FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHarbourfront Centre gives Toronto something to sing about withClassical VI: Voice and Strings (July 25 – 27)TORONTO, ON (July 7, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre presents Classical VI: Voices and Strings,from July 25 through 27. The sixth installment of Harbourfront Centre’s Classical festival invitesthe audience to travel the globe without leaving the 416 area code, with musical performances byartists from Spain, Uganda, Morocco and Canada.To communicate by singing is as old as the hills and as new as the morning dew. The traditionsthat have resonated through the ages filter through to today’s voices and are showcased inClassical VI: Voice and Strings. Visitors will be immersed in all matters of song; from the‘Moroccan Nightingale’ tenor Emil Zrihan’s repertoire which transcends cultural and politicalborders, to choir!choir!choir! who unite Torontonians together in ‘classic’ pop songs, and Obeahchanneling the voice of the African diaspora.The strings component of this year’s festival will certainly strike a chord with all, from Ugandanmaster instrumentalist Kinobe to the humble ukulele. Building on the success of Classical IV:Strings in 2012, the Ukulele Project 2.0 will attempt Toreador from Bizet’s Carmen – on massedukuleles. With the music rearranged for the uke by master ukulele player James Hill, the publicare invited to join one (or all) of the five uke-friendly workshops over the weekend coveringdifferent styles, from calypso to two chord strums, and take part in this unique endeavor.“There is so much more to ‘classical’ music than meets the eye, and our 2014 lineup beautifullyillustrates the contemporary juxtapositions,” says Caroline Hollway, Harbourfront Centre, GuestArtistic Director. “The audience can start at a voice workshop with Kyra Millan, encounter a5-piece barbershop quartet and end the day plucking the strings of on-site tree harps.”
Classical VI: Voice and Strings – Highlights at a Glance· Voice: Ramneek Singh’s performance includes semi-classical music, interactiverhythmic introductions and some Pakistani folk tunes which she performed for the filmMidnight’s Children· Strings: Kinobe, master instrumentalist from Uganda, peace ambassador at heart· Workshops: five ukulele workshops that end in a mass concert of Toreador from Bizet’sCarmen· And much more!For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visitharbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visitharbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghereABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s centralwaterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that compriseCanada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the countryand around the globe.
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CLASSICAL VI: VOICE AND STRINGS – LINEUP
PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:Kyra MillanSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Redpath StageKyra Millan (soprano) conducts a brilliant, funny, whirlwind interactive concert full of operatic andclassical favourites. Participants will be involved in a seriously interactive element where everyonewill be able to learn about and try their hand (and voice!) at an operatic aria.Emil ZrihanSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet StageWith his beautiful vocal range and tone, Emil Zrihan keeps the Judeo-Andalusian and a folktradition of his mother country Morocco alive in his heart and brings them to life on the WestJetStage.In collaboration with AshkenazUkulele Project Version 2.0Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – WestJet StageBuilding on the success of 2012, the Ukulele Project version 2.0 will attempt Toreador fromBizet’s Carmen – on massed ukuleles! Arranged by master Ukulele player and musician James Hill,come and join one (or all) of the five uke-friendly workshops over the weekend and take part in thisunique endeavor.MUSIC:DJ General EclecticFriday, July 25, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath StageLocal DJ extraordinaire General Eclectic pieces together a set of deep and dusty grooves inspiredby the festival’s theme of Voice and Strings, complete with original projections from 9 p.m. –9:30p.m.Cool Calm CollectiveFriday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Site WideFriday, July 25, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Five energetic singers from different walks of the vocal life (yes, that is five in a barbershopquartet… four women and a male bass) led by Meagan Tuck, sing "classic" pop, selecting thesongs that are hot today and will be the "classics" of the future.choir! choir! choir!Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet StageFormed during a snowpocalpyse in February 2011, choir! choir! choir! is a no-commitment choirthat meets weekly in bars around Toronto to belt out pop classics in three-part harmonies. Createdand led by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman, the group has created a lively community aroundmusic and performed with punk legend Patti Smith, appeared on the Juno Awards 2014, and havebeen featured on CBC (The National, Q, Sunday Edition), NPR Weekend Edition, The Globe & Mail,ET Canada, Toronto Star and many other outlets.Kinobe and the Wamu SpiritFriday, July 25, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – WestJet StageMaster multi-instrumentalist brings the ancient traditions of Uganda to the contemporary world ofCanada for the very first time. Kinobe’s first international performance was at the age of 10. By 21,he had visited nearly every country in Africa studying and playing with celebrated musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi andBaaba Maal.JAMsessionSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Site WideAs long time friends, Linda (Tenor), Lesley (Baritone), Christine (Lead) and Sally (Bass) are aquartet who loves to sing and join in the party. As “JAMsession”, they have been singing 'acappela' style for many years enjoying the special magic of close four part harmony. Theirrepertoire of classic barbershop numbers includes popular and jazz standards in addition toChristmas favourites.Regent Park School of MusicSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Boulevard TentYoung musicians perform The Regent Park Songbook, featuring new works by Canadian composerswritten specifically for students at the Regent Park School of Music. Including composers BrianCurrent, Dean Burry, Juliet Palmer, Saman Shahi and Jeffrey Ryan.The Jessica Stuart FewSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath StageThis folk / jazz power trio includes a Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), and sound just as brilliantas that sentence is intriguing. For the first time in the group’s history, the trio will be joined byJessica’s mother, koto master Wendy Stuart, and together they will debut a new piece written forthis occasion.Toronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - WestJet StageThe TWMVC proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of themountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time it emphasizes a multicultural context in itsbroad repertoire which also includes spirituals, operatic arias, Canadian folk songs as well asBroadway show tunes and contemporary Canadian music.Long & McQuade Bloor New Horizons BandSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – North OrchardFun for the over 50’s, with instruments! New Horizons is a multi-level (beginner to advanced)band-based programme that allows mature adults to learn to play a band instrument in a groupsetting for the first time in their lives or to re-connect with an instrument they played years ago.CrucesSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Boulevard TentJoin Spaniard and classical flamenco singer Fernando Gallego Torres with local players anddancers in a wild flamenco ‘jam’. What could be more rousing than the sound of multiple guitars,swirling skirts and stamping heels – you can almost taste the tapas!Nazar-i TurkwazSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Redpath StageUnited by long standing friendships and a love of singing, Brenna MacCrimmon, Maryem Tollar,Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown join forces to celebrate the stories of life through song. Theircuriosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led to explorations of ancient songtraditions from the Middle East and Turkey to Greece and the Balkans.OBEAH & Other Soulful Musical MedecinesSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – WestJet StageEnvision a cross-section of the traditional folk music of Africa and the Caribbean. Add to this thepopular African-American genres of jazz, blues and soul. Taken as a whole, these can be viewed asforming a large part of the "Classical" music of the African diasporas. Featuring the irrepressibleNicole Brooks with Amina Alfred, Alana Bridgewater, Lisa Michelle Cornelius, Angelique Lazarusand Andrew Craig.ScratchSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Redpath StageImagine turntables, a mixer, an SP and the world's greatest record collection; all miniaturized andcontained within the body of one man. That's halfway to recognizing the sheer genius that isScratch; beat-boxing impresario, Grammy-award ® Winner and former member of The Roots.Yonge Guns QuartetSunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Site WideYonge Guns Quartet was formed in July of 2013. Made up of high school friends, they arecurrently the youngest competing barbershop quartet in Ontario and are going for gold at theInternational Collegiate Contest in Las Vegas in July.Ramneek SinghSunday, July 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Redpath StageIntroduced to Indian Classical Music at the tender age of six, Ramneek Singh is an accomplishedvocal artist with more than thirty years of strict vocal training. Ramneek has given numerousperformances in India and North America, and teaches advanced Vocal Hindustani Music. Todayher concert will include semi-classical music, interactive rhythmic introductions and somePakistani folk tunes which she performed for the film Midnight’s Children.euphoniaSunday, June 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – WestJet Stageeuphonia make symphonic music accessible and exciting by being daring in their programmingand relaxed in their venues, from the Lula Lounge to the Westjet Stage in one mighty bound.SeraphimSunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Redpath StageBorn out of 75 years of choral excellence from the prestigious St. Michael's Choir School,Seraphim has gathered the finest Alumni voices now seasoned to perfection. This group of 30doctors, lawyers and real estate agents carry on their passion for choral singing, with a mix ofbeautiful traditional classic numbers and the odd leap into Disney territory. Exciting, vibrant andsweet sounding – perfect for a Sunday afternoon.Definitely the OperaSunday, July 27, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – WestJet StageOpera stars Robert Gleadow (bass-baritone), Shannon Mercer (soprano) & Lauren Segal (mezzosoprano) take to the stage with sweetness and swagger! The Canadian Opera Ensemble Studioalumni will perform classical arias, duets and trios from the operatic cannon, perfect for anafternoon by the water.Ukulele Project 2.0 - PerformanceSunday, July 27, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – WestJet StageBuilding on the success of 2012, the Ukulele Project 2.0 will attempt Toreador from Bizet’sCarmen – on massed ukuleles, led by a quartet of brilliant uke soloists. There are five workshopsover the weekend to polish up your uke skills - so don’t miss taking part in this unique endeavor.FILM:The Great CarusoSaturday, July 25, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – North OrchardThe Great Caruso is a 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring thebrilliant Mario Lanza in the title role. The film is a highly fictionalized biography of the lifeof tenor Enrico Caruso, and the glorious music that made up his world.Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring CycleSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Studio TheatreWagner's massive opera cycle Der Ring Des Nibelungen is examined from a fresh perspective inthis documentary from director Jon Else -- from the point of view of the stagehands. The SanFrancisco Opera Company is performing the entire 17-hour "Ring" cycle over four nights, and agroup of union stagehands ends up pulling an 85-hour week as they try to keep the show runningsmoothly. In between hauling scenery back and forth and making the special effects work, thecrew members play cards, squabble among themselves and try to make sense of the opera'sGerman-language story (as one member of the tech crew puts it, "Every time the gold changeshands, somebody ends up dead"). Sing Faster... won honors in its premier showing at the 1999Sundance Film Festival.The Mighty Uke Q&A with the FilmmakersSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Studio TheatreThe Mighty Uke travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures,ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past,and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, fromswinging London through Tokyo’s high-rise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’sinstrument: the mighty uke. A Q&A with the filmmakers, Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher, willfollow the screening.FAMILY ACTIVITIES:Big GamesSaturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Brigantine TentSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.Checkers and chess, classic games to challenge the brain.Kids’ Craft – is that a bird on your head???Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – HarbourKIDS TentSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Make a cardboard guitar or ukulele, decorate and strum away the afternoon OR create your owntwittering bird headdress and sing to your hearts content.Sing La Habanera with Kyra MillanSunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Brigantine RoomA lively and immersive workshop with Kyra Millan, vocal teacher extraordinaire. Everyone has avoice, and if you don’t know where it is, Kyra can find it! Using Bizet’s well known tune LaHabanera, explore singing, acting and libretto writing. It sounds impossible, but it is truly magical.LECTURES/LEARNING:Ukulele WorkshopsFriday, July 25 – Sunday July 27, 2014 – All at Lakeside TerraceLeading up to that undertaking there are five FREE different uke workshops - from calypso toclassic 1920’s tunes, lead by some of the best musician/teachers in the city: Heather Katz, ChrisWilson, Roger Gibbs and Eve Goldberg. Come and join one (or all) of the workshops to learn newstyles, brush up on your technique and prepare for the entrance of the bullfighter during Toreador.Four Strings and Two ChordsFriday, July 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.Classic Calypso Rhythms and MelodiesSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.'20s Classics of the Uke RepertoireSaturday, July 26, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.Chord Chemistry and the Circle of FifthsSunday, July 27, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.Rehearsal for Grand Premiere of Bizet's ToreadorSunday, July 27, 2014 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.OTHER EVENTS:Installation – Quiet StringsSaturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Studio TheatreSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Instruments played as they were built to be heard – in a series of short, intimate acoustic concertiifor 20 people only, by players of diverse unusual stringed instruments.In partnership with MusideumTree HarpSaturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – South Orchard AreaSaturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Sunday July 27, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Trees turned into a harp for all to play.VENDORS:Lake View MarketFriday July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Lake View MarketFriday, July 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.Located at the heart of Harbourfront Centre's festivals, the Lake View Market is a cosmos of the worldliness in Toronto. Visitors can browse and shop a wide range of interesting clothing, housewares, artifacts and products as part of the full Harbourfront Centre experience.World CaféFriday, July 25, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12 noon to 11:30 p.m.Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m.The World Café is an extension of some of the busiest kitchens in the GTA – and an importantcomplement to the summer festival season at Harbourfront Centre.