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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

This Week in Montreal: September 9 to 15


This Week in Montreal: September 9 to 15
Cavatinas and Counterpoints
Music and dance come together in Cavatinas and Counterpoints, a special concert to be held in Bourgie Hall. The collaboration between the dancers Margie Gillis and Tedd Robinson, and pianist Jean Desmarais (playing Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Scriabin), aims to evoke the intimacy of early 20th century art salons. September 15.  www.mbam.qc.ca/musique
- Lucie Renaud

The Damnation of Faust
After the production of The Damnation of Faust at  the third edition of Quebec City’s Opera Festival this summer, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra offers Montreal music lovers a concert version of the opera by Hector Berlioz. Director Kent Nagano has invited as soloists tenor Michael Schade (Faust), soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci (Marguerite) and bass-baritone Philippe Sly (Mephistopheles). The MSO Chorus is directed by Andrew Megill. The Maison Symphonique de Montreal will stage three previews, on Thursday, September 12 (8:00), Sunday, September 15 (2:30), and Tuesday, September 17 (8:00). www.osm.ca
- Daniel Turp

This Week in Montreal: September 16 to 22
The Damnation of Faust
After the production of The Damnation of Faust at  the third edition of Quebec City’s Opera Festival this summer, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra offers Montreal music lovers a concert version of the opera by Hector Berlioz. Director Kent Nagano has invited as soloists tenor Michael Schade (Faust), soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci (Marguerite) and bass-baritone Philippe Sly (Mephistopheles). The MSO Chorus is directed by Andrew Megill. The Maison Symphonique de Montreal will stage three previews, on Thursday, September 12 (8:00), Sunday, September 15 (2:30), and Tuesday, September 17 (8:00). www.osm.ca
- Daniel Turp

Artist in residence at OSM
For the first time, this year the OSM has provided for an Artist in Residence. Violinist James Ehnes will spend a week in Montreal and perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the orchestra on September 19 and 21, play as part of a chamber ensemble on the 20th (Clara Schumann and Brahms on the program) and also offer Master classes for young musicians.  www.osm.ca
- Lucie Renaud

A Viennese Serenade
Directed by Matthieu Lussier, the Violons du Roy offers a concert of Viennese serenades centred on Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet (string orchestra version). September 20 and 21. www.mbam.qc.ca/musique
- Lucie Renaud

Lakmé to open Montreal Opera’s season 
The 34th season of the Montreal Opera opens with Lakmé by Léo Delibes. The cast includes soprano Audrey Luna (Lakmé), tenor John Tessier (Gerald), bass Burak Bigili (Nilakantha) and baritone Dominique Côté (Frederick). Musical direction is by Emmanuel Plasson and staging by Alain Gauthier. The first performance takes place Saturday, September 21 (7:30) at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts in Montreal; three other performances are scheduled for 7:30 on Tuesday, September 24, Thursday the 26th and Saturday the 28th.  www.operademontreal.com
- Daniel Turp

La Bohème by Opéra Immédiat
The young company Opéra Immédiat begins its fifth season with Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème on Saturday, September 21 (7:30) and Sunday 22 (3:00) at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal. Soprano Sophie Cruz will perform the role of Mimi and Eric Theriault that of Rodolfo. Staging is by Fanny Gilbert Collet and piano accompaniment by Dominic Bouliane.  www.operaimmediat.com
- Daniel Turp

Boulianne at the Society of Vocal Art
Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne will be the first guest of the 15th season of the Montreal Society of Vocal Art. Accompanied by pianist Martin Dubé she will perform Chants du coeur and other songs by Gustav Mahler. This recital takes place at the Montreal Conservatory of Music on Sunday, September 22, at 3:00.  www.arvocal.ca
- Daniel Turp

This Week in Montreal: September 23 to 29
Lakmé to open Montreal Opera’s season 
The 34th season of the Montreal Opera opens with Lakmé by Léo Delibes. The cast includes soprano Audrey Luna (Lakmé), tenor John Tessier (Gerald), bass Burak Bigili (Nilakantha) and baritone Dominique Côté (Frederick). Musical direction is by Emmanuel Plasson and staging by Alain Gauthier. The first performance takes place Saturday, September 21 (7:30) at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts in Montreal; three other performances are scheduled for 7:30 on Tuesday, September 24, Thursday the 26th and Saturday the 28th.  www.operademontreal.com
- Daniel Turp

Contemporary Composers with La Pietà
Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà are offering a program wholly dedicated to contemporary composers John Adams, Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt. Originally planned for May 2013, the concert was delayed due to the health concerns of the violinist and musical director of the female ensemble. September 27. www.mbam.qc.ca/musique
- Lucie Renaud

A Tribute to Turovsky with Kimy McLaren and Julie Boulianne
To kick off their 30th season, I Musici de Montreal and conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni offer a Tribute to Yuli Turovsky on Friday, September 27, at 7:30, at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal. The program includes Concerto for Double Choir No. 7 by Dmitri Bortniansky, the Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky, the aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Cantilena) by Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Gloria of Antonio Vivaldi. The two soloists are soprano Kimy McLaren and mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne.  www.imusici.com
- Daniel Turp

This Week in Montreal: September 30 to October 6
Serhiy Salov in Longueuil
Pianist Serhiy Salov, winner of the 2004 MIMC, will perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which he executes with great brio, with the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. Conductor Marc David will also lead the orchestra in Schumann’s rarely performed Symphony No. 4 and the overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  October 3. www.osdl.ca
- Lucie Renaud

Valery Gergiev in Montreal
In a much-awaited return, the Mariinsky Orchestra directed by Valery Gergiev presents an all-Rachmaninov program, including the Symphonic Dances and Piano Concerto No. 2.  The electrifying Denis Matsuev is soloist. October 4.  www.osm.ca
- Lucie Renaud

Musica Camerata
at the Chapelle Bon-Pasteur
Musica Camerata has quit the Segal Centre for the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur this year, and offers a program of more substantial works to open its new season, including trios by Haydn and Schubert as well as the more rarely performed Trio by Clermont Pépin. October 5.  cameratamontreal.com
- Lucie Renaud

Venice at the Arte Musica Foundation
On the occasion of the exhibition Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music of La Serenissima from Renaissance to Baroque, the Director of the Arte Musica Foundation Isolde Lagacé has prepared a very interesting musical program. To celebrate Venice in music, the most beautiful Italian arias by Vivaldi, Marcello, Albinoni and Porpora are sung by soprano Aline Kutan, accompanied by Luc Beauséjour, as part of Harpsichord in Concert, Sunday, October 6, at 2:00. On the theme of Frottole, tenor Marco Beasley and the Accordone ensemble will perform songs of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for voice, lute and organ. The leader of Accordone, Guido Morini, will accompany on the organ. The concert takes place at La Salle Bourgie on  Thursday, October 10, at 7:30. www.sallebourgie.ca
- Daniel Turp

Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Segal Centre
September 29 to October 20, Montreal’s Segal Centre Theatre swings into sultry gear with Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’s sassy show, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Set in New York City’s gilded jazz era of the 30s, this Broadway play celebrates the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ nurtured in places like the famous Savoy and Cotton Clubs. This humorous ode to the birth of swing music channels Waller’s sensuous, sybaritic view of life as reflected in his art. Directed by Roger Peace, this production features multiple Juno winner Kim Richardson as the soulful Nell Carter. For tickets and subscriptions, call 514-739-7944 or visit www.segal-centre.org.
- Naomi Gold

This Week at the Theatre – by Jessica B. Hill
With Sedna: Goddess of the Sea, Tableau D’Hôte Theatre has taken a deep dive into primeval lore. Inspired by an ancient aboriginal folktale, it tells the story of a young girl’s self-discovery as she journeys to meet her true destiny. Playing at the Segal Centre’s Studio Theatre, September 29-October 13.
The Centaur Theatre welcomes the world premiere of The St-Leonard Chronicles this October. From the award-winning author of Mambo Italiano and In Piazza San Domenico, comes a quintessentially Montreal-flavored piece of theatre. A young Italian couple rocks the boat when it considers moving from St-Leonard to Anglo-Saxon Beaconsfield. Their relatives are scandalized, and it doesn’t take long before conservative St-Leonard values are turned upside down as more and more unspoken desires bubble up. Playing October 1-27.

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