Week in Montreal : April 27 to May 3
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.
ECM+ with the Gryphon Trio
The multimedia concert
Illusions brings together the Gryphon
Trio, ECM+, and baritone Vincent Ranallo. Inspired by the mysterious Piano Trio by Charles Ives and directed
by Véronique Lacroix, this odyssey is the creation of three composers: Simon
Martin, Gabriel Dharmoo and Nicole Lizée. Salle Pierre-Mercure, April 30, 7:30 pm. www.ecm.qc.ca RB
historique du Bon-Pasteur
Pianist Maxim Bernard presents works
written during the Great War of 1914-1918 by Rachmaninov, Fauré, Bartók, Medtner,
Scriabine and Ravel in an overview of early twentieth-century musical trends . April 30, 8 pm.
As part of its residency, the Ensemble
Transmission presents works of LeBlanc, Harman, Haas, and Perezzani. May 1, 8 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur
Pentaèdre hosts horn player Louis-Pierre Bergeron for Germanic
Influences, a program of Romantic European works for wind instruments. May 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Salle de
concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. www.pentaedre.com/germanic-influences
La Scena Musicale – Deny Arcand’s
3, 2015, at 2:30 PM at the Grande Bibliothèque, attend a rare public interview with master filmmaker
Denys Arcand. Discover Denys Arcand's
secret passion! His passion?
It's André Grétry's French baroque opera Zémire et Azor,
composed in 1771, and the first interpretation of the fairy tale of Beauty
and the Beast. Arcand uses a scene from this opera as a
dream sequence to open his film L'Âge des ténèbres. He will discuss his work with the young singers
of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. http://bit.ly/LSM-Arcanden
and Quartets at the Ladies Morning Musical Club
Guardian of a venerable tradition, the
Borodin Quartet is currently the oldest performing string quartet in the world.
Renowned for its interpretations of Beethoven and Shostakovich, the quartet has
returned in recent seasons to a wider repertoire. Third performance at LMMC, May 3.
Concerts take place at Pollack Hall at 3:30
pm. www.lmmc.ca RB