Jun. 2, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
MONTREAL, June 2, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Domtar is proud to be the Montreal Chamber Orchestra's Season Partner for 2010-2011 Laureate Concert Series. Directed by Wanda Kaluzny, the 4th of four concerts will feature soloist Liu Fang who will perform the Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra by composer Tan Dun. Free admission to this concert is brought to you by Royal Lepage and Badger Blaireau.
|When:||June 16, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET|
Saint-James United Church
463 St-Catherine St. West
Also on the program: Several traditional pieces for the pipa.
Interested individuals and media can contact Mona Awad, MCO Executive Director at (514) 871-1224 or at email@example.com to reserve tickets, for more information or to schedule interviews with the concert conductor and/or soloist.
About Liu Fang
As a child prodigy, Liu Fang, born in Kunming in the Chinese province of Yunnan, gave her first public performance at the age of nine. She moved to Canada after graduating from Shanghai Conservatory in 1993. Liu Fang is most well-known for her virtuosic and expressive interpretation of traditional pipa (a four-string lute) and guzheng music from the classical and folkloric traditions. Whether playing solo or accompanied by orchestra and other traditional instruments (oud, shakuhachi, kora, sitar), her repertoire - either warrior or poetic - is able to transmit in an erudite and significant way the beauty and richness of this ancient music as well as the subtle sonorities of the instruments by the power and sensibility of her play.
About the conductor
Born in Montreal, Wanda Kaluzny started her musical studies with lessons in piano and organ. She began her conducting career at the age of 11 when she assumed the position of organist and choir director at the Holy Cross Parish in Montreal, a position she held for eight years. A year later at the age of twenty, she founded the Montreal Chamber Orchestra making her at the time, the youngest and only woman conductor of a professional orchestra. Kaluzny's conducting studies include working with Stefan Stuligrosz in Poland and with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation in the U.S. She toured in Europe as Maestro Bruck's assistant and also guest conducted in North America and Europe. In April 1990, she was the first woman to guest conduct the Baden-Baden Symphony in Germany.
About the Montreal Chamber Orchestra
The Montreal Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1974 by its Artistic Director and Conductor, Wanda Kaluzny. Under her leadership the MCO has earned a reputation for excellence and has achieved international recognition: Korean tour including a television broadcast (1990-91); tour of Southeastern U.S.A. (Nov 1990); tour in California invited by Columbia Artist Management (Mar 1992). The MCO was also honored to be the first Canadian Orchestra featured in two PBS programs produced by Vermont Public Television, which included the memorial concert entitled "Requiem for September 11". The Montreal Chamber Orchestra can be heard on the compact discs Suites for Strings and Cinématique.
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Mona Awad, MCO Executive Director at (514) 871-1224 or at firstname.lastname@example.org