Browsing: This Week in Montreal

War Requiem at the Maison Symphonique Kent Nagano and the OSM with the OSM chorus present Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem May 25 and 28 at 8:00 pm and 29 at 2:30 pm at Maison Symphonique. Soloists include soprano Catherine Naglestad, tenor Ian Bostridge, and baritone Russell Braun, who is replacing Thomas Hampson for health reasons.http://www.osm.ca/en/concert/war-requiem Concours Musical International de Montréal The CMIM kicks off this week with Quarter-final rounds May 23–25, and Semi-final rounds May 27 and 28 at Bourgie Hall. Catch masterclasses with judges Ida Kavafian and Pierre Amoyal on Thursday May 26 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively at the Chapelle Historique…

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Final concerts in the SMCQ’s John Rea series Directed by Denis Marleau, Walter Boudreau and Plasirs du clavecin perform Le petit livre des Ravalet, an atypical opera ­composed by Rea. Period instruments, audio, singers, and actors take the stage. Usine C, May 16, 7 pm. www.smcq.qc.ca The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and countertenor Andreas Scholl join San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to celebrate 30 years at the podium for Nicholas McGegan, the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director. On the program: opera arias and duos and Handel oratorios, as well as a work written by Arvo Pärt…

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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…

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End of Season at the Chapelle Historique The last concert of the series Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin with violinist Olivier Thouin and pianist François Zeitouni will take place on May 8 at 3 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur The MSO MSO and Danse Danse present Anatomy of a Sigh, an evening of dance and music to the sound of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. With organist Jean Willy Kunz and Le Carré des Lombes dance company, in a choreography by Danièle Desnoyers to music by John Rea, Frescobaldi, Alain, and Messiaen. Maison symphonique, May 6 and 7 at 8 pm. www.osm.ca…

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Emerging Musicians with Pro Musica Young violinist Kerson Leong has taken the music world by storm. He won first junior prize at Oslo’s Menhuin Competition and the Tremplin in Quebec. He was named Radio-Canada Révélation winner in 2014-2015. He will play works by Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, Fauré, Gershwin, and Dompierre. March 30, 3:30 pm. www.promusica.qc.ca/en Camerata Relives the First Viennese School When Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven experimented with the Viennese Classical Style, keyboard instruments changed forever. With Pure Classics, horn players John Zirbel and Catherine Turner will join Musica Camerata Montréal to perform a Haydn Divertimento, Mozart’s arrangement of his…

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McGill Chamber Orchestra Montreal-based clarinettist and composer Airat Ichmouratov and the Kleztory Ensemble present Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 25 by the namesake composer, Clarinet Quintet in A major by Mozart, and miscellaneous klezmer repertoire. March 22, 7:30 pm. www.ocm-mco.org Caractère hébraïque et Monuments Slaves à l’OM In March, OM will taste the Slavic language and perform the powerful Glagolithic Mass by Janáček, a choral masterpiece. Christian Arming, conductor, with the great Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, tenor David Pomeroy, bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, and the Chœur Métropolitain, celebrating 30 years this season. Symphony No. 8 by Dvořák will end the concert.…

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Return to the Violons du Roy  In March Bernard Labadie will conduct the St. Matthew Passion, a major work of the Baroque and a pinnacle in western music. The score is monumental and will take 2 hours 45 minutes to perform. Soloists: John Mark Ainsley, tenor, Neal Davies, baritone, Karina Gauvin, soprano, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto, Andrew Staples, tenor and Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone. With the Chapelle de Québec. Maison symphonique, March 12, 7:30 pm. www.violonsduroy.com Masterpieces at Maison Symphonique In March, Montréalers have the opportunity to hear Kent Nagano and the OSM play Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: not only one of the most…

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Series at the Chapelle Historique Cellist Yegor Dyachkov and pianist Jean Saulnier will play a mix of folk and “serious” music from the Romantic era. Works by Brahms, Dvořák and Janáček. March 3, 7:30 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur OSM Musicians at the Maison de la Culture Frontenac Here’s an opportunity to hear OSM musicians in small ensemble formation. Andrew Wan and Olivier Thouin, violins; Neal Gripp, viola; Brian Manker, cello; and Todd Cope, clarinet. On the program: Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3 by Beethoven and Clarinet Quintet in A major by Mozart. Edgar Fruitier will host the concert.…

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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. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur LMMC 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…

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