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Nominations and Awards

Nominations and Awards

The National Arts Centre and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) are soliciting nominations for the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring for 2013/14. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1, 2013.

Established in 1992, the $2,500 award honors exceptional achievement in fostering the touring of live performance arts in Canada. The recipient — who will also receive a specially designed, exquisite porcelain sculpture by Gatineau’s Paula Murray — is chosen from nominations solicited from within the industry and is selected by a committee composed of presenters, artists, management and representatives from the National Arts Centre and CAPACOA. The recipient may be an individual, performing company, corporation or other organization.

For more information, please contact Melanie Bureau, Operations Manager at CAPACOA, melanie.bureau@capacoa.ca.

NAC Award Nomination Form

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It’s Gala Time

It’s Gala Time

The National Arts Centre has announced the results of its annual Gala, this year featuring iconic Ottawa singer Paul Anka. The event netted an impressive $678,000 for the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, a fund that enabled programming for over 100,000 young people last year alone.

Guest conductor for the NAC Orchestra’s performance at this year’s Gala was Jean-Philippe Tremblay, a protégé and former Apprentice Conductor to Pinchas Zukerman at the NAC’s Summer Music Institute.

The evening included a sold-out concert for 2200 people, as well as a post-concert dinner for 700 donors and guests, for which “the stage of Southam Hall was quickly transformed from a soaring orchestral space to a chic dining room.”

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Canadian Orchestras Celebrating Culture Days and Les Journées de la Culture

Canadian Orchestras Celebrating Culture Days and Les Journées de la Culture

Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. at Place des Arts, the Orchestre Metropolitain offers singing citizens the opportunity to join its symphonic chorus for a two hour rehearsal—surely the best seats in the house!

The National Arts Centre is celebrating Culture Days on Sunday, September 29 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. with artistic workshops and behind-the-scenes activities. (Have you ever wondered how many swords are backstage in the Theatre Props Department? This is your chance to find out!) The event is anchored by concerts by the Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet (made up of musicians of the NAC Orchestra)’s brass section, and a chamber music performance by musician Apprentices of the NAC’s Institute for Orchestral Studies.

For other orchestral Culture Days activities across the country, please admire the search results we gleaned from their very comprehensive website.

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Job Board

Job Board

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts
Orchestra Operations Associate/Assistant Personnel Manager
Associé-e aux opérations de l’Orchestre/Chef adjoint-e du personnel
Application deadline/Date limite : July 4 juillet 2013

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Summer Music

Summer Music

We’ve been stockpiling a series of announcements about concerts this summer until the Solstice passed. The time has come, and we’re proud to unveil a non-exhaustive inventory of Canadian orchestras’ July performance plans, ordered from west to east!

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents its 25th annual summer concert at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on July 14. The program is led by resident conductor Gordon Gerrard, and will feature pianist Avan Yu in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. July 19 and 20, the VSO will be resident in scenic Whistler for a pair of free concerts (one Light Classics, and one Masterworks program) led by guest conductor Sean Newhouse.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra takes part in a flurry of activities leading into Canada Day, with free concerts in Kenora, ON, at Winnipeg’s Lyric Theatre, and at The Forks on Canada Day. In addition, members of the orchestra are prominently featured in a series of free noon hour chamber concerts at the Millennium Centre, downtown.

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s summer training program has just kicked off on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus, and the orchestra (and chamber ensembles drawn from its membership) will be heard in concert in Waterloo, Cambridge, London, Toronto, and Ottawa in July.

From July 1-26, the Niagara Symphony, based in St. Catharines, ON, presents its annual Summer Music Camp and Academy, a comprehensive day camp program for young musicians at all stages of development.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra is busy in July, giving a concert with songstress Sarah Slean as the culmination of the NAC’s Canada Day celebrations, and also on hand for the unveiling of a bust of their late founding music director, Mario Bernardi. In addition, the orchestra is participating in the Music and Beyond festival (in a program with pianist Stewart Goodyear on July 7) and presenting its own summer concert series with distinguished guest soloists, July 11, 12, 18, and 19. One highlight of the series shall be a live recording by the Hyperion label of a pair of Mozart piano concerti, performed with the orchestra by Angela Hewitt.

I Musici de Montréal will give at least three festival performances this summer, in programs that reveal the chamber orchestra’s range and power. They’ll be at Domaine Forget, Lanaudière, and Montreal’s Festival International de Jazz, and featured artists include Karina Gauvin, DJ Champion, and a massed choir!

Montréal’s Orchestre Metropolitain has an active summer series that will include a pair of appearances at the Festival de Lanaudière, six concerts in 3 different parks in Montréal, and a brunch series in Old Montréal.

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (led by outgoing resident conductor, Nathan Brock, and featuring host Charles Lafortune) performs a three concert series in Montréal parks, starting July 31.

Following an intensive, 10-day preparation session at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, the Orchestre de la Francophonie (led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay) undertakes a 12-concert tour to venues ranging from Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre (on July 29) to the Société des arts technologiques. This summer’s commissioned works include new orchestral pieces by Frédéric Chiasson and Olivier Larue, and the orchestra will also perform with Montréal’s Sistema-like Garage à Musique.

Les Violons du Roy has an exceptionally busy summer season, performing at festivals throughout the province of Québec in June, July, and August. Guest artists range from singer Diane Dufresne to pianist Alexandre Tharaud, and venues range from Orford (where the orchestra will open this year’s festival) to Domaine Forget, and Lanaudière.

July 18 and August 1, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (led by guest conductor Gilles Bellemare) will give a pair of performances devoted to the music of Jacques Brel. As well, the orchestra will perform varied repertoire at key Québec music festivals, including the unique Festival d’opéra de Québec.

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People

People

Musical Canada was saddened last week by the news of the death of Mario Bernardi at age 82. Maestro Bernardi was founding music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, long-time music director of both the CBC Radio Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and valued guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies around the world. In his honour, the National Arts Centre lowered its flag to half-mast, and will be unveiling a bust of the Maestro by sculptor Ruth Abernethy on July 1, to be mounted at the entrance to Southam Hall, where he led hundreds of concerts during his tenure with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Christopher Deacon, Managing Director of NACO, said, “Mario was a visionary who led the orchestra on tours of European capitals, to Carnegie Hall, and to cities across Canada. He brought a unique combination of imagination and discipline that enabled him to not only build an orchestra, but also a renowned international summer opera festival.” In addition, the NAC will create a fund in Maestro Bernardi’s name to commission new Canadian compositions for the orchestra. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra also released a statement, in which CPO oboist and English horn player David Sussman said, “Mario cared very deeply for the music he was performing; he was demanding and exacting because he had a specific interpretation in mind…Mario’s presence in Calgary elevated the Orchestra to a new level. I know he was very fond of our Orchestra and the individual musicians and we were very lucky to have had him as our Music Director.”

Congratulations to conductor Adam Johnson, who has just been named Resident Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in the 2013/2014 Season. An Alberta native, Mr. Johnson most recently served as Assistant Conductor of l’Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens étudiants de Montréal (OPMEM) for the 2012-2013 Season. He is a classically trained pianist, having performed across Canada, as well as in France and Japan. He holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal and is highly in demand as a pedagogue.

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Competitions, Awards, and Calls for Nomination

Competitions, Awards, and Calls for Nomination

Business for the Arts has extended the nomination deadline for the 2013 National Business for the Arts Partnership Awards. The deadline is now June 28 at 5 p.m. for both The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards, and the artsVest™ Outstanding Partnership Award. For more information about how best to honour your key corporate partners, please visit businessforthearts.org.

 

Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Governal General’s Performing Arts Awards. The accomplishments of these exceptional Canadian artists and volunteers were celebrated at an Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre on June 1. Discover each one of them in these short films produced by the National Film Board.

If you know of someone who deserves recognition for their lifetime contribution to Canada’s performing arts, please submit a nomination to the 2014 awards.

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Job Board

Job Board

AUDITIONS

Kindred Spirits Orchestra
Principal Cellist
Application deadline/Date limite : ongoing

 

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

National Arts Centre / Centre national des arts
NAC Orchestra Personnel Manager / Chef du personnel de l’Orchestre du CNA
Application deadline/Date limite : April 16 avril 2013

Regent Park School of Music
Director of Development
Application deadline/Date limite : April 30 avril 2013

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Funding Opportunity for New Sistema Programs

Funding Opportunity for New Sistema Programs

The J.W. McConnell Foundation has just announced a seed funding program for new and emerging El Sistema inspired programs in Canada, to be administered by the National Arts Centre. For more information, please visit: jonathangovias.files.wordpress.com.

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Job Board

Job Board

ADMINISTRATIVE / ADMINISTRATIFS

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra
General Manager (part-time)
Application deadline/Date limite : November 30 novembre 2012

National Arts Centre / Centre national des arts
Orchestra Operations Associate/Assistant Personnel Manager
Associé-e aux opérations de l’Orchestre/Chef adjoint-e du personnel
Application deadline/Date limite : December 9 décembre 2012

 

TEACHING / ENSEIGNEMENT

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
Assistant Professor of Viola
Application deadline/Date limite : December 7 décembre 2012

 

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