ECHOES OF THE STEPPES: The OCM Presents a World Premiere by Larysa Kuzmenko

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Montreal, January 26, 2022 – The Orchestre Classique de Montreal (OCM) presents a concert where Eastern Europe is in the spotlight, on February 15, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., at Salle Pierre-Mercure. The concert is co-presented by The Ukrainian National Federation (Montreal Branch) and the Shevchenko Foundation, Boris Horodynsky Music Fund. The concert will be dedicated to Ukraine in solidarity of the current crisis.

The OCM is proud to present the world premiere of Kurelek’s Gallery by Ukrainian-Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko. The work for string orchestra is inspired by the paintings of Ukrainian-Canadian artist William Kurelek. Ukraine is once again highlighted with the work Melodiya, by the famous composer Myroslav Skoryk, who died in 2020. The Czech composer Dvořák is also on the program with the renowned Serenade for Strings.

Finally, Canadian trumpeter Karen Donnelly and internationally renowned Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Serhiy Salov, join the OCM for Shostakovich’s Trumpet and Piano Concerto no. 1, opus 35.

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As part of its 82nd season entitled Women of Exception, the OCM pays tribute, during each concert, to a great woman outside the music world who has marked the community in her own way. Before the concert, the OCM will pay tribute to the Honorable Marlene Jennings, the first black woman from Quebec elected to the federal Parliament.

Echoes of the Steppes

Tuesday February 15th at 7:30pm – Salle Pierre-Mercure

Orchestre classique de Montréal

Karen Donnelly, Trumpet

Serhiy Salov, Piano

Boris Brott, Conductor

Tickets: 25 $ – 59$ (taxes included)

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MelodiyaM. Skoryk

Kurelek’s GalleryLarysa Kuzmenko (world premiere)

Serenade for StringsA. Dvořák

Concerto for Piano and Trumpet n° 1, op. 35D. Shostakovich


About the OCM

The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and cellist and manager Lotte Brott. Previously named the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Now led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, the elder son of Alexander and one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians. The OCM presents concerts throughout the year and is now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure. Fulfilling its mission of celebrating diversity and inclusivity, the OCM has created the program Music for Everyone which enables collaborations with numerous new immigrant communities and Montreal organizations in making OCM’s performances accessible to all. The OCM proudly acknowledges BMO Financial Group as its 2021-22 Season Presenter.


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