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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 honens.com 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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