Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Broadcaster and Writer Eric Friesen elected Chair of Honens International Piano Competition
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Pacific Opera Victoria Artistic Director receives honorary degree
June 24, 2013 -Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria (POV), was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the June 19, 2013 convocation ceremony at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. The honour is in recognition of Mr. Vernon's strong leadership and contributions to Canada's cultural scene, demonstrating a standard of excellence that is an inspiration to graduates.
As a result of Vernon's vision and commitment to emerging Canadian artists, POV has offered first professional engagements for emerging singers and showcased some of Canada's finest opera singers. Many accomplished directors, designers and production artists have made their main stage Canadian opera debuts with POV.
In 2008, Mr. Vernon was presented with the Order of Canada, in recognition of his work in expanding professional opera in Canada and his commitment to young musicians. Vernon is also a recipient of Opera Canada's 2005 Ruby Award as Opera Builder and a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Under his leadership, POV commissioned and presented the world première of Mary's Wedding. Mr. Vernon conducted the Canadian premières of Richard Strauss' Daphne and Capriccio, using his own reductions of Strauss' orchestrations.
As founding Artistic Director, Mr. Vernon has led most of Pacific Opera Victoria's productions since the company's inception in 1979. He continues to bring to Pacific Opera Victoria a unique vision that has engaged the community and made POV a nationally recognized symbol of artistic excellence. Maestro Vernon will lead the company in October 2013 in its 100th production, Verdi's Falstaff, followed by Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
For more information about Pacific Opera Victoria visit www.pacificoperavictoria.com. For more information about Royal Roads University, visit www.royalroads.ca.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Musique, danse et voix; la rue Saint-Denis accueille l'été!
MONTRÉAL, le 21 juin 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - La rue Saint-Denis sur le Plateau Mont-Royal marque le début de l'Été au rythme de la musique, de la danse et de la voix, dimanche le 23 juin!
Le groupe Viva Glamm, avec Paulo Ramos et ses musiciens et danseuses, déambulera le long de Saint-Denis entre Roy et Gilford de 14h à 17h. Un mariage dynamique de couleurs et de beauté!
Également le groupe A capella Kit4 parcourra Saint-Denis de 13h à 16h, quatre voix uniques avec un riche répertoire. Et Dame Saint-Denis viendra vous saluer pendant votre promenade…
SOURCE : SDC Pignons rue Saint-Denis
SDC Pignons rue Saint-Denis
The American Viola Society is pleased to announce the results of its first Orchestral Excerpts Competition for violists aged 18 to 28
Joseph de Pasquale Grand Prize: Blake Turner
Blake Turner recently received his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff. He has served as Principal Violist of both orchestras at the Shepherd School, has been a fellowship recipient for the past three years at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been named as a Houston Symphony substitute violist and New World Symphony finalist. Turner will enjoy a paid week performing with the San Antonio Symphony including transportation and lodging, underwritten by friends of Joseph de Pasquale.
Second Prize: Batmyagmar Erdenebat
Batmyagmar Erdenebat, who will receive $500 and an online lesson with a Principal Violist, recently received his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Slowik. Erdenebat has served as Principal Violist of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and as a substitute violist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Third Prize: Emily Basner
Emily Basner, who will receive $250 and an online lesson with a Principal Violist, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Mannes College of Music and her Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010, where she studied with Karen Dreyfus. Basner's previous orchestral credits include serving as Principal Violist in the Salomé Chamber Ensemble and as section violist in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and she currently serves as a substitute violist with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Ventes aux enchères en ligne de La SCENA
Montréal, 18 juin, 2013 / La Scena Musicale déclenche sa levée de fonds, ventes aux enchères d'oeuvres d'art! Nous présentons 12 oeuvres uniques par Chantal Bonneville, Michelle Bonneville, Colette Bordeleau, Wah Wing Chan, Kim Durocher, Mustafa Hacalaki, Konstantinos Meramveliotakis, Mika, Branimir Misic, Sophie Ouellet, Patrick Ropars, et Rose Wark. Visitez le catalogue en ligne au www.lascena.ca. Vous y trouverez une variété d'oeuvres à partir de 4 $ jusqu'à 3000 $, de divers styles et techniques, il y en a pour tous les goûts! La vente débutera en ligne le 18 juin à partir de 19 h. Les cycles de vente durent 7 à 10 jours et de nouvelles oeuvres seront offertes toutes les deux à trois semaines.
Si vous avez des oeuvres à offrir contactez Zoë Toupin firstname.lastname@example.org
A propos de La Scène Musicale
La Scène Musicale est une organisme de bienfaisance qui se consacre à la promotion de la musique et des arts. Depuis 17 ans nous accomplissons notre mission grâce à nos publications, La Scena Musicale, The Music Scene, et La SCENA. Nous touchons plus de 10 millions de Canadiens et encore plus avec notre site web primé SCENA.org.
Nous avons organisé plusieurs initiatives de sensibilisation dont Sortez votre ado!, Valentins Chantants et le concours étudiant de rédaction.
La Vente aux enchères en ligne de La Scena fait partie de notre campagne de financement 2013. Notre objectif est d'amasser 80 000 $ qui seront versés à la fond de dotation de La Scène Musicale. Pour chaque dollar reçu lors de notre campagne de financement, Placements Culture contribuera 2 $ supplémentaires.
La SCENA Launches Online Auction Fundraiser
Montreal, June 18, 2013 / La Scena Musicale launches its first Online Auction Fundraiser with 12 works of art by Chantal Bonneville, Michelle Bonneville, Colette Bordeleau, Wah Wing Chan, Kim Durocher, Mustafa Hacalaki, Konstantinos Meramveliotakis, Mika, Branimir Misic, Sophie Ouellet, Patrick Ropars and Rose Wark. To view the artwork catalogue visit www.lascena.ca. Browse through a variety of works ranging from $4 to $3000. From creative abstract prints to expressive oil paintings, there's something for everyone. Bidding starts on June 18 for 7 to 10 days. Check regularly for updates as new items will be offered every two to three weeks.
If you would like to donate an arts related good or service, contact Zoë Toupin at email@example.com or
About La Scene Musicale
La Scene Musicale's outreach initiatives include the Bring a Teen! program, Student Writing Contest and the annual Singing Valentines Fundraiser.
The La Scena Online Auction is part of the organization's 2013 Fundraising Campaign whose goal is to raise $80,000 towards its Endowment Fund, which will then be matched by Placements Culture by $2 for every $1 raised.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
British Columbia native wins the Canada Council Virginia Parker Prize
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Layla Claire, de Colombie-Britannique, remporte le Prix Virginia Parker du Conseil des arts
Ottawa, 19 juin 2013 – Le Prix Virginia-Parker 2013 a été attribué à une chanteuse d’opéra extraordinaire, Layla Claire. Le Conseil des arts du Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui que la soprano est la lauréate du prix de 25 000 $, remis annuellement à un musicien classique canadien de moins de 32 ans qui fait preuve d’un talent et d’un sens musical exceptionnels.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tafelmusik's Alison Mackay winner of 2013 Betty Webster Award
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La soprano Andréanne Paquin honorée
Tôt en avril, elle recevait, avec le pianiste Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, le 2e prix de 7 000 euros du 9e Concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon. Parmi les membres du jury international, soulignons la soprano canadienne Donna Brown, la mezzo-soprano allemande Hedwig Fassbender, John Gilhooly, directeur du Wigmore Hall de Londres et le baryton français François Le Roux. Présenté annuellement depuis 2004, cette compétition est l’une des seules du genre dans le monde consacrée à la musique de chambre.
Diplômée de la Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal et du Conservatoire de musique d’Amsterdam, Andréanne Paquin est l’une des jeunes artistes lyriques canadiennes les plus en vue au pays et ailleurs dans le monde. Mentionnons surtout ses débuts à Londres au 2012 Lufthansa Baroque Festival présenté au St-John-Smith-Square lors d’un concert diffusé par la BBC, et sa participation récente à l’enregistrement d’un disque de sérénades italiennes inédites du 17e siècle du compositeur Antonio Farina pour le label PanClassics. 1er prix de chant au Prix d’Europe 2011, Prix de l’Académie de Nice 2012, elle a aussi été finaliste au Concours Musical International de Montréal 2012, au Concours International de Chant Baroque de Froville en France, ainsi qu’au Concours Chant-Piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger 2012.
The Met Celebrates Music Director James Levine’s 70th Birthday With Weekend-Long Special Programming on Sirius XM
Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and has conducted 2,442 performances with the company, more than any other conductor in the Met’s 130-year history. Last month, he returned from a two-year absence to conduct the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a program of Wagner, Beethoven, and Schubert. In its review of the concert, The New York Times praised him as “one of the greatest living American conductors and a musician who has defined the Metropolitan Opera for more than 40 years” and the event as “a watershed moment in New York’s musical life this year.” Next season, Levine will lead three operas at the Met : a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff and revivals of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Berg’s Wozzeck.
More than 100 Levine performances, including the 21-DVD and 32-CD box sets James Levine : Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, are available from the Met Opera Shop, which is located in the opera house’s north lobby as well as online at www.metoperashop.org. A retrospective book by Levine about his first four decades with the company, James Levine : 40 Years at the Metropolitan Opera, is also available in the shop and online. Met Opera on Demand, the Met’s online streaming service and iPad app, currently features 65 video and 80 audio performances led by Levine, ranging from a 1972 performance of Verdi’s Otello starring Jon Vickers in the title role to Levine’s most recent opera performance, the May 4, 2011 Live in HD video transmission of Wagner’s Die Walküre.
Complete details of the special Sirius XM programming follow; for more information on Maestro Levine, please visit the Met’s Web site at www.metopera.org.
Programming Schedule :
Maestro James Levine’s 70th Birthday Celebration
(Met Opera Radio, Sirius XM Channel 74)
Saturday, June 22, 2013
6 a.m. ET
Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) from January 26, 1991. Levine conducts Aprile Millo (Amelia), Luciano Pavarotti (Riccardo), Leo Nucci (Renato), Florence Quivar (Ulrica), Harolyn Blackwell (Oscar).
9 a.m. ET
Salome (Richard Strauss) from January 5, 1974. Levine conducts Grace Bumbry (Salome), Ragnar Ulfung (Herod), Regina Resnik (Herodias), Lawrence Shadur (Jochanaan), William Lewis (Narraboth).
12 p.m. ET
The Ghosts of Versailles (Corigliano) from January 4, 1992. Levine conducts Teresa Stratas (Marie Antoinette), Håkan Hagegård (Beaumarchais), Gino Quilico (Figaro), Marilyn Horne (Samira), Graham Clark (Bégearss), Renée Fleming (Rosina).
3 p.m. ET
Fidelio (Beethoven) from January 6, 2001. Levine conducts Karita Mattila (Leonore), Ben Heppner (Florestan), Sergei Leiferkus (Don Pizarro), René Pape (Rocco), Hei-Kyung Hong (Marzelline), Matthew Polenzani (Jaquino).
6 p.m. ET
Falstaff (Verdi) from April 5, 1975. Levine conducts Cornell MacNeil (Sir John Falstaff), Evelyn Lear (Alice Ford), Thomas Stewart (Ford), Fedora Barbieri (Dame Quickly), Benita Valente (Nannetta), Douglas Ahlstedt (Fenton).
9 p.m. ET
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) from February 9, 1991. Levine conducts Kathleen Battle (Pamina), Francisco Araiza (Tamino), Luciana Serra (Queen of the Night), Kurt Moll (Sarastro), Manfred Hemm (Papageno), Barbara Kilduff (Papagena).
12 a.m. ET
Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) from January 22, 1983. Levine conducts Dale Duesing (Pelléas), Jeannette Pilou (Mélisande), José Van Dam (Golaud), Jerome Hines (Arkel), Jocelyne Taillon (Geneviève).
Sunday, June 23, 2013
6 a.m. ET
La Forza del Destino (Verdi) from March 12, 1977. Levine conducts Leontyne Price (Leonora), Plácido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Cornell MacNeil (Don Carlo), Martti Talvela (Padre Guardiano), Rosalind Elias (Preziosilla), Renato Capecchi (Fra Melitone).
9 a.m. ET
Carmen (Bizet) from March 21, 1987. Levine conducts Agnes Baltsa (Carmen), José Carreras (Don José), Ileana Cortrubas (Micaëla), Samuel Ramey (Escamillo).
12 p.m. ET
Idomeneo (Mozart) from December 21, 1991. Levine conducts Ben Heppner (Idomeneo), Dawn Upshaw (Ilia), Susanne Mentzer (Idamante), Carol Vaness (Elettra), Peter Kazaras (Arbace).
3 p.m. ET
I Vespri Siciliani (Verdi) from March 9, 1974. Levine conducts Montserrat Caballé (Elena), Nicolai Gedda (Arrigo), Sherrill Milnes (Guido di Monforte), Justino Díaz (Giovanni da Procida).
6 p.m. ET
The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky) from January 17, 1998. Levine conducts Jerry Hadley (Tom Rakewell), Dawn Upshaw (Anne Trulove), Samuel Ramey (Nick Shadow), Stephanie Blythe (Baba the Turk).
9 p.m. ET
The Bartered Bride (Smetana) from December 2, 1978. Levine conducts Teresa Stratas (Marenka), Nicolai Gedda (Jeník), Jon Vickers (Vasek), Martti Talvela (Kecal). 12 a.m. ETStiffelio (Verdi) from March 5, 1994. Levine conducts Plácido Domingo (Stiffelio), Sharon Sweet (Lina), Vladimir Chernov (Stankar), Paul Plishka (Jorg), Peter Riberi (Raffaele).
12 a.m. ET
Stiffelio (Verdi) from March 5, 1994. Levine conducts Plácido Domingo (Stiffelio), Sharon Sweet (Lina), Vladimir Chernov (Stankar), Paul Plishka (Jorg), Peter Riberi (Raffaele).
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Glenn Gould talks and plays early 20th century classics in film that screens at Canadian Day, July 5 in Rome
Internationally respected Canadian music and dance journalist and critic William Littler – who knew and interviewed Gould, and reviewed his work – introduces the 1975 film The Flight from Order: 1910-1920. It was originally telecast in a four-part series, Music In Our Time, on the CBC-TV series Musicamera. Gould is both host and featured performer, joined by some of Canada’s leading musicians of the day* in a program of Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, narrated by Eric House, and Gould performing his own transcription of Maurice Ravel's La Valse.
Even 30 years after his death at age 50, the enigmatic Glenn Gould (1932-1982) remains revered for his Bach recordings, but also discussed and debated for his musical passions and his often controversial views on music and recording.
The Flight from Order: 1910-1920 in part honors one of Gould’s musical heroes, German composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949), in the year before the composer’s sesquicentennial and 65th anniversary of his death. Even though admiring Strauss was not fashionable during Gould's lifetime, he clearly stated that “I've always been addicted to his music, the way that people are addicted to chocolate sundaes.”
The one-hour film will be screened July 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana in central Rome. A classical concert follows at 7:30, featuring musicians from across Canada – Vancouver’s Borealis String Quartet, Edmonton violinist Guillaume Tardif (originally of Quebec), Toronto clarinetist Kornel Wolak, and Montreal-based soprano Jana Miller (originally from Nova Scotia) and pianist Jordan de Souza. Both the screening and classical concert take place in the air conditioned Sala Casella.
Canadian Day concludes with world music and jazz performed in the main garden at 10 p.m. by Toronto’s JUNO Award-winning Dominic Mancuso Group.
During the afternoon and evening, scenic photographs from across Canada, taken by James MacMullin, will be displayed. Moosehead beer will be available, as will crepes served with Quebec maple syrup at the Bar/Cafe in the Bamboo Garden.
Preceding Canadian Day in Le Nazioni : The Festival of Nations are the cultures of Norway on July 1; Morocco, July 2; Brazil, July 3; and Iran, July 4.
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.
Originally from Vancouver, William Littler served as music and dance critic of the Vancouver Sun before being invited to become music – and subsequently also dance – critic of Canada's largest newspaper, The Toronto Star. A prolific contributor to periodicals and publications on music and dance, he has also written for and appeared regularly on radio and TV. He is currently a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, but has lectured and taught at several Canadian universities, and been a guest lecturer in Canada and the U.S. and at the University of Vienna. As well, he has appeared as a judge in such major music competitions as Australia’s Sydney International Piano Competition and the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition. A frequent board member of the Music Critics Association of North America, Littler was also a founding vice president of the Paris-based International Music Critics Association and founding chairman of the Dance Critics Association (of North America). He was the first music critic to win Canada's National Newspaper Award in critical writing, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
More information on Glenn Gould is available at the official website through the Glenn Gould Estate and Glenn Gould Limited : www.glenngould.net.
* Performers and musical selections in The Flight from Order: 1910-1920 include the following :
A bagatelle from Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, with pianist Glenn Gould; Richard Strauss' Three Ophelia Songs, Op. 57, sung by soprano Roxolana Roslak;
Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21, sung by contralto Patricia Rideout and accompanied
by Glenn Gould, violinist Adele Armin, cellist Coenraad Bloemendal, flutist Suzanne Shulman,
clarinetist James Campbell, and bass clarinetist Peter Smith; with Robin Patterson and Ian McKay
appearing as mimes.
Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, last four movements: narrated by Eric House, conducted by
Boris Brott, with Adele Armin, violin; Don Thompson, double bass; James Campbell, clarinet; James
McKay, bassoon; Fred Mills, trumpet; Eugene Watts, trombone; and John Wyre, percussion.
Glenn Gould's transcription of Maurice Ravel's La Valse, performed by Gould himself.