La Scena Musicale

Monday, 13 May 2013

This week in Montreal: May 13 – 19


Montreal Chamber Music Festival (MCMF/FMCM)
The musical festival season opens with the MCMF. The 18th editition takes place from May 9 to June 1 at St. George’s Anglican Church. True to tradition, artistic director Denis Brott spares us no surprises. Performers include the Emerson and Fine Arts Quartets, the Swingle Singers, and pianists Jean-Philippe Collard and Oliver Jones, to name a few. This year’s four-hour marathon is dedicated to Tchaikovsky. www.festivalmontreal.org
- Renée Banville
Concert Prestige
The MIMC has announced a prestigious concert bringing together violinist Maxim Vengerov, cellist Stéphane Tétrault, and pianist Serhiy Salov, 2004 grand prize winner of the MIMC. Accompanied by the I Musici chamber orchestra under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, they will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. The 7th Symphony completes the program. Montreal Symphony House, May 13 at 7:30 pm. www.concoursmontreal.ca
- Renée Banville
Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC/CMIM)
The MIMC welcomes Maxim Vengerov to the post of official conductor of the 2013 Violin edition of the competition, which runs from May 6 to 17. Mr. Vengerov will conduct the OSM, accompanying the finalists on May 14 and 15, as well as the winners on May 17 at the Montreal Symphony House. The first round takes place May 7 to 11 at Bourgie Hall. www.concoursmontreal.ca
- Renée Banville
Jules Massenet’s Manon at the Opéra de Montréal
For the final production of the 2012-13 season, the Opéra de Montréal presents Jules Massenet’s Manon. After an acclaimed performance of the role at the Opéra National de Paris last year, Marianne Fiset sings Manon in the Montreal production. The cast also includes Bruno Ribeiro (Des Grieux), Gordon Binter (Lescaut), Alain Coulombe (Le Comte des Grieux), Alexandre Sylvestre (De Brétigny), Guy Bélanger (Guillot), Frédérique Drolet (Pousette), Florie Valiquette (Javotte) and Emma Char (Rosette). The conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Fabien Gabel, conducts the Orchestre Métropolitain and Brian Deedrick provides stage direction. Four performances take place at salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on May 18, 21, 23, and 25 at 7:30 pm. www.operademontreal.com
- Daniel Turp
Soprano Chantal Dionne at Pro Musica
As part of the Dominicana Series, Pro Musica invites soprano Chantal Dionne. The program includes Franz Liszt’s Poèmes de Victor Hugo as well as works by Sergei Rachmaninov and Joseph Canteloube. The recital takes place at Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Sunday May 19 at 2 pm. www.promusica.qc.ca
- Daniel Turp

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