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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This Week in Montreal: August 17 to 23

Photo: Amélie Gagné

This Week in Montreal: August 17 to 23

McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA)
MISQA was established in 2010. The Academy invites emeritus professors annually who share their experience with four exceptional quartets and four emerging ones. The opening concert on August 9 will be with the Miró Quartet, and the Parker Quartet will perform at the closing concert on August 22. The Grands Concerts are at Pollack Hall on August 13,14, 20 and 21 at 7 pm and at Tanna Schulich Hall on August 15 and 22, 2 pm August 9 – 22.


Friday, August 14, 2015

34 e édition du Festival Juste pour rire : appel public d'auditions pour Mary Poppins !

Montréal le 13 août 2015 - Juste pour rire est heureux d'annoncer que les auditions de la comédie musicale Mary Poppins sont lancées dès aujourd'hui auprès du public ! L'équipe de Juste pour rire et le metteur en scène Serge Postigo recherchent une trentaine d'artistes professionnels ou amateurs, notamment des enfants entre 7 à 9 ans ainsi que des adultes entre 20 et 90 ans, qui souhaitent briller sur la scène du Théâtre St-Denis en juin 2016 !

«Je suis convaincu qu'il y a des talents encore cachés ; des hommes, des femmes et des enfants qui rêvent de se produire sur scène et qui ont maintenant l'occasion de concrétiser leur rêve ! Chaque personnage de la comédie musicale Mary Poppins mérite le meilleur... et c'est ce que nous cherchons ! », commente le célèbre metteur en scène.

Les artistes qui souhaitent soumettre leur candidature doivent faire parvenir leur dossier (CV, photo et démo) à Juste pour rire avant le 24 août 2015 à 17h. Une vidéo de Serge Postigo se trouvant sur le site de Juste pour rire explique aux candidats les démarches à suivre .

Au fil des années, l'adaptation sur scène du film culte Mary Poppins de 1964, est l'une des comédies musicales ayant atteint les plus hauts sommets de popularité à Londres, à New York et ailleurs à travers le monde. La mise en scène, la traduction et l'adaptation sont confiées à Serge Postigo, qui promet une expérience magique et enivrante pour toute la famille !

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Space to Tour UK and Release New Single 'Strange World'

Strange World
Ocean Waves Productions
19 October 2015

Space are back with a new single 'Strange World'. The band will also embark on an extensive UK tour of the same name throughout October and November 2015.

'Strange World' combines Space's signature sound with a Mariachi vibe, creating a record that could serve as the soundtrack to a David Lynch film. This is Space at their finest, a record set to delight their army of fans as well as winning many more.

A Brief History of Space...

Space formed in May 1993 when Liverpudlian musicians Tommy Scott and Andy Parle recruited teenager Jamie Murphy and Kraftwerk fanatic Franny Griffiths to help translate the sounds in Scott's head.

The band's first single 'If It's Real' was released on manager Mark Cowley's own label Hug Records, with The Farm's bass player Carl Hunter designing the artwork. This release led to Gut Records discovering the band.

A low key single 'Money/Kill Me' was released in November 1995 - it left the shops as quickly as it had entered. The band cut their teeth on the live scene around this time too, but it was the release of 'Neighbourhood' that really kicked things off for Space. It told the tale of Tommy's childhood street in Liverpool, but with serial killers and transvestites in the starring roles. This was pop music with a dark and sharp edge, a taste of things to come.

Second single 'Female of the Species' was a bolt from the blue. Scott wrote this song for his late father, who had always hated his music. He wanted it to sound like a Burt Bacharach tune sung by Frank Sinatra. The results were wonderful. 'Female of the Species' was an instant classic, staying in the UK top 40 for an astonishing three months. The song that catapulted Space to a whole new audience and their debut album 'Spiders' was a resounding critical success.

Three sold out tours, three further Top 20 singles ('Dark Clouds', a re-released 'Neighbourhood' and the Top 10 hit 'Me and You Versus The World') along with triumphant festival appearances followed.
Old acquaintance Dave Palmer, better known as Yorkie, joined the band in late 1997. After helping out with the album, Yorkie was asked to become the bands' full time bassist, allowing Tommy to concentrate on vocals.

Internationally, things began to happen for the band, already a massive hit in the UK 'Female of the Species' also gained airplay on college radio and MTV in America. With success comes touring, with touring comes stress... A tour of the US followed in mid-1997. Jamie, the youngest member of the band at only 21, found it all too much. He took a break, missing some live shows and TV appearances. The death of Palmer's mother, legendary Liverpool singer Gladys Palmer, also devastated the band.

Jamie returned for the recording of Space's second album 'Tin Planet'. This darker, more song-focused album put Scott's voice to the fore. The band mixed the classicism of his songs with Griffiths' keyboard backdrops, Murphy's energy and Parles' solid rhythms.
Tommy describes 'Tin Planet' as, "More darkness, but the songs are pure love songs. Our first songs used to be trying to be like Speedy Gonzales or Peter Lorre. Now its more Marlene Dietrich."

In early 1998 after finishing Space's second album Tin Planet, drummer Andy Parle left. He was immediately replaced by Leon Caffrey.
The first single from 'Tin Planet' was 'Avenging Angels' which was released in December 1997 and went straight into the charts at No. 6. Next came 'The Ballad of Tom Jones', a duet with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia, which was released in February 1998 and entering the charts at Number 4. The album itself was released in March 1998 and entered the album charts at Number 3!

During 1999 Space took a well earned break from the rigours of touring and concentrated on writing material for their third album. 'Love You More Than Football' was due to be released in the UK in mid 2000 but was delayed indefinitely by Gut records.

Between record companies Space took time rewriting material for their new album and at the end of 2001 announced a free intimate gig for the fans, scheduled for the 26th January 2002 at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool. However with just a week to go before the performance news broke that Jamie Murphy had left the band again. The show went ahead regardless and was enjoyed by all, with Space giving a superb performance.

Fast-forward through 2003 with a series of Music For Aliens releases to keep the loyal fans happy and we arrive in November 2003, when Space signed to Randm records.

The first single release under Randm came in February 2004, with the title track from the new album, "Suburban Rock 'n' Roll'. It reached 16 in the UK Indie charts. This was closely followed by 'Suburban Rock 'n' Roll' the album in March, the first Space album to hit the shops in five long years, described as "eleven brilliant trips into the crazed mind of Tommy Scott", this was the new Space sound at its best.  The last release under randm, and the last to date, was the single '20 Million Miles from Earth', released in May 2004. It reached 35 in the UK Indie chart.

Following months of speculation by fans, Space were finally declared to have parted ways in an email from Yorkie to a fan. An unfortunately low-key and quiet ending for a band that was still beloved by many.

Following their split the group went separate ways musically. Tommy formed a new band called The Drellas, to be later joined by Leon. Franny produced under the name Subway Showdown, then reunited with Jamie as band members in Dust. Yorkie continued to produce music and work on his solo project Moongoose.

In August 2009, Space's former drummer Andy Parle sadly passed away. The remaining original members met at his funeral and this broke the ice between them. This encounter sowed the seeds for what was to follow.

In November 2011 the big news hit that Space were back. The new line-up reunited original members Tommy, Jamie and Franny back together for the first time in ten years. They were joined by Phil Hartley (Bass / Double Bass), Ryan Clarke (Vintage Keys) and Allan Jones (Drums). Space's return was cemented with a reunion gig at the O2 Academy Liverpool in December 2011. The show was a quick sell-out, and gave fans an early taste of the band's new material and sound.

Throughout 2012 Space worked on their latest album 'Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab', as well as performing at various venues and festivals. Although Jamie has now left the band, Space continue to work on their new material, they're preparing to release new matieral and will embark on their 'Strange World' tour this Autumn.

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Tour Dates:
Wed 21 October SWINDON VIC
Fri 20 November WIGAN OLD COURTS
Sun 22 November MANCHESTER FAC 251
Tue 24 November SWANSEA SIN CITY
Thu 26 November READING BOWERY
Fri 27 November BRISTOL FLEECE
Sat 19 December NORWICH UEA

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New play, Don't Blame it on the Stork, inaugural theatrical partnership with Leonardo da Vinci Centre

New Canadian play partners with Leonardo da Vinci Centre Leonardo da Vinci Centre and Pellegrini Productions present A comedy by Tony Calabretta, directed by Antonio DiVerdis for first time theatrical collaboration

Don’t Blame it on the Stork

A comedy by Tony Calabretta, directed by Antonio DiVerdis

Pellegrini Productions is proud to announce their partnership with Leonardo da Vinci Centre in its initial collaboration presenting live theatre. This is the first of what is hoped to be many joint ventures for the Centre, bringing professional theatre to both its patrons and greater Montreal area audiences.

In its quest to showcase new events that celebrate the cultural diversity of Montreal, the Centre has taken a more active role in ensuring the presentation of such works. With its plush velvet seats and pin-drop acoustics, the Mirella and Lino Saputo Theatre, inspired by La Scala in Milan, guarantees no bad seats in the house.

Pat Buttino, cultural and general director of Leonardo da Vinci Centre, entered into discussions with playwright Tony Calabretta and director Antonio DiVerdis with great interest, “This is a first-of-its-kind offer at the Centre since we have never before presented a long-running production. We look forward to a successful run because as the saying goes, ‘nothing breeds success like success’; a hit show would be the first of many future partnerships.”

Calabretta (writer of Damn Those Wedding Bells!, along with respected roles in theatre, television and film) had this to say, “The Centre has never had a project of this magnitude and I can’t be more delighted for the opportunity to present my latest work there. Montreal is fortunate to have this beautiful theatre which also values cultural heritage.”

Italian Week in Little Italy- Aug. 14, 15, 16 on Blvd. St-Laurent- Meet the people behind Don’t Blame it on the Stork at the LdV Centre’s booth!

Don’t Blame it on the Stork
Mark these dates in your fall calendar
Tuesday, September 15- Sunday, October 11
Leonardo da Vinci Centre, Mirella and Lino Saputo Theatre
8370 Boul. Lacordaire, St. Leonard

Previews, Tues. Sept. 15 and Wed. Sept. 16; opening night Thurs. Sept. 17; Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinées at 2:00pm

Early bird tickets (purchased by Sept. 11): Tues. Sept. 15 & Wed. 16 at 8pm, Sat. Sept. 19 at 2pm $26.75 including tax and service charge

Tickets: 514 955-8370 or online at Leonardo da Vinci Centre Box Office

Don’t Blame it on the Stork is generously supported by: Production sponsors Iluce Concepts and Totem Acoustic; and Media sponsors CJAD, CTV and Virgin96

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Ensemble Transmission Saison 2015-16 : Transmission & Cie

Montréal, 7 août 2015 - Ensemble Transmission agrandit sa famille en 2015-2016 !  Tout au long de la saison, plusieurs musiciens émérites se joindront à  Guy Pelletier (flûte), Alain Giguère (violon), Julie Trudeau (violoncelle), Julien Grégoire (percussion) et Brigitte Poulin (piano) pour jouer la musique moderne et contemporaine (sans chef !) du solo à l’octuor.

Fidèle à son idéal d'assumer entièrement le passé et le futur, Transmission propose pour la saison quatre concerts : Deux auto-portraits : un du passionné du silence Morton Feldman et l’autre du minimaliste-maximaliste Jimmie LeBlanc, ainsi que deux programmes qui uniront la tradition à la création, de Schoenberg à Champagne en passant par Lesage, Nurulla Kohja, Wuorinen, Current et Derome.

Du Schoenberg au Champagne !

Vendredi 2 octobre 2015 à 20 h
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Transmission unit tradition et  création

Éric CHAMPAGNE Création** pour violon et violoncelle                                                           
Arnold SCHOENBERG Kammersymphonie (1922-3)                                          
Jean LESAGE Saturnales** (2015) pour clarinette, violon, violoncelle et piano
Wolfgang RIHM Paraphrases (1972) pour violoncelle, percussion et piano

*avec la participation de Caroline Lalancette, violon et Simon Aldrich, clarinette
** création

Crippled Symmetry…FELDMAN

Vendredi 4 décembre 2015 à 20 h
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Un hommage à Morton Feldman, un passionné du silence 

SMCQ, hommage à John Rea 
Samedi 23 janvier 2016

Répétition publique avec le compositeur Jimmie LeBlanc
Mercredi 2 mars 2016
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Jimmie LeBlanc: autoportrait sur fond blanc…
Vendredi 4 mars 2016 à 20 h
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Œuvres de LeBlanc, Vivier, Sciarrino et Adès
Avec la participation de Stéphane Fontaine, clarinette
Transmission …créations…
Samedi 23 avril 2016 à 20 h
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Œuvres de Derome*, Current*, Nurulla-Khoja*, Wuorinen
Avec la participation d’Ali Yazdanfar, contrebasse et Lori Freedman, clarinette

* création

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Concert d'été mercredi 19 août à la Maison Trestler

Hugo Laporte

Le Grand Lauréat du Concours OSM (premier prix Standard Life) 2014 et lauréat du premier prix au Concours de musique du Canada 2014, Hugo étudie en chant classique à l’Université Laval, sous la direction de Patricia Fournier.

Au cours de sa formation, il est sélectionné deux fois comme baryton solo.

Au printemps 2014, Hugo chante comme soliste au concert gala avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ), au Palais Montcalm. En novembre 2014, il participe au grand concert annuel de Tempêtes et passions, mis en scène par François Racine, et donne aussi son deuxième récital solo, à la salle Cécile- Drolet de Québec.

Jérémie Pelletier

Pianiste canadien français Jérémie Pelletier, est reconnu pour son jeu polyvalent et distingué et est autant virtuose dans le répertoire de récital que d'opéra ou il accompagne les chanteurs en les soutenant comme un orchestre peut le faire.

Il a obtenu sa Maîtrise du Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal en 2006, en septembre 2013, Jérémie a commencé son Artist Diploma à McGill University, dans la classe de Michael McMahon.

Jérémie Pelletier travaille régulièrement comme pianiste répétiteur, accompagnateur et coach vocal pour plusieurs compagnies.

Programme :
Schubert - An die Musik [2’30]
Schwanengesang : Liebesbotschaft [3’00]
Berlioz - Les nuits d’été : Vilanelle; Le spectre de la rose [8’30]
Saint-Saëns - Le lever de la lune [5’00]
Ravel - Don Quichotte à Dulcinée : Chanson romanesque;
Chanson épique; chanson à boire [7’00]
Duparc Phidylé [5’00]
Bach - Cantate BWV 82: « Ich habe genug » [7’00]
Mozart -  Die Zauberflöte : « Papagena, Papagena, Papagena! » [4’30]
Cosi fan tutte : « Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo » [5’00]
Rachmaninov - Préludes op. 23 nos. 6 et 7 [3’00]
Mendelssohn - Elijah: « It is enough » [6’00]
Gounod - Faust: « Avant de quitter ces lieux » [4’15]

Réservations et renseignements au : 450 455-6290

La Maison Trestler
85 chemin de la Commune
Vaudreuil-Dorion Qc J7V 2C3
Facebook : Maison Trestler

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Le jazz à l’honneur dans la cour de l’école de Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Les lundis 10 et 17 août, les Floraisons Musicales investissent la cour de l’école lors de deux concerts résolument jazz, gratuits et en plein air, à 21h30.

Le 10 août, Kelly Damery et Philippe Canovas proposeront un programme éclectique aux sonorités chaleureuses, mêlant soul et jazz. Ce duo voix et guitare fera vibrer les bancs de l’école grâce à des morceaux de Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Mickael Jackson, Melody Gardot et bien d’autres encore.

Le 17 août, c’est le Philippe Renault Jazz Quartet qui s’installera dans la cour de l’école pour rendre hommage à Jay-Jay Johnson, célèbre tromboniste jazz. Ce quartet se compose de Philippe Renault, responsable du département jazz du CNRR de Marseille, et de trois jeunes talentueux artistes issus des conservatoires régionaux : Yessaï Karapetian au piano, Quentin Bourg-Drevet à la contrebasse et Maxime Briard à la batterie. Avec un medley jazz surprenant, le quartet entraînera le public dans une ambiance envoûtante qui ravira mélomanes et néophytes à la recherche de découvertes musicales.

Pendant ces deux journées, divers ateliers Jeune Public auront lieu. De 9h30 à 12h, dans la salle Plume, un atelier écoute et pratique sera proposé aux 3-6 ans (9h30-10h30) et aux 7-15 ans (10h30-12h) sur réservation. De 15h à 18h, un atelier de fabrication d’instruments en légumes sera ouvert à tous sur la place de l’Eglise.

Concerts : entrée libre

Ateliers écoute et pratique : 5€/enfant, sur réservation
Ateliers fabrication d’instruments en légumes : gratuit, sans réservation

Réservation conseillée 
par téléphone : 04 90 303 600

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Divine Art Records - SDG Music Foundation to Release First Psalms Project CD

Psallite CD
Cor Cantiamo
Eric A. Johnson, conductor
SDG Music Foundation, producer
Divine Art Records CD
DDA 25133; around $18.99
Global distribution via Naxos/all main digital platforms

Glen Ellyn, Ill. — Available for the first time on CD, five choral works from SDG Music Foundation’s “Psalms Project” will be included on the Psallite CD, recorded by Cor Cantiamo, the touring choral ensemble in residence at Northern Illinois University, to be released by Divine Art Records early 2016.  

Psalm 96, Peter Bannister (France)
Psalm 141, Gavin Bryars (UK)
Psalm 67, Eriks Ešenvalds (Latvia)
Bless the Lord, o my soul, Galina Grigorjeva (Ukraine)
Preserve Me, O God, Daniel Kellogg (USA)

The SDG Psalms Project, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., is a collection of 15 contemporary choral works based on the poetry of the Hebrew Psalter. Because these texts transcend the barriers of culture and geography, SDG invited a group of internationally renowned composers to explore the Psalms’ symbolism and depth as a source of inspiration and strength for our time, and to expand the musical reach of the Psalms for a 21st-century audience.

“The compositions of the Psalms Project encompass the full range of the sacred journey. From intensely personal and penitential settings to grand, sweeping, celebratory pageantry, these new compositions both honor the traditions of the past and create new sound worlds in which contemporary audiences can experience the divine.”
—Eric A. Johnson, Founding Artistic Director, Cor Cantiamo

Conductor Johnson explains that the CD title “Psallite” is inspired by Renaissance composer Michael Praetorious’s Psallite, unigento, which roughly translates as “sing your psalms.” The CD extends the Psallite concept broadly to include works across the centuries that embody the penitential, celebratory and jubilant quality of King David’s Psalm texts.

Since its founding over 20 years ago, SDG has commissioned over 37 original works of classical sacred music, from 25 composers of 9 nationalities. One of SDG’s goals in partnering with Cor Cantiamo to produce the Psallite CD is to place SDG’s commissions in an historical context.

“At the core of SDG’s mission is not only a commitment to preserve the sacred masterpieces of the past, but also a passion to extend the historical continuity of classical sacred music into the future. The Psallite CD brings together both aspects of our mission as an advocate for sacred music.”
—Joseph A. LoSchiavo, President and CEO, SDG Music Foundation

Toward that end, the Psallite CD includes 7 additional works ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, from the liturgical to the traditional, from motets to spirituals:

Chantez à Dieu, J. P. Sweelinck
Exultate Deo, G. P. Palestrina
Doxologia, Ily Matthew Maniano
Hard Times, Stephen Foster, arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel, Traditional, arr. Moses Hogan
By and By, Traditional, arr. Carol Barnett
We Shall Walk Through the Valley, Traditional, arr. William Appling

The album was engineered by Grammy Award-winning personnel from the famed Abbey Road Studios: Donald Fraser, producer, and Arne Akselberg and Simon Kiln, engineers. The Psallite CD is scheduled for release in early 2016: the exact release date will be advised as soon as the schedule is finalized. The CD will be  released by Divine Art Records, number DDA 25133 and will be available from all good music dealers around the world. Digital download available from Classics Online, iTunes, Amazon and many other platforms.

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Les Grands Ballets présentent "Kaguyahime"

Montréal, le 6 août, 2015 – Inspiré du célèbre Conte du coupeur de bambou, Kaguyahime vous entraîne au cœur des légendes du pays du Soleil-Levant.

Venue de la Lune, la princesse Kaguyahime est une créature d’une beauté si pure et exceptionnelle qu’elle suscitera rivalités et violence.

Rythmée par la force musicale des tambours Kodo, cette oeuvre du grand chorégraphe tchèque Jirí Kylián est une pièce d’une beauté toute japonaise.

Du 15 au 30 octobre, 2015
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

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Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania presented by CIBC Present the world premiere of Obeah Opera A Nicole Brooks Vision in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current

Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current proudly present the world premiere of Obeah Opera, a groundbreaking a cappella musical odyssey conceived, written and composed by Culchahworks Co-Artistic Director Nicole Brooks that runs Tuesday August 4 to Saturday, August 8 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District (Media Night August 6).  Tickets are available at or by calling the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666 and will be available at within the week.

Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot stomping, spirit-lifting, magical musical sensation unlike any other opera before it. Steeped in Black music, sung entirely a cappella by a powerful, racially diverse all-female cast of 14, Obeah Opera tells the story of the legendary Salem Witch Trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women

Breaking new ground, this dramatic work redefines traditional opera by moving away from European classical standards. Unbound by any particular genre, Obeah Opera encompasses an array of musical styles - spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, traditional African, Caribbean Folk, Calypso, Ska, R&B and Reggae. What additionally makes this work unique and beyond the conventional definition of opera is that there are no musical instruments; just pure, compelling voice.

Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania presented by CIBC
present the world premiere of
Obeah Opera
A Nicole Brooks Vision
in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current

An epic a capella opera performed by 14 powerhouse women:
Nicole Brooks, Divine Brown, Karen Burthwright, Diana Coatsworth, Saphire Demitro, Deidrey Francois, Nickeshia Garrick, Sarah Gibbons, Janet MacEwen, Debbie Nicholls-Skerrit, Melissa Noventa, Dana Jean Phoenix, Sabryn Rock and international Calypso star Singing Sandra as The Elder.

Music and Libretto: Nicole Brooks
Directed by: Lezlie Wade
Musical Director: Andrew Craig
Choreography by:Anthony "Prime" Guerra
Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Set/Costume Design: Robin Fisher
Sound Design by Graham Clarke
Produced by Derrick Chua, Marinda de Beer and Paul Shaw

Tuesday, August 4 to Saturday, August 8, 2015 (Opening/Media Night August 6)
Tuesday-Saturday @7pm; Saturday matinee @1pm

Baillie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District
50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4

Tickets: $20.15 & $40

For tickets, call the Young Centre Box Office at 416.866.8666 or visit  or

For more information, visit Facebook/ObeahOpera and follow Obeah Opera on Twitter: @ObeahOpera

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Single Tickets Now on Sale for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2015/2016 Season

August 6, 2015: As of today, individual tickets for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2015/2016 performance season are available to purchase online at TSO.CA, by phone (416.593.4828), and in person at the TSO Patron Services Centre or the Roy Thomson Hall box office. The FAB3 programme, which offers Compose Your Own subscription options, will continue to be available to TSO patrons wishing to receive ticket discounts and subscriber benefits.
A new and exciting addition to the upcoming season will be Peter and the Wolf: In Support of SickKids. The first annual TSO Benefit Concert for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will take place on November 26, 2015 at 7:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian—a former SickKids patient—will conduct and co-host the event with CBC award-winning comedian Rick Mercer, who will act as narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The evening will also feature young piano phenomenon Coco Ma and Neil Deland, TSO Principal French Horn. All proceeds from this concert will go directly to SickKids.
“Innovation, collaboration, and eclecticism: these three ideals are at the heart of the upcoming season,” says Music Director Peter Oundjian. Featuring a rich mix of world-renowned classical artists, filmmakers, jazz performers, and for the first ever, a DJ, the new season includes the much anticipated Decades Project, the 12th annual New Creations Festival, a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Requiem as part of the Mozart@260 Festival, the return of The Second City Guide to the Symphony, alliances with Toronto cultural partners like the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Science Centre, multidisciplinary collaborations, and much more. The 2015/2016 season—with over 100 concerts, featuring four world premières, one North American première, five Canadian premières, and six TSO commissions—will offer blockbusters, as well as an array of concerts that will push artistic boundaries further than ever before.
Are you 15–35 years old? Sign up for free at TSOUNDCHECK.CA to take advantage of $16 TSO tickets. Maximize your enjoyment with a TSOUNDCHECK 3Pack, receive updates about concerts, and enjoy subscriber benefits and special events.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Official Airline is Air Canada.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.
About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket programme; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music education programmes that reach over 50,000 students each year.
All concerts at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. unless otherwise noted
TSO ticket line: 416.593.4828Online tickets: TSO.CA

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Individual concert tickets for the 2015-16 Cleveland Orchestra season go on sale Tuesday, August 11

Season opens on September 24 with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting

CLEVELAND – Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2015-16 season go on sale on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, online at, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra open the season on September 24–26 with the orchestral masterpiece An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”).

Additional highlights in the 2015-16 season include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6; an all-Bartók program: Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin (with The Joffrey Ballet); Mahler’s Symphony No. 3; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. In addition to the opening weekend performance of An Alpine Symphony, Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra; and Ein Heldenleben [A Hero’s Life] will be performed.

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus will be featured in major choral-orchestral works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Handel, Mahler, and Verdi during the season.

After 40 seasons with The Cleveland Orchestra, principal viola Robert Vernon will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season. The weekend of November 19, he will perform in the world premiere of Richard Sortomme’s Concerto for Two Violas with first assistant principal viola, Lynne Ramsey.

The 2015-16 season also features the popular At the Movies Series (sponsored by PNC Bank), the KeyBank Fridays@7 series, Family Concerts, PNC Musical Rainbow Concerts, and the traditional Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts (sponsored by Dollar Bank), which begin on December 11 and run through December 20, 2015.

On Saturday, October 3, the Cleveland Orchestra Gala Concert features soprano Renée Fleming and is conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Gala Chair is Norma Lerner, Corporate Chair is Beth Mooney, and Co-Chair is Nancy W. McCann. The gala concert and dinner support the Orchestra’s Education and Community programs. For concert tickets, contact the Severance Hall Ticket Office at 216-231-1111. For Gala tickets, call 216-231-7535.

The Cleveland Orchestra again offers many ticket options, including the Under 18s Free ticket with an adult purchase; the Student Advantage Program for high school, college, and graduate students; and, also for students, the Frequent Fan Card. For many concerts, seniors can purchase discounted tickets at the Ticket Office beginning the Monday before the performance.

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26th Annual Bard Music Festival “Carlos Chávez and His World” Opens This Friday (Aug 7) with Weekend One: The Musical Voice of Mexico

A highlight of the musical year.” Wall Street Journal

The 26th annual Bard Music Festival – an exploration of “Carlos Chávez and His World” – opens this Friday, August 7 with Weekend One: The Musical Voice of Mexico. The first of the weekend’s five themed concerts – Program 1: Chávez and Mexico’s Musical Heritage offers an introduction to Mexican music since the colonial period of New Spain, culminating with the work of Carlos Chávez (1899–1978) and his 20th-century contemporaries. The New York Times has praised Bard’s “track record of presenting fine young performers and some good veterans,” and this opening event features an outstanding line-up that includes pianists Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss, guitarist Jason Vieaux, soprano Ava Pine, the Daedalus Quartet, and members of the American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director and festival co-artistic director Leon Botstein. A distinguished scholar recognized as “one of the most remarkable figures in the worlds of arts and culture” (THIRTEEN/WNET), the conductor also provides an illuminating commentary on the performance.

As Botstein explains:

There were two competing strands and Chávez negotiated between the two, the avant-garde and the populist. … We will perform this summer music by both his opponents and his predecessors, including Ponce and Julián Carrillo but also his teachers, his protégés, Moncayo, Revueltas. So the audience this summer will come to concerts in which I would guess 95% of them have never heard any of the music that we’re about to play. That’s exciting all on its own: that they will encounter something thoroughly new.

A protean force as composer, conductor, teacher, journalist, and visionary cultural ambassador, Carlos Chávez embodied 20th-century Mexican music, bringing wider visibility to Mexican musical and cultural life. Yet despite his efforts, few Mexican compositions have achieved international recognition. This year’s Bard Music Festival seeks to redress this balance, taking Chávez’s life and career as the lens through which to examine a vibrant cultural period in Mexico and Latin America. With its recognized gift for thematic programming, Bard achieves a depth and breadth of musical and cultural discovery that is truly unique. All of Weekend One’s programs are augmented with pre-concert talks by eminent scholars, including award-winning director Sergio Vela, author of multiple publications on Chávez’s sole opera, The Visitors; Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus, a leading authority on Chávez’s contemporary Silvestre Revueltas; and Dr. Ricardo Miranda, National Coordinator of Music and Opera at Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts.

Botstein leads the full American Symphony Orchestra in Program Three, which showcases Chávez’s Piano Concerto with Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio – “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet” (Los Angeles Times) – as soloist. Perhaps the concerto’s foremost exponent, Osorio has twice recorded it, most recently with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and Carlos Miguel Prieto. After he performed it with the Chicago Symphony two years ago, the Chicago Tribune raved:

The pianist had Symphony Center’s vibrant new American Steinway all but jumping through hoops of fire. His deep-seated belief in his countryman’s concerto came through in every musical gesture and carried over into everything the orchestra played.                         

During this first weekend (a second follows on August 13–16), additional events shed further light on Chávez’s achievement in helping to create “The Musical Voice of Mexico.” Program Two presents music by such of his Parisian influences as Dukas, Ravel, Stravinsky, Milhaud, and Poulenc, while Program Four explores the artistic renaissance that followed Mexico’s prolonged and bloody civil war. To conclude the opening weekend, Program Five comprises works that capture something of the riotous color, bold strokes, neoprimitivism, and larger-than-life aesthetic of Mexico’s world-renowned muralist movement; a semi-staged production of Falla’s one-act puppet chamber opera El retablo de maese Pedro, along with performances of Revueltas’s wind symphony Troka and ballet El renacuajo paseador, and Chávez’s own Suite for Double Quartet, drawn from his ballet for Martha Graham The Daughter of Colchis, will be designed and directed by Doug Fitch, co-founder of celebrated outside-the-box production company Giants Are Small.

Weekend One’s offerings are complemented by panel discussions on “Culture and National Identity: The Case of Mexico,” with speakers including Bard’s Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Leonora Saavedra, editor of the upcoming 2015 volume, Carlos Chávez and His World; and “Mexico and the United States: Past, Present, and Future.”

Critical acclaim:

The Bard Music Festival has impressed critics worldwide. The New York Times reports that “performers engaged by Bard invariably seem energized by the prospect of extending beyond canonical routine, and by an audience that comes prepared with open ears and open minds.” As the Wall Street Journal’s Barrymore Laurence Scherer observes, the Bard Music Festival “has long been one of the most intellectually stimulating of all American summer festivals and frequently is one of the most musically satisfying.” Reviewing a recent season of the festival, the New York Times reported, “As impressive as many of the festival performances were, they were matched by the audience’s engagement: strangers met and conversed, analyzing the music they’d heard with sophistication, and a Sunday-morning panel discussion of gender issues in 19th-century culture drew a nearly full house. All told, it was a model for an enlightened society."

Getting to the Bard Music Festival: New York City Round-Trip Bus Transportation

Round-trip bus service is provided exclusively to ticket-holders for the performances marked with an asterisk below. A reservation is required, and may be made by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. The round-trip fare is $40, and the bus departs from Lincoln Center at the times indicated:
  • Program 1 (Friday, August 7 at 8 pm): 3:30 pm
  • Program 5 (Sunday, August 9 at 5:30 pm; preconcert talk at 5 pm): 1:30 pm

Further details are available at

Program details of Bard Music Festival, “Chávez and His World”

WEEKEND ONE: The Musical Voice of Mexico

Friday, August 7

Chávez and Mexico’s Musical Heritage
Sosnoff Theater
8 pm Performance with commentary by Leon Botstein; with Daedalus Quartet; Ava Pine, soprano; Anna Polonsky, piano; Jason Vieaux, guitar; Erika Switzer, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Members of the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
  • Carlos Chávez (1899–1978)
    H.P. Danse des hommes et des machines (1926)
    String Quartet No. 3 (1943)
    from Ten Preludes (1937)
    Xochipilli: An Imagined Aztec Music (1940)
  • Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
    Concierto del sur (1941)
  • Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940)
    Ranas (1931)
    Toccata (sin fuga) (1933)
  • Songs and other works by Manuel de Sumaya (c.1678–1755); Juventino Rosas (1868–94); Felipe Villanueva (1862–93); Gustavo Campa (1863–1934); Ricardo Castro (1864–1907); Ernesto Elorduy (1854–1913); Julián Carrillo (1875–1965); and José Pablo Moncayo (1912–58)

Tickets: $25–$60

Saturday, August 8

Panel One
Culture and National Identity: The Case of Mexico
Olin Hall
10 am–noon

Leonora Saavedra, moderator; Lynda Klich; Claudio Lomnitz; Alejandro L. Madrid
Free and open to the public

The Parisian Influence
Olin Hall
1 pm Pre-concert Talk: Byron Adams
1:30 pm Performance: Amphion String Quartet; Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord; Joseph Eletto, baritone; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Simon Ghraichy, piano; Brian Zeger, piano; Ava Pine, soprano; Lance Suzuki, flute; Jason Vieaux, guitar; Bard Festival Chamber Players
  • Carlos Chávez (1899–1978)
    Seis exágonos (1923–24)
    Sonatina for piano (1924)
    36 (1925)
    Trio (1940)
  • Paul Dukas (1865–1935)
    La plainte, au loin, du faune (1920)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    5 Mélodies populaires grecques (1904–6)
  • José Rolón (1876–1945)
    String Quartet (ca. 1920)
  • Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
    Sonata, for guitar and harpsichord (c. 1926)
  • Darius Milhaud (1892–1974)
    Catalogue de fleurs, Op. 60 (1920)
  • Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
    Rapsodie nègre (1917)
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Tango (1940)

Tickets: $35

Mexico: The Crossroad of Antifascism
Sosnoff Theater
7 pm Pre-concert Talk: Sergio Vela
8 pm Performance: Jorge Federico Osorio, piano; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
  • Carlos Chávez (1899–1978)
    Sinfonía de Antígona (1933)
    Piano Concerto (1938)
  • Arthur Honegger (1892–1955)
    Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique” (1945–46)
  • Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940)
    Redes (1934–35)
  • Conlon Nancarrow (1912–97)
    Piece No. 1 for Small Orchestra

Tickets: $25–$75

Sunday, August 9

Mexico and the United States: Past, Present, and Future
Olin Hall
10 am–noon

Luisa Vilar Payá, moderator; Leon Botstein; Mario Lavista; Richard Suchenski
Free and open to the public

Music and the 10-Year Mexican Revolution
Olin Hall
1 pm Pre-concert Talk: Ricardo Miranda
1:30 pm Performance: Maria Bachmann, violin; Daedalus Quartet; Cecilia Violetta López, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Anna Polonsky, piano; Erika Switzer, piano; Benjamin Verdery, guitar; Orion Weiss, piano; Bard Festival Chamber Players
  • Carlos Chávez (1899–1978)
    Adelita y La cucaracha (1915)
    Las margaritas, canción mexicana tradicional (1919)
    Jarabe, baile mexicano tradicional (1922)
    Three Pieces, for guitar (1923)
    Sonatina, for violin and piano (1924)
    Foxtrot (1925)
    Cuatro melodías tradicionales indias del Ecuador (1942)
  • Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940)
    Tierra pa’ las macetas (c. 1924)
    String Quartet No. 4 “Música de feria” (1932)
    Ocho por radio (1933)
  • Songs and works for guitar or piano by José Rolón (1876–1945); José Pomar (1880–1961); Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948); Tata Nacho (1894–1968); Alfonso Esparza Oteo (1894–1950); Blas Galindo (1910–93); José Pablo Moncayo (1912–58); and others

Tickets: $35

Music, Murals, and Puppets
Sosnoff Theater
5 pm Pre-concert Talk: Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus
5:30 pm Performance: Amphion String Quartet; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Cecilia Violetta López, soprano; Louis Otey, baritone; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Lance Suzuki, flute; members of the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, and Zachary Schwartzman; projections by Tim McLoraine; lighting by JAX Messenger; costumes by Moe Schell; designed and directed by Doug Fitch; and others
  • Carlos Chávez (1899–1978)
    Suite for Double Quartet, from The Daughter of Colchis (Dark Meadow) (1943)
  • Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
    El retablo de maese Pedro (1922)
  • Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940)
    Troka (1933)
    El renacuajo paseador (1936)
Tickets: $25–$60

Weekend Two of “Chávez and His World” takes place at Bard on August 1316.

Bard SummerScape ticket information

For tickets and further information on all SummerScape events, call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900 or visit Fisher Center members receive priority access to the best seats in advance, and those who join the Center’s email list receive advance booking opportunities as well as regular news and updates.

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All program information is subject to change.

This season is made possible in part through the generous support of the Board of the Bard Music Festival and the Friends of the Fisher Center, as well as grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional underwriting has been provided by Jeanne Donovan Fisher, James H. Ottaway Jr., Felicitas S. Thorne, Helen and Roger Alcaly, Bettina Baruch Foundation, Michelle R. Clayman, Margo and Anthony Viscusi, and the Furthermore Foundation. Special support has also been provided by the Mrs. Mortimer Levitt Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts. The Festival thanks the Mexican Cultural Institute in New York for their support. 

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Single tickets for Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2015/16 concert season now on sale!

Concert lineup includes just-added performances with the Vienna Boys Choir and Ben Caplan
Halifax, NSSingle tickets for Symphony Nova Scotia’s 2015/16 concert season go on sale today, August 4.
Plus, the orchestra has just added two new performances to the 2015/16 concert lineup:
  • BEN CAPLAN – ENCORE! (Original show booked for Friday, November 20, 2015)
    Saturday, November 21, 2015Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax 
    Star Halifax singer-songwriter Ben Caplan now joins the Symphony for not just one, but two performances featuring his trademark blend of folk, gypsy, blues, and orchestra. Since his last appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2012, Ben has played more than a thousand shows worldwide, earning rave reviews from fans and media alike.
    Sunday, January 31, 2016Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
    Hear the angelic voices of the world-famous, internationally beloved Vienna Boys Choir live in their first-ever concert with Symphony Nova Scotia! Thanks to the generosity of Halifax philanthropists Margaret and David Fountain, the world’s best-loved choir brings its “bright, light voices through the centuries” (New York Times) to Nova Scotia for a rare performance of iconic choral music, including favourites from Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Plus, hear a virtuoso performance from Canadian French hornist Louis-Philippe Marsolais, performing Mozart’s delightful Horn Concerto no. 3.

    The Vienna Boys Choir will also be the guests of honour at Halifax Dance’s grand Viennese Opera Ball, happening Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre. The Opera Ball is a unique and extraordinary performing arts gala that features Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra along with cocktails, ballroom dancing, and a special performance from the National Ballet of Canada. For details or to purchase tickets, please contact Amy at 902.422.2006 ext. 2.
Tickets for Symphony Nova Scotia's 2015/16 lineup have been available exclusively through ticket packages since March, and seating for many concerts is already limited.
Highlights from the upcoming 2015/16 season include:
Single tickets for all performances are available now, and prices for most concerts begin at just $30 (HST included).
Call 902.494.3820 or visit the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Box Office hours are 12-6 pm weekdays, and tickets are also available online anytime at
Under age 30 or a full-time student? Check out Symphony Nova Scotia’s Under-30 ticket pricing for young audiences. Anyone under age 30 or any full-time students can attend any of the orchestra’s classical and Baroque music concerts for only $16 per ticket! And for under-30s who want to choose from the entire regular concert lineup, the Under-30 U-Pick package includes admission to four concerts of your choice for only $20 per ticket.
Interested in more than one concert? Symphony Nova Scotia’s ticket packages are still available, and offer the best seats, exclusive benefits, and discounts of up to 35%. Plus, if you’re new to ticket packages, you’ll get your second U-Pick package for half price! Call 902.494.3820 or visit
About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love – from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is one of the most broadcast orchestras in the country, with over 20 commercial releases and multiple East Coast Music Awards. Visit to learn more, listen online, or get tickets today!

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