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Monday, 15 December 2014

This Week in Montreal: December 15 to 21

Jean-Willy Kunz
The Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a concert series offering the best-known musical pieces from its 35 shows, performed by chorus, orchestra and … organ. As an organist, harpsichordist or pianist, I have been involved in some very original projects in the last few years, and I’m eager to participate in this one! December 13 – 28, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. Information:
- Jean-Willy Kunz

Handel’s Messiah: A Holiday Masterpiece
The McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, under the baton of Boris Brott, takes their turn to present The Messiah with soprano Aline Kutan, mezzo Mireille Lebel, tenor Michael Colvin and baritone Peter McGillivray. The choir’s musical director, Peter Wedd, has prepared the singers and will accompany them on the harpsichord. A pre-concert talk will take place at 6:30 pm. Christ Church Cathedral, December 15 at 7:30 pm.
Conducted by Michel Brousseau, the Choeur Philharmonique Nouveau Monde also presents highlights from The Messiah with over 200 singers on stage, sans soloists. Église Saint-Germain, Outremont, at 7:30 pm.

Change of Program at the OSM
The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal keeps the festivities going with a unique concert: a recital with mezzo Susan Graham and tenor Michael Fabiano, who will perform works by Massenet, Puccini, and Schubert. This program replaces a concert with Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, who was forced to cancel his visit to Montreal. Maison Symphonique de Montréal, December 16 and 18 at 8 pm.

New Conductor Touring with the OM and Stéphane Tétreault in December
Kensho Watanabe, replacing the originally-scheduled Alexandre Bloch, will visit three Montreal neighbourhoods with the Orchestre Métropolitain and Stéphane Tétreault. Winter Evenings is a program full of contrasts, beginning with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, op. 6 no 8 (“The Christmas Concerto”) which is followed by Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Symphony no. 1 “Winter Dreams”. Verdun (Dec 17), Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (Dec 18), and Saint-Leonard (Dec 20).

I Musici – A Baroque Christmas
I Musici revamps Christmas this year with recorder ensemble Flûte Alors! Under the baton of conductor-in-residence Jean-Michel Malouf, audiences will hear arrangements for four recorders and orchestra of works by Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi, Haber, and Charpentier. These four recorder-loving virtuosos have, according to critics, developed a musical mechanism of clockwork precision together. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, December 18 to 20.

Christmas in Dresden
Ensembles VivaVoce and La Rose des vents unite for a concert titled “Noël à Dresde”, featuring trombonist Catherine Motuz and French horn player Matthew Jennejohn. They will perform works by Praetorius, Scheidt, Schein, and Schütz for choir and string ensemble as well as traditional Christmas works. Redpath Hall, December 21, 3 pm.

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