Press release
For immediate distribution

Con Fuego!

Pianist Louise Bessette will be performing this summer at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier and at the Opera de Vichy.

Con Fuego is a solo recital with rhythms of the tango and waltz of the most varied origins, from Cuba to Spain, as well as the United States, France and Curacao.

On the program: tangos by Barbara Kolb (Antoine's Tango), William Schimmel (Fromage dangereux), Robert Berkman (Thorn-Torn Lips), Astor Piazzolla (Adios Nonino), Isaac Albeniz (Tango opus 165 n°2, excerpts from Six feuilles d'album) and Igor Stravinsky (Tango). Also included in the program: the Suite Andalucia by Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, who was one of the most important musicians of the first half of the XXe century in Cuba; Two Waltzes by Wim Statius Muller, author of the famous Antillean Dances; and to finish, La Valse by Maurice Ravel, an "apotheosis of the Viennese waltz", a swirl of virtuosity which needs henceforth no further explanation.

Louise Bessette will be the guest of France Musiques' broadcast: "Sur un autre Ton", hosted by Anne-Charlotte Rémond, on Thursday July 29, from 6pm to 8pm. This broadcast takes place live, outside and open to the public, at the Espace Radio-France located in Montpellier.

Monday, July 26, 2004, 12pm — Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
Church of St. John the Evangelist — 154 Somerset Street (at Elgin)
Info: (1) (613) 234-8008

Friday, July 30, 2004, 6pm — Festival de Radio France et Montpellier
(This concert will be broadcast on France Musiques, August 8th at 11 am)
Salle Pasteur - Le Corum
Info: (33) (1) 56 40 44 44

Sunday, August 8, 2004, 11:30am — Opéra de Vichy
Info : (33) (4) 70 30 50 30

Tribute to Alain Marion (1938-1998)

Louise Bessette, piano and Lise Daoust, flute

The two musicians will pay homage to the flutist Alain Marion during a concert given in his honor at the Cathedral of Riez-la-Romaine, Sunday, August 15, 2004, at 6pm, within the framework of «Musiques dans les Alpes de Haute Provence» (France). They will play the Sonata for flute and piano by Lorraine Desmarais as well as Bluesy Prélude, also for flute and piano, by Raymond Guiot.

Born in 1938 in Marseille, the flutist and pedagogue Alain Marion has been the student of Joseph Rampal, father of Jean-Pierre Rampal. He obtained, at fourteen years of age, a first prize for flute from the Conservatoire de Marseille, and a prize from the Geneva International Music Competition in 1961. He was a member of the Chamber orchestra of the ORTF, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre national de France, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Professor at the Académie internationale d'été de Nice since 1969, Alain Marion became, in 1986, the director of this institution, renamed Centre international de formation musicale de Nice. Throughout his career as a first rank flutist, Alain Marion's virtuosity and qualities as a musician were unanimously acclaimed.

Sunday, August 15, 2004, 6pm — Musiques dans les Alpes de Haute Provence
Cathédrale de Riez-la-Romaine
Info : (33) (4) 92 77 99 09

- 30 -

Other releases:


En haut