Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tafelmusik's Jeanne Lamon receives Lifetime Achievement Award
April 25, 2013
Toronto Musicians’ Association
Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of its partners in government:
The Canadian Opera Company appoints two new senior staff positions
“The COC is moving in new and more international circles, and while the production and fundraising arms of the company have been remarkable, we are now growing at a rapid rate and need to augment and broaden the talent we have,” Neef says. “While we already have extremely high standards, we now have to reach even higher to match those of other companies we are collaborating with, such as the Met, the Royal Opera House, La Scala and the Bolshoi.”
As Director of Production, Peter W. Lamb will oversee the COC’s myriad and complex technical and production department responsibilities. His role will include strengthening the company’s increasingly active production department as the COC works as a co-producer with opera companies around the world, as well as diverse artistic and creative teams. Mr. Lamb’s 40-year theatrical career includes serving as a technical director and production manager (Stratford Festival; Livent), theatre consultant and planner (Kimmel Center, Philadelphia; Roy Thomson Hall; Salle Pleyel, Paris; Jazz at Lincoln Center), and producer (Dancap). He also has established his own consulting firm (PWL Associates) to work on numerous international theatre productions. Mr. Lamb begins work with the COC on April 29, 2013.
“We’re very pleased that someone with Peter’s talent is joining the COC. His expertise will be an enormous benefit to the company’s production activities,” Neef says. “Peter’s background and experience is vital to us as we are now working with so many of the world’s largest and most respected opera companies and artists.”
Christie Darville’s promotion reflects the increased role of fundraising within the company. As Chief Advancement Officer, she is charged with the responsibility of fulfilling the company’s mandate to meet significant financial goals that the artistic objectives entail, as well as enhance the COC’s engagement and stewardship with new and existing patrons and loyal supporters.
Neef says, “In Christie, we have a fantastic fundraiser and administrator. The company now currently raises approximately $10 million in private and corporate donations, and while impressive, we have the capacity to generate more support through new and more comprehensive fundraising programs. Our artistic plans reach far into the future and our fundraising plans are essential in order to realize them.”
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Chopin and Mozart GALA Evening, A benefit event for the McGill Chamber Orchestra
Montreal, April 22, 2013 - Chopin and Mozart featured on the same menu! Something to satisfy music lovers of all types! This benefit event for the McGill Chamber Orchestra, presented in association with the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, will take place on May 6th, 2013, at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Barely 18, young piano prodigy Jan Lisiecki will be the guest of honour during the spring concert that will close McGill Chamber Orchestra's 73rd season.
During the first half of the concert, Jan Lisiecki will combine technique with interpretation, by presenting Chopin's Études Op.10, with all the youthful energy, brilliance and virtuosity he is known for. A feat this pianist can easily pull off! In addition, Lisiecki will also perform an inspiring piece by Canadian composer Stewart Grant, "Spring Came Dancing". It is a free musical variation based on the poem "My Love Told Me to Love Thee Alone" by Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of our time. Following the intermission, the spotlight will be on another musical child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Accompanied by the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the young pianist will perform Mozart's first "unequivocal" masterpiece, the Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271, also known as the "Jeunehomme" Concerto (which was actually written for a young lady).
About Jan Lisiecki
Critically acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine for his "mature musicality" and his "sensitively distilled" interpretations, Jan Lisiecki has, at only 18, quite an impressive track record. Since making his orchestral debut at age 9, he has performed with some of the most famous ensembles: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Minnesota Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, just to name a few. He has graced the stages of some of the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall, Kaufman Hall and Salle Cortot. He has shared the stage with the likes of internationally renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, James Ehnes and Emanuel Ax. He has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Korea, China, Japan, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Italy, Guatemala and Poland. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition, becoming the youngest in history to do so. The McGill Chamber Orchestra is pleased to welcome him for the third time (2008-2010-2013) and to applaud his extraordinary talent during its annual Gala.
About McGill Chamber Orchestra
Founded in 1939, the McGill Chamber Orchestra is one of Canada's most acclaimed chamber orchestras. Under the artistic direction of dynamic conductor Boris Brott since 2000, the Orchestra has, in a few short years, reinvented itself and has become a resounding ensemble composed of some of Montreal's most promising musicians.
Tickets are on sale at the PDA
L’ENSEMBLE DE MUSIQUE SACRÉE DE QUÉBEC PRÉSENTE UN CONCERT FLORILÈGE
Québec, lundi 22 avril 2013 – L’Ensemble de musique sacrée de Québec, dirigé par Richard Duguay, produira son concert du printemps à deux reprises en mai. Le samedi 4 mai à 20 h à l’église de Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, en partenariat avec le Festival Choral, Patrimonial et Culturel de Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, et le vendredi 10 mai à 19 h 30 à l’Espace Hypérion dans le cadre de Hypéria, le premier Festival choral de Québec.
Spécialisé dans l’interprétation a capella, l’Ensemble présentera un florilège de musique sacrée de toutes les époques : celle de la Renaissance, où l’on tentait de solutionner le difficile problème des rapports de la musique et de la poésie; celle des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, où l’invention de la basse chiffrée marque une ère nouvelle dans la musique chorale ; et celle du XIXe siècle, considéré comme celui de la musique chorale. Au programme également les grands compositeurs du XXe siècle que furent Maurice Duruflé et Francis Poulenc et deux compositeurs canadiens qui marquent notre époque : Imant Raminsh et Rupert Lang.
Le vendredi 10 mai à 19 h 30 à l’Espace Hypérion 190, rue Saint-Joseph Est.
Détails des prix sur le site www.emsq.org
Le directeur artistique et musical
Friday, April 19, 2013
Air Canada's enRoute Film Festival - Call for entries
TORONTO, April 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced it is inviting Canadian film students and emerging filmmakers to enter its seventh annual enRoute short film festival. Each year, a celebrity jury selects the best short films and broadcasts them to a large international audience on Air Canada's enRoute in-flight entertainment system.
The winner of Best Short Film will receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor Cineplex Entertainment. Other awards include Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation and the second annual People's Choice Award. All winners will receive an exciting new destination prize to a major international film festival courtesy of Air Canada.
Winning films are selected by an esteemed jury, which will be announced this summer. Past jury members have included Jean-Marc Vallée, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Atom Egoyan, Denis Villeneuve, Donald Sutherland, Molly Parker, Rémy Girard, Alan Cumming and Don Carmody, among many others.
Selected films will be broadcast on Air Canada's personal seatback entertainment system and viewed by millions of Air Canada customers around the world. A free public screening and awards celebration will be held in Toronto at the end of the year to honour the winners. Additional screenings will take place in Vancouver and Montreal showcasing the selected films.
To download an entry form and view full contest rules and regulations, please visit www.enroutefilm.com. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 31.
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About Air Canada:
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 51 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,329 destinations in 194 countries. Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada's premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.
Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. In 2012, Air Canada was ranked for a third consecutive year "Best International Airline in North America" in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by Skytrax. According to the 2012 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 79 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada. In 2012, readers of Global Traveler magazine voted Air Canada "Best Airline in North America," the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best In-Flight Services in North America," and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for Business Class Service," "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and "Best Flight Attendants in North America." For more information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com and follow @AirCanada on Twitter and Facebook.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Vancouver musicians prepare to impress Rome audiences
VANCOUVER’S BOREALIS STRING QUARTET
MAKES ROME DEBUT JULY 5 AT CANADIAN DAY
“The group's sound was radiant from the elegiac Adagio to the defiant finale.” – The Strad magazine
Vancouver’s dynamic Borealis String Quartet has performed to great acclaim in major cities across North America and in Asia, as well as in Europe. It is now set to make its Rome debut, July 5 as part of Canadian Day in Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations.
The quartet and other outstanding Canadian musicians will be presented in a day of classical and jazz concerts and other aspects of Canadian culture during a week of one-day events hosted by the Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
This year, Canada becomes the first North American nation invited to Le Nazioni. The Festival – held in the Accademia’s elegant and historic home and gardens in central Rome – will also feature the cultures of Norway, Brazil and Morocco the week of July 1.
CANADIAN COMPOSITION :
In addition to Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Kornel Wolak, the Borealis will perform the String Quartet No. 1 by Canadian composer Imant Raminsch. It is the first of two quartets commissioned from Raminsh by Chamber Music Kelowna and premiered by the Borealis in Kelowna BC.
The Borealis String Quartet (www.borealisstringquartet.com) was formed in 2000. First violin Patricia Shih, second violin Yuel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy, and cellist Bo Peng pride themselves on compelling performances of the classics, as well as contemporary works by Canadian composers, and collaborations with artists on traditional Chinese instruments. Some of these are featured on the Quartet’s seven CDs.
Prior to its 2013 European tour, the Borealis travels in the opposite direction for a return tour of China and Taiwan, April 27-May 11.
From Rome, the Borealis heads to Italy’s Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, in its second year as quartet-in-residence, July 9-26.
After Italy, the Quartet returns home to perform on Hornby Island, and at a number of Victoria hospitals as part of its work with the Health Arts Society, reflecting its commitment to bring music to those isolated in residential care or in remote communities.
The Borealis performs on a fine quartet of Italian instruments dating from 1698 to 1791, on loan from Taiwan’s CHIMEI Culture Foundation, following its initial success in that nation.
Canada’s participation in Le Nazioni, The Festival of Nations is being organized by the Toronto-based International Resource Centre for Performing Artists and produced by IRCPA Director Ann Summers Dossena. More information is posted at http://ircpa.net and will appear shortly at www.filarmonicaromana.org.
DONATIONS NEEDED :
As of this week, $20,000 of the $70,000 budget is still needed to help cover the costs of the artists, including travel and accommodation – which are the responsibility of the guest countries. Canada has no program that can accommodate such international opportunities. The Accademia Filarmonica Romana partners with the IRCPA by providing the venues, as well as production and technical staff, and media office. Donations can be made by sending cheques payable to the IRCPA (a registered charity), and mailed to IRCPA, 43 Bright Street, Toronto ON M5A 3H5, or made on-line through the Canada Helps www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s23. All donations will be acknowledged, and tax receipts issued for donations of $50 or more.
An autographed CD of one of the featured artists will also be given to donors of $500 or more. Donors of $1,000 or more will receive a CD, autographed photographs from the Rome event, as well as a small gift from Rome.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The National Arts Centre Orchestra tours China for the first time : Linking Canada and China through Performance, Education and Technology
- Pinchas Zukerman, the NAC’s brilliant conductor and internationally acclaimed violist, violinist and teacher will perform as a soloist during the tour and will teach many young students in China.
- The works of Canadian composers Alexina Louie and John Estacio, “Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II” and “Brio: Toccata And Fantasy For Orchestra” will be featured prominently in the concert repertoire. Both composers will take part in many concerts and outreach events during the tour. The tour has special significance to Alexina Louie, whose family is originally from China.
- Amanda Forsyth, the principal cellist of the NAC Orchestra will perform “Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II” by Chinese-Canadian composer, Alexina Louie at a joint concert with the combined forces of the NAC Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Hong Kong.
- As a direct result of the NAC’s world-leading expertise in the use of broadband internet technology, three permanent broadband videoconference connections will be established at - leading conservatories across China and at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. This legacy project will enable young musicians in China to learn from the best international teachers at their home institutions.
This tour is built around a long-term relationship between Canada’s National Arts Centre and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), which recently signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding for cultural exchange and collaboration. Under this agreement, the NAC will host the NCPA Orchestra in the fall of 2014 for a concert in Southam Hall. Furthermore, discussions are underway for both creative and educational collaborations in future years.
Friday, April 12, 2013
La saison 2013-2014 de L’Opéra de Montréal : Une invitation au voyage
Cinq opéras :
Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
Activités communautaires et éducatives
Falstaff : le 7 novembre 2013
Porgy and Bess : le 23 janvier 2014
Turandot : le 15 mai 2014
Un cahier pédagogique conçu par la compagnie (thème, contexte historique, notes sur le compositeur, argument, scène et aspects invisibles d’une production, dates importantes dans le monde de l’opéra...) est remis à chaque professeur pour l’aider à préparer ses élèves à la représentation. Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site de l’Opéra de Montréal : www.operademontreal.com/education.