This Week in Montreal (May 9–15)

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End of Season at the Chapelle Historique
The Chapelle will close its spring season with pianists Kyoko Hashimoto and Ilya Poletaev playing works by Brahms, Debussy, Mozart, and Rachmaninov. May 15, 3 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur

 
An Awaited Return and a New Face at Arion
To mark his return, violinist and guest conductor Stefano Montanari will draw from the singular repertoire of the sinfonia concertante. Concerti alla Montanari comprises works by Sammartini, Boccherini, and Cambini. Soloist: Kate Bennett Wadsworth, cello. Bourgie Hall, April 8 to 10. The first concert in Montreal by the British harpsichordist and conductor Steven Devine will be the Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel. There will also be works by Arne and Telemann. Bourgie Hall, May 13 to 15. www.arionbaroque.com

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The OM version of the Symphonie Fantastique
The music of Bach was echoed in that of the composers who followed him. Bach’s Legacy covers almost 200 years with Bach, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich. With violists Brian Bacon and Elvira Misbakhova, under the direction of Cristian Măcelaru. Maison symphonique, May 13, 7:30 pm. Presented in three neighbourhoods May 11 to 14. www.orchestremetropolitain.com

 
Music inspired by the MBAM’s Jim Dine sculpture
As part of the Fondation Arte Musica’s project to commission new works, composer Luna Pearl Woolf took inspiration from the piece At the Carnival, a monumental wooden sculpture of three Venuses given to the MBAM by the artist. The work is written for three singers, three cellos, and three basses. The exceptional Tryptyque concert includes two other works by Woolf: Mélange à trois, a wordless opera for violin, cello, and percussion, and Pueraria lobata, a string trio inspired by the kudzu vine. Bourgie Hall, May 12, 7:30 pm. www.bourgiehall.ca

 
Three for three at Musica Camerata
For the last concert of the season, Musica Camerata has selected three rarely-played trios: a piece by Canadian Robert Rival, a trio by Danish composer Niels Gade, who was highly influenced by Schumann and Brahms, and the Trio opus 8 composed by a very young Shostakovich. Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, May 14, 6 pm. www.cameratamontreal.com

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