plan to perform Chopin and The Nightingale with local artists in other countries
to promote World TB Day - Icons of Europe, partner of the Stop TB Partnership.
British High Commissioner to Canada,
H.E. Mr David Reddaway CMG MBE
With the endorsement of:
Consulate General of Poland in Toronto
Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Embassy of Canada in Brussels
Stop TB Canada
Toronto Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization
Statements at the 24 April
City of Toronto:
"We are very pleased that this musical drama is being
staged to signal the importance of the global fight
against tuberculosis and the contribution that Canada is
making to this challenge. The premiere is a
milestone among several initiatives taken in the context
of World TB Day."
Chair of the TB
Subcommittee of the Toronto Board of Health, who introduced the premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum
- Public Health:
"Thank you kindly for all of the support you have
provided for the premiere of "Chopin and The
Nightingale" in Toronto. I have received much
positive feedback from Toronto Public Health as well as
from the Ministry of Health on staging this musical
drama, while underscoring tuberculosis. It
certainly was innovative and well-received!"
Focal point at Toronto Public Health, 25 April 2005
- Royal Conservatory of Music,
"The performance was a real success, from many
standpoints, not least of which was the honour to have
been able to collaborate with you and Toronto Public
Health. The students presented very well and the
audience (filled beyond capacity) was very attentive to
the text ... . The story created a very good
effect, and I was struck by the number of people coming
up afterwards who remarked on the quality and intrigue
of the story."
Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School, 25 April
POSTER | PROGRAM | SPEECH | SYNOPSIS |
CAST | PRESS
and Jenny lind
Chopin suffered from tuberculosis (TB). When Jenny Lind sang for him in 1848-1849,
he felt better and he called her "my nurse". Jenny Lind raised funds to
fight the disease, and she made in May 1849 an unsuccessful attempt to marry Chopin.
He died five months later, only 39 years old.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen wrote his famous story
"The Nighingale" as a tribute to Jenny Lind in 1843.
Programme with 3 events
Chopin and The
Canadian premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum
Musical drama, The Glass Room, 24 April 2005, 14:00
... Jenny Lind, H.C. Andersen, Bellini, Meyerbeer, Queen Victoria
On the occasion of World TB
Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music performed, at the Royal Ontario
Museum, a musical dramatization of the newly discovered romance between Polish
composer Fryderyk Chopin and Swedish soprano Jenny Lind.
Hans Christian Andersen is quoted in the drama that is written for piano, two sopranos and
narrator. Music by Chopin, Bellini and Meyerbeer.
>> SYNOPSIS | CAST | PROGRAMME | ANDERSEN
Chopin masterpieces and Nightingale
Concert, Royal Ontario Museum, 4 March 2005, 19:00
"We held the audience for 85 minutes without an intermission and were
overjoyed at the capacity audience of 600 people ..."
the occasion of World TB Day 2005 and supported by the TB Program at Toronto Public
Health, The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music performed a concert
programme that included Chopin's Concerto in F-minor, op. 21; Fantasie Impromptu,
op. 66; the final aria of Bellini's La Sonnambula; and other
masterpieces by these renowned composers.
Co-producer: Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Recent research by Icons of Europe shows that the Concerto has an
extraordinary historical relationship with Canada.
The concert provided a taste of the Canadian premiere of Chopin and The
Nightingale set for 24 April 2005 at the Royal Ontario Museum, and an insight into the threat of TB.
TB and the Arts
Interactive display, ROM, 4 March and 24 April 2005
Chopin suffered from TB. Jenny Lind raised funds to fight this
infectious disease. TB has today re-emerged as a global epidemic with a
dangerous HIV/AIDS interface. Other issues are multidrug resistance, migrants
and stigma. An interactive display, "TB and the Arts" was organized at ROM
by the TB Program at Toronto Public Health.
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