For Immediate Release
April 3, 2012

Maritime Concert Opera receives its second grant from the Canada Council

LUNENBURG, NS  — Maritime Concert Opera is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Canada Council to support its June production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

“Receiving a grant from the Canada Council is tremendously important for a small, growing company, and recognizes the standards we’ve achieved,” says MCO Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart. “The process is very competitive.  This is our second federal project grant, and it has made it possible for us to hire an orchestra for the first time for our Lunenburg performance. We’re very grateful to the Canada Council and the taxpayers of Canada for this assistance, which will go to hire Nova Scotian musicians.”

MCO debuted in 2003 and has grown to become one of the most successful regional opera companies in the Maritimes, offering performance opportunities to many young singers from the Maritimes and away.  The Lunenburg performance of The Magic Flute will be its first with a small professional orchestra, largely drawn from members of Symphony Nova Scotia.

The Magic Flute will be performed with orchestra in Lunenburg on June 16, 2012.

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The Canada Council for the Arts is an arms-length Crown corporation that strengthens Canadian arts practice and connects the public to the arts using a parliamentary appropriation of roughly $5.25 per capita. Through its grants, awards, prizes and payments, the Council supports over 20,000 artists and arts organizations annually. It also houses the Canada Council Art Bank with over 17,000 works of contemporary Canadian art and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Governed by an 11-person board, the Council reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and is audited annually by the Auditor General of Canada.

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