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Monday, 22 June 2015

This Week in Montreal (June 22 - 28)

Maestro Julian Kuerti (Photo: Amalia Aubert)

This Week in Montreal (June 22 - 28)


Sigiswald Kuijken at the Montreal Baroque Festival
We can count on Suzie Napper and Matthias Maute to surprise us with eclectic programming. On June 25 at 7 pm, at Redpath Hall, we’ll dance with the gypsies in the company of Ensemble Caprice. After this, at 9 pm, the legendary Belgian violonist Sigiswald Kuijken will play the first part of the Bach suites for violoncello da spalla, an instrument never before heard in Montreal. Soprano Suzie LeBlanc and musicologist Gilles Cantagrel will take part in this concert entitled Heavenly Bach, the two remaining parts to be performed on June 26 at 5 pm and June 27 at 4 pm.

The four days of the festival will include Ensemble Fuoco e Cenere from Paris, Les Boréades de Montréal, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal and the French vocal Ensemble Discantus. On June 27, in a marathon from 11 am to 5 pm, music lovers can explore the harmonization of Bach chorals, and discover new music inspired by the poetry of Claude Gauvreau (11 am).

On June 27 at 9 pm, Canadian counter-tenor Michael Taylor and English lutenist Nigel North will join forces with Les Voix humaines to regale us with music in honour of Tobias Hume, an eccentric dandy and mercenary soldier. And on the 28th at 7 pm, Sigiswald Kuijken will conduct Bande Montréal Baroque in a concert of music by Corelli and Couperin. All events will take place at Redpath Hall and Tanna Schulich Hall, the entrance hall of the McGill Arts Building and elsewhere on the campus. June 25 to 28, 2015. www.montrealbaroque.com

Concerts Populaires de Montreal
The Orchestre Métropolitain and maestro Julian Kuerti will open the Concerts Populaires series on June 25 with young Canadian violinist Kerson Leong, Radio-Canada’s Discovery of the Year in 2014-2015. The OM is back on July 23, under the baton of young conductor Andrei Feher, recently named Discovery of the Year at the 2015 Prix Opus gala. Audiences will hear Gianna Corbisiero in a program of Gershwin (July 9) and Marc Hervieux singing musicals (July 30) conducted by Stéphane Laforest. A concert-show with
Richard Desjardins, Alexandre Da Costa and Alexandre Éthier will feature the poetry of Lorca and the music of Spain (July 16). Under the direction of Gilles Bellemare, an evening hosted by Marc Hervieux will present the perfect balance of musical and culinary delights (July 17). Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, concertspopulairesdemontreal.com

Renee Rosnes
Since the 1980s, this native Canadian pianist has established herself comfortably on the American jazz scene. An early record deal with Blue Note was a boon to her career, which lead her to several plum jobs backing stars like Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. In 2004, she began a tenure with the high profile San Francisco Jazz Collective while tending to her own projects, like the piano duo she shares with her current partner Bill Charlap. Her return home this month will be an auspicious one, as she hits five Canadian festivals fronting a quartet including vibraphonist Steve Nelson. In Montreal, she appears twice, with bassist Avishai Cohen on June 27 and guesting in the trio of legendary bassist Ron Carter on July 4.

Montreal’s comedy festival Just For Laughs, presents GREASE (in French) this summer, at Théâtre St-Denis. Tickets were selling out so fast that as of mid-April producers had to extend the run in order to meet demand. Grande dame of Quebec theatre and cinema, Denise Filiatrault, serves as artistic advisor, while Toronto-based Andrew Shaver directs. Set in 1950s Chicago, the cast of working-class characters comprises a cross-section of youth subculture called “greasers,” hence the title. Local singers Annie Villeneuve and Jason Roy Léveillé play lovestruck teenagers, Sandy & Danny. The musical score invokes early 50’s rock ‘n roll and features a 17-member cast, which includes Normand Brathwaite (as Vince). Translated and adapted by Yves Morin, with musical direction by Guillaume St-Laurent. June 17-July 25. www.hahaha.com

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