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Monday, 23 February 2015

This Week in Montreal: February 23 to March 1

Trio Fibonacci

This Week in Montreal: February 23 to March 1

Opéra da Camera in Haendel’s Serse
The Montreal company continues its first opera of the season: Serse. In an original production from Andrew Cuk, the concert will feature an Orchestra directed by Christopher Hossfeld and a large group of singers: Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto. Feb. 28, 7 :30 pm. www.operadacamera.ca
- Justin Bernard

Alexander Brott’s 100th Anniversary
Alexander Brott, whose centenary we are celebrating in 2015, was first and foremost a creator. He stands as one of Canada’s most significant and prolific composers, and his works have received accolades from critics, conductors and audiences. McGill Chamber Orchestra celebrates Alexander Brott's 100th Anniversary, with works including Mini Minus and Sept for Seven. Boris Brott conducts. February 24 at Bourgie Hall.
www.ocm-mco.org.

Trio Fibonacci – Viennese classicism 
Mannheim Orchestra was seen as one of Europe’s best in the 18th century. With La Fusée de Mannheim, Fibonacci’s musicians, Julie-Anne Derome (violin), Wonny Song (piano) and Gabriel Prynn (cello), started to search for the outstanding quality of Viennese classicism. This ideal is reached with compositions by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Onslow. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, February 25, 7:30 pm. www.triofibonacci.com
- Renée Banville

L’Étoile by Emmanuel Chabrier
For its annual production, the Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal conducted by Robin Wheeler chose an opera-bouffe: L’étoile by Chabrier, in a François Racine production. Jean-François Rivest will conduct the Université de Montréal Orchestra and the Atelier d’opéra chorus. Salle Claude-Champagne. Feb. 26, 27, 28, 7:30 pm. www.calendrier.umontreal.ca
- Justin Bernard

MNM Highlights
From 26 February to 7 March, the 7th edition of the Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival will present some 30 concerts in 11 venues on the theme: “Environments and new technologies”. A few highlights:
To give credit where credit is due, the producer of the event, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), will open the festivities with the extravagance characteristic of its artistic director, Walter Boudreau. The program includes a music video (Yan Breleux, Soizic Lebrat – 2012), a prepared piece for the piano (John Cage – 1945), extracts from the film Ce soir on improvise (Raymond Gervais, Michel Di Torre – 1974) and a reorchestrization by Boudreau and René Bosc of the “unplayable” radio work, Atlantide (1985), by Michel Georges Brégent (Salle Pierre-Mercure, 26 February – 7 pm).
Mention must also be made of the McGill Symphony Orchestra’s concert performance of la Turangalila – Symphony (1949), by Olivier Messiaen under the direction of Alexis Hauser (Maison Symphonique, 27 February – 7 pm), as well as the presence of the Musikfabrik ensemble from Germany, which will perform the North American premiere of a work by Claude Vivier (Salle Pierre Mercure, 28 February, 7 pm), as well as the double multimedia concert by the Onix ensemble from Mexico (Agora Hydro-Québec, 4 March, 9 pm and 11 pm).
Let’s not forget free events: the 500 voices of Les Papes Hurlants of the Mruta Mertsi ensemble, under the direction of André Pappathomas (Compexe Desjardins, 29 February – 11 pm), or the 100 guitarists of the Instruments of Happiness Extreme ensemble, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary guitarist Les Paul, under the direction of Tim Brady (same place, 7 March – 3 pm). www.festivalmnm.ca
- Réjean Beaucage (Translation Christine Lacroix)

La Société d’art vocal and Martha Guth
For its third concert of the season, the Société d’art vocal teamed with Canadian soprano Martah Guth from Vancouver. With pianist Hinrich Alpers, the singer will perform an original repertoire with melodies based on the writing of American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Aaron Copland is one of those composers whom translated the poems into music. Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. March 1st, 3 pm. www.artvocal.ca
- Justin Bernard

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