Fall Season: Orchestras and Chamber Music

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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) will start its season with Mahler’s Symphony no. 8, “Symphony of the Thousand,” a large-scale work gathering more than 350 instrumentalists and singers on stage (September 19 & 21). In addition, Russian music will hold a special place during the fall. Russian-born conductor Vasily Petrenko will present an all-Russian music concert in October (October 11, 14, and 15), and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will complete the evenings with a concerto by Prokofiev. On November 11, the St. Petersburg Mariinksy Orchestra will present a concert in Montreal under the baton of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev. The OSM ends the fall season with a premiere by Matthew Ricketts, a Canadian symbol, in honour of the Confederation’s 150th anniversary (December 10). www.osm.ca

Orchestre Métropolitain

Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) presents the Montreal Video Game Symphony, directed by Dina Gilbert, as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations on September 29. Music from various video games designed for the city centre will be featured, including works from Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Age, and RollerCoaster Tycoon. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct Bruckner’s Symphony no. 5 and Richard Strauss’s Burlesque before the one-off concert (September 6, 7, and 8). OM will then take you to Spain with compositions by De Falla, Capriccio espagnol, op. 34, by Rimsky-Korsakov, and one work by Montreal and Spaniard-based composer José Evangelista on October 18, 19, 20, and 22. Finally, OM will pay a visit to France, Spain’s next-door neighbour, with works by Berlioz, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Debussy (November 22). www.orchestremetropolitain.com

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Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy and Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc come together in Quebec City on September 14 and in Montreal on September 15 to celebrate the Universal Exposition’s 50th anniversary. Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux and conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi will thereafter perform works by Mozart and Rossini in Quebec City and Montreal on September 28 and 30, respectively. In October, accordionist James Crabb and violinist Antony Marwood join forces to play music by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (Quebec City on October 12, Montreal on October 13). New Violons du Roy music director Jonathan Cohen presents his take on works by Bach and Telemann in Quebec City and Montreal on November 16 and 17. www.violonsduroy.com

I Musici de Montréal

I Musici has a thrilling season ahead. Renowned pianist Christian Blackshaw will honour the chamber orchestra with a visit for its opening concert on September 24, presenting the Piano Concerto no. 24 by Mozart. This will be followed by a work by French-Canadian composer Julien Bilodeau. On October 26, I Musici presents poetry by Vivaldi accompanied by flutist Jocelyne Roy, winner of the 2005 Prix d’Europe. On November 16, the chamber orchestra will pay tribute to Yuli Turovsky, the ensemble’s founder, with Cordes du Nord, a collection of works from the Baltic Sea countries. www.imusici.com

Orchestre symphonique de Québec

Pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre will guest star in the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) opening concert on September 20 and 21, performing the Concerto de Québec by André Mathieu. The orchestra’s varied programming will range from Mozart to Beethoven, to Brahms and Strauss. On October 5, the OSQ will pay tribute to David Bowie and Prince, two pop music greats. The Orchestra and Chœur de l’OSQ present film music from the past five decades in December (December 15 and 16). On November 12, the OSQ makes a brief trip down Charlie Chaplin Lane with Charlot and Mademoiselle Cello. www.osq.org

National Arts Centre Orchestra

There will be something for everyone at the National Arts Centre (NAC) this fall. Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform a heavenly serenade with his best-liked film music (September 13 & 14). On September 20 and 21, conductor Alexander Shelley conducts Beethoven’s famous Symphony no. 9, including the “Ode to Joy.” The NAC Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman will be reunited with works by Haydn and Beethoven on November 23 and 24. Lastly, conductor Andy Einhorn will present Disney songs for young and old on December 14, 15, and 16. www.nac-cna.ca

Orchestre symphonique de Laval

The Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL) begins its season on September 27 with Symphonie minute by Montreal and Spaniard-based composer José Evangelista. This will be presented as part of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Homage Series. The powerful voice of soprano Marie-Josée Lord adds to the OSL on October 25 when she and the musicians present operatic airs under the baton of Alain Trudel. The public will travel around the world with a concert featuring local and international traditional music on December 13. www.osl.qc.ca

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil

The Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL) pays tribute to local artists in its opening concert as part of Longueuil’s 360th anniversary celebrations. Music from Harmonium’s L’Heptade album starts the evening on September 28. In November, Maestro Marc David and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin cross time with repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary periods in Europe and Quebec (November 2, 4, and 5). www.osdl.ca

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Canadian Mychael Danna makes his international premiere in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)’s opening concert on September 19. This film music composer will present the work that made him a winner at the 2013 Oscars: Life of Pi, based on the namesake book by author Yann Martel. On September 27, 28, and 30, the TSO, OSM, and NAC Orchestra fusion together to present Ein deutsches Requiem, one of Brahms’s most ambitious works. Many other concerts will feature Canadian talent throughout the fall, including tributes to Glenn Gould and Maureen Forrester. www.tso.ca

McGill Chamber Orchestra

As part of the fall season, the McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will present a show centred around the Revolution and 1960s exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (September 27). Violinist Ashley MacIsaac will play Frank Zappa’s Zomby Woof for the event. This performance will be followed by a concerto bringing together successes with the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper album. At the end of November and beginning of December, the Orchestra will ride the Christmas wave with Handel’s Messiah (November 30 and December 1). The fall season ends December 20 with guest Marc Hervieux who will sing many traditional Christmas carols. www.ocm-mco.org

Translation: Dwain Richardson



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