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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

This Week in Montreal : April 20 – 26

This Week in Montreal : April 20 – 26

by Renée Banville, Claudie Provencher, Rebecca Anne Clark and Wah Keung Chan

Molinari Quartet

20th anniversary of the FMCM – March 12-June 21 2015
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Festival de musique de chamber de Montréal takes off this spring with the Celebrity Series, beginning in March with the Swingle Singers and continuing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (April 2) and the Emerson String Quartet (May 12). The Elegance Classique and JazzTD Series will take place from June 6-21. Soprano Marie-Josée Lord, spokeswoman for the festival, will perform her show Femmes, paying tribute to the great sopranos of the twentieth century. Developed by Denis Brott, the festival programming embodies a spirit of celebration, resilience and hope. This year’s festival will take place in various concert halls. RB

Nézet-Séguin and Tétreault On Stage in Montreal
The program English Gardens on April 17 at the Maison Symphonique features Stéphane Tétreault, artist in residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Seguin. The program will be repeated on tour in April: Rivière-des-Prairies (16), Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (19), Verdun (21), and Pierrefonds (23). RB

En Route with the Molinari Quartet
As part of its En route series, the Molinari Quartet presents three masterworks: Murray Schafer’s Quartet no. 12, written especially for them; Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 4; and the famous Quartet in G minor by Debussy. With the support of the Montreal Arts Counsel, ten concerts will be presented throughout the Montreal area. In April: Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal (19) and Auditorium Le Prévost (24). In May: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (14). RB

Guitare Montréal
April 24-26,
This weekend festival combines performances, lectures, masterclasses, an exhibition, and a competition with over $4,000 in prizes. The festival begins Friday night with a performance by the Montreal Guitar Society under the direction of Dave Pilon, plus Czech guitar virtuoso Vladislav Bláha and Alan Liu, winner of last year’s Youth Competition. Guitar luthiers and vendors will be displaying their wares all day Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening features a performance by last year’s competition winner, Miodrag Zerdoner, and renowned New York guitarist David Leisner. On Sunday afternoon, the Montreal Guitar Society Competition finals will be held from 1-4 pm. All concerts take place at 8 pm at Concordia’s DB Clarke Theatre (1455 de Maisonneuve W). Tickets are $27 with discounts for students and seniors. RC

Fondation Arte Musica
Based around the theme “Consonance and Dissonance”, Canadian composer Ana Sokolović presents her opera for solo voice, Love Songs, performed by soprano Kristin Hoff. April 17, Bourgie Hall.
The integral Bach Canatas continues at Bourgie Hall. The concert given by Capella Antica McGill looks especially interesting, given the ensemble’s renown. The cantatas will be performed based on libretto by poet Christiane Mariane von Ziegler on April 26. CP

Actéon: Mythology Revisited
For its annual concert featuring baroque opera, the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, which is dedicated to the performance of early music and operas, presents a Marc-Antoine Charpentier opera, staged by Jon David. A short six-scene opera based on an ancient myth, Acéton tells the story of a young hunter who surprised the goddess Diana and her nymphs as they bathed. The tragic fate of Actaeon remains one of the most popular myths of antiquity.
Audiences can hear David Menzies, Chelsea Mahan, Kristi Bryson, Kripa Nageschwar, Meagan Zantingh, and Marie-Andrée Matthieu, accompanied by the CBMR Quintet. Victoria Hall, Westmount, April 25 and 26. CP

The Wild Strings of Valérie Milot
Conceived as a marriage of traditional harp repertoire and transcriptions, this recital by Valérie Milot shows audiences the infinite possibilities of the instrument. A program of Smetana, Britten, Tailleferre and Tournier. Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, April 26, 3:30 pm. RB

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