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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Les lauréats des Prix Opus 2009-2010

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QUATORZIÈME ÉDITION DES PRIX OPUS - SAISON 2009-2010
Et les lauréats sont.
(Montréal, le 30 janvier 2011) - Animé par Mario Paquet et André Moisan, le quatorzième gala des prix Opus a eu lieu aujourd'hui à la salle Claude-Champagne de l'Université de Montréal. Sous la direction artistique de James Darling, la diversité et le talent du milieu musical étaient à l'honneur. Musiques romantique, contemporaine, jazz, ancienne et électroacoustique, un amalgame de sonorités à l'image des finalistes et lauréats qui ont agrémenté la cérémonie. Le tout était ponctué d'improvisations rythmées. Vingt-huit prix soulignaient la virtuosité et le dévouement des artistes et artisans québécois, réunis dans le cadre de cette incontournable fête de la musique.

Un touchant hommage a été rendu à Madame Élise Paré-Tousignant pour sa contribution importante à l'essor de la musique au sein de la société québécoise en tant que professeure, administratrice, directrice artistique et citoyenne engagée au sein de plusieurs organismes musicaux. Être passionné, Madame Paré-Tousignant a contribué à faire évoluer la pratique de l'enseignement musical tout en ouvrant la voie à de nombreuses femmes qui lui ont succédé à des postes de direction dans le milieu universitaire. Elle a également joué un rôle déterminant dans le développement du Domaine Forget en plus d'être membre de nombreuses commissions, associations et de siéger aux conseils d'administration de plusieurs organismes culturels. Elle a notamment été présidente du Conseil québécois de la musique de 2001 à 2005. Au cours de sa longue et exceptionnelle carrière, elle a reçu plusieurs distinctions marquantes, dont le grade de chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes et celui d'Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec.

Créés en 1996, les prix Opus témoignent du dynamisme et de la diversité du milieu musical québécois. Ils soulignent l'excellence de la musique de concert au Québec, dans différents répertoires musicaux. Par cet événement, le Conseil québécois de la musique souhaite rendre hommage aux musiciens d'ici, mais aussi transmettre au public et aux mélomanes le goût de découvrir la musique de concert.

Le Conseil québécois de la musique remercie chaleureusement ses partenaires, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Musicaction, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec, le Conseil des arts de Montréal. Espace musique, la radio musicale de RadioCanada, Monsieur David B. Sela, président de COPAP, le Devoir, la Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montréal, la librairie Monet et la Scena musicale.

La liste des lauréats accompagne ce communiqué.



LAURÉATS

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - MONTRÉAL
Le Quatuor selon Schnittke, Quatuor Molinari, 20 mars 2010

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - QUÉBEC
Concert du 25e anniversaire, Les Violons du Roy, 14 octobre 2009

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - RÉGIONS
Coups de cour d'Alain Lefèvre, Festival de Lanaudière, 16 juillet 2010

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES MÉDIÉVALES, DE LA RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE
Messe en si mineur de J.-S. Bach, Ensemble Caprice, 3 décembre 2009

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES CLASSIQUE, ROMANTIQUE, POSTROMANTIQUE, IMPRESSIONNISTE
Pagliacci/Schicchi, Opéra de Montréal, 3, 5 et 8 octobre 2009

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES MODERNE, CONTEMPORAINE
Le Quatuor selon Schnittke, Quatuor Molinari, 20 mars 2010

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES ACTUELLE, ÉLECTROACOUSTIQUE
AKOUSMA 6 - Éclats de vie, Réseaux des arts médiatiques, 20 novembre 2009

CONCERT DE L'ANNÉE - JAZZ, MUSIQUES DU MONDE
Dans les cordes, Musique Multi-Montréal, 16 avril 2010

CRÉATION DE L'ANNÉE
Opéra féerie - L'eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l'oiseau qui dit la vérité, Gilles Tremblay, compositeur, Chants Libres, 19, 20 et 21 novembre 2009

PRODUCTION DE L'ANNÉE - JEUNE PUBLIC
La Fugue, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec et Qui va là, 8, 9 et 10 avril 2010

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES MÉDIÉVALES, DE LA RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE
Porpora Arias, Karina Gauvin, soprano, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis, chef, ATMA Classique

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES CLASSIQUE, ROMANTIQUE, POSTROMANTIQUE,
IMPRESSIONNISTE
Bruckner 8, Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, chef, ATMA Classique

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES MODERNE, CONTEMPORAINE
Le printemps sacré des slaves, Serhiy Salov, piano, Analekta

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES ACTUELLE, ÉLECTROACOUSTIQUE
Études pour Kafka, Francis Dhomont, empreintes DIGITALes

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - JAZZ
Treelines, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Justin Time Records

DISQUE DE L'ANNÉE - MUSIQUES DU MONDE
Tempi con Variazioni, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, Helmut Lipsky, violon, Mélosphère, Chestnut Hall Music

LIVRE DE L'ANNÉE
Chronologie musicale du Québec 1535-2004, Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre et Jean-Pierre Pinson, Éditions du Septentrion, 2009

ARTICLE DE L'ANNÉE
« Charting Memoriale: Paradigmatic Analysis and Harmonic Schemata in Boulez's '...explosante-fixe... ' », Jonathan Goldman, Music Analysis, vol. XXVII, no 2-3, 2009

PRIX HOMMAGE
Élise Paré-Tousignant

COMPOSITEUR DE L'ANNÉE
Gilles Tremblay

DÉCOUVERTE DE L'ANNÉE
Rafael Zaldivar

DIFFUSEUR SPÉCIALISÉ DE L'ANNÉE
Club musical de Québec

DIFFUSEUR PLURIDISCIPLINAIRE DE L'ANNÉE
Corporation Hector-Charland

DIRECTEUR ARTISTIQUE DE L'ANNÉE
Jean-François Denis

ÉVÉNEMENT MUSICAL DE L'ANNÉE
Opéra féerie - L'eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et l'oiseau qui dit la vérité

INTERPRÈTE DE L'ANNÉE
Ensemble Caprice

RAYONNEMENT À L'ÉTRANGER
L'Arsenal à musique

RECONNAISSANCE À UN FACTEUR D'INSTRUMENTS
Mario Lamarre


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Nathaniel Dett Chorale Presents Voices of the Diaspora...Haitian Voices


Voices of the Diaspora…Haitian Voices

World premiere performance of celebrated Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume’s compositions

to illuminate and celebrate Haiti’s history, strength and unwavering resilience.

For Immediate Release – Thursday, January 27, 2011: January 12th marked the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. With all eyes focused on the effort to aid,Canada’s own voice of the African Diaspora, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, seeks to illuminate the history, the roots, the compassion and strength of this island nation with a musical tribute, two-years in the making. Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor has been developing Voices of the Diaspora…Haitian Voices to highlight the poetic and musical traditions of Haiti, in particular its Creole language and spirituality.

The spectacular evening of music begins with a brief history of Haiti with themes ranging from, what music represents for the Haitian people to an exploration of their strong roots. A witness to their resilience in the face of the harsh violence and injustice, the musical tribute goes on to honour the unwavering compassion, faith and solidarity the Haitian people continue to display. Each offering will be introduced with the poetry of Gabriel T. Guillaume, and the concert will conclude with the world premiere of Ayiti 1-2-3, a large work written by his son, celebrated Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume, which was commissioned for the occasion

Ayiti, based on the poetry of the elder Guillaume, will focus on the three aspects of the Haitian culture: the African, European, and American influences, and will incorporate Haiti’s slogan“L’Union Fait La Force” (Unity Creates Strength). The performance will also feature earlier father-son collaborations including Mama Afrika, Anmwe, Pour Toi Mère, Koudjay, and Kalinda, Sydney’s first and much acclaimed choral work. Also receiving a world premiere during this concert are the first and third movements of Sydney’s Diplomasi, for which the second movement was commissioned by a choir in Singapore. The first movement “Onè-Respè” (Honor/Respect) and the third movement “Men Ale – Men Vini (Give a Hand, Take a Hand) celebrate the future of Haiti and the steadfast fortitude of its people.

Voices of the Diaspora… Haitian Voices debuts in Toronto at 8PM on Wednesday, February 23rd and is repeated at 8PM on Saturday, February 26th at the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West. A special presentation will also take place in Montreal at 8PM on Friday, February 25th at The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, 3415 Redpath Street.

These remarkable concerts will be staged at the conclusion of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s 2011 Black History Month Winter Tour. The annual tour includes concerts in at Festival Place inSherwood Park, AB on February 6th; at the famed Igloo Church (Our Lady of Victory) in Inuvik, NT on February 9th; and at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, (NACC), Yellowknife, NTon February 11th and 12th. The Yellowknife performances are the first of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s three-year residency with NACC.

In addition, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale celebrates the recent release of their brand new CD, Nguzo Saba. Nguzo Saba Suite, the title track from the new album and written by the late composer, pianist, and conductor, Glenn Edward Burleigh, has seven movements that each represent principles celebrated during Kwanzaa. A seven-day festival in late December, Kwanzaa celebrates African culture including unity, purpose, creativity and faith, which inspires a year-round way of life. Nguzo Saba is a musical masterpiece that combines African musical elements with classical, jazz and gospel themes giving listeners a new piece of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale magic to take home.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s 2010/2011 Concert Season takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio, in the CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West. Tickets for each performance are individually $39.50, Seniors $35.00, Students $30.00 or attend Voices of the Diaspora…Haitian Voices and And Still We Sing…Esperanza y Luz, on May 25th or28th for a package price of $70.00, Seniors $65.00, Students $55.00. Tickets are available by calling The Nathaniel Dett Chorale ticket-line 416-340-0550 or on-line atwww.nathanieldettchorale.org.

The Voices of the Diaspora…Haitian Voice performances in Toronto and Montreal are generously supported by TD Bank Group.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s Winter 2011 Tour is made possible by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

About SYDNEY GUILLAUME

Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982) originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, came to the United States at the age of 11. His compositions have been praised by the Miami Herald as showing “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction.” In 2004, he was named the Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Composition with emphasis in Media Writing and Production.

Sydney takes great pride in his Haitian roots. He hopes that his music will serve as an ambassador for his country and create an awareness of the beautiful culture that exists amidst the economic and political turmoil. Sydney is an active member of the choral community both as a composer and singer. He has received commissions from renowned choirs such as The University of Miami Frost Chorale, Seraphic Fire, The Young New Yorkers Chorus, The Miami Children's Chorus and Kokopelli Choir, and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale. He is in high demand for commissioned works and his music has been performed at ACDA, All-State conventions and abroad. Sydney resides in Los Angeles, California, where he is also pursuing a career in film.

About THE NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE

Magical and transformative. The voices and community of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale carry audiences on a journey through the beauty and intricacies of Afrocentric music from around the world. One of Canada’s “national treasures”, the Chorale takes its name for the celebrated African-Canadian composer, R. Nathaniel Dett who is highly regarded for the vocal works he composed based on African American spirituals, as well as works for solo piano in a 19th century Romantic style. Now in its 12th season, this 20+ member ensemble features a diverse group of outstanding classically-trained musicians who have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, opera star Kathleen Battle, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has also been invited to take part in concerts honouring Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mohammed Ali and recently had the distinct honour of performing at various ceremonies in Washington on the occasion of President Obama's historic inauguration. Specializing in Afrocentric musical traditions ranging in style from classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s highly anticipated third commercial recoding was released this fall.

For more information please visit www.nathanieldettchorale.org.

THE NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE’S

2010 / 2011 CONCERT SEASON IN TORONTO

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Voices of the Diaspora… Haitian Voices

Wednesday, February 23rdh and Saturday, February 26th, 2011 8PM

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And Still We Sing … Esperanza y Luz

Wednesday, May 25th and Saturday, May, 28th, 2011 8 PM

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto
Subscribe to 2 concerts for $70.00, Seniors $65.00 / Students $55.00

Individual tickets are available for $39.50, Seniors $35.00 / Students $30.00
Tickets are available by calling the Nathaniel Dett Chorale ticket-line 416-340-0550

or purchase on-line at www.nathanieldettchorale.org.


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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces its 2011-12 Season

THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 90TH SEASON

Featuring three extended residencies with Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Toronto January 26, 2011 – Today Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian announced the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2011.2012 concert season, which is also the orchestra’s 90th consecutive season of performances. The TSO’s 90th season programmes include: three extended residencies with pianist Lang Lang, conductor/violinistItzhak Perlman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand” with an all-Canadian cast of soloists led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian; season opening performances of Walton’s Music for the film Henry V with

Christopher Plummer; a 90th Season free concert presented by Luminato; and première performances of four TSO commissions including an orchestral interpretation of Roch Carrier’sclassic story, The Hockey Sweater. Many of the world’s finest guest artists share a long history with the TSO and perform with the orchestra in concerts throughout the 90th season, including pianist Emanuel Ax, pianist Yefim Bronfman, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, conductor/pianist Leon Fleisher, Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, and Canadian pianistLouis Lortie. Twenty-eight solo artists make their TSO débuts in the 2011.2012 season, including saxophonist Branford Marsalis, conductor John Storgaards, trumpeter Alison Balsom, and Canadian pianist

Jan Lisiecki.

“With the help of our longstanding friends, we have pulled out all the stops for our 90th season,” said TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. “We celebrate this milestone in a bold way, welcoming the world’s finest artists in unprecedented programming, every week of this incredible season.”

90th season residencies

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra hosts three internationally-acclaimed artists for visits that extend beyond their concert performances. Pianist Lang Lang, conductor/violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma join the TSO in three residencies which are unique to Toronto. Each of these artists represents a different era of TSO history.

A Visit with Lang Lang

In his longest North American residency to date, pianist Lang Lang performs all five Beethoven piano concerti and participates in the TSO’s renowned education outreach programmes (Nov 9 – 19, 2011). Lang Lang will be the featured soloist in three TSO Student Concerts which will fill Roy Thomson Hall with audiences of local students. The celebrated pianist enhances his visit with the TSO in his “101 Pianists” workshop where 100 young pianists of various ages and skill levels share the stage with Lang Lang to simultaneously perform Schubert’s Marche Militaire.

A Visit with Itzhak Perlman

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, a trained violinist who previously was the first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, welcomes his former mentor and long-time collaborator conductor/violinist Itzhak Perlman to Toronto for a residency (Apr 25 – 28, 2012). In a one-night-only concert, Peter Oundjian makes a rare appearance playing violin alongside Mr. Perlman as soloists in

J. S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, and Itzhak Perlman conducts the TSO in Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (Apr 28, 2012). Mr. Perlman, in his 41st year of TSO collaborations, also performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

(Apr 25 & 26, 2012), and off-stage, works with Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians and other local music students.

A Visit with Yo-Yo Ma

Throughout 2011.2012, cellist Yo-Yo Ma will use Skype to connect with Toronto middle-school students and their teachers in a musical exploration of his Music Garden along Toronto’s waterfront. This learning will culminate in a special tour of the music garden, led by Mr. Ma. In May 2012, Yo-Yo Ma joins TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and the orchestra to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the same piece with which he made his TSO début in 1979 and also introduces Toronto audiences to a new work, Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky’s

Night Music: Voice in the Leaves in its Canadian première (May 30 & 31, 2012).

TSO commissions

The TSO continues its tradition of orchestral commissions and première performances with four TSO 90th season commission premières.

The Hockey Sweater

Founding TSO Music Director Luigi von Kunits pioneered TSO concerts for young people early in the orchestra’s history. The orchestra commemorates its 90th season performing for young audiences with a commission from Canadian composer Abigail Richardson which brings Roch Carrier’s classic story

The Hockey Sweater to life. In the public première at the TSO’s Young People’s Concert Series, images from the book are displayed on screen as Roch Carrier narrates and hockey legend Ken Dryden joins the TSO as host (May 12, 2012).

New Creations Festival

Notable Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös is Peter Oundjian’s featured composer in the TSO’s eighth annual New Creations Festival

(Mar 1 – 7, 2012). On March 7, 2012, TSO Principal Cellist Joseph Johnson is soloist as the TSO performs the North American première of Peter Eötvös’s Cello Concerto Grosso (a co-commission with Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra). In the first programme of the 2012 New Creations Festival, TSO Music Director

Peter Oundjian conducts the TSO and the Kronos Quartet in the world première of a TSO commission from Canadian composer Derek Charke, his Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (Mar 3, 2012).

Opening Night

In recognition of the TSO’s shared history with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the TSO opens the 2011.2012 season by performing the world première of Behold the Night for Children’s Chorus and Orchestra commissioned from Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko (Sept 22 & 24, 2011). The 90th season opening night programme culminates with a grand performance of Walton’s Music for the film Henry V featuring the joint choruses of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Children’s Chorus, and legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer as narrator.

Bold concerts

Big Number. Bold Season. The TSO presents large-scale works throughout its 90th season.

Mahler 8

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO in the awe-inspiring spectacle, Mahler Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” (Jun 13 & 14, 2011). Joining the TSO are the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and an all-Canadian cast of soloists including superstars Adrianne Pieczonka, soprano and Richard Margison, tenor.

Mozart@256

The Mozart Festival, an annual audience favourite, presents in the 2011.2012 season some the composer’s larger works, with TSO Music Director

Peter Oundjian conducting Mozart’s Requiem (Jan 18 - 22, 2012) and pianist

Leon Fleisher leading and performing with his wife

Katherine Jacobson Fleisher and former student, Canadian pianist

Stewart Goodyear in Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra. Young people can also enjoy the magic of Mozart as 2009 Malko International Competition for Young Conductors recipient Joshua Weilerstein conducts Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage with Classical Kids Live! in the TSO’s

Young People’s Concert Series (Jan 14, 2011).

90th season free concert

Luminato presents the TSO in a free concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture that honours the 90th season of the orchestra and the

bi centennial of the war of 1812 (Jun 17, 2011).

TSO Music Directors Signature Series

Former TSO Music Directors return to the TSO stage to conduct masterwork symphonies of great composers in the Music Directors Signature Series. The TSO welcomes previous TSO Music Directors Sir Andrew Davis (Beethoven Eroica, Oct 12 & 13, 2011); Günther Herbig(Beethoven Emperor Concerto, Feb 2 & 4, 2012); Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Brahms Symphony No. 3, Mar 29 & 30, 2012); and current Music Director Peter Oundjian (Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, Jun 6 & 7, 2012).

Renowned guest artists

Renowned Canadian guest artists join the TSO in the 2011.2012 season:

Louis Lortie (Oct 12 & 13, 2011); James Ehnes (Dec 8 & 10, 2011);

Karina Gauvin (Feb 22 & 23, 2012); and Sondra Radvanovsky (Apr 11 & 14, 2012). Acclaimed international guest artists make their return to the TSO stage: pianist Emanuel Ax(Sept 29, Oct 1 & Oct 2, 2011); pianist Yefim Bronfman (Apr 4 & 5, 2012); pianist Evgeny Kissin (May 17 & 19, 2012). Exciting solo artists make their TSO débuts: saxophonist Branford Marsalis (Nov 23 & 24, 2011), conductor John Storgaards (Feb 16 & 18, 2012), trumpeter

Alison Balsom (Jun 19, 20 & 24, 2012) and rising star Canadian pianist

Jan Lisiecki (Jan 18, 19 & 22, 2012).

TSO Musicians Shine

The talented musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra are featured as soloists throughout the TSO 90th season: Principal Flute Nora Shulman

(Oct 15 & 16, 2011); Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey (Oct 15 & 16, 2011); English Horn Cary Ebli(Nov 26 & 27, 2011); Principal Trumpet

Andrew McCandless (Jan 25 & 28, 2012); Principal Viola Teng Li

(Mar 3, 2012); Principal Cello Joseph Johnson (Mar 7, 2012); and

Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas (May 9 & 10, 2012).


Holiday at the TSO

For the 79th consecutive year, the TSO celebrates the holiday season by performing Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In the 2011.2012 season, Nicholas Kramerconducts and performs harpsichord in Toronto’s favourite Messiah (Dec 14 & 16-19, 2011). The count-down to Christmas begins with Young People’s Concert Series concert, the Twelve Days of Christmas (Dec 11, 2011), and with the bright golden tones of the

Canadian Brass in the TSO’s Christmas Pops concerts (Dec 20 & 21, 2011).

Oz with Orchestra

Just in time for Halloween, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra brings the classic film The Wizard of Oz to life in a special performance where audience-members are encouraged to come in costume (Oct 29, 2011), and another designed just for kids (Oct 30, 2011).

City of Toronto Archives TSO exhibit

The City of Toronto Archives pays tribute to the TSO’s 90-year history with an exhibit of the orchestra’s artifacts and photos. An Exhibition of TSO history will be on display at the City of Toronto Archives opening in November 2011.

The TSO is pleased to announce BMO Financial Group as the 90th Season

Sponsor. “We are proud to sponsor this milestone season and look forward to

the fantastic music ahead,” said Luke Seabrook, Executive Managing Director &

Head of Financial Products Group at BMO Financial.

TSO 90th Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

Lang Lang Residency is presented by CIBC.

Touring Support provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest musical education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum-based programming. tso.ca

TSO 2011.2012 90TH SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW

Online: tso.ca Phone: 416.598.3375
In Person: TSO Customer Service Centre, 212 King St West, 1st Floor, Toronto

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Musicians in Ordinary offers Rococo Concert

THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY VISIT PRE-REVOLUTION FRANCE

IN “ROCOCO!” CONCERT SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011

The Musicians In Ordinary recreate the music that was part of the flourishing arts and intellectual scene preceding the French Revolution, Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).

Single tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. Information is available atwww.musiciansinordinary.ca, by e-mailing musinord@sympatico.ca or by calling 416-535-9956.

In a concert called Rococo!, soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards perform music from the Parisian intellectual salon of the late 1700s, with violinist Christopher Verrette as guest artist. Among the selections are guitar works written by such Paris-based Italians as Giacomo Merchi, the leading guitarist in Paris in that period.

John Edwards describes the years before 1789 as an era “where men like the encyclopaedist Diderot, liberal thinkers like Rousseau and even a pre-imperial Napoleon would gather, literally, at the foot of the bed of great ladies.

“After they finished describing their hard work or how the plotting of the Revolution was progressing, chamber music would have offered a perfect diversion.” The Musicians In Ordinary oblige, as Hallie Fishel sings, John Edwards plays Baroque guitar and Christopher Verrette joins in on violin.

Currently in their 10th season, The Musicians In Ordinary model themselves on the “musicians in ordinary for the lutes and voices” who serenaded the Stuart monarchs in their bed chambers. Both Fishel and Edwards perform and lecture widely, and delight in exploring old manuscripts in search of new programs to intrigue their audiences.

The Musicians In Ordinary’s season is supported by The Anglican Foundation, the Spem in Alium Fund in the Toronto Community Foundation, and individual donations.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Honen's International Piano Competition to award top prize

Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition to award top prize in world of international music competitions


Calgary-based Honens Announces Strategic Enhancements

CALGARY, AB, January 24, 2011 – Honens International Piano Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious international music competitions, announces strategic enhancements to be implemented for its 2012 Competition (October 17 to 26, 2012 in Calgary). Honens, a pioneer in delivering a comprehensive artistic and career development program to its Laureates since its first competition in 1992, will intensify the search for the unique, imaginative and informed talent that comprises the “Complete Artist.” The enhancements, which affect pianist eligibility, competition length, jury composition, pianists’ requirements, and the cash and artistic and career development awards, aim to redefine the world of music competitions for the 21st century.

Competitions and conservatories now discover and graduate an abundance of potential professionals. With limited performance opportunities posing challenges to emerging artists, some musicians are in danger of becoming “career competitors” who rarely have an opportunity to discover their own musical personalities. With the following enhancements, the Honens Competition serves as a meaningful audition process that the world's music community respects and on which it increasingly relies to deliver musicians who have great career potential.


competition enhancements

Eligibility and Competition Process

· Professionally-managed pianists may no longer take part in the 2012 Competition.

Pianists with professional representation have already made big steps in their careers by securing management and therefore cannot take full advantage of Honens’ three-year Artistic & Career Development Program. A Honens Laureate may sign with a management company after the first year of this program. He/she would then be managed jointly for the remaining two years.

· Quarterfinals: International Audition Round – Fifty pianists (formerly 90) will be selected from the applicants to perform in important music cities including Berlin, London, Los Angeles and New York; ten pianists (formerly 21) advance.

· Semifinals: Recital Round – Ten pianists perform 60-minute solo recitals and 65-minute chamber music recitals in the Recital Round; five pianists advance.

· Finals: Concerto Round – Five pianists perform a concerto of their choice; one Competition Laureate will be named (reduced from three).

Honens narrows and intensifies its search for the Complete Artist by limiting the number of pianists invited to take part in all stages of the Competition.

Requirements of Pianists

· Two professional arts journalist interviews will be added to the competition process.

To establish a career in music today, a pianist must have his/her unique and distinctive voice, be a versatile musician and an effective communicator. To this end, Honens introduces an interview component to the 2012 Competition. A professional arts journalist will interview pianists twice – the first, a five-minute videotaped interview during the International Audition Round; a second ten-minute interview will be conducted with the five finalists. The Artist Selection (First) and Laureate Selection (Second) Juries evaluate the interviews based on a pianist’s ability and willingness to communicate and his or her readiness and suitability for a major career in music. The language of all interviews is English, but proficiency in English will not be a factor in evaluation. However, Honens believes that a willingness to learn English is critical for the development of an international career. These interviews make up 10% of each jury’s evaluation.

· Pianists may perform any solo repertory for their two solo recitals (40-minute International Audition Round recital and, when they advance, a 60-minute Recital Round recital).

Applicants are advised to consider each performance a concert and to design programs with the same care and on the same principles as for a public recital. While no repertory is required, pianists are asked to include a pivotal work from the piano literature. Juries are instructed to look for intelligent and imaginative programming. Recital Round pianists are encouraged to perform an encore after their solo recitals. While there is no commissioned work for the Competition, pianists are encouraged to include contemporary music in their programs.

· Recital Round pianists perform a 65-minute collaborative recital.

Honens enhances its commitment to chamber music and art song collaboration. The collaborative recital includes a violin sonata, a cello sonata and ten minutes of art song.

· Five pianists advance to the Concerto Round for a performance of their choice of concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

· Pianists are evaluated as follows:

International Audition Round: 90% recital; 10% interview.

Recital and Concerto Rounds: 30% solo recital; 30% chamber music and art song recital; 30% concerto; 10% interview.

Competition Length

· The 2012 Competition will be shortened to ten days (October 17 to 26, 2012), reduced from 16 days. A juror’s commitment for the Competition will now be 11 days. Collaborating artists are now required for one week, previously ten days.

Shortening the duration of the Competition facilitates the recruitment of jurors and collaborating musicians, many of whom are successful touring concert artists. Furthermore, most pianists taking part in competitions are still in school and can be penalized if they take too much time away from classes.

· Honens introduces a Mentor-in-Residence Program in 2012.

A highly respected, actively touring pianist will attend the final week of the Competition during which five pianists who do not advance to the Concerto Round perform free concerts for the public. The mentor listens to each concert and provides valuable feedback to each pianist during a 30-minute meeting. The mentor will perform a recital on the evening prior to the Finals, enhancing the Competition’s festival atmosphere. The mentor also attends the Concerto Round after which he/she meets with the four finalists and Competition Laureate.

Jury Composition

· Honens will alter its jury composition to be more inclusive of those in the musical world who play a role in the concert artist’s career.

Honens’ seven-member Competition Jury has always included pianists who actively tour. Four such pianists will serve as members of the Competition Jury in 2012. In order to better identify musicians who are ready to professionalize their careers, the remaining jurors will represent essential partners in a concert artist’s career: a conductor, a record executive, and a concert presenter. Similarly, the First Jury, which selects pianists to advance from the International Audition Round to the Recital Round includes two pianists, an artist management representative and a concert presenter.

Cash Awards

· The Honens Laureate will receive $100,000 CAN, the largest prize in the world of international music competitions for emerging concert artists.

· Four unranked Finalists will each receive a cash award of $10,000 CAN.

· All pianists advancing to the Recital Round are eligible for a $2,500 CAN cash award.

Because of the Competition’s festival atmosphere, Honens considers its $2,500 CAN award for each pianist a fee rather than a prize. The five Recital Round pianists who do not advance to the Finals are eligible for this amount only if they stay through to the Competition’s conclusion and perform a free public concert during the final week and meet with the Mentor-in-Residence and Competition Jury for feedback. Honens strongly believes that the value of its Competition is the opportunity for young artists to grow.

Artistic & Career Development Program

· One pianist will be named the 2012 Honens Laureate and be awarded the half-million dollar (CAN) three-year Artistic & Career Development Program.

At previous Honens Competitions, an Artistic & Career Development Program was shared by the three top-ranked pianists. By presenting this award to a single Laureate, Honens intensifies its efforts in delivering a transformative experience to a young artist that translates into a meaningful career.

· Honens will present debut performances and develop partnerships in career-building markets

Debuts will be presented in markets that may include Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Munich, New York, Paris and Toronto. The Laureate may be presented twice in these cities in order to build momentum. Publicists will be hired in each market. Honens will develop strategic partnerships with concert presenters, festivals and orchestras with an emphasis on the ability of engagements to further a career. The quality of engagements and these partnerships outweighs the needs for their quantity.

· The Laureate will now be in residence at The Banff Centre twice (previously once) over three years, where he/she will collaborate with potential touring partners and develop repertory and innovate performance projects.

· The Laureate will record for the Hyperion record label.

Hyperion Records, known especially for its catalog of outstanding piano recordings, is one of the world’s most successful independent classical music labels. Pianists recording for the London-based Hyperion include Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Steven Osborne. There is a natural synergy between Honens and Hyperion as both are committed to the long-term development of their artists.

Pianists may apply to take part in the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition starting April 1, 2011 at honens.com. The application deadline is February 1, 2012. Competition Quarterfinals take place in cities around the world in Spring 2012, and Semifinals and Finals takes place in Calgary, October 17 to 26, 2012. The Honens Competition is presented by Nexen Inc.; Lead Sponsors include Enbridge Inc., Statoil and TransAlta; Macleod Dixon LLP is a Supporting Sponsor.