LSM Newswire

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Deborah Voigt's winter, spring, and summer 2010

America’s Top Dramatic Soprano Makes Her Zurich Opera Debut Singing Strauss Next Month, Before Returning to Met in April to Star in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman

Deborah Voigt, one of the great American voices, continues her stellar international season, showing her range from Wagner and Strauss to Puccini and Bernstein. The soprano is currently singing her first Isolde in Barcelona, with the Gran Teatre del Liceu production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde running until February 20. It was her inimitable way with this iconic, ultra-demanding role that led to a 20-minute ovation at the Vienna State Opera, an event reported on CNN, and to acclaimed performances of it at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. A week after her Isolde in Spain, Voigt makes her Zurich Opera debut, singing the title role of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Feb 27) – an especially promising prospect if, as the New York Times claims, “Almost any Strauss role the voice of Deborah Voigt touches turns to gold!” Illustrating another side of her art, she will perform a recital in Zurich on March 15, singing material by Verdi, Strauss, and Respighi, as well as American songs by Leonard Bernstein, Amy Beach, and Ben Moore.

Voigt returns to her home stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera on April 23 to make her house debut in a psychologically and vocally intense role: Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). Voigt sang Senta with the Met company on the road in Germany and is featured on the 1994 Sony Classical studio recording of the full opera led by James Levine (with James Morris as the Dutchman and Ben Heppner as Erik). Discussing Voigt’s performance of the role in 2005, Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer enthused: “The voice was huge, bright, and refulgent, especially at the top, and Voigt’s technique extraordinary… . The full, visceral impact of her tone when she unfurls a high B-natural and sends it spinning to the back wall is a privilege of live performance.”

It was in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artists Program that Voigt learned the ropes of the operatic profession, and the soprano returns to the San Francisco Opera in June. To help the company celebrate the centennial of Puccini’s Wild West opera, La fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West), Voigt will make her debut in the role of Puccini’s titular heroine, Minnie. For the rest of the summer, she turns her attention to Strauss. Since her first staged performances of Salome at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2006, Voigt has become an exemplar of the title role. She sings it twice this summer, first in July under Valery Gergiev, in her debut at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival, and then in Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival in August.

Deborah Voigt’s 2009-10 season has seen her go from strength to strength on both sides of the Atlantic. She opened Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season as Puccini’s Tosca under Andrew Davis and sang in a concert broadcast of Schoenberg’s Gürrelieder with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. Voigt has given more than 160 performances in more than a dozen roles besides concerts, galas, and surprise appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera since 1991, and earlier this season, she sang her signature role of Chrysothemis in the Met’s December run of Strauss’s Elektra. The soprano made special appearances at WNYC’s annual fund-raising gala, a gala concert for the Dallas Opera’s new home of Winspear Opera House, and the fifth annual Opera News Awards. She also reprised her role as host of the Met’s “Live in HD” broadcasts, lending her engaging personality to the international transmission of Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann). It has been the kind of season that inspired the Wall Street Journal to write: “Voigt is riding high in the opera house and on the recital stage. Not only has her majestic voice made her fans love her, but so has the soprano’s profound feeling for texts and subtleties of musical style, not to mention her genuine sense of humor.”

Since her breakthrough appearance in Ariadne auf Naxos at Boston’s Lyric Opera in 1991, Deborah Voigt has appeared on the world’s greatest stages, from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, and the San Francisco Opera to London’s Royal Opera House, Milan’s La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, and Opera Bastille in Paris. The soprano has featured in complete recordings of Tristan und Isolde (Deutsche Grammophon) and Der fliegende Holländer (Sony Classical); Strauss’s Die ägyptische Helena (Telarc), Ariadne auf Naxos (Deutsche Grammophon), Elektra (Deutsche Grammophon), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Teldec), and Friedenstag (Deutsche Grammophon); and Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Decca). Voigt’s two solo recordings for Angel/EMI – All My Heart (an all-American album, 2005) and Obsessions (Wagner and Strauss scenes, 2004) – were bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart. Voigt has appeared on Good Morning America and 60 Minutes, and her honors include being named vocalist of the year by Musical America in 2003, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina in 2009. For more information, visit www.deborahvoigt.com.


Deborah Voigt: winter, spring and summer 2010

Jan 27 & 31; Feb 4, 8, 12, 16, & 20

Barcelona, Spain

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)

Gran Teatre del Liceu / Sebastian Weigle

Feb 27; March 5, 9, & 14

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (title role)

Zurich Opera (debut) / Mark Elder

March 15

Zurich, Switzerland

Recital

April 23, 26, & 30; May 3, 6, 10, & 14

New York, NY

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Senta)

Metropolitan Opera / Kazushi Ono

June 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 27, & 29; July 2

San Francisco, CA

Puccini: La fanciulla del West (Minnie, role debut)

San Francisco Opera / Nicola Luisotti

July 28 – Aug 1 [dates tbd]

Verbier, Switzerland

R. Strauss: Salome (title role)

Verbier Festival / Valery Gergiev

Aug 23, 26, 29, & 31

Matsumoto, Japan

R. Strauss: Salome (title role)

Saito Kinen Festival

www.deborahvoigt.com

Mick Flower-Chris Corsano Duo + MV&EE - Mercredi, le 14 avril - Sala Rossa

Suoni Per Il Popolo et CKUT présentent:

Flower-Corsano Duo
+
MV&EE

Mercredi, le 14 avril 2010
La Sala Rossa - 4848 St. Laurent, portes à 20h30, $10/12
Billets disponible à la Casa del Popolo, Cheap Thrills, L’Oblique, Phonopolis, et Atom Heart .

MICK FLOWER du Vibracathedral Orchestra se joint à CHRIS CORSANO déjà croisé aux côtés de Paul Flaherty, Thurston Moore dans le Dream Aktion Unit et même Björk pour une improvisation aux fortes influences indiennes. Leur instrumentation est simple : une batterie, un sac plein d’objets incongrus (des bols tibétains, quelques bâtons, quelques vêtements, une corde de guitare et son pont), et un instrument indien assez rare shahi baaja (guitare électrique indienne). Et pourtant, presque par magie, CORSANO et FLOWER arrivent à condenser les plus hautes envolées de l’euphorie humaine en une seule onde sonore, s’étirant et palpitant à l’infini. Imaginez Ustad Vilayat Khan buvant une bière avec Sunburned et Six Organs Of Admittance.

MV & EE est le nom sous lequel se cachent Matt Valentine et Erika Elder. MV & EE évoluèrent dans un registre drone, mais plus proche de la free-country : aux guitares électriques étaient préférés une six-cordes acoustique, un banjo, une mandoline et un harmonica. Entre les deux musiciens principaux, assis sur des chaises et chantant, un troisième larron, assis par terre, travail les sons produits par ses camarades ou frotte un bol en cuivre pour créer une nappe.

Matt Valentine est une figure mythique du free folk scabreux, parasité et éclaté de l’underground américain. Son travail dans le domaine du son en public remonte au début des années 90, lorsqu’en compagnie de Pat Gubler (P. G. Six), Helen Rush et diverses autres cohortes, il initia la tentative du mythique ensemble The Tower Recordings. Travaillant un vocabulaire qui a toujours formé des conglomérats de toutes sortes de formes libres et ouvertes (du rock le plus cosmique au jazz le plus abstrait, du folk psychédélique américain aux expérimentations sur bandes/cassettes), le travail du groupe de Valentine représente la même manifestation plurielle de langages transgressifs, une mixture de lexiques dont la forme est elle-même une série d’actions subversives.

Enregistrant des albums solo et duo avec Erika Elder (en tant que MV & EE) ou avec d’autres projets ou groupes, Valentine est maintenant passé à une autre face de son travail avec d’autres musiciens. Utilisant un titre dérivé d’un classique de Sonny Boy Williamson («The Bummer Road»), il a trouvé de nouvelles directions et philosophies aux dynamiques collectives, documentées entre autres sur des labels tels que Ecstatic Peace - le timbre de Turston Moore (grand admirateur et collaborateur de MV), Time-Lag, The Communion ou le propre label de Valentine, Child of the Microtones.

Marvel over the magic of Cirque at the ESO's 2010-2011 season Gala - Oct. 5

Worldwide phenomenon Cirque de la Symphonie returns for ESO’s annual fundraising Gala event

Celebrate the ESO’s 2010-2011 season with the spectacle of Cirque

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 – 7:30pm

Edmonton, ABYour Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is thrilled to bring back, by popular demand, an astounding, jaw-dropping, high-wire production to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for its 2010-2011 season fundraising Gala. On Tuesday, October 5th, daredevil artist-athletes will demonstrate their astonishing talents as Music Director William Eddins conducts the orchestra through a dynamic program of classical and contemporary music.

Having performed to three sold-out houses during the ESO’s 2008-2009 performance season, fresh faces join your favourite Cirque stars for an astounding performance with a new twist. Cirque de la Symphonie has promised a truly spectacular evening, unlike anything they have previously produced in North America. Their amazing troupe of aerial flyers, contortionists, jugglers, and balancers, will demonstrate astounding feats of artistry and strength both on and above the stage with their choreographed routines to memorable pieces by Bach, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and more.

Marvel over the magic of Cirque and experience the imaginative synergy of athleticism and musicality in this illuminating collaboration, all in support of your ESO. Ticket prices range from $50 - $125* (agency fees apply) and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414 or online at edmontonsymphony.com. ESO subscribers may purchase tickets to our Gala beginning Tuesday, March 9th (in person or by phone only). Gala tickets will be available to the public beginning Tuesday, May 11th. Sampler Pass vouchers cannot be redeemed for tickets to this event.

*Ticket price includes a pre-concert reception for all concert guests in the lobby of the Winspear Centre, as well as live entertainment and open cash bar following the performance.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nouvelle expo : Haute couture

Haute couture. Paris, Londres
1947-1957. L’âge d’or


Du 4 février au 25 avril 2010

Mesmerizing March at The Royal Conservatory

German Cabaret Star Max Raabe and Wild Gypsy Fiddler Roby Lakatos

Make Their Toronto Debuts at Koerner Hall

March brings a compelling collection of concerts to The Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning - classical music will be fused with jazz, pop, and gypsy music, while a saucy German ensemble will conjure up the sounds of big bands and Berlin.

The Conservatory performances kick off on March 4, when Art of Time Ensemble returns to Koerner Hall, this time with singer-songwriter, and former Barenaked Lady, Steven Page. This Toronto appearance is part of the ensemble’s twelve stop “A Singer Must Die” tour, which will take them across Ontario. A disc of the same name will be released on February 16 by Pheromone Recordings. Founded by Andrew Burashko, an alumnus and faculty member of The Royal Conservatory, Art of Time Ensemble blends classical music with other musical genres and art forms. For this concert, the group will perform fresh new chamber music arrangements of some of Steven Page’s favourite songs, including pieces by Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, and Radiohead. Also included in the program is a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1 in F Minor for Violin and Piano. This performance is presented in partnership with Massey Hall.

Also on March 4, the Musicians from Marlboro make their way to Mazzoleni Hall. Celebrating their 45th anniversary, this extension of Vermont’s celebrated Marlboro Music Festival visits Toronto as part of a winter tour of North America. Performers include violinists Karina Canellakis and Augustin Hadelich, violist Sebastian Krunnies, cellist Peter Stumpf, and clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois. The program includes Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Zoltán Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, and Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in B Minor.

On March 9, cabaret comes to Koerner Hall when Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester bring their Weimar-era music to The Royal Conservatory, in their Canadian debut. Embodying the naughty irony and high style of 1920s and 1930s German nightclubs, this twelve piece dance band performs era-specific standards like Just One of those Things and Cheek to Cheek, German hits like Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus, and darkly sardonic readings of contemporary pop songs like Brittney Spears’s hit Oops, I Did it Again. Anchored by the charismatic Raabe and his flexible baritone, the band has already wowed audiences across North America, Europe, and Asia. The Pittsburgh Review sums them up in a single word: “Wunderbar!”

Fiery violin virtuosity heats up Koerner Hall on March 10, when “The Devil’s Fiddler”, Roby Lakatos, burns up the stage in his Toronto debut. This appearance is the first stop of his North American tour. Lakatos is renowned for his blazing blend of gypsy rhythms, jazz improvisation, and classical technique. A seventh-generation string player, the charismatic and classically-trained Lakatos has been performing publicly since the age of nine. Joined by his sizzling ensemble, he will perform a combination of classical pieces, traditional Eastern European folk songs, as well as his own original compositions, all described by The Times of London as “show stoppers, each more preposterously exuberant than the last.”


The Royal Conservatory acknowledges all of its sponsors and 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

Classical 96.3 – Performance Sponsor (Roby Lakatos)

Dr. Günes N. Ege-Akter – Performance Supporter (Musicians from Marlboro)


CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY – MARCH 1-15, 2010

KH – Koerner Hall; MH – Mazzoleni Hall

Art of Time Ensemble’s SONGBOOK featuring Steven Page: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8pm;

$39.50-$49.50 (KH)

Musicians from Marlboro: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$30 (MH)

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester: A Night in Berlin: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8pm;

$20-$65 (KH)

Roby Lakatos: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$65 (KH)

INDEPENDENT PRESENTATIONS

Adriane Daskalakis and Miri Yampolsky: Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 8:00pm; $35 (MH)

Gala Winners Concert, The Third Canadian Chopin Competition: Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 2pm;

$20-$50 (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.

The Odessa Philharmonic at Brooklyn Center - 3/13

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2009-2010 World Stages series with a concert by the acclaimed Odessa Philharmonic on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8pm. Making its Brooklyn Center debut as part of its first U.S. tour in ten years, theOdessa Philharmonic perform will a program including Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor ("Unfinished"), Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, and Saint Saёns' Cello Concerto featuring soloist William DeRosa.

Founded in 1937, the Odessa Philharmonic performed regularly throughout the Soviet era under such conductors as Nathan Rachlin, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Arvid Jansons and Mariss Jansons. Because of Odessa's ranking as a "regional" city by the Soviet government, the orchestra was not allowed to travel outside the borders of the USSR. With the independence of Ukraine, the orchestra's status rose; in January of 1993 the Government of Ukraine formally awarded the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra federal status, making it the only performing arts organization in Ukraine outside of Kiev to attain this distinction.

Under the baton of Maestro Hobart Earle, the Odessa Philharmonic has performed in major concert halls of the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia and throughout Ukraine. Highlights of Maestro Earle's career include performances in the Musikverein (Vienna), the Philharmonie (Cologne), the Beethovenhalle (Bonn), the Barbican Hall (London), the National Auditorium (Madrid), the Liszt Academy (Budapest) the Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society. In the United States he has appeared in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Hall in San Francisco and the General Assembly of the United Nations.


About Maestro Hobart Earle

Maestro Hobart Earle is currently in his fifteenth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied under Ferdinand Leitner in Salzburg and Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood. He also studied conducting at the Academy of Music in Vienna, received a performer's diploma in clarinet from London's Trinity College of Music, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

In addition to the Odessa Philharmonic, Maestro Earle has led such orchestras as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkuenstler Orchestra, the Noord-Nederlands Orkest in Holland, the Orchestra della Toscana in Italy, and in the U. S., the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. In recognition of his work with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Hobart Earle was awarded the title "Distinguished Artist of Ukraine", the first and only foreigner in the history of Ukraine so honored.


About William DeRosa

William DeRosa has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles, Florida, Ekaterinburg, and BBC Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah, and San Francisco, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a recitalist, DeRosa has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Boston's Jordan Hall. He is also an active chamber musician, performing with many of the world's leading ensembles including the Artis, Emerson and Cleveland quartets. His festival appearances have taken him to Aspen, Marlboro and Seattle, as well as overseas. He has regularly performed on NPR and has been the subject of documentaries and television specials broadcast on PBS and CBS. DeRosa has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records. He performs on a rare and pristine cello crafted by Dominico Montangana (Venice, 1739).


About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving schoolchildren from over 225 schools annually.


The Odessa Philharmonic at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8pm

Tickets: $35, $25


Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1PM - 6PM

Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 33


Major support for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' World Stages: Music series is provided by National Grid.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2009-2010 season is provided by: Target; JP Morgan Chase; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Con Edison; Macy's; TD Bank; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Air Jamaica; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO. Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season. Backstage catering graciously provided by Applebee's.


Brooklyn Center acknowledges the support of Assemblymembers Karim Camara, Steven H. Cymbrowitz, Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Joan L. Millman, N. Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, and Helene E. Weinstein, members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly, and New York State Senators Martine Malavé Dilan, Kevin S. Parker, and John L. Sampson. Special thanks to Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. Councilmembers Kendall B. Stewart and Albert Vann, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

Concours de musique du Choeur de la montagne - onzième édition

Beloeil, le 2 février 2010. Le Concours de musique classique du Choeur de la montagne se tiendra gratuitement devant public au Centre de formation artistique du Choeur de la montagne les 27 & 28 mars 2010.

Ce concours s’adresse aux jeunes artistes répartis en deux catégories : 7 à 14 ans et 15 à 21 ans. Il est ouvert aux résidents des MRC Vallée-du-Richelieu, Lajemmerais et le Roussillon ainsi qu’aux élèves dont l’adresse de l’école d’apprentissage se situe dans l’une des villes et villages de la Commission scolaire des Patriotes.

Les bourses octroyées par diverses entreprises de la région totalisent 3 050$. En plus d’avoir la possibilité de jouer en concert au Moulin Seigneurial et à la Montée de Arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire et de s’exécuter devant quelque 1000 spectateurs, les lauréats vivront une expérience particulière car ils se produiront en première partie du «GRAND CONCERT MOZART» offert par le Chœur de la montagne et grand orchestre les 22 et 23 mai 2010 sous la direction musicale de Monsieur Julien Proulx.

Pour cette onzième édition du Concours de musique classique, nous avons l’honneur de recevoir comme jury, monsieur Douglas Nemish, pianiste et pédagogue ainsi que monsieur Julien Proulx, chef d’orchestre et directeur musical du Choeur de la montagne.

Francine Lacroix, instigatrice et responsable de ce concours de musique classique qui favorise depuis déjà onze (11) ans la découverte de nombreux talents, est aussi directrice générale du Chœur de la montagne. Pianiste et enseignante, elle a à cœur la formation musicale des jeunes et, par le biais de ce concours, désire donner une tribune aux jeunes, leur permettre de s’exprimer, de s’amuser et de s’intéresser à une forme d’art sans avoir à subir la pression de la perfection à tout prix. Elle souhaite vivement que ce projet devienne une source de stimulation pour nos jeunes musiciens et qu'ils s'y inscriront en grand nombre.

La date limite pour s’inscrire est le vendredi, 12 mars 2010

Les formulaires d’inscriptions sont disponibles dès maintenant :

Site internet : www.choeurdelamontagne.com.
Boisvert Musique Ltée, 531, boul Laurier, Beloeil 450-464-0918
Multi Électronique, 67, boulevard Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, Beloeil 450-467-8273
Musée des beaux-arts, 150a, rue Du Centre-Civique, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 450-536-3033

Renseignements : (514) 816-6577 ou www.choeurdelamontagne.com

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces auditions for 2010-11 season

CLEVELAND, February 2, 2010 – The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra today announced auditions for the 2010-11 season. Auditions will be held at Severance Hall between May 11 and 29, with late afternoon, evening, and weekend audition times available. Middle school and high school students, who study an instrument privately and are involved in their school music programs, are invited to audition. Openings are available for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion. Audition applications must be received by Friday, April 9, 2010. The application fee is $25. Those interested should contact Ashley Smith, Youth Orchestra manager, at (216) 231-7352 or coyo@clevelandorchestra.com for details and to receive audition materials.

During the 2010-11 season, the Youth Orchestra will give three performances at Severance Hall as well as concerts in the Greater Cleveland community. A 25th anniversary celebration is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2011.

Members of The Cleveland Orchestra serving as coaches to the Youth Orchestra and leading weekly sectional rehearsals include William Preucil (violin), Yoko Moore (violin), Emilio Llinas (violin), Lynne Ramsey (viola), Richard Weiss (cello), Bryan Dumm (cello), David Alan Harrell (cello), Mark Atherton (bass), Marisela Sager (flute), Elizabeth Camus (oboe/woodwinds), Daniel McKelway (clarinet), Hans Clebsch (horn), Michael Miller (trumpet/brass), Thomas Klaber (low brass), and Marc Damoulakis (timpani/percussion).

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, now in its 24th season, is a full, 100-member symphony orchestra of young musicians from 45 communities in 13 counties of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The ensemble was one of five youth orchestras chosen to participate in the National Youth Orchestra Festival at Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts in June 1998. In March 2001, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as part of the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series, and at Penn State University’s Eisenhower Auditorium. In June 2009, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra successfully completed its first six-day, four-concert tour to Boston, Massachusetts and its surroundings. 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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Phiaton’s Ergonomically designed earphones raise the bar on comfort

Second generation primal series provides hours of comfort like never before.

Irvine, CAPhiaton, the worldwide leader in the audio industry, is introducing the new PS 210 “Half in-ear” earphones so that trendy Americans can enjoy many more hours of listening pleasure without feeling constricted. Ergonomically designed to fit just outside the ear canal, the PS 210 features the perfect combination of comfort and sound quality for the optimal listening experience with your personal music player or e-reader. Phiaton’s unique “half in-ear” design combines the excellent bass response of in-ear style buds and the crystal clear highs of open-ear style buds. You couldn’t ask for a better combination of features in one unit. What’s more, the PS 210 is made of a high quality, light-weight aluminum material for additional wearing comfort.

Another unique feature of the PS 210 are the four different sized silicon ear tips (XS, S, M, and L) that are included to ensure a natural fit. The PS 210 also includes Phiaton’s highly respected Applied Dynamic Speaker Driver using Acoustic transducer technology for rich bass and high range fidelity. The earphones feature a 10 Hz - 27,000 Hz frequency range, 98dB at 1 kHz sensitivity, 32 Ohm Impedance and a maximum input power of 30 mW. The PS 210 weighs 0.29 oz w/o cord. Available with a slim carrying case, the PS210 has a $99 MSRP and is sold at
www.phiaton.com plus other online stores.

Jong-Bae Lee, Chairman of Phiaton Corporation, states, “Phiaton is committed to providing consumers with the best in high quality and high fashion earphone devices. We are constantly making design and technology improvements based on years of experience. With so many new applications for quality headphones, Phiaton will continue to increase our offerings to provide the best experience available for the consumer.”

About Phiaton Corporation

Phiaton Corporation is a premium manufacturer of high-end noise cancelling headphones, earphones and Music Docking Stations for consumers who appreciate design, technology and aesthetics. The Phiaton brand is created for audiophiles who demand the extraordinary from the consumer electronics they buy. All Phiaton products provide authentic sound reproduction, eye-catching design, and comfortable fit.

Phiaton’s parent company, Cresyn Company Ltd., was founded in 1959 to develop and manufacture high quality phonograph needles. Under the leadership of Chairman Jong-Bae Lee, Cresyn has heavily invested in R&D and developed a significant portfolio of patented audio technologies. Over time, these technologies have become an integral part of today’s most popular leading personal audio brands. Today, Cresyn markets its own growing family of industry leading products, including headphones, noise canceling headphones, earphones, Bluetooth headsets and camera modules.

Barry Shiffman appointed to The Royal Conservatory

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, are pleased to announce that Canadian violinist, violist, and educator Barry Shiffman has been appointed Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Young Artists Performance Academy at The Royal Conservatory. He will begin his position on September 7, 2010.

“I am honoured to welcome Barry Shiffman to The Royal Conservatory during this significant period in our history,” says Dr. Simon. “We are continuing to strengthen The Glenn Gould School’s position as one of the world’s premiere performance training centres. I am confident that Barry, as an internationally respected musician and educator, will prove to be invaluable in supporting the Conservatory’s vision.”

Shiffman comes to The Royal Conservatory from The Banff Centre, where he has served as Director of Music Programs and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) since 2006. He will continue on as Director of the Banff Centre’s summer music programs, as well as the BISQC.

“Barry is the perfect person for this job,” says Mr. Anagnoson. “Above all, he is a very natural and nourishing teacher, in addition to his extensive experience as a performer and administrator. He has done a fantastic job with The Banff Centre’s music programs, and I know he will bring exactly the right energy to what we do at The Glenn Gould School.”

While at The Banff Centre, Mr. Shiffman revitalized existing music programs and launched major new initiatives in chamber music, orchestral studies, popular music, and jazz. Some of his most dramatic achievements were in the field of new music; under his direction, the Music Program of The Banff Centre became one of western Canada's largest presenters of contemporary works. He increased the number of faculty residencies, attracting notable composers including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Brett Dean, and Louis Andriessen. In the spring of 2009, he oversaw the co-production of EVOLUTION, the CBC’s competition for young composers, held at The Banff Centre.

Through Mr. Shiffmans’s leadership of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, it has grown to include career development, outreach, and commissioning programs, along with a program to nurture the talents of young artists. Its endowment has doubled, and Mr. Shiffman played an active and ongoing role in major gift fundraising and stewardship.

Mr. Shiffman currently serves as executive Artistic Director of Vancouver's Music in the Morning Concert Society, overseeing all programming for the celebrated concert presenter.

Beyond his achievements at The Banff Centre, Barry Shiffman has also had a rich and varied career as a performer and recording artist. Debuting with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, he has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Recent appearances include his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, and a Canadian tour as guest violist with the Gryphon Trio.

In 1989, he co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet through a joint program of The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. During his 17 years with the quartet he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe, and recorded several critically acclaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. Passionately committed to contemporary composers, he has been involved in the premieres of hundreds of new works, both in the Quartet and beyond.

In addition to performing and recording, Mr. Shiffman is a sought-after violin and viola teacher and chamber music coach. He is the recipient of the Nadia Boulanger Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching awarded by the Longy School of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary. He served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006.

An alumnus of The Royal Conservatory, Mr. Shiffman has his ARCT in violin performance, and was a student in the precursor to the Young Artists Performance Academy. He studied chamber music with James Anagnoson, among others, and learned violin under Leo Wigdorchik. While at the Conservatory, he performed in a student trio that was the focus of two films by Rhombus Media. He has also studied at the University of Toronto, Juilliard School, Yale University, Hartt School of Music, and the Utrecht Conservatorium.

“To return to Toronto and work in support of the next generation of musicians at the RCM fills me with excitement. The Royal Conservatory was where my life in music began. It was there that I met so many friends and colleagues that continue to enrich my life. The new building and new programs are a powerful message of possibility to any young artist. I am thrilled to join the exhilarating environment that is the new Conservatory,” said Mr. Shiffman.

The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory is an internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the bachelor and graduate levels. The School provides an intimate training environment, with a curriculum designed to prepare gifted young musicians for all aspects of a professional career. Founded in 1987, The Glenn Gould School was renamed to honour Canada's legendary pianist in 1997.

Espace musique : des changements a l’automne 2010

ENCORE PLUS PRÈS DES AUDITEURS PARTOUT AU CANADA

Montréal, mardi 2 février 2010 – Dès septembre 2010, les auditeurs de partout au Canada se reconnaîtront davantage à l’antenne d’Espace musique, et ce, dans plus d’une dizaine de marchés à travers le pays. En effet, cet automne, ils pourront écouter la radio musicale de Radio-Canada en heure locale dans chacune des régions ciblées. De plus, ils entendront chaque jour la voix d’animateurs locaux aux heures de grande écoute (de 9 h à 16 h tous les jours en semaine). Enfin, le public recevra encore plus de nouvelles locales et régionales diffusées dans les bulletins d’information d’Espace musique.

Ces changements auront pour effets, d’une part, d’augmenter la présence et la proximité d’Espace musique auprès de ses auditeurs partout au pays et, d’autre part, de mieux refléter la vitalité de la scène artistique d’un bout à l’autre du Canada.

« Après sa création en 2004, Espace musique est entrée dans une deuxième phase d’évolution en 2007 avec l’adoption du multigenre et la création de ses webradios. Cette année, on peut dire qu’elle aborde une troisième phase en augmentant son ancrage régional et ses couleurs locales dans chaque région au pays, explique Christiane LeBlanc, directrice d’Espace musique. Elle vise ainsi à s’impliquer davantage dans la réalité et le quotidien de ses auditeurs, à être plus près de leurs préoccupations et à suivre leur rythme quotidien. »

Les fidèles auditeurs de la radio musicale observeront ces changements à l’antenne dans les marchés suivants : Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto (incluant Windsor), Ottawa, Sudbury (pour le Nord de l’Ontario), Montréal (incluant Sherbrooke, Rouyn et Trois-Rivières), Québec, Saguenay, Rimouski (incluant Sept-Îles, Matane et Gaspésie – Les Îles) et Moncton (pour toute l’Acadie et les Maritimes).

Créée en 2004, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, Espace musique (100,7 FM à Montréal), se démarque dans le milieu radiophonique avec une programmation unique axée sur la diversité musicale, la création artistique et la promotion du talent canadien.

Pour tout savoir sur notre programmation partout au pays :
Radio-Canada.ca/musique

Nouvelle série de spectacles et " Si Fragile " sur itunes.

Nouvelle série de spectacles et Si Fragile sur I Tunes

Montréal, février 2010 – Après avoir participé au Festival Mommenta à Unna, en Allemagne, le 16 janvier, la chanteuse jazz Caroline Nadeau est de retour au pays pour une série de spectacles.

26 février 2010 à 20h00
Maison Lachaîne, Rendez-vous au coin du feu, Ste-Thérèse

Billet : 16$. Info : (450) 434-4006 – Admission : (514) 790-1245
Avec John Roney au piano, Jean Boutin aux saxophone et flûte,
Morgan Moore à la contrebasse et Jim Doxas à la batterie.

16 mai 2010 à 20h00
Centre Segal, La Série Power Jazz, Montréal
– Billet : 20$.

Info: (514) 739-7944
Avec Julie Lamontagne au piano, Jean Boutin aux saxophone et flûte,
François Marion à la contrebasse et Jim Doxas à la batterie.

L’album Si Fragile est maintenant disponible sur Itunes.

Caroline Nadeau figure aujourd’hui parmi les rares chanteuses à avoir développé un vaste répertoire jazz dans la langue de Molière. Avec Si Fragile, son second album jazz en français et en nomination à l’ADISQ dans la catégorie : « Album jazz de l’année - interprétation », Caroline et ses musiciens vous transportent dans l’univers de chaque chanson où les mots de Brel, Rivard et De Larochellière flirtent agréablement avec les notes de Coltrane, Jobim et Gershwin.


Pour plus d'info sur l'artiste et ses spectacles: www.carolinenadeau.com

Los Angeles Music Academy welcomes Jazz Guitarist Oz Noy as Artist-in-Residence

Pasadena, CA – February 1, 2010 – Los Angles Music Academy College of Music (www.lamusicacademy.edu) announced today that Israeli born jazz guitarist Oz Noy has joined the school’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) roster. LA Music Academy’s AIR members put on performances and master classes for students throughout the year allowing some of the world’s finest musicians to participate in music education. Noy, who “wowed” students in an on campus clinic earlier this month, is preparing for a tour to Europe with his trio featuring Dave Weckl and James Genus.

“We are thrilled to have musicians like Oz joining our roster of resident musicians. Each of our departments benefit from visits by these musical greats,” says Tom Aylesbury, President of LA Music Academy. He adds, “The AIR program is very inspiring to our students who can connect with their favorite musicians and learn invaluable tips during this very personal interaction with them.

”Noy moved to New York City in 1996 and made a big impact on the local music scene there. With his unique sound, compositions and style, he brings a mixture of pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz into a cohesive groove. Oz has performed, toured and recorded with well-established artists such as Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Mike Clark, Jeff 'Tain" Watts, Harry Belafonte, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Gavin Degraw, Neil Rogers, Roger Glover, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken and Akiko Yano. He has played for numerous commercials and movie soundtracks and recently wrote the soundtrack for the highly acclaimed documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong.

Oz has released four CDs, which include an all-star roster of musicians such as Anton Fig, Keith Carlock, Will Lee, James Genus, Mike Stern, George Whitty, Shai Bachar, Reggie Washington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Beard, Dave Weckl, Steve Lukather, Ricky Peterson and Chris Palmaro.

For more information about LA Music Academy, visit www.lamusicacademy.edu. Contact Iris Alba in admissions at 626-568-8850 or email iris@lamusicacademy.edu. LA Music Academy is located at 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Facebook fans: www.facebook.com/LAmusicacademy. Follow the school on Twitter: @LAmusicacademy

About LA Music Academy
LA Music Academy in Pasadena, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, offers an intimate and friendly, yet serious and rigorous contemporary music education to male and female students 18 and over through its vocal, drum, bass and guitar programs. Founded in 1996, the Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and has provided a solid musical foundation for more than 1,000 international and domestic students. LA Music Academy’s 35 instructors immerse students in practical courses. The Academy offers a significant number of real world playing situations with professional musicians, not just peers, setting the school apart from other prestigious music institutions. LA Music Academy gives its students the skills necessary to apply their learning in a wide variety of professional situations in the music industry.

Spoleto Festival USA to Celebrate Charleston's Newly Renovated Dock Street Theatre at Gala on Thursday April 1

Featured artists include soprano Natalie Dessay, violinist Geoff Nuttall, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza, violist Caroline Blackwell, actress Heather Gillespie, and artists from Flora, an Opera

February 1, 2010 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Nigel Redden, General Director, announced today that Spoleto Festival USA will hold a special gala concert on Thursday, April 1st to celebrate the reopening of Charleston’s historic Dock Street Theatre following a three-year renovation.

French soprano Natalie Dessay, one of today’s leading opera talents, will perform various arias including “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata. Geoff Nuttall, Spoleto Festival USA Director of Chamber Music, will be joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza and violist Caroline Blackwell who is making her Spoleto Festival USA debut this year. Repertoire to be performed by the ensemble will include a new work specially commissioned for the occasion from composer Jonathan Berger who is the 2010 Spoleto Festival chamber music Composer-in-Residence.
The audience will also be given a sneak preview of the upcoming Spoleto Festival production of Flora, an Opera, the ballad opera that was first seen at the Dock Street Theatre in 1736.

Actress Heather Gillespie, who played the role of Hagar in Target Margin Theater’s production of Dubose Heyward’s Mamba’s Daughters at the Dock Street during the 1999 Spoleto Festival, will perform Heyward’s prologue to George Faquhar’s The Recruiting Officer, penned and performed by Heyward for the reopening of the Dock Street Theatre following a renovation in 1937.

The festivities will commence at 6:00pm with a champagne reception, during which guests can explore the restored public spaces. The concert begins at 7:00pm followed by a seated dinner. A photographic exhibition of past Spoleto Festival USA performances at the Dock Street will be mounted in the Wadsworth Room, providing a retrospective of Festival highlights.
Ticket prices begin at $250 for pre-concert champagne and the concert. $500 tickets include the above plus a seated post-performance dinner in the third floor salon of the Dock Street. $1,000 tickets include champagne, premium concert seating, and dinner on stage with the evening’s featured artists. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843.579.3100 or online at

spoletousa.org
.

When the Dock Street was completed in 1736, it was America’s first building created solely for theatrical purposes. Today the theatre is a beloved Charleston landmark and one of Spoleto Festival USA’s most favored stages, with hundreds of opera, theater and dance performances and over 1,000 chamber music concerts presented there since the Festival’s inception in 1977.

About Spoleto Festival USA
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 140 performances by world-renowned artists and emerging performers in opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Spoleto Festival USA 2010 will take place May 28 through June 13 and information and tickets can be found online at
spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. Beginning April 19, tickets may be purchased in person at the Spoleto Festival USA box office at Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street.

Rebecca Applebaum Jumps into New Joker Internship Initiative at Mixed Company

Toronto, February 1, 2010 As we cross the threshold of our next 25 years, Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to announce a new Joker Internship initiative with emerging playwright and actor Rebecca Applebaum the first to step into this role.

Applebaum will assist Mixed Company's Associate Artists in developing the Bouncing Back Project, in which our resident artists collaborate with youth who have experienced homelessness. Applebaum, who participated in the initial focus groups held at shelters and community centres around the city, says: “I've been so impressed by the enthusiasm and wisdom of the youth I've met so far. I can't wait for us to get on our feet and work together.”

Applebaum earned her M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, specializing in poetry and the drama of slavery. Currently a member of fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company's Kitchen Playwriting unit, she has a particular interest in working within marginalized communities. Applebaum will gain valuable experience in that arena doing what Mixed Company does best – empowering individuals to affect relevant social change in their communities through original, interactive, and issue-based theatre.

The Bouncing Back Project is currently supported by the City of Toronto and the Daily Bread Food Bank. Those interested in supporting Mixed Company Theatre’s homeless initiatives should contact Daniel@mixedcompanytheatre.com.

'O Canada!' sung by animals of Canada for Olympics

Vancouver, Canada - January 26, 2010 - Canada’s National Anthem ‘O Canada!’ has been sung in a way no one has ever heard before: by animals of Canada.

In time for the Vancouver Olympics, Paul Snider of Vancouver has arranged and produced a version of ‘O Canada!’ that uses no musical instruments, only the sounds of animals that live in Canada. “I started with digital samples of the sounds animals of Canada make. It was difficult to determine which tones go with which in order to make some semblance of a song. As well, I had to determine which sounds could best represent the different parts of an orchestra. Many of the animal calls are beautifully melodic which sound quite nice in the arrangement. The whole song took about 30 hours to put together.”

The song uses the sounds of different frogs, crickets, beavers, bees, belugas, coyotes, seals, wolves, bears, raccoons, dolphins, whales and cougars. The birds include woodpeckers, a hawk, an eagle, snow geese, nightingales, cardinals, loons and a tawny owl.

Paul’s musical project is called The Orchestra of Sound. He creates music using sounds heard in everyday life, without the use of musical instruments. “Music is all around you, you just have to listen”.

When asked why he created this unique version of ‘O Canada!’, Paul commented “I wanted to create a version of our National Anthem that included the animals of Canada. Their calls are so beautiful; it’s only natural that a song using their voices would also be beautiful.” The song can be heard at www.orchestraofsound.com.

Le Spotlight 2010

Many performers can catch your eye,
but only one will hold Le Spotlight!

LE SPOTLIGHTMontreal’s Musical Theatre Challenge
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 EDITION

If you are a professional-track theatrical performer, 18 years or older, Le Spotlight is your chance to showcase your musical theatre talent in Montreal.

Le Spotlight, Montreal’s Musical Theatre Challenge is a yearly competition where ten finalists perform a sequence from the musical theatre repertoire, with an orchestra, in front of a live audience and panel of professional judges to earn the title of number one. Each season the winner is cast in a featured role in The Next Wave Festival of New Musicals.

The preliminary auditions for this year’s Le Spotlight competition will take place in early March, 2010. Ten top finalists will be selected, will be given an exclusive coaching session by a Montreal Musical Theatre professional and will perform at the Salle du Gesù in May.

To make the cut in Le Spotlight, you have to do a lot more than just sing well. You will have to impress the judges with a complete, multi-faceted performance. Points will be awarded for singing ability, dramatic interpretation, movement skills, diction, stage presence, appropriateness of song choice, personal style and suitability of dress.
The application deadline is February 26th.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All contestants are required to submit an application by traditional mail to CETM,
2205 Parthenais, #115, Montreal, Quebec, H2K 3T3.

Applications must be postmarked by February 26, 2010 and must include the following:

- head shot
- professional resume
- completed application form (available at www.lespotlight.ca or from info@cetm.ca
)
- $40 application fee payable to CETM Inc. (The application fee includes a complimentary ticket to the 2010 Le Spotlight performance.)

For more information or for the complete rules and regulations, please visit the Le Spotlight website at www.lespotlight.ca or send us an email at info@cetm.ca. Le Spotlight is produced by CETM (Centre for Education and Theatre in Montreal).

Canadian Premiere of Nixon in China Features New Production Created by Vancouver Opera

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouverites will the first in the country to experience John Adams’s gripping masterpiece in Vancouver Opera’s national premiere of Nixon in China, March 13th -20th, 2010. This minimalist tour-de-force by one of the world’s leading composers will be performed for the first time in Canada in a brand-new production commissioned as part of VO’s Golden Anniversary Season.

This milestone production is accompanied by a major series of free and ticketed community-engagement events through March, 2010 that explore the historic 1972 meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, the opera it inspired and the establishment of the Chinese community in Vancouver. Journalist Alexandre Trudeau, historian Margaret MacMillan and architect Bing Thom are among the esteemed speakers. Details are set out below and are available at www.vancouveropera.ca.

Opening night of Nixon in China is Saturday, March 13th, 2010, with subsequent performances Tuesday, March 16th, Thursday, March 18th and Saturday, March 20th. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Georgia and Hamilton Streets, Vancouver B.C. and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $29 are available exclusively at the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca or by telephone (604-683-0222). See complete ticket information below.

Singing the role of Richard Nixon will be leading baritone Robert Orth. Internationally-acclaimed baritone Chen-ye Yuan will sing Chou En-Lai, and heldentenor Alan Woodrow will sing Mao Tse-tung. Canadian sopranos Sally Dibblee and Tracy Dahl will sing Pat Nixon and Chiang Ch’ing, and bass-baritone Thomas Hammons will sing Henry Kissinger.

Zheng Cao, who was to make her role debut as Nancy T’ang, has withdrawn for health reasons. Replacing Ms. Cao will be mezzo-soprano Melissa Malde, who has previously sung the role for Colorado Opera.

Exhilarating and driving, challenging and accessible, John Adams’s richly textured and lyrical score pulses with rhythm. John DeMain, who conducted the world première production of Nixon in China at Houston Grand Opera in 1987, will conduct the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Esteemed Toronto-based stage director Michael Cavanagh will direct the new production. It will be choreographed by the prominent Vancouver choreographer Wen Wei Wang, who, as a child, witnessed Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing. Video design is by Sean Nieuwenhuis.

This brand-new, innovative production is designed by the gifted American scenic designer Erhard Rom and will include a scale replica of The Spirit of ’76, from which the Nixons will emerge at the start of the opera. A film crew will follow the action on-stage, recording and replaying it throughout the performance.

The Story In Brief

In 1972, Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong shook hands and changed the course of human events. West and East looked into each others eyes and discovered a vast mystery of differences and desires. Henry Kissinger, Chou En-lai, Pat Nixon and Chiang Ch’ing all play pivotal roles in this fascinating drama of psychology and global politics.

Background

Nixon in China was written during the period 1985 to 1987 and is considered by many to be a modern masterpiece and one of the cornerstones of American minimalist music. Composed by John Adams to a libretto by poet and scholar Alice Goodman, the opera tells the story of U.S. President Richard Nixon’s momentous trip to China in 1972, when he met Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong and opened the political door to the Far East.

John Adams is part of a contemporary movement to create opera that explores current events. This movement includes Stewart Wallace and Anthony Davis, the composers of 1995’s Milk and 1986’s X, about Henry Milk and Malcolm X, respectively.

Both the music and libretto are admired for their sophistication and accessibility, and Nixon in China is acclaimed as one of the few late-20th-century English-language operas that will likely attain a prominent place in the canon for decades to come.

Full Ticket Information

Single tickets starting at $29 (plus handling fee) are available from the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca, or by phone at 604-683-0222. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Groups: For special pricing for groups of ten or more, call 604-683-0222.

Learn More

Music tracks, podcasts, a full synopsis and extensive background information are available at www.vancouveropera.ca.

Community-Engagement Series: Details

Vancouver Opera has collaborated with other arts, cultural and social organizations to present a major series of community-engagement events around the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. For up-to-the-minute details, visit www.nixoninchinaopera.blogspot.com


Turning Point Ensemble – John Adams’s “Son of Chamber Symphony”

Wednesday, February 24th, 8:00pm

Vancouver Playhouse, Dunsmuir Street & Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets from $20 through Ticketmaster: 604-280-4444 or www.ticketmaster.ca

http://www.turningpointensemble.ca/events.htm

The Canadian premiere of John Adams's newly completed chamber piece plus Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony Op. 9 and the world premiere of a new chamber concerto by John Oliver. This concert is co-presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Inside the Music of John Adams

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:00pm

Vancouver Academy of Music, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Free Admission

An exploration of the music and career of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams. Presenters include writer and educator Thomas May, editor of The John Adams Reader; conductor John DeMain; and Vancouver composer/conductor Owen Underhill.

Opera Speaks @ VPL - Chinese Vancouver Then & Now: 1972-2010

Tuesday, March 9th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room

Free Admission – seating is limited

Explore the history of the Chinese in Vancouver, with emphasis on the Chinese communities' emergence and development since 1972, the year of Nixon's momentous trip to China. Moderated by China scholar Dr. Jan Walls. Speakers include architect Bing Thom, UBC historian Henry Yu, and filmmaker Colleen Leung. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

Opera Speaks @ VPL is sponsored by Omni BC Diversity Television.

In China: Comparing the Nixon, Trudeau and Harper Visits

Friday, March 12th, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Choi Building Conference Room, 1855 West Mall, UBC

Free Admission

A panel discussion exploring the past and future of Canada-China Relations to close the two day colloquium hosted by the Institute of Asian Research. For more information see www.iar.ubc.ca. Presented in partnership with the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

Literary Lunch with Margaret MacMillan and Alexandre Trudeau

Tuesday, March 16th, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Tickets: $50 through the VO Box Office: 604-683-0222.

An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau (son of Pierre Ellliott Trudeau) as they take us behind the headlines of history. Hosted by Hal Wake, Artistic Director of Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Margaret MacMillan in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, March 17th, 7:30pm

Granville Island Stage

Tickets: $18 through VancouverTix: 604-629-8849. www.vancouvertix.com

Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s “Writers and Company” about her most recent book "The Uses and Abuses of History" and her earlier chronicle "Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World". Presented in partnership with Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Une présentation de Sirius Radio Satellite à la Nuit Blanche du festival Montréal en Lumière 2010

LE BAL MASQUÉ DE BANDE À PART

Montréal, lundi 1er février 2010 Les festivaliers de Montréal en lumière sont invités à venir danser et suer à l’une des plus grosses fêtes gratuites de l’année! Le samedi 27 février de 21 h à 5 h, Bande à part et SIRIUS Radio Satellite prennent le Métropolis d’assaut (59, Sainte-Catherine Ouest) et offrent un grand bal masqué surprenant et plein de magie.

De nombreux artistes se partageront la scène toute la nuit, jusqu’au petit matin :

DJ Annie Q à 21h

Xavier Caféïne à 22h

Les Breastfeeders à 23h

Duchess Says à 24h

Un invité surprise à 1h

Misteur Valaire à 2h

DJ HatchHatik de 3h jusqu’à la fin…

Le public est fortement encouragé à se présenter dans son plus beau costume, éclaté, coloré, disjoncté… Sinon il pourra profiter des masques mis à sa disposition gratuitement à l’entrée. Au fil de la soirée, les participants auront l’occasion de reprendre leur souffle au Savoy, un salon aménagé pour l’occasion par le magazine Urbania, dans une ambiance créée par DJ Luv entre 22 h et 3 h. Le bal masqué est capté et diffusé en direct à la radio satellite Sirius (fréquence 87), ainsi que sur Bandeapart.fm.

Né en 2001, le projet multi-plateforme Bande à part offre une vitrine unique et actuelle au milieu des musiques émergentes francophones. Sur le site Internet, les internautes ont accès à des concerts vidéos en ligne, un blogue, des webradios, des baladodiffusions hebdomadaires, un palmarès interactif et plus encore.

Depuis sa création en décembre 2005, Sirius Canada joue un rôle de premier plan dans le développement de la relève musicale canadienne. Il appuie activement les artistes d’ici et œuvre à accroître leur présence partout en Amérique du Nord. Sirius Canada est aussi très impliqué dans la promotion de nouveaux talents et auprès de la relève.

Bandeapart.fm/Sirius.ca