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The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s most popular operas, sets the stage for families on Sunday, April 1

Toronto, March 14, 2007— Families are invited to a spectacular performance of The Magic Flute,one of Mozart’s greatest masterpieces of all time. The Magic Flute, reconfigured for kids, is performed by exceptionally-talented young singers from Quebec’s Laurentian Music Center. The performance, part of Harbourfront Centre’s Music with Bite family concert series, takes place on Sunday, April 1, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Magic Flute, presented in association with the Opéra de Québec and the Laurentian Music Centre, is a fairytale about the endless quest for love, truth and compassion, an enchanting journey from darkness to light. The Queen of the Night sends the young Prince Tamino and Papageno, the Queen’s bird catcher, on a mission to rescue Princess Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the diabolical Sarastro, promising Tamino the princess’ hand in return. As they weave their way through various trials and tribulations, showing proof of wisdom, cunning, courage and heroism in the process, they find in the end, that love conquers all.

The Laurentian Music Center was founded in 1985 by Raymond Dessaints and Johanne Arel. The center connects young musicians, already equipped with a solid background in their field, with music tutors of extraordinary caliber. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Communications since 1997 as one of the three professional level music training camps in Quebec.

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was composed from a libretto written by actor, playwright and stage director Emanuel Schikaneder. The Magic Flute premiered on September 30, 1791, under the baton of Mozart himself. By the same time the following year, the opera had already been performed over 100 times, setting the stage for the undeniable success it continues to enjoy to this day.

Music with Bite is an interactive concert experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

After each Music with Bite concert, continue the fun with family-oriented arts activities. From 2 to 5 p.m., visit Miss Lou’s Room for the Puppet Theatre, an interactive puppet area where kids stage their own productions on our beautiful, hand-painted puppet stage. Working in partnership with International Readings at Harbourfront Centre, Miss Lou’s Room also features the International Readings Children’s Library, a cozy space where kids can read from a great selection of children’s books from around the world. The library features books in their original language.

The entire family can engage in exploring contemporary art! Gallery Kids combines facilitated tours of exhibitions at York Quay Centre followed by hands-on interactive activities. It’s all a family friendly discovery of contemporary art. Families must meet in Miss Lou’s Room at 2 p.m. to begin the gallery tour, afterwards they return to Miss Lou’s Room for a creative activity that relates to the gallery’s exhibition. (Gallery Kids is suggested for ages 6 and over).

DESIRE: Our Lens. Your View.
Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire. Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right, is it wrong? Through May 2007, Harbourfront Centre invites you to satisfy your cultural cravings. DESIRE is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

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