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TWO NOMINATIONS TO THE PRIX OPUS FOR JEUNESSES MUSICALES CANADA'S YOUNG AUDIENCES CONCERTS
Montréal, November 21, 2018 – Two of Jeunesses Musicales Canada's young audiences concerts are nominees to the 22nd Prix Opus, covering the 2017-2018 season. The nominated concerts are Opera Candy: The Gourmet Adventure of Hansel and Gretel, and Le chant de l’alouette (a coproduction with L'Atelier du Conte en Musique et en Images). Both are nominated in the Production of the Year – Young Audiences category.
OPERA CANDY: THE GOURMET ADVENTURE OF HANSEL AND GRETEL
Cécile Muhire, soprano – Gretel
Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano – Hansel
Guillaume Rodrigue, actor and singer – Narrator
Carl Matthieu Neher, pianist
TEXT AND ADAPTATION OF OPERA LIBRETTO
This delectable introduction to opera and lyrical singing is a treat for the eyes and ears! Once upon a time – so ti do mi fa! – there were two cheerful singers who wanted to tell the tale of Hansel and Gretel in music. Their mischievous pal tried to lend them a helping hand, but he was so greedy and easily distracted that his foot would always end up in his mouth… or was that candy…? The two singers tried to think of a way to keep his attention on the task at hand… Aha! What if they gave him an important role to play in the story? Relive the tale savoured by candy lovers everywhere with this fanciful, playful concert. What better way to discover one of the most satisfying art forms in the world: opera!
LE CHANT DE L’ALOUETTE
A JMC coproduction with L’Atelier du Conte en Musique et en Images (ACMI)
Philippe Gélinas, violin, mandolin, zither, dulcimer, hurdy gurdy and voice
Lise Roy, narration and voice
Laurence Beaudry, violin, viola, mandolin and voice
Chantal Simard or Léo Guiollot, percussion and voice
STAGE DIRECTION AND TEXT ADVISER
François Beauchemin, crankie
Maude Laterreur, watercolours
Discover the songs and melodies of New France! Four artists transport you to Canada’s pioneer days through the songs and tunes that underscored family life in early New France. These are the songs and melodies of our great-grandparents, sung and played for their children and passed down through generations, to be shared as a special piece of heritage.
JEUNESSES MUSICALES CANADA
Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) is a talent incubator that boosts the careers of the best emerging artists, while helping to bring classical music to audiences of all ages. Today, JMC seasons include over 1,200 musical activities presented across Canada, ranging from high-calibre concerts to exciting musical activities for young audiences.
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Marie-Philippe M. Lambert
Jeunesses Musicales Canada
514 845-4108, ext. 222