Saturday, November 10, 2012

The end of Classical Music in Edmonton?

Hello all, it's been a few months since we've talked - I've really missed you, but I've realized that I have to say good-bye.  Since my last post in June 2012 I had a beautiful baby, started graduate school, and I will soon return to my demanding job so unfortunately I can't continue with Classical Music in Edmonton.

I started this blog because I wanted to find a way to be part of a musical community after moving to Edmonton from Ontario, and to find a new musical outlet since performance anxiety has taken all the fun out of performing.

I've had a fantastic time meeting amazing people and hopefully promoting the great music happening in Edmonton.  We need to celebrate all the wonderful music being made here and the dedicated people who make it happen.

I hope that someone out there will continue to provide a place where Edmontonians can go to find out all that's happening in our classical music community.  I am constantly amazed at the growth and the calibre of music making here, and my hope for the future is to ensure that our new and emerging artists have the opportunity to perform.

Take care everyone, and maybe I will see you again soon.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Concert Listings July 2012 - See you next season!

July 4-14, 2012 8pm (Sunday matinee 2pm) The musical Nine. Kristin M. Finlay, director, Sally Hunt, musical director, Adam Mazerolle-Kuss, choreographer. Walterdale Playhouse, $14, $18. Tix on the Square or cash at the door (Thursday July 5 is 2 for 1, cash only)

Sunday July 8, 2012 4pm Classic Bronze 2012 - Canada's only advanced handbell festival closing concert (bells and choir). Dr. John Hooper, director. Concordia University College Robert Tegler Student Centre. $12, $10 and $25 per family, Tix on the Square or at the door. http://www.classicbronze.org/

July 8 – 15, 2012 Choralies Internationales 2012 – francophone festival of choral music. Various times and locations, concerts listed individually below. Contact http://www.choraliesedmonton2012.ca/ for more information.

Sunday July 8, 2012 2pm Alberta College Conservatory of Music Connections Concert Series. Emerging student musicians and faculty performances. Muttart Hall 10050 MacDonald Dr. $20, $10 Tix on the Square.

Sunday July 8, 2012 8:30pm Concert d'overture - Toi, moi, tout un monde! Choralies Internationales 2012 –Grand Opening concert featuring two professional choirs from Alberta and Quebec. Winspear Centre. Contact http://www.choraliesedmonton2012.ca/ for more information.

Friday July 13, 2012 8:30pm Concert Gala - Pleins feux en chanson! Choralies Internationales 2012 – Gala Concert featuring the massed choir from the festival. Winspear Centre. Contact http://www.choraliesedmonton2012.ca/ for more information.

Sunday July 15, 2012 3pm Choralies Internationales 2012 – Closing Concert. Concert de clôture - Célébrons le Grand choeur des Choralies! Winspear Centre. Contact http://www.choraliesedmonton2012.ca/ for more information.

Alberta College Conservatory Connections Final Concert July 8, 2012

Choralies Francophone Choral Festival July 8-15, 2012

Check out all the Choralies Concerts on our Concert Calendar!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Concert Listings June 25 - July 1, 2012

Friday June 29, 2012 7pm Lucernarium - Medieval Music of the Night. Chant, organum, polyphony and organ music from the 10th century. Leora Nauta, artistic director and organist, Dawn Bailey, soprano. St. Timothy's Anglican Church, 8420 145 St. Admission by donation to benefit the choral scholar program at St. Timothy's.

June 26, 28 and 30, 2012 7:30pm, July 1 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Alcina, Handel. Timms Centre for the Arts, UofA. Tickets $28-$40.

June 26, 29 and July 1, 2012 7:30pm, June 30 1:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Ariadne auf Naxos, Richard Strauss. Timms Centre for the Arts, UofA. Tickets $28-$40.






Friday, June 22, 2012

Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society at the 2012 Works Festival this weekend - FREE!

Check out the many shows from our friends at the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) this year at The Works Festival of Art and Design all for FREE in Churchill Square!

Thursday June 21 noon

Saint Crispin’s Improv Collective with the Amy Kubanek dancers

Will Cramer, guitar, Cam Neufeld, violin and electronics, Don Ross, clarinet and electronics, Scott Whetham, tuba ‘n’ stuff, Lindsay Woolgar, bass

Friday June 22 2:30 pm

Wayne Defehr

Friday June 22 5:00 pm

Act 1: Skruntskrunt “Swarmed”

Act2: Don Ross

Saturday June 23

1:15- 2:00

agapéraygunexperiment

Saturday June 23 5:00 pm

Act 1: agapéraygunexperiment “earth sounds”

Act 2: storms from the north

Monday June 25 5:00 pm

Act 1: Wayne deFehr

Act 2: flEm “Dork Matter”

Saturday June 30

1:15 – 2:00

Condoleezza Rice Paddies

Saturday June 30 5:00 pm

Act 1: Dave Wall “Pure Data”

Act 2: Bill Damur “sound and poetry”

Tuesday, July 3 at noon

BEAMS All-stars, dancers TBA

Monday, June 18, 2012

Edmonton Chamber Music Society 2012 Summer Solstice Festival

Concert Listings June 18-24, 2012 Summer Solstice Music Festival!

June 19, 20 and 21, 2012, 7:30pm, June 20 1:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $24-$40. http://www.vocalartsfestival.com/

Thursday June 21, 2012 7pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society - Summer Solstice Festival. Masterclass with Tara Helen O'Connor, flute, and Daniel Phillips, violin. Fine Arts Building, UofA Room 1-29 and 2-7. http://www.edmontonchambermusic.org/

June 22-24 and 27-30, 2012 Elope Musical Theatre presents Kiss Me Kate. John L. Haar Theatre 10045 156 St. $27.50, $22.50 Tix on the Square. For more information go to http://www.elopemusicaltheatre.ca/

Friday June 22, 2012 6pm gates open, 7pm performances start. Edmonton Opera presents Opera al Fresco, a summer garden party at Devonian Gardens. Robert Clark, tenor, Catherine Daniel, mezzo-soprano and Bertrand Malo. Featuring the debut of the Edmonton Opera Children’s Chorus. Located 5 kms north of Devon on Hwy 60. (51227 Hwy 60, Spruce Grove, T7Y 1C5) Tickets $49 adults, $20 children 12 and under.

Friday June 22, 2012 8pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society presents the Summer Solstice Music Festival – L’Esprit Francais. Music of Saint-Saens, Messiaen and Debussy. Jessica Linnebach, Jasmine Lin, Daniel Phillips, violin, Charles Pilon, viola, Shauna Rolston, Marina Hoover, cello, Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, Julianne Scott, clarinet, Nora Bumanis, harp, Stephen Prutsman, piano, Jacques Despres, piano, Patricia Tao, piano and festival director. Convocation Hall. Pre-concert talk begins 45 minutes prior to performance. $30, $20, $10. Tix on the Square or The Gramophone. http://www.edmontonchambermusic.org/

Saturday June 23, 2012 7:15pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society presents the Summer Solstice Music Festival. Pre-concert - ECMS Scholarship winner recital. Convocation Hall, UofA. http://www.edmontonchambermusic.org/

Saturday June 23, 2012 8pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society presents the Summer Solstice Music Festival – Intersections, Music for Film and Concert Stage. Chamber pieces by Nino Rota and Lalo Schifrin, and Stephen Prutsman’s score for Sherlock, Jr. plus a showing of the film. Jessica Linnebach, Jasmine Lin, Daniel Phillips, violin, Charles Pilon, viola, Shauna Rolston, Marina Hoover, cello, Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, Julianne Scott, clarinet, Nora Bumanis, harp, Stephen Prutsman, piano, Jacques Despres, piano, Patricia Tao, piano and festival director. Convocation Hall. $30, $20, $10. http://www.edmontonchambermusic.org/

Sunday June 24, 2012 3pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society presents the Summer Solstice Music Festival – Summer Passion. Assobio a Játo (The Jet Whistle) for flute and cello by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio of 1921, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor. Jessica Linnebach, Jasmine Lin, Daniel Phillips, violin, Charles Pilon, viola, Shauna Rolston, Marina Hoover, cello, Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, Julianne Scott, clarinet, Nora Bumanis, harp, Stephen Prutsman, piano, Jacques Despres, piano, Patricia Tao, piano and festival director. Convocation Hall. Pre-concert talk begins 45 minutes prior to performance. $30, $20, $10. http://www.edmontonchambermusic.org/

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lieutenant Governor Emerging Artist Award Winners 2012

June 14, 2012

Artists get "catalytic" boost on the road to success

Edmonton... Eight Alberta artists received the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award June 14, 2012 in a ceremony hosted by His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell.

“These artists represent the best of a community that challenges, enlightens and entertains us,” said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. “Creativity of this magnitude is infectious.”

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards is among Canada’s most generous arts awards programs. Each recipient receives a medal and $10,000.

Susan Green, Chair of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards, says, “Ten thousand dollars to an emerging artist is a catalyst for great things.”

“We’ve seen careers blossom in previous recipients and we know today’s awards will strengthen these artists and Alberta’s performing, literary and visual arts culture in the process.”

About the awards

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation was established in 2003 to celebrate excellence in the arts and to underline the importance of the arts in Alberta.

The Emerging Artist Awards, offered in alternate years, gives up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists early in their careers, who have created a modest body of work, and are recognized by established artists in the same field of endeavour as having potential to achieve excellence in their discipline. Recipients also receive a medal designed by Wei Yew. The 2012 adjudication panel included Charlie Austin, Denise Clarke and Nancy (Tousley) Cameron.

Winners

His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethel presented the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Awards to the following individuals at Government House in Edmonton, June 14, 2012:

Emma Parkinson, mezzo-soprano, Lethbridge

According to adjudicators, “She rose to the top of the ‘ear’ chart with the quality of her exquisite voice.” Mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson calls Lethbridge home, but her voice belongs to the world. She made her solo debut as Siebel in Faust with Opera de Montreal this spring and will debut in Europe as Mercedes this summer in a new production of Carmen with Seefestspiele Berlin. Winter will see her back at Opera de Montreal playing Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

Parkinson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge and master’s degree at McGill University. In 2010, she was selected as a young artist in the Atelier Lyrique of the Opera de Montreal, a training program designed to develop professional singers, and is in her final season with this program. Parkinson says the award money will support ongoing training and an audition tour, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in November 2012.

Kyle Armstrong, filmmaker, Edmonton
Naomi Brand, contemporary dancer and choreographer, Calgary
Mitch Holtby, emcee, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Edmonton
Kristopher Karklin, photographer/sculptor, Fort McMurray/Calgary
Chris Millar, painter/sculptor
Diane Mae Robinson, children’s author, St. Paul
Eric Rose, theatre director

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Week at Opera Nuova's Vocal Arts Festival 2012


Banff Summer Arts Festival June 21-August 25, 2012

It's that time again!  Check out all the details for the Banff Summer Arts Festival here:


Check out the opera performances (Don Giovanni by Mozart) and the "Music for a Summer Evening" series - where musicians in residence perform with their distinguished faculty in this perennial favourite.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Concert Listings June 12 - 18, 2012

Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival Song Soirees at the AGA. German artsong. Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre. Tickets $14-$20. http://www.operanuova.ca/

June 14-16 and June 19-23, 2012 7:30pm (check Tix on the Square for showtimes) Edmonton Musical Theatre - The Time of Our Lives. Celebrating 35 years. Randy Mueller, Director-Music Director, Marie Nychka, Adam Blocka and Steffni Ault, choreographers, Geoff Emery, Jen Magel, Set Designers. Westbury Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barns 10330 84 Av. $25 Tix on the Square

Friday June 15, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Opera Extravaganza with Improvaganza. Operatic scences with improvs of opera scenes. $16 - $22. http://www.operanuova.ca/

Sunday June 17, 2012 5:30pm Opera Nuova – L’Invitation du Voyage, A Father’s Day Event featuring artists from the Vocal Arts Festival 2012 including the music of R.V. William’s Songs of Travel. Sabor Divino 10220 103 St NW. For tickets contact http://www.operanuova.ca/

Sunday June 17, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Building, UofA. Tickets $14-$20. http://www.operanuova.ca/

Monday June 18, 2012 7:30pm FREE Organ Information Evening - Organ Building and Restoration with Bruce Shull. Royal Canadian College of Organists - Edmonton. Providence Church, 12905 122 Av.

Edmonton Musical Theatre 35th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pro Coro Canada Announces New Members for 2012-2013

Pro Coro Canada announces core membership for the 2012–2013 season

After several days of auditions with 50 singers participating, Pro Coro is happy to announce the voices that will make up Pro Coro Canada in 2012–2013.

The individual and ensemble auditions with new Artistic Director Michael Zaugg proved to be a great starting point for the creation of an outstanding and virtuoso ensemble.

Thank you all the choristers who invested their time and effort in preparing for the audition process.

The 2012–2013 core roster of Pro Coro Canada (alphabetical order):

Soprano

Gillian Brinston-Kurschat, Jolaine Kerley, Catherine Kubash, Carole Kube, Annette Martens, Sonia Oppenheim, Sarah Schaub

Alto

Sable Chan, Wendy Grønnestad-Damur, Mireille Rijavec, Adrienne Sitko, vacant, vacant

Tenor

Brett Ludwig, John Brough, Casey Edmunds, Caleb Nelson, vacant, vacant

Bass

Rob Curtis, Michael Kurschat, Peter Malcolm, Alex McCune, Simon Noster, Gordon Ritchie, Jordan Van Biert

Additional singers will be engaged from among the following to augment the Pro Coro core voices (alphabetical order):

Jane Berry, Raimundo Gonzalez, Catherine Lippitt, Kirstin Piehl, Nola Shantz, Janet Smith, Justin Strand, Russ Wilkinson, and Anthony Wynne.

Edmonton Mozart Festival - Sunday June 10, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Concert Listings June 4 - 11, 2012

Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30pm Nova Musica Community Orchestra. Bill Dimmer, conductor. Music Der Freischutz Overture, Carl Maria von Weber, Academic Festival Overture, Brahms, Peer Gynt Suite 1, Grieg, My Fair Lady, F. Loewe, and Music for a Young Prince, Canadian Composer Godfrey Ridout. New members welcome. Royal Canadian Legion Hall 4815 47 St Calmar. Donations to the Christmas Elves will be accepted.

Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival Song Soirees at the AGA. French artsong. Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre. Tickets $14-$20.

Wednesday June 6, 2012 7pm St. Albert Community Band Spring Concert. Arden Theatre, St. Albert.

Thursday June 7, 2012 Noon FREE Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Music at Noon. Winspear Centre Lobby.

Thursday June 7, 2012 8pm Edmonton Vocal Minority Choir – A Touch of Goth. Special guest Darrin Hagen. Westbury Theatre. $15, $12.

Friday June 8, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Opera Extravaganza with Improvaganza. Operatic scences with improvs of opera scenes. $16 - $22. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Friday June 8, 2012 9:30pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Late Night Brahms. William Eddins, conductor, Angela Cheng, piano, Members of Oran and Kokopelli Choirs. Excerpts from Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, Third Symphony and the Liebeslieder Waltzes. Winspear Centre.

Saturday June 9, 2012 8pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. William Eddins, conductor, Angela Cheng, piano. Brahms’ First Piano Concerto and the Third Symphony. Winspear Centre.

Sunday June 10, 2012 2pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Opera for 'New-ova-ites', Keeping the stories straight. Learn more about the operas, composers and the artists. Upper Crust Cafe. Tickets $14-$16.

Sunday June 10, 2012 4:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival An Afternoon with a Merry Widow. Old Timers Cabin 9430 99 St. Tickets $14-$20.

Sunday June 10, 2012 7pm The Edmonton Mozart Festival - A Little Night Music. Irina Konavalov, Marlena Muskens, Anders Muskens, Elliot Kam, and Brenda Lam, piano. Aleasha Pawluski, trumpet, and the Wild Rose String Quartet. Sonata No.2 in D major for Piano Duet, Allegro Molto in C major (a newly discovered work), Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major, Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major (Haydn), Piano Sonata Op. 79 No. 24 in F sharp major (Beethoven), Trumpet Concerto in E flat major (Haydn), and Serenade for Strings, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Muttart Hall, Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Dr. $15 ($20 at door), $25 festival pass. http://www.edmontonmozartfestival.com/

Sunday June 10, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Building, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Monday, May 28, 2012

UPDATED: Concert Listings May 28 - June 3, 2012

Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Song Soirees at the AGA. English Artsong. Art Gallery of Alberta, Ledcor Theatre. Tickets $14-$20.

Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. William Eddins, conductor and piano, Elliot Madore, baritone (winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions). Arias and songs from Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Die Tote Stadt and Carousel and music by Ravel, Poulenc, and de Falla. Winspear Centre.

Thursday May 31, 2012 Noon FREE Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Music at Noon. Winspear Centre Lobby.

Friday June 1, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Classic Broadway Concert. Music from Brigadoon, Company, She Loves Me, and The Music Man. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $16 - $22.

Saturday June 2, 2012 10am-3pm FREE Oliver Community Festival. Family entertainment including the Nova Bells Hand Choir, Choir of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Choral Morphosis, Edmonton Musical Theatre and the Edmonton Police Pipe and Drum Band. 102 Av between 121 and 123 Streets.

Saturday June 2, 2012 7:30pm Cantate! Edmonton Youth Choir Year End Concert. Jordan van Biert, conductor. St. Timothy’s Anglican Church 8420 145 St, admission at the door.

Saturday June 2, 2012 7:30pm Raga-Mala Music Society – Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Patiala Gharana, vocals. Royal Alberta Musem 12845 102 Av.

Sunday June 3, 2012 4pm Kokopelli Choirs – Colours of Sping Encore. Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples.

Sunday June 3, 2012 4:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - An Afternoon of Sacred Song. Excerpts from oratorios by Bach, Haydn and Handel. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av. Tickets $14 - $20.

Sunday June 3, 2012 7pm The Edmonton Mozart Festival - Perspectives. James Bures, organ and conductor, Tara Plamondon, french horn, Anders Muskens, harpsichord and conductor. Epistle Sonata No 14 in C, Serenade for Winds in C minor, Nacht Musique, Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, Allegro Molto in C major (a newly discovered work), Harpsichord Concerto No 3 in E flat major, and Six German Dances KV 509. Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10025 MacDonald Dr. $15 ($20 at door), $25 festival pass. http://www.edmontonmozartfestival.com/

Sunday June 3, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Bldg, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Sunday June 3, 2012 7:30pm Cosmopolitan Music Society All Bands and Chorus Season Finale. Winspear Centre.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out the concerts at the Vocal Arts Festival this weekend May 25-29, 2012


Winner of the Shean Piano Competition 2012

On Friday, May 18, 2012 – after two days of amazing and very high calibre competition – pianist Adam Żukiewicz (28 years old), originally from Jawor, Poland and currently studying in Toronto, was awarded the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Piano Competition. He has also won the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a future date. Mr. Żukiewicz was one of 6 finalists chosen from the 23 submitted entries to compete in the 2012 Shean Piano Competition on May 17 and 18.


The complete results of the Competition were as follows:

First Place and $8,000 – Adam Żukiewicz (Jawor, Poland)

Second Place and $5,000 – Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC)

Third Place and $4,000 – Steven Massicotte (Montréal, QC)

Fourth Place and $3,000 – Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB)

(Tie) Fifth Place and $2,000 each – Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, NSW, Australia) and Rich Coburn (Nelson, BC)

Lisa Tahara also won $1,000 Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece – Valse, Op. 38 by Alexander Scriabin.

The adjudicators for this year’s Competition were David Hoyt, Chair; Jane Coop and William Wolfram.

The 2013 Shean Strings Competition takes place May 17 and 18, 2013 in Edmonton with an $8,000 Top Prize and the opportunity to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The $1,000 Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece will also be awarded.

Vocal Arts Festival Starts This Weekend! May 25, 2012


Auditions for Alberta Opera June 11, 2012

Alberta Opera - Musical Theatre for Young People

AUDITION NOTICE

Artistic Directors Farren Timoteo and Jeff Unger would like to invite trained and/or experienced non-equity actors and pianists to audition for Alberta Opera’s upcoming touring production of Sleeping Beauty.

AUDITIONS

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. June 11th, 2012

WHERE

Citadel Theatre, 2nd floor, Classroom B 9828 – 101A Avenue

ACTORS

The auditions will be organized into fifteen-minute slots. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs as well as a short comedic monologue. We ask that your songs be cut versions but be prepared to perform them in their entirety if requested. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide a headshot and resume.

PIANISTS

Interviews will be scheduled throughout the day. Please bring a short musical theatre piece to perform. You may also be asked to sight-read.

HOW

To book an audition/interview, please email Farren Timoteo at farren@albertaopera.com

Please include your contact info (Phone number, email…)

If an audition/interview cannot be scheduled for you, yet you are still interested, please send a cover letter, photo and resume to:

#6-30, Stanley Milner Library Bldg, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2V5

We will try our best to accommodate you in call-back time slots.

Alberta Opera is celebrating its 29th season with an exciting new musical adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (Music by Jeff Unger, Book by Farren Timoteo).

Jeff Unger has composed more than a dozen new musicals for Alberta Opera and this project marks his fifth collaboration with Farren Timoteo. Their previous works have toured the province extensively and garnered numerous acknowledgements from the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards. Sleeping Beauty will make its world debut on October 26th, 2012 at the Westbury Theatre and will then embark on a vast tour of Alberta, which will conclude in June.





Call for Nominations for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards 2013

How did Christopher Plummer, Clémence DesRochers, William Shatner, Margie Gillis and Michel Pagliaro become laureates of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards?

They were nominated by people like you—members of the public.

Your nomination could determine the next recipient of Canada’s most prestigious award in the performing arts!

Nominations for the 2013 awards are being accepted until September 21, 2012.

The nomination process is simple and straightforward!

Click here for more information:


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

UPDATED: Concert Listings May 23 - 28, 2012

Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Lucas Waldin, conductor, Marc Destrubé, violin. Haydn, The Creation, Representation of Chaos, LeClair, Violin Concerto, Bach, Violin Concerto, Beethoven, Sixth Symphony, Pastorale.

Friday May 25, 7:30pm, Saturday May 26 7:30pm and Sunday May 27 at 2pm 2012 Chat Blanc – Shadows and Light on Erik Satie – an exploration of Satie’s music during La Belle Epoque. Shadow play, original art and historic images. Animateur-Musical Director, Roxanne Classen, Image-Shadow Play Director, Eva Colmers, Performers – Timothy Anderson, Mireille Rijavec and Laura Jones, Illustrations, Caitlin Richards, Ambient Music, Bill Richards. Campus Saint-Jean Auditorium, McMahon Pavillion 8406 91 St. $20, $15, Tix on the Square or Le Carrefour Bookstore, or at the door.

Friday May 25, 2012 7:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Vocal Gems Concert. Kimberly Barber, J. Patrick Raffery, Irena Welhasch Berg and Theodore Berg. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $16-$22.

Saturday May 26, 2012 10:55am La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Saturday May 26, 2012 7pm Kokopelli Choirs – Life’s a Happy Song – Ten Years of Oran. St. Andrew’s United Church.

Saturday May 26, 2012 7:30pm Concordia University College Spring Concert with the Festival CityWinds Music Society (four concert bands). Works by Tielman Susato, Jay Chattaway, Fergal Carroll, Stuart Johnson, Jacob de Haan and Christiaan Venter. Robert Tegler Student Centre 7128 Ada Blvd. $8, Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 27, 2012 2pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Lucas Waldin, conductor, David Requiro, cello, Stefan Jungkind, viola. Beethoven, Sixth Symphony, Pastorale, Schumann, Cello Concerto, Georges Enesco, Concertpiece for Viola. Winspear Centre.

Sunday May 27, 2012 2:30pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Best of the Fest. The most promising vocal artists from the Kiwanis Music Festival. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Sunday May 27, 2012 7pm Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes Masterclass. Room 1-29 Fine Arts Bldg, UofA. Tickets $14-$20.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Concert Listings May 15 - 20

Monday May 14, 2012 6:30pm Manon - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Tuesday May 15, 2012 7pm Nova Musica Community Orchestra. Bill Dimmer, conductor. Music Der Freischutz Overture, Carl Maria von Weber, Academic Festival Overture, Brahms, Peer Gynt Suite 1, Grieg, My Fair Lady, F. Loewe, and Music for a Young Prince, Canadian Composer Geoffrey Ridout. New members welcome. Stanley A. Milner Library Auditorium. Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted.

Thursday May 17, 2012 1-4pm 6:30-9:30pm FREE The Shean Piano Competition - solo piano programs http://www.sheancompetition.com/ Artists - Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, Australia), Rich Coburn, (Nelson, BC), Steven Massicotte (Montreal, PQ), Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB), Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC), and Adam Zukiewicz (Jawor, Poland). Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10050 MacDonald Dr.

Thursday May 17,2012 6:30pm Siegfried - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Friday May 18, 2012 2-4pm 6:30-8:45pm FREE The Shean Piano Competition - piano concertos. http://www.sheancompetition.com/ Artists - Benjamin Chapman (Sydney, Australia), Rich Coburn, (Nelson, BC), Steven Massicotte (Montreal, PQ), Michelle Powell (Grande Prairie, AB), Lisa Tahara (Vancouver, BC), and Adam Zukiewicz (Jawor, Poland). Muttart Hall, Alberta College Conservatory 10050 MacDonald Dr.

Saturday May 19, 2012 10am Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Saturday May 19, 2012 8pm Boreal Electoacoustic Music Society – The Saturn Sessions (artists will perform to a bedtrack consisting of radio signals from Saturn, recorded in 1981 by the Voyager 2 probe). Artists - Moonfrye, Will Truchon, Bill Damur, Don Ross, and Stanis Coleslaw R.E.M. Ortona Armoury 9722 103 St.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Auditions for Da Camera Singers June 4-5, 2012

Auditions for the Da Camera Singers will be held on Monday June 4 and Tuesday June 5, 2012 between 5:45pm and 9:30pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Av).

The audition will be approximately ten minutes in length. New auditions will be required to sing one song of their choice (accompanist provided - please bring a copy of the music), perform a range test and musicianship (sightreading) tests. You will also be required to sing your voice part of "Locus Iste" by Bruckner.

Please contact RJ Chambers at rjchambers@ymail.com to set up an audition time and to receive a PDF copy of the required work.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Concert Listings May 8 - 13, 2012


Monday May 7, 2012 6:30pm Wagner's Dream - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Wednesday May 9, 2012 6:30pm Das Rheingold - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex Theatres.

Wednesday May 9, 2012 7:30pm The Marek Jablonski Endowment Fund presents Stéphane Lemelin, piano. Music includes Schubert's G major Sonata and Debussy's Preludes, Book 1. Convocation Hall, UofA. Tickets at the door, $20, $10. All proceeds support the scholarships offered by the Marek Jablonski Endowment Fund.

Thursday May 10, 2012 7pm FREE Raga-Mala Music Society workshop with Kumaresh (violin) and Jayanthi (Veena). Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, UofA. Humanities Centre Lecture Theatre 1 University of Alberta Campus 11487 89 Av.

Friday May 11, 2012 7:30pm Raga-Mala Music Society. R. Kumaresh, violin, Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena, with Neyveli Narayanan, mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswami, ghatam. Muttart Hall, Alberta College, 10050 MacDonald Way. $20 and $15 at the door.

Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12, 2012 cocktails 6pm, show 6:30pm, dinner 8pm. Columbian Choirs present Night on Broadway Dinner and Cabaret. Royal Glenora Club 11160 River Valley Road. For tickets and additional information contact Beth at 780-430-6806.

Saturday May 12, 2012 10am Die Walkure - Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at Cineplex theatres.

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Mill Creek Colliery Band - Salute to the Proms. David Hoyt, conductor, Cam Martin, soprano cornet, Paul Buckingham, E flat bass, Chris Diaper, euphonium. Music includes Where Eagles Sing, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Royal Parks, and other favourites from the British music tradition. World premiere of a new commissioned arrangement by Geoff Colmer on the Entrance of the Knights of St. John (Strauss). Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St. $18, $14, Tix on the Square (children under 12 are free).

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Cosmopolitan Music Society, Monday Band and St. Albert Community Band. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Blvd. Tickets available from the Cosmopolitan Music Society 780 432 9333 or info@cosmopolitanmusic.org

Saturday May 12, 2012 7pm Kokopelli Choirs – Colours of Spring. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Saturday May 12, 2012 7:30pm St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. David Grainger Brown, guitar, Hiromi Takahashi, oboe, Joel Kristiansen, guitar. Don’s Piano Showroom, 8 Riel Dr, St. Albert. Fine wine and tasty treats! $25, $20. Advance tickets available at Art Gallery of St. Albert. (this venue is not wheelchair accessible)

Saturday May 12, 2012 7:30pm I Coristi Chamber Choir – SpiritsDr. Debra Cairns, conductor, Josephine van Lier, baroque cello, Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, organ. Bach, Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, Fauré, Les Djinns, Martin, Songs of Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and music by Beethoven, Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Imant Raminsh, and Mark Sirett. Holy Trinity Anglican Church 10037 84 Av. Tix on the Square, $21.75, $16.75. Donations will be accepted for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm (1hr duration) Alberta College Conservatory of Music Connections Concert Series. Brittney Jette, mezzo, Eric Meier, guitar, Jocelyn Anselmo, soprano, Katia Paskevich, soprano, Michelle Powell, piano, Rachel Johns, mezzo, Bianca Baciu, piano, Don Ross, clarinet, Frank Ho, violin, Simon-Marc de Freitas, piano. Works by Liszt (Spanish Rhapsody), Offenbach (Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman), Joaquin Turina (Sonata in D Major), Delibes (Flower Duet from Lakme), Astor Piazzolla (Tango Etudes), Grieg (Solveig's Lied from Peer Gynt) and George Enescu (Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano). Muttart Hall 10050 MacDonald Dr. $20, $10 Tix on the Square and Acquired Taste Tea (children under 12 are free). Series aired on CKUA and proceeds from ticket sales go directly to support student scholarships.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm Esquire Men’s Chorus – A Concert for Mother’s DayMichael Zaugg, conductor, Joachim Segger, accompanist. Winspear Centre.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2pm Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra Annual Concert. Spring Symphonie - Music for Mothers and Others. Murray Vassjo, conductor, Anni Yu, violin. Music by Lalo, Mozart, R.V. Williams, Gainger and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 103 St. $10, children 10 and under are free.

Sunday May 13, 2012 2:30pm Edmonton Youth and Children’s Choir Spring Concert. Primary Choir, Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir and Youth Choir. Music includes Aaron Copland’s I Bought Me a Cat and Ching-a-ring Chaw, Rossini’s Duetto buffo di due gatti, Martin Shaw’s the Song of the Music Makers and Neil Ginsberg’s Two Poems of Emily Dickenson. McDougall United Church 10025 101 St. Suggested donation $10.

Sunday May 13, 2012 7:30pm Vocal Alchemy – This Shining Night – 10th Anniversary Concert. Jordan Van Biert, conductor, Satomi Tozawa, piano, David Wilson, guest conductor, Adam Pappas, violin, Brett Ludwig, piano, Keith Rempel, bass, Thom Bennett, drums, Dan Davis, saxophone, Janet Smith, soprano, Adrienne Sitko, alto, Caleb Nelson, tenor, Kyle Carter, bass and special guest singers. Music of Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, Faure, Chatman, Stanford and Whitacre (Five Hebrew Love Songs), plus jazz standards and folk favourites. St. Andrew’s United Church 9915 148 St. $17, $15 or $15, $12 in advance. Available from choir members, http://www.vocalalchemy.com/ or Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 13, 2012 5:30pm Opera Nuova, Enchanted Evenings – A Mother’s Day Special Event. Theodore Baerg, baritone, Irena Welhasch Baerg. Highlights from their 2007 CD “Enchanted Evenings”. The Edmonton Petroleum Club 11110 108 St. For tickets contact www.operanuova.ca

Choralies Edmonton July 2012 International French Choral Festival

Tickets are now available for all seven concerts!


Alberta College Conservatory Connections Concert Series Sunday May 13, 2012


Monday, April 30, 2012

Da Camera Singers and Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil - Sunday May 6, 2012

Concert Listings April 30 - May 6

Monday April 30, 2012 12pm FREE Enterprise Quartet – Great Patrons of Central European Music. Sponsored by the Wirth Institute at the UofA. Beethoven String Quartets no. 4 and 6, Op.18 (Lobkowicz quartets). Introductory remarks by Dr. Franz Szabo, Dept of History, UofA. Winspear Centre Lobby.

Monday April 30, 2012 7:30pm The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences Alberta and the Wirth Institute present Whitney-Leigh Sloan, soprano, and Sylvia Shadick-Taylor in a program of Czech songs and arias. Timms Centre for the Arts (UofA) 112 87 Av.

Friday May 4, 2012 7:30pm and Saturday May 5 8pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra – Dreaming of Carnegie. William Eddins, conductor, Jens Lindemann, trumpet, Angela Cheng, piano, Juliette Kang, violin, Denise Djokic, cello. Estacio, Triple Concerto, Gilliand, Dreaming of the Masters III for Trumpet, Martinu, First Symphony, and Rival, Lullaby. Winspear Centre.

Friday May 4, 2012 8pm Excentrica Women’s Choir – 10th Anniversary Concert. All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral 10035 103 St. Tickets available at Tix on the Square and from choir members.

Saturday May 5, 2012 7:30pm Festival Singers – Puttin’ on the Ritz. Broadway and TV tunes. Heather Bedford-Clooney, conductor, Linda Steinbring, accompanist, Colin McLean, MC. OLPH Parish, 13 Brower Dr, Sherwood Park, lower level. $30 tickets available from choir members. Hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar.

Saturday May 5, 2012 7:30pm Concordia University College School of Music Concert Choir Home Concert. Robert Tegler Student Centre, Concordia Campus.

Saturday May 5, 2012 7:30pm A Joyful Noise – Sanctuary. Music by Bach, Mozart, Karl Jenkins and Allister MacGillivray. $10, $8 in advance from info@ajoyfulnoisechoir.ca $15,$12 at the door.

Sunday May 6, 2012 2pm Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition Winners. Michael Massey, conductor, Mairi Irene McCormack, soprano, Tong Wang and Louisa Lu, piano. Music – Piano Concerto in c minor, Allegro con brio, Beethoven, selections from The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart and Songs of Auvernge, Canteloube, Piano Concerto no.1 in b flat minor, Tchaikovsky, and Symphony No.9 in E flat major, Shostakovich. Winspear Centre. $15, $10, Tix on the Square or at the door.

Sunday May 6, 2012 3pm Cantilon Choirs – Come Ye Singers of Song. New commissioned work by Margaret King. McDougall United Church, 10025 101 St. $15, $12, Tix on the Square.

Sunday May 6, 2012 3pm Da Camera Singers and Spiritus Chamber Choir (Calgary) present Sergei Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil. First Baptist Church, 10031 109 St. $20, $15 at the door or from choir members.

Cantilon Choirs, Come Ye Singers of Song May 6, 2012


Cantilon Choirs present Come Ye Singers of Song at McDougall United Church on Sunday May 6, 2012 at 3pm.

This event will feature a new commissioned work for Cantilon Choirs by Margaret King. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and children from Tix on the Square.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Concert Listings - April 24 - 30, 2012

Tuesday April 24, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Opera – Beethoven’s Fidelio. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, sung in German with English surtitles.

Thursday April 26, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Opera – Beethoven’s Fidelio. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, sung in German with English surtitles.

Saturday April 28, 2012 9:30am Gospel workshop with Louise Rose presented by Eva Bostrand, artistic director of A Joyful Noise. St. Andrew’s United Church 9912 148 St. $25 at the door includes the workshop and an invitation to perform at the April 29 concert.

Saturday April 28, 2012 3pm Mr. Majeika and the Magic Organ by Bob Chilcott. A short magical story for children with a pipe organ "show and tell" and other activities afterward. Timothy Anderson, narrator, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Robertson-Wesley United Church 10209 123 St.

Saturday April 28, 2012 7pm Mill Creek Colliery Band – Prairie Brass Band Festival. William Gordon, guest conductor. Music includes Where Eagles Sing (Lovatt-Cooper), Maori melody Hine e Hine and Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copland. All Saints Anglican Cathedral 10035 103 St. $20, $15, children under 12 are free.

Sunday April 29, 2012 3pm Alberta Baroque Music Society – Alla Corda. Mark Fewer, violin. Scarlatti, Avison Concerto Grosso in G major, Vivaldi, Concerto for Violin Il riposo, Locatelli, Concerto Grosso in D major, Vivaldi, Concerto for Violin Il mogul grosso. Robertson-Wesley United Church. $25, $20, Gramophone, Tix on the Square, or at the door.

Sunday April 29, 2012 3pm Louise Rose and A Joyful Noise Choir in a performance of gospel music. St. Andrew’s United Church 9915 148 St. Tix on the Square, $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Sunday April 29, 2012 Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Concert 8pm Resound! Spring Dinner and Concert celebrating 110 years in Old Strathcona. Robert King, tenor, Mark Eeles, cello, Janet Smith, soprano, Cherie Larson, piano, The Schoen Duo and string and choral groups. Proceeds will benefit renovation work in the sanctuary interior. Trinity Lutheran Church 10014 81 Av. $50 ($20 concert only) available from the Trinity Office or Tix on the Square.

Sunday April 29, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Recital Society presents Katherine Chi, piano (first ever Canadian winner of the Esther Honens International Piano Competition). Music includes Tombeau de Couperin, Ravel, Sonata no. 27 in e minor, Beethoven and other works by Chopin, Griffes and Canadian Composer Alexina Louie. McDougall United Church 10086 MacDonald Dr. $30, $20, Tix on the Square or at the door.

Monday April 30, 2012 12pm FREE Enterprise Quartet – Great Patrons of Central European Music. Sponsored by the Wirth Institute at the UofA. Beethoven String Quartets no. 4 and 6, Op.18 (Lobkowicz quartets). Introductory remarks by Dr. Franz Szabo, Dept of History, UofA. Winspear Centre Lobby.

Monday April 30, 2012 7:30pm The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences Alberta and the Wirth Institute present Whitney-Leigh Sloan, soprano, and Sylvia Shadick-Taylor in a program of Czech songs and arias. Timms Centre for the Arts (UofA) 112 87 Av.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Arts Forum - 2012 Alberta Election - Friday April 20, 2012

Have a heart-to-heart chat with Alberta election candidates about their parties’ visions for arts, culture and heritage in our province.

The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton is organizing an Arts Forum for this Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Room at the Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Avenue.

Bring your arts, culture and heritage questions with notebooks and pencils to the Prince of Wales Armouries this Friday. Tell all your professional artist and arts supporters friends to come, too. Let’s impress upon all these candidates how important arts, culture and heritage is to all Albertans.

Party representatives confirmed so far:

•Alberta Liberals – Laurie Blakeman
•Alberta NDP – Nadine Bailey
•Alberta Party – John Hudson
•PC Alberta – Heather Klimchuk
•Wildrose Party – TBA

Here are the details on our upcoming Edmonton ARTS FORUM:
 
Want to know where the different parties stand on arts and culture issues in the province of Alberta? PACE recently sent the following information and questions to the leaders of every party running candidates in the current election.
 
PACE is starting to receive responses to the “ask” it sent to all political leaders running in the 2012 Alberta provincial election. We have heard back from the Alberta NDP and the PC Alberta leaders so far. Click here to see the answers they gave to the questions we asked on behalf of Alberta’s arts and culture sector.
 
In the meantime, we encourage members of the arts community and all their supporters to pose these same questions to candidates at forums and on the doorstep. We need to impress upon them that the Alberta arts sector is vital to our province and we are taking an active role in the outcome of this election.
 
What you need to know about arts and culture in Alberta before you answer our questions:
 
  • 91% of Albertans feel art activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. Source: Annual Survey of Albertans, Resinnova Research & Consulting Inc. 2010
  • Albertans receive a 12:1 return on every dollar spent on the arts. Source: Summary of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Alberta,Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2005.
  • 88% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011
  • All three levels of government receive tax revenue through the arts sector. A total of 67.9 million in taxes is collected (in Alberta) through taxation systems each year. Source Culture and Community Spirit Department Fact and Figures 2010
Please give PACE your position on the following:

1. Do you support a restoration of the 2010 16 per cent cut to the AFA?
2. If elected to serve the people of Alberta in the next Legislature, will you work towards immediately increasing lottery money investment to arts, culture and heritage by 25%?

Here are the arts and culture platforms put out so far. We will post more as they become available. Check out what these parties have to say on our future:

•Alberta Liberal Party: http://www.albertaliberal.com/files/Yes%20-%202012%20Election%20Platform.pdf (p.22 – includes sports)
•Alberta New Democratic Party: http://albertandp.ca/wherewestand/details/supporting_the_arts
•Alberta Party: http://www.albertaparty.ca/creative_industries
•PC Alberta Party: http://www.votepc.ca/public/data/documents/AlbertaByDesign-DraftV5-04-12-12.pdf (p. 31)
•Wildrose Party: http://www.wildrose.ca/media/2012/04/Pledge.pdf (p. 19)

Also, check out the great campaign ArtsVote Calgary has been doing! Click here to view coverage on the arts forum they hosted in Calgary.

General provincial advocacy information is available at the Public Interest Alberta website.

Edmonton Opera - Fidelio - April 21, 24 and 26, 2012


Richard Eaton Singers - Israel in Egypt - Sunday April 22, 2012

Sound of Music April 21 - May 27, 2012

UPDATED: Concert Listings April 17 - 22, 2012 - 18 concerts and events!

Tuesday April 17, 2012 6pm UofA Music – Undergraduate Composers Concert featuring the Contempo New Music Ensemble. Convocation Hall. Admission by donation.

Wednesday April 18, 2012 7:30pm New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia – Traditions. Convocation Hall, UofA.

Friday April 20, 2012 8pm Early Music Alberta Festival – Scona Chamber Singers. Medieval Chant and sacred polyphony of the Renaissance. Performances of chant from the Montserrat Codex and Hildegaard Von Bingen, and works by Vittoria, Palestrina and Morales. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Friday April 20, 2012 8pm Edmonton Classical Guitar Society presents Berta Rojas, guitar. Alberta College, Muttart Hall, 10050 MacDonald Dr. $25, $20.

Saturday April 21, 2012 9:30am Early Music Alberta Festival – workshop. Renaissance dance music reading session, Bill Damur. Recorders, oboe players and sackbuts welcome. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Saturday April 21, 2012 11:15am Early Music Alberta Festival – lecture. Urbs Orbis Miraculum, Venice – Miracle City of the World. Life in 17th and 18th century Venice. Nadir Aslam. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Saturday April 21, 2012 3pm Early Music Alberta Festival – Afternoon at the Early Music Festival. Henry Gauci, baroque flute, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, harpsichord, Julie Harris, soprano, Judy Loewen, harpsichord. Music of Handel, Louillet, Chedeville, Purcell and others. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Saturday April 21, 2012 4:15pm Early Music Alberta Festival – workshop. Jon Helm, sackbut.

Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm Ariose Women's Choir - Spring Opus. McDougall United Church 10025 101 St, $20, $15 at the door.

Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm Concordia University College, Concordia Ringers and Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia concert. Robert Tegler Student Centre, Concordia campus.

Saturday April 21, 7:30pm Edmonton Vocal Minority – Capital Cabaret, with special guests EKOSingers. Unitarian Church of Edmonton, $15, $12.

Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. Bianca Baciu, piano, Frank Ho, violin, Katianne Bargen, piano. Don’s Piano Showroom, 8 Riel Dr, St. Albert. Fine wine and tasty treats! $25, $20. Advance tickets available at Art Gallery of St. Albert. (this venue is not wheelchair accessible)

Saturday April 21, 2012 7:30pm Edmonton Opera – Beethoven’s Fidelio. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, sung in German with English surtitles.

Saturday April 21, 2012 8pm Early Music Alberta Festival. Nadir Aslam, baroque violin, Josephine van Lier, baroque cello, Marnie Giesbrecht, harpsichord. Violin sonatas of Pandolfi, Biber, Vivaldi and Leclair. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Sunday April 22, 2012 11am Early Music Alberta Festival – The Baroque Violin – a masterclass. Nadir Aslam, baroque violin. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Av.

Sunday April 22, 2012 2pm Ritchie Trombone Choir’s Spring Concert – Swingin’ an’ Slidin’. Millwoods Community Church, 2304 38 St, Edmonton. $20, $15.

Sunday April 22, 2012 3pm Richard Eaton Singers – Perfect Pitch. Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Catherine Abele, Erika Vogel, soprano, Rebecca Claborn, alto, Timothy Shantz, tenor, Michael Kurschat, Mark Wilkinson, baritone, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor. Winspear Centre. $35 to $47, RES office, Tix on the Square, or Winspear Centre Box office.

Sunday April 22, 2012 3pm Ordo Virtutum - the Way of the Virtues (a 12th century musical drama by Hildegaard Von Bingen) performed by the Ordo Collective, Eva Bostrand, Director. Providence Centre Chapel 3005 119 St.

Sunday April 22, 2012 8pm Early Music Alberta Festival – Famous String Concertos. Nadir Aslam, Jennifer Bustin, Shannon Johnson, Allyson Lyne, Adam Pappas, baroque violin, Charles Pilon, Ronelle Schaufele, baroque viola, Janet Kuschak, Josephine van Lier, baroque cello, Judy Loewen, harpsichord, Marnie Giesbrecht, positive organ. Convocation Hall, UofA.

2nd Annual Early Music Alberta Festival April 20 - 22, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Les Choralies Edmonton 2012 - International French Choral Festival

APRIL 23, 2012 IS THE LAST DAY 
TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS!




Come and celebrate this exciting cultural opportunity with us!

This summer will see something particularly special for Edmonton’s choral community. Les Choralies Edmonton 2012 is an opportunity for French-speaking choristers to participate in a weeklong choral festival in Edmonton from Sunday, July 8th to Sunday, July15th.

Participants from Québec, France, Africa and all over Canada will take part in workshops and concerts making this an exciting cultural experience. And you don’t need to belong to a choir to participate (although some choral experience is a plus) – register as an individual and meet up with choristers from all over la Francophonie!

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Chorale Saint-Jean will be hosting this event along with two other major partners: Campus Saint-Jean, of the University of Alberta, and the Quebec Choral Federation (l’Alliance des chorales du Québec). This is a rare opportunity for French-speaking choristers to meet in Western Canada, as an event such as this was last held in Edmonton in 1973.

ATELIERS (Workshops)

Throughout the week, participants get to choose either a 6-day workshop of a major French-Canadian work, Elles s’appelaient Marie by Alberta's own France Levasseur-Ouimet OR La Grand-Messe by Québec composer Gilles Vigneault.

Participants can also choose two consecutive 3-day workshops: Musique de l'Acadie et de l'Ouest OR Musique traditionelle de l'Afrique. (Edmonton’s own Scott Leithead holds will lead this workshop in English) AND Les chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen (this will be a bilingual workshop) OR Les grands chansonniers français. These break-out choirs will rehearse the chosen works from 9:00 until 12:00 every morning for presentation in concert at the end of the week.

MASSED CHOIR

One of the major highlights of this festival will be the daily rehearsals of the Massed Choir where a variety of beautiful repertoire will be sung, from classical pieces with organ to Negro Spirituals to beautiful arrangements of French Chansons. This will culminate in an exciting closing concert performed by the Massed Choir at the beautiful Winspear Centre for Music on Sunday, July 15th.

CONCERTS and MORE

The program includes 3 major concerts at the Winspear Centre for Music: the opening concert on Sunday, July 8th, When east meets west, the Gala concert on Friday, July 13th When classical music meets POP and the final closing concert on Sunday, July 15th. Throughout the week, gathered choristers will perform final works from their workshops, and there will be performances by guest choirs.

Stay tuned for the official launch of the festival’s artistic program on Wednesday, April 25th.

*N.B. A fairly good working knowledge and comprehension of the French language is required to participate in Les Choralies.