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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

This Week in Montreal – May 25 to 31

Stéphane Tétreault (Photo: Caroline Bergeron)

This Week in Montreal – May 25 to 31

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

Montreal International Music Competiton 2015: Voice
May 25-June 5
The Montreal International Music Competition will present 24 candidates in the Voice edition, which will take place from May 25 to June 5.  A prize for lieder and French art song has been added this year.  The first round will take place May 25-27 in Bourgie Hall. The final round will take place on June 2 and 3, and the gala concert featuring the winners will take place on June 5 at the Maison Symphonique. RB

Nagano Conducts Die Walkure
In Europe, Kent Nagano is equally renowned as an opera conductor. Consequently, the concert version of Act I of Wagner’s Die Walkure, second of the four operas in the Ring Cycle and the OSM’s season closer, will surely be a highlight. Act I is arguably the most perfect part of the Ring, beginning with the thrilling overture reflecting the hero’s escape from his pursuers, and culminating with Siegmund’s serenade “Wintersturm” and Sieglinde’s “Du Bist der Lenz.” Acclaim soprano Heidi Melton takes on Sieglinde, tenor Torsten Kerl is Siegmund while bass Peter Lindroos is the menacing Hunding. May 27, 29, 30, Maison symphonique. WKC

Festival Classica

May 27-31,
St. Lambert’s Classica Festival celebrates its 5th edition this year with a packed line-up of concerts featuring chamber, early, Spanish, and traditional music, among other genres. The festival opens on May 27 with the North American premier of Christophe Colomb, featuring soloists Pascale Beaudin, Antonio Figueroa, and Marc Boucher along with over 70 musicians. Alexandre Da Costa, Lise Beauchamp, and Wonny Song perform the music of Keith Jarrett on May 30. Later, at 10:30 pm, Art Crush presents a multidisciplinary event fusing dance, painting, and chamber music at the Centre multifonctionnel de Saint-Lambert. Don’t miss German Romanticism with Stéphane Tétreault (May 29), Raoul Sosa’s concert Iberia (May 30), or Ensemble Caprice’s 21-musician performance of the integral Brandenburg Concertos (May 30). Closing the festival, Étienne Dupuis celebrates vocal music from opera to chanson in Brel, Félix et moi (May 31).

May 27-31,
This five-day digital and electronic festival emphasizes live performance and cutting-edge music and audiovisual works, with performances at the Musée d'Art Contemporain and Métropolis, among other venues. While electronic music is the main focus, the festival has a broad view with many classically-trained artists featured, including Icelandic KIASMOS, comprised of classical composer Ólafur Arnalds and electronic musician Janus Rasmussen, and the UK’s Rival Consoles. Jazz improvisation fans can catch Canadian/German trio Cobblestone Jazz.

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