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Monday, 21 October 2013

This Week in Montreal: October 21 to 27



Various styles of chamber music in the Accès-Culture Network
Pianist Suzanne Blondin, violinist David Lefèvre, and cellist Paul Marleyn perform three of chamber music’s key works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, October 27 at 4 pm. www.accesculture.com
Renée Banville

Venice comes to the MMFA – a feast for eyes and ears
The Museum of Fine Arts exposition Splendore a Venezia gives the public a rare opportunity to pair music and visual arts in an eventful musical program. From October 6 to February 5, a succession of international guests will appear at Bourgie Hall, many for the first time in Canada: ensembles Accordone (Italy, October 9 and 10), Orchester Jakobsplatz München (Germany, October 23), XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade (France, November 8) and the Quatuor Cambini-Paris (France, December 5).
Montreal musicians will also be celebrated in October and November, including the ensembles Arion, the NEM, the Boréades, the Idées Heureses, and the musicians of the OSM. All told, 20 concerts, seven conferences, and two films covering five centuries of music are on the menu until February. www.sallebourgie.ca
Renée Banville

The Nose by Shostakovich from the MET Live in HD
As part of the MET Live in HD series, Shostakovich’s opera The Nose will be projected onto Cineplex cinema screens on October 26 with a re-broadcast on November 20. The cast includes Andrey Popov (police inspector), Alexander Lewis (the titular Nose) and Paulo Szot (Kovalyov). The Metropolitan Opera orchestra and choir are directed by Valery Gergiev. www.cineplex.com
Daniel Turp

For organ lovers
Presented every three years, the Canadian International Organ Competition offers an annual program aimed at a wide audience in partnership with various organizations. Worth noting is a concert with three international competition winners, including 2011 CIOC grand prize winner Christian Lane, at the Notre Dame Basilica on October 25. Equally noteworthy is a tour of four organs on October 26, a concert with Yves G. Préfontaine at the Grand Séminaire, and one featuring organ and harp at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul on October 27. www.ciocm.org
Lucie Renaud

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