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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Musicians in Ordinary Presents Valentine Program Feb. 18



The amorous adventures of nymphs and shepherds make intriguing mini-dramas for Valentine’s week, when The Musicians In Ordinary perform Saturday, February 18, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway). Tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. More information is available from, by e-mailing or by calling 416-535-9956.

Soprano Hallie Fishel and guest tenor Bud Roach, who also plays baroque guitar, join theorboist John Edwards in duets and dialogues from the 16th and 17th centuries. In them, Edwards says, “we hear little dramas as shepherds and nymphs cajole one another, play hard to get, and get pouty and amorous.”

The concert, called When Tircis met Chloris, includes selections by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), whose compositions marked the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque era, and who became one of the first composers of opera.

In addition, the program is likely to include music by Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679), who was from Naples, but worked at the Holy Roman Imperial court in Vienna; and songs by Alessandro Grandi, sung by Bud Roach, accompanying himself on Baroque guitar. Grandi was Monteverdi’s vice maestro at St. Mark’s in Venice.

Edwards continues, “The dialogues by Monteverdi and his contemporaries are like mini operas. The love affairs of shepherds and nymphs are set up as an ideal for which we should all aspire – perfect chastity, perfect faithfulness. And the ‘backstory’ of the characters, with stock names like Sylvia, Amarillis etc. would all be known to the audience. There are probably real lovers and their stories hidden under the names as well, since people would adopt the pastoral names as pet names as of their love play.”


Monday, January 30, 2012

Toronto Summer Music - in the Winter!

Please join us for a benefit concert in support of the 2012 Toronto Summer Music Festival and Academy, featuring the extraordinary  New Orford String Quartet and award-winning Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston.

Hailed for their "ravishingly beautiful tone" as well as their "extraordinary technical skills and musicianship" the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all former or current principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, including Jonathan Crow, the TSO's celebrated new concertmaster.  

In their inaugural performance at Walter Hall the newly-formed quartet will perform Beethoven's sublime last String Quartet, Op. 135. Shauna Rolston then joins the group for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance of Schubert's noble String Quintet Op. 163 for two cellos.

Reconnect with summer friends after the concert at a champagne reception with the artists.

WHEN: 7:30pm on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 
WHERE: Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
TICKETS: $78 per person*
*A charitable receipt for $50 will be issued. Ticket price includes all applicable taxes and fees. 

Click here ( to purchase tickets online or please call the Royal Conservatory Box Office at 416-408-0208

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Winter/Spring Music Preview and Special on Strings at La Scena Musicale

The deadline for advertising in the February 2012 issue is January 27.
Winter/Spring Music Preview and Special on Strings at La Scena Musicale 

La Scena Musicale begins 2012 with a special Winter/Spring 2012 Concert Guide, aimed to help readers plan their musical Winter and Spring. In addition to our usual concert previews and calendars, there will be three pages of critics’ picks for must see events (covering February to May) in Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.

It's also string mania at La Scena Musicale. This upcoming February edition features French violist Antoine Tamestit on the cover. We also speak with the Hagen Quartet and violinists Jonathan Crow, Nikolaj Znaider, and Ray Chen, while violinist Carissa Klopoushak shares her guide to the instrument in our monthly "Instrumental Insights" column. Our philantrophist of the month is Jacqueline Desmarais. Of course, there is plenty more as usual, including our calendar cover profile of harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney and our jazz section and reviews.

SUBSCRIBER'S BONUS: all LSM subscribers will receive a disc of Schubert violin sonatas performed by Jonathan Crow & Philip Chiu free (courtesy of XXI Records)—email or visit
In September, La Scena Musicale transformed into two magazines: a separate English and a separate French edition; now, you can read all the LSM articles in your favourite language in one handy issue. The distribution of the two magazines has doubled to 50,000 copies (reaching 100,000 readers) and we are also pleased to return to Ottawa-Gatineau and Quebec City with 5,000 copies in each region.  

The year will also see the reintroduction of the Bring a Teen outreach program.

The eBook of Volume 16 of La Scena Musicale is now available for $9.99. Get all of 2010-2011 magazines in a PDF or iPad format for tablets, plus the 10 Discovery CDs in MP3 format. Visitez

Happy 2012.

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Editor and Publisher

Next Issues 

La Scena Musicale February 2012
  • NEW: Separate English and French editions
  • On the cover : French violist Antoine Tamestit
  • Special: Strings
  • Theme: Winter/Spring Concert Previews
  • Appearance: February 1, 2012
  • Ad Deadline: January 27, 2012
  • Artwork: January 27-30
  • Calendar Deadline: January 16, 2011 (info)
  • Print run: 50,000 copies
    • English Edition: 25,000 copies
    • French Edition: 25,000 copies
  • Distribution: Montréal, Quebec City (5000 copies), Ottawa/Gatineau (5000 copies) and through the province of Quebec
  • Target audience: amateur and professional artists, music and arts lovers


Thursday, January 19, 2012

La rentrée musicale hiver/printemps et un spécial « cordes » à La Scena Musicale

La date de tombée pour les annonces pour le numéro de février 2012 de La Scena Musicale est le 26 janvier.
La rentrée musicale hiver/printemps et un spécial « cordes » à La Scena Musicale 

La Scena Musicale amorce 2012 avec un guide spécial des concerts de l’hiver et du printemps 2012, qui aidera nos lecteursà prévoir leur saison musicale. En plus de notre rubrique « concerts à venir » et de nos calendriers habituels, il y aura trois pages des choix de nos chroniqueurs sur les concerts de février à mai à ne pas manquer à Montréal, Québec et Ottawa.

C’est de plus la folie des cordes à La Scena Musicale. Notre édition de février fait pleins feux sur l’altiste français Antoine Tamestit, présenté en couverture. Nous nous entretenons également avec le Quatuor Hagen et les violonistes Jonathan Crow, Nikolaj Znaider et Ray Chen, tandis que l’altiste Carissa Klopoushak partage son guide de l’instrument dans notre chronique mensuelle « informations instrumentales ». Bien sûr, il y aura comme toujours beaucoup plus au rendez-vous, notamment le portrait de la claveciniste Mélisande McNabney en couverture de notre calendrier ainsi que notre section jazz et nos critiques.

Nous sommes particulièrement fiers de vous présenter un article tiré d’une entrevue exclusive avec Oliver Berliner, le petit-fils d’Emile Berliner—l’inventeur du gramophone et du microphone et fondateur de trois étiquettes légendaire: Deutsche Grammophon, EMI et Victor.

BONUS exclusif: tous les abonnés LSM recevront un disque des Sonates pour violon de Schubert, interprétées par Jonathan Crow et Philip Chiu, une gracieuseté des Productions XXI. Courriel : ou visitez le

En septembre, La Scena Musicale s'est transformée en deux magazines, une édition anglaise séparée et une édition française séparée. Maintenant, vous pourrez lire tous les articles LSM dans votre langue maternelle, dans un seul exemplaire pratique. La distribution de nos deux magazines a doublé à 50 000 exemplaires (touchant 100 000 lecteurs). Nous sommes également heureux de retourner à Ottawa-Gatineau et à Québec avec 5000 exemplaires par région.

Cette année verra aussi le retour de l’initiative communautaire « Sortez votre ado ».

La version électronique du volume 16 de La Scena Musicale est maintenant disponible pour seulement 9.99 $. Obtenez tous les magazines 2010-2011 en format PDF ou iPad pour les tablettes. Visitez

Bonne année 2012 !

Wah Keung Chan

Prochains numéros

La Scena Musicale février 2012
  • NOUVEAU : les éditions anglaise et française
  • En couverture : l’altiste français Antoine Tamestit
  • Spécial : cordes
  • La Rentrée hiver et printemps
  • Sortie : le 1 février
  • Tombée (publicité) : le 26 janvier
  • Maquettes (publicité) : le 26-27 janvier
  • Tombée (calendrier) : le 16 janvier (info)
  • Tirage : 50 000 exemplaires
    • édition française : 25 000 exemplaires
    • édition anglasie : 25 000 exemplaires
  • Distribution : Montréal, Laval, Rive-Sud et ailleurs au Québec, plus Québec (5000 exemplaires) et Ottawa-Gatineau (5000)
  • Public visé : artistes amateurs et professionnels, passionnés de musique et d’art


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Longtime Arts Manager Honored with NAPAMA Award

Photo: Ann Summers Dossena



New York City – January 10, 2012 – Legendary Canadian artist manager Ann Summers Dossena of Toronto was honored by her peers from across North America, Monday in New York City.

Ms. Summers Dossena, who operates Ann Summers International in Toronto and Rome, was presented with the first Manager of the Year Award at the annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon of NAPAMA – the North American Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents – and APAP – the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The presentation was made by Robert Baird, Toronto artist manager and president of NAPAMA, at the Hilton New York.

Ms. Summers Dossena was actually a founding member of NAPAMA, in the late 1970s. As well, she is an honorary life member of ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts, which has member arts presenters in 42 countries.


From her 1958 start in New York, through her years in Rome (1968-1977) to her Toronto base since 1977, Ann Summers Dossena has been a tireless advocate for the arts for more than five decades.

Through Ann Summers International, she has represented international artists in their career development, and has concurrently had a successful career as an imaginative and resourceful presenter and producer of concerts, tours and events.

In New York, she created the Extended Engagement Plan, which later became known as the Artists in Residence program and funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Chamber Music America in order to develop and create full-time employment for chamber music artists, and at the same time stimulate the interest of concert goers. She also initiated an informal series called Concert Party. As well, she produced and presented the first concerts at Carnegie Hall after it was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1960s; and produced the first concerts at Lincoln Center.

Moving to Italy, she extended the Concert Party concept to Rome, and presented and produced such high profile arts events as concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, a tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to Israel, and two tours of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Italy.

Returning to her native Toronto in 1977, Ms. Summers Dossena established Ann Summers International, with a focus on serving both artists and audiences internationally. In 1983, she founded the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, a non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to help young artists move into their careers. Its Careers in Focus
program includes Encounters with Employers and Business in Performing workshops. Other activities have included a Singers Round-Table, a Parents of Gifted Children seminar,Balletto Classico (a company of six ballet artists), Singing Stars of Tomorrow concerts, and Sumptuous Sunday Brunches, honoring Canadian operatic icons and showcasing young performers.

In 2011 alone, the IRCPA presented Opera Week, in which 22 participating singers benefited from coaching sessions with Vincenzo Scalera of Teatro alla Scala, and Joan Dornemann from the Metropolitan Opera; a Career Moves session featuring a panel of Canadian arts professionals in a frank discussion on the industry; and a session with the revered Edna Landau, co-founder of IMG Artists, and artist advisor through Musical America’s Ask Edna column.

A more detailed bio is available at More info on the IRCPA can be found at