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Monday, 12 January 2015

This Week in Montreal: January 12 to 18

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's First Recital in Montréal
Named 2012 "Artist of the Year" by International Classical Music Awards, French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gives his first solo recital in Montréal, the day after he performs within a trio and quartet, as part of Fondation Arte Musica's Spotlight on Beethoven series. Bourgie Hall, January 14-15, 7:30pm.
- Renée Banville

A New Experience to Celebrate Ensemble Caprice's 25th Anniversary
Continuing their cycle of Beethoven's symphonies on period instruments, Ensemble Caprice present their 25th anniversary concert with panache by combining choreography by Dave St-Pierre to Symphony No. 2. The famous choreographer has marked the dance world with his bold and evocative works. Here we will have his disturbing creations fused with Beethoven's musical storm. Salle Pierre-Mercure, January 17, 8pm.
- Renée Banville

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Cette semaine à Montréal : le 12 au 18 janvier

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Le pianiste Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – premier récital à Montréal
Nommé « Artiste de l'année » par International Classical Music Awards 2012, le pianiste français Jean-Efflam Bavouzet donnera son premier récital à Montréal à la salle Bourgie. On l'entendra dans la même salle le soir précédent en trio et en quatuor dans le cadre de la série Pleins feux sur Beethoven de la Fondation Arte Musica. 14 et 15 janvier, 19 h 30.
- Renée Banville

Ensemble Caprice – nouvelle expérience pour célébrer le 25e anniversaire
Poursuivant son cycle des symphonies de Beethoven sur instruments d'époque, l'Ensemble Caprice présente avec panache son concert du 25e anniversaire, en intégrant à la Symphonie no 2 des chorégraphies de Dave St-Pierre. Le célèbre chorégraphe marque le monde de la danse avec ses œuvres audacieuses et évocatrices. Voici ses créations troublantes fusionnées avec la tempête musicale de Beethoven. Salle Pierre-Mercure, 17 janvier, 20 h.
- Renée Banville

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

This Week in Toronto (Jan. 12 - 18)

My Toronto Concert Picks for the week of Jan. 12 to 18

Joseph So

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra kicks off the new year with its Mozart Birthday Celebrations - Mozart @259. It started with a celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth and now it's an annual affair, and why not - what better way to lift the spirit from the depth of winter than some Mozart?  On Jan. 15, the TSO is presenting Mozart Paris Symphony, a mixed program of Serenade No. 8 K239, Piano Concerto No. 23, Sonata No. 15 for Organ and Strings, and Symphony No. 31.  (On Jan. 14, as part of its truncated Afterworks Series, the sonata and serenade are omitted)  TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow, Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo and organist Patricia Krueger are the soloists. For details, go to

Pianist Benedetto Lupo

On Jan. 17 and 18 are two performances billed as Mozart Family Ties, featuring works by Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold, plus Haydn and Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach).  British conductor Matthew Halls returns to the TSO for all four performances.  These are relatively light programs perfect to introduce young people and those new to the joys of classical music. All performances at Roy Thomson Hall.

British conductor Matthew Halls

Toronto Masque Theatre is presenting Handel's Acis and Galatea with soprano Teri Dunn and tenor Lawrence Wiliford for three performances Jan. 15 to 17, at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St. Also in the cast are tenor Graham Thomson and baritone Peter McGillivray. Larry Beckwith conducts. 

Tenor Lawrence Wiliford

Finally, I want to mention the COC 2015-16 Season Announcement on Wednesday Jan. 14.  This is not a public event as such as it's invitation only. However, I will be reporting on it as soon as I get the press release that evening. I think a relatively safe bet would be Wagner's Siegfried as one of next season's productions, since it's common knowledge that the COC is doing the Ring cycle minus Das Rheingold. Die Walkure is opening in three weeks, and it would seem logical that Siegfried is next. However, the rest of the season's is anybody's guess!

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