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Friday, November 30, 2012

Bass-baritone Gordon Bintner Wins First Prize at COC Ensemble Studio Competition


REGINA’S GORDON BINTNER WINS TOP PRIZES AT COC’S SECOND ANNUAL ENSEMBLE STUDIO COMPETITION
Toronto – Bass-baritone Gordon Bintner of Regina took home first prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 29, 2012, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  Bintner was selected from 10 finalists to receive the $5,000 award.  Tenor Andrew Haji of London, Ont., won the second prize of $3,000,and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage of Woodstock, Ont., was awarded the third prize of$1,500.  In addition, Bintner was selected by the audience as the winner of the People’s Choice Award, worth $1,500.

The 10 finalists from across Canada were selected from 146 singers in preliminary auditions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and New York.  Each finalist performed two arias with piano accompaniment in front of a sold-out audience in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre, and an adjudication panel comprised of COC General Director Alexander Neef, COC Artistic Administrator Roberto Mauro, COC Music Administrator Sandra Gavinchuk, Head of the COC Ensemble Studio Liz Upchurch, and Canadian soprano, singing teacher and Ensemble Studio alumna Wendy Nielsen.

“Last night we saw the incredible richness of vocal talent that this country has to offer, with all 10 singers delivering an incredible package of skill and technique, quality of sound and captivating stage presence.  It was difficult for the judges to narrow the results down to just three winners,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef.  “I look forward to seeing how the careers of all the finalists will unfold, as well as welcoming some of the voices heard last night to our Ensemble Studio program next season.”

In addition to the four cash prizes, the finalists were competing for highly coveted positions in the2013/2014 COC Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals.  The 2012 competition marked the second time in the Ensemble Studio’s 32-year-history that the final auditions for the program were held in front of a public audience. 

Taking into account the performances at the Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition, COC artistic staff will now finalize the lineup of the 13/14 Ensemble Studio.  The full lineup will be announced at a later date.  The 13/14 Ensemble Studio members will be joining an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 150 Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors, including Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, David Pomeroy, Joseph Kaiser, Allyson McHardy and Krisztina Szabó.

The Canadian Opera Company is grateful to the following for their sponsorship support of the Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition: Laurie and Fareed Ali, Earlaine Collins, Ninalee Craig, Marjorie and Roy Linden, Sandra L. Simpson, Colleen Sexsmith, ARIAS: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund, Tom C. Logan, Classical 96.3 FM, Eva Innes and David Medhurst, Sylvia M. McPhee and Brian Wilks.

The COC Ensemble Studio Competition is presented in part by RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation and MEDCAN.

The annual Ensemble Studio audition process is only open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants.
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About the Winners

GORDON BINTNER, First Prize ($5,000) and People’s Choice Award ($1,500)
Arias performed: “Non più andrai” from Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart) and “Sibilar gli angui d’Aletto” from Rinaldo(Handel)

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Gordon Bintner is currently pursuing a master of music degree in opera and voice at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. Credits include the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera NUOVA and Don Giovanni with Opera McGill; his European debut as Colline in La Bohème with Angers Nantes Opéra; and, after winning the grand prize in the OSM Standard Life Competition, his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. This season Mr. Bintner’s appearances include Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon with Opéra de Montréal.

ANDREW HAJI, Second Prize ($3,000)Arias performed: “Quanto è bella” from L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) and “Un’aura amorosa” from Così fan tutte(Mozart)

Originally from London, Ontario, Andrew Haji is currently pursuing a master of music degree at the University of Toronto’s Opera School. At UofT his credits include Cecco in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, Vanderdendur/Ragotski in Bernstein’s Candide, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Lacouf/Reporter from Paris in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésiasand most recently the title role in Rob Ford: The Opera as well as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Other roles include Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Don Ottavio (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Accademia Europea dell’Opera).

CHARLOTTE BURRAGE, Third Place ($1,500)Arias performed: “Vois sous l’archet fremissant” from The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach) and Composer’s Aria fromAriadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss)

Originally from Woodstock, Ontario, Charlotte Burrage holds a master of music in voice performance from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the opera diploma program at University of British Columbia (UBC). Credits include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Vancouver Opera in Schools); Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre, Jeunesses Musicales); and, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon(UBC). Ms Burrage performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arnie Roth and was the alto soloist in the Bach Magnificat BWV 243 (UBC).
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About the COC Ensemble Studio
The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and are important ambassadors for the company. Since its inception in 1980, over 150 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, WendyNielsen, David Pomeroy, Joseph Kaiser, Allyson McHardy and Krisztina Szabó.

Members of the Ensemble Studio receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

The COC Ensemble Studio is underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb and The Slaight Family Foundation. The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Foundation and other generous donors.


About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tapestry Presents Toronto Premiere of New Opera Shelter



TAPESTRY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING 2012/13 SHOWS INCLUDING TORONTO PREMIERE DATES FOR SHELTER


TORONTO, ON…Tapestry announced details for its upcoming 2012/13 season shows including the much-anticipated Toronto premiere ofShelter, a new opera by composer Juliet Palmer and librettist Julie Salverson. 
“This season we are proudly offering Toronto audiences three different opportunities to experience some of the best new opera being created in Canada,” said Tapestry’s Artistic Director Wayne Strongman.  “And we are particularly excited that the Canadian Opera Company is generously supporting the Toronto premiere of Shelter in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre following on the heels of the partnership with Edmonton Opera for the world premiere in Edmonton.”
In February, emerging young opera singers will perform a selection of favourite contemporary arias from the company’s rich catalogue in The Tapestry Songbook, a concert showcasing pieces written by Canada’s leading composers and librettists.  The singers will be joined by acclaimed contemporary music performer and Tapestry Songbook Clinician, Carla HuhtanenThe Tapestry Songbook takes placeFebruary 16, 2013 at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery Historic District (9 Trinity Street, Studio 316). 
Next, audiences are invited to a workshop presentation of Ruth, a new opera by composer Jeffrey Ryan and librettist Michael Lewis MacLennan.  The opera is a contemporary re-telling of a timeless immigrant tale – the struggle to find welcome in a new land: “for your people shall be my people”.  This workshop is presented in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music, with celebrated Canadian mezzo, Kimberly Barber, in the title role.  The workshop performance of Ruth will take place on May 7, 2013 at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery Historic District (9 Trinity Street, Studio 316). 
The season concludes with the Toronto premiere of Shelter, a collaboration between Toronto-based composer Juliet Palmer and Kingston librettist Julie Salverson who first met in Tapestry’s intensive Composer-Librettist Laboratory in 2002. Shelter tells the fictional story of a nuclear family adrift in the atomic age. The opera explores “the dangerous beauty of science” and challenges the audience to consider the impact of mankind’s quest for knowledge and scientific breakthroughs.
“And for those whom opera has primarily meant large-scale mainstage productions, here’s a chance to see completely different, and equally valid operatic values.” Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal 
The cast includes mezzo-soprano Christine Duncan as the mother, Claire, baritone Peter McGillivray as the father, Thomas and sopranoMaghan McPhee as the daughter Hope.  Tenor Keith Klassen sings the role of the Pilot and mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig creates the real-life character of nuclear physicist Lise Meitner.  The creative team includes director Keith Turnbull, music director Wayne Strongman, with stage & costume design by Sue LePage, and lighting & video design by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson. Tapestry recently travelled to Edmonton for the world premiere of Shelter – a co-production with Edmonton Opera – the show was described as “an engaging coming-of-age story” by the Edmonton Journal.  “Ms. Palmer’s excellent score helps us to relate to the action and to draw the real message from this remarkably provocative production,” said the Calgary Herald.  Shelter will run June 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2013 in the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre (227 Front Street East).
Subscription packages to all three events in Tapestry’s 2012/13 season are $95 (including HST) and may be purchased online attapestryopera.com or by calling 416-537-6066 ext. 243.  Single tickets are on sale now and can also be purchased online; prices range from $29 to $50 (including HST).
ABOUT TAPESTRY
Tapestry is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mandate is to work collaboratively to create, develop and perform new opera nationally and internationally; to promote the advancement of emerging and established artists in the field of new opera; and to offer innovative education opportunities for youth and adults.  Beginning with composers and writers, Tapestry provides dramaturgical guidance and support through the process of new work creation.  Tapestry offers creative teams access to leading directors and performers as part of an intensive dramaturgical program.  Tapestry seeks opportunities to develop and showcase new works to local, national, and international audiences. These new works are relevant; grown out of contemporary situations by living artists, speaking directly to the experiences of today’s audiences.  Tapestry works to advance the dialogue surrounding opera creation, with each new project helping to redefine the art form. For more information on Tapestry visit www.tapestryopera.com.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Anton Kuerti on CBC Radio's This Is My Music


ANTON KUERTI SHARES MUSIC & MEMORIES
ON CBC RADIO 2’S THIS IS MY MUSIC, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Pianist Anton Kuerti shares his favorite music and memories on This is My Music, Saturday, November 24, 10:05 a.m.- noon EST and west; 11:05 AST, 11:35 NST on CBC Radio 2.  

Internationally celebrated, particularly for his performances of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, Kuerti shares many aspects of his eventful life.  He recalls his three main teachers – Arthur Loesser, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin – and winning the famous Leventritt Award.  His move to Canada brought about his early connection with composer Oskar Morawetz, whose piano concerto he premiered.  It was in Canada that Kuerti met his late wife, cellist Kristine Bogyo, who founded Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts, a series that Kuerti now runs. 

Other topics include the early days of the Festival of the Sound, which Kuerti founded; his son, conductor Julian Kuerti; his favorite composer, Schumann, and the festival celebrating Carl Czerny, a composer he championed.

Anton Kuerti has just returned from performances in Shanghai.  On Tuesday, December 4 at 8 p.m., he performs Brahms’ majestic Second Piano Concerto with the Ontario Philharmonic and Maestro Marco Parisotto, at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West.  The concert is the third Brahms evening presented jointly by Mooredale Concerts and the Ontario Philharmonic as part of the orchestra’s “Great Soloists” series at Koerner Hall.  Tickets are available from www.rcmusic.ca.

This is My Music is produced by Hele Montagna.

More information on Anton Kuerti is at  www.jwentworth.com/pianists/anton_kuerti.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Ontario Philharmonic Presents Messiah with Amadeus Choir


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ONTARIO PHILHARMONIC

Marco Parisotto, Music Director

presents

HANDEL'S “MESSIAH” with AMADEUS CHOIR

Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Leigh-Anne Martin, alto; Zachary Finkelstein, tenor; Justin Welsh, baritone

Friday, December 21, 2012, 8 PM,  Christ Church Deer Park

1570 Yonge (at Heath, north of St. Clair subway stop)

Tickets: $45/Adult, $35/Youth or $35/Adult, $25/Youth

Online at www.ontariophil.ca
or call 416.443.9737 (Toronto) or 905.579.6711 (Durham Region)
also available at the door the night of the concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 16, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Ontario Philharmonic, led by Marco Parisotto, returns to Christ Church Deer Park for its annual holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah. This year’s concert takes place Friday, December 21 at 8 PM. It features one of Canada's best choral forces, the Amadeus Choir, and four young, rising and brilliant Canadian singers: soprano Jennifer Taverner, altoLeigh-Anne Martin, tenor Zachary Finkelstein, baritone Justin WelshMessiah will also be performed on December 18 & 19, both at 7:30 PM at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa.

AMADEUS CHOIR - www.amadeuschoir.com
Founded in 1975, the Amadeus Choir is under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Lydia Adams. The Choir has become known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality, and diverse, high-quality programming - all a reflection of the leadership provided by Dr. Adams. During her time as Conductor and Artistic Director (since 1984), the choir has grown significantly in size and reputation to become one of Canada’s pre-eminent choral groups. The Amadeus Choir performs a regular series of concerts at carefully selected downtown Toronto venues, presenting well-known artists in works by Canadian and international composers, including major works with instrumental ensembles or full orchestra, as well as challenging a cappella performances. In addition to the Amadeus Choir’s regular concert series, the choir takes an active role in Ontario’s choral community by working in collaboration with other prominent local ensembles, such as the Elmer Iseler Singers, Bach Children’s Chorus, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Gryphon Trio, and True North Brass.

One of Canada's most distinguished conductors on the international scene, Maestro Parisotto has led major orchestras around the world, including the Philharmonia of London, the Orchestre National de France, the China National Symphony, Milan's Verdi Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony (as its Principal Conductor). Marco Parisotto is the winner of seven international competitions, including the elite Besançon Competition in France.

Founded in 1957, the Ontario Philharmonic has become a notable player in the landscape of classical music in Ontario. It is comprised of players that are among the finest professional musicians in the GTA. Since the appointment of Marco Parisotto in 1996, the Ontario Philharmonic has evolved into one of the most exciting and respected orchestras in Ontario and in Canada.

Future Ontario Philharmonic dates:
Great Soloists Series, Concert III
Toronto: Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 8 PM / Koerner Hall
(Oshawa: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8 PM / Regent Theatre)
STAR DIVA ANGELA MEADE SINGS STRAUSS
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs and Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”

For more information:  www.ontariophil.ca.

The Ontario Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
UOIT, TD Bank, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Oshawa, Ontario Power Generation, Marigold Ford
Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke, Charles & Anne Morison, Dr. William Siegel

Media Partners: The Wholenote, The New Classical 96.3 FM

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Montreal International Musical Competition 2013

 
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MAXIM VENGEROV
AU CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL

Montréal, le mercredi 14 novembre 2012 – Le Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) annonce la participation du violoniste et chef d’orchestre Maxim Vengerov, la tenue d’un Concert prestige au profit du Concours et révèle l’identité des membres du jury international et du compositeur de l’œuvre canadienne obligatoire de son édition violon 2013.

  
CONCERT PRESTIGE
Le CMIM est fier d’annoncer la tenue d’un Concert prestige réunissant le violoniste de grande renommée Maxim Vengerov,le jeune violoncelliste Stéphane Tétreault, révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012, ainsi que le pianiste Serhiy Salov, Premier Prix du CMIM en 2004. L’Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal et son chef principal et directeur artistique Jean-Marie Zeitouni se joindront au trio dans l’interprétation du Triple concerto de Beethoven, dont la 7Symphonie complétera le programme. Le concert aura lieu à la Maison symphonique de Montréal, le lundi 13 mai à 19 h 30.

CHEF INVITÉ
C’est avec grand plaisir que le CMIM accueillera également Maxim Vengerov à titre de chef d’orchestre officiel de son édition violon 2013. Ce dernier troquera en effet l’archet pour la baguette afin de diriger l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, partenaire majeur du Concours, qui accompagnera les finalistes les 14 et 15 mai ainsi que les lauréats lors du concert gala le 17 mai, à la Maison symphonique de Montréal. Lors de son plus récent passage à Montréal, celui-ci nous confiait : « Je suis très honoré de participer à cet événement. Je partagerai alors la scène avec les concurrents et il y aura de plus le public et les éminents membres du jury…je conçois que cela puisse être impressionnant pour de jeunes artistes ! Cependant je suis persuadé que cela sera très formateur pour eux, très…thérapeutique ! Je pense sincèrement que cette expérience sera extraordinaire pour nous tous.» Rappelons que l’édition violon 2013 du CMIM se déroulera du 6 au 17 mai prochains.


MEMBRES DU JURY INTERNATIONAL
Présidé par M. André Bourbeau, cofondateur et président du CMIM, le jury de l’édition 2013 sera composé des personnalités suivantes : de Suède, le fondateur et directeur artistique du Festival de Verbier, Martin T. Engstroem; du Royaume-Uni, le violoniste Rodney Friend; d’Autriche, le violoniste et président du Concours international de violon Fritz Kreisler, Michael Frischenschlager; du Japon, la violoniste et professeure au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Yuzuko Horigome; de France, le violoniste Régis Pasquier, également professeur au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris; du Canada, le violoniste et altiste Barry Shiffman, également doyen associé et directeur du département de musique de chambre de la Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music et des États-Unis, la violoniste Kathleen Winkler, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair et professeure à la Shepherd School of Music de la Rice University.


COMPOSITEUR DE L’ŒUVRE CANADIENNE OBLIGATOIRE
Depuis sa création, le CMIM commande à un compositeur canadien une œuvre de cinq minutes conçue expressément pour les concurrents. La pièce, qui sera jouée par chacun lors de l’épreuve quart de finale, a été commandée cette année au Montréalais Jean Lesage. Membre du comité artistique de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec de 1990 à 2011, chroniqueur à l’émission Musique actuelle de la radio FM de Radio-Canada de 1987 à 1995 et rédacteur en chef invité à la revue Circuit, dont il fait toujours partie du comité de rédaction, de 1997 à 2008, Jean Lesage est également professeur de composition et d’orchestration à l’École de musique Schulich de l’Université McGill depuis 1999.

BILLETTERIE
Les billets pour toutes les épreuves du Concours et le Concert prestige sont en vente dès aujourd’hui. Offre spéciale de Noël : 30% de rabais sur l’achat de vos billets pour le Concert prestige avant le 15 janvier. Billetterie de la Place des arts :www.laplacedesarts.com | 514 842-2112 1 866 842-2112.

Les billets et passeports pour les épreuves quart de finale et demi-finale sont disponibles à la billetterie de la Salle Bourgie : https://ebillet.mbam.qc.ca  | 514 285-2000, poste 429

Plus de détails au www.concoursmontreal.ca
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Fondé en 2002, le CMIM s’inscrit dans la grande tradition de la musique classique. Il vise à découvrir et à aider les jeunes chanteurs, violonistes et pianistes qui se distinguent par la maîtrise de leur art. Présenté par Hydro-Québec, le Concours Musical International de Montréal est fier de pouvoir compter sur l’appui de partenaires artistiques majeurs tels que Radio-Canada et l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
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Photos : Maxim Vengerov @Naim Chidiac; Stéphane Tétreault @Caroline Bergeron; Serhiy Salov @Irène Zandel et Jean-Marie Zeitouni @Pierre-Étienne Bergeron.


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MAXIM VENGEROV
AT THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL COMPETITION
Montreal, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – The Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC) is pleased to announce the participation of violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov for the 2013 violin edition; a new initiative, a benefit performance in support of the MIMC; and finally the MIMC reveals the names of the members of its international jury as well as the composer of the Canadian compulsory work.


CONCERT PRESTIGE
The MIMC is proud to present Concert prestige, a benefit performance bringing together world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, young cellist Stéphane Tétreault, Radio-Canada Revelation 2011-2012, as well as pianist Serhiy Salov, the MIMC first prize winner in 2004. The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal and its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni will join the trio for Beethoven's Triple concerto. Completing the programme, I Musici will perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. The concert will take place at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.


GUEST CONDUCTOR
It is with great pleasure that the MIMC will welcome Maxim Vengerov as the invited guest conductor of its 2013 violin edition. Mr. Vengerov will trade his bow for the baton to conduct the Orchestre symphonique de MontréalMr. Vengerov will trade his bow for the baton to conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, an important partner of the Competition. They will accompany the finalists on May 14 and 15 as well as the winners during the gala concert on May 17, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. During his last trip to Montreal, he shared some thoughts on his participation at the competition: "I am very honoured to participate in this event. I will then share the stage with the competitors and there will the public and prominent jury members... I understand that this may be impressive to young artists! However I am confident that this will be very good for them, very... therapeutic! I think that this experience will be great for us all." The 2013 violin edition of the MIMC will take place from May 6 to 17.


MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY
Presided by André Bourbeau, Co-Founder and President of the MIMC, the jury of the 2013 edition will be comprised of the following: from Sweden, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Verbier Festival, Martin T. Engstroem; from the United Kingdom, violinist Rodney Friend; from Austria, violinist and President of the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition,Michael Frischenschlager; from Japan, violinist and Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Yuzuko Horigome; from France, violinist Régis Pasquier, Professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris; from CanadaBarry Shiffman violinist and violist, as well as Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and from the United States, violinist Kathleen Winkler, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair and Professor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

COMPOSER OF THE CANADIAN COMPULSORY WORK
Since its inception, the MIMC commissions from a Canadian composer a five-minute work specifically written for the competition. This year, the work was commissioned from Montrealer Jean Lesage and will be played by each competitor during the quarter-final round. Jean Lesage has been very active on the Montréal music scene: from 1990 to 2011 he was a member of the artistic committee of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec. From 1987 to 1995, he was a reporter for the program Musique actuelle broadcast on Radio-Canada’s FM radio and from 1997 to 2008 he was editor-in-chief for the magazine Circuit where he continues his work as member of the editorial committee. Jean Lesage is a professor of composition and orchestration at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

BOX OFFICE
Tickets are now on sale for the Concert prestige and all rounds of the Competition. Special offer: 30% discount on the purchase of your Concert prestige tickets before January 15.  The Place des Arts box office: www.laplacedesarts.com | 514 842-2112 | 1 866 842-2112.

Tickets for the quarter and semi-final rounds are available at the Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:https://ebillet.mbam.qc.ca/eng  | 514 285-2000, ext. 429

More details: http://concoursmontreal.ca/permanent/en/horaire/programmation.asp
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The MIMC plays a key role in the finest tradition of classical concert music. The Competition seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who have distinguished themselves as masters of their art.  Presented by Hydro-Québec, the Montreal International Musical competition is proud to count on the support of major artistic partners such as Radio-Canada and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

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COC Presents Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition Nov. 29


TEN SINGERS FROM ACROSS CANADA COMPETE FOR CASH PRIZES AND PLACES IN COC’S ENSEMBLE STUDIO

Toronto  Out of a pool of 146 young, aspiring opera singers from across the country, the Canadian Opera Company has selected 10 to compete in the Second Annual COC Ensemble Studio Competition on 
November 29, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  The young singers competing are: bass-baritone Gordon Bintner (Regina, Sask.); 
mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage (Woodstock, Ont.); soprano Aviva Fortunata (Calgary, Alta.); baritone Clarence Frazer(Toronto, Ont.); tenor Andrew Haji (London, Ont.); mezzo-soprano Danielle MacMillan (Toronto, Ont.); bass Nathan Keoughan(Charlottetown, P.E.I.); tenor Michael Marino (London, Ont.); soprano Lara Secord-Haid (Winnipeg, Man.) and soprano Kelsey Vicary (Niagara Falls, Ont.).

The 10 finalists were chosen following preliminary auditions in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and New York City.  Over the course of the two-hour event on November 29, each finalist will perform two arias showcasing their vocal technique and range before an audience and panel of judges.  Select finalists will be invited to join the COC’s 2013/2014 Ensemble Studio, with the number of offers to be determined by the judging panel.  First, second and third prizes, worth $5,000, $3,000 and $1,500, respectively, will be awarded, in addition to a People’s Choice Award, selected by audience vote, worth $1,500. 

“The COC’s Ensemble Studio has been the best opera training program in the country since its inception in 1980.  Now, with this annual competition, the public can participate in our selection process by witnessing first-hand the talent and commitment these young singers bring to the pursuit of their careers,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef.  “The Ensemble Studio Competition is more than a final round of auditions for our training program.  It’s a platform to showcase the incredible emerging operatic talent in this country and an opportunity to glimpse the future of opera in Canada.”

COC General Director Alexander Neef heads the jurors of the Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition.  He is joined by COC Artistic Administrator Roberto Mauro, COC Music Administrator Sandra Gavinchuk, Head of the COC Ensemble Studio Liz Upchurch, and Canadian soprano, singing teacher and Ensemble Studio alumna Wendy Nielsen.  The judging panel will deliberate on location and announce the competition winners at the event’s conclusion.

The Ensemble Studio Competition highlights the finest young opera talent from across Canada.  Winning a place in the COC’s Ensemble Studio can be these singers’ first step towards an international opera career.  The audience at the vocal competition will be hearing the singers selected to follow in the footsteps of such renowned Ensemble Studio graduates as Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Joseph Kaiser, David Pomeroy and Krisztina Szabó, among many others.

The Ensemble Studio audition process is only open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants.

The Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition is almost sold-out, with only a limited number of standing-room tickets available.  Standing-room rickets are $15 and may be purchased online at coc.ca, by calling COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231 or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.




ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Canadian Opera Company is grateful to the following for their sponsorship support of the Second Annual Ensemble Studio Competition: Laurie and Fareed Ali, Earlaine Collins, Ninalee Craig, Marjorie and Roy Linden, Sandra L. Simpson, Colleen Sexsmith, ARIAS: Canadian Opera Student Development Fund, Tom C. Logan, Classical 96.3 FM, Eva Innes and David Medhurst, Sylvia M. McPhee and Brian Wilks.

The COC Ensemble Studio Competition is presented in part by RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation and MEDCAN.
  



About the COC Ensemble Studio
The members of the Ensemble Studio are the COC’s resident artists and are important ambassadors for the company. Since its inception in 1980, over 150 young professional Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first major professional operatic experience through the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Former members include Ben Heppner, Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Wendy Nielsen, David Pomeroy, Joseph Kaiser, Lauren Segal and Krisztina Szabó.

Members of the Ensemble Studio receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience through an individually tailored, multi-year program, involving understudying and performing mainstage roles, intensive vocal coaching, language and acting studies, and career skills development, as well as participation in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera professionals.

   The COC Ensemble Studio is underwritten in part by Peter M. Deeb and The Slaight Family Foundation.  The Ensemble Studio is also supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Foundation and other generous donors.

About the Canadian Opera Company
Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America.  The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America.  Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention.  The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists.  The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world.  Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.  For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website, coc.ca.

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Jennifer Pugsley, Media Relations Manager, tel: 416-306-2303, e-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca
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Jennifer Pugsley
Media Relations Manager
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON  M5A 1E8
E-mail: jenniferp@coc.ca
Phone: 416-306-2303 Fax: 416-363-5584

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents Carmina Burana


Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents Carmina Burana in a choral–percussion collaboration!

TMC + TorQ - Nov 14, 2012 - Koerner Hall
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir opens its 12/13 Season (its 118 th season) on November 14th with Carl Orff's modern masterpiece Carmina Burana. The Choir will be joined by Toronto's dynamic TorQ Percussion Quartet in the great acoustics and setting of Koerner Hall.
In this entertaining program, voice and percussion combine in three works. The full TMC, TorQ Percussion Quartet, two pianists and soloists will take the audience into the earthy and vivid imagery of medieval life in Beuren, Germany with Orff's popular Carmina Burana. The TMC's full symphonic sound and clear articulation is a perfect match for Orff's dramatic story telling. Get a taste of O Fortuna performed by the TMC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UsMj4K7q4M&feature=youtu.be
Also on the program, British composer Jonathan Dove's choral song cycle The Passing of the Year commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2000, and contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst for double choir, piano and percussion. Whitacre is one of today's most popular composers of choral music.
More details on the concert, including musical clips and program notes, can be found on the TMC website.
TMC presents Carmina Burana
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Noel Edison, conductor
Matthew Otto, associate conductor
Guest artists: TorQ Percussion Quartet; James Bourne, piano; Michel Ross, piano; Lesley Bouza, soprano; Christopher Mayell, tenor; and Michael Nyby, baritone
Tickets: $53-$87 / seniors $47-$81 / VoxTix for 30 and unders, $25. (New for 2012/13, we have raised our VoxTix age to 30.)
RCM Box Office: 416-408-0208 / www.rcmusic.ca
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