La Scena Musicale

Monday, 19 January 2015

This Week in Montreal: January 19 to 25


A New Take on The Rite of Spring by NEM
To celebrate Expressionism in Germany and France from 1900 to 1914, which is the subject of the concurrent exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, the NEM will present three major works from this important period of the 20th century. Arnold Schoenberg's Drei Stücke, op. 11 and Anton Webern's Konzert, op. 24 will contrast with the historical Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, re-orchestrated by François Vallières, violist of the NEM. Bourgie Hall, January 21, 7:30pm.
- Renée Banville

Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in the Musical Canvases Series
Composed in 1912, Schoenberg's iconic work is surprising for its unique instrumentation and its singspeak (sprechgesang). The fantastic and desperate world of Pierrot will be performed by four musicians of the OSM (Andrew Wan, Brian Manker, André Moisan, Timothy Hutchins) and pianist Louise Bessette. It will be sung by soprano Ingrid Schmithüsen and narrated by actor Paul Savoie. Bourgie Hall, January 23, 6:30pm.
- Renée Banville

Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Samson et Dalila at the Opéra de Montréal
“Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” has been central to the repertoire of Marie-Nicole Lemieux as a competition piece since her student days. “It’s musically a magical moment,” says Lemieux. When she sings it in her first production at the Montreal Opera, “It will be the first time I sing it with a tenor,” Lemieux says. It’s rare for a role to have three great arias in an opera, and Lemieux is looking forward to those highlights. However, for her, the challenge is to approach the role as a whole. “Dalila is on the dark side of the moon,” says Lemieux. “When I go on stage, I try to find a human side because no one is completely black or white. At the beginning, despite the objections of her people, she genuinely likes Samson. But he leaves her three times to fight against her people. She is wounded by that, and she fights to make amends. She is not evil.” Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, January 24, 27, 29, and 31,
- Wah Keung Chan

The Arte Musica Foundation Welcomes Les Violons du Roy
Conductor Matthieu Lussier and Les Violons du Roy are also participating in the unabridged series of Bach cantatas. The ensemble performs Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, BWV 154; Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht, BWV 124; Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32; and Herr, wie du willst, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73—four Epiphany cantatas. Soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel, tenor Thomas Cooley and baritone Tyler Duncan round out the show. Bourgie Concert Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, January 25, 2:00pm.
- Justin Bernard

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