Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Announcing the New Early Music Alberta Festival 2011

For more details on the festival, click HERE.

Concert Listings April 19-May1

April 18th to May 7th, 2011. 103rd Annual Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival. Hard copies of the program will be available for purchase from the following venues: Alberta College Conservatory of Music, Gordon Price Music, St. John's Music, Festival Office.

Thursday April 21, 2011 8pm Lafayette String Quartet with Tanya Prochazka, cello. String quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, string quintet in C by Schubert. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets at door, $30 and $15.

Friday April 22, 2011, 7:30 pm Pro Coro: Good Friday at the Winspear Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre Richard Sparks, conductor. J.S. Bach: the Passion according to St. John. Join Marg Daly, Master of Musicology, for pre-concert talks beginning 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Monday April 25, 2011 7:30pm Connections - Kokopelli and Òran with guest choir The Dresden Youth Choir (Germany). McDougall United Church. Contact Tix on the Square.

April 27 - 30, 2011 Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim. Richard Winnick, director, Brad Heintzman, musical director, Shelley Tookie, choreographer. ELOPE Musical Theatre. Timms Centre for the Performing Arts. Contact Tix on the Square.

Friday April 29, 2011 7pm Ubuntu - Edmonton Children's Choir with Guelph Youth Singers (Ontario) and Storyteller Bethany Ellis. Benefit concert for THE GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundations' Grandmother to Grandmother campaign. West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 149 St. Tickets $20 adults, $25 students and seniors, under 10 FREE.

Friday April 29, 2011, 7:30 pm and Saturday April 30, 2011 8pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor, Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano (2009 Cliburn Gold Medalist). Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Gilbert: Tchal-Kouyrouk and the seventh side of the cube.

April 30 - May 22, 2011 Little Women (the broadway musical). Maclab Theatre at the Citadel. Contact the Citadel Theatre for tickets 780 425 1820.

Saturday April 30, 2011 7:30pm Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan, presented in concert form. A fundraiser for Japan. Admission by donation. All proceeds will be donated through the Presbyterian World Service and Development Fund. All donations will receive a tax receipt. First Presbyterian Church 10025 105th Street.

Saturday April 30, 2011 7:30pm Concordia University College, Home Concert. Robert Tegler Student Centre 7128 Ada Blvd. Contact Tix on the Square.

Saturday April 30, 2011 7:30pm Concordia Concert Choir, Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Sunday May 1, 2011 2pm Concordia University College. Concordia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Concert. First Presbyterian Church, 100 Av and 105 St. Contact Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 1, 2011 2pm Edmonton Youth Orchestra (senior and intermediate). The Thelma Johannes O'Neill Memorial Concert featuring the winners of the 30th Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. Winspear Centre.

Sunday May 1, 2011 3pm Cantilon Choirs Who Has Seen the Wind? Kindersingers, Primary Choir, Children's Choir, Chamber Choir, Belle Canto. McDougall United Church.

Call for Electroacoustic Musicians for the Works Festival of Art and Design

From our friends at BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society):

The following dates are available for 20 minute sets between 5-6pm at the Works Festival - also, one or two groups will be chosen for a special two-hour closing set with three dancers led by Amber Borotsik.

• Sunday June 25

• Tuesday June 28

• Saturday July 2

• Sunday July 3

Pays $60 total per 20 minute set. Special two hour set with dancers: Tuesday, July 5 at noon. Pays $200 split between all musicians.

There will be a technician with a board, sound system and mics supplied. You need to supply your own instruments and cables. Time for set up and sound check will be limited to about 15 minutes.

You have to be a member of BEAMS to perform. Contact info@beams.ca

Lafayette String Quartet with Cellist Tanya Prochazka

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dreaming of a New Edmonton Opera House

Check out this Edmonton Journal article about new Edmonton Opera CEO Sandra Gajic - we should have a new opera house?  What do you think?

Dreaming of a new Edmonton opera house

Paul Lorieau's Meditations on Singing, and the Edmonton Oilers

Paul Lorieau, Edmonton's favourite singer of the national anthem at Oiler gamers for more than 30 years gives a heartfelt interview of the "monastic" nature of being a professional singer, and how singing is a form of prayer.

Check out the video from the Edmonton Journal here.

Mr. Lorieau announced his retirement from singing the national anthem at Oiler Games on March 23rd, 2011 and his final engagement will be tonight, April 8, 2011.  Mr. Lorieau's absence will be felt across Edmonton and for Oiler fans in Canada.

“Being able to personally witness all of the Oilers great moments here at Rexall Place, including seven retirement banners, has been a real treat for me over the years,” said Paul Lorieau. “I’ve heard it said that the Oilers have the best fans in the NHL and I couldn’t agree more, it’s been a pleasure to sing the anthem for each and every one of them.” (From this NHL article)

My hope is that with Mr. Lorieau's retirement, Edmonton and Alberta up and coming singers will get the chance to perform at Rexall Place (and the new arena!) so that the world can hear what great talent is here in Edmonton.

Congratulations Paul, we will miss you.  All the best in the future!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Concert Listings April 6-10 What a packed weekend!

April 6-16, 2011 8pm The Threepenny Opera - Walterdale Playhouse. Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brech. Music by Kurt Weill, English Adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, Directed by Curtis Knecht, Music Direction by Sally Hunt.

Thursday April 7, 2011 8pm UofA music - Winspear World Music, Winspear Centre.

Friday April 8, 2011 8pm UofA music - Concert Choir, Convocation Hall.

Friday April 8, 2011 8pm Florian Larousse, Guitar. Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory. Contact Tix on the Square.

Friday April 8, and Saturday April 9, 2011 8pm Cosmopolitan Music Society Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Boulevard. Monday Band at the Boston Pop From Broadway to LA. All tickets $20.

Saturday April 9, 2011 7pm Homecoming - Janet Chung, organ. All Saints Anglican Cathedral. Tickets: $20.00 (Senior/Student $18) Available at Tix on the Square or at the door.

Saturday April 9, 2011 7pm Taylor Community Choir, We Are One Song. Music by Faure, Handel, Mozart and other contemporary anthems and spirituals. Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church, 11210 59 Ave NW.

Saturday April 9, 2011 7:30pm Tosca (Puccini) Edmonton Opera, Jubilee Auditorium.

Saturday April 9, 2010 7:30pm Concordia University College Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia with the Festival City Intermediate Band concert. Robert Tegler Student Centre, 7128 Ada Blvd. Contact Tix on the Square.

Sunday April 10, 2011 11:30-12:30pm Calgary's Quarter Notes Handbell Ensemble - ExploRING Alberta 2011 Concert Tour. Robertson-Wesley United Church, FREE will offering.

Sunday April 10, 2011 2pm UofA music - Concert Band, Convocation Hall.

Sunday April 10, 2011 3pm The Richard Eaton Singers, Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor - J.S. Bach, Matthäuspassion BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion), Winspear Centre. Jolaine Kerley, soprano, Elizabeth Turnbull, mezzo, Benjamin Butterfield, tenor, Daniel Lichti, bass, Lawrence Wiliford, Evangelist, Nathaniel Watson, Jesus, The Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Jack Everly, conductor.

Sunday April 10, 2011 3pm Chorale Saint-Jean. Sous le Ciel de Paris (Springtime in Paris). McDougall United Church 10025 101 St. Adults $20, Students, seniors $15.

Sunday April 10, 2011 7pm Royal Canadian College of Organists concert series. Janet Chung (Canada). All Saints Cathedral Church. Contact Tix on the Square or Arnold Rumond 780-454-3882.

Sunday April 11, 2011 7:30pm Gala Season Finale of the Edmonton Recital Society, Georgy Tchaidze, piano. Alberta College Conservatory of Music, Muttart Hall. Contact Tix on the Square. Mr. Tchaidze is the First Laureate of the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition and will perform with Clara-Jumi Kang, Gold Medalist of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Music: Brahms Intermezzi, op. 117 featuring Georgy Tchaidze, Ysaye "Ballade" for solo violin featuring Clara-Jumi Kang, Beethoven Sonata #3 in E-flat major for violin and piano, Brahms Sonata #1 in G major for violin and piano, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano. Tickets $40/$35 at the door ($10 student rush one hour before the concert) or Tix on the Square.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Marriage Built on Harmony - Rebel, Baroque Ensemble

Marriage built on harmony (Edmonton Journal article)

Baroque group Rebel plays Friday at Convocation Hall. Violinists Jörg-Michael Schwarz, left, and Karen Marie Marmer, second from the right, fell in love and married while part of the ensemble.

Friday April 1, 2011 8pm
Convocation Hall, UofA