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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Show One Presents Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky in Toronto March 20

A Show One Presentation – Saturday, March 20 at Roy Thomson Hall

HVOROSTOVSKY& RADVANOVSKY: INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS

IN AN ITALIAN OPERA SPECTACULAR

He has been called “the supreme singing actor” “with a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing.” With her rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity,” she is hailed as the top Verdi soprano of our age.

Show One Productions presents the first joint North American concert by two of the world’s operatic superstars, baritone DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY and soprano SONDRA RADVANOVSKY, Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall.

An Italian Opera Spectacular features an evening of passionate arias and duets from Un Ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball), Simon Boccanegra, and other great stage works by Verdi, along with such favorites as the Song to the Moon from Dvorak’s Rusalka, and the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky will perform with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, under the baton of Constantine Orbelian. Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the orchestra’s music director, will conduct some of the finest orchestral selections from opera, by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni.

Tickets, $65-148.75, are available via www.RoyThomson.com or by calling 416-872-4255. Information is also available at www.ShowOneProductions.ca.

“This concert is certain to be a highlight of 2010,” promises Svetlana Dvoretskaia of Show One Productions. “When you get two talents of this magnitude in the finest operatic music ever written, it is both a rare and unforgettable experience!”

Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky first performed together in Russia in 2009. The Toronto concert marks the start of a North American tour that takes the artists to Montreal’s Place des Arts March 26 (also presented by Show One Productions), Washington’s Kennedy Center March 29, and New York’s Carnegie Hall April 1.

BOTH STARS FEATURED IN NEW VERDI RECORDINGS: In addition to regular performances at the Metropolitan Opera, both Hvorostovsky and Radvanovsky have toured widely. Their recent joint concerts of Verdi scenes and duets in Russia were recorded and will be released shortly on Delos. As well, Radvanovsky’s Moscow performances led to her first solo recording of Verdi arias, also on Delos and scheduled for release in April.

HVORSTOVSKY’S SIMON BOCCANEGRA: While the versatile Russian baritone is a great interpreter of Russian opera and music of his homeland, he is in demand worldwide as a recitalist and for his Verdi roles. When he first performed the title role in Simon Boccanegra in 2006 with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Chronicle praised his “magnetic” stage presence and “lustrous” sound, marveling at “his ability to convey the emotional point of words.” When he reprised the role for the San Francisco Opera in September 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle raved, “His vocal production was superb, a virtuoso display of smoky tone and sensual, forthright phrasing.” The Bay Area Reporter summed him up at the supreme singing actor.” This year (2010) sees Hvorostovsky again at the Met, as well as the Covent Garden and Vienna opera houses, and touring extensively in Russia, North America and Canada. www.hvorostovsky.com

Vanity Fair wrote that Hvorostovsky “is sending aficionados the world over into a collective swoon, inviting an adulation that recalls the advent of Baryshnikov in the dance world of the seventies.” And he was a rare classical musician to be named one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people.

RADVANOVSKY’S FIRST TOSCA & AIDA: One month after her Toronto performance, Sondra Radvanovsky will sing her first Tosca in the Opera Colorado production of the Puccini melodrama (www.operacolorado.org/operas/tosca-artists). In October 2010, she will make both her Canadian Opera Company and role debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Aida. On March 20, audiences will enjoy a foretaste when she includes Aida’s aria O Patria Mia in the program.

The New York Times has praised her “rich, tremulous soprano voice and affecting intensity,” while The Times (UK) hailed her as “a true Verdian, with a big, juicy, vibrato-rich sound.” San Francisco’s Chronicle summed up her September 2009 performance in Il Trovatore: “Even if nothing else happens during the rest of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 fall season, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has already provided us with at least one extraordinary and indelible musical memory.” (Hvorostovsky alternated as Count di Luna in that production.)

This January has seen her as Lina in the Metropolitan Opera’s remount of Verdi’s Stiffelio, with Plácido Domingo conducting – in what the New York Times described as “a richly expressive performance as Lina, Stiffelio’s guilt-stricken wife… She sang with utter integrity, supple phrasing, nuanced colorings and aching vulnerability. Her bright, strong voice filled Verdi’s lines and penetrated the orchestra without forcing… She won me over, and the cheering audience, with her impassioned performance.”

Radvanovsky is also appearing this season as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Paris Opera; and in the Verdi Requiem with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. www.imgartists.com/sondraradvanovsky

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

David Sherman’s “The Daily Miracle”

While a winter storm threatens to shut down the city and the corporate big wigs meet behind closed doors across the hall to decide the fate of the newspaper, four copy editors hammer out tomorrow’s edition. It's just another night on the news desk, where the battle-scarred and overworked wrestle with fractured syntax and crushed ideals to get the next edition out. Tempers frayed from layoffs, cutbacks and corroded ambitions; it's a miracle they can get the paper out at all … a miracle that happens every day.

Performance Information
Dates & Times Jan. 26 – Feb. 14
Previews Jan. 26 & 27
Opening Night Jan. 28
Tues. through Sat. 20:00
Sunday Matinée 14:00 (Jan.31 PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN)
Monday DARK

Tickets
General Admission $20
Seniors & Students $15
Groups (6 or more) $10

Venue
Bain St-Michel
5300, St-Dominique

Box Office
(514) 987 – 1774
box-office@infinitheatre.com
www.infinitheatre.com

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To the Sea in Ships

Songs and stories of sailors, adventurers and fishers the world over
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 8 pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at 8 pm

Trinity St. Paul’s Centre


For Immediate Release – Toronto, January 13, 2010: Toronto’s Talisker Players return to Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 9 and 10 with To the Sea in Ships. Offering concert-goers an escape from Toronto in winter to adventure on the high seas, this is an evening of music about sea-faring from across the ages and around the world. Mezzo-soprano Vicki St. Pierre, tenor Keith Klassen and baritone Alexander Dobson are the renowned guest artists joining the instrumentalists of Talisker Players.

The programme starts with British composer John Ireland's setting of the famous John Masefield poem, Sea Fever ("I must down to the sea again / To the lonely sea and the sky") for baritone and piano.  It also features Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe's evocative Island Dreaming, for mezzo soprano and string quartet, and American Lee Hoiby's Bermudas, a gorgeous setting of a poem by Andrew Marvell about the first British sailors to come upon the Caribbean islands, for tenor, baritone and piano quartet.

The Talisker Players have a strong commissioning programme, and always take pride in featuring Canadian composers.  To the Sea in Ships features the premiere of a new work by the promising young Toronto composer Juliet Hess. The Mariner's Albatross is a setting of an excerpt from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the famous narrative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, for an unusual combination of tenor, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and double bass.  The evening also includes Sir Ernest MacMillan's rollicking setting of Three French Canadian Sea Songs, for baritone and string quintet. As always, this Talisker Players production includes the spoken word.  Readings will be from the great seafaring classic Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana.

Vicki St. Pierre’s lush voice is both dark and brilliant, an unusual combination. Still at the beginning of her career, she has distinguished herself in a wide variety of styles and genres. An acclaimed interpreter of early music, she is also at ease on the opera stage, and is in great demand as an oratorio and recital artist.  

Tenor Keith Klassen has emerged as one of Canada's busiest and most versatile tenors. His voice has been described as "pure honey, with its ease of high notes and lyrical grace of phrasing", and his acting as passionate and dramatically convincing. He is a member of the studio company of Tapestry New Opera Works, and has appeared in numerous workshops and premieres. Keith is also a sought-after oratorio singer, and has performed across Canada and abroad.

The British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on the opera, concert and recital stage. Recent highlights include his portrayal of Wozzeck conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Montreal, a performance lauded for his "gripping embodiment of Wozzeck", which he later reprised at the Orford Festival, and debuts at Covent Garden (U.K.) and New York’s Bard Festival. Alexander is also a noted performer of new music; he has premiered several roles with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Tapestry New Opera and Toronto Masque Theatre.

To the Sea in Ships
 Songs and stories of adventure on the high seas
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 9 & 10, 2010, 8 PM
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo soprano; Keith Klassen, tenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone; The Talisker Players

TICKETS:  $30 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students)

Tel: 416-978-8849
Information: 416-466-1800



Talisker Players Chamber Music offers one of the most imaginative and exciting concert series in Toronto. In collaboration with some of Canada’s finest young singers, Talisker Players present the rarely-heard repertoire for voice and chamber ensemble. Their unique programming includes readings that illuminate the music and delight audiences with a stimulating, theatrical concert experience. The music, engaging and varied, includes both celebrated works and unknown gems from all styles and periods, with a strong presence of Canadian compositions.

Upcoming: Illuminations
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 & Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – 8 pm
A window on the world of mystics, visionaries and seers
Featuring Meredith Hall, soprano; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor

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EMI Classics and Virgin Classics Highlights for January 2010 Include Solo Recordings and a DVD

From Some of Today’s Hottest Singers, Including Diana Damrau, Philippe Jaroussky, and Natalie Dessay

Plus, an All-Ravel Album from Fast-rising Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and a Veritable (and Danceable) Feast of Ballet Music

Virgin Classics Artist Philippe Jaroussky Makes NYC Solo Recital Debut, Performing His Opium Program Live at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (Jan 14)

COLORaturas
Diana Damrau, soprano
Münchner Rundfunkorchester / Dan Ettinger
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.  It’s impossible to know whether Diana Damrau was born great, but she has – without question – achieved greatness; Damrau has firm technical command, unaffected mastery of characterization, and beauty of tone… . More, please.”    – Opera News

After two highly-praised Virgin Classics releases of 18th-century repertoire, the superb German soprano Diana Damrau adds a dazzling new title to her Virgin Classics discography: COLORaturas.  With the support of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Dan Ettinger, Damrau is showcased in repertoire that ranges from Rossini (including “Una voce poco fa” from Barber of Seville) and Verdi to Stravinsky and Bernstein; from comedy to tragedy; and covers four languages: German, Italian, French, and English.  It includes Zerbinetta’s marathon coloratura aria from Ariadne auf Naxos, one of the operas that spearheaded Damrau’s international career.

Opera News has named COLORaturas its Critic’s Choice selection for February 2010.  Under the headline “Shattering Expectations,” Judith Malafronte’s review begins with this observation: “Diana Damrau is one of those singers who gobble up the music only to spit it back out with more originality, verve, precision and ease than seems possible.  Listening to such a smart singer is an absolute delight as well as a challenge; expectations are shattered by authoritative readings that leave the listener amazed at this artist’s imagination and the inevitability of the results.”

Diana Damrau’s operatic engagements in the U.S. for the current season include starring roles in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (Feb) and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Feb – March), as well as Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet in Washington, D.C. (May).  She will also take center stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall on January 24, performing orchestral songs by Richard Strauss with the MET Orchestra and James Levine.

J.C. Bach: La Dolce Fiamma – Forgotten Castrato Arias
Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor
Le Cercle de L’Harmonie / Jérémie Rhorer
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

“The countertenor Philippe Jaroussky wields his sweet-toned, radiant voice to emotive effect, displaying both a rapid-fire coloratura technique and a poignant, lyrical expressiveness.”– New York Times

Philippe Jaroussky’s previous operatic recital for Virgin Classics was a collection of arias written for a castrato singer, Carestini, whose star had been somewhat eclipsed by his contemporaries Farinelli and Senesino.  In this newest release, the young and charismatic French countertenor turns to a composer who – despite his famous last name, his celebrity during his lifetime, and his influence on the young Mozart – is still not given his full due: Johann Christian Bach (1735-82).  The repertoire comprises arias from six of his operas, written for Milan, Mannheim, and London, the city in which he spent the last 20 years of his life and where, in 1764, he met Mozart, then a touring child prodigy. 

La Dolce Fiamma – Forgotten Castrato Arias is Jaroussky’s seventh solo disc for Virgin Classics.  Reviewing the new album, a critic for the Toronto Star observed, “France’s Jaroussky, 31, is probably the finest of the younger generation of countertenors.  Here, he tackles 13 airs and arias originally written for castrati by Johann Christian Bach… . J.C. wrote a lot of operas, all of them forgotten – which may change, given the impressive performances by Jaroussky and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie under conductor Jérémie Rhorer.  This beautiful music spans the full emotional spectrum.

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns praised Jaroussky’s “electrifying treble voice” and “pinpoint brilliance” in a recent review of this and other important new vocal albums.  He calls La Dolce Fiamma “a must,” noting, “On Jaroussky’s disc, Johann Christian Bach sounds so good that one can only assume his music simply got lost in the historic shuffle.  The Jaroussky disc is necessary for anyone interested in pre-Mozartean opera.”

Jaroussky’s star is already high in the firmament in Europe, especially in France, where his albums have been extraordinary bestsellers.  Audiences in two American cities will have the opportunity to hear his work in a broad range of repertoire early in the New Year.  On January 14, Jaroussky will give a recital of sensuous and seductive French melodies from the late 19th and early 20th centuries – the so-called Belle Époque – at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall; it will mark his New York City solo recital debut.  Jaroussky recorded many of these songs on his Virgin Classics album Opium, which was released this past spring.

Much of the Opium repertoire will also appear on a program Jaroussky will give at the Cleveland Institute of Music on January 16 with the dynamic young ensemble Apollo’s Fire.  Writing about Opium, a critic for All Music Guide observed, “Jaroussky rose as a star of Baroque opera not only because of his flawless technique and the exceptional clarity and purity of his voice, but for his ability to bring life, through the depth and emotional honesty of his characterizations, to cardboard roles that had primarily served as vehicles for coloratura fireworks.  It’s not surprising, then, that he excels in this intensely personal and emotionally transparent repertoire.”

Additional information about the album is available on-line at www.jarousskyopium.com. 

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande 
Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri, Stéphane Degout
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Bertrand de Billy 
DVD available January 12 from Virgin Classics

“Natalie Dessay admitted that Mélisande poses few vocal challenges, noting that the role lies comfortably enough for both sopranos and lightweight mezzos.  Indeed, the role is vocally a good fit for her – splendid, in fact.” – Opera News 

“There’s more to life than top notes,” Natalie Dessay has said.  She has, of course, made her reputation with the florid, stratospheric heroines of Romantic French and Italian opera, but in this new DVD from Vienna she portrays a heroine who presents few opportunities for vocal display, but many for subtle characterization – Debussy’s Mélisande.  Dessay had sung the role just once before, in concert in Edinburgh in 2005.  Pelléas et Mélisande is full of ambiguity and its vocal lines closely reflect Maurice Maeterlinck’s hauntingly enigmatic text.  A few unaccompanied, ballad-like phrases are the closest Mélisande comes to an aria.

For this production, premiered in January 2009 at the Theater an der Wien, Dessay’s French and French-Canadian colleagues included stage director Laurent Pelly – celebrated for riotous comedy (notably La fille du régiment with Dessay, also a Virgin Classics DVD) – and his preferred designer, Chantal Thomas; Dessay’s real-life husband, bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, as her jealous stage husband, Golaud; the lyric baritone Stéphane Degout as her Pelléas; and the contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as his and Golaud’s mother, Geneviève.  Conductor Bertrand de Billy completes the high-caliber Gallic line-up.

A preview segment from the DVD is available at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANSOGaoJOFs.

Natalie Dessay’s ever-rising profile in the U.S. has been fueled by a series of critically-acclaimed performances with the country’s leading opera companies, particularly New York’s Metropolitan Opera.  She returns there in March to star as Ophelia in the company’s production of Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet (eight performances, March 16 through April 9).  Listeners can preview that performance on Virgin Classics’ recently released Mad Scenes, which features Dessay going off the rails – emotionally, but with perfect musical precision – in works from five 19th-century operas, along with a surprising live performance from Bernstein’s Candide.  In his review of the album for the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns calls Dessay, “a modern-day Sills: her sense of theatrical comprehension wins the day.”

Ravel: La Valse, Mother Goose, Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, etc.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics

“In everything, Nézet-Séguin – who is flashy and hyper-expressive in his gestures – got a sound I had never quite heard before from the Angelenos.  It was lean, sleek, tart in the French manner, yet also very bold and forward.  It reminded me of the sound of the Montréal Symphony during the Charles Dutoit era, but with more punch.”– Los Angeles Times 

A new album of orchestral works by Ravel marks Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s debut recording with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  The French-Canadian conductor finds Maurice Ravel to be the greatest orchestrator that French music has ever had, which is what he and the orchestra want to showcase on this recording.  “It’s all about colors,” Nézet-Séguin explained, “[and] the contrast between intimacy and grandeur, Valse being one of his greatest and most powerful symphonic poems, and yet the Valses nobles et sentimentales being much more in the intimate way… . In Ma mère l’Oye, we are being so intimate, while Daphnis and Chloé is also one of his most uplifting and triumphant [works].  There’s a lot of contrast.”

In the 2008-09 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin succeeded Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and also became Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2000, he has been Artistic Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, gaining many awards for his work there.  He has worked with all the leading Canadian orchestras and returns regularly to the Toronto Symphony.  He made his European debut in late 2004 with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and has since been invited back by all the orchestras with which he has worked.

Nézet-Séguin has been busy in New York this winter, making his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, which opened on December 31 (six performances through Jan 21), and will soon head across the Lincoln Center plaza to lead the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in two orchestral concerts at Avery Fisher Hall (Feb 17 and 19). 

Schubert: String Quintet in C (D.956); String Quartet No. 15 in G (D.887); String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (D.810), “Death and the Maiden”
Belcea Quartet; Valentin Erben, cello 
Two-CD set and downloads available January 12 from EMI Classics 

The Belcea Quartet adds three late masterpieces by Franz Schubert to their impressive discography on EMI Classics: the String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden” (D.810), the luminous and transcendent String Quartet No. 15 in G (D.887), and the life-affirming String Quintet in C (D.956) with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg String Quartet as the second cellist.  The Belcea Quartet has garnered much praise for their take on Schubert, with the New York Times recently stating, “In the Belcea’s account [of ‘Death and the Maiden’] the work seemed so formidable and emotionally complex that there was nothing more to say.” 

Chopin: “Journal Intime”
Alexandre Tharaud, piano 
CD and downloads available January 12 from Virgin Classics 

Alexandre Tharaud plays Chopin with superlative technique…[his] intelligent playing …matches its clarity with perception and sensitivity, and variety of touch with sonic beauty.  Tharaud is unfailingly responsive to melodic nuance and seems to relish every new twist of the texture.  But there is also immense power when the dark energy beneath is unleashed.  His concept plumbs the depths of Chopin’s musical psyche with humility… a brilliant and original performance.”
BBC Music magazine 

Already established as one of today’s most individual and thoughtful pianists, Alexandre Tharaud makes his debut on Virgin Classics with a diverse and very personal collection of pieces by Frédéric Chopin, just in time for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth (he was born on March 1, 1810).

“Journal intime” (Private diary) features works by Chopin – mazurkas, nocturnes, ballades, the famous Fantaisie-impromptu, and a number of other, lesser-known works that have special importance and significance to Tharaud, who cites the pianism of Vlado Perlemuter and Sergei Rachmaninov as a particular influence on his approach to the music of Chopin.  Many of these pieces have been in Tharaud’s repertoire since his student days.  “I let time work for me,” he explains.  “It is extraordinarily enriching to study a work when you are young and then revisit it in the course of your life.  It becomes part of you.”  A preview video for the project is available at the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ0835-S67M, and a full track listing follows below.

Tharaud, born in Paris in 1968, takes a discerning approach to repertoire, highlighting and often juxtaposing composers such as Bach, Rameau, Couperin, Chabrier, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc, and Thierry Pécou (b.1965).  His catalogue of recordings for Harmonia Mundi has contributed substantially to his reputation.

This winter and spring, Tharaud will give a number of recitals in America, including performances at the Frick Collection in New York City on March 7 and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on March 12 (these and other dates are listed in the artist tour section at the end of this news release). 

Track list
1.    Mazurka, Op. 63, No. 3
2.    Ballade, Op. 23, No. 1
3.    Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 2
4.    Mazurka, Op. 68, No. 2
5.    Fantaisie, Op. 49
6.    Nocturne posthumous
7.    Mazurka, Op 7, No. 2
8.    Ballade, Op. 38, No. 2
9.    Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 4
10.  Largo
11-13.  Trois Écossaises, Op. 72, No. 3 (I-III)
14.  Contredanse
15.  Fantaisie-impromptu, Op. 66
16.  Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 

Lehár: La veuve joyeuse (The Merry Widow)
Véronique Gens, Ivan Ludlow, Gordon Gietz, Magali Léger
Opéra de Lyon / Gérard Korsten
DVD available Janaury 12 from Virgin Classics 

The heroine of La veuve joyeuse is called Missia Palmieri, but she had started off in 1905 as Hanna Glawari in Vienna, where this operetta is known as Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow); its French premiere followed in 1909.  The story of the merry widow and her rekindled romance with dissipated diplomat Count Danilo takes place in Paris – notably Chez Maxim’s in the final act – and in fact has its roots in a French play, L’attaché d’ambassade by Henri Meilhac.  With Ludovic Halévy, Meilhac was the librettist of Carmen, a number of Offenbach’s operettas and a play called Le Réveillon, which forms the basis of that other supreme Viennese operetta Die Fledermaus.  Johann Strauss’s waltzes and polkas were clearly an influence on Lehár, but his sumptuous and often touching score also frequently furnishes reminders that he was a contemporary of both Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini.

This production, mounted in December 2007 at the Opéra de Lyon (the source of Virgin Classics’ DVD of Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne in a riotous contemporary updating by Laurent Pelly) is by the French director Macha Makeieff.  She treats the work as the masterpiece it is: “Macha Makeieff’s reading … turns its back on the conventions of operetta frippery, of musical champagne bubbles to keep the crowds happy … . In defining the personalities of the two lovers – two wounded birds who have put up barriers to protect themselves from love – she brings depth and gravity to the work, giving it new stature” (Le Progrès).

In the title role is the leading French lyric soprano, the graceful Véronique Gens, whose two Tragédiennes recitals are on Virgin Classics; her Danilo is the dashing British baritone Ivan Ludlow, while the roles of the secondary pair of errant lovers are played by the Canadian tenor Gordon Gietz and the delightful Magali Léger, with the latter’s long-suffering husband portrayed by baritone François Le Roux.  Conducting is Gérard Korsten, born in South Africa but with long experience as both student and performer in Austria, notably Salzburg. 

Special compilations, boxed sets, and reissues 

Aldo Ciccolini: The Complete EMI Recordings 1950-91
Specially-priced 56-CD set available January 12 from EMI Classics 

Beyond Aldo Ciccolini’s two bestselling complete Satie recordings and other proofs of his natural affinity with the French repertoire (which put him very much in tune with the artistic policy of French EMI under the leadership of René Challan, Eric Macleod, and Gréco Casadesus), and his unflashy Liszt – the ideal alternative to someone like Georges Cziffra – the public knows surprisingly little of the recordings that Ciccolini made for EMI between 1950 and 1991.

In 1950, as winner of the 1949 Marguerite Long Competition, the 25-year-old Ciccolini recorded his first 78; it was devoted to Scarlatti, a composer to whom he later returned.  Following soon afterwards was Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by André Cluytens – the pianist asked for the tapes of the second concerto to be destroyed, since he did not like the piece – and then produced an anthology of Mozart sonatas which has a finesse, balance, and sonic splendor still typical of Ciccolini’s concert performances today.

EMI’s new 56-CD collection contains numerous items which have become available for the first time (such as Mozart sonatas and Bach inventions previously only released in Japan, or his first Debussy disc, dating from 1969), or which have never before been released, such as the magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition recorded in 1976.  With particular care taken over the transfers, including re-masterings of all the late recordings, this box will convince any remaining skeptics that Aldo Ciccolini, though born in Naples, holds a place at the very summit of French pianism. 

The Complete Chopin Edition – 200th anniversary
16-CD set and downloads available January 26 from EMI Classics. 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin’s birth in suitably grand fashion, EMI Classics is proud to release the Polish composer’s complete works in an exclusive, specially-priced 16-CD boxed set.  The collection brings together all of the works – the piano sonatas, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, études, impromptus, preludes, and other works – that established Chopin as one of the greatest Romantic composers and virtuosos who ever lived.  Featured artists include Leif Ove Andsnes, Claudio Arrau, Daniel Barenboim, Andrei Gavrilov, Benjamin Grosvenor, Garrick Ohlsson and Ronald Smith. 

American Classics series – five new titles
Various artists 
Single and two-CD sets and downloads available January 26 from EMI Classics 

EMI Classics expands its attractively-designed and smartly-programmed American Classics series by five new and diverse titles this month, spanning the characteristically wide spectrum of the American music scene, from music theater and spirituals to minimalism and the avant-garde.

The five programs and their contributing artists are as follows: 

AMERICAN COUNTERPOINT 
John Adams: Harmonielehre; John Cage: Three Dances; Conlon Nancarrow: Three Canons for Ursula 
Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson, Thomas Adès
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: Wonderful Town 
Kim Criswell, Audra McDonald, Thomas Hampson
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; London Voices / Sir Simon Rattle 

RIDE ON, KING JESUS 
Florence Quivar sings black music of America
Florence Quivar, Larry Woodard, Joseph Joubert, Harlem Boys’ Choir 

AMERICAN CLARINET 
Elliott Carter: Clarinet Concerto (“Gra”); Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint; Howard Sandroff: Tephillah; John Adams: Gnarly Buttons 
Alain Damiens, André Trouttet
Ensemble InterContemporain / David Robertson 

GEORGE GERSHWIN 
Porgy and BessA Symphonic Picture; Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (“Rhapsody in Rivets”); Concerto in F
Cristina Ortiz
London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 

Two New Titles in “100 Best” series:
Best Violin 100
Best Chopin 100
Various Artists
Two six-CDs-for-the-price-of-one sets available January 26 from EMI Classics 

EMI Classics adds two titles to its enormously popular “100 Best” series (now numbering 23 titles with a combined total sales of two million sets worldwide).  Like its predecessors, each of the new titles features a plethora of superb artistry from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics at an unbeatable price: six CDs for the price of one!

The first contains 100 violin masterpieces, performed by some of the world’s greatest artists past and present, including Renaud Capuçon, Sarah Chang, Kyung-Wha Chung, Augustin Dumay, Christian Ferras, Leonid Kogan, Fritz Kreisler, and Gidon Kremer.

Each CD is themed by eras and genres, as follows: 

CD 1: Vivaldi and the Italian Baroque
CD 2: Bach and Mozart
CD 3: Beethoven and Brahms
CD 4: The 19th-Century Violin
CD 5: The 20th-Century Violin
CD 6: Encores and Showpieces

The second new title, Best Chopin 100, features a glittering galaxy of keyboard stars performing the most beloved and famous works by the great Polish composer.  Featured artists include exciting new performers, established stars, and legendary artists such as (in alphabetical order): Dmitri Alexeev, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Daniel Barenboim, Stanislav Bunin, Georges Cziffra, Youri Egorov, Ingrid Fliter, Samson François, Andrei Gavrilov, Nelson Goerner, Stephen Kovacevich, Dinu Lipatti, Garrick Ohlsson, Mikhail Pletnev, Maurizio Pollini, Arthur Rubinstein, Maria Tipo, and Alexis Weissenberg. 

Three special ballet titles:
The Ballet Edition (ten two-CD sets)
A Festival of Ballet (50-CD boxed set in luxury packaging)
I Love Ballet (Greatest hits on two mid-price CDs)
Available January 26 from EMI Classics 

Some people love the total experience of the ballet.  Others just love to listen to the glorious music – romantic, dramatic, tragic, comic, charming, exhilarating – composed for the theater by supreme figures like Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Ravel; by lesser masters such as Glazunov, Delibes, and Adam; or by the “one-hit wonder” specialists, like Lovenskiold and Drigo.  With this winter’s three complementary ballet strands, EMI Classics draws on its rich catalogue to present releases for the balletomane, the new ballet enthusiast, or simply the lover of enthralling music, all superbly performed. 

The Ballet Edition
This new series, with a special focus on complete ballet scores, is launched with ten two-CD sets.  It includes a number of landmark performances: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and Cinderella from the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn – interpretations that have long set the standard in these magnificent works; Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Debussy’s Jeux from the Orchestre de Paris under Jean Martinon, a master of French style; and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Petrushka, Firebird, and Apollo – the kind of repertoire that first established Sir Simon Rattle’s international reputation – with the British maestro and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  The collection also includes Delibes’ Coppélia and Sylvia, performed by Parisian forces; Adam’s Giselle and Lovenskiold’s La Sylphide; and extracts from Glazunov’s Raymonda, Minkus’s La Bayadère, and Drigo’s Le Corsaire, all in the hands of expert ballet conductors. 

A Festival of Ballet
This sumptuously-packaged 50-CD set provides an epic survey of ballet music as a genre, from its origins in the Baroque era with composers such as Purcell and Rameau, through its establishment in the 18th and 19th centuries in France and Russia, to the great narrative works of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and the works of modernism, some jazz-inspired.  Many rarely-heard scores are included alongside essential repertoire.

The array of Russian music exemplifies the set’s impressive scope: beyond substantial highlights from the great Tchaikovsky ballets and other works by the composer, there is music by Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky (from Firebird of 1910 through to Agon of 1957), Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shostakovich and a number of lesser-known figures such as Liadov and Glière.  The discs devoted to French, British, German, and American repertoire also yield a plethora of scores, and there are even four CDs of dances from operas, oratorios, and plays.

Among the fascinating rarities in the set are John Antill’s Corroboree (1950), a spectacular work inspired by the Aborigines of Australia; Charles Koechlin’s tone poem Les Bandar-Log (based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book), which underpinned Antony Tudor’s 1967 ballet Shadowplay; and Constant Lambert’s Horoscope.  Presented beside much-loved scores by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland is songwriter Cole Porter’s only classical ballet, Within the Quota.

The recordings feature the world’s great orchestras under leading conductors such as Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Carlo Maria Giulini, Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli, Charles Mackerras, Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Roger Norrington, John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Slatkin, Kent Nagano, and Michel Plasson, and also leading ballet specialists such as John Lanchbery, Barry Wordsworth, Terence Kern, and Robert Irving. 

I Love Ballet
These two richly-filled CDs provide a perfect introduction to the joys of ballet music, with many of its greatest hits included: highlights from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Sylvia, Cinderella, La fille mal gardée, Gayaneh (the soaring theme from the BBC TV drama The Onedin Line), and the charming Tales of Beatrix Potter; the complete “Dance of the Hours” from the opera La Gioconda (made famous by Disney’s Fantasia), the can-can overture from Gaité Parisienne, and the sparkling opening dance from Pineapple Poll (set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan); two numbers from Façade, and The Dying Swan, so closely identified with the legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.  The impressive line-up of conductors includes Herbert von Karajan, André Previn, Sir Malcolm Sergent, and Sir Charles Mackerras. 

EMI Classics and Virgin Classics: Artists on tour – Winter 2010 

Jan 14
Philippe Jaroussky: Opium program 
Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 15 and 16
Ingrid Fliter: Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major
St. Louis Symphony (St. Louis, MO)

Jan 16
Philippe Jaroussky: Songs from Opium program and other works
Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland Baroque Orchestra)
Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)

Jan 21
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Carnegie’s Zankel Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 22
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Mandel Hall, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Jan 23
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
First Congregational Church (San Francisco, CA)

Jan 24
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Beekman Auditorium (Los Angeles, CA)

Jan 24
Diana Damrau: R. Strauss orchestral songs
MET Orchestra / James Levine
Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Jan 26
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Cabell Hall, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Jan 26
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
Schwab Auditorium, Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)

Jan 27
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
Rockefeller University (New York, NY)

Jan 28
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

Jan 29
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Jan 29
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Struthers Library Theatre (Warren, PA)

Jan 30
Fabio Biondi: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Southern Theatre (Columbus, OH)

Jan 31 and Feb 1
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC)

Feb 1
Fabio Biondi: recital
Carnegie’s Zankel Hall (New York, NY)

Feb 2
Capuçon-Angelich Trio
La Maison Française (Washington, DC)

Feb 5-23
Quatuor Ebène: North American tour
Appleton, WI (Feb 5); Columbia, MD (Feb 6); Toronto, ON (Feb 8); Tucson, AZ (Feb 10); Los Angeles, CA (Feb 12-14); New York, NY (Poisson Rouge, Feb 16); Burlington, VT (Feb 19); Athens, GA (Feb 21); and Washington, DC (Feb 23)

Feb 6 (six performances through Feb 22)
Diana Damrau: title role in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment
Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)

Feb 17
Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Messiaen, Liszt, Strauss
Avery Fisher Hall (New York, NY)

Feb 19
Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms, Verbey, Bartók

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La Scena Musicale numéro de février 2010 - publicité



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LSM Sept 2009


The Music Scene Hiver 2010
Bonjour !

Au nom de toute l’équipe d’employés et de bénévoles de La Scena Musicale, je vous souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2010. Nous amorçons l’année avec un nouveau blogue, Vidéo de musique classique d’aujourd’hui, qui s’inscrit dans notre nouvelle stratégie de communications électroniques et qui propose chaque jour une nouvelle vidéo.

Malheureusement, l’année musicale compte déjà ses mauvaises nouvelles. Le producteur de disques Pierre Dionne (des Disques XXI), un grand ami de LSM et de la musique classique canadienne, a perdu la semaine dernière son combat contre le cancer. Voir plus bas les précisions sur les obsèques.

En février, La Scena Musicale tourne les projecteurs vers les jeunes musiciens prometteurs.
  • En couverture, le pianiste Wonny Song et la violoniste Alexandre da Costa, qui ont tous deux commencé leur carrière musicale au début de l’adolescence et qui sont aujourd’hui des modèles pour d’autres
  • Notre CD Découverte du mois est consacré à des interprétations de Wong (lesTableaux d'une exposition de Moussorgski) et da Costa (les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi).
  • Nous mettons ce mois-ci l’accent sur l’enseignement de la musique au primaire, au secondaire et privé.
  • Ce numéro comprendra notre guide annuel des écoles ainsi que leurs calendriers, des conseils et des articles, entre autres des conversations avec de grands professeurs, des musicologues, des adultes professionnels et de jeunes musiciens.
  • Entrevue avec le pianiste de 14 ans Jan Lisiecki
  • Les lecteurs en sauront un peu plus sur la toute première tournée nord-américaine de Yannick Nézet-Séguin et de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Rotterdam qui commencera en février.
  • À Montréal, le festival MusiMars approche et l’Orchestre de chambre McGill célèbre un important anniversaire en 2010.
  • La Scena Musicale rencontre le gagnant du Prix d’Arts-Affaires Maurice Forget et la gagnante du grand prix d’Apéro à l’Opéra de l’Opéra de Montréal Annie Sanschagrin.
  • Aria du mois : « Vissi d'arte » de Tosca de Puccini
Tout cela et plus encore en musique classique, en jazz et en musique du monde – y compris nos indispensables critiques, concerts à venir et calendriers mensuels.

La date de tombée pour les annonces dans le numéro de février est le 25 janvier, les maquettes devant nous parvenir au plus tard le 26 janvier.


Promotion « Abonnements » de janvier – Pourquoi pas s’abonner ?

Jusqu’au 31 janvier 2010, les nouveaux abonnés obtiendront une réduction de 10 $ sur un abonnement à LSM s’ils s’abonnent en ligne. Cette économie équivaut à 4 numéros gratuits et l’abonnement comprend des privilèges comme l’accès à la Discothèque Naxos et le téléchargement gratuit de le la collection écouverte en format MP3 (10 CD). À noter : à partir de 2010, seuls les abonnés payants recevront le CD Découverte matériel.
Nous recommandons aux lecteurs à l’extérieur du Canada notre option écologique, la Carte verte La SCENA, vendue seulement 25 $/année. Voir les détails ci-dessous.

Collecte de fonds
Enfin, nous commençons l’année 2010 en lançant notre Campagne Fonds de dotation : pour chaque dollar de don, nous recevrons 1,50 $ du programme Placement Culture du gouvernement du Québec. Notre objectif est de recueillir 100 000 $ afin de créer un fonds de dotation de 250 000 $ qui maintenira l'excellence et assurera la pérennité de nos magazines. Veuillez faire un don ou vous joindre à notre comité de financement. Voir ci-dessous.

Pour nos lecteurs montréalais, nous levons aussi des fonds en vendant des billets pour la présentation de Tosca de l’Opéra de Montréal du 11 février 2010 (billets de 46 $ à 99 $).

Nos meilleurs vœux pour 2010.

Salutations amicales,

Wah Keung Chan
Éditeur et rédacteur en chef fondateur
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene


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La Scena Musicale février 2010
  • Thème : Éducation musicale
  • En couverture : le pianiste Wonny Song et la violoniste Alexander da Costa
  • Sortie : le 29 janvier 2010
  • Tombée (publicité) : le 25 janvier 2010
  • Maquettes : le 25 janvier 2010
  • Tirage : 25 000 exemplaires
  • Québec : 2 500
  • Montréal : 18 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000
  • Public visé : artistes amateurs et professionnels, passionnés de musique et d’art
  • Contact : 514-948-0509 ou sales@scena.org
  • Trousse Média : http://ads.scena.org/
À venir : La Scena Musicale mars 2010 et The Music Scene Printemps 2010
  • Thème : Camps d'été

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Funérailles pour Pierre Dionne
Date : le samedi 23 janvier 2010
Lieu : Trois-Rivières
La famille recevra les amis et collègues de Pierre au Centre Funéraire Rousseau, 445 rue des Volontaires (juste en face de la cathédrale), le samedi 23 janvier dès 10 h 00. Les funérailles suivront à 13 h 30 à la cathédrale de Trois-Rivières, 362 rue Bonaventure.
Contact : Olivier Godin, oligodin@yahoo.com

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Promotion« Abonnements » de janvier – Pourquoi pas s’abonner ?

Jusqu’au 31 janvier 2010, les nouveaux abonnés obtiendront une réduction de 10 $ sur un abonnement à LSM s’ils s’abonnent en ligne. Cette économie équivaut à 4 numéros gratuits et l’abonnement comprend des privilèges comme l’accès à la Discothèque Naxos et le téléchargement gratuit de le la collection écouverte en format MP3 (10 CD). À noter : à partir de 2010, seuls les abonnés payants recevront le CD Découverte matériel.

Nous recommandons aux lecteurs à l’extérieur du Canada notre option écologique, la Carte verte La SCENA, vendue seulement 25 $/année.

http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard/index_fr.html

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NOUVEAU : la Carte verte La SCENA

Tout disponible en ligne
  • Versions électroniques de La Scena Musicale/La SCENA (10 numéros) et The Music Scene (2 numéros)
  • CD Découverte mensuels téléchargeables (10 / année)
  • 39 000 CD @ Discothèque Naxos
  • Réductions
  • Seulement 25 $ (taxes incluses)
  • 514-656-3947, sub@scena.org
  • http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard/index_fr.html
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Prochaine activité-bénéfice LSM

Montréal, le jeudi 11 février 2010 à 20 h
Opéra de Montréal
Puccini : Tosca
Distribution: voir ce lien
Billets : 99 $, 71 $, 46 $
Réduction de 10 % pour les abonnés de La Scena Musicale
À noter : autres dates disponibles sur demande.

Réservations* 514-656-3947, sub@scena.org

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Lancement du Fonds de dotation LSM

Notre demande au programme de subventions de contrepartie, Placement Culture, a été officiellement approuvée. Par conséquent, le gouvernement du Québec versera 1,50 $ pour chaque dollar de don reçu par LSM. Le programme Placement Culture exige que La Scène Musicale crée un fonds de dotation. Notre objectif est de recueillir 100 000 $ au cours des douze prochains mois. Si l’on y ajoute la subvention de contrepartie du gouvernement, le montant du fonds s’élèverait à 250 000 $. L’atteinte de cet objectif est d’une extrême importance pour maintenir l'excellence et assurer la survie de nos périodiques, et c’est pourquoi nous annonçons maintenant le lancement de notre campagne 2010 de contributions au fonds de dotation. Veuillez faire un don ou vous joindre à notre comité de financement.

Info : 514-948-2520 ou info@lascena.org

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La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré qui fait la promotion des arts et de la musique en publiant trois magazines et un site Web. Nous rapprochons les musicien(ne)s et les artistes avec la communauté artistique, les mélomanes et les amateurs d'art. Aidez-nous à poursuivre notre travail avec un don (d'argent ou de biens) ou par du travail bénévole. Communiquez avec nous au 514-948-2520 ou à info@scena.org

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La Scena Musicale February 2010 Issue Details



[Version française]



The Music Scene Winter 2010

Hello!

On behalf of La Scena Musicale’s dedicated staff and volunteers, I want to wish you a Happy 2010. We began the New Year with a new blog Today’s Classical Music Video as part of our 2010 digital strategy, which presents a music video pick each day.

Unfortunately, the year has already its share of sad music news. Record producer Pierre Dionne (of XXI Records), a dear friend to LSM and the Canadian classical music community, lost his battle with cancer last week. See below for funeral details.

In February, La Scena Musicale shines the spotlight on the young and budding musician.
  • Gracing our cover are pianist Wonny Song and violinist Alexandre da Costa, who both started their musical careers as young teens and serve as role models for other young musicians.
  • The monthly Discovery CD (in collaboration with XXI Records) will feature a double program by both Song (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition) and da Costa (Vivaldi's Four Seasons).
  • This month’s focus on primary, secondary, and private music education includes our annual guide to schools plus related calendars, tips and articles, including conversations with top music educators, musicological scientists, professional adult and young performers.
  • Interview with 14 year old piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki.
  • Readers will also learn more about Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s first ever North American tour which begins in February,
  • Montreal news such as the upcoming MusiMars Festival and the McGill Chamber Orchestra, which celebrates an important anniversary in 2010.
  • La Scena Musicale sits down with Prix d’Arts-Affaires winner Maurice Forget, Apéro à l’Opéra of the Opéra de Montréal winner Annie Sanschagrin and soprano Danielle de Niese.
  • Aria of the Month: The heart wrenching "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca
All this and more from the worlds of Classical, Jazz, and World music – including our indispensable monthly reviews and concert previews and calendars.

The deadline for advertising in the February 2010 issue is January 25 with artwork due on January 26.


January Sale - Why not consider a subscription?

Until January 31, 2010, new subscribers will get $10 off an LSM subscription if they subscribe online. This savings is equivalent to receiving 4 free issues, and the subscription include benefits such as the Naxos Music Library and free MP3 downloads of the Discovery CD Collection (10 full CDs). Note: New for 2010, only paying subscribers will receive the physical Discovery CD.
For non-Canadian readers, we recommend the new environment-friendly La SCENA Green Card for only $25/year. See below for more details.

Fundraising

Finally, we are launching our Endowment Fund Campaign: For every dollar we raise, the Quebec government Placement Culture program will match it with $1.50. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to create a $250,000 endowment fund that will ensure the continued excellence and longevity of our magazines. Please donate or join our fundraising committee. See below. For Montreal readers, we are also raising funds by selling tickets to the Montreal Opera’s production of Tosca for February 11, 2010 (Tickets: $46 to $99).

All the best for 2010.

Yours sincerely,

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene


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Upcoming Issues:

La Scena Musicale February 2010
  • On the Cover: Wonny Song and Alexander Da Costa
  • Theme: Music Education
  • Distribution: January 29
  • Deadline for ad reservations: January 25
  • Deadline for artwork: January 26
  • Total 25,000 copies, 50,000 readers
  • Montreal: 18,500
  • Quebec City: 2,500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000
  • Target Readership: professional and amateur artists, music and art lovers
  • Contact : 514-948-0509 or sales@scena.org
  • Media Kit: http://ads.scena.org/
Upcoming: La Scena Musicale March 2010 Issue

Theme: Summer Camps

The Music Scene: Spring 2010

50,000 readers
Theme: Summer Camps

English Canada

circulation: 25,000 copies
  • Toronto : 15,000 
  • Ottawa : 5000
  • English Canada (Schools): 3,000
  • Mailing: 2,000
Distribution date: March 15
Advertising deadline: March 5
Materials deadline: March 8

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Funeral for Pierre Dionne
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Place: Trois-Rivières
The family will receive friends and colleagues of Peter Rousseau Funeral Center, 445 rue des Volontaires (just opposite the Cathedral), Saturday, January 23 at 10:00. The funeral will follow at 13:30 at the Cathedral of Trois-Rivieres, 362 rue Bonaventure.
Contact: Olivier Godin, oligodin@yahoo.com

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JANUARY Subscription Sale

January Subscription Sale - Why not consider a subscription?
Until January 31, 2010, new subscribers will get $10 off an LSM subscription if they subscribe online. This savings is equivalent to receiving 4 free issues, and the subscription include benefits such as the Naxos Music Library (39,000 CDs streaming) and free MP3 downloads of the Discovery CD Collection (10 full CDs). Note: New for 2010, only paying subscribers will receive the physical Discovery CD.
http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard/index_en.html

Already receive the magazine? 
We recommend the new environment-friendly La SCENA Green Card for only $25/year. Also ideal for non-Canadian readers.


NEW: The La SCENA Green Card

All available online
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Next LSM Benefit Activity

Montréal, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Opéra de Montréal
Tosca by Puccini
Tickets: $99, $71, $46
10% discount for La Scena Musicale subscribers / La SCENA Card members
Note: other dates available upon request.

Reservations
* 514-656-3947, sub@scena.org

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NEW Endowment Fund: 
Our application for the matching program, Placement Culture, has formally been accepted: for every dollar donated to LSM/TMS, the Québec government will contribute one dollar and fifty cents. Placement Culture is designed to create endowment funds for charitable arts groups like La Scene Musicale/The Music Scene. Our goal is to raise $100,000 until November 30, 2010, which combined with the government contribution, will create a $250,000 endowment. This will help us continue our magazines's excellence and innovation for years to come. We are therefore launching at this time our 2010 endowment fund campaign. Please join our fundraising committee or make a donation.

Please contact 514-948-2520 or info@lascena.org
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Donations Requested:

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Please contact 514-948-2520 or info@scena.org

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