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Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015-16 Artistic Season of the JMC

Launch of the 2015-2016 artistic season des Jeunesses Musicales Canada
66th  Artistic Season
Jeunesses Musicales Canada
Happy Hour Concerts – Concertinos famille – Emerging Artists Concerts – Opera

Montreal, Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) proudly presents a jam-packed 2015–16 performance season featuring concerts to please all age groups in Montreal at JMC House's Joseph-Rouleau Hall, touring Emerging Artist Concerts, and the all-new opera Roméo & Juliette. JMC's 2015–16 programming has something for everyone – from sure bets the kids will love, to bold innovation and excellence for adults!

Roméo & Juliette: JMC's 12th Opera Production, in Association with New Partner the Azrieli Foundation

The Azriel Foundation will support JMC productions and serve as a proud JMC opera partner for the next five years.

"The JMC Touring Opera Programme has become an important part of the Canadian musical landscape, promoting culture and love of music to a diverse audience in regions that would otherwise not have access to live performances. The Azrieli Foundation is delighted to participate in the career development of emerging Canadian artists through these annual opera productions.”

Dr. Sharon Azrieli Perez, Director on the board of the Azrieli Foundation

This Shakespearean classic, set to music by Charles Gounod, is JMC's 12th opera production. Each year, JMC recruits Canada's best young vocal talent to star in a fully staged opera. This highly unique production is the only one of its kind to embark on a 25-city tour to share the art of opera with all Canadians, from Halifax to the Magdalen Islands to Toronto. Director Oriol Thomas and musical director Louise-Andrée Baril will guide the two casts of singers appearing in Roméo & Juliette.

Montreal performances of JMC's latest opera are also scheduled for October 29, 2015, at Maison de la culture Frontenac (curtain 8 p.m.), and March 31, 2016, at Maison de la culture Villeray – Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension (curtain 8 p.m.). On April 2, 2016, Roméo & Juliette will be accompanied by Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke under the direction of conductor Stéphane Laforest, in Salle Maurice-O'Bready at the Centre culturel de l’université Sherbrooke

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Programmation 2015-16 des Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Dévoilement de la saison 2015-2016 des Jeunesses Musicales Canada

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66e saison artistique des
Jeunesses Musicales Canada

Concert apéro – Concertinos famille – Concerts relève – Opéra
Montréal, le jeudi 23 avril 2015Les Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) offrent une saison artistique 2015-2016 bien remplie : des concerts pour tous présentés à la salle Joseph-Rouleau de la Maison des JMC à Montréal, des concerts relève en tournée et un nouvel opéra avec la production de Roméo & Juliette. Valeurs sûres pour les petits, audace et excellence pour les plus grands, voilà qui reflètent bien la programmation 2015-2016 des JMC

Roméo & Juliette, le 12e opéra produit par les JMC et l’arrivée d’un nouveau partenaire : la Fondation Azrieli.

La Fondation Azrieli apportera son soutien aux productions et sera fière partenaire de l’opéra des JMC, et ce, pour les cinq prochaines années.

«  La production d’opéra en tournée des JMC est aujourd’hui un élément important du paysage musical canadien, de par sa contribution à la promotion de la culture et de l'amour de la musique à un public varié des régions qui autrement n’aurait pas accès à des prestations d’art lyrique sur scène. La Fondation Azrieli est ravie de participer au développement de carrière d’artistes canadiens émergents par le biais de ces productions annuelles d’opéra.» Dr. Sharon Azrieli, membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Azrieli

Ce classique de Shakespeare, mis en musique par Charles Gounod, est le douzième opéra production par les JMC.Chaque année, les JMC recrutent les meilleurs jeunes chanteurs canadiens et produisent un opéra avec une mise en scène et une scénographie complète. Cette production unique est la seule au pays à être présentée dans 25 villes et rend ainsi accessible l’art lyrique à tous, d’Halifax à Toronto, en passant par les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Le metteur en scène Oriol Thomas et la directrice musicale Louise-Andrée Baril encadreront les deux distributions de chanteurs de Roméo & Juliette.

L’opéra des JMC sera également présenté à Montréal le 29 octobre 2015, 20 h, à la Maison de la culture Frontenac, et le 31 mars 2016, 20 h, à la Maison de la culture Villeray – Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension. Roméo & Juliette sera interprété avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, sous la direction du chef Stéphane Laforest, le 2 avril 2016, è la salle Maurice-O'Bready du Centre culture de l’université Sherbrooke

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Estonian National Male Choir Tours Ontario

Six Cities, Seven Concerts:  Ontario Tour May 20-June 1

Ottawa: May 23
Peterborough: May 24
Hamilton: May 27
Toronto – Downtown: May 28
Toronto – Scarborough: May 30
Exeter: May 31
Guelph: May 31

The Grammy Award winning Estonian National Male Choir, one of Europe’s leading professional choral ensembles, tours Ontario this May as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.  

Between May 20 and June 1, the R.A.M Koor (Eesti Rahvusmeeskoor as it is known in Estonia) will perform seven concerts and give workshops in six Ontario cities, presented in co-operation with Choirs Ontario, Estonian Federation of Singers in North America, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.  This is its first Canadian visit in about 20 years.  

Under the direction of its chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja, the choir will begin its tour May 23 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa.  On May 28, it will perform at Toronto’s SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, at Christ Church Deer Park.  A second Toronto concert sees the choir joining the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Estonian Male Choir and conductor Norman Reintamm at the P.C. Ho Theatre in Scarborough, May 30.  Estonian Choir for release.jpg

Other locations are Peterborough, May 24; Hamilton, May 27; Exeter and Guelph, both May 31.

Maestro Reintamm lauds the Choir as “one of the crown jewels of Estonian culture.  Its performances and recordings reflect Estonian music both centuries old and contemporary, as well as the great choral repertoire of the Baltic region and further afield.”  

The Canadian premiere of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem Domini, in a new version for string orchestra and male choir highlights the May 30 orchestral concert with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.  Also on the program are Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody – with Canadian mezzo-soprano Christina Campsall – and works by other Estonian composers.  

The other performances feature a capella works by Estonia’s Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, Ukrainian composer Galina Gregorjeva, and Italy’s Giovanni Bonato and Giovanni Gabrieli.

The tour schedule, with details, is appended.  More information on the tour is at, or may be obtained by e-mailing

This Canadian tour of the Estonian National Male Choir is generously sponsored by The Estonian Cultural Foundation, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Foundation of Canada, and the Ontario Arts Council.  Alexanian Carpet and Flooring is the headline tour sponsor in Canada.

Known in Estonia as the R.A.M. Koor, the Estonian National Male Choir celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. It was formed in 1944 by conductor Gustav Ernesaks, considered a founding father of choral music in Estonia. The choir, which originally sang a cappella, is now a world-renowned professional choir noted for its renditions of large-scale choral works. The choir has regularly recorded with Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Finlandia, Alba Records, Virgin Classics and GB Records. In 2004, RAM won a prestigious Grammy award for Sibelius: Cantatas performed together with the Ellerhein Girls' Choir, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi.  RAM has performed more than 6,000 concerts in Estonia, in major cities of the former Soviet Union and in countries across Western Europe as well as in Israel, Canada and the United States. During its anniversary season, the choir will give concerts at several venues in Estonia as well as in Israel, Canada, France (Festival de la voix de Chateauroux) and Germany (Hanover).  Since 2011, its chief conductor and artistic director has been Mikk Üleoja.

Info on the R.A.M. Koor`s recordings may be found at  A video is available at


Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m. - Ottawa
Presented by Choirs Ontario
Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street. Tickets, $25, via   or 613-366-1741

Sunday, May 24,  8 p.m. - Peterborough
Presented by the Peterborough Singers
All Saints Anglican Church, 235 Rubidge St. (corner of Sherbrooke St.). Tickets, $25, via 705-745-1820 or  e-mail to

Wednesday, May 27, 8 p.m. - Hamilton
Presented by Choirs Ontario with Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Choir
Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 260 Herkimer Street.  Tickets, $25, via or 416-550-6465
Thursday, May 28, 8 p.m. - Toronto - Downtown
Presented by SING: The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Christ Church Deer Park,  1570 Yonge Street

Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m. - Toronto - Scarborough
Presented by the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra
P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East (at Markham Rd.) With the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Toronto, the Toronto Estonian Men’s Choir and mezzo-soprano Christina Campsall; Norman Reintamm & Mikk Üleoja, conductors.   Tickets, $53/33 via via or 416-879-5566

Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m. - Exeter
Presented by the Bach Festival of Canada
Trivitt Memorial Church

Sunday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. - Guelph
Presented by the Guelph Youth Music Centre
Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street.  Tickets: $35/20 students or $40/25 at the door


Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 31, 2015 (except May 30)
A cappella works
Gabrieli: Deus exaudi me
Grigorjeva: Molitva
Gabrieli: Maria virgo
Bonato: Signum magnum
Gabrieli: Buccinate in neomenia
Tormis: Muistse mere laulud
Tormis: Kolm liivi rahvalaulu
Tormis: Incantatio maris aestuosi
Tormis: Vepsa talv
Tormis: Pikse litaania
või Tormis: Laulja
Gabrieli: Deus exaudi meGrigorjeva: Molitva
Gabrieli: Maria virgo
Kreek - Psalm nr 137
Whitacre - Lux Aurumque
Gabrieli: Buccinate in neomenia
Bonato: Signum magnum
Tormis: Muistse mere laulud
Tormis: Vepsa talv
Tormis: Pikse litaania
või Tormis: Laulja
Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8 p.m. at the P.C. Ho Theatre
Veljo Tormis: Overture No. 2 (Orchestra alone)
Villem Kapp: Pôhjarannik (Shores of the North)
Evald Aav: Sôdalaste Koor (Song of the Soldiers from the opera The Vikings)
W.A. Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus (a capella)
Gustav Ernesaks: Kôrtsissteen (Tavern Scene from the opera Shore of Storms)
Heino Eller: Koit (Dawn/symphonic poem) (Orchestra alone)
Heino Eller: Videvikk  (Twilight) (Orchestra alone)
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (with Christina Campsall, mezzo-soprano)
Villem Kapp: Eesti Muld ja Eesti Süda  (The Heart and Land of Estonia) (Choir Alone)
Heino Eller: Merel (At Sea) (Choir Alone)
Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem Domini (Canadian premiere)

Heino Eller: Festival Overture (Orchestra alone)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hold the Date: Summersett CD launch/concert for 'Act One'- Tues. May 12 at Casa del Popolo, 5 à 7, Free event

For Indie Folk Baroque


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CD launch concert for



Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 5 à 7

Summersett is the outcome of a creative and romantic duality. Together, Nick Carpenter and Patricia Summersett write their story in song – songs of collision, of craving, of love and renewal. Their music is eclectic, carrying the influence of artists like Franz Schubert, Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen and Tina Dico. Summersett surrounds itself with classical and jazz musicians to complete its sound; a piano/voice core with bass, drums, cello and violin. Act One is the perfect tribute to a long-awaited spring - pushing up fresh, and brimming with warmth and desire.
Act One CD launch and concert
at Casa del Popolo
4873 Boul. St-Laurent
Tuesday, May 12, 5 à 7
FREE event- CD $12 at the show

Four song preview:

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Harry Stafylakis wins the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Composition Competition

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Announces 2015 College Composition Competition Winner

Society for Chamber Music in Rochester is pleased to announce that Harry Stafylakis, student at City
University of New York is the college winner of the Composition Competition.

ROCHESTER, NY, 13 April 2015 – Society of Chamber Music in Rochester’s (SCMR) college Composition Competition winner is Harry Stafylakis, a doctoral candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Stafylakis’s composition, Never the Same River for two violins, cello, bassoon and piano will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a performance in a SCRM concert during an upcoming season.

Harry Stafylakis

Stafylakis (b. 1982, Montreal) is a Canadian-American composer based in NYC. Described as "dreamy yet rhythmic" (NY Times), his concert music strives for dramatic emotional and intellectual expression, integrating idioms drawn from classical and popular styles. Stafylakis's works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, FSU Symphony, ICE, Mivos, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Cygnus, Lorelei, and American Modern Ensemble. Awards include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, and grants from the Canada Council and NYSCA. A graduate of McGill University, Stafylakis is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Jason Eckardt and David Del Tredici, and serving on the music faculty at City College of New York. His doctoral research, supported by SSHRC, examines the conception of rhythm and meter in progressive metal.

SCMR’s Composition Competition began in 2003 as a regional high school competition. It expanded in 2007 to include a college level competition and in 2011 the competitions were further expanded to their current statewide format. Both Young Composer Competitions are supported with funding from the Hanson Institute for American Music of the Eastman School of Music. This year, colleges entering the competition included Adelphi University, Bard College, City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, New York University, Stony Brook University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, and Syracuse University.

The next SCMR Composition Competitions have been scheduled for 2017, details to be announced shortlyon SCMR’s website:

About Society for Chamber Music in Rochester: SCMR is the oldest chamber music society in the
Rochester area. SCMR is a volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for the community to hear musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, as well as selected local and visiting artists, in performances of the great works of chamber music of all periods and styles. In addition to concerts, SCMR has an award winning outreach program for primary and secondary school students, in which students participate in master classes and conversations with the musicians. SCMR also hosts Young Composers Competitions for high school and college students. The student winners receive a performance in an SCMR concert and a cash prize.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thomas Langlois, grand gagnant de la 10e édition d'Univers-Cité en specatcle

Pour diffusion immédiate

Thomas Langlois de l’Université Laval remporte la première place d’Univers-Cité en spectacle

Trois-Rivières, 6 avril 2015 - Parmi les huit universités francophones en concours le 4 avril dernier à la salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau de Trois-Rivières, c’est le slameur Thomas Langlois, de l’Université Laval, qui a remporté la première place, se méritant ainsi une bourse de 800 $ et les grands honneurs de cette 10e édition.

S’accompagnant au piano et à la guitare, Marie-Lou Brière- Berthelot, de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), s’est mérité la deuxième place avec ses compositions. La troisième place a été décernée à Lydia Képinski, de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM), avec ses deux compositions au piano, qui ont aussi charmé le public puisqu’elle a remporté le prix Coup de coeur du public Desjardins. De plus, Le Petit Medley Simple Malt, présentateur officiel de cette 10e édition, a offert à chaque participant un soir de spectacle sur sa scène.

Le jury, qui a eu la lourde tâche de nommer les grands gagnants, était composé de Vincent Desjardins, danseur professionnel, Philipe Lupien, scénariste-réalisateur de courts métrages et David Lavergne, chanteur du groupe Bears of Legend et agent d’artistes. La soirée a été animée de mains de maîtres par les improvisateurs de la LIM (Ligue d’Improvisation Mauricienne) et de la LUITR (Ligue Universitaire d’Improvisation de Trois-Rivières) Alexandre Laramée-Zouéki et Philippe Grenier. Ils ont mis la fête dans la place dès les premières secondes en faisant chanter un joyeux 10e anniversaire à Univers-Cité en spectacle par le public. La soirée s’est terminée en chanson avec un spectacle de trente minutes de l’artiste folk-country Cindy Bédard, ayant participé au concours national en 2007.

Cet événement a été chapeauté par le conseil d’administration de la Corporation d’Univers-Cité en spectacle et a été rendu possible grâce aux bénévoles et à tous les partenaires dont, entres autres, Le Petit Medley Simple Malt, Le Service aux étudiants de l’UQTR (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), le Canal Savoir et la radio CFOU 89,1 FM. Une émission spéciale sera diffusée sur le Canal Savoir le 20 mai prochain.


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OTTAWA, April 6, 2015 – South meets North through education and song as 35 members of the Ottawa Children’s Choir (OCC) travel to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to share music and community with local youth.

During a one-week stay in May, OCC choristers and the Inuksuk Drum Dancers  – an Iqaluit-based youth choir – will lead workshops in local schools, and participate in community activities. Storytelling, an outdoor feast, tours of the Legislature and of the Elder Centre, and other cultural activities are on the agenda.

A new Canadian choral piece, reflecting the local cultures of both communities, is being composed for this project and will be premiered by the OCC and IDD in Iqaluit on May 8.
In late June, the Inuksuk Drum Dancers will visit Ottawa, experiencing daily life in the city, taking part in teambuilding and leadership activities, and performing during the national Unisong festival on Canada Day.

This unique exchange gives exceptional youth from Iqaluit and Ottawa a rare chance to connect with one another through a mutual love of music. They will learn about each others’ communities, develop lasting leadership and musical education skills, and experience first hand both the unity and diversity of our country.

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