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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 5, No. 6


by Wah Keung Chan / March 1, 2000

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A tribute to American composer John Corigliano closes the Montreal High Lights Festival on March 4 at Molson Centre. Pianist Alain Lefèvre performs the Corigliano Piano Concerto in the first half and a multimedia homage to The Red Violin (scored by Corigliano) concludes the program. Violinist Joshua Bell reprises the violin solo. Charles Dutoit conducts the MSO. Images from the film will be projected onto a large screen. (514) 288-9955

Vocal Previews

Student opera productions are hot tickets these days. McGill's annual student workshop, the Black Box Theatre, will present scenes from compositions that are seldom heard. March 15, 16, 17, 18. (514)398 4547. For the third year in a row, L'Atelier d'Opéra de l'UQAM will present staged opera with orchestra. This year, it is Jacques Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers. March 30-April 2. (514)987-6919. Get your tickets early.

The final guillotine scene of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites is one of the most poignant moments in opera. L'Opéra de Montréal will put on the opera with an all-Canadian cast. March 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 25. (514) 985 2258. Opera Lyra Ottawa presents Verdi's La Traviata in the same production seen in Montreal last year. Bernard Labadie conducts. March 25, 27, 29 & April 1. 877-233-5972.

Soprano Karina Gauvin has been wanting to sing Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn since her first year at the Conservatory. "Like Bach, Mahler reaches right in and pulls something out of me," said Gauvin. The Orchestre Métropolitain under Joseph Rescigno presents Mahler's Symphony # 4 and five Wunderhorn songs. March 15, 20, 21. (514) 598-0870.

Choral music lovers take note. The Festival choral de Montréal 2000 ARCIM is a three-day choral competition of Montreal area choirs. March 24, 25, 26 at the Maison de la culture Rosemont-Petite-Patrie. Free Passes. (514) 872 1730.

Tenor Placido Domingo will be making his only Canadian appearance in 2000 in Toronto's Air Canada Centre on April 28. (416) 323-1403. Also in Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall recently announced their 2000/2001 lineup. Their International Vocal Recitals series features Cecilia Bartoli, David Daniels, Renée Fleming and Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. The Virtuoso Performances series presents Richard Margison, Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, and Matthias Goerne with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, whose recent tour in North America garnered critical acclaim. (416) 872-4255.

- Wah Keung Chan

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