La Scena Musicale

Monday, 12 August 2013

This week in Montreal: August 12 to 18

Orchestre de la Francophonie: Classics Series in Montreal
As part of the 2013 summer season, the Orchestre de la Francophonie presents four concerts in Montreal. July 24, guest conductor Douglas Pace Sturdevant conducts the OF at Pollack Hall. OF conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay provides musical direction for concerts on August 12, 13 and 14 at Salle Pierre-Mercure. At these concerts, audiences will have the chance to hear renowned soloists such as Pascale Beaudin, Serhiy Salov and Élissa Cassini, and upcoming soloists such as Sheila Jaffe, Thomas Chartré and Philippe Prudhomme. And finally, a Montreal premiere: a piece by composer Frédéric Chiasson.

MISQA (McGill International String Quartet Academy)
Since its founding in August 2010, MISQA has sought to promote the great tradition of the string quartet. Every year, renowned international faculty are invited to share their experience with the best young string quartets from around the world. Participants this year will include four quartets of international stature, as well as four up-and-coming quartets, from eight countries. Two prestigious guest string quartets will give the opening and closing concerts at Pollack Hall: the Miami Quartet (August 11) and the
Vogler Quartet (August 23). The special presentation “Les Musiciens du Quatuor” is presented in two parts, on August 19 and 20 at 7:00 PM. The concerts featuring student quartets take place in Pollack and Tanna Schulich concert halls from August 11-23. These concerts are free, but tickets must be reserved.
- Renée Banville

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