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Monday, 23 February 2015

Cette semaine à Montréal : du 23 février au 1er mars

 
Trio Fibonacci

Cette semaine à Montréal : du 23 février au 1er mars

Opéra da Camera dans Serse de Haendel
La compagnie montréalaise continue avec son premier opéra de la saison : Serse de Haendel. Dans une mise en scène originale d’Andrew Cuk, cette production fera appel à un ensemble orchestral, dirigé par Christopher Hossfeld, et une large distribution de chanteurs : Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto., 28 février, 19 h 30. ­www.operadacamera.ca
- Justin Bernard

100e anniversaire d’Alexander Brott
Alexander Brott, dont nous célébrons le centenaire de naissance en 2015, était d’abord et avant tout un créateur. Il est considéré comme l’un des compositeurs les plus importants et les plus prolifiques du Canada, et ses œuvres ont reçu des éloges de la critique, des chefs d’orchestre et du public. L’Orchestre de chambre McGill célèbre le 100 anniversaire d’Alexander Brott. Les œuvres présentées comprennent Mini Minus et Sept for Seven. L’orchestre sera dirigé par Boris Brott. Le 24 février, salle Bourgie. www.ocm-mco.org

Trio Fibonacci – Le classicisme viennois
Au 18e siècle, l’orchestre de Mannheim fut considéré comme le meilleur de l’Europe. Avec La Fusée de Mannheim, les musiciens du Fibonacci, Julie-Anne Derome, violon, Wonny Song, pianiste et Gabriel Prynn, violoncelle, ont commencé à rechercher ce qui fait la qualité particulière du classicisme viennois. Cet idéal sera atteint dans les œuvres de Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven et Onslow. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, 25 février, 19 h 30. www.triofibonacci.com
- Renée Banville

L’Étoile d’Emmanuel Chabrier
Pour sa production annuelle de la saison 2014-2015, l’Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal, dirigé par Robin Wheeler, a choisi un opéra-bouffe, L’Étoile de Chabrier, dans une mise en scène de François Racine. Jean-François Rivest sera à la direction de l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal et du Chœur de l’Atelier d’opéra. Salle Claude-Champagne. 26, 27, 28 février, 19 h 30. www.calendrier.umontreal.ca
- Justin Bernard

À surveiller durant MNM
Du 26 février au 7 mars, la 7e édition du festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques présentera sous le thème "Environnements et nouvelles technologies" une trentaine de concerts dans 11 lieux différents. Quelques faits saillants.
À tout seigneur tout honneur, c'est la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), productrice de l'évènement, qui ouvre les festivités avec cette touche de démesure qui caractérise la vision de son directeur artistique Walter Boudreau. Le programme compte une vidéo-musique (Yan Breuleux, Soizic Lebrat - 2012), une pièce pour piano préparé (John Cage - 1945), des extraits du film Ce soir on improvise (Raymond Gervais, Michel Di Torre - 1974) et une réorchestration, par Boudreau et René Bosc, de l'œuvre radiophonique "injouable" Atlantide (1985), de Michel-Georges Brégent (Salle Pierre-Mercure, 26 février - 19h).
Il faut aussi mentionner le concert de l'Orchestre symphonique de McGill interprétant la Turangalîla-Symphonie (1949) d'Olivier Messiaen sous la direction d'Alexis Hauser (Maison symphonique, 27 février - 19h) et souligner la présence de l'ensemble Musikfabrik, d'Allemagne, qui donnera la création nord-américaine d'une œuvre de Claude Vivier (Salle Pierre-Mercure, 28 février, 19h), de même que celle de l'ensemble Onix, du Mexique, pour un double concert multimédia (Agora Hydro-Québec, 4 mars, 21h et 23h).
N'oublions pas les événements gratuits: les 150 voix des Papes hurlants de l'ensemble Mruta Mertsi sous la direction d'André Pappathomas (Complexe Desjardins, 29 février - 23h) ou les 100 guitaristes de l'ensemble Instuments of Happiness Extreme, célébrant le 100e anniversaire de naissance du légendaire guitariste Les Paul sous la direction de Tim Brady (même endroit, 7 mars - 15h). www.festivalmnm.ca
- Réjean Beaucage

La Société d’art vocal et Martha Guth
Pour son troisième récital de la saison, la Société d’art vocal a fait appel à la soprano canadienne, Martha Guth, originaire de Vancouver. Accompagnée au piano par Hinrich Alpers, la chanteuse proposera un répertoire original, des mélodies composées sur des textes d’Emily Dickinson, poétesse américaine du XIXe siècle. Aaron Copland fait partie de ces compositeurs qui ont mis les poèmes de l’auteure en musique. Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. 1er mars, 15 h. www.artvocal.ca
- Justin Bernard

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This Week in Montreal: February 23 to March 1

Trio Fibonacci

This Week in Montreal: February 23 to March 1

Opéra da Camera in Haendel’s Serse
The Montreal company continues its first opera of the season: Serse. In an original production from Andrew Cuk, the concert will feature an Orchestra directed by Christopher Hossfeld and a large group of singers: Meagan Zantingh, Kathrin Welte, Danielle Vaillancourt, Nicola Ravarino Guagenti, Frédérique Drolet, Valérie Bélanger et Jean-Philippe Lupien. Théâtre Rialto. Feb. 28, 7 :30 pm. www.operadacamera.ca
- Justin Bernard

Alexander Brott’s 100th Anniversary
Alexander Brott, whose centenary we are celebrating in 2015, was first and foremost a creator. He stands as one of Canada’s most significant and prolific composers, and his works have received accolades from critics, conductors and audiences. McGill Chamber Orchestra celebrates Alexander Brott's 100th Anniversary, with works including Mini Minus and Sept for Seven. Boris Brott conducts. February 24 at Bourgie Hall.
www.ocm-mco.org.

Trio Fibonacci – Viennese classicism 
Mannheim Orchestra was seen as one of Europe’s best in the 18th century. With La Fusée de Mannheim, Fibonacci’s musicians, Julie-Anne Derome (violin), Wonny Song (piano) and Gabriel Prynn (cello), started to search for the outstanding quality of Viennese classicism. This ideal is reached with compositions by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Onslow. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, February 25, 7:30 pm. www.triofibonacci.com
- Renée Banville

L’Étoile by Emmanuel Chabrier
For its annual production, the Atelier d’opéra de l’Université de Montréal conducted by Robin Wheeler chose an opera-bouffe: L’étoile by Chabrier, in a François Racine production. Jean-François Rivest will conduct the Université de Montréal Orchestra and the Atelier d’opéra chorus. Salle Claude-Champagne. Feb. 26, 27, 28, 7:30 pm. www.calendrier.umontreal.ca
- Justin Bernard

MNM Highlights
From 26 February to 7 March, the 7th edition of the Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival will present some 30 concerts in 11 venues on the theme: “Environments and new technologies”. A few highlights:
To give credit where credit is due, the producer of the event, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), will open the festivities with the extravagance characteristic of its artistic director, Walter Boudreau. The program includes a music video (Yan Breleux, Soizic Lebrat – 2012), a prepared piece for the piano (John Cage – 1945), extracts from the film Ce soir on improvise (Raymond Gervais, Michel Di Torre – 1974) and a reorchestrization by Boudreau and René Bosc of the “unplayable” radio work, Atlantide (1985), by Michel Georges Brégent (Salle Pierre-Mercure, 26 February – 7 pm).
Mention must also be made of the McGill Symphony Orchestra’s concert performance of la Turangalila – Symphony (1949), by Olivier Messiaen under the direction of Alexis Hauser (Maison Symphonique, 27 February – 7 pm), as well as the presence of the Musikfabrik ensemble from Germany, which will perform the North American premiere of a work by Claude Vivier (Salle Pierre Mercure, 28 February, 7 pm), as well as the double multimedia concert by the Onix ensemble from Mexico (Agora Hydro-Québec, 4 March, 9 pm and 11 pm).
Let’s not forget free events: the 500 voices of Les Papes Hurlants of the Mruta Mertsi ensemble, under the direction of André Pappathomas (Compexe Desjardins, 29 February – 11 pm), or the 100 guitarists of the Instruments of Happiness Extreme ensemble, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary guitarist Les Paul, under the direction of Tim Brady (same place, 7 March – 3 pm). www.festivalmnm.ca
- Réjean Beaucage (Translation Christine Lacroix)

La Société d’art vocal and Martha Guth
For its third concert of the season, the Société d’art vocal teamed with Canadian soprano Martah Guth from Vancouver. With pianist Hinrich Alpers, the singer will perform an original repertoire with melodies based on the writing of American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Aaron Copland is one of those composers whom translated the poems into music. Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique. March 1st, 3 pm. www.artvocal.ca
- Justin Bernard

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

This Week in Toronto (Feb. 23 - Mar. 1)

Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of February 23 to March 1

- Joseph So

Even with the Canadian Opera Company's winter season consigned to history, there are still plenty of worthwhile events for voice fans.  Soprano Barbara Hannigan returns to Toronto for several concerts this week and next. The Nova Scotia born, Amsterdam-based Hannigan studied voice with Mary Morrison at University of Toronto and went on to become the queen of contemporary music. A number of composers have created works with Hannigan in mind. She is in town for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's annual New Creations Festival, which is showcasing the works of composer George Benjamin, among others. The event kicks off with A Mind of Winter, a program featuring Benjamin's setting of The Snowman, a poem by Wallace Stevens, with Hannigan as soloist. Also on the program is a new Violin Concerto by Vivian Fung, commissioned by the TSO for Concertmaster Jonathan Crow.  Rounding out the program are works by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura and French composer Henri Dutilleux.  Peter Oundjian shared conducting duties with George Benjamin. Performance on Saturday Feb. 28 8 pm at Roy Thomson Hall. Given these pieces will be unfamiliar, it would be wise to attend the pre-curtain, intermission, and post-performance events the TSO has scheduled.  http://tso.ca/en-ca/new-creations-festival/pre-and-post-concert-events.aspx
Soprano Barbara Hannigan (Photo: Raphael Brand)

Fans of Hannigan and New Music can hear her earlier this week in a chamber recital on Tuesday Feb. 24 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. TSO chamber soloists Jonathan Crow (violinist and concertmaster), Peter Seminovs (violin), Teng Li (viola) and Joe Johnson (cello) and COC Ensemble Studio head Liz Upchurch (piano) will join Hannigan in Rapture, a recital featuring Chausson's Chanson perpetuelle, and Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor.  Full program details at http://files.coc.ca/pdfs/concert150224.pdf  

Pianist Gerold Huber ad baritone Christian Gerhaher 

Lieder fans should be out in force to welcome back German baritone Christian Gerhaher to Toronto, this time in Schubert's greatest song cycle, Winterreise.  With him is collaborative pianist Gerold Huber. In an interview for the New York Times, Gerhaher talks about his philosophy of lieder singing, best described as a "less is more" approach/ He does not believe in emotional excesses, trendy stage directions, props, use of projections and other devices that have become popular in recent years in recitals. Gerhaher feels everything an audience needs is already in the music and the text. Here is that very interesting article - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/arts/music/christian-gerhaher-sings-winterreise-without-all-the-frills.html?_r=0  Performance at Koerner Hall on Thursday Feb. 26 at 8 pm. https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/gerhaher_huber



Pianist Marc Andre Hamelin 

The great Quebec pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin returns to Toronto in a recital of Schubert, Debussy, John Field, as well as Hamelin's own composition, Pavane Variee. Sunday March 1st 3 pm at Koerner Hall. https://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/hamelin2015

A very intriguing event this week is the Canadian premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera, presented by Soundstreams, from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1 at The Theatre Centre on 1115 Queen Street West.  The concept of this project is so unusual that the best way to explain it is by quoting verbatim the material on Soundstreams' website - 

Using a libretto compiled from search-engine responses to such prompts as “When I think of you, I think of…,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang explores the tension between our private and online selves in a work that demands the most intimate live performance possible. Reprising their successes at Lincoln Center and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, soprano Tony Arnold and New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music”—make their Canadian debuts in an opera so quiet, so delicate, that it can be experienced by just 52 people at a time. 

On the Soundstreams website is a video clip where David Lang talks about the concept of  this work - http://www.soundstreams.ca/The-Whisper-Opera  See website for performance times.  The audience capacity is limited to 52 per show, and an important component of the presentation is the post-performance chat.

The Gryphon Trio ( violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, pianist James Parker)

Music Toronto is presenting The Gryphon Trio on Feb. 26 8 pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre. The program consists of works by Haydn. Schubert, Dinuk Wijeratne, and works from the Young Composer Project at the Claude Watson Arts program at the Earl Haig Secondary School. The ensemble is celebrating their 20th season. http://music-toronto.com/quartets/Gryphon_2.htm

The Toronto City Opera's Un ballo in maschera continues this week at the Bickford Centre on Feb. 27 and Mar. 1. It's paired with Don Giovanni, which can be seen on Feb. 25 and 28. Singers are a mix of professionals and amateurs, and all shows have piano accompaniment. http://www.torontocityopera.com/

Opera by Request is presenting a work that's rarely staged, Boito's Mefistofele on Feb. 27th 7:30 pm at the College Street United Church.  http://operabyrequest.ca/wordpress/

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