Vladimir Putin

Jackman, Henry N.R. and Marriner, Sir Neville

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Mr. Jackman begins the address with some personal reminiscences and background for the topic. Remarks about Toronto as a cultural centre and the National Ballet of Canada as an internationally acclaimed organization. The Canadian Opera Company as the fastest growing opera company in the world. A review of the O'Keefe Centre: its strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of the Ballet-Opera Hall Corporation. A description of its founding and its goals. Why such a hall is needed and how it will function. How the Ballet-Opera Hall Corporation will campaign for funds to build this facility, and to raise capital for an endowment campaign to help ensure that both companies maintain their world-class status. Mr. Marriner's personal anecdotes and memories of how the Academy of St Martin's-in-the-Fields came about. His similar hope to have a building for cultural purposes created in London. Some remarks about Canada's place in the performing arts; the overseas reputation of the Toronto Symphony; Canadian-produced television theatrical performances in Europe; the well-known reputation of the National Ballet and Opera. Hope for funding support both in Canada and in London.