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Quebec Scene

April 20 to May 5, 2007

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FROM NEW EMERGING TALENT TO A JUNO AWARD NOMINEE

4/24/2007

[Ottawa, Ontario – April, 2007] – The classical music scene in Quebec is full of young, emerging talent and world renowned musicians. Quebec Scene has tapped into that broad range of talent and is bringing a sample of it to Ottawa to perform at various venues throughout the city. These performances will include the following artists:

Friday, April 20th at 20:00, Dominion Chalmers United Church hosts Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier. These 2 great pianists have released 2 recordings together in addition to their numerous individual releases . Lortie, a favourite of local audiences, has been named Officer of the Order of Canada, received both the Order of Quebec and an honorary doctorate from Laval University and now regularly teaches at Italy’s renowned piano institute at Imola. Hélène Mercier has garnered critical praise including a three star rating and a rosette from the Penguin Guide.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $30, Students $15.

Saturday, April 21st at 20:00, the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada will be the place to be for classical music lovers looking to see something new and exciting. With critics raving about Alexandre DaCosta’s evident passion on the violin and the Washington Post’s compliments about pianist Wonny Song, this dynamic duo will please audiences with their energy and impeccable technique.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $25, Students $12.50.

Monday, April 30th at 20:00, the National Gallery Auditorium hosts the McGill Chamber Orchestra. As one of Canada’s most prestigious classical ensembles, MCO has attracted some of Montreal’s finest musicians and has therefore maintained the highest performance standards. Boris Brott brings his international experience as a conductor and is joined by lyric tenor Gidion Aelermyer. They will perform works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and MCO founding director Alexander Brott.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $25, Students $12.50.

Wednesday, May 2nd at 20:00, I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra will perform under the baton of its founding director Yuli Turovsky at the Dominion Chalmers United Church. This talented 15-member ensemble is accustomed to receiving rave reviews on all their world performances. With over 100 concerts every year they have become a true gem on Quebec’s classical music scene. PLEASE ADD PROGRAM

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $30, Students $15.

Wednesday, May 2nd at 20:00, Constantinople will bring its Terra Nostra project that explores 17th century Mexican music, to Library and Archives Canada Auditorium. This group interprets the songs from the middle ages and the renaissance and draws on its own knowledge of classical Persian and ancient European music to create a rich and lively blend all of their own.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: $20.

Thursday, May 3rd at 20:00 brings the Juno Award nominee Alain Lefèvre and his incredible piano talent to the Dominion Chalmers United Church. Alain has won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition an amazing nine times. The Montreal Gazette claims “Alain Lefèvre has a genial and outgoing talent. He lives every measure of the music, and draws his audience into a warm partnership”. Lefèvre will perform a selection of Schubert, Boudreau, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Quebec composer André Mathieu.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $30, Students $15.

Friday, May 4th at 20:00, four inspired pianists take the stage at the National Gallery Auditorium for a concert of works for two, four and eight hands. Playing solo, Jimmy Brière will perform Rachmaninov, Jean Desmarais will play Bartók, Bertand and Debussy, Maneli Pirzadeh will offer Chopin and Liszt and David Jalbert will honour Fauré and Sciabin. The musicians will pair up to perform piano duets and all four will take part in the dazzling finale: The Fantasia for Eight Hands based on themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $25, Students $12.50.

Friday, May 4th at 20:00, at the Library and Archives Canada Auditorium Liu Fang winner of the prestigious 2006 Coup de Coeur Award for outstanding recording, will delight audiences with her graceful performances on the pipa and the Guzheng sitar. La Presse has said that “Liu Fang is without a doubt the greatest ambassador of the art of the pipa in North America and Europe”.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: $20.

Tickets for all Quebec Scene events are on sale now. For detailed information on how to purchase tickets on-line, by phone or in-person, as well as for more detailed information on all the Quebec Scene shows and events, please consult the event website at www.quebecscene.ca.

The National Arts Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledges support by Major Sponsor SAQ, Program Sponsors Enbridge and Gaz Metro, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Casino du Lac-Leamy, Bombardier and Alcan. Supporting sponsors are Canril Corporation, Interinvest, Galaxie:The CBC’s Continuous Music Network, the National Capital Commission and the Lord Elgin Hotel. Media partners include Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada, Énergie, Rock Détente, Gesca Limitée, notably through La Presse and Le Droit, the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Government partners are the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec through the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. The NAC Foundation also extends a warm thank you to the National Arts Centre Friends-Quebec, a committed group of individuals and corporations who understand the need to support arts and culture and especially Quebec artists, and particular thanks to Honorary Chairs Yves and Carol Fortier.

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For more information please contact:
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613.236.8452
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whitney@kowpr.com

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