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Friday, July 16, 2010

Barbara Budd joins Ben Heppner in Tribute to Edward Johnson

News Release

Former CBC broadcaster and actress Barbara Budd joins Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in Stratford Summer Music’s
salute to the late Canadian tenor, Edward Johnson

Three performances only!
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2010

Stratford, Ont... John Miller, Artistic Producer of Stratford Summer Music, today announced that Barbara Budd, actress and former CBC broadcaster from the acclaimed radio program As It Happens, will join renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner in his salute to the late Canadian tenor, Edward Johnson, a show – conceived and written by Neil Crory - which is now to be called Edward and Beatriz: A Love Story. Morning performances, with the participation of Toronto pianist, John Hess, will be held in St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Stratford, July 23 – 25, 2010.

In addition to their joint narration of the life and times of the late Canadian tenor who became a world celebrity in the early 20th century, Mr. Heppner will read from the correspondence of Mr. Johnson and Ms. Budd from
the letters of his Portuguese-born love, Beatriz d'Arneiro, who had a major impact on his career. Their married life lasted for only 10 years before her untimely death.

The messages between the young lovers at the turn of the 20th century come from a newly (2010) published volume At My Sweet Recall: the Letters of Edward Johnson and Beatriz d'Arneiro (1906-1908), edited by Gloria Dent of
Guelph, Johnson's home town. Guelph is also home to the organisation he founded, The Edward Johnson Musical Foundation, with the goal of expanding music education among young Canadians.

Throughout Edward and Beatriz Mr. Heppner, who is celebrated world-wide today as was Mr. Johnson almost a century earlier, will perform many of the most famous tenor arias and works for which both men are known. Works
on the program include If with all your hearts from Mendelssohn's Elijah; Aprile by E.P.Tosti; Giacomo Puccini’s Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut; Umberto Giordano’s Amor ti vieta from his opera, Fedora; and
Oscar Straus’ Waltzes and Wine from A Waltz Dream. “Welcoming Ms. Budd back to Stratford, where I first remember enjoying her performances in The Winter’s Tale some years ago, and knowing that she will be on our program with Mr. Heppner only heightens my excitement for our opening week in this special anniversary season,” said John A. Miller, Artistic Producer of the music festival. “It’s great to have these two well-known Canadian cultural figures back in Stratford!”

Performances of Edward and Beatriz: A Love Story will occur at 11:15 a.m. in St. Andrew's Church, 25 St. Andrew’s Street, during Stratford Summer Music's 10th anniversary. Thursday, July 22; Friday, July 23; and Saturday, July 24.

Other programs during the music festival's Portrait of Ben Heppner will include a solo recital on July 20, a master class for three young Canadian singers (Van Abrahams, tenor; Vasil Garvanliev, baritone; Joey Niceforo,
tenor) on Friday afternoon, July 23; and Heppner’s closing appearance with the 100-member National Youth Orchestra of Canada on Sunday night, July 25.

Full details are online at Tickets are now on
sale online or by calling 519 271-2101 or 1-866-288-4313.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The National Arts Centre and the National Capital Commission present Orchestras in the Park 2010 – four fabulous free concerts

OTTAWA, July 14, 2010 — Rising pop/jazz star Nikki Yanovsky, opera superstars Michael Schade and Isabel Bayrakdarian, pianist Stewart Goodyear, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and many other exciting Canadian artists headline Orchestras in the Park 2010.

Now in its fourth successful summer, Orchestras in the Park – presented by the National Arts Centre and the National Capital Commission – features the biggest names in pop, opera, and classical music. No matter what your taste in music, Orchestras in the Park offers something for everyone. All the concerts are at LeBreton Flats Park at 7:30 p.m. -- and they’re absolutely free. Come join us – rain or shine!

Before the concerts begin, a brass trio roaming the park will set the mood for an evening of wonderful music. Also available 90 minutes prior to each concert is the child-friendly Kids Zone. Keep the youngsters occupied blowing bubbles, colouring and drawing, checking out “Street Dancing” by The School of Dance and enjoying an instrument petting zoo provided by the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Face-painting and other musical activities are sure to keep young music lovers amused and in the mood to have fun.

“The NCC is proud to work with the NAC to present this series of outdoor orchestral concerts and to showcase Canadian musicians,” said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer at the NCC. “Orchestras in the Park offer residents and visitors a great opportunity to discover Canadian musicians in a spectacular outdoor setting in the heart of the Capital.

Christopher Deacon, Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, says “Orchestras in the Park is one of the highlights of the season for the NAC Orchestra. It can be challenging to play instruments outdoors, but it is so rewarding to bring such enjoyable music to such an appreciative crowd – of all ages. We’re delighted that the crowds increase in size each year – and 2010 is going to be our best year yet. The quality of the performers is absolutely outstanding.”

The four Orchestras in the Park concerts include:

Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Orchestre de la Francophonie

Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor
Tristan Green, host

Justine Pelletier, piano

Geneviève Couillard-Després, soprano

ANDREW STANILAND Only Darkness, an Orchestre de la Francophonie commission

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op. 58

SCHUMANN Symphony No.3 “Rhenish”

Under the baton of award-winning founding conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Orchestre de la Francophonie promotes Canada’s linguistic duality and forges strong cultural links between Anglophones and Francophones. But most important, the orchestra is known for simply making beautiful music. Equally at home with classical and pop repertoire, Orchestre de la Francophonie has released an album, performed with internationally known soloists and vocalists, and has given acclaimed concerts across Canada and on a hugely successful 11-city tour of China.

Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera Under the Stars

The National Arts Centre Orchestra

Edwin Outwater, conductor

Adrian Harewood, host

Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano

Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano

Michael Schade, tenor

Phillip Addis, baritone

Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus

Thrill to some of opera’s most gorgeous and popular melodies! Sung by a spectacular all-Canadian cast, this evening features Isabel Bayrakdarian and Michael Schade, two of opera’s most blazingly popular singers. Powered by the full NAC Orchestra, this evening will transform you into an opera fan even if you don’t know Figaro from Rigoletto. Enjoy selections from Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Bizet’s Carmen and Les pêcheurs de perles, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.

Saturday July 24, 7:30 p.m.

Nikki Yanofsky with the National Arts Centre Orchestra

Edwin Outwater, conductor

Nikki Yanofsky, vocalist

Katie Malloch, host

Time for Three, guest artists

Zachary De Pue, violin

Nicolas Kendall, violin

Ranaan Meyer, double bass

Current Canadian music 'It Girl', 16-year-old singer-songwriter Nikki Yanofsky, sells out concerts around the world – and is perfectly at home with pop, jazz, standards, and soul. Best known for her Olympic Games theme (and chart-topping pop hit) I Believe, Nikki recently released a self-titled album which demonstrates her incredible musical chops, showcasing an incredible range and stunning vocal power. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy her performing live with the NAC Orchestra!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Piano Prodigy Jan Lisiecki Plays Chopin at Brott Music Festival



Globetrotting teenage piano sensation Jan Lisiecki plays an all-Chopin orchestral program at the Brott Music Festival, Thursday, July 29, in Hamilton. This will be the closest the 15-year-old comes to Toronto in a year that sees him performing from Poland to Guatemala, to Korea and Japan, and across the U.S. and Canada, and winning two special awards.

The Calgary-based pianist performs with the National Academy Orchestra and conductor Boris Brott July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the McIntyre Theatre at Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave. W. (at West 5th), Hamilton. Tickets, $27 ($22 seniors and $10 students), are available from, or by calling 1-888-475-9377, or 905-525-SONG (7664). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

This marks Lisiecki’s fourth appearance at the Brott Festival since he was an 11-year-old prodigy. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, he performs three masterworks by the beloved Polish composer – Rondo alla Krakowiak, Op. 14, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, and Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22.

Maestro Brott comments, “Our audiences can’t get enough of Jan Lisiecki. He plays Chopin with the insight and spirit of an ‘old soul’ yet with the compelling vigor of a young man!”

Apprentice conductors Geneviève Leclair and Samuel Tam will also share the podium for the concert.

This year has been a particularly gratifying one for Jan Lisiecki. It opened January 1 with a Chopin solo recital at Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola, followed by Piano Concerto No. 1 in Krakow. (Lisiecki is the son of Polish immigrants.)

In May, his debut CD was awarded a Diapason d’Or from France. The CD features the two Chopin piano concerti, with the Warsaw Sinfonia under British conductor Howard Shelley (a pianist himself). It was the first a series of recordings on modern instruments, issued by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The Diapason website describes Lisiecki as “an unmannered virtuoso already with virile and above all, irresistibly natural playing.” The concerti were recorded duringChopin and his Europe festivals at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall in August 2008 and 2009.

In a four-star review of the CD, BBC Music Magazine has just called Lisiecki a “remarkable young soloist (who) is perhaps the most ‘complete’ pianist of his age I have encountered.” Reviewer John Allison refers to “Lisiecki’s astonishingly mature musicality,” and his “sensitively distilled” interpretation of the contrasting concerti, playing “with sparkling technique as well as idiomatic pathos.”

The CBC’s French service also honored Lisiecki, as the Classical Music winner of itsRévélations Radio-Canada Musique. Winners in several musical categories were chosen for their interpretation, innovation, musicality, rigor and technique. Between 2010 and 2011, the winners will be featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts on Radio-Canada and on the web.

In between, Lisiecki has been crisscrossing the country and the world. He performed on Canada Day at Parliament Hill; and his calendar features orchestral concerts and recitals in France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Korea, Japan, Guatemala, the U.S. and Canada – including a Debut Atlantic tour in September, and many performances in his home town and province of Calgary and Alberta.

PERFORMANCE-INTERVIEW: Jan Lisiecki will give a 20-minute performance-interview, live-to-air on The New Classical 96.3FM, Wednesday, July 28, 11:20 a.m. (also online

More info is at

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Monday, July 12, 2010

World Premiere of Queen of Puddings' Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour


In association with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts presents



July 29, 30 and 31st, 2010 at 8PM

At the Tank House, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery Historic District.

For Immediate Release – Toronto, ON, June 1, 2010: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming world premiere of Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour. The awaited new production comprises three distinct chamber operas sung in three languages (Mandarin, English and medieval French) commissioned from three Canadian composers: Fuhong Shi, John Rea and Pierre Klanac. Scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano and accordion, the texts of the three works have a thematic through line based on the eternal theme of love, and are presented in one unified fully staged music-theatre/opera work.

This collection of three extraordinary expostulations of love comes from three different cultures and periods. From the Tang Dynasty, Spring, River, and Flowers on a Moonlit Night, a poem centering on the symbolism and constancy of the moon as a foil for the inconstancy of love. From the Italian baroque, the English translation of the texts Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour, are construed from a woman’s point of view, observing the suffering caused by unrequited love, presented across a full range of emotions, from ironic mockery to weeping melancholy. The final poems are by the Medieval French poet, Christine de Pisan, unique in being virtually the first woman of her time to be a recognized writer. Her poems Jeux à Vendre (Songs for Sale) are a collection of clever word games played between lovers in a form of courtship. The text images and emotions from all three operas form connective threads to create the overall sensibility of the production.

The vulnerable texture of soprano, mezzo-soprano and accordion creates a very delicate and highly refined sound world, resulting in an intimately sensual, fragile and intense experience. Singers Xin Wang and Krisztina Szabo share the stage with accordion player John Lettieri. Stage director Ruth Madoc-Jones, set & costume designer Michael Gianfrancesco and lighting designer Kimberly Purtell team up with Queen of Puddings' co-artistic directors, Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess for the creation of Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour.

Thursday, July 29; Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 8pm.

Tank House Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts,

Distillery Historic District: 55 Mill Street, Toronto

Tickets: $29/Rush tickets: $20. or 416-866-8666.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Le FIFA au Théātre de Verdure - jazz et peinture ą l'honneur

Montréal, le mercredi 7 juillet 2010 – Le Festival International du Film sur l’Art présentera les films MAGRITTE, LE JOUR ET LA NUIT d’Henri de Gerlache et HARLEM À MONTMARTRE : UNE HISTOIRE DE JAZZ À PARIS de Dante J. James au Théâtre de Verdure le mercredi 14 juillet à 21 h. Cette œuvre est tirée de la programmation du 28e FIFA qui s’est tenu du 18 au 28 mars dernier. L’entrée pour cette soirée de cinéma sous les étoiles est gratuite. En cas de pluie, la représentation est annulée.

Le Belge René Magritte (1898-1967) est l'une des grandes figures de la peinture du XXe siècle. Son art, fondé sur l'absurde, le paradoxe et l'insolite, allie une maîtrise parfaite de la technique à un certain détachement, une certaine froideur. Chapeau, pomme, valise, pipe, chacune de ces représentations est une mise en abyme de la représentation, comme si la peinture elle-même ne suffisait plus. Si l'œuvre de Magritte est fascinante, l'artiste est tout aussi mystérieux, jouant sans arrêt sur une double personnalité, une double identité : celle connue du grand public à travers le personnage repris dans son œuvre, et celle d'un autre Magritte enfoui, qu'il hésitera toujours à dévoiler. Le style du film est guidé par le caractère énigmatique de sa personnalité. Le regard particulier posé ici sur lui est celui du jeune acteur Charlie Dupont qui entraîne le spectateur dans une enquête à la fois intuitive et scientifique. Depuis le cimetière de Schaerbeek jusqu'au village où Magritte naquit en 1898, soixante-huit ans de vie se reconstruisent comme un collage mystérieux et très documenté, en hommage à l'artiste. Réalisé à l'occasion de l'ouverture du nouveau musée Magritte à Bruxelles.

Durant l'entre-deux-guerres, beaucoup de Noirs américains se sont retrouvés à Paris du côté de Montmartre. Les uns étaient des soldats qui avaient combattu en France et décidé de rester, fuyant le racisme et la ségrégation aux États-Unis, les autres des musiciens, amuseurs publics, danseurs ou tenanciers de cabarets. Certains d'entre eux y ont connu le succès alors que d'autres ont été oubliés, mais tous ont contribué à cette fascinante épopée du jazz entre l'Amérique et la France. C'est cette histoire que retrace Harlem à Montmartre, grâce à des documents d'archives, dont certains inédits, provenant des deux côtés de l'Atlantique, avec James Reese Europe, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Ada Bricktop Smith, Eugene Bullard, Django Reinhardt et bien d'autres, ainsi que des jam sessions au cours desquelles des musiciens d'aujourd'hui, français et américains, rendent hommage à leurs aînés.

Le Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) est une société à but non lucratif vouée à la promotion et à la diffusion des meilleures productions mondiales de films sur l’art et d’arts médiatiques. D’une durée de 11 jours et de nature compétitive, le FIFA est l’événement annuel le plus important au monde dans son domaine. Il est le rendez-vous des artistes et artisans du milieu des arts et de la cinématographie aussi bien que des amateurs d’art et de cinéma.

La prochaine édition du Festival se tiendra du 17 au 27 mars 2011.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cinema for the Ear: SOUND TRAVELS Festival



Various venues at and around the Artscape Wychwood Barns

Outdoors on Centre Island

July 18 to September 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - TORONTO, ON - July 5, 2010: New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is pleased to present the 12th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, which opens July 18 and runs until September 25, 2010. As part of a summer-long celebration of sound art, NAISA presents indoor and outdoor performances, sound installations, an outdoor interactive sound sculpture, SOUNDwalks, a series of workshop intensives and the fourth annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium at various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street) as well as outdoors on Centre Island and around the Barns. In a world that often focuses too much on the visual, Sound Travels brings about a refreshing change as it presents works by sound artists that extract compelling musicality and wordless dramas from everyday sounds often taken for granted. From this lush auditory experience, audiences author their own imaginary world in their mind’s eye Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Outdoor opening events celebrate World Listening Day

The summer-long festival will launch on July 18th at 1PM with two simultaneous SOUNDwalks and the opening of the annual Synthecyletron installation to celebrate the very first World Listening Day. The first SOUNDwalk will meet at the Pavilion (where the ferry to Centre Island disembarks) and end with an artist talk by Toronto artist Barry Prophetabout his interactive sound sculpture - Synthecycletron (a favourite amongst cyclists – near the pier on Centre Island) - with a chance to ride the sound sculpture to create your own sound art. The second SOUNDwalk will begin at the NAISA space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns and explore sound environments in and around the area of the Barns and nearby neighbourhood ending back at the NAISA space with a soundscape concert. Participants should be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather condition.

In a SOUNDwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” In a SOUNDwalk we take the time to hear the environment: we are its true ear witnesses. And like any musician, the environment offers us its sounds for our consideration. The first annual World Listening Day coincides with the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, the director of the World Soundscape Project and one of the founders of the acoustic ecology movement. For more information about World Listening Day go to:

Indoor at Artscape Wychwood Barns

This year's Sound Travels indoor installations will include two sets; the first will open on July 23rd at the NAISA space with Kew Beach by Rose Bolton (exploring the sounds of the home and memories while examining the psychological and emotional meaning of “being home”) and NAISA Sound Portraits by Stefan Rose (a series of photos documenting the first year of NAISA events at the Artscape Wychwood Barns) running Fridays and Saturdays until September 25th. Also included will be a Listening Gallery curated by NAISA artistic director Darren Copeland. The second set of installations will open on August 4th and run until August 14th in various spaces around the Artscape Wychwood Barns and will include: Bodily Listening by Japanese sound artist Satoshi Morita (a series of sound installations where sounds are heard through the body); and She Saw Me by Randall Gagne (a sound installation that explores some of the resonant spaces at the Barns and is based on Alvin Lucier’s conceptual audio work I am Sitting in a Room).

Breakfast - a morning ritual + music by world renowned sound artist Marcelle Deschênes and more…

The Sound Travels concerts once again create a cinema for the ear entirely through sound. The first set of concerts begins on July 31st during the Saturday morning market at the Artscape Wychwood Barn with Breakfast: a morning Ritual - performances by Rob Piilonen, Matt Miller and Samuel Morgenstein that combines the sounds or breakfast with flute and percussion. Concerts on August 4th & 5th open the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium with works by international participants in the symposium. August 6th and 7th includes a retrospective of Québec pioneer Marcelle Deschênes, as well as evocative soundscape works by Ned Bouhalassa and David Eagle, the Toronto première of thenew T-Stick electronic instrument developed by D. Andrew Stewart and Joseph Malloch and performed by Stewart, alongside works by UK sound artists Natasha Barrett, David Hindmarch and Manuella Blackburn.

Opportunities abound for artists of all ages and backgrounds at this year’s Sound Travels Festival. August 4-7 includes the fourth annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium – once again co-presented by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community – will include 18 papers and several concert works curated by an international jury and to be presented August 5, 6 and 7. The following week includes the second annual Sound Travels Intensive, this time a 4-day series of workshops for emerging and mid-career artists offering them the opportunity to hone their craft with world renowned artists Marcelle Deschênes, Satoshi Morita, David Ogborn, Eldad Tsabary, Darren Copeland, and Rob Cruickshank. The August 13 performances showcase works by the participants in the Sound Travels intensive and invite discussion by both audience and participants. And finally the now annual Making Art With Sound week-long workshops August 16-20 provide opportunities for youth (ages 15 to 18) to create art entirely through sound.

Sound Travels closing event - 3-sided Square performance at New Music Marathon Sept 25

The final weekend of Sound Travels coincides with the New Music Marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square and will include a performance of 3-sided Square from 2 - 9 pm during the marathon. Curated by NAISA artistic director, 3-sided Square includes performers Richard Windeyer, Michelle Irving, Matt Miller, Eric Powell and more TBA.

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art is partially funded by the government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN foundation.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included in its Toronto productions are: Deep Wireless, Art’s Birthday, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay.


July 18 until September 25, 2010

At various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street including:

the NAISA Space (#252), Theatre Direct’s Christie Studio (#170), the Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre (#176) as well as outdoors on Centre Island and at the Barns.

Workshop Intensive Pass $150 / Symposium/Performance Pass $70/$35 / Single Tickets $5 - $15

Toronto Island events free / Installations are Pay What You Can


Festival Les Escapades Musicales : modifications d'interprète

Chers amis,

Le prochain concert des Escapades Musicales aura lieu le samedi 10 Juillet à 21h au kiosque de la place Fleming, àArcachon.

A cette occasion, Pierre Bleuse étant empêché, nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir pour ce concert exceptionnel le violoniste

Alexandru Tomescu. Ce dernier jouera sur un magnifique stradivarius prêté par le gouvernement roumain.

Je joins à ce mail la biographie et la photo de ce grand violoniste Roumain.

Il interprétera aux côtés de Philippe Bernold, Nicolas Böne et Pejman Memarzadeh le programme suivant :

Mozart Quatuor avec flûte en Do majeur
Duo pour flûte et alto en Fa majeur

Mozart Quatuor avec flûte en La majeur
Passacaille pour violon et violoncelle
Quatuor avec flûte en Ré majeur

ainsi que plusieurs surprises en solo.

Rendez-vous donc au kiosque de la Ville d’Hiver d’Arcachon (place Fleming) le samedi 10 juillet 2010.

Tarif : 12 euros

Réservation : Office du tourisme d’Arcachon : 05 57 52 97 97.

Alexandru Tomescu sera présent sur le Bassin d’Arcachon dès jeudi et pourra, si vous le souhaitez, répondre à vos

questions à l’occasion d’une éventuelle interview.