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Monday, 17 November 2014

This Week in Montreal: November 17 to 23

The Debussy Quartet
Musical Explosion with Appassionata
In the sumptuous décor of Cinéma Impérial, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra welcomes the public to a multimedia experience related to Beethoven’s Third “Eroica” Symphony (in French only). The Beethoven Revolution, devised by Artistic Director Daniel Myssyk, begins with highlights of the composer, his music, and his life. With the support of large-screen projections by visual artist and cartoonist Christian Quesnel, Patrice Dubois narrates the text through a collage sourced by playwright Jennifer Tremblay. The text related to the composer’s biography was written by A.F. Schindler. Cinéma Impérial, Nov 18, 7:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

Chapelle Historique: First Appearance of Debussy Quartet in Quebec
Leading up to the Debussy Quartet’s appearance in TOHU’s Opus from Nov 20 to 26, the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur welcomes France’s string quartet in a performance of Debussy’s monumental String Quartet in G minor. Nov 17, 8 pm.
- Renée Banville

A Vocal Ensemble at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
An Eastern European wind will blow on the city’s Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur with a concert starring Zagreb’s Cantus Ensemble, in collaboration with Les Amis Concerts. Works by Ruben Radica, Franco Parać, Anđelko Klobučaret, and Mladen Tarbuk will be performed. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, November 19, 8:00 p.m. Justin Bernard

The OSM Hosts Miah Persson
Under the baton of Kent Nagano, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal presents two concerts titled The Voice of Romanticism with Swedish soprano Miah Persson. The soloist performs Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs as well as the prelude and “Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B-minor. Maison symphonique, Nov 19 and 20 at 8 pm.
- Justin Bernard

NEM’s Creation Laboratory
The Nouvel Ensemble Modern presents its 12th International Forum, featuring the voices of young composers from all over the world. From Nov 1st to 21, 72 public rehearsals, eight luncheon-chats, two lectures and a round table will create the opportunity for discourse between musicians, upcoming composers, and music lovers. The event culminates in two concerts that will present the finished works of eight selected composers. Salle Claude-Champagne, Nov 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

Daniel Clarke-Bouchard in I Musici’s English Garden
Talented 12-year-old Daniel Clarke-Bouchard is a fearless musician. From the TV screen to the stage, he has tested many different fields and explored various styles. This time, he’s performing Bach “in an English garden” with I Musici, conducted by Jean-Michel Maloud. He will play the Piano Concerto No. 5 and Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings, op. 10. Warlock, Delius, and Elgar complete the program. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Nov 20 and 22.
- Renée Banville

Death and the Maiden with the Musicians of the OSM
The renowned Schubert Quartet is on the program for the next concert of the Arte Musica Foundation’s “Musical Canvases” series. Vienna brings this major figure in Romanticism together with one of the key players in Expressionism in music, Alan Berg, whose String Quartet, op. 3, will be performed. With violinists Brigitte Rolland and Alexander Read, violist Natalie Racine, and cellist Anna Burden. Bourgie Hall, Nov 21, 6:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

The Montreal Bach Festival: Nov 23 to Dec 7
The 8th edition of the Montreal Bach Festival presents 21 concerts in nine venues. The opening concert takes place at the Maison Symphonique and features Germany’s Freiburger Barockorchester on Nov 23. The closing concert takes place in the same hall on Dec 3, 4, and 7, with the OSM under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki.
Among the abundance of events planned, here are some noteworthy ones in November:
• The Pentaèdre wind quartet and pianist Mathieu Gaudet premiere composer Éric Champagne’s Hommage à Bach (24)
• The Concerto Melante, composed of members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, perform Bach’s The Musical Offering (27)
• Arion Baroque Orchestra recreates the ambience of Prince Frederick of Prussia’s music room for a performance as a quartet (28)
• I Musici di Roma, a renowned baroque orchestra founded in 1951, has a surprise in store … (30)
- Renée Banville

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