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Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Evening With Thomas Dausgaard

Maestro Thomas Dausgaard (Photo credit: Marianne Grondhal)






Event : Chat with Thomas Dausgaard
Date : Tuesday October 26
Time : 6:30 - 8 pm
Location : Room 100
University of Toronto Health Science Building
155 College Street, Toronto
Google Map link : http://bit.ly/9n5Sfl
Parking nearby : http://www.parking.utoronto.ca/visitors.htm [#25 or 20]
Fee : $5 / Free for students [To cover cost of room rental and refreshments]
There will be a draw at the end of the interview, you will be able to win the latest CD by Maestro Dausgaard with his autograph.

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We are glad to announce that Maestro Thomas Dausgaard will talk to us on October 26, he is going to conduct Bruckner Symphony No. 6 with Toronto Symphony Orchestra on October 27 and 28. During his busy week in Toronto, Maestro Dausgaard has agreed to share his view on Bruckner especially Symphony No. 6, Mahler's symphonies, his conducting career and other late Romantic and Scandinavian composers he is actively championing with various orchestras in the world.

Toronto audience should be familiar with Maestro Dausgaard, he is a frequent guest conductor with the Toronto Symphony in challenging program, last season he led the orchestra in a full cycle of Sibelius symphonies to critical acclaim. He is currently music director of Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Chamber Orchestra as well as guest conductor with prominent orchestras in Europe and North America.

The format of this meeting would be an interview with Maestro Dausgaard moderated by representatives of the Toronto Mahler Society, therefore we ask you to submit questions that you would like to ask for his view on various music subjects, from his musical training, conducting career, his Sibelius symphony cycle with TSO last season, his view on Bruckner & Mahler symphonies, to promoting Scandinavian music. We are going to collect the questions and organize them so that the interview will cover a broad range of areas.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

First CCC Toronto International Piano Competition Nov. 1 - 8


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22 Pianists Compete in Toronto Nov. 1-8

FIRST CCC TORONTO INTERNATIONAL

PIANO COMPETITION NAMES COMPETITORS

Twenty-two* pianists age 16-31 have been chosen to participate in the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, November 1-8, 2010 (www.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html).

They were selected on the basis of their DVD performances and résumés by the Competition’s artistic committee of five professional pianists and professors, who evaluated 100 entries from 25 countries.

China leads with the most competitors – six in all* – followed by the U.S. with five; two each from Canada, Korea and Russia; and one each from Belgium, the Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland* and Ukraine. Canada is represented by Korean-born Su Jeon, 30, of Toronto, currently finishing her doctorate in Montreal; and by Wayne Weng, 27, of Surrey, BC, who was born in Taiwan and educated in the U.K. (*Two Chinese competitors and a second one from Poland have withdrawn from the original 25.)

Both the youngest and oldest candidates are from China – Peng Lin, 16, and Dizhou Zhao, 31. (The complete list is appended,)

Presented by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT), the CCC Toronto International Piano Competition offers a total of $28,000 U.S. in prizes. The first-prize winner receives $15,000 U.S. along with orchestral and solo concert engagements. Second prize is $8,000 U.S., and third, $5,000 U.S.

The event begins November 1 with the opening reception and a draw for performance order. The first two rounds, November 2-3 and 4-5, and Round III (six semi-finalists) November 7, all take place 1-8 p.m. at the CCCGT’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. (at Progress/Sheppard bus stop).

For the Final, Monday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., three candidates perform with the new Toronto Concert Orchestra conducted by Kerry Stratton, at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.

Admission for Rounds I-III is $10 per day, purchased at the door, or in advance from (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232, ortickets@cccpianocompetitions.org. Tickets for the November 8 Final are $25-35, from (416) 408-0208 or www.rcmusic.ca.

A $70 ticket package covers all three rounds at the P.C. Ho Theatre and a $35 ticket for the Final at Koerner Hall. Packages may be ordered via (416) 292-9293 ext. 229 or 232, or tickets@cccpianocompetitions.org.

Lang Ning Liu and Lu Wang are particularly proud that this event is a rarity amongst such piano competitions, in that the artistic directors are high-level performers. “Even our administration consists almost exclusively of professional musicians,” they note. “That is why we have been able to attract our top-flight jury.”

Chaired by Yoheved Kaplinsky of the Juilliard School, the jury comprises Marc Durand, Université de Montréal and the Banff Centre’s 2010 Piano Master Class program; Marietta Orlov, University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School; Richard Dyer,former chief music critic of the Boston Globe; John Giordano, jury chair, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and music director emeritus of the Fort Worth Symphony; Yong Hi Moon, Peabody Institute of Music; and Arie Vardi, Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Tel Aviv University, and chair, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Honorary advisors are Peter Simon, President of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto; James Anagnoson, Dean of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School; world renowned pianist Dang Thai Son, and Prof. David Beach of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory.

Competition President is Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung, Chairman and President of the Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC) of Greater Toronto since 1989. Dr. Dong-Dong Dong is the Vice-President of the Competition.

In addition to support from major sponsors Rolex Canada Ltd., Philip Leong and Downtown Fine Cars Group, the Competition is supported by a Celebrate Ontario grant. Sponsors for the Competition pianos are the Piano & Keyboard Centre and Yamaha Canada. The University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory are major collaborators.

Details on all phases of the Competition, including the distinguished international judging panel and other key personnel are atwww.cccpianocompetitions.org/international.html.

Pronunciations

Lang-Ning Liu – Lahng (almost like Long) Ning lee-OH (vowels elide on last name)

Yoheved Kaplinsky – yo-HEV-ed ka-PLIN-skee

(Marc) Durand – Dü-ro(ng)

Marietta Orlov – ma-ree-ET-ta OR-lawv

(John) Giordano – jor-DAH-no

Yong Hi Moon – yong hee moon

Arie Vardi – AR-ee VAR-dee.

Anagnoson – a-NAG-na-son

Stratton – STRA-tun

Dang Thai Son – dahng tie sohn (tie as in necktie)

List of 22 competitors coming to Toronto for Round I & II, by Nationality

Last Name

First Name

Gender

Nationality

Age

Proot

Stephanie

F

Belgium

23

Jeon

Su

F

Canada

30

Weng

Wayne

M

Canada

27

Fan

Zaozao

M

China

18

Lin

Peng

F

China

16

Sun

Jiayan

F

China

20

Wu

Hui

F

China

23

Yang

Lei

M

China

29

Zhao

Dizhou

M

China

31

Kodanashvili

Vakhtang

M

Georgia

32

Khegai

Stanislav

M

Kazakhstan

25

Han

Yoonjung

F

Korea

25

Park

Joo Hyeon

M

Korea

22

Zukiewicz

Adam

M

Poland

26

Khomiakov

Vladimir

M

Russia

26

Neller

Sergey

M

Russia

27

Zvegintsov

Kirill

M

Ukraine

27

Asai

Jun

F

USA

28

Boren

Benjamin

M

USA

29

Gabrielian

Tanya

F

USA

27

Kim

Ben

M

USA

27

Yang

Amy Jiaqi

F

USA

26

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