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Friday, June 27, 2014

21ST EDITION OF TREMBLANT INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL Over 130 exquisite shows from July 4 – 13 offered to Tremblant vacationers free of charge

Montreal, May 22 2014 – Tremblant is poised to present the 21st edition of the Tremblant International Blues Festival (TIBF). The 2014 repertoire is pegged as being one of the richest and most diverse in the 20 year history of the event. “I am particularly excited about the programme and its international flavour. Festivalgoers will feel they’re travelling the world over thanks to this year’s incredible show of talent. Addresses from around the globe and signature styles go from raw blues to… fusion blues that draw inspiration from a medley of influences and eras,” explains the general manager of the Tremblant Resort Association, Pierre Bertrand.
With its unique format and enchanting setting, the Blues Festival is sure to deliver pure magic. Shows are set on outdoor stages at the heart of a village where everything can be reached on foot, from artist-attended workshops to memorable late-night improv jams with that intimate, small-stage feel.
The Maple Blues Awards’ Female Vocalist of the Year Angel Forrest has been performing at the TIBF for many years. “Nowhere do musicians from our vast blues-playing clan perform in such close proximity to the audience. It makes for a very special ambience and a communion between artists and spectators. It is also a very family friendly event.  One of the rare places where you can perform over a 10-day period with your children by your side.”
Beyond this year’s stellar lineup, festivalgoers are free to enjoy a full panoply of outdoor and leisure activities at the mountain, beach, golf course and at the heart of the pedestrian village. Excellent options for extending your stay in the area and the pleasures of summer.
Event Programme
The event gets off to an explosive start Friday July 4 with a concert by Finnish artist Erja Lyytinen. The queen of slide guitars, she excels at every aspect of this technique made famous by Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson and Elmore James. Corrosive Florida blues rocker and expert veteran resonator guitar player Eric Sardinas takes to the stage next with his Big Motor trio.
Saturday July 5, One of Canada’s top blues band Downchild returns to play the Festival. The Toronto band just won a 2014 Juno for Best Blues Album of the Year. Band members are the very same as guitarist Donnie Mr. Downchild Walsh’s band, 40 years ago. Next, Shemekia Copeland –daughter of the lengendary Johnny Copeland and former Grammy nominee last year – is gracing the Tremblant stage to show spectators why she’s nicknamed “the real blues mama”.
Sunday July 6 is another must-see show: JJ Grey & Mofro return to the Festivalwith their latest album, This River. Lead singer and guitarist J. J. Grey has produced eight blues-soul albums since 2001. He has shared the stage with B.B. King, the Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck and Black Crowes and loaned his compositions to TV series House, Crash and The Deadliest Catch. Shivers guaranteed! Completing the opening weekend repertoire is a Blues Festival first-timer, Markus James. Mixing blues with West African music, this American artist’s sound is fascinating. He opens for Juno winner and TIBF darling Steve Strongman who with his guest Guy Bélanger promise to take the stage by storm.
A gem of a show early in the week, Tuesday July 8 the California quartet Vintage Trouble presents numbers from its Bomb Shelter Sessions album showcasing the irresistible voice of lead singer Ty Taylor. A voice that captivated listeners on the international scene, he also won over television audiences during appearances on top-rated late night talk-shows with David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel.

Wednesday July 9, the evening begins with the Paul Deslauriers Band that is also earmarked to play a number of intimate shows at Tremblant’s different bars. Then, Tommy Castro who two years ago had Tremblant audiences on their feet, returns in full force with his band The Pain Killers. Party time guaranteed to a stellar mix of blues, swing and funk with numbers from their album The Devil You Know. Still on July 9 is the incandescent Texas guitarist Smokin’ Joe Kubek who, together with his accomplice Bnois King, delivers his searing notes that are sure to set Place St-Bernard on fire, playing their biggest hits drawn from their 25-year career.
The last TIBF weekend starts early Thursday July 10 with 2010 Felix award-winner Jordan Officer, a Montreal guitar player with a vintage sound who covers the golden age of blues. He performs tunes from his second solo album, I’m Free, that was recorded during a six-month hiatus in New-York City. The same day, discover THE new blues boy on the block according to specialized magazines – Jarekus Singleton, a 29 year-old Mississippi guitar player who blends traditional and modern blues with a touch of hip-hop, soul and rock. His first album, Refuse To Lose (Alligator label), has soared to the top of the charts everywhere. A must-attend show. The night draws to a close with two high octane shows: Bad Boyz Boogie and Friends,a Quebec band that has been a genuine rock blues ambassador since 1995, with guest performances by former Offenbach band member Breen Leboeuf and the sublime Lulu Hughes, and her powerhouse vocals. This show is followed by The Mannish Boys spotlighting their charismatic vocalist Sugar Ray Rayford, with the tireless Kirk Fletcher on guitar. The band’s latest album, Double Dynamite, won Top Traditional Blues Album at the Memphis Blues Music Awards.
Friday July 11 Doyle Bramhall ll occupies center stage.  Nicknamed the musicians’ musician, he has played back-up for big names like Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow and more recently Roger Waters, on his Flesh tour. He is celebrated as one of the most talented guitar players of all times. He intends to play excerpts from his Jellycream, Welcome and Arc Angels albums. The following day, Saturday July 12, make way for Frank Bey & Anthony Paule,winners of the Best Soul and Blues Album with Soul For Your Blues and Top Soul Artists at the last edition of the prestigious Blues Awards. Accompanied by six musicians well steeped in blues and soul, they are set to perform classic soul filled with deep brass sounds and emotion.  Voices to (re)discover …
Details about the TIBF event programme: 

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Coup d’envoi de la saison 2014 de l’Orchestre de la Francophonie: L’Académie orchestrale lance la programmation de sa 14e saison

Montréal, 25 juin 2014 – C’est avec fierté et enthousiasme que l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF) et son directeur artistique et chef d’orchestre, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, lancent la nouvelle saison de l’OF, le 29 juin prochain. Pour sa 14e saison, l’Académie orchestrale présente plusieurs nouveautés dans sa programmation. Parmi les nouveautés cette année : une résidence de formation au Domaine Forget, dans Charlevoix, un tout premier concert à la Maison Symphonique de Montréal, un concert inédit à Chicoutimi, dans la région natale du maestro, en compagnie du réputé pianiste canadien Louis Lortie.

L’OF se produira également à St-Eustache en compagnie du chef invité Andrew Crust. De plus, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie sera de retour à la Société des arts et technologie (SAT) afin de pousser plus loin ses recherches technologiques toujours vers l’objectif du renouvellement de son approche face au concert symphonique de demain. Cette série de concerts sera un véritable laboratoire technologique qui inclura des projections, des concerts et de nombreuses activités. La nouvelle saison de 12 concerts de l’OF commencera avec une résidence de formation au Domaine Forget, du 29 juin au 5 juillet 2014.
Cette résidence artistique, sous la supervision de Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Douglas Payson Sturdevant et de Alexandre Da Costa, permettra de former les jeunes et talentueux musiciens de demain. Ces derniers auront la chance de profiter d’une cinquantaine d’heures de formation dans un cadre propice à l’immersion artistique. Le corps professoral offrira aux musiciens un enseignement avancé qui inclut des répétitions, des séminaires, des simulations d’auditions, des classes de maîtres, etc. Les musiciens profiteront également de séances de travail avec différents compositeurs et chefs d’orchestre, avant d’entreprendre une tournée de concerts à la grandeur du Québec et de l’Ontario.

 « L’Orchestre de la Francophonie, c’est une académie orchestrale de calibre international qui permet aux meilleurs jeunes musiciens professionnels de se doter des outils nécessaires à la réalisation d’une carrière orchestrale de haut niveau dans le but d’intégrer les plus grandes formations symphoniques du monde, d’innover en osant de nouvelles approches et attitudes musicales et de partager leur art en stimulant l’engagement social et l’implication communautaire. » souligne Jean-Philippe Tremblay, directeur artistique et chef d’orchestre. »
Pour une quatrième année consécutive, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie poursuit sa collaboration avec le Garage à Musique de la Fondation du Dr Gilles Julien. En effet, les musiciens mettront à contribution leur expérience du monde musical en agissant à titre de mentors auprès d’enfants et de jeunes issus de milieux défavorisés, et ce, durant 2 semaines. Le point culminant de cette initiative sera sans aucun doute la prestation conjointe de l’orchestre du Garage à musique et de l’OF à la Maison symphonique.            

L’Orchestre de la Francophonie bénéficie cette année encore de grands partenaires. L’OF aimerait remercier le Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa, la Société des arts technologiques de Montréal (SAT), le Domaine Forget, le Garage à Musique de la Fondation du Dr Gilles Julien et la Société Radio-Canada.

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Chœur St-Laurent : Auditions pour la saison 2014-15

Les chanteurs de la région de Montréal sont invités aux auditions pour la saison 2014-15 avec le Chœur St-Laurent. La saison inclura Bach 'Oratorio de Noël', Beethoven 'Symphonie no.9', Mercure 'Cantate pour une joie' et beaucoup plus.

(visitez pour plus d'information)

Directeur artistique: Philippe Bourque

Auditions : Août 2014

lundi 18 août : 13h00 à 22h00
mardi 19 août : 13h00 à 22h00
mercredi 20 août : 13h00 à 22h00

Pour un audition, veuillez envoyer votre nom, numéro de téléphone et horaire d’audition préféré avec une courte description de votre expérience en tant que choriste à

Les auditions auront lieux au Collège Vanier, 821 Ave Ste-Croix, ville St-Laurent (attention, le stationnement est payant sur le campus, mais gratuit dans les rues avoisinantes).

Métro Côte-Vertu ou Du collège.

·                Salle A-250 (grande salle de chorale).

·                Durée : 20 minutes

·                Dates : 18 au 20 août entre 13h00 et 22h00 (pause de 17h00-18h00).

·                Vous devez préparer : une courte pièce solo préférablement du répertoire classique. On accepte cependant les variantes (du musical – jazz – extrait d’une œuvre chorale dans votre partie, etc). Accompagnement au piano sera possible – apportez une copie.

·                Il y aura sur place un court questionnaire à remplir. Veuillez arriver 10 minutes avant votre temps cédulé.

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Le Chœur St-Laurent est toujours à la recherche de nouveaux membres. Tout candidat intéressé est conscient que notre horaire de répétitions est chargé. Une participation régulière est essentielle pour maintenir le niveau élevé.

Les répétitions se font les mercredis soir, de 19 h à 21 h 30 et occasionnellement les week-ends en plus d’autres soirs de semaine.

Les montants des cotisations pour la saison 2014-2015 sont 250 $ pour les membres réguliers et 50 $ pour étudiants.

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St. Lawrence Choir : Auditions for the 2014-15 season

Singers from the greater Montreal area are invited to audition for the St. Lawrence Choir's 2014-15 season. The season is to include Bach 'Christmas Oratorio', Beethoven '9th Symphony', Mercure 'Cantate pour une joie' and much more. (visit for more info)

Artistic Director: Philippe Bourque

Auditions : August 2014

Monday, August 18th   1:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19th  1:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday August 20th  1:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Please contact us at with your name, phone number, email address, and relevant experience.

Auditions will take place at Vanier College, 821 Ave Ste-Croix, Ville St-Laurent
(Note: you must pay for parking on campus, but you may park for free in the neighboring streets).

Metro station Côte-Vertu or Du Collège.

·              Room A-250 (large choral rehearsal room)

·              Duration: 20 minutes

·              Dates: August 18th-20th from 1pm-10pm (with a break from 5pm-6pm)

·              You should prepare a brief solo piece, preferably from the classical repertoire, but other types of music accepted (for example, a song from a musical, jazz, excerpt from a choral work in your voice part, etc.) Piano accompaniment possible if required – please bring a copy of the music.

·              When you arrive, you will be requested to fill out a short questionnaire. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time slot.

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St. Lawrence Choir is always seeking new members. Our rehearsal and concert schedules are challenging and regular participation is essential.

Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings, 7-9:30 p.m., and occasionally on weekends and other evenings.

2014-2015 Membership fees for the choir are $250 ($50 for students).

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

RYTHMES TREMBLANT PUTS MUSIC INTO YOUR SUMMER DAYS June 22 to September 14, Nadja, Radio Radio, Les Trois Accords & other big names appear like quickfire on outdoor stage

Tremblant, May 27 2014 – Now in its 11th year, summer music festival Les Rythmes Tremblant is presenting no fewer than 127 free performances surrounded by nature, in the heart of Tremblant’s unique pedestrian village. Night and day from June 22 to September 14, Place St-Bernard and Promenade Deslauriers will be showcasing renowned artists, talented musicians and up-and-coming vocalists. Surefire party starters are on the programme, with musical styles that range from Latino, hip-hop, pop and rock to blues, soul, R&B, folk and funk. This event programme is appended to the acclaimed Tremblant International Blues Festival that takes place July 4 – 13
“Les Rythmes Tremblant is our way of making our guests’ vacation even more enjoyable here in the region,” explains Pierre Bertrand, General Manager of the Tremblant Resort Association. “Visitors can pair outdoor shows with their recreational activities. It’s all here in our resort setting, within walking distance. Inversely, sometimes Rythmes Tremblant fans decide to prolong their stay to include a mountain hike or a round of golf.” 
Here are some of this summer’s big names in music: June 28, acclaimed singer Nadja appears at 9pm on the Casino de Mont-Tremblant stage, followed by Radio Radio July 19July 26, take in Les Trois Accords whileSaturday August 2, the mountain’s little darlings – Jonas & The Massive Attraction – take to the stage. August 9,Justin Nozuka promises to turn up the heat for summer fun seekers. Wrapping up the season on September 13, Les Rythmes Tremblant welcomes the very talented Brigitte Boisjoli
Weekends are going to be hot at Tremblant with shows starting at noon on Saturdays and 1pm on Sundays, and segueing into the night. Rising stars shine on stage every weekday with Jael Bird Joseph, Denis Coulombe, Patrick Lehman, Laurent Bourque, Mélissa Ouimet, Alain Couture and James Correa among the summer lineup’s forty or so names. 
Details of the Rythmes Tremblant programme and artist lineup at
About our PartnersThe 11th edition of Rythmes Tremblant is presented in collaboration with Casino de Mont-Tremblant. 
About TremblantTremblant is a top resort destination owing to the excellence of its guest experience both at the mountain, and in its pedestrian village. Recently named Top Ski Destination in Eastern North America for a 16th consecutive year by Ski Magazine, Tremblant is known for its stunning views of the Laurentians, the diversity of its four-season offer and highly acclaimed major events. These include Ironman Mont-Tremblant, the 24h of Tremblant Ski and Cycle as well as the Tremblant International Blues Festival. With family, friends or your sweetheart, Tremblant welcomes vacationers year-round, with 1,900 lodging units fanned out across 13 hotel establishments, over 75 restaurants and boutiques and a Casino, all at nature’s doorstep. 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Florida Orchestra Appoints Michael Francis as Music Director

JUNE 24, 2014 – ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Florida Orchestra (TFO) has announced the appointment of Michael Francis as its new Music Director starting with the 2015/2016 season, serving as Music Director Designate for the upcoming 2014/2015 season.  

Appointed as part of an initial three-year contract, his duties include being the primary conductor and providing the artistic leadership for concert programming and related artistic decisions.  Although his primary role is with the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, he will also be conducting one concert each season for the Raymond James Pops and the morning Coffee Concert series.  This reflects Francis’  personal desire to be fully-integrated artistically with the orchestra and the organization.

The orchestra’s music director search process took over three years; however, the decision to appoint Michael Francis to the post ended the search process one year earlier than the original four-year projection.   In TFO’s near 50-year history, Francis will be the orchestra’s fourth music director as part of an esteemed group that has included Irwin Hoffman, Jahja Ling and Stefan Sanderling.

Having just completed his second season as chief conductor and artistic advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, 37 year-old Francis is hailed as a rising star in the conducting world in both the U.S. and abroad. “I am delighted and honored to be the new Music Director of The Florida Orchestra," Francis says.  "During the very first rehearsal with the orchestra, I could sense an enthusiasm and passion to make music together that was truly exciting.  With this talented group of musicians, I believe we have a tremendous future ahead of us.”

Search Committee Chair Jane Peppard said, "Selecting a new music director has been an important and exciting process for our orchestra.  Michael Francis is the unanimous choice of the committee.  He is a fantastic musician, engaging, charismatic and charming. Michael is very much a leader—the total package.”

Committee member and TFO Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer said, “Michael Francis has that wonderful balance of heart and mind.  He immediately demonstrated to us that he was capable of producing an exciting performance.  He had a great concept of all the details, an exciting interpretation, and he helped us realize the vision.”  Multer added, “With Michael, from the very first moment, we sensed the good chemistry. We responded well to him, and he to us.  I could feel that the orchestra was responding fully.  He made the orchestra feel good. That’s key. If an orchestra doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t sound good.”

Francis’ first appearance as a guest conductor with The Florida Orchestra was in November of 2013 on the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series with a program of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with Orli Shaham as the soloist. He also conducted the final Coffee Concert program of that season with Steven Stucky’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (after Purcell), Andrej Panufnik’s Sinfonia Sacra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Next season, Francis will conduct two masterworks programs: the first on October 24 - 26, 2014, features Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer as the soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto on a program with Ives’s Central Park in the Dark and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1, and the second on February 7 & 8, 2015, includes Dutilleux’s Métaboles, Ravel’s Ma Mère L’Oye (Mother Goose) and Faure’s Requiem, featuring soprano Lauren Snoeffer and baritone Sean Plumb together with The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.

Michael Francis, Music Director Designate
Michael Francis has quickly established himself as an international conductor creating ongoing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras.  He came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007 when he replaced an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra during the BBC Gubaidulina festival at the Barbican Centre.  Only one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and one short year later, January 2009, he replaced André Previn leading a German tour of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.

Michael Francis’ 2010 debut with the San Francisco Symphony quickly established a formidable relationship with the orchestra.  He has now led twenty-one different classical programs and three New Year’s Eve programs with the orchestra.

Now entering his third season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Michael Francis follows in the footsteps of Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Welser-Möst each of whom was Chief Conductor with that orchestra.

Regularly invited by the New World Symphony in Miami to work with their nationally renowned orchestral academy, Michael Francis will also conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2014. Having just conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of music by Dvorak and Panufnik, he will now debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Manchester, and the North Carolina Symphony.

He has also debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the symphonies of Houston, Seattle, Milwaukee, Quebec, and Vancouver and will in 2014/2015 conduct return engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Symphony of Ireland, the Dresden Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Oregon, Cincinnati, Ottawa and Pittsburgh.

His European engagements have included the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Stuttgart Radio Symphony.

In Asia, Michael Francis has worked with Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and National Taiwan Symphony with upcoming returns to the Malaysia and Seoul philharmonics.

Soloists that he works with include Lang Lang, Arcadi Volodos, Christian Tetzlaff, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Gluzman, Nicola Benedetti, Baiba Skride, Alisa Weilerstein, Daniel Müller-Schott, Miloš and Rufus Wainwright.

Michael Francis has recorded several albums, the most recent of which is the complete Rachmaninoff piano concertos with Valentina Lisitsa and the London Symphony Orchestra for Decca in 2013.

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35th DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS: And the Dora goes to...

Toronto, June 24, 2014 - The 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2013/2014 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 23 at Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage, hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding members of the National Theatre of the World.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are produced and presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. For the 2013-2014 season, 143 producing companies (up 41 from last season's 102) registered 222 eligible productions. A total of 48 Dora Awards plus the Silver Ticket Award, and the Audience Choice Award were given out.

Canadian Stage and Soulpepper Theatre Company tie to lead the pack with each taking home 7 Dora Awards; Soulpepper with 7 in the General Theatre Division and Canadian Stage with 6 in Musical Theatre and 1 in General Theatre.

In the General Theatre Division, Soulpepper Theatre Company's Of Human Bondage nabs 7 Doras including Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play (adaptation by Vern Thiessen), Outstanding Direction (Albert Schultz), Outstanding Performance-Ensemble and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition (Mike Ross). Lorenzo Savoini wins for both Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Lighting Design. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's PIG scoops up 1 Dora for Outstanding Performance-Male for Bruce Dow, while Canadian Stage and Luminato Festival also earn 1 Dora each, Outstanding Performance-Female to Carly Street for Venus in Fur and Outstanding Costume Design to Ronnie Burkett for The Daisy Theatre, respectively).

In Musical Theatre and the shared Musical Theatre/Opera Division, Canadian Stage's London Road takes 6 Doras: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction (Jackie Maxwell), Outstanding Musical Direction (Reza Jacobs), Outstanding Performance-Male (Damien Atkins), Outstanding Performance-Ensemble and Outstanding Lighting Design (Kevin Lamotte). Les Misérables (produced by Cameron Mackintosh, NETworks and David Mirvish) nabs 2: Outstanding Performance-Female for Melissa O'Neil and Outstanding Costume Design for Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland. Outstanding Scenic Design goes to Ken MacDonald for Tarragon Theatre's Marry Me a Little.

In the Opera Division, the Canadian Opera Company sweeps with 4 Doras - 2 for Roberto Devereaux (the Dallas Opera production): Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance-Female to Sondra Radvanovsky; and 2 for Peter Grimes (the Opera Australia and Houston Grand Opera production): Outstanding Performance-Male to Alan Held and Outstanding Performance-Ensemble to the COC Chorus.

In the shared Musical Theatre/Opera Division, Outstanding New Musical/Opera goes to Joel Ivany for Against the Grain Theatre's Figaro's Wedding. Marc Kimelman nabs Outstanding Choreography for Acting Up Stage Company's Once On This Island.

Continuing the tradition of Bluma's Indies, the winners in the Independent Theatre Division each receive a $1,000 cheque from the Bluma Appel Community Trust in addition to Dora Awards. In this division, Outside the March leads the way with 3 Doras with its Vitals nabbing 2 (Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Play to Rosamund Small) and its co-production (with Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool) of Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl picking up Outstanding Performance-Ensemble. VideoCabaret picks up 2 Doras for Trudeau and the FLQ: Outstanding Performance-Male for Mac Fyfe and Outstanding Costume Design for Astrid Janson. Cahoots Theatre also earns 2 awards (Outstanding Scenic Design to Camellia Koo for The Wanderers and Outstanding Lighting Design to Michelle Ramsay for Sister Mary's a Dyke?!). Outstanding Direction goes to Matthew Thomas Walker for Litmus Theatre's Birth of Frankenstein while Outstanding Performance-Female goes to Claire Armstrong for The Red One Theatre Collective's After Miss Julie. John Gzowski with Jacquie P.A. Thomas and the Ensemble snag Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for Theatre Gargantua's The Sacrifice Zone.

In the Dance Division, DanceWorks leads with 3 Doras, all from its with a trace program by firstthingsfirst productions: Outstanding Performance-Female to Kate Franklin for her performance in the dance work entitled Gotta Go Church and Outstanding Lighting Design to Simon Rossiter in the same piece, while Marc Boivin picks up Outstanding Performance-Male for his performance in WOULD. Harbourfront Centre's World Stage for Ame Henderson/Public Recordings' what we are saying earns 2 wins: Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance-Ensemble. (Harbourfront Centre's World Stage total tally is 3 Doras counting its win for Outstanding Touring Production for Yael Farber/Baxter Theatre Collective's Mies Julie). Louis Laberge-Côté nabs Outstanding Choreography for …et même aprés (dance: made in Canada/ fait au Canada) and Dustin Peters takes Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for Malcolm (Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie).

In the Theatre for Young Audience's Division, Young People's Theatre's Sultans of the Street wins all 5 Doras: Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play to Anusree Roy, Outstanding Direction to Nina Lee Aquino, Outstanding Performance-Individual to Colin Doyle and Outstanding Performance-Ensemble.

The Silver Ticket Award is bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. It was presented to veteran actor and director Diana Leblanc, a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada, a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre and former artistic director of Théâtre français de Toronto.

TAPA's Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production, co-sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square, was also handed out. The public was invited to vote online from a list of Outstanding Production nominees in all divisions, or choose their own favourite. Presented with a commemorative plaque, the Audience Choice Award winner is Venus In Fur, a Canadian Stage production.

For more information on the Dora Awards visit

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX - Toronto's Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at; Toronto's Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 14 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program - TRIP. For more information visit and

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Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Diana Leblanc 2014 Silver Ticket Award winner

Toronto, June 24, 2014 - Actor and director Diana Leblanc was presented with the Silver Ticket Award at the 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 23, 2014 at Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage in Toronto.

Since 1980, the Silver Ticket Award has been bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their own career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Silver Ticket Award is given to a person selected by a committee of previous winners, and it entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production.

Diana Leblanc has been an influential and important force in the Toronto theatre community for many years. As an award-winning director, actor, and artistic director of vision and inspiration, she has worked extensively in both French and English theatre. While her work has taken her across the country from Victoria to Halifax, Toronto has always been her base - and it is here that her enormous contribution is readily apparent.
One of her most significant accomplishments has been to achieve greater prominence for French theatre in Toronto. During her leadership as Artistic Director of Théâtre français de Toronto (TFT) between 1991 and 1996, the theatre flourished and attracted English audiences as well as French. She directed more than a dozen productions for TFT, and continues to direct for them on a freelance basis (including L'Ecole des Femmes, Le Dieu du carnage and the upcoming Passé antérieur).

Ms. Leblanc has directed several lauded productions at many Toronto theatres including the Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Mirvish Productions (the highly successful Copenhagen) and Soulpepper Theatre - of which she is a founding member - in addition to her work with TFT. As well, she has worked extensively outside Toronto: for the Stratford Festival, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, Montreal's Segal Centre for the Performing Arts and the Manitoba Theatre Centre, among others.

For Soulpepper, her credits include Farther West, The Zoo Story, A Streetcar Named Desire, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Doc and Long Day's Journey Into Night (which she previously famously directed for the Stratford Festival and was subsequently made into a film).

Ms. Leblanc has also worked extensively with Soulpepper Academy members, as well as with George Brown students. These young people benefit from her experience, encouragement and gentle wisdom. In addition to directing and mentoring, Ms. Leblanc serves on the board of directors of George Brown College.

As an actress, the Gemini Award-winning Ms. Leblanc has given many memorable performances in such works as The Road to Mecca for Soulpepper, La Voix Humaine for TFT, Father West and Albertine in Five Times for Tarragon Theatre and separately for TFT, to mention only a few.

Ms. Leblanc has also distinguished herself as a director of opera. For the Canadian Opera Company, she directed well-received productions of Les Dialogues des Carmelites and The Rape of Lucretia, an opera that was subsequently invited to The Opera Centre of Amsterdam.

A proud member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada, her enormous energy, commitment and passion for the arts continues to be strongly evident.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX - Toronto's Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at; Toronto's Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program - TRIP. For more information visit and

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Toronto Summer Music Festival 2014 presents OLG Shuffle Concerts

Jazz, opera, and world music among the eclectic offerings at Toronto Summer Music Festival’s pay-what-you-can OLG SHUFFLE Concerts  
TORONTO…This year, Toronto Summer Music Festival’s popular pay-what-you-can OLG SHUFFLE Concerts feature virtuosi and next-generation emerging artists performing a wide range of musical offerings from Chinese pipa concerts to jazz and opera.  Inspired by the Shuffle function on an iPod, these informal, eclectic performances are held at 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays in Yorkville’s Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue) during the 2014 Festival (July 22- August 12). 
2014 OLG SHUFFLE Concerts:
Wednesday, July 23                  Drew Jurecka Trio – Sizzling jazz performed by Drew Jurecka (violin), Mark Kieswetter (piano) and Clark Johnston (bass).
Thursday, July 24                  Carissa Klopoushak – The charismatic Canadian violinist performs a folk- inspired program with cimbalom player Alexandru Sura. 
Friday, July 25                  Marin Nasturica –Romania’s virtuoso accordionist performs an astonishing variety of musical styles from classical and gypsy to jazz.
Wednesday, July 30                  Lui Fang – Internationally acclaimed, award-winning pipa virtuoso has been playing the Chinese lute since she was 6.  Now residing in Montreal, the “Empress of Pipa” 
as she has been called, performs a wide-ranging repertoire of Chinese classical and folk traditions as well as contemporary works from both east and west. 
Thursday, July 31                  Nico Dann's Rhododendron – A modern jazz ensemble led by drummer Nico Dann.
Friday, August 1                  Carol Gimbel and Pemi Paull perform solo and duo works for viola ranging from acoustic to electronic.
Wednesday, August 6                  University of Toronto Jazz Combo featuring staff and students of the renowned jazz program at U of T.
Thursday, August 7                   The Bicycle Opera Project Part 1 – This Toronto-based opera company tours its small-scale contemporary opera productions exclusively by bicycle.
Friday, August 8                  The Bicycle Opera Project Part 2
About the 2014 Toronto Summer Music Festival
Now in its ninth year of bringing outstanding classical music experiences to the city in the summer, Toronto Summer Music Festival (July 22 -August 12) features renowned Canadian and international artists performing in 20 mainstage concerts at Koerner Hall and Walter Hall, plus masterclasses, lectures, interviews, workshops, and free outreach concerts.  The 2014 Festival theme is The Modern Age, celebrating the multifaceted music of the early 20th century from the late romanticism of Strauss to the iconoclasms of Prokofiev to the modernism of Schoenberg with performances by renowned Canadian and international artists including the acclaimed Emerson Quartet, celebrated soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, classical guitar sensation Miloš Karadaglic and the much-anticipated Koerner Hall debut of the Toronto Symphony OrchestraFor information on all 2014 Festival activities call 416-408-0208 or visit .

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Opéra Immédiat présente La Chauve-souris de Strauss et Carmen de Bizet l

Opéra Immédiat Présente : La Chauve-Souris de J.Strauss en français!
Théâtre Marie-Gérin Lajoie, UQAM!
Samedi 4 Octobre 19:30 !
billets : 45$ régulier 25$ étudiants et enfants!
réseau ! 

Opéra Immédiat entame sa cinquième saison avec une programmation tout en français pour la
saison 2014-2015 avec La Chauve-souris de Strauss le 4 octobre 2014 et Carmen de Bizet les
10 et 11 Avril 2015, au Théâtre Marie-Gérin Lajoie.! !
Le metteur en scène Frédéric-Antoine Guimond transposera l’action de La Chauve-souris dans
une autre époque. Nous serons transportés au milieu des Mad-men et des petites robes rétro.
Cette comédie hilarante vous fera passer un bon moment et les surprises seront au rendezvous.
Le tout sera accompagné par le jeune pianiste Carl-Matthieu Neher et le choeur d’Opéra
Immédiat avec dans le rôle de Rosalinde : Sophie De Cruz, Eisenstein : Marc-Antoine d’Aragon,
Adéle : Yanick Alexandre, Alfred : Éric Thériault, Falke : Julien Horbatuck, Orlofsky : Julija
Karakorska, Franck : Mireck Metelski, L’avocat : Gustave Richard.

Metteur en scène : Frédéric Antoine Guimond!
Diplômé du Collège Lionel-Groulx, on l’a vu à la télévision dans Les Bougon, Musée Eden,
Trauma, Ces gars-là et dans les publicités d’Addik TV. Au théâtre, entre autres dans L'Amour
médecin, Don Juan et, récemment dans Cyrano de Bergerac au TNM, Roméo et Juliette à
Denise-Pelletier, Les Apatrides, Les Liaisons dangereuses, Les 7 jours de Simon Labrosse, Ste
Carmen de la Main, Les Contes urbains, L’Ouest Solitaire, La Bête et Demain matin Montréal
m’attend. Il était des opérettes La Belle Hélène, Toi c’est moi, Peau d’âne, la princesse sans
nom et L’Oncle Célestin. Il a mis en scène du Feydeau, du Guitry, Les Muses orphelines, des
créations jeune public, du théâtre musical ainsi que des opérettes et opéras dont Hänsel et
Gretel, Le Pays du sourire, Roméo et Juliette, Évangéline et Don Giovanni pour le Théâtre d’art
lyrique de Laval.! !
Rosalinde : Sophie De Cruz, soprano!
Sophie De Cruz s’installe à Montréal en 1999 pour peaufiner sa technique auprès de Gabrielle Lavigne et Diana Soviero au Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal où elle complétera un BAC en interprétation. Elle complète une maîtrise en interprétation à l’Université de Montréal, auprès de Rosemarie Landry (spécialiste de musique française) et de Suzie Leblanc (spécialiste de musique baroque). Dans le répertoire d'opéra, on a pu l’entendre tenir les rôles de Suzanna dans les Noces de Figaro de Mozart, Sylvia dans L’Isola Disabitatta de Haydn, Rosalinda dans Fledermaus de Strauss, Lauretta dans le Docteur Miracle de Bizet, Adina dans L’Elisir d’Amore de Donizetti, Leïla dans les Pêcheurs de perles de Bizet, Violetta dans La Traviata de Verdi, Nedda dans Pagliacci de Leoncavallo, Juliette dans Roméo et Juliette de Gounod, Mimi dans La Bohème de Puccini, Lucia dans Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti. Elle incarnera les rôles de Rosalinde dans La Chauve-souris en octobre 2014 et Michaëla dans Carmen de Bizet en 2015. Dans le répertoire d'oratorio on a pu l'entendre dans Messe du temps de Guerre, La Création, Les Saisons de Haydn, Stabat Mater de Pergolesi et Scarlatti.
En 2006, elle s’associe au choeur de l’Art neuf pour l’enregistrement d’un CD d’oeuvres de noël. En 2007 elle produit une méthode de cours de chant sur DVD distribué par DEP. En 2009 elle crée la compagnie Opéra Immédiat.

Eisenstein : Marc-Antoine d’Aragon!
Le baryton Marc-Antoine d’Aragon, finaliste au Concours de chant tchèque et slovaque en 2013, gagnant du Prix Francis Poulenc aux Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques du Canada en
2009 et en 2012 et du prix du public à la Classical Idol Competition en 2012 s’est distingué sur
scène lors de nombreux concours : Concours de Vérone et Marmande en 2009, Liederkranz ,
MET National Council Auditions , Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal , Opera Lyra Ottawa et
Spazio Musica en 2008 et Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques du Canada en 2007, 2008 et 2009.
Artiste parrainé de la Fondation Joseph Traxel en 2011, D’Aragon est aussi gradué de HEC
Montréal, Musitechnic, l’Université de Montréal et l’Université McGill et fut un membre du studio
d’opéra d’Opera Lyra Ottawa en 2007-2008.!
Marc-Antoine d’Aragon poursuit une carrière internationale qui l’a conduit en Allemagne, en Autriche, en Italie, en France, en Pologne, en Russie, au Moyen-Orient et en Amérique du Nord, chantant notamment avec l’opéra de Verona, Opera Lyra Ottawa, et Seattle Opera. Ses rôles incluent Schaunard, Papageno, Mercutio, Dancairo, Silvio, Belcore, Gianni Schicchi, Maximillian, et Gardefeu. Son répertoire de concert inclut : Dichterliebe, Les nuits d’été, Liedereines fahrenden Gesellen, Carmina Burana, Messiah, Ein deutsches Requiem, et les requiems de Duruflé, Fauré et Dvorak. D’Aragon est fondateur et pdg de La boussole des arts et de son portail web, et du Studio Tourneson à Montréal. Il est maître invité de chant, fut directeur artistique et marketing d'opéra et a publié un livre de recettes « Des crêpes à l’opéra ».

Adèle : Yanick Alexandre, soprano : !
Originaire de Montréal, Yanick commença ses études au collège John Abbott et continua son entrainement vocale au collège Vanier, ou elle développa son timbre colorature sous le guide de Thérèse Sevadjian et Lucie Mayer. A l'aise également en opéra, opérette, comédie musicale et théâtre, Yanick se distingua dans tels rôles que Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Eurydice (Orfée aux enfers), Ida (Princess Ida), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Isobel (The Secret Rapture), Miss Trafalgar Gower (Trelawney of the Wells), et Wilma (A Young Lady of Property). Elle a gagné plusieurs prix, dont la première place dans la compétition NATS dans la catégorie de «comédie musicale». Sa voix a aussi été mis en avant dans le film québecois Éternelle.
Alfred : Éric Thériault, ténor :
Stagiaire avec le Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program en 2007, le ténor acadien s’y est mérité le Campbell Wachter Memorial Award. Détenteur d’une maîtrise en musique du San Francisco Conservatory of Music, avec le soutient financier de la Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard, M. Thériault s’est également perfectionné auprès de grands maîtres de l’art lyrique, notamment ; au sein de l’Institut canadien d’art vocal, au Vermont International Opera Festival, ainsi qu’à l’Académie internationale d’été de Nice. Parmi ses réalisations, il a créé le rôle de Gnyphos dans la première mondiale de l’opéra Young Ceasar de Lou Harrison, fut soliste pour la première nord-américaine de l’oratorio Jauchzet Julilier und Singe de Teleman et il partage un prix opus pour sa participation au concert conceptuel Bach-Tango. Plus récemment il a chanté Alfred, dans La Chauve-Souris de Strauss et Falsa-Cappa dans Les Brigands de Jacques Offenbach, en plus de faire une incursion dans le monde du théâtre musical en Acadie et d’être invité à titre de soliste par plusieurs orchestres. Depuis ses débuts, cet artiste pluridisciplinaire s’est produit avec maints ensembles d’envergure tels ; le Santa Fe Opera , l’Opéra de Québec, l’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine de Paris, les Jeunesses musicales du Canada, Le Festival d’Orford et celui de Lanaudière, Opera New-Brunswick, Symphony New-Brunswick, l’Opéra-Bouffe du Québec et la Société d’art lyrique du Royaume. il fait ses débuts avec Opéra Immédiat dans le rôle d’Alfredo. Il est depuis invité régulièrement pour tenir des
rôles principaux de leurs productions.

Falke, Julien Horbatuck, baryton :
Julien Horbatuk a terminé un baccalauréat en chant classique à l’Université de Sherbrooke en 2011. Il poursuit présentement sa maîtrise à l’Université de Montréal. Julien a participé à la finale nationale de l’édition 2010 du Concours de musique du Canada, à Edmonton, où il a terminé premier chez les vingtquatre ans et moins. Il a obtenu la bourse William-Tritt 2010-2011. Depuis février 2011, Julien est un des membres fondateurs du Choeur de Chambre du Québec, choeur professionnel dirigé par M. Robert Ingari. On a pu l’entendre dans le rôle de Golaud ,Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) pour l’Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal, où il est récipiendaire de la bourse Cedric-Fergusson, ainsi que dans le rôle-titre dans Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Plus récemment, Julien a incarné le Marquis de la Force et le Geôlier dans Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), présenté dans le cadre de l’Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal. Il a joué le rôle de Pâris dans Roméo et Juliette, présenté par Opéra Immédiat en avril 2013 ainsi que le rôle de Schaunard, La Bohème de Puccini et Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti.

Orlofosky : Julija Karakorska, mezzo-soprano :
Julija Karakorska, mezzo-soprano lettonne, est diplômée du conservatoire de Parme en Italie. Elle se perfectionne depuis trois ans en Amérique du Nord. Au cours de l’année 2012, elle interpréta Minerva dans Orphée aux Enfers de J. Offenbach avec le Montreal-West Operatic Society et Cherubino dans Le nozze di Figaro de W.A. Mozart avec Nel pozzo del Giardino à Piacenza en Italie. Elle fut aussi finaliste du Concorso Piero Boni à Mantova au cours de la même année. Elle est une artiste invitée régulière des concerts de l’Institut d‘études méditerranéennes de Montréal.
En 2014, elle a été récipiendaire d’une bourse de premier prix en tant que ''Jeune artiste parrainée de la Société Vocale Internationale Josef Traxel”. C’est dans ce cadre qu’elle effectuera un récital le 1er novembre 2014 à la Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, à Montréal. Elle fait ses débuts avec Opéra Immédiat chantant Orlofsky dans La chauve-souris, et sera Mercedes dans Carmen de Bizet en 2015.

L’avocat : Gustave Richard, Baryton :
Gustave Richard fut introduit dans le monde de la musique par les Petits Chanteurs de Laval,
puis par les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. C'est après sept ans de concerts et de projets
divers en lien avec la chorale qu'il se découvrit une voix de soliste et, avec l'aide de M. Alain
Duguay au niveau secondaire et Mme Marie-Danielle Parent au niveau collégiale, il put
s'épanouir sur scène.

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Maxim Antoshin named Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society

OTTAWA, ON (June 18, 2014) – Maxim Antoshin has been named Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society. Mr. Antoshin replaces outgoing OCMS Executive Director Glenn Hodgins. He starts his new role on September 2 and will attend this year’s Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, from July 24 to August 7, in his official capacity.

Mr. Antoshin comes to the OCMS from the Regina Symphony Orchestra, where he had served as Executive Director since 2011. While at RSO, Mr. Antoshin oversaw the financial turnaround of the Orchestra by doubling individual giving and increasing sponsorships and government support. He also founded a hugely popular eight-program RSO Education and Outreach Fund; negotiated an unprecedented five-year agreement between management and musicians; and organized a high-profile command performance for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during the 2012 Royal Tour.

Prior to his tenure at RSO, Mr. Antoshin was a Development Officer for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and one of ten fellows in the John F. Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute in Washington, DC. Originally a professional bassoonist, Mr. Antoshin received his musical training in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been active in the arts since he was 15.

Maxim Antoshin: “What can be more exciting than to work with a creative Artistic Director, a dedicated team, and a supportive board? I am looking forward to becoming part of this organization and its family of supporters. Together, we'll do great things.”

Ted Mann, Chair, OCMS Board of Directors: “We are eagerly awaiting Maxim’s arrival so we can begin to work with him. His passion for music and for the OCMS is infectious. His background as a musician, his management experience, his dedication to the arts, and his intuitive understanding of our organization and its needs have made him the ideal candidate to help us move forward. We can’t wait for him to get here!”

Roman Borys, Artistic Director, OCMS: "Maxim Antoshin's arrival in Ottawa will signal the beginning of an exciting new phase in the ongoing evolution of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society. His passion for the chamber music experience is palpable; his list of organizational triumphs truly impressive. Under his leadership, I'm confident that our Society will find new ways to deepen its connection with the community and increase its capacity to engage and enthrall audiences and artists from all over the world."
About the Ottawa Chamber Music Society
Founded in 1994, Ottawa Chamber Music Society is one of the world's leading international presenters of classical music. OCMS is dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest possible artistic standard. OCMS is the only cultural organization to win the prestigious Lieutenant’s Governor’s Award for the Arts seven times in a row. Its Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Chamberfest) is a Festivals and Events Ontario “Festival of Distinction” and a 2012 finalist for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

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Belles soeurs: The musical english language musical premiere of michel tremblay’s iconic work comes to montreal this fall

Montreal, June 10, 2014 – After taking Quebec by storm, the smash-hit musical adaptation of Michel
Tremblay’s landmark work BELLES SOEURS: THE MUSICAL explodes onto the Montreal stage in its premiere English Language incarnation at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from October 19 to November 9, 2014.

A Quebec Story Re-Imagined for the World Stage
Pairing Michel Tremblay’s iconic 1960s story of working class strife with book, lyrics and direction by René Richard Cyr and the music of Juno Award-winning recording artist Daniel Bélanger, Belles-soeurs théâtre musical premiered at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2010, touring throughout the province and to Paris in 2012.
Montreal producer Allan Sandler, CEO of Copa de Oro Productions, will produce the world premiere English adaptation of this Quebec musical sensation. Sandler has been at the helm of successful theatrical productions in both the English and French languages, including Chicago: The Musical, Grease, and the
Mirvish production of War Horse.

Belles Soeurs: The Musical combines the talents of its original creative team, René Richard Cyr and Daniel Bélanger, with the musical vision of award-winning Canadian writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.

Retaining the Essence of Tremblay’s iconic women
“Our challenge in adapting the French musical to English has been to combine the essence of our original production with the structure of the Broadway-style musical while ensuring that the story and the characters remain quintessentially Quebecois,” stated director René Richard Cyr. The preeminent Quebec theatre, film and opera director makes his English theatre directorial debut at the Segal Centre with this exciting new production.
“Our task has been to retain the essence of these iconic women and tap into their universality for an Englishspeaking audience. It’s been a fascinating and joyful challenge getting inside their heads and finding a
counterpart for their unique voices,” said composer and lyricist Neil Bartram and book-writer Brian Hill.
The New-York based Canadian duo has created multiple musical theatre hits including Broadway’s The
Story of My Life (nominated for four Drama Desk Awards).


When a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife wins one million trading stamps from a department store, her
life is turned upside down. She invites her closest friends and relatives over for a stamp-sticking
party, but celebration quickly turns to resentment as thwarted aspirations float to the surface.

Tremblay’s 1968 tragicomedy takes on a whole new dimension in this outrageously fun and poignant musical celebration performed in English by a stellar all-female cast hailing from across the country.
Val Boyle, Lili Connor, Élise Cormier, Lisa Horner, Geneviève Leclerc, Anik Matern, Geneviève St Louis, Stephanie McNamara, Marcia Tratt, Astrid Van Wieren, Paula Wolfson and Jocelyne Zucco have been cast as the heartbreaking and hilarious women of Belles Soeurs: The Musical.

The original design team of Jean Bard (Set Design), Mérédith Caron (Costumes) and Martin Labrecque (Lighting Design) will continue to bring their talents to the new production.

Michel Tremblay: Crossing the language barrier
Playwright Michel Tremblay’s impressive body of work continues to transcend all cultural and language barriers. His plays have been published and translated in a number of languages and have garnered critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and all over Europe.

“Forty six years ago, Les Belles-soeurs began speaking in joual in Montreal. A few years later they spoke English in Toronto and, after that, over twenty-five languages around the world. And yes even in Yiddish... Four years ago they began singing in joual in Montreal and soon they will sing in English for you. These fifteen women will never cease to amaze me!” stated the award-winning playwright.

Segal Centre – Building bridges
Belles Soeurs: The Musical is born out of the Segal Centre’s longstanding association with Copa de Oro Productions (Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Mahalia Jackson Musical) and the Segal’s continuing efforts to adapt Francophone productions for its audiences. The Segal partnered with Théâtre du Rideau Vert in 2010 to produce Old Wicked Songs/Une musique inquiétante by Jon Marans, whose English version won the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre award, and again in 2012 with Morris Panych’s Vigil.
“We have the exciting opportunity to take this beloved local tale and make it resonate through the medium of the Broadway-style musical. Audiences will delight in this new adaptation featuring the same characters, stories and even the set they fell in love with in the original production,” said Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. Belles Soeurs: The Musical is presented by arrangement with B-14 Productions and Agence Goodwin.

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
The Segal Centre is a meeting place for all of the performing arts, showcasing the best professional artists from here and abroad and playing a leading role in the artistic development of Montreal’s youth and the creation of its cultural legacy. Through theatre, music, dance, cinema and the Academy, the Segal Centre is setting a broad vision by recognizing the importance of building bridges through the arts and supporting multicultural projects in Montreal. The Centre’s commitment is to ensure that creativity resonates within our community and that it remains accessible and inspiring each and every day.
Dream Big!
Belles Soeurs: The Musical is part of the Segal Centre’s 2014-2015 Subscription Theatre Season. Discover the full season programming at:

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The Orchestre Métropolitain's summer season: a little something for everyone on the island... and around

Montreal, Thursday, June 19, 2014 - The Orchestre Métropolitain and its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin announce the details of their summer season, which promises to offer plenty in the way of newness and freshness. The Festival de Lanaudière will host the Orchestre Métropolitain on three occasions, and classical music lovers will be treated to a concert at the Mount Royal Chalet overlooking the city. This summer season will be presented in and around Montreal (with a concert also scheduled at the Festival international du Domaine Forget in the Charlevoix region) from June 26 to August 10, and music lovers can expect a summer marked by cherished moments of classical music. Four concerts will be conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Festival de Lanaudière
The city of Joliette and its Festival de Lanaudière will thus play host to the Orchestre Métropolitain on three occasions this summer. The initial concert-which will open the festival-will see pianist Stewart Goodyear perform the Concerto No. 2 for Piano by Bartόk under the direction of Julian Kuerti. The second half of the program will feature the Cirque Éloize accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain. For the second concert, audiences will be invited to spend an afternoon with the Strauss family featuring conductor Christoph Campestrini and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin. And finally, audiences will be treated to a concert titled Le romantisme de Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Concerts in the parks
Nothing says summer like an outdoor classical music concert! The Orchestre Métropolitain will present three such concerts in Greater Montreal parks this summer, including a concert of Viennese music at Parc de l'île Lebel in Repentigny, a concert titled Beethoven en plein air at the Mount Royal Chalet, and a concert at Parc Vancouver on Nun's Island. The final two concerts will be directed by principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Les Concerts populaires
The Orchestre Métropolitain will mark the 50th edition of Les Concerts populaires with the presentation of two concerts on a grand scale. The first, under the direction of Julian Kuerti, will pay tribute to Vienna in a repeat performance of the inaugural concert presented at the first Concerts populaires de Montréal; it will feature soprano Aline Kutan. The second, La danse à travers l'Europe, will be conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

Le Domaine Forget
The Orchestre Métropolitain will spend a Sunday in the beautiful Charlevoix region, where it will take part in a benefit concert for the Jacqueline and Paul Desmarais scholarship fund. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will direct works by Beethoven and Wagner.


Detailed summer season

Hommage à Vienne
Repeat performance of the inaugural concert at the first Concerts populaires
de Montréal
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Thursday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. - $

Conductor: Julian Kuerti
Soprano: Aline Kutan

MOZART: Nozze di Figaro, Overture
MOZART: Nozze di Figaro, Aria Voi che sapete
MOZART: Die Zauberflöte, Aria - Der Holle Rache
MOZART: Die Zauberflöte, Overture
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde, first and second entr'actes
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde, The Magic Harp (Overture)
SIECZYNSKI: Vienna, City of my Dreams
J. STRAUSS: Voices of Spring
J. STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus, Overture


Opening at the Amphitheatre - Let the show begin!
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. - $

Conductor: Julian Kuerti
Piano: Stewart Goodyear
Cirque Éloize

TCHAIKOVSKY: Capriccio italien
BARTÓK: Concerto No. 2. for Piano
RIVAL: Achilles and Scamander
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
SAINT-SAENS: Aquarium, excerpt from Carnaval des animaux
SAINT-SAENS: Danse Macabre, Op. 40
STRAVINSKY: Berceuse and Finale, excerpts from The Firebird
TCHAIKOVSKY: Danse arabe, excerpt from The Nutcracker


Musique à Vienne !
Parc de l'Île Lebel, Repentigny, Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. - $

Conductor: Alain Trudel

VON SUPPE: Light Cavalry
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 5
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 6
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"


Un après-midi chez les Strauss
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. - $

Conductor: Christoph Campestrini
Piano: Charles Richard-Hamelin

VON SUPPE: Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, Overture
R. STRAUSS: Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra
J. STRAUSS II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
R. STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier 1. Waltz Sequence
J. STRAUSS: Ritter Pasman Czardas
Josef STRAUSS: Delirien Waltz
J. STRAUSS: Perpetuum mobile
J. STRAUSS: An der schönen blauen Donau


La danse à travers l'Europe
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. - $

Conductor: Jean-Philippe Tremblay

DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances 1 to 4
DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances 7-8
BIZET: Carmen: Suite no. 2 'Habanera', 'Toreador' and Bohemian Dance
BARTÓK: Six Romanian Folk Dances
TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin, Polonaise
J. STRAUSS JR.: Tales from the Vienna Woods
SIBELIUS: Valse triste
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 1
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 4
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances 6-7-5


Le romantisme de Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. - $

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod


Beethoven en plein air
Mount Royal Chalet, Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m. - FREE
Parc Vancouver, Nun's Island, Friday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.- FREE

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod


Benefit concert for the Jacqueline and Paul Desmarais scholarship fund
Domaine Forget, Charlevoix, Sunday, August 10 at 3 p.m. - $
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod


Tickets and information
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau: 514 872-2200
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette: 450 759-4343
Le Domaine Forget, Charlevoix: 418 452-3535 or 1 888 336-7438

A 34th season chock full of exciting discoveries
The Orchestre Métropolitain's 34th season gets underway at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in October. It will mark principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 15th year at the helm of the Orchestre Métropolitain. Our season of discoveries will feature a full slate of new faces and surprising works, as the likes of Stéphane Tétreault, Sophie Desmarais, Benoît McGinnis and even Rolando Villazón will take the stage at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. In the meantime, classical music lovers are invited to take in the Orchestre Métropolitain's charming summer season.

Reminder: individual tickets
Individual tickets for concerts presented during the Orchestre Métropolitain's 34th season go on sale on Friday, August 1, 2014.

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Fédération des harmonies et des orchestres symphoniques du Québec, Les Rendez-vous des grands orchestres!

Montréal, le 20 juin 2014 –  La Fédération des harmonies et des orchestres symphoniques du Québec, en collaboration avec ses partenaires Twigg musique et Yamaha, est de retour sur l’Esplanade Financière Sun Life du Parc Olympique pour une troisième année. Elle offrira au public une série de sept concerts gratuits.

Les thèmes y seront variés, allant de la musique de film au classique en passant par la musique de jeux vidéo! Un conteur se joindra même à l’Union musicale d’Iberville le 21 septembre  pour nous présenter un concept original où musique et conte se juxtaposeront.   Nous sommes fiers de cette programmation 2014 et sommes convaincus qu’elle saura plaire à un large public.

L’an dernier, chaque concert a attiré entre 500 et 600 mélomanes, conférant un air de fête au secteur 100 de l’Esplanade Financière Sun Life.

Définitivement un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer!
Le Rendez-vous des Grands orchestres
Esplanade Financière Sun Life

 Dimanche 6 Juillet 16h                   Le Grand orchestre de Châteauguay
 Dimanche 27 juillet  16h                Harmonie du Lakeshore
Dimanche 3 Août 16h                     L’Harmonie Calixa Lavallée de Sorel
 Dimanche 10 Août 16h                 Orchestre à vents Péri-Phonique
Dimanche 31 août 16h                    Harmonie les Vents du Sud
Dimanche 14 Septembre 16h          Harmonie des Cascades de Beauport  
Dimanche 21 Septembre 16h         Union musicale d’Iberville

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Gideon Arthurs is named CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada

MONTREAL, June 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The President of the Board of Directors of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS), Bernard Amyot, is pleased to announce today that Gideon Arthurs has been named Chief Executive Officer of the School. Currently Managing Director of the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Mr Arthurs will assume his position as of August 4, 2014. He will become the 10th leader of the NTS and will take over from Simon Brault, who has held the position for the past 17 years.

"Gideon Arthurs's track record is very well suited to manage the NTS. Active in Toronto for a number of years, in institutional as well as independent theatre, he has acquired a reputation as an open, resourceful and disciplined manager. His commitment towards new play development and his desire to promote the role of theatre in society are in line with the School's strategic plan — Horizon 2020 —, which was launched last November," declared Bernard Amyot. Mr Amyot presided over the selection committee, composed of members of the School's Board of Directors and an external advisor.

"I am honoured and delighted to be joining the National Theatre School and to be part of the important conversation about the future of theatre in Canada. For over 50 years, the NTS has been training extraordinary artists who contribute in many ways to the theatre sector — they form the bedrock of one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the world. Thanks to a forward-thinking strategic plan put in place by Simon Brault and the Board of Directors, the School is prepared to equip artists to take on the changes that are happening all across the country in both English and French theatre," said Gideon Arthurs.

Born in Toronto, Gideon Arthurs, who is bilingual, has over 10 years of experience as a theatre producer. He has led many important theatre institutions, like the Tarragon Theatre and the Toronto Fringe Festival. At the Toronto Fringe, he was responsible for greatly increasing attendance and launching The Creation Lab, a subsidized space for independent artists.
He is currently the Interim President of STAF (Small Theatre Administrative Facility) and the Vice-President and Chair of the Audience Working Group at TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts). He is also an active member of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres).

Since 1960, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) has been recognized as a leading institution for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a playwright, director, actor, set and costume designer, or production professional. The NTS is unique: it offers high-level training programs in all aspects of the theatre arts, in both French and English. Many of its 2,000 graduates are among the country's most active and versatile artists and designers.

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Gideon Arthurs est nommé directeur général de l'École nationale de théâtre du Canada

MONTRÉAL, le 18 juin 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Le président du conseil d'administration de l'École nationale de théâtre (ÉNT), Me Bernard Amyot, a le plaisir d'annoncer la nomination de Gideon Arthurs au poste de directeur général de l'École. Actuellement gérant général du Tarragon Theatre de Toronto, M. Arthurs entrera en fonction le 4 août 2014. Il deviendra ainsi le 10e directeur général de l'ÉNT et succèdera à Simon Brault, qui a occupé ce poste pendant 17 ans.

« Gideon Arthurs possède une feuille de route très pertinente pour diriger l'ÉNT et la guider vers de nouveaux sommets. Actif à Toronto depuis plusieurs années, tant dans le milieu du théâtre indépendant qu'institutionnel, il a acquis une réputation de gestionnaire ouvert, imaginatif et discipliné. Son engagement envers la création et sa volonté de valoriser le rôle du théâtre dans la société sont en phase avec le plan stratégique de l'École — Horizon 2020 — lancé en novembre dernier », a déclaré Bernard Amyot, qui a présidé le comité de sélection, composé de membres du conseil d'administration de l'ÉNT et d'un conseiller externe.

« Je suis honoré et heureux de me joindre à l'équipe de l'École nationale de théâtre et ainsi de participer à la conversation, essentielle, sur l'avenir du théâtre au Canada. Depuis plus de 50 ans, l'École forme des artistes extraordinaires qui contribuent de multiples façons au milieu théâtral; ils sont à la base d'une des communautés artistiques les plus dynamiques au monde. Grâce à un plan stratégique visionnaire, mis en place par Simon Brault et le conseil d'administration, l'École est préparée à équiper les artistes pour faire face aux changements qui s'opèrent actuellement à travers le pays, tant dans le milieu du théâtre francophone qu'anglophone », a dit Gideon Arthurs.

Natif de Toronto, Gideon Arthurs, qui est bilingue, possède plus de 10 ans d'expérience comme producteur de théâtre. Il a géré des organismes culturels importants, notamment le Tarragon Theatre et le Toronto Fringe Festival. Au Toronto Fringe, il a été à l'origine d'une augmentation majeure du nombre de spectateurs et du lancement du Creation Lab, un espace de création subventionné pour les artistes indépendants.
Il est président par intérim de STAF (Small Theatre Administrative Facility) et vice-président de TAPA (Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), où il est également président du groupe de travail sur le développement des publics (Audience Working Group). Il est aussi un membre actif de PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres).

Depuis 1960, l'École nationale de théâtre (ÉNT) est reconnue comme incontournable pour qui veut faire carrière comme auteur dramatique, metteur en scène, comédien, scénographe ou professionnel de la production. Unique, l'ÉNT offre des programmes de formation de haut niveau dans tous les métiers du théâtre, tant en anglais qu'en français. Quantité de ses 2 000 diplômés figurent parmi les artistes et les concepteurs les plus actifs et polyvalents au Canada. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Announces VIP presenters for the 35th ANNIVERSARY DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Toronto, June 17, 2014 - The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced the VIP presenters for the 35th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held on Monday, June 23 at at Harbourfront Centre for the very first time.

The award ceremony will be held on the WestJet Stage, a 1,300-seat outdoor concert venue covered by a transparent roof with open sides.

Co-hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, founding Co-Artistic Directors of the three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning The National Theatre of the World, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards celebrate Toronto's vibrant performing arts scene. Baram and Snieckus wowed the audience last year with their wit and improv chops. On Toronto's biggest opening night of the year, 48 Dora Awards as well as the Silver Ticket Award and the Audience Choice Award will be handed out in a glittering ceremony honouring theatre, dance and opera artists and productions.

Among the VIP presenters at this year's awards ceremony are:
Maja Ardal, Dora Award-winning playwright, director, actor and recipient of the 2002 George Luscombe Award;
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO of the Ontario Arts Council;
Brent Carver, Tony Award-winning actor and star of Broadway and TV;
Ryan Cunningham, Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts;
Ben Heppner, legendary opera singer, broadcaster and Companion of the Order of Canada;
Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council;
Christopher House, Toronto Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Dora Award winner and 2012 Silver Ticket Award recipient;
Jon Kaplan, Senior Theatre Writer at NOW Magazine;
Jeff Madden, Dora Award-winning singer and actor;
Neil Miller, Chair of the Board of Yonge-Dundas Square;
Irene Poole, Dora Award-winning actress and star of stage and TV;
Tina Rasmussen, Director, Performing Arts at Harbourfront Centre;
Jon Reid, Dance Programmer at Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture and dancer/choreographer;
Jackie Richardson, Gemini Award and Dora Award-winning singer and actress;
Julie Tepperman and Aaron Willis, Co-Artistic Directors of Convergence Theatre;
Astrid Van Wieren, Dora Award-winning actress and star of stage and film.

The Doras are named for Dora Mavor Moore (1888-1979), a well-loved teacher and director who helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and 1940s. Recognizing the outstanding achievements in Toronto's performing arts industry, the Doras honour the creators of over 200 theatre, dance and opera productions annually in the following Divisions: General Theatre, Independent Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Opera and Theatre for Young Audiences.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). In addition to the Doras, other programs and services provided by TAPA include: T.O. TIX - Toronto's Official One Stop Ticket Shop at Yonge-Dundas Square and online at; Toronto's Official Theatre Guide; hipTIX, offering $5 tickets to students between the ages of 15 and 29; citySPECIAL; the Commercial Theatre Development Fund; and the Travel Retreat Initiatives Program - TRIP. For more information visit and
Toronto's Theatre, Dance and Opera Awards at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
Hosted by Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus
Written by Chris Earle; Directed by Edward Roy; Musical Direction by Waylen Miki;
Lighting and Production Design by Andrea Lundy; Produced by Jacoba Knaapen.

5:30pm-7pm: Pre-Show VIP Reception at Harbourfront Centre's Lakeside Terrace.
7:30pm: Dora Mavor Moore Awards Show at Harbourfront Centre's WestJet Stage.
10:30pm: After-Party at the World Café (beside the lake at Harbourfront Centre).

$75.75 General Admission Tickets (Student/ Senior - $47.50) for Awards Show & After-Party available through Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000during Box Office hours (Tues-Sat 1pm - 6pm) or book online at

$15 After-Party Only Ticketscan be purchased only onsite at the event beginning at 10:30pm.

For $165 VIP Tickets (Pre-show VIP Reception, Dora Awards Show, After-Party)
email Scott Dermody at

For information visit

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Saison estivale de l'Orchestre Métropolitain : De tout pour tous partout dans l'Île

Montréal, le mardi 17 juin 2014 - L'Orchestre Métropolitain et Yannick Nézet-Séguin, directeur artistique et chef principal, dévoilent aujourd'hui les détails de leur saison estivale, une programmation qui regorge de nouveautés et de fraîcheur. Le Festival de Lanaudière accueillera l'Orchestre Métropolitain à trois reprises, et les amateurs de musique classique pourront assister à un concert avec vue sur la métropole au Chalet de la montagne du Mont-Royal. Cette saison estivale sera présentée à Montréal et dans ses environs - en plus d'un concert au Festival international du Domaine Forget dans Charlevoix - du 26 juin au 10 août et parsèmera l'été des mélomanes de beaux moments de musique classique. Quatre concerts seront dirigés par maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Le Festival de Lanaudière
La ville de Joliette et son Festival de Lanaudière accueilleront donc trois fois l'Orchestre Métropolitain cet été. D'abord en ouverture de festival, le pianiste Stewart Goodyear interprétera le deuxième concerto pour piano de Bartόk sous la direction de Julian Kuerti. La deuxième partie de ce programme sera dédiée au Cirque Éloize, accompagné de l'Orchestre Métropolitain. Le deuxième concert invitera le public à passer Un après-midi chez les Strauss avec le chef Christoph Campestrini et le pianiste Charles Richard-Hamelin et, finalement, on pourra se laisser séduire par Le romantisme de Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Concerts dans les parcs
Un des plaisirs de la saison estivale est bien sûr d'assister à un concert extérieur. L'Orchestre Métropolitain se produira cet été dans trois parcs de la grande région de Montréal. Un concert de musique viennoise sera présenté au Parc de l'île Lebel, à Repentigny, et on pourra apprécier du Beethoven en plein air au Chalet de la Montagne du Mont-Royal ainsi qu'au parc Vancouver de l'Île-des-Sœurs. Les deux derniers concerts seront dirigés par le chef principal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Les Concerts populaires
L'Orchestre Métropolitain se joint à la 50e édition des Concerts populaires pour offrir deux concerts grandioses. Le premier concert sera un hommage à Vienne, reprise du concert inaugural des Concerts populaires de Montréal, dirigé par Julian Kuerti et avec la soprano Aline Kutan. Le deuxième, La danse à travers l'Europe, sera dirigé par le chef Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

Le Domaine Forget
L'Orchestre Métropolitain visitera la belle Charlevoix le temps d'un dimanche et participera au concert-bénéfice pour le fonds de bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin dirigera des œuvres de Beethoven et Wagner.


Programmation estivale détaillée

Hommage à Vienne
reprise du concert inaugural des Concerts populaires de Montréal
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, le jeudi 26 juin à 19 h 30 - $

Chef : Julian Kuerti
Soprano : Aline Kutan

MOZART : Nozze di Figaro, Ouverture
MOZART : Nozze di Figaro, Aria Voi che sapete
MOZART : Die Zauberflöte, Aria - Der Holle Rache
MOZART : Die Zauberflöte, Ouverture
SCHUBERT : Rosamunde, Premier et deuxième entractes
SCHUBERT : Rosamunde, La harpe magique (Ouverture)
SIECZYNSKI : Vienna, ville de mes rêves
J. STRAUSS : Voix du Printemps
J. STRAUSS : Die Fledermaus, Ouverture


Ouverture à l'Amphithéâtre - Que le spectacle commence !
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, le jeudi 10 juillet à 19 h 30 - $

Chef : Julian Kuerti
Piano : Stewart Goodyear
Cirque Éloize

TCHAÏKOVSKI : Capriccio italien
BARTÓK : Concerto piano n° 2
RIVAL : Achilles and Scamander
BARBER : Adagio pour orchestre à cordes
SAINT-SAENS : Aquarium, extrait du Carnaval des animaux
SAINT-SAENS : Danse Macabre, op. 40
STRAVINSKI : Berceuse et Finale, extraits de L'Oiseau de feu
TCHAIKOVSKI : Danse arabe, extrait de Casse-Noisette


Musique à Vienne !
Parc de l'Île Lebel, Repentigny, le mercredi 16 juillet à 19 h 30 - $

Chef : Alain Trudel

VON SUPPE : Cavalerie légère
BRAHMS : Danse hongroise n° 5
BRAHMS : Danse hongroise n° 6
BEETHOVEN : Symphonie n° 3 « Eroica »


Un après-midi chez les Strauss
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, le dimanche 27 juillet à 14 h - $

Chef : Christoph Campestrini
Piano : Charles Richard-Hamelin

VON SUPPE : Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, Overture
R. STRAUSS : Burlesque, for piano and orchestra
J. STRAUSS II : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald
R. STRAUSS : Der Rosenkavalier 1.Waltz Sequence
J. STRAUSS : Ritter Pasman Czardas
Josef STRAUSS : Delirien Waltz
J. STRAUSS : Perpetuum mobile
J. STRAUSS : An der schönen blauen Donau


La danse à travers l'Europe
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, le jeudi 31 juillet à 19 h 30 - $

Chef : Jean-Philippe Tremblay

DVOŘÁK : Danses slaves 1 à 4
DVOŘÁK : Danses slaves 7-8
BIZET : Carmen : Suite n° 2 « Habanera », « Toreador » et Danse bohème
BARTÓK : 6 danses populaires roumaines
TCHAÏKOVSKI : Eugene Onegin, Polonaise
J. Jr STRAUSS : Tales from the Vienna Woods
SIBELIUS : Valse triste
BRAHMS : Danse hongroise 1
BRAHMS : Danse hongroise 4
BRAHMS : Danses hongroises 6-7-5


Le romantisme de Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette, le mercredi 6 août à 19 h 30 - $

Chef : Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN : Symphonie n° 8
WAGNER : Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER : Tristan et Isolde : Prélude et Liebestod


Beethoven en plein air
Chalet de la Montagne, Mont-Royal, le jeudi 7 août à 19 h - GRATUIT
Parc Vancouver, Île-des-Sœurs, le vendredi 8 août à 19 h 30 - GRATUIT

Chef : Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN : Symphonie n° 8
WAGNER : Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER : Tristan et Isolde : Prélude et Liebestod


Concert-bénéfice pour le fonds de bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais
Domaine Forget, Charlevoix, le dimanche 10 août à 15 h - $
Chef : Yannick Nézet-Séguin

BEETHOVEN : Symphonie n° 8
WAGNER : Siegfried Idyll
WAGNER : Tristan et Isolde : Prélude et Liebestod


Billets et renseignements
Concerts populaires, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau : 514 872-2200
Festival de Lanaudière, Joliette : 450 759-4343
Domaine Forget, Charlevoix : 418 452-3535 ou 1 888 336-7438

Une 34e saison foisonnante d'agréables découvertes
L'Orchestre Métropolitain entame une 34e saison dès le mois d'octobre à la Maison symphonique de Montréal et son chef principal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, amorce par la même occasion sa 15e année à la barre de l'Orchestre Métropolitain. La saison des découvertes sera remplie de nouveaux visages et de mélodies surprenantes. Défileront sur la scène de la Maison symphonique de Montréal des noms comme Stéphane Tétreault, Sophie Desmarais, Benoît McGinnis et même Rolando Villazón. En attendant cette belle programmation, les amateurs de musique classique peuvent assister à une charmante saison estivale.

Rappel : mise en vente des billets unitaires
Les billets unitaires pour les concerts de la 34e saison de l'Orchestre Métropolitain seront quant à eux mis en vente le vendredi 1er août 2014.

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