Newswire | Geneviève Leclair and Jacques Lacombe Will Direct the Last Two Concerts of the OCM!

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Montreal, May 2, 2022 – The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) will welcome several renowned Quebec female soloists for its last two concerts of the season. Conductor Geneviève Leclair will lead the “Grandes québécoises” concert on Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at Salle Pierre-Mercure, while Jacques Lacombe will provide musical direction for the concert “Eroica: to our health heroes” on Friday, May 27, 8 p.m., at the Maison Symphonique of the Place des Arts.

We are ending the season on a high note with these two concerts led by two quality conductors. After the sudden loss of Maestro Brott, it is important for the OCM to continue its tradition of offering concerts that meet the expectations of our public. I am very confident that with Geneviève Leclair and Jacques Lacombe it will be a great success.” says Taras Kulish, General Director.

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OCM’s 83rd season will be unveiled on June 14 at the annual benefit gala at the Sofitel hotel. The company will then announce who will succeed to Maestro Brott as Music Director of the ensemble.

Grandes Québécoises

Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 pm – Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Pierre-Mercure Hall

Photo: Dina K Photography

The May 17 concert will be conducted by a protégé of the recently deceased maestro Boris Brott, Quebec conductor Geneviève Leclair. Boris had taken the chef under his wing for the last fifteen years, and she led OCM’s presentation of the opera As One which was acclaimed by critics in 2020.

Harpist Valérie Milot and flautist Nadia Labrie will present their nuanced interpretation of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, before giving way to young pianist Élisabeth Pion in Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major. The twin sisters Nadia Labrie, flautist, and Annie Labrie, guitarist, will then evoke Latin American panache in the Concerto Tradicionuevo by Franco-Quebec composer Patrick Roux. This concert will also mark the centenary of Lotte Brott (1922-1998), former director of the OCM, with the world premiere of the piece “She rides a bicycle with a cello on her back and a baby in the basket” by the composer Canadian Carmen Braden.

As part of its 82nd season entitled Women of Distinction, the OCM pays tribute, at each of its concerts, to a highly accomplished woman outside the music world who has marked the community in her own way. Before the concert and in her presence, the OCM will pay tribute to Pauline Marois, the first woman to be elected Premier of Quebec.

This concert is generously presented by Marie-Christine Tremblay and Jacques Marchand.


  • Valérie Milot, Harp
  • Élisabeth Pion, Piano
  • Annie Labrie, Guitar
  • Nadia Labrie, Flute
  • Geneviève Leclair, Conductor
  • Orchestre classique de Montréal

She rides a bicycle with a cello on her back and a baby in the basket, Carmen Braden (PREMIÈRE)

Concerto for flute & harp in C major, K. 299/297cW. A. Mozart

Piano Concerto no. 11 in D major, J. Haydn

Concerto Tradicionuevo for flute & guitar, Patrick Roux

Tickets: $25 – $59

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EROICA: For Our Healthcare Workers!

Friday, May 27 at 8pm – Maison symphonique of the Place des Arts

Thanks to the generous support of the evening’s sponsor, Medicom, the OCM invites 200 health care workers from the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) free of charge. A vibrant tribute will be given to them.

It is with great emotion that we organize this last concert of the season in order to highlight the true heroes of our society who have worked tirelessly and taken care of us for more than two years!” says Taras Kulish, Director General of the OCM.

This concert will also be an opportunity to hear several musicians selected for the Canimex mentoring program, supported by the Canimex Group and the RBC Foundation. The thirteen students from the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal will join the orchestra for this great concert.


  • Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Piano
  • Suzanne Taffot, Soprano
  • Jacqueline Woodley, Soprano
  • Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Emmanuel Hasler, Tenor
  • Matthew Dalen, Tenor
  • Jean-Philippe Mc Clish, Baritone
  • Les Filles de l’île & Les Chantres Musiciens, Choirs
  • Jacques Lacombe, Conductor
  • Evgenii Sakmarov, Assistant Conductor

EROICA, Symphony no.3, op. 55, by Beethoven

Choral Fantasy, op. 80 by Beethoven

Tickets: 25 $ – 149,99$

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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. Boris Brott, OC, OQ, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, led the OCM from 2000 until his death in April 2022. The OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians presenting concerts throughout the year and 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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