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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 20, No. 1

Orchestral Music

by Jacqueline Vanasse / September 5, 2014

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September 24
The Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL) will feature Russian music with Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony No. 1 and excerpts from Stravinsky’s Card Game ballet. Young pianist Anastasia Rizikov will accompany the OSL in playing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3—the zenith of piano repertoire. www.osl.qc.ca

September 23, 24, 25
The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) welcomes renowned violinist Midori for the first time. Midori will perform Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. This will also be an opportunity for actor Guy Nadon to recite Shakespeare in Shostakovich’s Hamlet. This Hamlet suite, composed for the film of the same name (directed by Kozintsev), is a combination of American musical comedy and casino music styles. www.osq.org

September 26 NAC Launch
The National Arts Centre Orchestra will launch its new season with works by Beethoven and Mozart. Pinchas Zukerman will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Egmont Overture. Zukerman will also be soloist in Mozart’s magnificent Concerto No. 5.

October 4
The Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal will present a concert featuring a variety of works inspired by Paris. Musicians will perform Claude Champagne’s Symphonie gaspésienne during the Salle Claude Champagne 50th anniversary commemoration. This work will be performed alongside Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Franck’s Symphony in D minor, and Lowell Libermann’s Piccolo and Orchestra Concerto. calendrier.umontreal.ca

October 18
The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières will perform an all-Russian evening, including Borodin’s Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade. Russian pianist Serhiy Salov accompanies the orchestra with Rachmaninoff’s virtuoso Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. ostr.ca

October 23
Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà will perform a concert entitled Blanc [White]. “Blanc like purity and serenity. Blanc for luminous music,” Dubeau asserts. She is on stage again after fighting cancer for several months. This concert tells her story—her battle against this deadly disease. The concert features music without pretence by a variety of composers.

October 24
The Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) takes you to musical Vienna throughout various eras. The trip starts with Beethoven’s Fidelio overture, followed by Berg’s Violin Concerto. The trip ends with Schubert’s “Great” Symphony No. 9. Guest conductor Julian Kuerti conducts the OM while soloist Yukari Cousineau accompanies the orchestra. orchestremetropolitain.com

November 1
Musical Chills and Thrills is the title of this post-Halloween concert. The Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau (OSG) joins forces with young musicians from the Orchestre du Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau. All musicians will be costumed for the occasion. Be prepared for the promised thrills and chills with a program featuring works by Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Mussorgsky, and Dukas. osgatineau.ca

November 8
Young Quebec cellist Stéphane Tétrault will perform with the Orchestre Nouvelle Génération. This talented young man will also conduct a Spanish themed concert. Édouard Lalo’s renowned Cello Concerto will be followed with works by Granados, de Falla, Glazunov, and Albéniz. orchestrenouvellegeneration.com

November 9
For its first concert of the season, the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke has planned three Classical works from orchestral repertoire. OSS Solo begins with Bartók’s Orchestra Concerto, followed by Debussy’s La mer and Ravel’s Bolero. ossherbrooke.com

November 14
What mysteries hide beneath the enigmatic Requiem “Re-Visited” title? I Musici reveals these mysteries in Robert Levine’s completed Requiem version. Soprano Charlotte Corwin, alto Emma Char, tenor Antonio Figueroa, and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal will accompany the chamber orchestra. imusici.com

November 26, 27, 29
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and violinist Andrew Wan will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’s violin concertos. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear the French composer’s first two violin concertos and his Violin Concerto in B minor—a concert repertoire gem. Mozart’s renowned Eine kleine Nachtmusik and beloved Symphony No. 40 are also on the program. osm.ca

December 3, 4, 7
MSO conductor Masaaki Suzuki and MSO Choir conductor Andrew Megill conclude the Montreal Bach Festival with works by Mendelssohn and Bach. Soprano Hélène Guilmette, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Colin Balzer, and baritone Christian Immler accompany both ensembles. The concert features in part Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony No. 4 and Bach’s Magnificat in D Major. Each concert will be preceded by an organ pre-concert. osm.ca

Translation: Dwain Richardson

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