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Brahms, Handel and Heavy Metal

1:33 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

What’s new and notable at Music and Beyond

By Steven Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen

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A chance to hear Handel’s Water Music actually performed on water does not come along every day, so if you’re near the Rideau Canal July 8, keep your ears tuned and watch for the floating musicians.

As part of this year’s Music and Beyond festival, running Wednesday to July 15, musicians will perform the piece as Handel meant it to be heard — on a boat, starting at 9:30 a.m. and travelling from Dow’s Lake to the National Arts Centre and back over two hours.

A journey of a different kind happens at Saint Brigid’s Centre July 13, when music lovers can hear all four Brahms symphonies in one night.

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The first duet

3:17 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

Classical couple will perform in a recital together for the first time

It\’s hard not to start believing that there is some sort of charm hanging over Wallis Giunta\’s life. Blessed with beauty and talent, the 26-year-old mezzo-soprano from Ottawa finds herself in New York at the beating heart of opera as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company\’s young artist program. She is also enrolled, literally just next door, in a unique course at the Juilliard, one of the most prestigious schools of music anywhere. The course is preparing her for a life as an opera singer, but it affords her time to develop her growing career as a solo performer.

She has also landed a small part in Rigoletto on the Met\’s main stage next season, so she is about to do something that many dream of and few achieve.

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Music & Beyond: Eat your Schubert

3:13 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Steven Mazey, Ottawa Citizen

Musical Feast among highlights of Music and Beyond

Has it been too long since you attended a concert in which you could eat your music?

Pass the Beethoven. Julian Armour has a festival for you.

As part of the third annual edition of Music and Beyond, the classical music festival that will run July 4 to 15, you can attend a Music and Dining event at Tabaret Hall July 13 that brings together nine musicians, food-themed music by Beethoven, Schubert and Rossini, three Ottawa chefs and six courses in which every dish reflects the food in the music

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Borodin String Quartet to perform at Music and Beyond

3:44 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen

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[Photograph by: Thomas Muellercomp , Supplied Photo]

OTTAWA — The Borodin String Quartet will be among the star attractions at the Music and Beyond festival this summer, performing the complete string quartets of Tchaikovsky and Brahms over three evenings.

“Ottawa audiences are in for a musical treat that they will remember for years to come!” said the festival’s director, Julian Armour, in a statement.

The Borodin String Quartet was founded in 1945 in the former Soviet Union by four students at the Moscow Conservatory. It is one of the world’s most renowned and longest lasting string quartets. Although it has undergone many personnel changes throughout its existence, the quartet’s members have all been graduates of the Moscow Observatory and have preserved a unique performance tradition, focusing on the masterpieces at the very heart of the quartet repertoire.

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Ottawa Tourism is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Ottawa Tourism Awards

8:50 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News

[Source: Ottawa Tourism]

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NEW COMPANY OF THE YEAR

  • CE Centre
  • Music and Beyond

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

  • Au feel de l’eau
  • Calypso Theme Waterpark
  • National Capital Commission

TOURISM PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR

  • AVW-TELAV  Audio Visual Solutions and Ottawa Convention Centre
  • National Capital Commission with the Canada Science and Technology Museum
  • Wilderness Tours & Windmill Developments

EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • 2011 RBC Bluesfest
  • 2011 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
  • AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions – Grand Opening of the Ottawa Convention Centre
  • Music and Beyond
  • National Capital Commission – 2011 Canada Day
  • National Gallery of Canada – Carvaggio and his Followers in Rome

We look forward to celebrating excellence in our tourism industry on April 26th at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

More information about the awards [PDF].


Music for Silenced Voices

9:24 am in Festival News, News Release

Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets with Wendy Lesser and the Arthur-Leblanc Quartet

[Source: Music and Beyond press release]

This Sunday, a very special event celebrating Shostakovich\’s remarkable cycle of string quartets will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church on Elgin Street. This event is presented by the Ottawa International Writers Festival in partnership with Music and Beyond. It will feature Canada\’s Arthur-Leblanc String Quartet (who are about to release the first-ever complete set of Shostakovich string quartets by a Canadian ensemble) along with writer Wendy Lesser who has just written a new book on the Shostakovich quartets. It promises to be a fascinating evening filled with wonderful music. While it starts at 8:30 p.m., it will run for 90 minutes straight and will be finished by 10:00 p.m.

Music and Beyond Charity Wine Auction: Start bidding right away!

3:48 pm in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Music and Beyond will be holding a charity wine  auction Friday, September 23, 2011. The auction will start with a Sommelier leading an Italian wine tasting period with hors d\’oeuvres made by the chefs at Trattoria Caffe Italia. Tickets are $50 and will credited towards the purchase of wines at the auction. Accredited Sommeliers will be on site from Savvy Company providing insight on purchasing vintage wines.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Music and Beyond at 613-241-0177 or by e-mail at [email protected]

You can bid before the auction by clicking:

http://www.realauction.ca/Music2011/en/

You can click on a lot, see a photo of the bottles and click on the bid icon to place your advance bids.

If you are unable to attend the auction on September 23rd, you can e-mail Music and Beyond the highest bid that you would pay for the lots that interest you and they can bid for you. Please send your bid information to [email protected].

Arrangements can be made to bring the wines to you or for you to pick them up.

You can now see all of the 154 lots online and place advance bids by visiting:  http://www.realauction.ca/Music2011/en/.

Vous pouvez maintenant voir les 154 lots en ligne et vous pouvez placer vos enchères en visitant le:

http://www.realauction.ca/Music2011/en/.

Festival changes its finale

3:45 pm in Festival News, News Release

Steve Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen

MUSIC and BEYOND CLOSING CONCERT

When and where: Sunday July 17, 8 p.m., Dominion-Chalmers Church

Tickets: Included in festival pass. For those without a pass tickets are $20 general; $10 students.

Information: 613-241-0777; www.musicandbeyond.ca

OTTAWA — The Music and Beyond Festival will be offering a new finale with a more familiar ring to it.

In reponse to slow ticket sales for an innovative multi-performance closing event the festival had scheduled for the National Gallery of Canada Sunday, the classical music festival will now close with a concert at Dominion-Chalmers Church involving more than a dozen musicians and music by Debussy, Liszt, Vaughan Williams and others.

Some of the musicians who were to perform at the gallery will still perform, including Montreal Symphony harpist Jennifer Swartz, guitarist Daniel Bolshoy and violinist Philippe Djokic, his violinist son Marc and cellist daughter Denise.

Unlike the event at the National Gallery, which required festival passholders to purchase an additional ticket, the new concert is included in the festival pass. For those without passes, single tickets will be $20 general, $10 students.
Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Festival changes its finale

Concert review: Pinnock conducts a superb evening of Bach

12:03 pm in Festival News, News Release

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra

At Dominion-Chalmers

Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.

OTTAWA — Whatever issues there may have been with Trevor Pinnock’s 1991-1996 tenure as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, no one could deny that he was a superb performer and conductor of Baroque music, and particularly that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Founder of the English Concert and among the most esteemed harpsichordists of out time he has equally at home with modern and historical instrument Baroque ensembles over the last 40 years.

He has been back on the NACO podium several times since his departure, conducting Handel’s Messiah, among other things. And for this year’s Music and Beyond festival he was back with musicians of the orchestra to conduct two programs built around Bach’s four Orchestral Suites.

The second concert, given Sunday evening, included the even-numbered suites, those in B minor and D major. It also included Bach’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Concert review: Pinnock conducts a superb evening of Bach

Review: Plummer brings star power and style to opening event of Music and Beyond

9:19 am in Festival News, News Release

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

REVIEW

Music and Beyond Opening Concert

With Christopher Plummer

At Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Thursday July 7

OTTAWA — Shakespeare and Music, that was the title of Music and Beyond’s opening Gala Thursday evening. You might argue that programs with this or similar titles are relatively common, but rarely are they graced with the star power of someone like Christopher Plummer. Created by Plummer and Julian Armour, the show was bound to draw something close to a capacity audience, as indeed it did.

The production also featured the Jupiter String Quartet, pianist Andrew Tunis and an ensemble calling itself the Music and Beyond Festival Orchestra. And last, but hardly least, Kevin Reeves was the Stage and Music Adviser.

There were close to forty recitations and musical snippets, nicely chosen and generally well rendered. They began with Healey Willan’s overture to Cymbeline, a little-known overture to a not-so-well known play; and with its last notes, in came Plummer with Hamlet’s “greeting to the players.”

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Review: Plummer brings star power and style to opening event of Music and Beyond