Sunday, February 7, 2010

at GALLERY 345
345 Sorauren, in Roncesvalles
admission $10/6 (students, artists etc)
Attila Fias and John Farah, pianos
improvisations and new compositions for two pianos
"The piano and electronics duo of Attila Fias and John Kameel Farah has been many years in the making, since they became friends at an Arts high school. Both went on to study at U of T - Attila studying jazz improvisation and John studying composition and classical performance. Both have gone on to etch out their own voices, but over 2 decades of jamming together and influencing each other, they have finally put their talents together to form the Fias-Farah Duo. The sound is not what you would expect from a straight-laced classical piano duo - rather they are combining their experience in jazz, free improvisation, modern classical, Hungarian and middle-eastern influences to form a wild yet musically tight cornucopia of sound."
Fias has recently released his first jazz trio CD "Stories" which earned a 4/4 stars from the Toronto Star, and Farah is still tripping from the release of "Unfolding" which drew a 5/5 rating from Montreal's Hour magazine.
Hear the massive sound on two grand pianos at Gallery 345 on Feb 19th!
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Mozart at CCLIV

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Marriage of Figaro
APRIL 24 - MAY 1, 2010

"...the work shines like new. Seldom has Mozart's Figaro seemed so fresh and its comedy so sublime."
— Christopher Hoile, Eye Weekly

Mozart’s commedia dell’arte inspired opera had its premiere in 1786 and was an instant success. Based on the shocking Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s racy tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness is a hilarious and subversive social commentary about a world on the brink of revolution. Opera Atelier is thrilled to unveil a brand new production for our 09/10 season, in which baritone
Olivier Laquerre makes his role debut as the incorrigible Figaro. OA is pleased to announce the company debut of baritone Phillip Addis* and mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta*. The Marriage of Figaro also stars OA favourites Carla Huhtanen, Peggy Kriha Dye, Laura Pudwell, and Curtis Sullivan with Artists of Atelier Ballet, and the incomparable Tafelmusik Orchestra under the baton of conductor David Fallis.

Conductor David FallisDirector Marshall PynkoskiChoreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse ZinggSet Designer Gerard GauciLighting Designer Bonnie BeecherCostume Designer Martha MannFight Director Jennifer Parr Sung in English with English surtitles.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 7:30 P.M.Sunday, April 25, 2010, 3:00 P.M.Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7:30 P.M.Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 7:30 P.M.Friday, April 30, 2010, 7:30 P.M.Saturday, May 1, 2010, 7:30 P.M.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro; Artists: Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg and Curtis Sullivan; Photo Credit: Bruce Zinger 2009.

Mozart @ CCLV

Opera Atelier celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with two new productions: one pays tribute to the company’s roots, the second points to its ambitious plans for the future.

The season opens with OA’s first fully-staged production of Handel’s pastorale Acis and Galatea. Based on Ovid’s tale of the water nymph Galatea and her doomed love for the Arcadian shepherd Acis, it is one of Handel’s most popular creations. Tenor Thomas Macleay, who thrilled Toronto audiences with his performance in last season’s Iphigénie en Tauride, will sing the title role of Acis partnered with Canadian soprano Mireille Asselin, in her company debut as Galatea. They are joined by bass João Fernandes who appears as the giant Polyphemus and tenor Laurence Wiliford as the spirit Damon. Acis will also feature Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir under the baton of David Fallis.

This production is directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. Both sets and costumes will be designed by Gerard Gauci – a first for OA! The production will be lit by Kevin Fraser. Acis and Galatea runs October 30, November 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, 2010 and is sung in English with English SURTITLESTM.

The spring production will be North America’s first period production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. In Mozart’s lifetime, La Clemenza di Tito was considered “his most perfect work”, enjoying enormous success in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Naples, St. Petersburg, Paris and London. Desperate intrigues, unrequited love and heart stopping reversals of fortune punctuate this thrilling story taken directly from Roman history. This is the fourth new Mozart production of Opera Atelier’s ambitious “Mozart Six” plan which to date includes Idomeneo (2007), The Abduction from the Seraglio (2008) and The Marriage of Figaro (which opens April 2010). Opera Atelier has re-assembled the most famous cast in the company’s history for this exciting production. Full casting will be announced at a later date. La Clemenza di Tito will be sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and runs April 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, and May 1, 2011.

The creative team for La Clemenza di Tito includes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, designer Gerard Gauci, and lighting designer Bonnie Beecher. David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra.

Performances for Opera Atelier’s 25th Anniversary Season will take place at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) in Toronto. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m.

Subscriptions for Opera Atelier’s 2010/11 season start at $55 and are on sale now by calling 416-703-3767 ext. 22. Subscriptions purchased before April 30th will save the HST. Single tickets for Acis and Galatea go on sale August 16, 2010. For more information visit

Opera Atelier also gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the Creative Trust.

2010/11 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial
Major Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, The Dominion of Canada General Assurance Company

Opera Atelier is Canada’s premier baroque theatre company, producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond “reconstruction” and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Over the past two decades, lead by founding director Marshall Pynkoski and founding choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Revitalizing Toronto’s Neighbourhoods through Culture-Led Collaborations

Through its website at, the network provides a forum for discussion and information sharing, access to resources, tools, mentors, templates, and offers services and support. Best Buzz videos highlighting the best practices of five successful community-engaged art programs in Toronto neighbourhoods can be viewed on the website which also acts as an important resource for the general public to find out more about community-engaged art-making and its incredible contribution to neighbourhood revitalization.

Membership is free in 2010 and open to artists, individuals and organizations that develop, program or facilitate community-engaged arts such as libraries, community centres, social service providers, and business improvement associations. Membership benefits include access to members-only section of the website, bulletins, advance notice of events and special offers. Members are required to maintain a current profile and to actively participate in the Network. For more information or to become a member visit or call 416-392-6802 ext 212.
Established to serve the needs of community-engaged artists and community organizations and to act as a resource for neighbourhood residents, the Neighbourhood Arts Network will:
map current activities happening in communities throughout the city and inform the public of the subsidized arts programs available in their neighbourhood;
act as a referral for community residents seeking to revitalize their neighbourhoods through the arts;
establish links between artists working in underserved neighbourhoods and city departments and agencies including libraries, community centres, and parks; and
assist with the development of neighbourhood arts hubs.

Ever Heard of NOOMA?

Thanks to my colleague for turning me onto the Nooma series of short film devotionals. Check out this one, entitled Rain. Good food for thought.

I also learned from him about Tangle, which he described as a Christian YouTube. Cool stuff.