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BlackCreek Summer Music Festival June 4 - August 31, 2011 - Part I

Wowsers! From Placido Domingo to Diana Krall, Marvin Hamlisch, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie, Dame Helen Mirren and even more, the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival aims to wow all summer long - I'm dividing it into two posts because it's just too much for one! From a media release:

BlackCreek Summer Music Festival - Part I
Opening June 4, 2011 for 14 weeks

(Part II Here)

The new BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will launch its inaugural season at the Rexall Centre on the campus of York University on June 4 with Plácido Domingo in concert. The 2011 season spans 14 weeks, from June to September, and includes such renowned artists as James Taylor, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Lionel Richie, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, and Lorin Maazel conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Castleton Festival Orchestras - all performing “under the stars.”

• Tickets will may be purchased online at www.blackcreekfestival.com or by calling 1-888-860-7888.

Sat - June 4
PLÁCIDO DOMINGO with special guest soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky

Vocal superstar Plácido Domingo will provide a thrilling launch to the BlackCreek Festival. He is universally considered one of the greatest tenors of all time…and one of the greatest classical crossover artists. As one of the Three Tenors, his voice has brought pleasure to millions around the globe. Album sales worldwide in excess of 100 million copies. Winner of 10 Grammys and 2 Latin Grammys, he is known as “the King of Opera.” This will be his first Toronto appearance in over a decade!

In her generation, Sondra Radvanovsky’s reputation as a Verdi soprano is second to none in today’s world of opera. She has partnered Plácido Domingo many times on international operatic stages – but never before in Toronto. When she and Domingo sing together at the Opening Night of the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival, listeners are guaranteed a sumptuous feast of opera duets and arias.

Sat - June 25
JAMES TAYLOR

James Taylor is America’s troubadour. His songs and sentiments embody the art of songwriting in its most fundamental form. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, five Grammys, as well as the Century Award, Billboard magazine’s highest accolade for creative achievement. As the voice of America’s heartland, he has influenced music lovers of all generations.

Tue - June 28
LIONEL RICHIE with special guest MICHAEL McDONALD

LIONEL RICHIE’s 30-year success story is the stuff of legend and one few artists can match:  he’s sold over 100 million albums and won countless awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a staggering five Grammy Awards and the Crystal Award for Humanitarianism. He’s written some of the most known and loved songs in pop history and continues to sell out stadium and arena shows all over the world.

Wed - June 29
LORIN MAAZEL conducts CASTLETON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA “MUSIC INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE” with Shakespeare’s verses performed by Academy Award® winners, DAME HELEN MIRREN and JEREMY IRONS

Maestro Maazel conducts the Castleton Festival Orchestra and the women’s voices of the Castleton Festival Chorus in a wondrous romantic program of music inspired by Shakespeare:  three excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, highlighted by spoken performances of Shakespeare verses from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by two incomparable stars of both stage and motion pictures: the extraordinary pair of Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.

The Castleton Festival in Virginia was founded in 2009 through the leadership of Lorin Maazel, and has quickly become a magnet for superb young vocal and instrumental artists. These musicians annually come to Castleton Farms to live and work together under the inspired guidance of one of the world’s preeminent conductors.

Sat - July 2
TONY BENNETT and DIANA KRALL

Tony Bennett, the 15-time Grammy Award-winner, is clearly celebrated as the “singer’s singer.” With worldwide record sales in the millions, his talent reaches out across borders and across generations. A Kennedy Center Honoree and an Emmy Award-winner, Mr. Bennett is also a painter and writer and the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s elite Century Award in honour of his outstanding contributions to music. His vocals touch the heart and move the soul. He remains a cherished, vital musical talent.

Diana Krall is a jewel in the world of contemporary jazz and a national musical treasure. From sultry Latin grooves to beloved classic jazz standards, this multi-award winning pianist and singer is disarmingly intimate, utterly soulful and always hypnotically sensual. Her audiences have no choice but to surrender to her romantic persuasion.

Thu - July 7
Brad Paisley with special guest Eric Church

Winner of the 2010 Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, BRAD PAISLEY has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and has 18 #1 songs under his belt. This electrifying performer’s live shows have made him one of the top ticket-sellers in any genre. Since debuting in 1999 with his Platinum-selling album, Who Needs Pictures, the Grammy Award-winning Paisley has become one of the genre’s most consistent hit-makers.

ERIC CHURCH catapulted into national success with the release of his debut Sinners Like Me, which produced three top-charting radio hits. His album Carolina has sold over 500,000 copies (certified Gold), and the single “Homeboy” from his newest album (out this summer), is his fastest-climbing single to date and has been named a USA Today “Pick of the Week” and Billboard has called it a “stellar song.”

• Tickets will may be purchased online at www.blackcreekfestival.com or by calling 1-888-860-7888.

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