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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Record-bre​aking Carmen returns to Vancouver Opera

Vancouver, BC ~ Five years ago, box office records were shattered when Carmen became the fastest-selling production in Vancouver Opera history. Vancouverites will be seduced again when the fiery gypsy returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this September/October. The passion, the colour, the sensuality and, of course, the unforgettable music of the world's sexiest opera will come alive for 6 performances only.
Vancouver Opera's Carmen will be onstage from Saturday, September 27 to Sunday, October 5, 2014:

Saturday, September 27 • 7:30pm
Sunday, September 28 • 2:00pm matinée
Thursday, October 2 • 7:30pm
Friday. October 3 • 7:30pm
Saturday, October 4 • 7:30pm
Sunday, October 5 • 2:00pm matinée

All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets, Vancouver, B.C.

Tickets are available exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre: 604-683-0222 or

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Special pricing for groups of 10 of more is available by phone. Follow Vancouver Opera on Twitter and Facebook for exclusive offers such as VO's Get O.U.T program, with $35 tickets for patrons aged under 35.


Uninhibited dancing in a smoke-filled tavern. Songs pulsing with erotic power. Sinister felonies in a mountain pass. Murder outside a bullring. Sensuous, astonishing and irresistible, and once  considered too sinful to be staged, it’s easy to see why Carmen is among the most popular operas in the world.

The gorgeous production, directed by Joel Ivany situates the action in late-1940s Spain. The powerhouse international cast will include two sizzling-hot mezzo-sopranos alternating the title role: Kate Aldrich and Ginger Costa-Jackson. Dashing tenor Richard Troxell will sing the role of Don José alongside Ms. Aldrich. Ms. Costa-Jackson's originally-slated Don José had to withdraw recently following an automobile accident. His replacement will be announced soon. Esteemed Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe returns to the VO podium for the first time since 2011's Roméo et Juliette.


Conducted by                    Jacques Lacombe
Directed by                         Joel Ivany

Carmen                                Kate Aldrich †
Carmen                                Ginger Costa-Jackson ◦
Don José                              Richard Troxell †
Don José                              TBC ◦
Escamillo                              Morgan Smith
Micaëla                                Marianne Fiset
Zuniga                                   Thomas Goerz
Le Dancaïre                         Aaron Durand
Le Remendado                 Rocco Rupolo *
Frasquita                             Caitlin Wood *
Mercédès                           Laurelle Jade Froese *
Moralès                               Zachary Read *

Chorus Director / Associate Conductor: Leslie Dala

Sept. 27, Oct. 2, 4 performances
Sept. 28, Oct. 3, 5 performances
* Member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program

Sensational mezzo-sopranos Kate Aldrich and Ginger Costa-Jackson share the title role in Bizet's brilliant masterpiece. Ms. Aldrich stunned VO audiences in 2009's Norma. "Kate Aldrich makes her VO debut: we will want to hear more from her. Solid throughout her range, capable of beautifully synchronised blend, she brought both fiery intensity and considerable sweetness to her role," raved The Vancouver Sun for that performance. Ms. Costa-Jackson is creating a sensation everywhere she performs, for her compelling stage presence and her gorgeous singing. She has sung with Glimmerglass Opera, San Francisco Opera and at Carnegie Hall. This will be her VO debut.

Tenor Richard Troxell will sing Don José with Ms. Aldrich's Carmen. "His final murderous scene with Carmen outside the bullring built to a splendid intensity..." raved The Oregonian for Mr. Troxell's Don José.

Baritone Morgan Smith will sing Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter known for the show-stopping Toreador aria. "[Morgan Smith] absolutely stole the show" raved Opera Pulse about his performance as Fritz in Dallas Opera's production of Die Tote Stadt. Soprano Marianne Fiset returns to VO to sing Micaëla, having moved audiences to tears as Mimi in 2012's La bohème. "Marianne Fiset brings a bell-like lyric soprano to the consumptive Mimi. Small in stature, Fiset has enormous stage presence and (ironically) robust lungpower," declared WHERE Vancouver.

Thomas Goerz sings Zuniga. Combining dramatic integrity and vocal clarity with perfect comic timing, Mr. Goerz has appeared frequently with VO; most recently he entertained audiences as the Sacristan in 2013's Tosca.

Alumni of and current participants in VO's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program will also appear in this production. Baritone Aaron Durand will sing Le Dancaïre. Tenor Rocco Rupolo will sing Le Remendado. Frasquita will be sung by soprano Caitlin Wood; Mercédès by mezzo-soprano Laurelle Jade Froese and Moralès by baritone Zachary Read.


Carmen is a fiery factory worker arrested for assault. Don José is her dutiful guard. But when Carmen ignites Don José’s passion with her gypsy spell, his tragic descent begins. He deserts the army, abandons his family for a life of crime, and when Carmen discards him for a bullfighter, erupts with jealous rage to commit a shocking act of revenge.


Based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, Carmen premièred at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1875. In it, Georges Bizet sought to create a new style of opera, one based on realistic depictions of everyday life, especially that of the lower classes. Some 15 years later, this innovative style (known in Italian opera as verismo) would come to be celebrated, but at the time, presenting these sensual, violent characters on the family-friendly Opéra-Comique stage was risky. To make matters even more difficult, Bizet’s orchestra complained the score was too demanding, and his chorus, when asked to smoke and quarrel onstage, threatened to strike.

The show garnered some critical praise, but it was not enough to boost ticket sales for a show that viewers did not appreciate or understand. Carmen opened to condemnation from the press and a cool reception from audiences.

Bizet’s quest to renovate the genre ultimately succeeded. The day before he died, in June 1875, he signed a contract with the Viennese Imperial Opera. Carmen was produced in Vienna later that year to an audience not bound by the expectations of the Opéra-Comique: they were able to appreciate Carmen on its own terms. Backed by praise from Wagner, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, the exotic show was a resounding success. After a well-received run in Vienna, Carmen toured Europe and by 1878 was being performed in opera houses as far away as New York and Philadelphia.

Eventually, Carmen made it back to Paris, where it was received with much more warmth than in 1875. Its 500th performance was celebrated in October 1891 and its 1000th in December 1904. Carmen remains one of the most popular operas in the world, with timeless themes, juicy story and larger-than-life – yet realistic – characters. Bizet’s most famous work continues to thrill modern audiences, from opera newcomers to the most seasoned aficionados.

“I do not know of any other instance where tragic humour, which constitutes the essence of love, is expressed … in a more shattering phrase than in Don Jose’s last words ...[You can arrest me. I killed her. Ah! Carmen! My adored Carmen!]”  – Nietzsche


Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions; for its country-leading education programs, which have reached more than 1.6 million children and their families during the past 40 years; for its innovative and award-winning community programs; and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians. Visit to find out more.

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For its 49th season The SMCQ unveils a well-connected program!

Montreal, August 25, 2014 -  The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2014-2015 season. From creative technophiles to virtuoso performers, works for full orchestra to majestic compositions, the SMCQ’s 49th season connects you to the most exalted music in the contemporary repertoire. 
Once more the SMCQ will take its renowned place as a unifying force in the contemporary scene, featuring in its season concert at Maison symphonique de Montréal, special guest artists and links to other art forms, notably theatre and poetry. 
Please note: two of the concerts are within the framework of the Montreal/New Music (MNM) Festival to be held from February 26th to March 7th, 2015. Its theme of New Technologies and Surroundings will also color the SMCQ season. 
City LifeFriday, September 26th, 2013, 8 pm – Salle Pierre-Mercure
Works by: Alain Thibault, Walter Boudreau, Steve Reich 
Dive into the wild atmosphere of New York for a lush start of the season with the Ensemble de la SMCQ. A concert equally electric as eclectic where Quebecois composers will give us a taste of the next MNM Festival focusing on New Technologies and Surroundings
Molinari Branché !Sunday, November 2nd, 2013, 3 pm - Tanna-Schulich Hall
Works by: Yannick Plamondon, Jonathan Harvey, Laurie Radford 
The Molinari String Quartet adds new color to its tonality by plugging in an electric current! Under its bows, sounds will be run from strings to wires in a real-time process which will transform our listening experience. 
AtlantideThursday, February 26th, 2014, 7 pm – Salle Pierre-Mercure
Works by: John Cage,Sandeep Bhagwati,Michel-Georges Brégent 
The myth of Atlantis joins the program of a titanic concert echoing our current societal concerns. No fewer than 15 singers and 23 musicians face up to the challenge of this virtually unplayable renowned work! 
Turangalîla-SymphonieFriday, February 27th, 2015, 7pm – Maison symphonique
Work by: Olivier Messiaen 
The SMCQ invites you to the concert hall to hear the McGill Symphony Orchestra perform Turangalîla-Symphonie! Messiaen’s symbolic and monumental work for full orchestra constitutes an extraordinary sound experience. 
Une soirée à l’asileMay (TBD)  – Salle Pierre-Mercure
Works by: Claude Gauvreau, Walter Boudreau, André Mathieu, Claude Vivier
Major theater and vocal artists join Alain Lefèvre to read, play and celebrate Quebecois creators! From Gauvreau to Boudreau, including Mathieu and Vivier, expect an evening of sheer madness.
All concerts are SMCQ production except Turangalîla-Symphonie (coproduction with the McGill Symphony Orchestra) 
About the SMCQ
The SMCQ has been moving in step with the lively rhythms of new music for almost fifty years. With its regular concert season, its Homage Series, an international festival, and Youth Activities, the society has served both as a platform for today’s composers and as a window on creative works for everyone. Managed by composers for composers, the SMCQ has been led by three different artistic directors to date: composers Serge Garant (1966-89), Gilles Tremblay (1986-88) and Walter Boudreau (since 1988).

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Honens 2014: Canada’s International Festival of Piano runs september 4 to 7

CALGARY, AB, August 11, 2014—September 4 to 7, Honens rounds out the summer festival season with four days of extraordinary music-making at Canada’s International Festival of Piano. Honens 2014 explores music of the early 20th century—one hundred years ago when the world teetered on the edge of conflict—and the First World War’s impact on shaping music for years to come.

Honens, best known for its prestigious Prize for Piano awarded every three years, has expanded its repertoire to present an annual festival at a time when Calgary is gaining its reputation as a cultural centre. “Honens 2014 will be four days of boundary-pushing music and the finest talent the world has to offer,” said Stephen McHolm, Honens’ President & Artistic Director. “This year’s festival focuses on a time when the music of late romantic composers was moving aside to make way for ground-breaking new and experimental music with hot new trends like tango and ragtime sweeping across Europe from the New World.”

The festival’s headlining artist is dynamic French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud—known by many for his appearance in the Oscar-winning film Amour. In addition to a solo recital, Mr Tharaud will join popular singer Martha Wainwright for a collaboration of songs from the cabarets of 1914 Paris at Hullabaloo—Calgary's newest can't-miss party for the musically and gastronomically curious.

Hullabaloo also features cabaret host Denise Clarke and Sunday Skool’s DJ Rice. Alex Ross, music
critic for The New Yorker, joins veteran broadcaster Eric Friesen for a conversation on the Great War's impact on the music of the last century. Honens Prize Laureates Pavel Kolesnikov and Georgy Tchaidze will thrill with their musicality and virtuosity, and are joined in collaborative concerts by Russian pianist Samson Tsoy and German cellist Julian Steckel. Honens Open Air closes the festival with an afternoon of chamber music in Central Memorial Park featuring Wild West New Music Ensemble, Calgary’s newest chamber ensemble led by Mélanie Léonard. This special outdoor concert is free for the entire community.

Tickets to Honens 2014 range in price from $10 to $250 and are available online at or by calling the Honens Box Office at (403) 299-0140. Discounts are available for youth under age 18, ‘A440’ members, aged 18 to 39 and seniors aged 65 or older. Festival passes, offering tickets at 10% off regular price, are available.

Honens 2014 is presented by Nexen Energy, a CNOOC Limited Company, with support from TD, TransAlta, ARC Financial Corp., RBC Foundation, Calgary Herald, Deluxe Design Group, Jayman MasterBUILT, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd, The Fairmont Palliser and WAX Partnership Inc. Government and Foundation Partners are Alberta Foundation for the Arts / Government of Alberta, Alberta Lottery Fund, The Calgary Foundation, Calgary Arts
Development / The City of Calgary and Canadian Heritage / Government of Canada.

About Honens
Honens discovers, nurtures and presents Complete Artists—21st century pianists for 21st century audiences. In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established the Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, with a gift of $5 million. Her dream was to discover and launch the careers of the world’s most promising pianists—adream that has become a Canadian success story. Honens Laureates are acclaimed the world over and the triennial ‘Search for the Complete Artist’ awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars. Every third year, the prestigious Honens Prize for Piano is awarded during an extended nine-day festival. The Eighth Honens Prize will be awarded in 2015.

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Le chœur de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois‐Rivières recrute

Trois‐Rivières, le 21 août 2014 – L’Orchestre symphonique de Trois‐Rivières est à la recherche de nouveaux choristes souhaitant se joindre à son choeur pour la saison 2014‐2015. Le Choeur de l’OSTR interprétera, sous la direction de maestro Jacques Lacombe, l’opéra Carmen de Bizet (9 novembre 2014) et Gloria de Poulenc (24 mai 2015).
Des voix de femmes et des voix d’hommes (soprano, ténor et basse) sont recherchées. Le chef de choeur Raymond Perrin est responsable des répétitions qui se déroulent les mercredis à 19 h à Trois‐Rivières. Les choristes doivent posséder des connaissances en solfège et être disponibles pour une audition. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez contacter Denis Morneau, responsable de la production et du service à la clientèle, au 819 373‐5340 poste 0.

Fondé en 1978, l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois‐Rivières est maintenant dirigé par Jacques Lacombe, chef d’orchestre de réputation internationale. Formé de 54 musiciens professionnels, l’OSTR se distingue par la qualité de sa programmation qui fait une place importante aux chefsd’oeuvre du grand répertoire, aux créations et aux solistes de renom, en plus de développer des initiatives pour les élèves et les jeunes musiciens de la région. Au nombre des récentes distinctions, mentionnons le prix Juno 2014 Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance, le prix Arts de la scène Louis‐Philippe‐Poisson (2014), le prix Opus Concert de l’année – régions, reçu deux années consécutives (2012 et 2013), le prix Initiative culturelle de l’année (2013) ainsi que deux disques d’or.
L’Orchestre symphonique de Trois‐Rivières reçoit l’appui de multiples entreprises privées, dont Cogeco, Hydro‐Québec, Desjardins, Canimex, le Port de Trois‐Rivières, Marmen, le Groupe Somavrac, RBC Gestion de patrimoine | Dominion valeurs mobilières, Centre funéraire Rousseau, Société Saint‐Jean‐Baptiste de la Mauricie, Rôtisserie St‐Hubert de Trois‐Rivières et Banque Nationale, ainsi que de nombreux organismes régionaux et gouvernementaux, dont le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, la Ville de Trois‐Rivières et le Conseil des Arts du Canada.

Pour toute information additionnelle, contactez l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois‐Rivières au 819 373‐5340. Consultez également le site Internet de l’OSTR au et sa page Facebook.

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Audi Canada announces its official event lineup for Toronto's largest cinematic festival

AJAX, ON, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - As myriad artists, actors, musicians and cultural icons prepare to descend upon the city this September in the spirit of celebrating the art of film, world leader in the design and production of luxury automobiles Audi Canada announces its 2014 event lineup.
With a long-standing commitment to the promotion and support of the arts within Canada, the brand readies to be both a highly visible and distinct presence during the internationally recognized cinematic festival. Audi Canada is very proud to present private and exclusive gala events feting the studios, producers, directors, casts and their special guests for the following Toronto International Film Festival presentations:
  • The Judge - Directed by David Dobkin; Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton, a Warner Bros. Pictures Release.
  • The Good Lie - Directed by Philippe Falardeau; Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel. A presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, a Warner Bros. Pictures Release.
  • This Is Where I Leave You - Directed by Shawn Levy; Starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn and Jane Fonda, a Warner Bros. Pictures Release.
  • The Theory of Everything - Directed by James Marsh; Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox. A Focus Features Release.
  • PRIDE, a CBS Films release, is directed by Matthew Warchus. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer.
In addition, Audi Canada will be a co-sponsor for the annual Artists for Peace and Justice 2014 Festival Gala, which supports the charity heralded by Paul Haggis.
For more information about Audi Canada's 2014 event lineup and access to exclusive photos from the brand's private gala events, please contact:
Michelle DeBique / E: / M: 416.893.4271
Ashley Calapatia / E: M: 416.839.3101
The Audi Group delivered approximately 1,575,500 cars of the Audi brand to customers in 2013. As one of the most successful models, the Audi A3 has been awarded the title of "World Car of the Year 2014" by an international jury of journalists (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 3.2; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 165 – 85). In 2013, the company reported revenue of €49.9 billion and an operating profit of €5.03 billion. The company operates globally in more than 100 markets and has production facilities in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Győr (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Bratislava (Slovakia), Martorell (Spain), Kaluga (Russia), Aurangabad (India), Changchun (China) and Jakarta (Indonesia). Since the end of 2013, the brand with the Four Rings has also been producing cars in Foshan (China). In 2015, Audi will start production in São José dos Pinhais (Brazil), followed by San José Chiapa (Mexico) in 2016. Wholly owned subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy), the sports motorcycle manufacturer. The company currently employs more than 73,500 people worldwide, of which more than 52,500 in Germany. Total investment of around €22 billion is planned from 2014 to 2018 – primarily in new products and sustainable technologies. Audi is committed to its corporate responsibility and has anchored the principle of sustainability for its products and processes in its strategy. The long-term goal is CO2-neutral mobility.
SOURCE Audi Canada Inc. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mutter Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra makes Canadian Debut


The London Times calls her “the undisputed queen of violin-playing.”  The Washington Post deems her a “Violin goddess”. 

Show One Productions presents famed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and her acclaimed Mutter Virtuosi chamber orchestra in their Canadian debut, Friday, November 21, 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street.

Tickets, $39-139, and info are available from

Famed for both her breathtaking virtuosity and her wide-ranging repertoire, Mutter joins her Virtuosi for two of chamber music’s most treasured works: Mendelssohn’s sparkling and animated Octet and Vivaldi’s ever fresh The Four Seasons. Concert opener is American composer Sebastian Currier’s Ringtones, commissioned especially for the Mutter Virtuosi.

Touring since 2011, the Mutter Virtuosi are a hand-picked ensemble of scholars and professional string players who are alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, which develops global support for young, talented string soloists.  More information on the Foundation is at

Anne-Sophie Mutter`s website is more info at  CAMI has more info on the Mutter Virtuosi

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Canadian Opera Company announces Chief Communications Officer


Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is proud to announce that it has selected Steven Kelley to serve in the opera company’s new senior staff position of Chief Communications Officer. Kelley joins the COC in early October, coming directly from Houston Grand Opera where he has been director of marketing for the past four years.

As a member of the COC’s senior executive management team, Kelley will lead the development and implementation of strategic efforts to maximize the opera company’s earned revenue opportunities, directly manage all marketing and communication-based activities that promote and enhance the COC brand, lead the expansion of the COC’s community outreach and engagement activities, and oversee communications efforts to maximize the opera company’s international, national and regional impact.

“We look forward to having Steven join the company this fall.  He’s highly skilled with over 15 years of experience working specifically in the marketing of opera,” says Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef. “While at Houston Grand Opera, among other marketing and communications innovations, Steven revitalized subscription and single-ticket campaigns that have now made HGO a model within the opera industry. He offers an outstanding combination of experience and accomplishments that will serve the COC well as we continue to develop as one of the world’s finest opera companies.”

Kelley joined Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and played a significant role in restructuring the company’s sales, marketing and customer service activities. Prior to HGO, Kelley led the marketing efforts for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and was director of marketing and communications for Kentucky Opera. He was formerly a producer of Radio City Music Hall, and has a background in advertising. He spent his early professional years as a stage manager working for a number of opera companies, including HGO and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Kelley holds a bachelor of music degree from Baylor University.

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

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2014 Accordion Noir Festival: September 11-14

Vancouver, BC. – The seventh edition of The Accordion Noir Festival marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for one of the city’s most eclectic and boundary-pushing music festivals. A stellar lineup of international and national accordion artists features Socalled (Montreal), Miss Murgatroid (Portland), Lonesome Leash (New Orleans/Los Angeles) and Ol’ Crocodile (France/Montreal ) alongside Vancouver heavies including Geoff Berner and Wintermitts.

New audiences will have a chance to catch the grassroots spirit that has made the festival an underground East Vancouver favorite, with evening concerts and daytime community events running at The Russian Hall, The Orpheum Annex and The Fox Cabaret.
International accordion iconoclast Socalled kickstarts the festival, headlining Squeezebox Confession Thursday, September 11 at the Fox Cabaret. Mashing together turbo-folk, hip-hop and klezmer funk, Socalled’s appearance will draw on past works and showcase materials from his latest album, The Season, “a puppet-heavy indie musical fable for the 21st century.”
Festival closer Miss Murgatroid is a pioneer of avant-experimental accordion who rose to prominence in PORTLAND in the late 1980s. Her performance in Free Reed Association marks the end of a ten-year musical hiatus and is supported through an exciting new co-production relationship with The Vancouver New Music Society.
Jack Garton (Maria in the Shower) hosts the Accordion Speakeasy, a celebration of the underground aspects of accordion culture, featuring homegrown klezmer great Geoff Berner alongside the festival debut of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements, a.k.a. Lonesome Leash.
Saturday night begins with The Accordion Kitchen Party, a culturally diverse community celebration featuring the “reel meets raga” fusion of Nova Scotian songwriter Robyn Carrigan (Nova Scotia/Vancouver). Quebec’s Ol’ Crocodile brings their infamous “Folk Sale” (dirty) folk to the DANCE PARTY alongside Vancouver’s own genre-bending, bilingual six-piece, Wintermitts. The evening also marks the final festival performance of fan favourites The Creaking Planks, led by Accordion Noir Festival co-founder Rowan Lipkovitz. Vancouver’s most curiously wonderful burlesque, clown, magic and mime performers, drawn from the Dusty Flowerpot, Poupon Parade and Vancouver Fringe Festival Pick of the Fringe, appear throughout the festival as curated by Jack Garton in Dr. Jack's Jackpot of Cabaret Curios.
For line-up announcements and details, visit

DETAILS: Full schedule below
WHEN: September 11-14, 2014
WHERE: The Russian Hall, Fox Cabaret, The Orpheum Annex

Full Schedule
Squeezebox Confession: Featuring Socalled, Pathetic Fallacy, DJ Prom Night & Dr. Jack's Jackpot of Cabaret Curios Hosted by Katheryn Petersen, Accordion Noir Society Artistic Director
WHEN: Thursday, September 11, Doors 8pm
WHERE: Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street, Vancouver)
TICKETS: $15 at the door, $12.50 advance
Accordion Speakeasy: Featuring Geoff Berner, Lonesome Leash, Orkestar Silvovica, Dr. Jack's Jackpot of Cabaret Curios
Hosted by Jack Garton
WHEN: Friday, September 12, Doors 8pm
WHERE: The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave)
TICKETS: $15 at the door, $12.50 advance
Accordion Kitchen Party: Repair Booth by Melodona, Technique Workshop and Open Mic with Ben Meti and
Katheryn Petersen, and Community Dinner by Chef Ianna Yelchinko featuring performances by Robyn Carrigan and
youth accordion players
WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 3-7pm
WHERE: The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave)
TICKETS: Free Admission, Dinners will be accessibly priced.
Squeezebox Rendezvous: Wintermitts, Ol’ Crocodile, The Creaking Planks, The Plodes, Dr. Jack's Jackpot of Cabaret
Hosted by Paul Silveria a.k.a Professor Banjo
WHEN: Saturday, September 13, Doors 8pm
WHERE: The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave)
TICKETS: $15 at the door, $12.50 advance
Free (Reed) Association: Miss Murgatroid, Sick Boss featuring Tyson Naylor, and Dr. Jack’s Jackpot of Cabaret
Curios Finale performance with special guests Elliot Vaughan & Elysse Cheadle
A co-production by Vancouver New Music and Accordion Noir
Hosted by Giorgio Magnanensi, Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music Society
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, Doors 7:30pm
WHERE: The Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor)
TICKETS: $18 at the door, $15 advance

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Laval inaugure sa Maison du Jazz

Laval, Québec, le 19 aôut  2014 – Les Lavallois seront réjouis. Ils auront bientôt leur Maison du Jazz ( Cet établissement reconnu mondialement comme étant le tremplin par excellence des artistes de jazz est une création du dynamique entrepreneur Georges Durst. La grande ouverture du resto-cabaret de Laval aura lieu le 6 septembre prochain. 

« Nous cherchions depuis plusieurs années l’emplacement idéal; c’est fait. », avoue avec enthousiasme Durst à qui nous devons, entre autres réalisations, le réseau des Cage aux Sports. Situé à l’angle du Boulevard de L’Avenir et du Boulevard St-Martin, la Maison du Jazz lavalloise rivalise avec son homologue montréalais au chapitre du fastueux décor. Durst a rassemblé les vestiges de ses plus célèbres établissements dans la « Classe Affaires », section exclusive pour ceux qui veulent devenir membre de la Maison du Jazz et vivre les services exclusive au Tiffany (section qui peut accueillir 15 invités), Le Monte Carlo (bar privé avec cassier exclusif où les clients peuvent entreposer leurs bouteilles d'alcool achetées sur place), La Loge (la meilleur place pour voir les artistes sur scène) et Le Bijou (ouvert au grand public pour y déguster les cocktails signatures en hommage aux artistes de la Maison du Jazz). D’entrée, le mur des célébrités ressuscite les légendes du jazz qui ont tour à tour foulé la célèbre scène. Les deux étages regorgent d’objets d'arts, articles hétéroclites, un bar à vin, et plus de 100 somptueux lustres. Une terrasse extérieure plaira aussi aux adeptes de plein air. 

Les sommités du jazz s’y succéderont six soirs par semaine. Les « Mardis Révélations » offriront l’occasion de découvrir et supporter de nouvelles têtes d’affiche. Niveau cuisine, les Lavallois pourront déguster, entre autres, les combos poulet et côtes levées à la mode louisianaise, grillades, salades et spéciaux « faim de soirée » tant appréciés au resto-cabaret de Montréal, depuis plus de 30 ans.             

La Maison du Jazz de Laval ouvrira officiellement ses portes :
le samedi 6 septembre à 18h
Sur Scène
18h30 :
le légendaire pianiste-compositeur Billy Georgette accompagné du Paradise Band, brisera la glace
21h30 : l’ultra-puissante « Diva of Soul » Michelle Sweeney, interprète des intemporels succès Jazz, R & B et Soul.

RSVP : (450) 669.3000,  Admission $10.00
Adresse : 1639 boul de l’Avenir, Laval, Qc  H7S 2N5

Facebook : House of Jazz, Laval          Twitter : @MaisonduJazzMTL

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La petite école des pianos publics du Plateau ce samedi!

Montréal, le 18 août 2014 – La Coopérative des professeurs de musique de Montréal est fière de s’associer avec l’arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal pour une journée de cours autour des pianos publics. Le 23 août prochain, les professeurs de la CPMM attendront petits et grands curieux aux quatre pianos de l’arrondissement du Plateau Mont-Royal pour un cours de musique autour du piano en plein air. Des cours d’éveil musical seront offerts pour les enfants de 3 à 5 ans ainsi que des cours de piano classique, jazz et pop pour les 5 à 105 ans. Tous les cours sont gratuits et ouverts à tous! En plus de favoriser un dynamisme social et culturel dans le quartier, cette activité permettra aux participants d’éveiller un intérêt pour l’apprentissage de la musique ou tout simplement de passer un bon moment avec nos professeurs. Retrouvez-nous le 23 août prochain pour la journée de cours autour des pianos publics de l’arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal de 9h00 à 17h00. Il est préférable de réserver votre cours d’avance simplement en nous téléphonant au 514-544-4636. L’évènement sera remis le 24 août en cas de pluie.
Horaire de la journée
Coin Duluth et St-Denis
9h00 à 9h30 éveil musical avec Andrée-Anne Mathonet
9h30 à 11h00 piano classique avec Qiao Yi Miao Mu
Parc des Amériques coin St-Laurent et Rachel
11h00 à 11h30 éveil musical avec Andrée-Anne Mathonet
11h30 à 13h00 piano classique avec Lucie Monsarrat
Maison des JMC coin Henri-Julien et Mont-Royal
13h00 à 13h30 éveil musical avec Andreé-Anne Mathonet
13h30 à 15h00 piano classique avec Marianne Roy-Chevarier
Place du Coteau-St-Louis métro Laurier (sortie Laurier)
15h00 15h30 éveil musical avec Andrée-Anne Mathonet
15h30 à 17h00 piano jazz et pop avec Papacho Sirday-Desgagnés
À propos de la Coopérative des professeurs de musique
La Coopérative des professeurs de musique de Montréal est une jeune entreprise dynamique qui s’est donnée pour mission d’offrir à la population un enseignement musical dispensé par des artistes de haut niveau et donnant à ceux-ci les meilleures conditions de travail possibles. Après cinq années d’existence, la CPMM compte maintenant plus de 60 professeurs aux parcours des plus impressionnants et inspirants ainsi que pas moins de 350 élèves actifs. En juin 2013, le Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal lui remettait le deuxième prix de la relève en économie sociale pour souligner l’excellence et l’innovation de cette entreprise.

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L'Ensemble vocal Katimavik est à la recherche de choristes de tous pupitres

La saison 2014-2015 sera consacrée, entre autres, à la préparation de Lumina Borealis, un grand concert classique pour choeur, solistes et orchestre où les Requiem de Salieri et Mozart partageront la scène avec les 80 voix du choeur et l’orchestre Appassionata, augmenté, pour l’occasion, à 50 instrumentistes.
Présenté en première canadienne, le Requiem en do mineur de Antonio Salieri fut complété par le compositeur vers la fin de 1804 et correspond à l’apogée d’une période féconde de compositions pour l’Opéra. L’oeuvre est ainsi teintée de certains élans lyriques et est particulièrement expressive tout en étant à la fois simple et solennelle. Le Requiem demeure, même en comparaison à des oeuvres écrites par la suite, le fait saillant des oeuvres religieuses du maître italien.
Très rarement interprétée, la version Maunder du légendaire Requiem en ré mineur de Mozart est la première version qui permit d’entendre une restauration de l’Amen dont l'esquisse fut retrouvée en 1960 à la Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. L’Ensemble vocal complètera cette superbe version de 1986 en interprétant une édition corrigée des ajouts de Joseph Eybler et de Franz Xaver Süßmayr à qui Constance Mozart avait demandé de terminer la partition.
Les auditions auront lieu le mardi 2 septembre 2014, de 18 h 30 à 21 h 30 – sur rendez-vous seulement (514 722-8369) – au 4300, chemin Queen-Mary à Montréal.
Les répétitions se tiennent les mardis soirs de 19 h 30 à 22 h, au 4300, chemin Queen-Mary (près des métros Snowdon et Côte-des-Neiges – il y a un stationnement).
Vous cherchez un loisir différent? Vous aimez chanter? Vous possédez une solide expérience chorale ou musicale? Vous avez le sens de l'humour? N'hésitez plus et joignez-vous à un ensemble vocal peu ordinaire!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Carmen with a Twist: Carmen on Tap at the Lula Lounge

Mezzo Julie Nesrallah as Carmen

Now for something a little different -  Carmen on Tap is Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen, performed as dinner theatre in Toronto's hippest venue, Lula LoungeCarmen on Tap brings the power and virtuosity of the human voice to the audience in an intimate dining experience. All theatrical walls are banished. The cast blurs the line between fantasy and reality as the drama unfolds around the audience as they enjoy a sumptuous dinner and cocktails.
Carmen on Tap is a red-hot hit. It's opera gone rogue! Seasoned opera fans fall in love with opera all over again. Opera newbies never thought opera could be such a sexy and hip experience.

1585 Dundas St. West
August 24, 26, 28, 31 @ 7pm start (doors open at 6:15)
Book your tickets by going to:

The youthful cast of Carmen on Tap

The full cast/creative team:
remendado COREY ARNOLD
director BRENT KRYSA

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Monday, August 18, 2014

La Fondation Arte Musica présente: L’intégrale des cantates de Bach sur huit saisons, Une première au Canada

Montréal, 13 août 2014 - La Fondation Arte Musica entame cet automne un projet de grande envergure : la présentation en concert de l’intégrale des cantates sacrées de Johann Sebastian Bach, assurément l’un des plus grands compositeurs de tous les temps. C’est à Maestro Kent Nagano, l’OSM et son chœur que reviendront les honneurs de débuter cette fabuleuse aventure avec la présentation de trois cantates, les 13 et 14 septembre prochains.

Les deux cents et quelques cantates sacrées qui nous sont parvenues constituent un monumental corpus musical qui frappe l’imaginaire de tous depuis des siècles. Ces pages exceptionnelles, alliant beauté musicale et profondeur spirituelle, nous permettent de prendre la pleine mesure du génie de Bach. Bien que destinées au culte luthérien, et soulignant les moments importants du calendrier liturgique, elles continuent aujourd’hui de toucher le grand public et les mélomanes, qu’ils soient croyants ou non, pratiquants ou non. Plusieurs airs issus des cantates sont très connus, car nombre d’eux ont été remaniés et adaptés pour le cinéma, la télévision, ou encore le théâtre.

Depuis son plus jeune âge Isolde Lagacé, directrice générale et artistique de la Fondation Arte Musica, côtoie les cantates de Bach. Enfant, elle écoutait sa mère, organiste à l’Église Erskine and American (qui allait devenir, des années plus tard, la salle Bourgie), interpréter les cantates de Bach lors des services religieux. Quelques années plus tard, elle les chantait au Centre musical CAMMAC, où il était coutume pour tous les participants d’apprendre une nouvelle cantate par semaine.

C’est grâce à ce contact très étroit avec ce corpus parsemé de chefs-d’œuvre émouvants qu’Isolde Lagacé s’est mise à rêver du jour où elle pourrait le présenter en concert au public d’ici, pour le plus grand bonheur de tous !

Joignez-vous au concert et chantez en chœur le choral final d’une des cantates !
À chaque concert, le public sera invité à se joindre aux musiciens et aux choristes pour chanter en chœur le choral final d’une des cantates. Rendez-vous au Salon du Musée les jours de concerts, de 13h15 à 13h30 (14h15 à 14h30 les samedis), pour une courte répétition préalable. Tous les détenteurs de billets qui le désirent peuvent y participer.

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Opéra Lyra ouvre sa 30e saison par un thriller politique : Tosca de Puccini

La 30e saison d’Opéra Lyra ouvre par le chef-d’œuvre intemporel de Giacomo Puccini, Tosca, une histoire à suspense de supercherie, de trahison et de courage. Quatre représentations seulement : les 6, 8, 10 et 13 septembre. Rideau à 20 h. Salle Southam, CNA. L’opéra est chanté en italien avec surtitres en français et en anglais. Les billets sont en vente sur Internet à, par téléphone au 1 (888) 991 2787, et en personne à la billetterie du CNA au 53, rue Elgin, Ottawa.
Jour des médias – Mercredi 27 août, de 13 h à 14 h 30. Les détails suivront dans un autre communiqué.

Cette mise en scène comprend la soprano canadienne Michele Capalbo interprétant la fougueuse chanteuse d’opéra Floria Tosca, le ténor tout droit venu de Terre-Neuve David Pomeroy interprétant son amant, le patriote et peintre Mario Cavaradossi, et le baryton américain Todd Thomas interprétant le baron Scarpia, chef corrompu de la police secrète qui manipule et trahit Tosca. La distribution secondaire canadienne comprend le baryton-basse Giles Tomkins interprétant Angelotti, prisonnier politique en cavale, le baryton Dion Mazerolle et le ténor James McLennan interprétant les policiers Sciarrone et Spoleta. La basse profonde Valerian Ruminski interprète le sacristain.  Le Chœur d’Opéra Lyra est dirigé par Laurence Ewashko.

Le maestro Tyrone Paterson, ancien directeur artistique de la compagnie, s’est chargé de la distribution : « Je connais bien Michele Capalbo et David Pomeroy et leur voix vont parfaitement ensemble. Ce sont les plus grands interprètes canadiens de ces rôles, et Todd Thomas a tout simplement la bonne qualité de voix pour le rôle du baron Scarpia, dangereux et sinistre. » M. Paterson revient comme chef d’orchestre invité pour diriger la compagnie Tosca et l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts. Cette pièce sera mise en scène par le directeur suisse de renom Guy Montavon, qui fera ses débuts à Opéra Lyra.

À propos de l’opéra
Floria Tosca, chanteuse d’opéra, se retrouve mêlée aux intrigues politiques de l’impitoyable Baron Scarpia, chef de la police secrète de Rome. Son amour pour le peintre et patriote Mario Cavaradossi et son angoisse alors qu’elle essaye de le sauver des griffes de Scarpia font de Tosca l’une des héroïnes d’opéra les plus fascinantes. Ce thriller politique se passe à Rome pendant l’invasion de l’Italie par Napoléon, en 1805. 

Les conversations avant l’opéra, organisées par la guilde d’Opéra Lyra, sont gratuites pour les détenteurs de billets. Les 6, 10, et 13 septembre en anglais et le 8 septembre en français à 19 h à la Mezzanine du CNA.

À propos de la compagnie
Depuis une trentaine d’années, Opéra Lyra apporte la musique, la passion et l’aventure qu’est l’opéra professionnel au public de la région de la capitale nationale. Opéra Lyra continue d’encourager et de présenter les talents canadiens et, grâce à son programme Studio Opéra Lyra, à instruire les jeunes et à leur transmettre l’amour de l’opéra et des arts. 

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Musica Camerata Montréal presents: Discoveries Two Quintets for piano, violin, viola, cello and double-bass Saturday, September 13, 6 PM

Montreal, August 14, 2014 – Musica Camerata Montréal  begins its 45th season in a beautiful way Saturday, September 13, with the concert Discoveries, witch will feature pianist Berta Rosenohl, violinist Luis Grinhauz, violist Bertrand Robin, cellist Leo Grinhauz and double-bassist Eric Chappel.

The first concert of the season presents a program of uncommon quintets for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. The best known piece for this combination is Schubert’s “The Trout”, but other great works were also written for the same combination, among others by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of Britain’s giants, and French pianist and composer Jeanne-Louise Dumont-Farrenc, who lived in France in the 19th century.

The program:

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
Quintet for piano and strings in C minor

Jeanne-Louise Dumont-Farrenc (1804 – 1875)
Quintet no2 for piano and strings in E Major, opus 31

A few words on the composers :

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams’s style expresses a deep regard and fascination with folk tunes, the variations upon which take the listener from earth (where he always tried to remain in his daily life) to far beyond. Simultaneously the music shows patriotism toward England in the subtlest form, engendered by a feeling for ancient landscapes and for a person's small yet not entirely insignificant place within them. His earlier works sometimes show the influence of Maurice Ravel, his teacher for three months in Paris in 1908. Ravel described Vaughan Williams as the only one of his pupils who did not write music like Ravel.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was a huge bear of a man, but modest and plagued with self-doubts through most of his life. At the time of the composition of the C minor quintet (1903), he had just returned from crossing the Channel for some composition lessons with Ravel. The Frenchman was amazed by Ralph’s prodigious natural talent, declaring that he had little to teach the English bear and pleading with him not to attempt to write music which sounded like Ravel! Ralph took that advice. He didn’t.

Jeanne-Louise Dumont-Farrenc
It would be safe to say that Jeanne-Louise Dumont-Farrenc was to France what Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn were to Germany. These women had remarkable careers in the 19th century considering that men musicians were favored by society at this time. After studying at the Paris Conservatory, Ms Dumont-Farrenc made her career as a pianist but also taught piano for 30 years (1842-1872) at the Paris Conservatory where she was loved by all.
She was a prolific composer in all genres and her music appeared regularly on concert programs and earned her the praise of musicians the likes of Berlioz. Her romantic style is highly refined. The Piano Quintet Op 31 dates from 1844-45.

Since its creation in 1970, Musica Camerata Montréal offers programs of a rare originality, and has devoted much of its energy to promote the music of Canadian composers. The ensemble has continuously been seeking new repertory and has given the Canadian premiere of many unknown musical works. Musica Camerata Montréal’s repertoire includes more than 350 works from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century. On tour, Musica Camerata Montréal has given concerts in Canada, the United States, Central and South America, always to high critical acclaim.

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PASADENA, CA (August 14, 2014) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Elizabeth Doran) announced today that trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll will be the 2014 Diversity Award Honoree at the 8th Annual Pasadena Playhouse Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising event on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

“I had the true honor (and the great fun) of directing Diahann Carroll here at the Playhouse in our production of BLUE,” said Sheldon Epps. “She has become a good friend and a great supporter of my work here.  Diahann has been a great trailblazer and pioneer in our field, opening many doors in the entertainment industry.  One could say that the Diversity Project itself is in the grand tradition of her achievements.”

Diahann Carroll has moved effortlessly between the worlds of film, television, concerts and the stage throughout her career, earning her the title of “Hollywood Legend.” Ms. Carroll is, perhaps, best known for her critically acclaimed television series, Julia, which debuted in 1968 and ran for three years.   This was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role for which she received her first Emmy nomination.  She made her Broadway debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s musical House of Flowers. Following this, she starred in the Broadway musical No Strings, for which she won a Tony Award. She returned to the Broadway stage again in 1983 in the award winning production of Agnes of God and received rave reviews for her portrayal of “Norma Desmond” in the Toronto premiere of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard.   In 2002 she starred in The Pasadena Playhouse production of Charles Randolph Wright's BLUE. Her long television career has included her game-changing role as “Dominique Devereaux” on the internationally acclaimed television series Dynasty as well as recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and A Different World. She currently has a recurring role on USA Network’s hit series White Collar. On the big screen, Carroll received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe award for her starring role opposite James Earl Jones in Claudine. Other notable films include Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Porgy and Bess, Hurry Sundown, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Eve’s Bayou.  Her latest book, “The Legs Are the Last to Go”, was a New York Times bestseller.

The Theatrical Diversity Project has raised over a million dollars since the 2005 inception. These funds are used to support Playhouse Diversity Initiatives, The Pasadena Playhouse’s vision to build a legacy of artistic and theatrical diversity through eclectic programming, outreach and education programs, HOTHOUSE (The Playhouse new play development program), and continued efforts for expanded audience engagement. This year’s Diversity Project fundraising event will coincide with the theatre’s season opener KISS ME, KATE starring Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge.

The Diversity Project fundraising event will take place on Opening Night, September 21, 2014.
Pre-show reception begins at 3:30 p.m.
Presentation to Diahann Carroll is at 4:45 p.m. on the Mainstage.
Curtain is at 5:00 p.m.
Post show party immediately following.

Patron Levels with benefits start at $1000 for two tickets.
Single tickets, which include the show and the post-party (pre-reception not included), are $250.

For more information about the Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Program, or to become a Patron of the 2014 Diversity Celebration, contact Julia Fitzgibbons by phone at 626-204-7383 or via email at

KISS ME, KATE represents the iconic composer-lyricist Cole Porter at his very best and includes some of musical theatre’s most famous songs: “So in Love,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”  It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare (it describes a production of a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew) and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre - both onstage and off.   The book is by Bella and Samuel Spewack.
The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African-American actors and entertainers of the early 20th century.
KISS ME, KATE will play September 16, 2014 through October 12 with the official press opening on September 21.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

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Boston Premiere of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt Presented by Odyssey Opera

Boston, MA (For Release 8.14.14) ODYSSEY OPERA, a new, Boston-based opera company dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of adventurous repertoire, revives an important 20th century masterpiece, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. For one night only on September 13th, Odyssey Opera presents the work’s Boston premiere, which features the Boston debuts of tenor Jay Hunter Morris in the role of Paul and soprano Meagan Miller in the role of Marietta.
Die tote Stadt is among Korngold's most enduring works and one of the finest operas of its period. Performed as a concert opera sung in German with projected English translations, Die tote Stadt features principal vocalists, two separate choruses, offstage sopranos, and a full orchestra including triple woodwinds, two harps, wind machine, four keyboards, mandolin, bass trumpet, and massive percussion and brass sections. “This opera calls for musical forces of major proportions,” explains Gil Rose, Artistic and General Director of Odyssey Opera. “The size of the ensemble readily lends itself to the extraordinarily rich and appealing orchestration for which Korngold was renowned. This is an unmissable performance for opera fans.”
Celebrated for his achievements in film music, including two Oscars for The Adventures of Robin Hood and Anthony Adverse, Korngold was both an imaginative orchestrator and outstanding melodist. His compositional style is strongly post-Romantic, reminiscent of R. Strauss and Mahler. Throughout his life, Korngold was drawn to complex themes, and the psychological intensity of Die tote Stadt inspired almost mystical music.
Die tote Stadt  (The Dead City) is a three-act opera set to a libretto by Paul Schott (a collective pseudonym for the composer and his father Julius) based on Georges Rodenbach’s novel Bruges-la-Morte. Korngold’s third opera, it premiered simultaneously in Hamburg and Cologne in 1920 to much fanfare. Puccini's reaction to the music was to pronounce Korngold "the strongest hope for new German music.” Though once wildly popular, Die tote Stadt was banned by the Nazi regime because of Korngold’s Jewish ancestry and subsequently disappeared from the regular repertoire of major opera houses.
A dark, symbolic depiction of Bruges, Belgium, the city of the title, sets the scene for a multi-layered drama that oscillates between illusion and reality. Paul, a young man obsessed with the memory of his deceased wife, Marie, encounters a seeming reincarnation of Marie in the form of the coquettish dancer Marietta. Paul embarks upon a series of disturbing visions, which cause him to question his devotion to his dead wife. The universal theme of struggling from the loss of a loved one is at the center of this evocative and moving opera.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jonathan Vromet, concurrent au Concours internatio​nal d'orgue du Canada, en concert gratuit- SAMEDI 16 AOÛT - 16h30 - Cathédrale Christ Church

Montréal, le  jeudi 7 août 2014 – Jonathan Vromet, organiste québécois et seul représentant du Canada pour le Concours international d’orgue du Canada (CIOC), sera en concert le samedi 16 août à 16 h 30 à la Cathédrale Christ Church, située au 635, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest. Présenté par l’Oasis musicale, il s’agit d’une belle occasion pour découvrir certaines des œuvres présentées par Jonathan Vromet au Concours. Rappelons que 16 concurrents sont conviés à Montréal pour la 3e édition du concours du CIOC qui se déclinera en trois épreuves éliminatoires ouvertes au public, du 7 au 19 octobre 2014.

Les candidats au Concours 2014 du CIOC sont : David Baskeyfield (Royaume-Uni), Maria Budacova (Slovaquie), Daria Burlak (Russie), Yoomi Chang (Corée Du Sud), Andrew Dewar (Royaume-Uni), Christopher Howerter (États-Unis),Yeonju Kim (Corée Du Sud), Johannes Lang (Allemagne), Brian Mathias (États-Unis), Istvan Matyas (Hongrie & Autriche), Angela Metzger (Allemagne),Richard Pinel (Royaume-Uni), Brenda Portman (États-Unis), Stephen Price (États-Unis), Jonathan Vromet (Canada) et Nicholas Wearne (Royaume-Uni). Pour participer, les concurrents doivent avoir moins de 35 ans. Pour cette édition 2014, ils sont âgés de 23 à 33 ans et représentent un total de huit pays.

Le lauréat 2014 sera choisi par un jury international présidé par John Grew (Canada), entouré de Jacques Boucher (Canada), James David Christie (États-Unis), Stefan Engels (Allemagne), Janette Fishell (États-Unis), Marnie Giesbrecht (Canada), Olivier Latry (France), Pier Damiano Peretti (Italie et Autriche), Dame Gillian Weir (Royaume-Uni).

Le Concours international d’orgue du Canada (CIOC)
Le Concours international d’orgue du Canada est un organisme voué à la promotion de la musique d’orgue partout au Québec et au Canada par le biais d’activités de découverte destinées au public, de concerts et, à Montréal, d’un festival annuel en octobre dans lequel s’inscrit un concours triennal dirigé par l’éminent organiste canadien John Grew.

Depuis 2008, le concours récompense les plus talentueux jeunes organistes du monde, jugés par un jury international et décorés de nombreux prix, totalisant plus de 70 000 $. Les lauréats des années précédentes sont Frédéric Champion (France, 2008) et Christian Lane (États-Unis, 2011). Cette année, le concours se déroulera en trois épreuves ouvertes au public, du 7 au 19 octobre 2014.

Plus de renseignements sur :

L'Oasis Musicale concerts gratuits à la Cathédrale Christ Church présente :
Jonathan Vromet “Concert Inspiré par Bach”

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prélude et fugue en majeur, BWV 532
Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’, BWV 664
Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
O Mensch bewein dein Sünde Gross, BWV 622
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Toccata en mineur, Bux 155

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Prélude et fugue en fa mineur, op. 35 no. 5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Fantaisie en fa mineur, K 608
Quand : Samedi 16 août – 16h30 à 17h30

: Cathédrale Christ Church : 635, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest


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