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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

30e Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac, du 13 au 16 juin



Tadoussac, le 30 avril 2013 – Le Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac souffle cette année ses 30 bougies! Après sa toute première nuit de jam échevelé, le plus grand des petits festivals perpétue sa tradition de chansons tous azimuts, d’aubes folles et de rencontres insolites, dans l’écrin magnifique d’une des plus belles baies du monde! Une programmation exceptionnelle, où frayent côte à côte légendes et découvertes, souligne cette 30e édition du 13 au 16 juin 2013.

Pour lancer l’événement, la grande dame de la chanson, Anne Sylvestre, s’est vue confiée la soirée d’ouverture au cœur de l'inspirante salle Desjardins. Vendredi, l’âme de Jacques Brel hantera la nef, alors que Diane Tell, Danielle Oderra, Marie-Hélène Thibert, Paul Piché, Bia, Bruno Pelletier, Isabelle Boulay, Pierre Flynn et Marie-Josée Lord interpréteront les plus beaux titres du poète. La bande à Brel sera suivie par Yann Perreau qui, «à genoux dans le désir», entonnera ses incantations entraînantes. La soirée du samedi accueillera le fameux Open Country de Mountain Daisies réunissant Pierre Flynn, Mario Pelchat, Stephen Faulkner, Michel Faubert, et quelques autres dont Lisa Leblanc, Louis-Jean Cormier et Amylie, qui revisiteront à la façon de Willie leurs propres chansons. La fête se poursuivra avec le crooner Damien Robitaille qui attrapera le public au vol et le fera planer… sans doute jusqu’au 7e ciel!

La scène Sirius XM, dans le célèbre sous-sol de l’église, sera encore cette année l’antre du party! Vendredi, Bernard Adamus et Canailles prendront les rênes de la fiesta jusqu'aux petites heures, du moins assez longtemps pour vous mener jusqu’à l’aube où, sur les blondes dunes, Caïman Fu entonnera une inoubliable salutation au soleil. Le lendemain, Canailles sera de nouveau de la partie, cette fois en compagnie de l’incontournable Lisa Leblanc.

Plusieurs salles et chapiteaux

Parce que Tadoussac rime avec abondance, le public sera invité à vagabonder de salles en chapiteaux; de l’Auberge de jeunesse au Café du Fjord, sur la promenade ou autour de la Pointe de l’Islet, il y aura de la musique jusque dans le bout de vos semelles! Et puis, en vrac : l’envoûtante Marie-Pierre Arthur, les ritournelles de Louis-Jean Cormier, Paule-Andrée Cassidy se la jouant tango, la divine Katie Moore, le surprenant Daran et la poétique Marcie. Au chapiteau Hydro-Québec, la rencontre madelinienne/Acadienne et bi générationnelle du duo Pascal Lejeune et Georges Langford, l’irrévérencieux Keith Kouna, l’amour accrocheur de Karim Ouellet et la folie contagieuse des Hay Babies vous séduiront.

Les cousins européens seront bien sûr de la fête avec Xavier Lacouture – grand gourou des artistes en résidence! (cette année : Tina-Ève Provost, Félicia, Kwal, Mary-Beth de Scène, Amylie, Rod le Stod, Caroline Savoie) – la délirante Mell, le rigolo duo Lili Cros et Thierry Chazelle et le géant belge Jofroi.

Les amoureux du son qui «groove» seront ravis d’apprendre que Koriass, Violett Pi, Nomadic Massive, Collectivo, Propofol, Madame Moustache et Ponctuation éliront domicile à Tadoussac le temps de cette 30e édition qui s’annonce plutôt chiche en heures de sommeil, mais oh combien généreuse en celles de plaisir, particulièrement du côté du site Belle Gueule!

Un clin d’œil au grand poète Félix Leclerc viendra colorer de manière particulière cette édition anniversaire avec un nouveau parcours musical : Le Tour de L’Islet. À découvrir à pied, le pique-nique dans la besace! Pour compléter l’aventure, les plus audacieux pourront enfiler leurs bottes de marche ou encore pagayer jusqu’à l’Anse à la Barque pour découvrir Canailles grandeur nature! Tout cela sans oublier la famille avec un spectacle signé Badaboum band conçu expressément pour le jeune public, suivi par le traditionnel concours de sculptures sur sable.

30 ans de chansons, 30 ans de bonheur à partager dans un bain de beauté, de verdure et de grande bleue!

Prix avantageux en prévente du 30 avril au 24 mai. Information complète au www.chansontadoussac.com

Billetterie : 418-235-2002 / 1-866-861-4108
 
 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tafelmusik's Jeanne Lamon receives Lifetime Achievement Award


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For immediate release:
April 25, 2013
Jeanne Lamon receives Lifetime Achievement Award from
Toronto Musicians’ Association
Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, is the recipient of a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians’ Association (TMA). The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a 20+ year TMA member who has demonstrated significant achievement in the areas of musical excellence, music education and/or public service through music, and whose contribution to the musical community has received significant public recognition. Past recipients include Guido Basso, Howard Cable, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Andrea Hansen, Tommy Hunter, Jacques Israelievitch, Gordon Lightfoot, Moe Koffman, Joe Macerollo, Anne Murray and Phil Nimmons.
"For me, it is always the most significant of honours when it comes from my peers. Only a musician can truly understand the work of another one, so this award from the TMA is extremely touching,” said Jeanne Lamon. “It is hugely wonderful to share this award with such an impressive list of previous winners. If I have achieved anything significant, I have not done so alone. Tafelmusik's success is entirely due to my colleagues in the orchestra who must be the most positive, talented and intelligent people on earth. Together we have built a unique and happy environment where music-making can thrive."
Under Lamon’s artistic direction since 1981, Tafelmusik has achieved an enviable international stature and is considered “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone Magazine). During Lamon’s tenure, Tafelmusik has grown from its modest beginnings to the world-renowned, cutting-edge period ensemble it is today, reaching millions of people through extensive touring, critically-acclaimed recordings, broadcasts, new media, and artistic/community partnerships.
“Jeanne’s talent, passion, determination, and leadership ability allowed her to gather a critical mass of people with a common goal, whom she guided to become greater than the sum of its parts. That is truly a lifetime achievement,” remarked Jim Biros, Executive Director of the TMA.
“It is leaders like Jeanne whose skills and vision create the institutions in our city that we as musicians depend upon for sustenance, both financial and — much more importantly — musical. Musicians are by nature dreamers, and we strive to communicate great ideas and emotions with notes. Some musicians, like Jeanne Lamon, are dreamers who cause their dreams to come true, and we are better for having them in our midst,” he said. “Thank you Jeanne, and congratulations on an exceptional journey!”
Described as "a toweringly influential figure in the musical life of Canada" by the Canada Council for the Arts, Jeanne Lamon began to specialize in baroque violin in the early 1970s, during her studies inAmsterdam with Sigiswald Kuijken. From 1972 to 1981 she was engaged as concertmaster of many period orchestras, both European and North American, and in 1980, Lamon was invited to Toronto by Tafelmusik’s founders, Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, and was appointed Music Director in 1981.
In 2000, Lamon was named to the Order of Canada. She has won numerous other awards and distinctions, including honorary degrees from York University and Mount Saint Vincent University, the Muriel Sherrin Award, the Prix Alliance, the Joan Chalmers Award, the Canada Council's Molson Prize, the Toronto Musicians’ Association’s Musician of the Year Award, the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, and the Betty Webster Award for Musical Leadership.
Late last year, Lamon announced that she plans to step down from her role as full-time music director in 2014, ending what will be a remarkable 33-year tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful international performing arts organizations. Lamon will assume the role of Music Director Emerita and will continue to work on the creation of the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 78 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, the choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto where it hosts its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The 2012/13 touring season brings Tafelmusik’s two most recent multi-media concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.
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The Canadian Opera Company appoints two new senior staff positions


Toronto April 24, 2013 – Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, announced today two new senior staff positions: Director of Production and Chief Advancement Officer.  Peter W. Lamb has been hired as Director of Production, and Christie Darville, the COC’s current Director of Development, has been promoted to Chief Advancement Officer.  The two new positions reflect the increased emphasis the COC is placing on both its artistic output and fundraising efforts. 

“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.”

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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

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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 samedi 4 mai à 20 h à l’église de Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse105, rue Principale.
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


Au programme,

Salve Regina, J. Desprez
Motet Jesu, meine Freude, J.S. Bach
   Extraits :    Choral Jesu, meine Freude
                    Verset 5 -  Gute Nacht, O Wesen

Ave Maria, G. Bouzignac
Hear my prayer, O Lord (8 voix), H. Purcell
Christ ist erstanden, F. Schubert
Tu es Petrus (8 voix), R. Pearsall
O bone Jesu (voix de femmes), J. Brahms

Os Justi, A. Bruckner
Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, M. Duruflé
Salve Regina, F. Poulenc
Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, F. Poulenc    
    Extraits : Vinea mea electa                   
                  Tristis est anima mea
Ave Verum Corpus, I. Raminsh
Agneau de Dieu, R. Lang
Soon Ah will be done (Spiritual)

L’Ensemble
Près d’une trentaine de choristes composent l’Ensemble, mixte, animé par un grand souci d’authenticité.


Le directeur artistique et musical
Richard Duguay poursuit une carrière de ténor solo depuis plus de 20 ans. Il est diplômé en chant de l’Université Laval à Québec et du Conservatoire Royal de La Haye aux Pays-Bas. Il s’est de plus perfectionné dans l’interprétation de la musique baroque lors d’ateliers internationaux. Pour ajouter à ses activités de chanteur soliste, Richard Duguay donne des cours de chant en privé. Il a enseigné chez les Petits Chanteurs de la Maîtrise de Québec et aussi dirigé le Chœur de Tilly de Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly. Il enseigne actuellement au Département de musique du Cégep de Sainte-Foy. Choriste professionnel avec La Chapelle de Québec, l’Opéra de Québec et le Chœur symphonique de Québec, Richard Duguay est de plus chef de chœur à l’église Saint-Dominique. www.emsq.org







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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.
Twitter: @enRoutemag  and  @AirCanada
Facebook: enRoute magazine and Air Canada
Pinterest: enRoute Magazine

About Air Canada's enRoute Magazine :Air Canada's enRoute Magazine is published by Spafax, one of the world's leading custom publishers and providers of in-flight media, with offices in eight cities around the world. Spafax is a part of the specialist communications division of WPP. http://enroute.aircanada.com/

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.

For further information:
For interview requests or high-res photography, please contact:
Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, rock-it promotions, inc. at debra@rockitpromo.com
or 416.656.0707 ext. 101
Christina Walters-Arseneau, rock-it promotions, inc. at christina@rockitpromo.com
or 416.656.0707 ext. 107
Isabelle Arthur, Manager - Media Relations and Air Canada Foundation, at  isabelle.arthur@aircanada.ca or 514.422.5788

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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.

                                                   

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The National Arts Centre Orchestra tours China for the first time : Linking Canada and China through Performance, Education and Technology

Ottawa (Canada)—Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra led by renowned Music Director Pinchas Zukerman will tour China for the first time in its 43-year history from October 4-20, 2013. At the official media launch in Ottawa today, the National Arts Centre (NAC) announced that 70 musicians from Canada’s National Orchestra will travel to 7 cities including: Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuling, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai.  With the support of Honourary Patron Richard Li and Presenting Partner Aimia, the NAC Orchestra will perform 8 major concerts with more than 80 education and outreach activities and 5 international broadband videoconference events linking young musicians in Canada and China.

The tour will showcase works by Canadian composers John Estacio and Alexina Louie, as part of the NAC’s commitment to Canadian creative artists. This tour will be an exceptional educational experience for the NAC’s musicians and talented young students in China.
Touring comes naturally to the NAC Orchestra which has visited every region of Canada and played the role of cultural ambassador in past international tours in various parts of the world.
In February 2012, during Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China, Canada and China committed to a series of initiatives that would strengthen their bilateral relationship, including holding cultural events in each other’s countries in 2013–2014. The tour supports this objective.
 “On behalf of the Government of Canada , I would like to congratulate the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on this partnership and on making this tour possible,” said the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Two great national institutions are working side by side and demonstrating the strong relationship between our countries. I know music lovers in both countries and children who will take part in education activities will be delighted by this tour.”
The tour will coincide with the annual general meeting of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing with a major concert on October 17, 2013 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts hosted by Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.
 At the National Arts Centre, we see our role as promoting Canadian artists to the world, building bridges of international cooperation and understanding between countries,” said Peter A. Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC. “Through presenting new Canadian orchestral music, and our pioneering work in technology and education, this tour promises to deepen the ties that bind Canada and China.”

At Aimia, we take great pride in celebrating Canadian achievements on the world stage. As the global leader in loyalty, we understand the commitment, focus and determination that it takes to achieve excellence. That is why we are so proud to be partnering with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to share outstanding performances and musical education with the world”, said Rupert Duchesne, CEO of Aimia. “Aimia is pleased to lead such an impressive group of Canadian companies in supporting this historic tour. We believe in the power of the arts to open doors and inspire an exchange of culture and ideas that will strengthen the relationship between two great countries.”
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.
“We see the arts and culture as another important way to express and represent our country on the world stage. Through this agreement, the NCPA and the NAC are strengthening relations between China and Canada,” said NCPA President Chen Ping.

A key tour highlight will certainly be the opening concert in Hong Kong, which will bring two great orchestras together – the NAC Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta – for the first time. More than 130 musicians will be on stage creating a powerful symbol our our two cultures working together.

THE BACKDROP

When internationally acclaimed violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman came to the National Arts Centre 14 years ago he wanted to accomplish two things: to build an international reputation for the Orchestra and to choose musicians that were not only great performers but also great teachers. The NAC Orchestra is now known as Canada’s greatest teaching Orchestra and as an international leader in distance learning through broadband videoconference technology.

China is experiencing extraordinary growth in music: it’s estimated that 100 million children in China are currently studying the piano or the violin. This tour will showcase both the incredible sound of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the lasting legacy of teaching the next generation of great musicians in China.  

“We are hoping to share what we do best. I know how to play the fiddle, and I was fortunate to have some wonderful teachers. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned in sessions with talented young students from China. I come to China with an open heart,” said Pinchas Zukerman the Music Director of the NAC Orchestra. “I am so proud of how great this orchestra sounds and I can’t wait to bring their music to the Chinese audiences.”

Zukerman was mentored by American violinist Isaac Stern in the 1960s. In many ways during this tour, Zukerman and members of the NAC Orchestra will be following in Stern’s footsteps. Virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern spent more than a month in China in 1978.  His visit resulted in a documentary entitled “From Mao to Mozart” about an extraordinary teacher and his Chinese students. The documentary won an academy award in 1980.

CANADIAN COMPOSERS HIGHLIGHTED

The tour will expose international audiences to the creative work of two of Canada’s most distinguished composers, both recipients of the prestigious National Arts Centre Award for Canadian Composers, John Estacio and Alexina Louie. 

“Last year, the NAC Orchestra took me and my work to audiences in Atlantic Canada for the first time.  This coming fall, I am delighted to be joining them on this odyssey which will bring my music to China,” said John Estacio.

For Chinese-Canadian composer, Alexina Louie, the tour will be a return to her ancestral roots. Louie is a 3rd generation Canadian and has traced her family history through 27 generations. She has only visited China once in 1973, on a family visit. Her music will be performed in Hong Kong.

“To have my music performed in China is remarkable, because my family is originally from China,” said Alexina Louie. “Bringing The Tiger Down From The Mountain II is inspired by the name of a Tai Chi move— to me it evokes an image of power and lyricism from China.”


POP-UP CONCERTS AT IMPORTANT LANDMARKS

The National Arts Centre and our partners in China believe music belongs in the most public places, to be shared with all. Pop-up concerts are being planned at iconic sites like the Forbidden City. A variety of concerts for school children from diverse backgrounds will introduce them to western instruments and music. For many, this will be the first time they have met anyone from Canada, and they will respond by playing Chinese music on traditional Chinese instruments— truly a cultural exchange.


BUILDING PERMANENT CONNECTIONS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

The NAC is an international leader in distance learning through broadband videoconference technology. Under the direction of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman and New Media Producer, Maurizio Ortolani the NAC will connect its cutting edge multimedia studio in Ottawa to four leading conservatories in China including: the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as well as to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Five international distance learning events will be a highlight of the tour, linking young musicians in China to Canada.  NAC Musicians will participate, as well as Pinchas Zukerman and Canada’s Goodwill Ambassador to China Mark Rowswell, known as Dashan in China. Rowswell has been called the most famous foreign media personality in China.

REPERTOIRE

PROGRAM A

John Estacio      Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra (Canadian composer)
Bruch                Violin Concerto No. 1 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
Brahms              Symphony No. 2

PROGRAM B

John Estacio      Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra (Canadian composer)
Mozart              Violin Concerto No. 3 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
Tchaikovsky      Symphony No. 5

PROGRAM C  (Hong Kong)

Alexina Louie     Bringing the Tiger Down from the Mountain II (Amanda Forsyth, cello)
                          (National Arts Centre Orchestra)
Mozart               Violin Concerto No. #3 (Pinchas Zukerman, violin)
                          (Hong Kong Sinfonietta)
Tchaikovsky       Symphony No. 5 (Hong Kong Sinfonietta and NAC Orchestra)

OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG CHINESE MUSICIANS

As many as three students from China who have been mentored by Pinchas Zukerman in Canada will join the tour as members of the NAC Orchestra. Two music students from Beijing, Zhangli Junyi and Wang Yuehan will travel to Canada in June to be mentored by Pinchas Zukerman and members of the NAC Orchestra at the annual Summer Music Institute, a musical bootcamp for leading young musicians from Canada and around the world.

FOLLOW THE TOUR

The NAC is a leader in new media and has created a website at nacotour.ca where people can follow this extraordinary tour. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and Sina Weibo #NACOChina2013. Daily reports will be posted throughout the tour at these sites.

Date
City
Venue
Sunday, October 6
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tuesday, October 8
Guangzhou
Xinghai Concert Hall
Thursday, October 10
Chongqing
Chongqing Grand Theatre
Friday, October 11
Fuling
Fuling Grand Theatre
Sunday, October 13
Tianjin
Tianjin Grand Theatre
Wednesday, October 16
Beijing
Venue TBA
Thursday, October 17
Beijing
National Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturday, October 19
Shanghai
Shanghai Concert Hall

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

An international tour of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and corporations from across Canada. The National Arts Centre and National Arts Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledge the tremendous support of Presenting Partner Aimia, Major Partners CN, Enbridge Inc., Plasco Energy Group, Power Corporation of Canada, James and Emily Ho, and Education Partner RBC Capital Markets. Thank you also to Supporting Partners Cameco, Export Development Canada, Husky Energy, Hotel Partner Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts, Travel Partner Air Canada and Friends Magna International Inc.
For his commitment to the performing arts in both Canada and China, the National Arts Centre extends a warm thank you to Richard Li, Honourary Patron of the China Tour.
The National Arts Centre would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Performance and Education Tour of China.

ABOUT THE NAC
The National Arts Centre believes nation building through the performing arts, by providing a home for Canada’s most creative artists, by being artistically adventurous and by being a catalyst for performance, creation and learning in every part of the country and around the world. The NAC is Canada’s only bilingual multi-disciplinary performing arts centre and one of the largest in the world.

ABOUT AIMIA
Aimia is a global leader in loyalty management. Aimia’s unique capabilities include proven expertise in delivering proprietary loyalty services, launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital and mobile spaces. Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program and Nectar, the United Kingdom’s largest coalition loyalty program. In addition, Aimia has majority equity positions in Air Miles Middle East and Nectar Italia as well as a minority position in Club Premier, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program and Cardlytics, a U.S.-based private company operating in transaction-driven marketing for electronic banking.

For more information please contact:
Rosemary Thompson
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
National Arts Centre
(613) 947-7000 ext 260

Andrea Hossack
Communicaitons Officer
National Arts Centre Orchestra
(613) 947-7000 ext 335
 


 

 
 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

La saison 2013-2014 de L’Opéra de Montréal : Une invitation au voyage

Montréal, mercredi 10 avril 2013  — L’équipe de l’Opéra de Montréal, sous la direction générale de Pierre Dufour a dévoilé à l’Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme de la Place des Arts, la programmation de sa 34e saison, concoctée par son directeur artistique Michel Beaulac.
 À l’affiche : cinq opéras sur la grande scène dont la commémoration du bicentenaire de Verdi, une première collaboration avec l’École nationale de cirque pour l’Atelier lyrique, Le Gala à la Maison symphonique, et la poursuite des activités communautaires et éducatives (préOpéra, coOpéra, générales ouvertes, matinée scolaire). La saison 2013-2014 est une invitation au voyage à travers les pays et les cultures, du Ceylan à l’Angleterre, de l’Amérique à la Chine, jusqu’au pays imaginaire des contes de fées allemands.

                                      

 Cinq opéras :


LAKMÉ, de Léo Delibes

 Une production chatoyante, aux couleurs de Bollywood, jouée à guichets fermés en 2007 et de retour à la demande générale. Une partition richement orchestrée et débordante de mélodies enivrantes : du célébrissime air des clochettes, haute voltige pour soprano, à la langueur magique du duo des fleurs (« Dôme épais »), souvent utilisé au cinéma et dans la publicité. Ce sera l’occasion de redécouvrir l’œuvre avec de nouveaux interprètes : l’émouvante Eglise Gutiérrez, applaudie à Montréal dans Lucia di Lammermoor, et le ténor canadien de réputation internationale, John Tessier. L’histoire : une passion interdite qui mêle amour et religion. Une héroïne à la fois fragile et indomptable, femme fragile et fatale, petite soeur de Carmen et de Manon.

Distribution : Lakmé Eglise Gutiérrez / Gérald John Tessier / Nilakantha Burak Bilgili / Frédéric Dominique Côté / Direction musicale Emmanuel Plasson / Mise en scène Alain Gauthier / Décors et costumes Mark Thompson* / Éclairages Anne Catherine Simard-Deraspe / Choeur de l’Opéra de Montréal / Orchestre Métropolitain.Coproduction Opéra de Montréal / Opera Australia. Chanté en français avec surtitres français et anglais.
21.24.26.28 septembre 2013, 19 h 30. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.


FALSTAFF, de Giuseppe Verdi – BICENTENAIRE VERDI

 Pour souligner le 200e anniversaire de Verdi, son ultime opéra, inspiré de Shakespeare et de nouveau à l’affiche à l’Opéra de Montréal après presque vingt ans d’absence. Le compositeur qui a tant fait pleurer signe ici un chef-d’oeuvre de comédie burlesque, une farce musicale tourbillonnante où chaque note est un éclat de rire. Le retour sur notre scène de Marie-Nicole Lemieux, dans le rôle de l’irrésistible Mrs. Quickly, pour lequel elle a été acclamée dans toutes les grandes maisons d’Europe, du Covent Garden de Londres à la Scala de Milan, en passant par l’Opéra de Paris. Autour d’elle, une distribution incluant les Canadiens Aline Kutan, Gregory Dahl, Gianna Corbisiero et Antonio Figueroa, applaudis à Montréal comme ailleurs. Dans le rôle-titre, les débuts à la compagnie d’un baryton italien spécialiste du répertoire verdien, Paolo Gavanelli.

L’histoire : le vieux et bedonnant Sir John Falstaff se croit encore un grand séducteur et multiplie les lettres d’amour aux femmes mariées. Mais les joyeuses commères à qui il s’adresse ont décidé de se venger du vieillard. Son humiliation sera totale.

Distribution : John Falstaff Paolo Gavanelli* / Mrs. Quickly Marie-Nicole Lemieux / Nannetta Aline Kutan / Fenton Antonio Figueroa / Alice Ford Gianna Corbisiero / Ford Gregory Dahl / Direction musicale Daniele Callegari* / Mise en scène David Gately / Décors et costumes John Conklin, concept original (revisité par Olivier Landreville) / Éclairages Eric W. Champoux / Choeur de l’Opéra de Montréal / Orchestre Métropolitain.Production Opéra de Montréal, créée pour le New York City Opera et le Glimmerglass Opera. Chanté en italien avec surtitres français et anglais.
9.12.14.16 novembre 2013, 19 h 30. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

PORGY AND BESS, de George Gershwin – EN PREMIÈRE À LA COMPAGNIE

  Le chef-d’œuvre de Gershwin fait son entrée au répertoire de l’Opéra de Montréal. Selon les volontés du compositeur, une distribution entièrement noire occupe la scène. Participation inédite : le Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir fait ses grands débuts à la compagnie. Autres débuts attendus, ceux de la Canadienne de réputation internationale, Measha Brueggergosman. Le retour de Marie-Josée Lord à l’Opéra de Montréal. Une partition géniale qui opère la fusion entre l’opéra européen et le jazz américain. Un déferlement de mélodies, dont plusieurs sont devenues des standards : l’immortel Summertime, le déchirant My man’s gone now, mais aussi Bess, you is my woman, It ain’t necessarily so, I got plenty o’ nuttin’…

L’histoire : une histoire d’amour et de mort dans une petite communauté de Caroline du Sud. La belle Bess essaie d’échapper à son passé trouble. Mais son ancien amant, le caïd Crown, la menace dans l’ombre. L’infirme Porgy, amoureux fou de Bess, saura-t-il la sauver?

Distribution : Porgy Jonathan Lemalu* / Bess Measha Brueggergosman* / Crown Lester Lynch* / Serena Marie-Josée Lord / Clara Chantale Nurse / Direction musicale Wayne Marshall / Mise en scène Tazewell Thompson*, initialement mis en scène et chorégraphié par Hope Clark / Décors Ken Foy* / Costumes Judy Dearing* / Éclairages Anne Catherine Simard-Deraspe / Effets sonores Steven Canyon Kennedy* / Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Coproduction Cleveland, Dallas, Florida Grand, Houston Grand, Los Angeles Music Center, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco. En association avec The Orange County Performing Arts Center. Chanté en anglais avec surtitres français et anglais.
25.28.30 janvier 2014 + 1er février 2014, 19 h 30. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

TURANDOT, de Giacomo Puccini

 Le dernier opéra de Puccini, le plus impressionnant et le plus luxuriant. Une partition qui mélange la comédie et la tragédie. Des personnages plus grands que nature, des voix à la mesure de leur démesure. Un torrent d’envoûtantes mélodies, accompagnées par un orchestre déchaîné et pourtant d’un raffinement insurpassé. L’occasion d’entendre en contexte l’un des plus grands hits de tout le répertoire, l’incontournable « Nessun dorma », cheval de bataille de tous les grands ténors. Une distribution internationale, incluant des retrouvailles avec un chouchou du public montréalais, la bouleversante Hiromi Omura dans le rôle de Liù, mais aussi des découvertes, telle la puissante soprano russe, Galina Shesterneva.

L’histoire : le prince Calaf est amoureux de la cruelle princesse chinoise Turandot. Pour l’épouser, il doit résoudre trois énigmes, sinon il sera décapité. Avec l’aide de sa servante Liù, Calaf triomphera et l’amour fera fondre le coeur de la princesse de glace.

Distribution : Turandot Galina Shesterneva* / Calaf Kamen Chanev* / Liù Hiromi Omura / Timur Grigori Soloviov / Direction musicale Paul Nadler / Mise en scène et chorégraphe Graeme Murphy* / Décors et costumes Kristian Fredrikson* / Choeur de l’Opéra de Montréal / Orchestre Métropolitain. 

Production Opera Australia. Chanté en italien avec surtitres français et anglais.
17.20.22.24 mai 2014, 19 h 30. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.
*débuts à la compagnie

Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal

HÄNSEL ET GRETEL, de Engelbert Humperdinck

Écrite par un disciple de Wagner, une œuvre qui unit la richesse d’un orchestre romantique à la simplicité des chansons folkloriques, alliage de raffinement et d’accessibilité. Les jeunes chanteurs de l’Atelier retombent en enfance avec un conte pour grands et petits. Des mélodies rafraîchissantes et entraînantes, lancées par des personnages colorés. Une première collaboration avec l’École nationale de cirque, dont les artistes soulignent de leurs prouesses cet opéra féerique, et une dixième avec l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada. Le monde du lyrique donne la main à l’univers du cirque, pour une rencontre qui promet d’être magique.

L’histoire : deux enfants, partis cueillir des fraises, s’égarent dans la forêt. En chemin, ils croisent la fée rosée, le marchand de sable et une alléchante maison de pain d’épice… mais aussi une inquiétante sorcière anthropophage.

Distribution : Hänsel Emma Char / Gretel Frédérique Drolet / Gertrud France Bellemare / Peter Cairan Ryan / La sorcière Rachèle Tremblay / La fée rosée/le marchand de sable Florie Valiquette / Direction et préparation musicales Alain Trudel / Mise en scène Hugo Bélanger / Musiciens de l’Orchestre Métropolitain.
Chanté en allemand avec surtitres français et anglais.
22.25.27.29 mars 2014, 19 h 30. NOUVEAU LIEU : Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.


Le Gala, 18e édition – une célébration Verdi

Le Gala, 18e édition, soulignera cette année le bicentenaire de Verdi en proposant grands airs et airs inédits par des chanteurs de la scène nationale et internationale. De nouveau à la Maison symphonique de Montréal. Dimanche 1er décembre 2013, 14 h.

LES CHANTEURS :
Du Canada : Measha Brueggergosman (début), Gianna Corbisiero, Dominique Côté, Gregory Dahl, Antonio Figueroa, Aline Kutan, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Marie-Josée Lord, Chantale Nurse, John Tessier. 
De l’étranger : Burak Bilgili, Kamen Chanev (début), Paolo Gavanelli (début), Eglise Gutiérrez, Jonathan Lemalu (début), Lester Lynch (début), Hiromi Omura, Galina Shesterneva (début), Grigori Soloviov.

LES ORCHESTRES : Orchestre Métropolitain et Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
LES CHEFS : Daniele Callegari (début), Wayne Marshall, Paul Nadler, Emmanuel Plasson, Alain Trudel.

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Tous les opéras sont présentés en langue originelle, avec surtitres bilingues projetés au-dessus de la scène. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts (PDA).

DELIBES – Lakmé | 21, 24, 26, 28 septembre 2013 à 19 h 30
VERDI – Falstaff | 9, 12, 14, 16 novembre 2013 à 19 h 30
GERSHWIN – Porgy and Bess | 25, 28, 30 janvier, 1er février 2014 à 19 h 30
PUCCINI – Turandot | 17, 20, 22, 24 mai 2014 à 19 h 30

Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal

HUMPERDINCK– Hänsel et Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) | 22, 25, 27, 29 mars 2014 à 19 h 30 – NOUVEAU LIEU

Maison symphonique de Montréal

Le Gala  | 18e édition, le 1er décembre 2013 à 14 h

Billeterie :
Abonnement OPÉRA :
4 opéras (Lakmé, Falstaff, Porgy and Bess, Turandot)
OPÉRA + : 4 opéras + Atelier lyrique (Hänsel et Gretel) .
Billetterie de l’Opéra de Montréal uniquement : 514-985-2258  •  1 877 385-2222
Abonnement offert à partir de 165 $ et en vente jusqu’au 16 novembre 2013.
TD t’emmène à l’opéra : Abonnement pour les 18-30 ans.

L’Opéra de Montréal poursuit sa collaboration avec la banque TD pour offrir un abonnement destiné aux 18-30 ans : 30 $ par opéra, avec un minimum de 2 opéras dans la saison. Abonnements offerts dès le 5 août 2013 à la billetterie de l’Opéra de Montréal.

Billets à la pièce Billetterie de la Place des Arts : 514-842-2112 • 1 866 842-2112
À partir de 20 $ et en vente dès le 5 août 2013. operademontreal.com
                      
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préOpéra – pour plonger au cœur des œuvres

  Pour en savoir plus sur chacun des opéras à l’affiche, le musicologue Pierre Vachon offre, avant chaque représentation, une introduction à l’œuvre et à son contexte, illustrée d’extraits sonores. Au Piano Nobile de la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts, dès 18 h 30. Durée : 30 minutes. Gratuit pour les abonnés et 5 $ pour les non-abonnés (billets en vente à la billetterie de la Place des Arts les jours de représentation).  coOpéra – l’opéra revisité par les écoliersPour une dixième année, l’Opéra de Montréal poursuit le projet éducatif coOpéra qui permet à une centaine d’élèves de quatre écoles primaires de milieux défavorisés de concevoir leur propre spectacle musical, à partir d’un opéra à l’affiche.
De la conception scénique au livret d’opéra, en passant par des ateliers sur la voix, les élèves bénéficient du soutien technique et artistique de la compagnie et des chanteurs de l’Atelier lyrique. Ce projet connaît un immense succès auprès des élèves qui mettent à profit leur créativité et leur ouverture à l’autre. Ce projet démarre en septembre pour voir son point d’aboutissement en mai lors de la présentation devant public du spectacle.

coOpéra – l’opéra revisité par les écoliers

 Pour une dixième année, l’Opéra de Montréal poursuit le projet éducatif coOpéra qui permet à une centaine d’élèves de quatre écoles primaires de milieux défavorisés de concevoir leur propre spectacle musical, à partir d’un opéra à l’affiche. De la conception scénique au livret d’opéra, en passant par des ateliers sur la voix, les élèves bénéficient du soutien technique et artistique de la compagnie et des chanteurs de l’Atelier lyrique. Ce projet connaît un immense succès auprès des élèves qui mettent à profit leur créativité et leur ouverture à l’autre. Ce projet démarre en septembre pour voir son point d’aboutissement en mai lors de la présentation devant public du spectacle.

matinée scolaire – pour les élèves du primaire
 En collaboration avec le programme Une école montréalaise pour tous, du Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, l’Opéra de Montréal reconduit, pour une deuxième année, sa matinée scolaire en présentant Hänsel et Gretel de Humperdinck à la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier aux élèves du troisième cycle du primaire, avec ateliers d’initiation à l’opéra. 
générales ouvertes- la grande scène ouverte en avant-première aux écoles
  L’Opéra de Montréal continue d’ouvrir ses portes aux groupes d’étudiants des niveaux secondaire et collégial, âgés de 12 à 17 ans, en leur permettant d’assister gratuitement aux trois générales à la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts :
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.




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