STELLA, FÉE DES FORÊTS À BACH AVANT DODO
LaScena Musicale, 2016 NOVEMBRE
par NICOLE YEBA
Stella, l'héroïne de la série Stella de l'auteure Marie-Louise Gay, est une jeune rousse avec une imagination débordante sans limites. La série, écrite en français et en anglais, est traduite en une douzaine de langues et développée en différentes formes. Il y a version théâtrale de la série au Portugal, une version avec des marionnettes en Nouvelle-Écosse et une adaptation en dessin animé. Dans Stella, fée des forêts, Stella et son petit frère Sam se dirigent vers la forêt pour observer une fée. En chemin, Sam pose plusieurs questions sur les insectes et les animaux, sur l'âge des arbres et sur la croissance des roches. Stella lui répond de façon créative.
Stella, fée des forêts est l'histoire en vedette dans la prochaine édition de Bach avant dodo. Gay lira son histoire en français et en anglais accompagnée de musique de chambre jouée par le Quintette à vent Kaleïo, la pianiste Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg et le contrebassiste Reuven Rothman. Ils vont jouer des extraits du quintette à vent de Danzi op. 56 no 1, de Saint-Saëns, Contradanza pour quintette à vent de D'Rivera et Trois pièces brèves d'Ibert. Les illustrations du livre seront projetées sur la scène, permettant de suivre visuellement les aventures de Stella et Sam dans la forêt. Les enfants pourront écouter et voir une version interactive de l'histoire.
Il est important pour le développement d'un enfant de lire des histoires avant le dodo, car elles mettent au défi l'imagination et stimulent la créativité. « La lecture, l'art et la musique élargissent la perception du monde d'un enfant. Ce sont des fenêtres dans d'autres cultures, d'autres vies et d'autres émotions, dit Marie-Louise Gay. Elles permettent d'enrichir et de responsabiliser les enfants en les aidant à reconnaître leurs réponses émotionnelles à la musique et aux histoires. »
« Dans mon imagination, toutes ces petites créatures et merveilles naturelles peuvent être traduites en musique», dit l'auteure, expliquant pourquoi Stella, fée des forêts serait une bonne histoire pour Bach avant dodo. « J'ai hâte d'entendre les voix musicales », ajoute-t-elle.
Bach avant dodo est une série de concerts interactifs et expérimentaux de musique de chambre pour enfants de tous âges. Fondé par Musique de chambre Allegra en 2008, l'organisme a pour mission d'initier les enfants au monde de la musique classique dans un cadre où ils peuvent interagir avec les interprètes en essayant leurs instruments,jouant avec les percussions et dirigeant les musiciens. Du jus et des biscuits seront offerts après le concert.
Mardi 22 novembre, 11 h et 16 h 30, salle Tanna Schulich, Montréal. Don suggéré par famille:20$. www.allegrachambermusic.com
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BACH AVANT DODO, PROGRAMMATION SAISON
Concert bénéfice 35ième 2015
Susan Schwartz, Montreal Gazette
Published on: September 20, 2015
Vivian Ventura McCormick 'conducts' musicians at McGill's Tanna Schulich Hall at a Bach Before Bedtime concert in Montreal on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Bach Before Bedtime is a program of the Allegra chamber music series, founded by Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, left. A gala event celebrating the 35th anniversary of Allegra is set to take place Sept. 30, 2015.
John Kenney / Montreal Gazette
When Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg founded Allegra, a grassroots, not-for-profit organization, it was to provide chamber music programming for Montrealers free of charge. She has been its artistic director from the outset – and Allegra is now entering its 35th season.
“We want to make the music accessible to all,” she said. “I feel passionate about chamber music … It is a labour of love.”
Fieldman Fraiberg, who is also a pianist, has assembled musicians, many drawn from the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, to perform an innovative program of works during a season of six concerts; they take place on the campus of McGill University, in Redpath Hall and Tanna Schulich Hall.
Allegra is steered by volunteers; there is minimal administrative overhead. Financial support comes from sponsors and family foundations – sponsors are the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Family Foundation, Power Corporation of Canada and the Banque Nationale – but Allegra relies on donations and proceeds from an annual gala to raise most of the funds that sustain it.
This year, Allegra’s benefit concert will be on Sept. 30 at Tanna Schulich Hall, 527 Sherbrooke St. W. It begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail dinatoire and a silent auction featuring gift certificates for restaurants, theatre tickets, tennis tickets, spa passes and more.
The concert begins at 7. With soprano Suzie LeBlanc as special guest, Fieldman Fraiberg on piano, Simon Aldrich on clarinet, Elvira Misbakhova on violin, Pierre Tourville on viola and Sheila Hannigan? on cello, they will perform Franz Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 for soprano, clarinet and piano; Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt Abhanden Gekommen, from Ru¨ckert Lieder, arranged by Aldrich for soprano, clarinet and strings; and Robert Schumann’s piano quartet, op.47. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception.
The event is a tribute to Montreal philanthropist Rosalind Goodman, a music lover and longtime Allegra board member; she died in August of 2014.
Tickets are available at three prices: $125, $200 and $300. Call 514-935-3933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight years ago Allegra added an afternoon program, Bach Before Bedtime, to introduce children to chamber music in a fun setting in which they interact with music, musicians and instruments. The 2015-2016 season of six concerts will take place Tuesday afternoons at Tanna Schulich Hall.
“Our aim is to provide children with a fun learning experience and fill the increasing void of classical music in our society,” Fieldman Fraiberg said. Go to allegrachambermusic.com to learn more.
Concert bénéfice 35ième 2015
Bach Before Bedtime Fundraiser
Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire
Classical music just for kids
By JENNIFER NERI, Montreal Families
Youthful chamber music
By SUSAN SCHWARTZ, The Gazette
November 22, 2009
The second season of the Bach Before Bedtime concerts, a series aimed
at children, gets under way on Thursday with a concert from 4:30 to 5:15
p.m. at Redpath Hall on the campus of McGill University, 3461 McTavish
St., above Sherbrooke St. on the east side.
Children and parents are invited to an interactive chamber-music
experience in which the children will have the chance to go up on stage,
meet the musicians, examine their instruments and listen to music. There
will be snacks for the kids as well as door prizes.
The concert series is organized by the Allegra Chamber Music ensemble,
featuring musicians Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg (piano), Simon Aldrich
(clarinet), Yukari Cousineau (violin), Jean René (viola) and Chloé
Cost is $10 per family, payable at the door. RSVP, with your name and
the number of children and adults who will attend, by email to
For more about Allegra, which has presented chamber music concerts
for more than two decades, visit the website allegrachambermusic.com.
© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
Bach Before Bedtime
La première série pour enfants d’Allegra débute jeudi le 5 février !
L’événement commence à 16 h 30 à la salle Redpath de l’université McGill. Pendant 45 minutes, venez gâter
vos Mozart en herbe avec un bref concert. Ils auront aussi la chance de monter sur scène, rencontrer les
musiciens, observer les instruments et entendre de la très belle musique.
Voici les artistes que vos apprentis musiciens pourront rencontrer:
Don suggéré: $10 par famille
On vous attend avec votre marmaille!
February 13, 2007
dimanche, le 13 Fevrier, 2007
Gala 2006Pour faire l'audition de Home Run, cliquez ici
The Montreal Gazette
Sunday September 24, 2006
You see, on the night of the Allegra Music Chamber’s 26th annual benefit gala, I accidentally had our assigned photographer Tyrel Featherstone, on location (Redpath Hall) 1 1/2 hours early (gosh, I’m bad!). Anyway, I was sure I was toast, subjecting the cool twentysomething staffer (with the fab directional hair) to the evening’s entire performance when he was intended to be there only during the après-concert reception.
However, post-performance, while I was expecting a mad-as-heck Tyrel (justifiably so), instead I was greeted by a smiling Tyrel who gushed over the concert and expressed interest in attending others (all of which are free and open to the public).
And so, Sunday readers, I confide my faux pas for good reason – to illustrate just how incredibly therapeutic Allegra’s gratis chamber Music can be. I, like my photographer friend Tyrel, fell prey to Allegra’s energizing crescendos and hypnotic melodies produced by violinist Yukari Cousineau, violist Brian Bacon, cellist Katherine Skorzewska, clarinetist Simon Aldrich and the extraordinarily talented and dedicated woman who dared to dream up Allegra and keep it alive and well for 26 years – pianist/artistic director Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg.
Post performance, the blessed-out crowd moved on to the reception, where the sea of culturally inclined included Leslie and Hugh Alcorn; pals Susan and Rick Hart; gorg ‘n’ glammy Nancy Brown with plastic surgeon hubby Harvey (no, that’s NOT why she’s gorg and glammy!); pageturner Michael Galletti; Anne Fish and Colin Irving; Julie Keith and head of the world Anti-Doping Agency Dick Pound; Ghislaine Richard with lawyer husband Max Mendelsohn; spectacular mother-daughter duo Mazie and Carmella Vincelli; ever-elegant Denyse Walsh with good pal Cherry Richards; the self-titled Mr. Cello Olaf Skorzewska; delightful Joan Rothman with friend Ray Robb; and the evening’s commanding emcee, Montréal broadcast royal Dennis Trudeau with wife Suzanne Jobin.
Moral of this story? For all that ails you, trail Tyrel to the next Allegra concert.
The Montreal Gazette
Sound is intimate and the price is right
It's been 25 years of free concerts
samedi le 10 Septembre, 2005
Allegra Chamber Music founder Dorothy Fraiberg at home with her piano.
It all started with a philosophy: people need music. That's all people - young, old, those who can't afford $100 opera tickets. More specifically, people need chamber music - that most intimate and reflective form of music-making.
Thus the Allegra Chamber Music series was born - and the rest is history. At least four times a year for the past 25 years Montreal's finest musicians have come together to play the music they love best. And we get to hear it for free.
A 25th birthday is a significant milestone in anyone's books. Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, the group's pianist and one of the founding members, contemplates everything that has happened over the past quarter of a century, and what is still to come. Sitting beside her Steinway in her Westmount home - which doubles as Allegra's rehearsal space - she says that even many years and many, many concerts down the line, the aspirations of the group haven't really changed.
"Allegra's concerts have always been of the highest standard - our musicians are the principal players of the MSO and the Orchestre Metropolitain. We are still entirely non-government-funded, and our concerts are still entirely free."
Allegra works as a core team of Montreal musicians who put together concerts involving themselves and any other instrumentalists the programs require, but it is the price of the tickets that makes this group so different from any other.
In a world where arts funding is a pretty rare species, bringing together such high profile performers without charging entrance is no small achievement.
"Our sponsors have been very good to us," says Fraiberg - so good that last year Allegra was able to invite 42 musicians to play in a season of seven concerts. The group also holds a gala event at the start of each season, hoping that big names might help attract donations (this year's event is hosted by Quebec actress and singer Dorothee Berryman.)
"But of course, we always have to be looking for more. We want to do interesting works, with interesting instrumentation. We want to expand the series, to repeat the concerts so that more people have the chance to hear us.
"But it all comes down to funding."
There is certainly no lack of interest from audiences - the concerts, which take place in McGill University's Redpath Hall, are always packed, with people who can't find a seat standing at the back. Fraiberg is pleased that Allegra has produced such an enthusiastic response; the chamber repertoire is often overlooked by a music industry that bestows much of its attention on the larger opera companies and symphony orchestras.
While a string quartet or wind quintet might not provide the same overwhelming force that attracts audiences to orchestral concerts, there is an intimacy that can be reached only through the level of player interaction needed to bring chamber music together. Glancing, breathing, head nodding, arm raising, eyebrow twitching - every communication possible is used to make the music work.
In such small ensembles, every note played is of vital importance, and what lifts a performance from mere score-reading to real music-making rests in the finest of details: well-placed rubato, a slight colouring at the top of the phrase or a skilful diminuendo to nothing - everything must be accomplished together. And this is where the magic lies.
To hear chamber music is to be offered a glimpse into the real joy of music making. "Once the public experiences the intimacy of chamber music and sees how special it is - sees the bond that is created not only between the musicians, but between musicians and audience - they realize it's something very special, and they feel like a part of it."
In terms of programs, the scope is vast. There are the greats, the pillars of the repertoire - Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms - whose music alone would be enough to keep any chamber series busy for a lifetime. But Fraiberg takes pride that Allegra also tackles some more obscure works; this year's season includes a Czech-themed program and a bassoon-themed program, as well as new works by Canadian composers. She says that thanks to the free nature of the concerts, and therefore an almost guaranteed audience, the group is more at liberty to play what is really interesting, rather than just what sells tickets.
"It's a real privilege," she says, "because for musicians there is nothing better than offering an audience the music they love. We lend our ears, Allegra lends its passion. Because ultimately, sharing is what chamber music is all about."
Allegra Chamber Music presents its 25th-anniversary gala concert in Redpath Hall, 3461 McTavish St., Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact (514) 935-3933 or www.allegrachambermusic.com