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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cette semaine à Montréal : le 4 au 10 novembre

par Renée Banville

Marie-Josée Lord à l’Orchestre de chambre McGill
Sous la direction de son chef Boris Brott, l’OCM présente un programme de musique espagnole et portugaise, avec la soprano Marie-Josée Lord. Alliant tradition, modernité et audace, Sous les lumières de Lisbonne réunit les œuvres de Granados, Lizée, Sarasate, Rodrigo et Villa-Lobos. Salle Bourgie, 5 novembre, 19 h 30. Causerie pré-concert à 18 h 30.

Une nouvelle création de Sixtrum
L’ensemble à percussion Sixtrum propose sa toute dernière création mise en scène par Michel G. Barette. Les six créatifs frappeurs laissent libre cours à leur imagination débridée en explorant les territoires sonores souvent insoupçonnés de la percussion contemporaine. Les œuvres de Cage, Leroux, Reich et Vivier côtoient les compositions des musiciens de l’ensemble : João Catalão, Julien Compagne, Julien Grégoire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim et Fabrice Marandola. Maison de la culture Frontenac, 7 novembre, 20 h.

Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur – dans la foulée des réjouissances
Dans la série Hommage à Denis Gougeon de la SMCQ, les dix musiciens de l’Ensemble Arkea sous la direction de Dina Gilbert présentent un voyage astral à travers le cycle des planètes du compositeur, ainsi qu’un hommage composé par sept anciens étudiants du compositeur. 8 novembre, 20 h.

XXe anniversaire des Jeunes Ambassadeurs
La relève italienne sera présente au programme international des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques pour une soirée lyrique franco-italienne. Chiara Mogini, Federica Spatola et Veronica Lazzeri, ainsi que le directeur artistique de l’Opéra de Bologne, Fulvio Macciardi, participeront à la Soirée lyrique franco-italienne, avec 25 chanteurs d’opéra de 11 pays. Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, salle Jean-Eudes, 9 novembre, 19 h 30
Le lendemain aura lieu le XXe Gala des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques devant un jury de 15 directeurs d’opéra européens et canadiens. Plusieurs prix et engagements seront annoncés. Chœur classique de Montréal, Louis Lavigueur, chef. Salle Bourgie, 10 novembre, 14 h 30.

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This Week in Montreal: November 4 to 10

By Renée Banville / Translation Emilie White

McGill Chamber Choir & Marie-Josée Lord
Under the baton of conductor Boris Brott, the MCO plays a programme of Spanish and Portuguese music with soprano Marie-Josée Lord. Night in Lisboa, a programme at once traditional, modern and daring, which will include works by Granados, Lizée, Sarasate, Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos. Salle Bourgie, November 5, 7:30pm. Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.

New Composition by Sixtrum
Percussion ensemble Sixtrum will perform its newest composition, staged by Michel G. Barette. These six creative drummers have let their unbridled imaginations run wild, exploring soundscapes from outside the beaten track of contemporary percussion. The works of Cage, Leroux, Reich and Vivier will be performed alongside compositions by the musicians of the ensemble, João Catalão, Julien Compagne, Julien Grégoire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim and Fabrice Marandola. Maison de la culture Frontenac, November 7, 8pm.

Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur – In the Heart of the Celebration
In the SMCQ Denis Gougeon Hommage Series, the Arkea Ensemble’s ten performers, under the direction of Dina Gilbert, offer a celestial voyage across Gougeon’s planetary cycle as well as a tribute piece composed by seven of his former students. November 8, 8pm.

The Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques
The next generation of Italian singers will join the international programme of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques for a Soirée lyrique franco-italienne. Chiara Mogini, Federica Spatola and Veronica Lazzeri, as well as the artistic director of the Bologna Opera, Fulvio Macciardi, will participate in the Soirée, with 25 opera singers from 11 countries. Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Salle Jean-Eudes, November 9, 7:30pm.
The 20th Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Gala will take place the day after for a jury of 15 European and Canadian opera directors. Various awards and engagements will be announced. Choeur classique de Montréal, Louis Lavigueur, director. Salle Bourgie, November 10, 2:30pm. 

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

This Week in Toronto (Nov. 4 - 10)

This Week in Toronto (Concert Picks for Nov. 4 - 10)

- Joseph So

This is a very busy week at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. American pianist and audience favourite Emmanuel Ax is in town to play a real "heart of the repertoire" piece - Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.  Ax has a special connection with Canada, having lived in Winnipeg during his youth before the family moved to New York City. He also has a special connection with the TSO, having been featured in a documentary on the TSO and Peter Oundjian, Five Days in September: the Rebirth of an Orchestra, made several years ago.  The program also features Haydn's Symphony No. 96 "The Miracle".  It's nicknamed "The Miracle" not as a commentary on the quality of the composition, but rather it refers to the legend that a chandelier fell from the ceiling during the performance but nobody in the audience was hurt.  Well, apparently it was the wrong symphony - the actual event occurred in Haydn's Symphony No. 102!  It makes an interesting subject for conversation anyway.  The third piece is Canadian composer Gary Kulesha's Third Symphony.  Peter Oundjian conducts. Nov. 6 and 7 8 pm at Roy Thomson Hall.

American pianist Emmanuel Ax (Photo: Maurice Jerry Beznos)

On Friday Nov. 8th 7:30 pm, as part of the Exposed: What Makes it Great? series, the TSO is presenting Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525. The format of this series is an analysis of the piece followed by a full performance. This is designed for new audiences to classical music, and what better piece to feature than this most popular of Mozart compositions?  On Saturday Nov. 9th 1:30 and 3:30 in the afternoon, the TSO is presenting In the Groove, a 'Young Peoples' Concert' with works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Bruch. Violinist Leo Jarmain, the winner of the TSYO Concerto Competition Winner, is the soloist in the Bruch. Evan Mitchell conducts.

Soprano Suzie Leblanc (Photo: Tara McMullen)

Acadian soprano Suzie Leblanc recently released a marvelous CD, I am in need of music, a collection of songs based on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. It is on the Centerdisc label from the Canadian Music Centre, catalogue no. CMCCD19413.  You can hear Ms. Leblanc in person this week with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, in Purcell and Carissimi: Music from London and Rome. Also appearing is tenor Charles Daniels. Ivars Taurins conducts. The concert is in the newly refurbished Trinity St. Paul Centre. Performances on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, the last is a matinee.

Jazz singer Adi Braun 

One of Canada's premiere jazz singers, Adi Braun, is vocalist in Speak Low, a recital of the music of Kurt Weill at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in the Four Seasons Centre on Wednesday Nov. 6 at 5:30 pm. Adi is the daughter of the great, late Canadian baritone Victor Braun, and the sister of baritone Russell Braun. She started out as an opera singer but switched to jazz early in her career. Having grown up in Germany, Adi is completely fluent in German and she is the German diction coach at the Canadian Opera Company.  She is joined in this concert by Dave Restivo (piano), Pat Collins (bass) and Daniel Barnes (drums). Like all free COC concerts, be sure to show up an hour ahead to ensure a seat. The full program of this concert can be found at   

Cellist Matt Haimovitz (Photo: Stephen Mackinnon)

This is Holocaust Education Week, and there are many events all around town, including a number of notable concerts featuring the works of Jewish composers. The Ontario Philharmonic is presenting a concert on Tuesday Nov. 5 at Koerner Hall. Marco Parisotto is conducting Ernest Bloch's Schelomo (Hebraic Rhasopdy) with cellist Matt Haimovitz, as well as Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D "Titan."  Performance at 8 pm.

Violinist Midori (Photo: Dan Borris)

Also at Koerner Hall this Friday at 8 pm is an appearance of violinist Midori with pianist Ozgur Aydin in a program of Bloch, Mozart, Hindemith, Faure and Schubert. Midori made her debut at the age of 11(!) at the very top, as a last minute fill in for the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.  It really seems like she's been around forever, and she's only 42!  Do go hear this wunderkind-turned-mature-artist if you haven't before. Aydin is one of those up and coming pianists who burst on the scene after winning a competition, in his case the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich.

Opera York is presenting Verdi's Il Trovatore, in two performances on Thursday Nov. 7 and Saturday Nov. 9 in the intimate, Jack Diamond-designed Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (10268 Yonge Street). SabatinoVacca conducts baritone Nicolae Raiciu (di Luna), tenor Paul Williamson (Manrico) and mezzo Kristine Dandavino (Azucena.) 

Essential Opera, a group I have not yet experienced, is in its 4th season. This week, it is performing a rarely heard Haydn opera, L'isola disabiltata (The Deserted Island).  Haydn operas generally don't get staged by the big opera companies very often, so this is likely your only chance to hear this locally. A single performance under the direction of former COC coach Kate Carver on Friday Nov. 8 7:30 pm at the intimate Heliconian Hall in Yorkville.

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