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Volume 9 Issue 9 - June 2004

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anniversary of the death of Antonin Dvorak. The Festival's opening concert on July 2'will be a performance ofDvorak's Te Deum by the Montreal Sy!Ilphony Orchestra conducted by Jacques Lacombe with pianist Alain Lefevre, soprano Measha Brueggergosman and bass Robert Pomakov and two choirs. Over the four and a half weeks of the festival there will be a series of five Dvorak concerts in local churches. Other highlights include a "concert retro" of popular music from the 1930s and 40s, a Handel soiree with mezzo soprano Vivica Genaux and Jes Violons du Roi, two romantic soirees with l'Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal conducted by Yannick -Nezet-Seguin, La Pieta with Angele Dubeau and two evenings of big band, Johanne Blouin with Vic Vogel and his Big Band, and Philippe Hudon and his Montreal Jau. Big Band. The Festival's closing concert promises to be spectacular, built around the theme of the underwater world, images from the BBC documentary, "The Blue Planet" will be projected while the Montreal Symphony and Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval perform the music of George Fe'nton". Even though our francophone countrymen and women are more patient than ever when it comes to patiently enduring our well- · intentioned but faltering attempts to communicate in French, why not try to prepare a little by tuning your car radio from time to time to FM 90.3, Toronto's French language CBC radio station, which not only plays lots of great music but also provides lots of exposure to spoken Canadian French! WESTBEN FE~TIVAL: JUNE 5 -SEPT. 25 There are a few stops I want to make en route to or from Quebec this summer - , Music at Port Milford near Picton, Festival Alexandria, halfway between Montreal and 'Ottawa, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, of course, all of which I intend to write about in the July/ August issue, and the Westben Festival, which opens only a week or so after this issue "hits the streets" and continues almost to the end of September. This "little festival that grew" is the creation of a pianist Brian Finley and soprano Donna Bennett. With the unwavering support of the local community which recog- t . . es 0. TIA. · CHAMBER WA I.NTE.RN.· iva MUSIC AT'IO. N··.AL/ . . . INTERNATIONAL DE MUSIQUE DE CHAMllRE D'OTIAWA World's largest chamber music festival . This summer the Ottawa Chamber -Music Society will celebrate the 11th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival from July 24 to August 7, 2004 with 110 concerts and over 250 musicians in what has become a vibrant summer showcase of the world's best chamber music. 2004 Festival highlights: Ji Empire Brass Ji Celebration of Beau.x Arts Trio's 50th Anniversary Ji Tokyo, Leipzig and St. l.:awrence String Quartets Ji Renowned early music soprano Emma Kirkby, Ji Violinist James Ehnes Ji Gryphon and Vienna Piano Trios Ji Marc-Andre Hamelin Ji Young People's Concerts Concerts at 10 am, noon, 8 pm and 11 pm 613-234-8008 ·WESTBEN ?U~[Jr~6 Star-studded line-up signs on at "The Barn'' Marquee names like pianist Jane Coop, baritone Russell ·Braun, and cellist Thomas Wiebe head the line-up of performers at the fifth summer season of Westben's Concerts at The Barn. ( A total of 45 events are scheduled between June 5 and September 25 at Westben 's custom-built timber frame Barn at Campbellford, midway between Toronto and Kingston. The non-profit festival is the biggest event of its kind in eastern Ontario. "There's no difference between Carnegie Hall and Westben," says top lyric tenor Kevin McMillan, also appearing this season. "Both have great audiences who really appreciate music." The 400-seat performance barn with its grassy meadow, babbling brook and a mighty chorus of song birds provides a unique setting for concert-goers. It's all the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team of pianist Brian Finley and soprano Donna Bennett. Other highlights this summer include a fully~staged performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute by the UBC Opera Ensemble; and Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No.5, featuring Bennett and Finley with eight cellists led by Thomas Wiebe and Paul Widner. Westben is located 3 kilometres NW of Campbellford on County Road 30. Visit or call toll free 1-877-883-5777 for more information. 30 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM June 1 - July 7 2004

nized the myriad cultural and economic benefits of the project, Bennett and Finley, starting only four years ago with half a dozen concerts, have increased the number this year to 45 which take place in a "barn" - really a gambrel roof supported on timber posts with weather-proof curtains used only when absolutely necessary - built two years ago. The Festival takes place on a farm near Campbellford, which is about a two-hour drive from Toronto - close enough for a weekend outing but a bit far for driving back after a concert. Vocal recitals, usually but not always with Finley as the pianist, are central to the programming. This summer's recitalist include Donna Berinett, Kim Dafoe, Kevin Mc;Millan, Mark Wilson, Joseph Schnurr (mentioned in connection with the Grand River Festival), Virginia Hatfield, Leslie Fagan, Anita Krause, Russell Braun, Fred Love, Robert Longo, Nancy Hermiston and Keith Klassen. Other notable performers include the Duke Piano Trio, pianist William Aide, the Emperor Quartet and the MacMillan Singers, to name a few. D~MOUR ' OF SEA SHEi.LS ANO SAILING SHIPS ET JfEAU SAl.tE. France· canana l60t • 2001 MONTREAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL From June 18 1 h - 21• 1 , 2004, Old Montreal's early music festival, MONTREAL BAROQUE offers a unique opportunity to hear music of the 17 1 h and 18 1 h centuries in the beautiful setting of historic Old Montreal. DISCOVER OLD MONTREAL WITH MONTREAL BAROQUE! Snaking through the narrow streets of Old Montreal to the sound of a hundred flutes at the Festival's · Grand Parade, relaxing at a garden concert, catching a choral concert in a chapel or simply enjoying a street performance, Montreal Baroque offers a unique opportunity to discover the charms of Old Montreal, bringing history to life with music. After browsing at the Baroque Fair, watching a children's show, listening to a recital or symposium, musicians and audience members gather in the festival cafe for ad hoc performances between events or for a late-night dessert or glass of wine after a day of concerts! MONTREAL BAROQUE 2004 In 1604, Samuel de Champlain weathered the great voyage to the New World to establish a French Settlement. Acadia was born ... Montreal Baroque 2004 embarks on a voyage to unearth the music that inspired and consoled the great 17th century explorers. The festivities will include concerts of European music from 1604, a great sea voyage to an island in the Saint Lawrence River for a musical multi-media show, traditional Mohawk music, as well as a concert of improvisations on Acadiari songs and dances brought from France by the early Canadian immigrants. Suzie Leblanc and Daniel Taylor will join Charles Daniels (UK) and Stephan Macleod (CH) to sing Bach Cantatas dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Ensemble Stradivaria (Fr) and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal will pay homage to Marc-Antoine Charpentier to mark the anniversary of his death in 1704. The Bande Montreal Baroque, le Mercure Galant (Fr), Les Boreades, Masques, Les Voix Humaines, Nigel North (UK), David Greenberg and Theatre Lavalliere et Jabot are among the featured artists for 2004. An event not to be missed! Come join us for this Baroque extravaganza from June 18th - 21st 2004 INFORMATION AND TICKETS: Tel: 1·800-845-7171 Fax: 514-845-538 FESTIVAL ,,. ' montrea oaroque J The Lanaudiere festival is the most highly acclaimed classical music festival in Canada. The 2004 season marks the centenary of the death of Antonin Dvorak so his music will be featured in this "Spirit of Bohemia" season. The highlights of the season will be the five Montreal Symphony con·certs with soloist like Measha Brueggergosman, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Dean Griffey and pianists like Alain Lefevre and Pierre-Laurent Aimard '. Also other great concerts will be the Vivica Genaux and les Violons du Roy baroque concert and the 2 presences of the Orchestre metropolitain, one with Emmanuelle Bertrand, cellist and Karen Gomyo, violinist and the other with the young violinist Ryu Goto (16 years old). The Festival is also proud to present the first recital in Quebec of Yundi Li, a first prize winner of the prestigious Chopin Competition of Warsaw. ' The Lanaudiere Festival presents concert~ in the Amphitheatre of Lanaudiere, an architectural gem nestled in Joliette, 35 minutes north of Montreal. The beautiful grounds on which the Amphitheatre lies transform an outdoor event into an exceptional and unique acoustic experience. The Festival also presents more intimate ~ecitals and chamber music performances in beautiful churches ·in the countryside of Joliette. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 1-800-561-4343 Owen Sound Ontario Sc~f!u~~i~~hn Music "ffieeken~ Mar~0~:wer Douglas McNabney viola · David Hetherington cello September 24, 25, 26, 2004 FRIDAY· SATURDAY SUNDAY Historic Leith Church, Knox United Church Historic Leith Church, 8pm 8pm ' 2pm Bach, Britten, Beethoven, Martinu, Ager, Beethoven, Hindemith, Mozart Rea, Rossini Haydn I Tickets Tickets Tickets For more information, and tickets ·~ "'"" Call (519) 376-3517 or (5~9) 376-0212 :~:::::.H~~J:~=~~.. 31

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