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The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is a bastion of contemporary performing arts excellence located a short subway ride from downtown Manhattan. Each season the ongoing Next Wave Festival serves up a mouthwatering mix of local and international dance, music, opera, and cinema. In terms of quality, BAM outpaces even Lincoln Center as a mecca for the very best performing arts fare. No culture vulture can afford to miss BAM. The Next Wave schedule for spring 2001 is one of the richest in years. Here are some highlights – The Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its North American debut with Leos…

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On January 9, 2001, Carnegie Hall held its annual press conference to announce the coming 2001-2002 season. The luncheon event was attended by more journalists than usual, since it was the first time the media had access to Carnegie Hall personnel in the wake of the sudden resignation of executive director Franz Xavier Ohnesorg. In a prepared statement, Ohnesorg wrote: "Although it is too early to summarize my experience at Carnegie Hall since my appointment in January 1999, I am proud to say that the upcoming 2001-2002 season reflects the highest calibre of artistic programming." A reporter asked about the…

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Three Canadians Amongst Finalists at the 2000 Queen Elisabeth Competition by Wah Keung Chan / May 22, 2000 Three Canadians are amongst the twelve finalists of the The 2000 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Voice. The three Canadians are Karen Wierzba (Toronto), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Montreal) and Robert Pomakov (Toronto). A fourth finalist also has a Canadian connection: Korean counter-tenor David Dong Qyu Lee received training at the Vancouver Academy of Canada. Here is the complete list of contestants according to their order of appearance in the finals: Karen Wierzba Canada 25 soprano Marina Poplavskaya Russia 22 soprano Marius Brenciu…

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Lincoln Center Announces Star-Studded 2000-2001 Season By Philip Anson New York – Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, widely considered North America’s most prestigious classical music showcase, will host several Canadian debuts next year. The 2000-2001 season includes Montreal cellist Yegor Dyachkov’s New York solo debut in a recital of Beethoven, Bach, and sonatas by Debussy and Prokofiev on Oct. 29. Toronto tenor Michael Schade, subject of a recent episode of CBC television’s Something Special, makes his New York solo recital debut on February 25, 2001, in a program of Schubert, Liszt, Ravel and Strauss, accompanied by noted British pianist and…

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A Song of Hope for Classical Music.? N orman Lebrecht, noted music columnist, sounds the alarm with his “Requiem for the classical record” that appeared recently in La Scena Musicale Online. He reports that major labels now shun new recording projects. Budgets are being slashed in most recording studios, and Tower Records wavers on the brink of bankruptcy. The Internet, once the great hope for artists and the arts, suffers from a withering drought of new investment. The public responds with cynicism about subscriptions to online music and e-commerce in general. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra offers a concert version of…

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From the time she first took up a miniature violin at the age of three, Canadian violin prodigy Leila Josefowicz (pronounced Lee-la Jo-se-foe-wits) has been on a collision course with success. Don’t be distracted by her Californian blondness, toothpaste smile and easy-going demeanour, picked up in Los Angeles, where her parents live. At 21, Josefowicz has left her child prodigy years behind her. Today she is a mature musician determined to take a place beside her musical idols, including legendary mid-century violinists Nathan Milstein, Jascha Heifetz, and Fritz Kreisler. “Sound is everything. Technique comes second. I’m a tonalist,” declared Josefowicz…

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How Does Smoking Affect the Voice? Smoking kills both smokers and their voices. Countless scientific reports have established the causal connection between tobacco smoking and cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs, and esophagus. The relative risk of developing cancer of the larynx is doubled in those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day. Alcohol and tobacco appear to act synergistically to elevate this risk still further. It is not the nicotine in tobacco which causes cancer. Tobacco smoke is dark with tar — a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that is markedly carcinogenic. The heat of the smoke in…

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In 1984 young Japanese-Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker shot into the spotlight taking the top prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in Britain. As a laureate of the Leeds Competition he joined the impressive fraternity of past winners which includes Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia. I first heard Parker live about ten years ago in concert with the Edmonton Symphony at the Jubilee Auditorium. Parker has a virile stage presence that immediately commands attention. His performance of Prokofiev’s daunting Piano Concerto No 3 was unforgettable. With a rich, round piano tone he communicated both the lyricism and the sometimes…

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