Concert Previews

Author : (Eva Stone-Barney)
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Voces Boreales

This June, Voces Boreales invites listeners into an immersive installation at St. James United Church. Open from noon to 7 p.m., audience members will embark on an ”urban pilgrimage” to the sounds of Joby Talbot’s choral masterwork, Path of Miracles (2005), immersed in a colourful lightshow depiction of the Camino de Compostela. Listeners are invited to reflect on the piece, the context of the pilgrimage, and the beauty of the space, at their convenience during the installation’s opening hours (June 20-24).


The OSM is concluding yet another bombastic season with a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony. Featuring the OSM Chorus, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, and mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung, the season’s closing concert will be conducted by Rafael Payare (May 31, June 2 and 3). The orchestra will then perform one final program, conducted by Dina Gilbert. Together with guitarist Sylvain Quesnel, singers Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault, and the Choeur des jeunes de Laval, they will present Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique, orchestrated by Simon Leclerc (June 8, 9, 10).

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The Orchestre Métropolitain final concert of the formal season will feature music by Keiko Devaux, Samuel Barber, and Florence Price. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with internationally acclaimed soprano Angel Blue, the performance will explore a wide variety of symphonic timbres and styles (June 11). In July, the OM will make a number of appearances at the Festival de Lanaudière, including programs titled Strauss at the Summit (July 28), Hamelin and the Rachmaninoff “Everest” (July 29), and Nézet-Séguin and Cho: The Intoxication of Feeling (August 6).

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Violons du roi

Les Violons du roi have a busy summer ahead of them. First, the orchestra will be joined by pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Conducted by Jonathan Cohen, performances will include works by Mozart, Schnittke, and Haydn (June 1, Quebec City; June 2, Montreal). The organization is then set to go on tour, presenting a variety of concert programs in various parts of the province. First, conductor Mélanie Léonard, and actors Marie-Thérèse Fortin and Normand Chouinard will perform an homage to Gilles Vigneault in Charlevoix at the Domaine Forget (June 24). Then, at Orford Music, conductor Thomas Le Duc-Moreau, pianist Henry From, cellist Stéphane Tétreault, and Chouinard will perform works by C. Avison, Bach, Telemann, Grieg, and Sallinen (July 7). At the Festival de Lanaudière, the orchestra will present a set of works by Haydn, conducted by Jonathan Cohen, with trumpetist Lucienne Renaudin Vary (July 14).



The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has yet to put down their instruments for the summer. Coming up, they will be joined by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. This work will be performed alongside two world premières, commissioned by the TSO: Toronto composer Eliot Britton’s Des(re)pair: Celebration Prelude, and the first part of Daníel Bjarnason’s I Want to Be Alive – Trilogy for Orchestra (June 7-10). Not a week later, internationally celebrated pianist Yuja Wang will present Rachmaninoff’s famous Piano Concerto No. 3, on a program rounded out by three pieces comisisioned as part of the organisation’s Next Generation initiative. Luis Ramirez’s piece Picante, Fjóla Evans’s Hraunflæði, and Matthew-John Knights’s Lines, Layers, Ligaments promise to delight and surprise audiences (June 16-18). As part of their POPs series, the orchestra will perform the music of celebrated film composer Alan Menken (June 20-21). In a similar vein, Marvel’s Black Panther film will be screened at Roy Thomson Hall, complete with live orchestra (June 29-30).



Jan Lisiecki will join the National Arts Centre this June for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Led by conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados, the orchestra will also perform the Canadian première of Jessica Hunt’s Climb, which is an exploration of her experiences with disability and illness. The program is completed with Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” (June 7-8). Opera will return to the NAC this summer with an exciting run of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Conducted by Alexander Shelley, and directed by Joel Ivany, the production will feature Elliot Madore in the titular role, along with Jane Archibald as Donna Anna, Justin Welsh as Leporello, Vartan Gabrielian as both Masetto and Commendatore, Andrew Haji as Don Ottavio, Mireille Asselin as Zerlina, and Miriam Khalil in the role of Donna Elvira. The cast and orchestra will be joined by the Ewashko Singers (June 15-17). Shelley will lead the orchestra, along with pianist Matthew Whitaker in a concert featuring works by Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, Bernstein and Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue (July 5-6). As part of their POPs series, the NACO, conducted by Jack Everly, with vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare, will perform a collection of works by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald (June 22-24). Finally, violinist James Ehnes will be featured in concert at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, playing works by J.S. Bach (July 20).

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