Court métrage documentaire sur le chef d’orchestre Wilfrid Pelletier. Né en 1896, le musicien connut, tout au long de sa vie, une carrière musicale des plus glorieuses. Il fut chef d'orchestre dès 1927 à la Metropolitan Opera House de New York et le fondateur des Matinées symphoniques en 1935. Il fut également directeur, depuis sa fondation en 1943, du Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique de la province de Québec. Wilfrid Pelletier sut s'imposer en tant que chef d'orchestre de réputation internationale et en tant qu'éducateur éminent.
Fils d’un humble immigrant italien, E. Noël Spinelli a consacré la majeure partie de sa vie à rendre la musique accessible à la communauté ouvrière de Lachine, au Québec. Témoignage émouvant de l’amour profond que M. Spinelli voue à l’opéra et à Puccini, ce court métrage nous fait découvrir ce que la musique lui a apporté et ce qui le motive à nous faire partager sa magie.
In this animated short, filmmaker Chris Hinton and composer Michael Oesterle leap back and forth between picture and sound. The dynamic movement of Hinton's visual art dances in syncopation with the bold musical strokes of an original modern classical composition. Without words.
Three songs: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Rock-A-Bye Baby, One More River to Cross, and the piano exercise Chopsticks, illustrated by animated figures.
This animated short describes an incident in the War of 1812. Here, colourful drawings give a satirical twist to the engagement between a British ship, the H.M.S. Shannon, and an American ship, the U.S.S. Chesapeake. Sung to guitar accompaniment by Canadian folksinger Tom Kines.
A gentle blend of music, people and nature; a summer camp where melodies ripple off the waves and rhythms bounce out of the shadows. Every summer since 1953, CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens Amateurs du Canada) has held a bilingual music camp in Québec's Laurentian Mountains. Here, people of all ages and levels of musical ability come together to learn and make music with a professional staff of Canadian and international musicians.
This short documentary is a profile of Healey Willan, composer, conductor, choirmaster, organist and teacher. We follow Dr. Willan from his seat at his favourite organ in the church where he is choirmaster to his study where he works, and to a visit with his students at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Throughout, the sound of beautiful music accompanies Dr. Willan’s journeys.
In this short animation a single room is the setting for a lyrical dance through time about family roots. The objects in the room swirl, rearrange and change themselves to reflect the passing seasons, years and generations. As Victorian Christmas fantasies give way to computer-age realities, the procession of objects reaffirms the values that endure the vagaries of fashion and the ravages of time.
In this colourful animated short by renowned filmmaker Evelyn Lambart, a handsome frog courts and wins a mouse for his bride. The story was inspired by a popular old folk song and nursery rhyme, originally published in 1548. Sung by Derek Lamb to lute accompaniment.
The film’s ending, which is also taken from the original song, might not be suitable for some audiences, especially very young audiences. Parental discretion is advised.
This short documentary offers an intimate portrait of two women in their mid-sixties—one homosexual, the other heterosexual—whose love for one another and the music they create together transcends differences. Florence and Shirley's lifelong attachment is a heartwarming connection that defies categorization.
This documentary presents two young women from Halifax who are organizing rock concerts to raise money for the group Eastcoast Against Racism. Bronwen and Yaffa believe that the universal language of music will help unite the community. At the same time, they struggle to renew their friendship with Scott, a former Ku Klux Klan member. This moving film is set against a vibrant soundtrack of punk and rap music.