CHOPIN Festival April 22 to 25 at Jeunesses Musicales of Canada House

MONTREAL, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Jeunesses Musicales of Canada (JMC), whose mission is to make classical music accessible to the greatest possible number of people, and to support the career development of young professional musicians. In keeping with this spirit of openness and outreach to new audiences, JMC is inviting music lovers to a Chopin Festival, a series of six unique recitals taking place from Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25, as part of the celebrations surrounding the bicentennial of the composer's birth. Well known to all, from enlightened fans to the general public, the melodies in Chopin's music have what it takes to bring together music lovers of all generations and from everywhere around the world.

For the occasion of the Chopin Festival, Canadian pianists associated with the JMC movement-Angela Cheng, Wonny Song, Ian Parker, Richard Raymond, Winston Choi, and Avan Yu-will perform a wide selection of Chopin's music for piano. In this journey through the composer's musical universe, you will have the opportunity to hear, among others, the transcription for string quartet and piano of the Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Opus 11.

Tickets for the Festival are available for $30 / $15 for students / $10 for children under 12 / $150 for the complete series of concerts.

Also in keeping with the anniversary of Chopin's birth, the Montreal International Musical Competition and Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, as part of the special Chopin event, are pleased to partner with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA, March 18 to March 28, 2010, www.artfifa.com). The event, which will take place in Place des Arts' 5ème Salle on March 27 at 3:30 pm, will give audiences the opportunity to see the documentary "L'Art de Chopin" by French director Gérald Caillat, followed by a discussion hosted by Catherine Perrin.

Also of note: coming soon, the not-to-be-missed event for music lovers keen on discovering new talent-the Montreal International Musical Competition, which takes place from May 25 to June 4, 2010. This year, the Competition is open to the world's most talented violinists. Get a front row seat and hear the virtuosos of tomorrow perform magnificent works of the repertoire.

Information: www.concoursmontreal.com

SOURCE JEUNESSES MUSICALES OF CANADA

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Céline Choiselat, (514) 824-3535, celinechoiselat@yahoo.fr; Source: Jeunesses Musicales of Canada

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