La Scena Musicale 20th Anniversary – Gala LA RELÈVE / RISING STARS

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La Scena Musicale celebrates its 20th anniversary with the first edition of Gala LA RELÈVE/RISING STARS, a benefit concert on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Salle Pierre-Mercure of the Centre Pierre-Péladeau featuring some of Canada’s future star musicians, many of whom have won recent national competitions. Soprano Chelsea Rus, baritone Hugo Laporte, clarinetist David Dias da Silva, violinist Joshua Peters, pianist Emily Oulousian and Piano Caméléons will perform; pianist Michael McMahon will accompany the singers.

“I’m very excited with our line-up of six young musicians and duo,” said Wah Keung Chan, founder of La Scena Musicale. “Each of the featured musicians accepted the invitation to participate as a volunteer and to perform their favourite works, and we expect a memorable evening.”

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Soprano Chelsea Rus and baritone Hugo Laporte will treat us to operatic gems and art songs from the French, Italian and German repertoire including masterpieces “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Puccini and the Barber’s aria “Largo al factotum” by Rossini. Clarinetist David Dias da Silva will treat us to the Debussy First Rhapsody, violinist Joshua Peters will serenade us with the first movement of the Beethoven Kreutzer sonata accompanied by pianist Philip Chiu, and pianist Emily Oulousian will enthrall us with Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev. Although already seasoned individual pianists, the young duo Piano Caméléons of Matt Herskowitz and John Roney will add jazz colours and virtuosity to well-known classical melodies of Bach, Chopin and Debussy. One of Canada’s leading pianists Michael McMahon will accompany the singers.”

The vocal quartet Quartom will be the MC of the gala, which is dedicated to the memory of Lucie Renaud, former assistant editor of La Scena Musicale and a dear collaborator who was passionate about music, arts and culture. Hugo Laporte will sing Fauré’s Après un rêve, one of Lucie’s favourite art songs.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary concert, we invite all of our current and former contributors to join us on stage followng the intermission for a well-deserved round of applause and a group photo which we will publish in the December/January issue.

Gala LA RELÈVE is the fifth concert organized to benefit La Scene Musicale’s mission to promote music and the arts. Numerous artists have performed in past LSM concerts, and this year’s line-up will surely be stars of the future.

  • The fifth anniversary Reader’s Choice Gala was also held at Salle Pierre-Mercure on September 12, 2001, and was the first concert dedicated to the memories of the victims of 9/11. The Bring a Teen outreach program was introduced at this concert and will make a return for Gala LA RELÈVE with 50 tickets available. Featured musicians: Julian Armour (cellist), Denis Brott (cellist), Donna Brown (soprano), Stéphane Lemelin (pianist), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (pianist), Nathalie Paulin (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor) and the debut performance of the Theatre of Early Music.
  • Opera Gala, the 7th anniversary Gala at McGill’s Pollack Hall in 2003, featured soprano Mirela Tefaj, mezzo Annamaria Popescu and tenor John Mac Master.
  • A Celebration!, the 10th Anniversary Gala in 2006 featured 4 hours of music from Montreal’s leading musicians. Featured musicians: Denis Brott, Lorraine Desmarais, Quatuor Molinari, Patrice Laré, Suzie LeBlanc, Les Voix humaines, Michael McMahon, Paul Merkelo, Musica Camerata, Nathalie Paulin, Anne Robert, Ludwig Semerjian, Wonny Song, Marianne Trudel, Velitchka Votcheva, Alexandre Vovan and the Montreal Musicians of the World Orchestra directed by Joseph Milo.
  • A Choral Celebration on February 14, 2009 brought together three of Montreal’s top choral conductors (Iwan Edwards, the late Christopher Jackson and Patrick Wedd) and top choirs (Concerto Della Donna, SMAM and Musica Orbium) in the theme of Love.

A dinner cocktail will precede the concert for VIP ticket holders ($130 including $100 tax receipt), and every audience member (regular tickets $30; students $20) is invited following the concert to celebrate La Scena Musicale’s 20th anniversary with coffee and cake.

Gala LA RELÈVE/RISING STARS – Thursday, November 24, 2016, 7:30 PM –
Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau – 300 De Maisonneuve Blvd. E. – Montreal (Quebec) H2X 3X6

The Night’s Schedule

  • 5:30 PM: dinner cocktail (for VIP ticket holders)
  • 7:30 PM: concert
  • 10 PM: reception (cake and coffee will be served!)


  • VIP Tickets: $130 (Dinner cocktail & tax receipt of $100)
  • Regular: $30
  • Students: $20



Information: 514-948-2520 x1, [email protected],

About La Scene Musicale

La Scena Musicale is a free bilingual magazine published by La Scène Musicale, a charity dedicated to the promotion of music and the arts. Each issue contains a comprehensive calendar of concerts, compact disc reviews, concert reviews and interviews with musicians as well as feature articles on the local, national and international scenes.

The printed version of La Scena Musicale is distributed in the Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa-Hull and Toronto regions. The electronic version is posted worldwide on the Internet.

La Scène Musicale also publishes the La SCENA arts magazine and the award-winning website

The Bring a Teen program

The program was first introduced in 2001 at LSM’s fifth anniversary Gala. Every adult or music teacher who purchases a regular ticket can receive one free ticket to bring a teenager or teenage student to the concert. Eligible teenagers are students in high school or cegep. Adults must provide the name and age of the teen.


  • Chelsea Rus, soprano, winner of the Elizabeth Wirth Vocal Competition
  • Hugo Laporte, baritone, winner Concours OSM Standard Life 2014
  • David Dias da Silva, clarinetist, winner Prix d’Europe 2016 & winner 2016 Stepping Stone (Concours de musique du Canada)
  • Joshua Peters, violinist, winner 2015 McGill Golden Violin Competition & 2015 Eckhardt Gramatté National Music Competition
  • Emily Oulousian, pianist, winner of the TV show Virtuose (2016)
  • Piano Caméléons; new ensemble – classical music/jazz colours by two virtuosos Matt Herskowitz & John Roney
  • Michael McMahon, pianist (will accompany the singers)


Joshua Peters, violin; Philip Chiu, piano

  • Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 “Kreutzer”, 1st movement (Adagio Sostenuto-Presto).

Emily Oulousian, piano

  • Beethoven: Sonate pour piano, op.7, 1er mouvement
  • Chopin: Etude in E major, op.10, no. 3 “Tristesse”
  • Prokofiev: Toccate en ré mineur

Hugo Laporte, baritone

  • Duparc: Phydylé
  • Mozart: “Papagena!,” Die Zauberflöte
  • Rossini: “Largo al factotum,” Il Barbiere di Siviglia

— Intermission —

Piano Caméléons

  • J. S. Bach: Prelude no. 2 in C minor, WTC book 1
  • Debussy: Clair de lune
  • Chopin: Etude in C minor, op. 10, no. 2, “Revolutionary”

David Dias da Silva, clarinet; Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, piano

  • Joly Braga Santos : Aria I
  • Bella Kovacs : Hommage à Manuel de Falla
  • Debussy: Première rhapsodie (First Rhapsody)

Chelsea Rus, soprano

  • Gounod: “Ah je veux vivre,” Romeo & Juliet
  • R. Strauss: Die nacht
  • R. Strauss: Ständchen
  • Puccini: “O Mio Babbino Caro,” Gianni Schicchi

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