This Week in Montreal (February 22–28)

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Series at the Chapelle Historique

Éric Champagne, composer-in-residence at the Chapelle, will host a unique concert celebrating philanthropist Paul Sacher’s extraordinary contribution to classical music. The Ensemble Arkea, conducted by Dina Gilbert, will play works by Bartók, Ginastera, Dutilleux and Britten. February 25, 7:30 pm.

Calidore String Quartet

Calidore String Quartet


On February 28, the spotlight passes to the Calidore String Quartet, winners of numerous prestigious competitions. The quartet was created in 2010 by young musicians at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and has now settled in Manhattan. In 2013 it took part in McGill’s International Academy, prompting critic Claude Gingras to speak of a revelation and entitling his article “The Calidore, the absolute summit”. On the program: Haydn, Mendelssohn and Debussy. Pollack Hall, 3:30 pm.

Violons du Roy

For the Arte Musica evenings, Bernard Labadie is offering his own transcriptions of major works by Bach. Bourgie Hall, February 26, 7:30 pm.

McGill Chamber Orchestra

In collaboration with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Trilogy of Seduction will include opera excerpts from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Così fan tutte, all staged by Alain Gauthier. This event is part of Montréal en lumière. February 23, 7:30 pm.

I Musici: From Darkness to Light

I Musici will take part in the Montréal en lumière festival, playing Shostakovich’s penultimate symphony and leading up to poems narrating the final days. To get to the light, we’ll hear Haydn’s bright Symphony No. 45 (“Farewell Symphony”). At the end of this work, musicians will leave the stage and blow out their candles. Only darkness will remain. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor, Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone, and Dominique Labelle, soprano. Bourgie Hall, February 25, 8:00 pm.


The complete set of Bach’s cantatas continues at Bourgie Hall. This time, we’ll hear the SMAM choir and orchestra conducted by Andrew McAnerny. Cantatas BWV 22, 97, and 150 are programmed. The soloists are soprano Marie Magistry, mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet, tenor Nils Brown, and bass Normand Richard. Bourgie Hall, February 27, 2:00 pm.

Hebrew Character and Slavic ­Monuments at OM

In celebration of Hebrew identity, the Orchestre Métropolitain presents works by Prokofiev, Bruch, Bloch, and H. Oppenheim with the Magillah ensemble and the talented cellist Yegor Dyachkov. Airat Ichmouratov, conductor. Maison symphonique, February 28, 3:00 pm. This concert will be presented in two boroughs on February 25 and 26.

Louise Bessette: A Special Evening

Pianist Louise Bessette will prepare a light, dazzling evening with four piano cycles and multiple influences. John Rea’s Las Meninas, commissioned by the SMCQ, variations on Kinderszenen by Schumann, and Monodias Españolas by José Evangelista are some of many works on the program. Conservatoire concert hall, February 28, 3:00 pm.

University Operas

The orchestra of Université de Montréal, conducted by Jean-François Rivest and the opera workshop of UdeM, directed by Robin Wheeler, present Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. This opera-bouffa is “more than a work of commedia dell’arte,” says Rivest. One can experience this Crazy Day of Beaumarchais, staged by François Racine at salle Claude-Champagne, February 25-28, at 7:30 pm.

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