L’Arsenal has just received an Opus Award! - 2 February 2011

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L’Arsenal has just received an Opus Award for its outreach outside Québec.

At the 14th edition of the Opus Awards, held last night at the Salle Claude-Champagne, L’Arsenal received the award for Rayonnement à l’étranger – Outreach outside Québec. We should point out that three productions by L’Arsenal have been successfully touring abroad for a number of years: Alice, inspired by the well-known book by Lewis Carroll; The Carnival of the Animals, with music by Camille Saint- Saëns, to be presented in Singapore, accompanied by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, on March 12. The multidisciplinary work, The Ark, which centers on the planet’s ecological issues, has been performed in Asia and the U.S. and is currently touring some ten Italian cities, a tour that will end on February 20. The Ark will return to Quebec to take the stage in Saint-Hyacinthe from March 20 to 23, and on April 3 for the closing ceremony of the Montreal Games.

It is quite exceptional for the Opus Award for Outreach outside Québec to go to a company that makes concert music for all audiences, and especially for young people.

L’Arsenal was founded in 1978 by Lorena Corradi and Reggi Ettore, who still direct the company today. Its mission: to introduce concert music to a broad audience, and especially to young people through its bold and innovative interventions, performances and concerts. Since the company’s foundation, its propositions have ranged from classical to experimental, exploring all of the possibilities so that its productions can include different artistic disciplines, thanks to the efforts of their combined talents. To date, the company has created some 20 productions, and given an impressive 10,000 performances on tour before over three million spectators in Québec, across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Created in 1996, the Opus Awards are proof of the dynamism and diversity of Québec’s music community. They honour the excellence of concert music in Québec, in different fields. With this event, the Conseil québécois de la musique wishes to commend the work of musicians from Québec, as well as to introduce the public and music lovers to the world of concert music.

L’Arsenal gives warm thanks to the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and its donors for their support.

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Publicist: Isabelle Bleau Communications
Tel.: 514 933-2523 Cell: 514 992-8319 isabelle.bleau@bellnet.ca


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