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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

This Week in Montreal: December 8 to 14

Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley

Handel’s Messiah: A Holiday Masterwork
In Montreal, Andrew Megill conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Chorus. Four Canadian soloists will perform at both concerts: soprano Leslie-Ann Bradley, mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, tenor Pascal Charbonneau and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. Maison symphonique, December 9 and 10, 8:00 p.m.

Pentaèdre: Scandal in Paris
The Scandal in Paris concert presented by the Pentaèdre woodwind quintet allows us to relive last century’s effervescent period, reflected in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts current exhibition Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914. A transcription of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring will be one of many works performed. Bourgie Concert Hall, December 10, 7:30pm.
 - Renée Banville

Trio Fibonacci: Great Russian Composers
Russian music is reputed for its expression of the deepest emotions. Destins russes [Russian Fates] puts Rachmaninoff’s majestic Trio élégiaque No. 2 to the fore. Rachmaninoff dedicated this trio to Tchaikovsky, whose death deeply affected him. Arensky’s Trio No. 1 is also synonymous with passion and bears Rachmaninoff’s great influence. The concert ends with the first of two Shostakovich trios. Chapelle historique, December 10, 7:30pm.
 - Renée Banville

December at Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
The Transmission Ensemble presents Les Ruines circulaires…for its second concert in residence. This concert is an intimate reflection with duets, trios, and quartets. Works by Harvey, Henze, Scelsi, Murail, Cage and Ruo have been programmed. December 12, 8:00pm.
Winner of the 2011 Prix d’Europe, pianist Charles-Richard Hamelin is still a personality of note. He will perform works by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff during a recital. December 14, 3:30pm.
 - Renée Banville

Two Opera Galas in December
Opéra de Montréal presents its annual gala on December 14. It will be held at the Maison symphonique. Major performers on the Montreal scene—and new, rising performers—will be heard. Singers will present many arias and major choral works, and will be accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain and Opéra de Montréal Chorus, both conducted by Alain Trudel. Maison symphonique, December 14, 2:00pm.
Opéra de Québec has put together a benefit concert at the Grand Théâtre December 11. Many performers from previous productions are expected to present during this event, including Leslie-Ann Bradley, who sang the leading role in The Merry Widow in October. The 2014 edition will feature the Orchestre symphonique de Québec as well as the Opéra de Québec Chorus. Salle Louis-Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec, December 11, 7:30pm.
 - Justin Bernard

Arte Musica Foundation Welcomes SMAM
The unabridged series of Bach cantatas continues at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Bourgie Concert Hall. The Arte Musica Foundation will present Noël à Leipzig [Christmas in Leipzig] with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. Christopher Jackson conducts three cantatas with chamber choir and orchestra alongside soprano Marie Magistry, alto Josée Lalonde, tenor Michiel Schrey and bass Normand Richard. One of the cantatas develops the Nativity theme, while another recaptures the best moments of the “Gloria” from the Mass in B minor. Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, December 13, 3:00pm and December 14, 2:00pm.

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