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“Bethune” returns to Gravenhurst
Composer / guitarist TIM BRADY tours chamber opera
Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune” and releases two new CDs

Montreal composer and electric guitar virtuoso Tim Brady will be touring Eastern Canada this October with a production of his multi- media opera, Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune. Originally commissioned by Radio-Canada in 2003, the compelling work recounts the story of the last 5 years in the life of the celebrated Canadian surgeon and humanitarian. The text for the 50-minute, 1-act opera is drawn from Dr. Bethune’s own letters, along with poems by Dorothy Livesay (Canada), Raphael Alberti (Spain) and Lu Xun (China) from the 1930’s.

The tour is highlighted by a 4-night run in Gravenhurst, Ontario, the birthplace of Norman Bethune, presented by the Gravenhurst Opera House on October 6, 7, 8 and 9. “Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune” will also be presented at Guelph University on October 3, and at Maison de la culture Frontenac in Montreal on October 11. Performed by Brady’s ensemble Bradyworks, the opera stars baritone Michael Donovan as Dr. Bethune. Preceding the performance of Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune, Brady will be performing solo works for guitar, with video projections by video artist Martin Messier.

The opera production includes video projections of rare archival footage of Montreal, Spain and China in the 1930’s, adding a stunning visual element to Donovan’s passionate performance. Known for the warmth and suppleness of his voice combined with a mature and intelligent musicianship, Michael Donovan is an exciting young recitalist and new music interpreter. His riveting stage presence has endeared him to audiences and critics alike.

Bradyworks on CD
Bradyworks and Donovan released a CD of “Three Cities in the Life of Dr. Norman Bethune” in November 2005, on the Ambiances Magnétiques label (AM 139). In addition, Brady is releasing two new CDs to coincide with this tour: GO [guitar obsession], on Ambiances Magnétiques, and 3 Solos – Bradyworks on the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label, which features the music of R. Murray Schafer. Both CDs feature strong solo performances by Brady as a guitarist, confirming again why the American magazine Guitar Player called him “one of the 30 most important guitarists in the world for the future of the instrument”. As a composer, Brady has been performed and commissioned by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, Radio-France and many other renowned ensembles. Please visit www.timbrady.ca for more information.

Three Cities in the Life of Norman Bethune on tour:
October 3- Recital Hall at School of Fine Arts and Music, University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario
Admission is Free. Call (519) 824 – 4120 #53144 for general information.

October 6 (8PM) 7, 8 and 9 (2PM)- Gravenhurst Opera House
295 Muskoka Road South, Gavenhurst, Ontario
For tickets ($25), call 1 - 888 - 495 - 8888

October 11 - Maison de la culture Frontenac
2550, Ontario St. East, Montreal, Quebec
Free admission with reservation: (514) 872 - 7882

Please visit the following sites : www.timbrady.ca / www.actuellecd.com / www.musiccentre.ca
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