sales and national accounts for OEConnections, will give the pre-concert talk, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The talk is free to ticket holders for the evening’s concert. A native of Detroit, Mr. Rose has served as mentor for Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians for more than 16 years, played horn with the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and has been involved with the national Sphinx Competition.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT CONCERT
In cooperation with the City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Awards at the Orchestra’s 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert. Awards will be presented in recognition of the services and achievements of an individual, a business or organization, and a youth who have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.

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Midemnet Lab Unveils 15 Innovative Startups

Paris, 17 December 2009MidemNet Lab, the showcase for cutting-edge digital initiatives, today unveils the 15 start-ups chosen to take part in the inaugural edition. This line-up, which covers every aspect of the music sector and brings together some of the most promising digital innovations of the moment, forms a palette of services responding to the music industry’s changing needs. The 15 companies will showcase their activities in the area of the market dedicated to the MidemNet Lab for the duration of MIDEM, from 23 to 27 January in Cannes.

“The first edition of MidemNet Lab is extremely encouraging. Thanks to a selection process designed by MIDEM, involving a call for entries and selection by a jury of entrepreneurs, we have succeeded in unearthing some very innovative projects from all around the world. It is extremely exciting to put these 15 companies in contact with the wider music industry,” said Dominique Leguern, director of MIDEM.

The 15 start-ups chosen to participate in the MidemNet Lab by Music Ally and the entrepreneurs’ jury, operate across a wide range of digital fields that offer opportunities for the industry, such as live applications (Awdio, Songkick, Streamjam), digital licensing of sheet music and lyrics (DigiClef, TuneWiki), artist management (BandCentral), managing key data for artists (Band Metrics), digital distribution (Pops Worldwide), web radio (Radionomy), remixing (Aviary, GoMix and Tracksandfields), musical discovery (Thesixtyone), artistic financing (Kickstarter) and on-line advertising (Silence Media).

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La SCENA lance sa Carte verte pour les amateurs d’art

Une solution encore plus économique pour nos lecteurs soucieux de l’environnement

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Montréal, QC – Le 8 décembre 2009 –Les amateurs d’art soucieux de l’environnement peuvent maintenant lire les magazines de musique classique et de jazz les plus complets du Canada à leurs ordinateurs. LSM, l’éditeur de La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA, est fière de lancer cet hiver sa nouvelle Carte verte La SCENA pour les amateurs d’art. Les membres du club Carte verte économiseront 15 $ à l’abonnement et plus de 65 % du prix en kiosques.


Pour seulement 25 $ par année, les membres recevront des versions électroniques en haute résolution des dix numéros de La Scena Musicale (l’actualité en musique classique, jazz et musique du monde), 4 numéros de La SCENA (spécialisée dans les arts visuels, la danse, le théâtre et le cinéma) et 2 numéros de The Music Scene (couvrant la musique dans le Canada anglais). En tout, c’est 16 magazines chaque année. Non seulement les abonnés sont-ils les premiers à connaître les concerts et disques à venir, mais ils ont en plus un accès exclusif à la vaste Discothèque Naxos, où ils peuvent écouter plus de 39 000 CD (c’est presque 3000 jours de musique ininterrompue !) et peuvent télécharger gratuitement chaque mois un nouveau CD Découverte (produit en partenariat avec les Disques XXI) mettant en vedette les meilleurs musiciens du Canada du passé et du présent. Les détenteurs de la Carte verte peuvent également télécharger la totalité de la collection de CD Découverte publiée jusqu’ici (10 CD). Et ce n’est pas tout : la Carte verte vous donne droit à des escomptes exclusifs dans d’autres commerces et institutions, dont Archambault, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal et l’Opéra de Montréal. Qui plus est, nous offrons des CD et billets chaque mois à un abonné chanceux et, comme membre du club, vous recevrez des invitations particulières à des conférences, des lancements et d’autres événements spéciaux du secteur culturel.

Gâtez-vous en cette fin d’année et devenez membre du club. Et pendant que vous y êtes, quoi de mieux que d’offrir à vos amis et vos proches le cadeau de la musique et des arts à domicile avec un abonnement à LSM ? À l’approche des fêtes, c’est le moment parfait. Chaque abonné joue un rôle actif dans la promotion de la musique classique et des arts en appuyant LSM, un organisme sans but lucratif enregistré. Et avec la nouvelle Carte verte ainsi que notre forfait d’abonnement habituel, vous êtes assuré de faire plaisir à tout amateur d’art sur votre liste de cadeaux de Noël.

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LSM lance sa campagne Fonds de dotation 2010

Chaque dollar donné à LSM vaudra en contrepartie 1,50 $ du gouvernement du Québec




Montréal, QC – Le 8 décembre 2009 – La Scène musicale / The Music Scene (LSM), l’organisme sans but lucratif qui publie les magazines d’art La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA, est heureuse d’annoncer qu’elle a obtenu le statut d’organisme ayant droit au programme de subventions de contrepartie Placements Culture du gouvernement du Québec. Pour chaque dollar donné à LSM avant le 30 novembre 2010, le gouvernement du Québec versera 1,50 $ à l’organisme.


Placements Culture est conçu pour inciter les organismes culturels sans but lucratif à créer des fonds de dotation. LSM entend collecter 100 000 $ au cours des 12 prochains mois, ce qui, ajouté à la contribution gouvernementale de 150 000 $, créera un fonds de dotation de 250 000 $. Cela est extrêmement important pour la pérennité des magazines La Scena Musicale, récipiendaire d’un Prix du magazine canadien, ainsi que La SCENA et The Music Scene, du site Web SCENA.org, couronné par de nombreux prix, et des autres activités de promotion des arts de LSM.


Célébrant cette année ses 14 ans d’existence, LSM est un organisme sans but lucratif voué à la promotion de la musique et des arts dans ses trois magazines, un site Web et d’autres activités de diffusion. LSM réunit les musiciens/artistes, la communauté des arts et les amateurs de musique et d’art au moyen de l’éducation et l’information. Aidez-nous à poursuivre notre œuvre en faisant un don (en argent, biens ou services) et en devenant bénévole.


Souhaitant profiter de cette nouvelle subvention de Placements Culture, LSM lance donc sa campagne Fonds de dotation 2010 et espère que durant cette saison des fêtes, les amateurs d’art de partout se montreront généreux. Tous les dons faits avant le 31 décembre donneront droit à un reçu d’impôt pour 2009. En appuyant LSM, chaque donateur joue un rôle actif dans la promotion de la musique classique et des arts.


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Icewine Plus Jazz Equals A Unique Niagara Experience

Throughout January Niagara-on-the-Lake celebrates Icewine with the sounds of jazz

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - On New Year's Day Niagara-on-the-Lake will launch a month-long Icewine and Jazz Celebration featuring numerous events in local restaurants and retailers, in the town's Heritage District and in the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Icewine and jazz are a natural pairing because Niagara-on-the-Lake will soon be home to the future Canadian Jazz Hall of Fame, a national centre of recognition for the great jazz musicians of Canada.

In addition to daily events at the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, three special weekends are planned for the town's Heritage District featuring Icewine culinary events, tasting seminars and an Icewine cocktail competition. On Sunday January 17, the Canadian Jazz Quartet will entertain jazz lovers at the Canadian Jazz Hall of Fame Brunch (which will also feature Icewine, of course).

Full details about the featured weekends and a complete listing of all wineries and restaurants Icewine and Jazz Celebration events are available at: www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/icejazzjanuary.

"This is the only region in the world that produces and celebrates Icewine annually," said Sherri Lockwood, chair of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. "And since our Canadian Jazz artists -- some of the finest in the world -- will be celebrated here for all time at the new Jazz Hall of Fame, it's natural that we acknowledge their special place in Canadian culture together."

Special weekend packages -- including accommodations and admission to selected events -- are available, and each of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake has special tour and tasting experiences scheduled during the month.

"Canadian wines are taking root with wine-lovers all over the world," added Ms. Lockwood, "but Icewine has already become a Canadian icon worldwide."

About the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a group comprised of 22 distinctive wineries located in one unforgettable place nestled below the Niagara Escarpment amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards. The 22 wineries are: Cattail Creek, Chateau des Charmes, Coyote's Run, Hillebrand, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Joseph's, Konzelmann, Lailey, Maleta, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine, Peller, Pillitteri, Ravine, Reif, Southbrook, Stonechurch, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm. More information about each of the wineries can be found at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Le Festival de Lanaudière annonce la venue de l’Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh et de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Montréal, le 11 décembre 2009 – Alex Benjamin, directeur artistique du Festival de Lanaudière, est heureux d’annoncer deux concerts donnés par l’un des orchestres américains les plus réputés, l’Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh, et deux autres concerts par un grand orchestre de chez nous, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Le Festival reçoit l’Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh

Le Festival de Lanaudière est l’une des rares institutions québécoises à donner aux mélomanes l’occasion d’entendre en concert de grands orchestres étrangers. Depuis de nombreuses années, il invite des ensembles marquants de la scène internationale à se produire à l’Amphithéâtre de Joliette et, en 2010, l’Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh, dirigé par son directeur musical, l’autrichien Manfred Honeck, offrira deux concerts sur la scène de l’Amphithéâtre, les 23 et 24 juillet 2010.

Le vendredi 23 juillet, l’Orchestre livrera un concert tout Beethoven avec la Symphonie no 7 et le Concerto pour piano no 5 (« Empereur »), œuvres toujours favorites du public. Le lendemain, le concert sera consacré à Wagner (Lohengrin : Prélude), Richard Strauss (Don Juan) et Mahler (Symphonie no 1). Le plus récent enregistrement de l’Orchestre de la Symphonie no 1 de Mahler a d’ailleurs reçu un accueil unanime de la critique pour l’exceptionnel jeu des musiciens et la qualité, l’audace et la fraîcheur de l’interprétation.

La clôture du Festival confiée à l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

En 2010, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, dirigé par Kent Nagano, se verra confier la clôture classique du Festival, les 6 et 7 août, lors de deux concerts aux programmes très différents l’un de l’autre.

Le vendredi 6 août, la violoniste Isabelle Faust se joindra à l’OSM pour interpréter le Concerto pour violon en ré majeur, op. 77, de Brahms. Le programme de ce concert sera complété par la Symphonie no 10 de Dmitri Chostakovitch, l’une des symphonies les plus connues du compositeur.

Les amateurs d’art lyrique se donneront certainement rendez-vous le samedi 7 août pour entendre l’OSM, trois solistes et le Chœur St-Laurent dans ce qui est aujourd’hui considéré comme l’un des plus grands chefs-d’œuvre de Haydn, l’oratorio La Création.





Chèques-cadeaux en vente dès aujourd’hui

Le public peut se procurer des chèques-cadeaux échangeables à la billetterie du Festival dès aujourd’hui sur le site Internet www.lanaudiere.org, dans la section Boutique en ligne.

Ces certificats sont échangeables pour l’ensemble des activités proposées par le Festival en 2010.

La programmation complète disponible en mars 2010

La programmation complète de la 33e saison du Festival de Lanaudière sera dévoilée en mars 2010. Consultez le site Internet du Festival pour obtenir davantage de détails et pour vous inscrire pour la recevoir aussitôt qu’elle sera disponible au www.lanaudiere.org.

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Le Prix Mnémo 2010 est décerné cette année à Jean-Nicolas Orhon pour l'excellence de son film Tant qu'il reste une voix.

Tant qu'il reste une voix

La remise du Prix a eu lieu samedi dernier, le 12 décembre, à la Maison de la culture Villeray — Saint-Michel — Parc-Extension (Salle le Prévost) dans le cadre de la Virée dans Villeray, organisée conjointement par la Société pour la promotion de la danse traditionnelle québécoise (SPDTQ) et la Maison de la culture.

Tant qu’il reste une voix est une réflexion poétique sur la mémoire et le collectage qui épouse le regard et le parcours de Francine Brunel-Reeves. Sur les traces de La Blanche Biche — une chanson qui la passionne, transmise de bouche à oreille, d’une culture à une autre et d’un océan à l’autre depuis des siècles — elle remonte aussi le fil de sa propre vie.

Le cinéaste Jean-Nicolas Orhon rend hommage de très belle façon à la mémoire, au temps, à la passion. La démarche ethnologique est bien située. Francine Brunel-Reeves place bien ses mots, ses idées et ses émotions tandis que les divers intervenants, du chanteur au chercheur, donnent un appui solide au discours ethnologique qui met en valeur la tradition orale par le fil conducteur de la Blanche biche.

De plus, la mise en images, le choix des intervenants et l'utilisation d'archives contribuent à faire sentir la continuité dans le temps. Ce patrimoine oral et souvent intangible voyage au gré des souvenirs et des apparitions dans les répertoires de l'un ou de l'autre. Il renaît à chaque fois comme dit si bien Francine, c'est une de ses beautés. On fait comprendre aux gens que ce n'est pas que passéiste tout ça. Il met en relief la possibilité de recherche sur chaque chanson mais surtout la passion qui anime autant les chercheurs que les amateurs ou les simples passeurs. On y sent aussi le plaisir, la convivialité, le partage!

TANT QU’IL RESTE UNE VOIX
Un documentaire de Jean-Nicolas Orhon
2008, 52 minutes, HD, couleur
Disponible aux Distributions Netima. Vous pouvez l'acheter en ligne au coût de 25$.
Plus de détails à venir sur le site du Centre Mnémo

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The National Arts Centre English Theatre Company extends A Christmas Carol!

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National Arts Centre English Theatre

Peter Hinton, Artistic Director


Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Performance added – Sunday, December 27
2 p.m. in the NAC Theatre

Ottawa, Ontario – With tickets selling at a brisk pace this holiday season, the NAC English Theatre is pleased to announce that an additional performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been added on Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol is as well known as any work can be. For the first time, a faithful telling of Charles Dickens’ cherished holiday story of a miser’s last chance for redemption is presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre, on the full Shakespearean thrust stage.. The production stars Stephen Ouimette as Scrooge alongside the 40th Anniversary NAC English Theatre Acting Company.

Purchase your tickets at the NAC Box Office, by phone at 613-755-1111, or at Ticketmaster.ca.
To learn more about the NAC English Theatre Company’s production of
A Christmas Carol, go to www.nac-cna.ca/en/theatre/0910/christmascarol.


The Ottawa Citizen is a proud sponsor of Theatre5 Series.
Supported by Trinity Development Group – Share the Spirit.

A Christmas Carol plays December 8 - 27, 2009 in the Theatre at the National Arts Centre.

Adults: $20 - $61
Students: $11.25 - $31.75

For any information, please call:
Sean Fitzpatrick, Communications Officer, National Arts Centre English Theatre
613-947-7000 ext. 389; e-mail:
sfitzpat@nac-cna.ca
or visit the NAC website at
www.nac-cna.ca

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Cirque du Soleil unveils Viva ELVIS


Written and Directed by Vincent Paterson

LAS VEGAS December 15, 2009 – Cirque du Soleil, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, a CKX, Inc (NASDAQ: CKXE) company, was thrilled to unveil today its latest resident show Viva ELVIS™, at ARIA Resort & Casino™ at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Preview performances for Viva ELVIS will start on December 18, 2009.

The show

Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

Created in the image of The King of Rock ’n’ Roll – powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life – the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley.

“On a creative level, it was extremely stimulating to draw our inspiration from this musical icon,” said Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil. “Viva ELVIS showcases the raw energy and pure talent of Elvis and highlights the exhilaration and beauty of his music on a grand scale.”

“It makes perfect sense that Elvis should live on in Las Vegas, where his iconic status was cemented,” said Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, Inc. “When we teamed with Cirque du Soleil, we knew that any show they created would match Elvis’ larger-than-life presence. So we were pleased to open the vaults at Graceland and make available to Cirque du Soleil historic archival materials, recordings and concert footage that would help them create a show that will carry Elvis’ legacy into the future.”

“An evolutionary destination designed to transform Las Vegas at its core, CityCenter is larger than life, just like Elvis himself,” said Bill McBeath, President and COO of ARIA Resort & Casino. “We want to bring the element of fun to ARIA, the centerpiece of CityCenter. Viva ELVIS will bring the King of Rock ’n’ Roll back to Las Vegas for millions of his fans and create a buzz that will enable his persona to attract untold numbers of new followers.”

“Elvis has always been in the forefront of new, contemporary entertainment and technology,” said Priscilla Presley. “I believe Viva ELVIS continues this and reaches out and expands his legacy in a new, creative and exciting way.”

“The show’s acrobatic elements, set designs and other artistic components are part of an overall creative vision designed to showcase the timeless music of Elvis, his unique voice and unequaled talent as a performer,” said Gilles Ste-Croix, Senior Vice-president of Creative Content and New Project Development at Cirque du Soleil.

“The unique strength and power of Elvis was in his voice,” said Vincent Paterson, the show’s Writer and Director. “I was greatly inspired by the originality and complexity of this musical legend. What I tried to paint, in all humility, is the show he might have created today.”

The creative team

Artistic Guide Guy Laliberté

Artistic Guide Gilles Ste-Croix

Writer and Director Vincent Paterson

Director of Creation Armand Thomas

Musical Director and Arranger Erich van Tourneau

Set Designer Mark Fisher

Costume Designer Stefano Canulli

Acrobatic performance Designer Daniel Cola

Acrobatic Equipment

and Rigging Designer Guy St-Amour

Lighting Designer marc brickman

Image Content Designer Ivan Dudynsky

Sound Designer Jonathan Deans

Choreographers Bonnie Story

Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo

Mark Swanhart

Catherine Archambault

Props Designer Patricia Ruel

Makeup Designer Nathalie Gagné

Viva ELVIS will be presented exclusively in the custom-built Elvis Theater at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Preview performances for Viva ELVIS begin December 18, 2009. The premiere will be held Friday, February 19, 2010.


TICKET PRICES

*$175, $150, $125, $99

All preview performances* will be discounted 25 percent.

*Preview performances for Viva ELVIS begin December 18, 2009. During these performances, the creative team is in the very final stages of production for the show. The audience’s reaction and participation is an important step in this process.

Please consult the most current show schedule at www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Following the preview period and beginning February 21, 2010, Viva ELVIS will be performed Friday through Tuesday at 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm. There will be no shows on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

TO RESERVE TICKETS

By phone: 877-253-5847 or 702-531-2031

Online: www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis

In person: At the Elvis Theater box office at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter or any of the MGM MIRAGE box offices in Las Vegas.

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