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Fowler Center Series presents I
Montréal in concert Jan. 26
Dec. 16, 2009 --
The Fowler Center Series
presents its fifth event of the 2009-10 season in Riceland Hall on
Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., when it kicks off the new year with I
Musici de Montréal.
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, is located at 201 Olympic Drive,
Jonesboro. This performance is also part of the Riceland Distinguished
Presentation Series, which was established to assure
high-quality presentations in conjunction with the Fowler Center Series.
An advisory committee meets semi-annually to evaluate the presentation
series objectives, effectiveness of promotion and presentation of the
series, and then selects four presentations to display its Distinguished
Founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal is
a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that presents a vast repertoire
extending from the baroque to the contemporary. The orchestra presents a
busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world,
including three prestigious series in Montreal. This extraordinary
amount of activity places I Musici de Montréal amongst the most
important touring orchestras in Canada.
This exciting program from I Musici de Montréal features Mussorgsky’s
“Pictures at an Exhibition,” with animated projections of
award-winning painter Natasha
Turovsky’s images. The startling new paintings honor the Victor
Hartmann canvasses which
inspired Mussorgsky’s composition, now lovingly envisioned for chamber
Since its beginnings, I Musici has maintained an exclusive recording
contract with Chandos Records of England and has, to date, released 43
CDs that are distributed in more than 50 countries around the world.
These recordings have won the orchestra and Maestro Turovsky many
awards, including a Diapason d’Or for their 1988 recording of
Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony and a 1992 Penguin Guide Rosette for their
Concerti Grossi, Opus 6 by Handel. I Musici’s recording of Handel has
since become a reference recording of the highest standard.
In December of 1998, the Conseil québecois de la musique gave two Opus
Awards to the orchestra for Recording Event of the Year and Best
Recording - contemporary music for a CD grouping works by Gorecki, Pärt,
and Schnittke. In 1999, I Musici was awarded the Grand Prix des Arts by
the Montreal Urban Community for their exceptional contribution to music
presentation in and around Montreal.
In August 2001, BBC Music Magazine rewarded I Musici’s 40th CD by naming
it their CD of the Month, calling it a Russian tour de force. The
program of Miaskovsky, Schnittke, and Denisov was thus honored around
the world. In April of 2002, I Musici was nominated for another Canadian
Juno Award as Best Classical Album of the Year, after having previously
won a Juno for their recording of compositions by Ginestera,
Villa-Lobos, and Evangelista. Furthermore, the Orchestra’s recording
“The Modern Cello” has received rave reviews from the prestigious
Parisian magazine Diapason, qualifying the Orchestra’s interpretation as
Under the dynamic and visionary direction of Maestro Yuli Turovsky, I
in some of the greatest halls in the world including New York’s Lincoln
Center, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and the Palais des
Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Public enthusiasm and the critical acclaim that
underlines the precision, the cohesion, and the virtuosity of
performance, as well as the brio and distinctive sound of the orchestra,
confirms I Musici’s importance on the world’s musical stage. Visit I
Musici de Montréal online at
http://www.imusici.com/ to listen to samples of the group’s
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty
and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and
$6 for ASU students.
Tickets for all Fowler Center Series events may be purchased by calling
870-972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or
On performance evenings, the box office in Fowler Center opens one hour
prior to the event.
for additional information, or call Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471.