La Scena Musicale

Monday, 20 October 2014

This Week in Montreal: October 20 to 26


Aline Kutan

Montreal Lyric Orchestra Debuts
Montreal has a new orchestra: founded by conductors Simon Rivard and Ben Kepes, the Montreal Lyric Orchestra is devoted to vocal works. Its debut concert features soprano Aline Kutan in Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Schubert’s An die Musik and Mahler’s 4th symphony with Kutan taking the soprano solo in the 4th movement. Pianist Olivier Godin tackles Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Oscar Peterson Hall. Oct. 23. www.montreallyricorchestra.com
- Wah Keung Chan

Belles Sœurs: The Musical
Montreal’s Segal Centre presents the English-language premiere of Belles Sœurs: The Musical. Based on Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-sœurs, the darkly comedic, bittersweet play about working-class strife in Quebec, circa 1965, is the story of Germaine Lauzon, a Plateau Mont-Royal housewife who wins one million department store trading stamps. Musical mayhem ensues when she invites her closest relatives and friends to celebrate at a raucous stamp-pasting party. Les Belles-sœurs premiered in 1968, and the musical version debuted in 2010. The book & lyrics are by René Richard Cyr, and the music is by Daniel Bélanger. The English book adaptation is by Brian Hill, while Neil Bartram penned the English lyrics. Produced by Montrealer Allan Sandler, the show features an all-female Canadian cast. Oct. 19 to Nov. 9. www.segalcentre.org.
- Naomi Gold

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