La Rentrée Musicale: Concerts for Children

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Studies show that appreciation for classical music begins at a young age. Though it’s sometimes difficult to find a reason (or the means) to bring younger children to the symphony or opera, there are plenty of inexpensive children’s programs this fall that are enjoyable for the whole family. When the commitment is only an afternoon, children’s concerts are an easy way to enrich the lives of the youngest members of your family!


Musical Exploration with JMC

The Jeunesses musicales du Canada has ­unveiled a diverse program this year with many opportunities to explore something new. On September 28, join Architek Percussion at the JMC house for an exciting program of Canadian composers entitled Marimba Plus. Universal presentation. To keep the beat going, join JMC at the Bibliothèque de La Petite-Patrie on ­October 1st for Body Beats, where your whole body becomes a musical instrument. For ages 3 to 6 or 7 to 12, French presentation. On October 21, the Rythmobile makes a stop at the Centre communautaire de l’Est — can the hybrid percussion vehicle be fixed to win the race? For ages 5 to 10 years, English presentation.

Oops-a-Daisy the friendly witch needs your help to create a magical potion in La marmite ensorcelée. Celebrate the spookiest season as a sorcerer’s apprentice to a witch who wishes to win the “That’s So Scary!” competition and show the other witches she can be scary too. Accompanied by a host of percussion ­instruments, you might just get spooked as well! October 20, 21, 24, 25, and 31, 2016 at the Joseph-Rouleau Chamber Music Hall at JMC. For ages 3 to 7, French presentation. www.jmcanada.ca

Kattam et ses Tam-Tams

Kattam, Photo: Hamza Mejri

Kattam, Photo: Hamza Mejri

Multiple locations, September 3-5, 16 & 25 and ­October 1 & 2

Learn the sounds of instruments of the world with multi-percussionist Kattam, who plays the balafon, djembe, darbuka, mbira, and dhol. These percussion instruments originate from many different cultures in Africa, the Middle East, and India. With Kattam as your guide, experience the dance of the desert, the African rap, and Bollywood trance and dance.

At various cultural centres and libraries across Montreal; see www.kattam.ca for more details. French presentation.

Wondrous Noises with the OSM

Maison Symphonique, October 2 and November 12

This October 2nd, three magical characters will take over the Maison Symphonique. In Music, Noise & Silence, chaos ensues in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal when Silence and Noise take over the orchestra. With your help, conductor Andrei Feher and Music will restore harmony to the stage. French presentation.

Return to the Maison Symphonique on ­November 12 for a spectacle that is sure to dazzle the whole family. In this version of Alice in Wonderland, experience the wonder first-hand with a combination of circus, singing, theatre, puppetry, and dance. OSM Assistant Conductor Adam Johnson leads the orchestra in a program of symphonic favourites by Ravel, Stravinsky, Satie, Britten, and Glass. The show features ballet dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. French presentation. www.osm.ca

Arsenal’s Carnaval des animaux

Multiple locations, October 23 & 24

Tickets may be sold out for Arsenal à musique’s Carnaval des animaux at Salle Bourgie on ­October 23, but you can catch the same performance the following day at Maison de la culture de Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension. Discover (and re-discover) the extraordinary score by Camille Saint-Saëns while you are guided through the members of the animal kingdom by Octave and Mandoline and their puppets. French presentation. www.mbam.qc.ca, ­www.accesculture.com

Fred Piston, Photo: Antoine Saito

Fred Piston, Photo: Antoine Saito

Fred Piston and his 7 Trumpets

Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec City, November 13

With humour and verve, Frédéric Demers (a.k.a. Fred Piston) gives a demonstration of his seven trumpets. Discover the tones of the orchestra’s brightest and brashest instrument in this technicolour multimedia show. French presentation. www.osq.org

TNT: Trumpet ‘N’ Tuba

Multiple locations, November 19 & 20

You need not understand English or French to enjoy the explosive musical duo of Frédéric Demers and Samuel Lalande-Markon in TNT: Trumpet ‘N’ Tuba. Voyage around the world without leaving your seat with a veritable ­buffet of musical genres: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, jazz, klezmer, and whatever else suits their fancy. At the Centre éducatif communautaire René-Goupil on November 19 and Salle Bourgie the 20. www.mbam.qc.ca,  www.accesculture.com

Bach Undercover

Nicolas Ellis

Nicolas Ellis

Church of St-Andrew and St-Paul, November 19

Due to popular demand, Bach Undercover ­returns this year to the Montreal Bach Festival. The program, created by conductor Nicolas Ellis and the Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora, is expanded this year with the addition of violin superstars Kerson Leong and Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Philarmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles. Truly a concert for all ages. www.festivalbachmontreal.com

Simon Says Silflay!

NAC main lobby, Ottawa, November 20

Join the Silflay String Quartet – violinists Leah Roseman and Mark Friedman, violist Paul Casey, and cellist Karen Kang – on ­November 20 to learn how composers use the technique of imitation in their music. For ages 3 to 8, bilingual presentation. www.nac-cna.ca

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Kiersten van Vliet is the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale. A current MA musicology student at McGill University, her research on Quebec composer-pianist and child prodigy André Mathieu (1929–68) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kiersten earned her BMus in Music History from Western University Canada as well as an Artist’s Diploma in Violin Performance. Other interests include conducting, chamber music, and musical theatre. Kiersten served as an Editor-in-Chief for Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology at Western University from 2012–14.

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