The parade of suitors and pianists

Photo: Dieter Nagl Agence France-Presse
This season, two young French chefs, Jérémie Rhorer (pictured) and Lionel Bringuier, are to make their debuts at the head of the OSM.

The second half of the musical season 2017-2018 is marked by the presence of several potential successors to Kent Nagano at the head of theMontreal symphony Orchestra and by an unusual number of piano recitals of the highest caliber.


Before the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival which will be in July, one of the highlights of its history, the OSM will propose, under the direction of Kent Nagano, between 27 may and 2 June, the complete symphonies of Beethoven, and, in march, three performances of the Verdi Requiem.


This second part of the season will be especially the beginning of the parade of possible candidates to succeed the current music director. As if the OSM had subodoré a possible departure of Kent Nagano, the two young chefs in france, Lionel Bringuier (6 and 8 march), and Jérémie Rhorer (9 and 10 may) are to make their debuts at the helm of our orchestra. They leave both with a length of delay on Juanjo Mena. The Spanish chef will be making his third appearance on January 17 and 18 : there will lead the pathetic Symphony of Tchaikovsky.


On the side of the soloists, from the most eminent are those of the violinist Christian Tetzlaff in the Concerto to the memory of an angel Berg (11 and 14 April) and the pianist Christian Zacharias, 21, 24 and 25 February, for the 1st Concerto of Beethoven.



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An appointment not to be missed, April 5 : Beatrice Rana in the “1st Concerto” of Brahms, on the occasion of the visit of the Orchestra of the national arts Centre.

Christian Zacharias is one of the great pianists in a visit to the Maison symphonique, which will see Maurizio Pollini will perform in recital on April 15, and Yuja Wang to succeed him on may 15. An appointment not to be missed, April 5 : Beatrice Rana in the 1st Concerto of Brahms, on the occasion of the visit of theCentre Orchestra national arts and its conductor Alexander Shelley.


At Bourgie hall, the pianist for connoisseurs will be made at a rate of more sustained : Philippe Cassard (January 31), Alexandre Tharaud (20 February), David Fray (7 march), Benedetto Lupo (march 22), Edna Stern (27 march), Charles Richard-Hamelin (4 April) and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (18 April), this panorama is completed by the coming, the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club, of Read Hall on February 25, andAngela Hewitt on 29 April.


Operas and other highlights

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Lionel Bringuier

L’Opéra de Montréal will offer as of January 27, in collaboration with the Fort Worth Opera and American Lyric Theater, the opera JFK of american composer David T. Little and librettist canadian Royce Vavrek. Follow Svabda of Ana Sokolovic on the 24th of march, and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette on may 19. TheOpera McGill will propose to Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti on January 25, and then Candide Bernstein in march. TheUniversity of Montreal has chosen The dream of a summer night by Britten (march 1), while Nicholas Ellis and theOrchestra of the Agora will offer an evening of Mozart-Da Ponte on 3 February.


On may 27, will start the Montreal international musical Competition, an edition devoted to the song, which has already resulted in a record enrolment, with 320 nominations. The end of the contest, on 7 June, will coincide with a strong time of the season, Jose Evangelista of the SMCQ : the presentation of the Manuscript found in Saragossa, opera (2001) given in a concert version under the direction of Walter Boudreau. Chants libres will start at the same time (1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 June), The door, the other opera (1987) Evangelista, composer to which the NEM will also be recognized at the salle Claude-Champagne on 24 march.


TheECM + Véronique Lacroix, will pay tribute to Gilles Tremblay on 27 January at the Conservatoire, will create the 3 may, at the Monument-National, a new opera titled Hockey black. In the atmosphere of the film noirs of the 1950s, Hockey black depicts imaginary scenes of the hockey of the time. André Ristic is the composer.


The return of the puma


Les Violons du Roy we have the joy of re-invite the great chief of the argentine Leonardo García Alarcón, as we had nicknamed ” the Puma lovers.” His concert in montreal was held at the salle Bourgie on February 16. The second part of the season of the Violins will be particularly flamboyant, the closing concert, transferred to the 6th June, posting now Magdalena Kozena in Handel arias. The salle Bourgie may be quite small for the occasion, as, indeed, for The Schubert’s winter journey, in which the Arte Musica Foundation has programmed Ian Bostridge on 12 February.


Bernard Labadie will lead also, on 3 march, this time at the Maison symphonique, the Heiligmesse by Haydn and Ode to st Cecilia by Handel. His successor, Jonathan Cohen, will, on the 25th of march, to the integral of the cantatas of Bach to the Bourgie hall and will be directed, on the 19th of January, Kristian Bezuidenhout in Concertos 14 and 18 of Mozart.


In Arion, the coming of the most anticipated is that, in April, the violinist Boris Begelman, new star of the baroque violin, who records for Sony Classical. The ensemble Caprice will be measured at the saint Matthew Passion of Bach the 21 and 22 April, Harpsichord in the concert program Venus and Adonis by John Blow on 10 march, The Idées heureuses celebrate the horn’s natural Graupner Mozart on January 30 at the salle Bourgie, while Les Boréades will explore the music of the family Philidor on the 24th of may and the Studio de musique ancienne leans, may 3, on music at the court of Burgundy.


TheOrchestre Métropolitain, where Yannick Nézet-Séguin will host Rollando Villazon on the 5th of may, two projects daring : the conductor Tania Miller , who attacked the daunting 5th Symphony Nielsen 1 February and Sami Moussa , who has composed a Concerto for quartet and orchestra, premiered with the Molinari Quartet, April 20.


I Musici invite us to discover a conductor and composer of 25 years, Alexander Prior (April 25), and program is a work by Peteris Vasks for its closing concert on may 24.


As for the front-end collision of the giants of chamber music, will be held on Sunday 4 February, while the Quartet Pacifica, associated with Marc-André Hamelin, will play for Pro Musica at the time when the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club, will host the Quartet Calidore.

10 musical meetings in Quebec city

18 January. Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Concertos 14 and 18 of Mozart with Les Violons du Roy and Jonathan Cohen at the Palais Montcalm.

4 February. Recital with Philippe Cassard invited by the Club musical at the Grand Theatre.

15 February. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts Bach, Handel, Bloch and Barber with Les Violons du Roy at the Palais Montcalm.

21 February. The Four last songs of Strauss and 1st Symphony of Mahler by Marianne Fiset and Fabien Gabel with the OSQ at the Grand Theatre.

28 February and 1st march. Bernard Labadie (our photo) is directing Les Violons du Roy and la Chapelle de Québec in the Heiligmesse by Haydn and Ode to st. Cécilede Handel at the Palais Montcalm.

18 April. Charles Richard-Hamelin and Fabien Gabel play the 1st Concerto of Chopin with the OSQ at the Palais Montcalm.

25 April. Jacques Lacombe conducts the Brahms Requiem with the Choir and the symphony orchestras of Québec at the Grand Théâtre.

12-19 may. The Opéra de Quebec presents Bizet’s Carmen with Ketevan Kemoklidze, Thiago Arancam, Armando Pina, and Myriam Leblanc at the Grand Theatre.

30 may. Marc-André Hamelin plays the Concerto for the left hand Ravel with the OSQ at the Grand Theatre.

4 June. Magdalena Kozena sings Handel with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie Palais Montcalm.

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