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Thursday, 8 January 2015

New Orders of Canada Appointments



by Claudie Provencher

On December 26th, Governor General David Johnston announced new appointments for the Order of Canada. La Scena Musicale congratulates the winners in music and the arts.

Since its creation in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, more than 6,000 Canadians have been nominated. They all contributed in some way into building Canada.

The Order has three distinct categories. The Companion for the international achievement, the Officer for the national achievement, and finally the Member for the contribution in the regional or local level or in a special field of activity.

Here are the nominees in the fields of music and the arts:

COMPANIONS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
James Douglas Fleck, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario
For his enduring contributions and strategic leadership as one of Canada’s leading arts patrons, and for endowing our national cultural institutions, notably by partnering business with the arts.  
This is a promotion within the Order.
OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
Eleanor Wachtel, O.C.
Toronto, Ontario
For connecting Canadian readers with the worldwide literary community and for her insightful contributions to our appreciation of contemporary literature.
This is a promotion within the Order.
MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF CANADA

Denis Brott, C.M.
Saint-Sauveur, Quebec
For his achievements as a cellist and pedagogue, and for his role in establishing the Canada Council of the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank.
Brenda Clark, C.M.
Port Hope, Ontario
For her contributions as an illustrator, notably as the artist behind Franklin the Turtle, and for her support of literacy.
Conrad Charles Daellenbach, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
For popularizing classical music, notably as a founder of the Canadian Brass, one of our nation’s most internationally renowned classical music groups.
Louise Dupré, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For her contributions to Quebec literature as a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and professor.
Simon Durivage, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For his contributions as a highly respected journalist-news anchor and television program host.
Charles Foran, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
For his acclaimed work as a literary journalist, biographer and novelist, and for his staunch support of Canadian writers.
Julia E. Foster, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
For her voluntary service in promoting the arts and Canadian culture.
Chantal Kreviazuk, C.M. and Raine Maida, C.M.
Los Angeles, California, United States of America and Toronto, Ontario
For their achievements as Canadian musicians and for their extensive charitable and humanitarian work.

John Barker Lawson, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
For his transformative contributions as a volunteer in support of many of Toronto’s most important music ensembles and arts organizations.
Suzie LeBlanc, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For contributing to the development of early-period music and Acadian culture as a singer and teacher.
Grégoire Legendre, C.M.
Québec, Quebec
For contributing to the cultural and musical development of his city, notably as director of the Opéra de Québec.
Jens Lindemann, C.M.
Pacific Palisades, California, United States of America and Edmonton, Alberta
For his skill as a world-renowned trumpet soloist, and for his support of Canadian musicians and music students.

Michael I. M. MacMillan, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario
For his tireless promotion of our cinematic talent and for his commitment to enhancing civic engagement in Canada.

John G. McAvity, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
For his contributions to preserving Canada’s cultural heritage, notably through his long-standing role as executive director of the Canadian Museums Association.
Dan Needles, C.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
For celebrating our rural communities as the playwright of the much-loved Wingfield Farm series, and for championing the dramatic arts outside of Canada’s major centres.
John R. Porter, C.M., C.Q.
Québec, Quebec
For his contributions to museology and to developing a greater understanding of Quebec art.
Lorraine Vaillancourt, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For her contributions to modern music as a conductor, professor and pianist.
Eric Robert Walters, C.M.
Mississauga, Ontario
For his contributions as an author of literature for children and young adults whose stories help young readers grapple with complex social issues.


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Nominations au sein de l'Ordre du Canada


par Claudie Provencher

Le 26 décembre dernier, le gouverneur général a révélé les nomminations au sein de l’Odre du Canada. La Scena Musicale tient à féliciter tout particulièrement les candidats en arts et en musique, et leur souhaite une bonne continuation.

Depuis sa création en 1967 par la reine Elizabeth II, plus de 6 000 personnes ont étés investies de l’Ordre. Toutes ont contribué, d’une manière ou d’une autre, à la construction de la nation.

L’Ordre comporte trois catégories, soit Compagnon (reconnaissance à l”international), Officier (reconnaissance au niveau national) et Membre (reconnaissance au niveau régional ou local, ou dans un domaine particulier).

Voici donc les récipiendiaires de l’Ordre du Canada dans le milieu de la musique et des arts:
COMPAGNONS DE L’ORDRE DU CANADA 
James Douglas Fleck, C.C.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour sa contribution soutenue et son leadership stratégique en tant que mécène de premier plan au Canada et pour avoir doté nos établissements culturels nationaux, en alliant notamment les affaires et les arts.
Il s’agit d’une promotion au sein de l’Ordre.
OFFICIERS DE L’ORDRE DU CANADA

Eleanor Wachtel, O.C.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour avoir créé des liens entre les lecteurs canadiens et la communauté littéraire internationale et pour nous avoir éclairés dans l’appréciation de la littérature contemporaine.
Il s’agit d’une promotion au sein de l’Ordre.
MEMBRES DE L’ORDRE DU CANADA

Denis Brott, C.M.
Saint-Sauveur (Québec)
Pour ses réalisations en tant que violoncelliste et pédagogue, et pour le rôle qu’il a joué dans la mise en place de la Banque d’instruments de musique du Conseil des arts du Canada.
Brenda Clark, C.M.
Port Hope (Ontario)
Pour sa contribution en tant qu’illustratrice, en particulier pour avoir donné vie à Benjamin la tortue, et pour son appui à l’alphabétisation.
Conrad Charles Daellenbach, C.M.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour avoir popularisé la musique classique, notamment comme cofondateur de Canadian Brass, l’un des groupes de musique classique canadiens les plus connus dans le monde
Louise Dupré, C.M.
Montréal (Québec)
Pour son apport à la littérature québécoise en tant que poète, romancière, dramaturge, essayiste et professeure.
Simon Durivage, C.M.
Montréal (Québec)
Pour sa contribution en qualité de journaliste-présentateur et animateur des plus respectés.
Charles Foran, C.M.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour son travail acclamé en tant que journaliste littéraire, biographe et romancier, ainsi que pour son appui indéfectible aux auteurs canadiens.
Julia E. Foster, C.M.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour avoir bénévolement promu les arts et la culture canadienne.
John Grew, C.M.
Montréal (Québec)
Pour avoir insufflé une nouvelle énergie à la musique d’orgue au Canada en tant qu’interprète et éducateur.
Joan Ivory, C.M.
Westmount (Québec)
Pour son engagement inébranlable dans les secteurs culturel et éducatif de Montréal.
Chantal Kreviazuk, C.M. et Raine Maida, C.M.
Los Angeles (Californie, États-Unis d’Amérique) et Toronto (Ontario)
Pour leurs réalisations en tant que musiciens canadiens et pour leur travail caritatif et humanitaire considérable.
John Barker Lawson, C.M.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour avoir encouragé la transformation, en tant que bénévole ayant appuyé plusieurs ensembles musicaux et organismes artistiques prestigieux de Toronto.
Suzie LeBlanc, C.M.
Montréal (Québec)
Pour sa contribution à l’épanouissement de la musique ancienne et de la culture acadienne en tant que chanteuse et enseignante.
Grégoire Legendre, C.M.
Québec (Québec)
Pour son apport au développement culturel et musical de sa ville, notamment à la direction de l’Opéra de Québec.

Jens Lindemann, C.M.
Pacific Palisades (Californie, États-Unis d’Amérique) et Edmonton (Alberta)
Pour ses talents de trompettiste soliste de renommée mondiale et pour son appui aux musiciens et étudiants en musique canadiens.
Michael I. M. MacMillan, C.M.
Toronto (Ontario)
Pour avoir promu sans relâche les talents cinématographiques d’ici et pour sa détermination à accroître l’engagement civique au Canada.
John G. McAvity, C.M.
Ottawa (Ontario)
Pour sa contribution à la préservation du patrimoine culturel du Canada, notamment comme directeur général de longue date de l’Association des musées canadiens.
Dan Needles, C.M.
Nottawa (Ontario)
Pour avoir célébré nos communautés rurales en tant que dramaturge de la série Wingfield Farm, des comédies très appréciées, et pour avoir soutenu les arts dramatiques en dehors des grands centres canadiens.
John R. Porter, C.M., C.Q.
Québec (Québec)
Pour sa contribution à la muséologie et au développement des connaissances de l’art du Québec.
Lorraine Vaillancourt, C.M.
Montréal (Québec)
Pour son apport à la musique contemporaine en tant que chef d’orchestre, professeure et pianiste.
Eric Robert Walters, C.M.
Mississauga (Ontario)
Pour sa contribution en tant qu’auteur de littérature pour enfants et jeunes adultes dont les histoires aident les jeunes lecteurs à saisir des enjeux sociaux complexes.

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

This Week in Toronto (Jan. 5 - 11)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of Jan. 5 to 11

Joseph So

The music scene is slowly coming back to life in the first full week of 2015. While the Toronto Symphony and Canadian Opera Company are still in hiatus, there are several other interesting offerings well worth checking out.  One of them is the return of mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter to Koerner Hall as part of its vocal series. It's hard to think of a classical artist more eclectic than von Otter in choice of repertoire. She is of course internationally renowned in concerts and opera, a celebrated Carmen and Octavian, among other roles. In 2011, von Otter appeared at Koerner jointly with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Now she is returning with Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, in a completely, and surprisingly traditional, classical program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chabrier, Faure, and Chaminade. < https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/von_otter_hewitt >  I think the mezzo has recorded all of these pieces over her long career.  This concert is top on my list this week. Friday Jan, 9th 8 pm at Koerner Hall.  

Pianist Angela Hewitt and Anne Sofie von Otter (Photo: www.rcmusic.ca)


New Orford String Quartet 


This is an active week on the chamber music front. The New Orford String Quartet gives a recital on Tuesday Jan. 6th 7 pm at Walter Hall (Edward Johnson Building) on the campus of University of Toronto. This ensemble is made up of four brilliant Canadians - violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violist Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker. On the program are works by Beethoven and Brahms, plus the premiere of a new piece by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha. http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/u-t-faculty-music-new-orford-string-quartet

Juilliard String Quartet (Photo: juilliardstringquartet.org)

The internationally renowned Juilliard Quartet (violinists Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Joel Krosnick) is coming to Toronto under the auspices of Music Toronto, on Jan. 8th 8 pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre. They are playing a challenging program of Beethoven, Webern and a contemporary work by Shulamit Ran.   http://music-toronto.com/quartets/Julliard.htm 

Tenor Bud Roach in Talisker's Puttin' on the Ritz (Photo: www.budroach.com )

Talisker Players

The members of the chamber ensemble, Talisker Players, are resident musicians of Massey College at the University of Toronto. This group specializes in collaborations with singers. To kick off the new year, they are presenting Puttin' on the Ritz, an exploration of the songs of Irvin Berlin. Soloists are soprano Whitney O'Hearn and tenor Bud Roach. Two performances - Sunday Jan. 11 3:30 pm and Tuesday Jan. 13 8 pm at the Trinity St. Paul Centre. There is a pre-concert chat before each show.  http://www.taliskerplayers.ca/puttinontheritz.html


The brilliant young Canadian pianist and Steinway Artist Leonard Gilbert is giving a free recital on Sunday Jan. 11 3 pm at Steinway Music Hall at Euromusic Centre in Markham. Gilbert was a past winner of the Canadian Chopin Competition and represented Canada at the Warsaw Competition. Despite studying in law school at the University of Toronto, he maintains an active career as a pianist. He has given recitals at the Westben Festival, Hart House, George Weston Hall in North York, and the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre. On the program are works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel. To attend this free recital, call the phone number provided in the poster above. http://www.leonardgilbert.com/


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