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A Serenade for Maureen Forrester At Stratford Summer Music


Stratford Summer Music presents A Serenade for Maureen Forrester

Monday, July 25, 2011


Tickets on Sale April 1, 2011


For Immediate Release

Stratford, ON – Canada’s artistic community will join the Forrester family and the Canadian public as Stratford Summer Music presents A Serenade for Maureen Forrester, the national tribute commemorating the life and career of the late contralto.

The Tribute, a highlight of the 11th annual Stratford Summer Music season, takes place at 3pm on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Stratford’s Avon Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Presented with production support provided by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where Ms. Forrester delighted in playing characters she considered among the highlights of her career, this Tribute will include live performances by a number of Canadian singers and musicians as well as seldom seen video excerpts of Ms. Forrester’s many memorable moments on stage and television, plus others’ personal reflections on the roles she undertook in her life: artist, performer, colleague, mentor, teacher, arts advocate... and mother.

Among the acclaimed Canadians soloists will be mezzo-sopranos Kimberly Barber, Allyson McHardy, Catherine Robbin, Krisztina Szabó, Jean Stilwell; soprano Mary Lou Fallis; with Leslie De’Ath and Peter Tiefenbach, piano and Ryan Scott, percussion. The Maureen Forrester Singers of Wilfrid Laurier University, directed by Elvera Froese, will also perform as will members of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada conducted by Jonathan Darlington, Music Director of Vancouver Opera.

In addition to the musical performances, this event will include tributes from significant Canadian icons who knew and/or worked with Ms. Forrester: William Littler, music critic emeritus; Brian MacDonald, director and choreographer; Karen Kain, former Chair, Canada Council for the Arts and Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada; and composer R. Murray Schafer. Video tributes will come from conductors Zubin Mehta and Sir Andrew Davis.

Tickets for A Serenade for Maureen Forrester range from $30 - $50 through the Stratford Shakespeare Festival box office or by calling 519-273-1600 or 1-800-567-1600. Discounted group rates available through the box office.

Proceeds from the Tribute will create a new Maureen Forrester Next Generation Canadian Artists Fund that will provide for future performances during Stratford Summer Music seasons and will open career opportunities for the young Canadian musicians who will share the honour of this designation.

A Serenade for Maureen Forrester is presented by Stratford Summer Music in association with Stratford Shakespeare Festival, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Wilfrid Laurier University, and has been made possible by the support of the Government of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the generous corporate support of BMO Financial Group.

Stratford Summer Music celebrates its 11th season from July 18th to August 21st with over 100 events and performances featuring acclaimed artists from across Ontario, Canada and the world. Free and ticketed events include BargeMusic featuring world music, Random Acts of Music by ensembles of the National Youth Orchestra, Downtown Jazz saluting the 40th anniversary of the JUNOs, organ recitals at St. James’ Anglican Church, classical piano and string quartet recitals at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, music theatre at Balzac’s Coffee Roastery, and the always popular Saturday Night Live cabarets at the Church Restaurant. The full season will be
announced on April 26. More information at www.stratfordsummermusic.ca .

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