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Kapuskasing Music Festival goes next month

 KAPUSKASING - The Kapuskasing Music Festival has been a yearly spring event for 47 years already and the trend is continuing.  The committee is getting ready for its 48th festival, which will run from April 6 to April 12, 2018 at the Civic Centre.



The very popular “Musical Theatre” will open the Festival, Friday evening, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Centre.  Competitive classes will start Saturday morning, April 7 immediately following the official opening by the mayor or town representative, continuing in the afternoon and evening, resuming Sunday afternoon and evening and ending Monday afternoon, April 9, 2018.



The Award’s Concert will close the Festival Thursday evening, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. 



Programs can be downloaded and printed from our website at They can also be purchased for $15.00 at Spacek’s.  Again this year, there will be no admission fees for Festival venues, however, a donation box will be available.   The general public is cordially invited to attend the various activities and sessions.



The adjudicator for the 2018 Festival is Ms Monique de Margerie.  She began her career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher in Europe before returning to Canada in 2003. For almost 20 years, Mme de Margerie was based in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris where she was a frequent collaborator with violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco. She toured as part of a four-hands duo with pianist Prof. Gitti Pirner and  the Gächinger Kantorei choir under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, and taught for many years at the Koenig Conservatory in Paris. 



From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and collaborator, and she performed as a soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in 2011. Combining her love for travel and music, she has performed and toured several times in Japan, India, and South Asia. She regularly collaborates with students at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and performs with many of Toronto’s top professional players including pianist Jamie Parker, tenor Colin Ainsworth, and such members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Fraser Jackson (bassoon), Yao Guang Zhai (clarinet) and Etsuko Kimura (violin). Just recently she performed Fraser Jackson's chamber ensemble arrangement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with members of the TSO in a concert at Trinity-St.Paul’s United Church.



For several years she accompanied choirs at Young Voices Toronto under the direction of Zamfira Poloz, and she recently toured Alberta with choir conductor Robert Filion and his De La Salle Choir from Ottawa.



For twelve years, she has been on the faculty of the Cammac Music Festival in Quebec. She has made many broadcasts with the national radio networks of Germany, Switzerland and Canada, and she released a solo disc on the Koch International label.   Much respected as a teacher, she has travelled across Canada as an adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competition and her private studio is one of the happiest and most successful in Toronto.