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Monday, 10 November 2014

This Week in Montreal: November 10 to 16

Chinese violinist Lu Siqing
China’s Most Prestigious Orchestra in Their Only Montreal Concert
China’s National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra presents a concert featuring Eastern and Western traditions. The Butterfly Lovers concerto, evoking an old legend of cursed lovers, will be performed by violinist Lu Siqing and conducted by Lu Jia. Chen Qigang’s The Five Elements and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony are also programmed. Maison symphonique, Nov 13, 8 pm.
- Renée Banville

Étienne Dupuis in Opéra de Montréal’s Barbiere di Siviglia
Baritone Étienne Dupuis plays the main role in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Montréal this season. He is joined by Mireille Lebel, Carlo Lepore, Bogdan Mihai, and Paolo Pecchioli. Oriol Tomas is in charge of staging, and Christoph Campestrini is the artistic director. The Orchestre Métropolitain and the Opéra de Montréal Chorus accompany the singers. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, November 8, 11, 13, and 15, 7:30 p.m.
- Justin Bernard

The Alcan Quartet’s Upcoming Concerts
Since its creation, the Alcan Quartet has given hundreds of concerts at home and abroad, and although it doesn’t limit itself to the Beethoven repertoire, the release of the complete cycle will allow the ensemble to add many more concerts on the road in the coming months. On November 12, the ensemble will appear in Montreal at Bourgie Hall, and on the 16, at Salle Rolland-Brunelle, in Joliette. The concert series continues until 2015, as with the releases of the other volumes of this great musical adventure.
- Réjean Beaucage

ECM+’s Génération: 20th Anniversary
ECM+ presents its eighth edition of Génération, which kickstarted the career of 53 Canadian composers. This edition, under the baton of Véronique Lacroix, is hosted by composer Gabriel Dharmoo. Nine Canadian cities will welcome ECM+. The ensemble invites music creation enthusiasts to discover works by Quebec’s Marie-Pierre Brasset, Cuba’s Evelin Ramon (Quebec), Ontario’s Alec Hall (New York), and Alberta’s Anthony Tan (Berlin). Conservatoire concert hall, Nov 13, 7:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

I Musici and Mozart’s Requiem
As part of its third vocal concert of the season, the I Musici Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor (orchestration: Gustav Mahler) and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor (completed version by Robert Levin). The musicians will accompany the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal’s chorus, along with soprano Charlotte Corwin, mezzo-soprano Emma Char, tenor Yann Beuron, and baritone Aleksey Bodganov. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts. Maison symphonique, Nov 14, 8 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Telemann and Quantz: Baroque Rebels with Arion
Arion teaches us that Telemann was committed to a career in law and Quantz was committed to a career in foundry. Luckily for us, both composers persevered with music. They both helped in giving the flute its fame. Under the direction of harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, flutists Claire Guimond and Alexa Raine-Wright will lead the public in discovering discover romantic and imaginative music. Bourgie Hall, Nov 14 to 16.
- Renée Banville

The Montreal Bach Festival: Night of Choirs
The 8th edition of the Montreal Bach Festival presents 21 concerts in nine venues. After last year’s success, the Night of Choirs is back as a prelude to the festival on Nov 15. Hosted by Espace Musique’s Mario Paquet and geared towards families, the event takes place at the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul beginning at 3:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

Opéra Bouffe du Québec Sings Offenbach
The Laval-based opera company presents Jacques Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, its first season production. The performance stars Véronique Gauthier, Martin Pilon, Charles Prévost-Linton, Frédérike Bédard, Éric Thériault, Chantal Scott, and Étienne Cousineau. Simon Fournier conducts the Opéra Bouffe’s orchestra and choir while Richard Fréchette oversees staging. Maison des arts de Laval, Nov 7, 8, and 14, 8 pm; Nov 15 and 16, 3 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques’ Gala Concert
As part of its twenty-first season, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques’ international program by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 presents its annual gala concert, bringing together 24 winners this year—rising stars in Canada’s vocal art. They will perform before a selection panel of European and North American opera house managers. Martin Dubé will be the accompanist. Collaboration with the Chœur classique de Montréal, conductor: Louis Lavigueur. Église du Gesù, Nov 16, 2:30 pm.
- Justin Bernard

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