This week in Montreal: May 27 – June 2

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Montreal Chamber Music Festival (MCMF/FMCM)
The musical festival season opens with the MCMF. The 18th editition takes place from May 9 to June 1 at St. George’s Anglican Church. True to tradition, artistic director Denis Brott spares us no surprises. Performers include the Emerson and Fine Arts Quartets, the Swingle Singers, and pianists Jean-Philippe Collard and Oliver Jones, to name a few. This year’s four-hour marathon is dedicated to Tchaikovsky.
– Renée Banville
Arthur Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher Closes the 2012-13 Season at the OSM
Conductor Kent Nagano closes the OSM’s season with Arthur Honegger’s lyric mystery Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake). Among the soloists are Marianne Fiset and Hélène Guilmette, mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, tenor Pascal Charbonneau and baritone-bass Alexandre Sylvestre. Three performances are scheduled for May 28 and 30 as well as June 1, and will take place at 8 pm at the Montreal Symphony House.
– Daniel Turp
Prix d’Europe Competition
The 102nd edition of the Prix d’Europe will be held from June 2 to 7, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. The four finalists will perform at the gala concert, which will be held June 8 at Bourgie Hall. Pianist and 2003 winner Wonny Song will be the evening’s guest of honour.
– Renée Banville

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