La Scena Musicale

Sunday, 10 August 2014

This Week in Montreal: August 11 to 17

The OSM’s Classical Spree – An Expanded Program

The third edition of the OSM’s Classical Spree (Virée classique) takes flight on August 14 with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a huge free concert that brings together 1,000 singers at the Parc Olympique to perform under the baton of Kent Nagano. August 15 and 16, music lovers will have the choice of 30 different 45-minute concerts at low prices, presented in four halls, including the Maison Symphonique. Expect performances by world-class artists and a great variety of free activities for the whole family. www.osm.ca
 - Renée Banville

Arcadia String Quartet

The McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA)


Seeking to promote the grand string quartet tradition, the MISQA presents eight concerts and ten masterclasses from August 10- to 23. Performances include the Keller String Quartet at the opening concert, and the Arcadia String Quartet at the closing one. Other participating string quartets include Calidore, Excelsa, Jubiliee, and Mucha (14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7 pm). Three young-and-upcoming quartets, Amber, Benten, and Penfield will arebe on stage August 16 and 23 at 2 pm. Nine professors emeritius have been invited to share their wisdom with the young ensembles. Concerts take place at Pollack Hall at 7 pm, save for the fledgling quartets, presented at 2 pm at Tanna Schulich Hall. www.misqa.com
 - Renée Banville

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