La Scena Musicale

Monday, 1 December 2014

This Week in Montreal: December 1 to 7

Philippe Bourque, director of the St. Lawrence Choir

The Montreal Bach Festival: Nov 23 to Dec 7
In December, the festival presents a rare instrumental duo performed by Israeli artists Avi Avital on mandolin and Shalev Ad-El on harpsichord (1st). Audiences will have the chance to peruse the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach with musicologist Gilles Cantagrel and six Montreal musicians (2). December is also that magical time when the greatest large vocal works are performed; hear The Coronation of King George II with Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music (2), Handel’s Messiah with the Violons du Roy directed by Trevor Pinnock (5), or the Christmas Oratorio with the St. Lawrence Choir directed by Philippe Bourque (6).
- Renée Banville
Stirring Sounds at the OSM in December
Under the baton of renowned Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki, soprano Hélène Guilmette, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Colin Balzer, and baritone Christian Immler perform the “Stirring Sounds of Bach and Mendelssohn”. This is the closing concert of the Montreal Bach Festival, with the OSM Choir, directed by Andrew Megill, and organist John Grew. Notable among the vocal works on the program are Mendelssohn’s Psalm 115, Op. 31, Nicht unserm Namen, Herr and Bach’s Magnificat in D major. Maison symphonique, Dec 3 and 4 at 8 pm and Dec 7 at 2:30 pm.
- Justin Bernard
This Week at the Chapelle Historique
The first concert of in-house composer Jimmie LeBlanc’s series introduces us to pianist and composer Andy Costello in Schumann’s Masques. December 4, 8 pm.
As part of the European Award’s benefit concert, pianists Jean Saulnier and Serhiy Salov perform Rachmaninoff’s works on two pianos. December 3, 8 pm.
- Renée Banville

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