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.
- Wah Keung Chan
Belles Sœurs: The Musical
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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