This Week in Montreal (October 11-16)

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I Musici – Two Masterpieces

Jean-Marie Zeitouni and his I Musici Chamber Orchestra invite us to meditate with Mahler’s sublime Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a “symphony for two voices and orchestra.” The six lieder are interpreted by soprano Michèle Losier and tenor Richard Cox. The program is completed with Beethoven’s Sixteenth Quartet, his final work (Oct. 12, 8PM, Salle Bourgie). www.imusici.com

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Violons du Roy – Marwood 

Conductor and violinist Anthony Marwood will lead the Violins du Roy in their first concert of the season, entitled Les caprices de la nuit. The concert continues the exploration of the greatest works for strings: the String Sextet from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht for string orchestra (Oct. 14, 7:30PM, Salle Bourgie). www.violonsduroy.com/en

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Anthony Marwood, Photo: Pia Johnson

Anthony Marwood, Photo: Pia Johnson

The Soldier’s Tale

Inspired by a traditional Russian tale, Stravinsky’s masterpiece tells the story of a poor soldier who sells his soul to the devil to become rich. Unable to be happy despite his wealth, he ends up in Hell. The triumphant devil in the story is played by violinist Olivier Thouin and actor Jean Marchand. Circus music, jazz, tango, waltz, and ragtime, are performed by Yannick Chenevert, bass, Jean-François Normand, clarinet, Mathieu Harel, bassoon, Raymond Benjamin, trumpet, Patrice Richer, trombone, and Hugues Tremblay, percussion (Oct. 15, 2PM, Salle Bourgie). www.sallebourgie.ca

 

James Ehnes at Pro Musica

Considered one of the most exciting performers of his generation, James Ehnes is Pro Musica’s guest for series of concerts in collaboration with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (playing the Dvořák Violin Concerto), where he made his debut at the age of 13 (Oct. 13, 8PM & Oct. 14, 7PM, Maison symphonique). He recently recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Prokofiev and Bartók alongside American pianist Andrew Armstrong, who will be his partner in a chamber concert of Beethoven, Franck, and Ravel (Oct. 16, 2:30PM, Maison symphonique). www.promusica.qc.ca, www.osm.ca

 

Music for the Virgin Queen

In presenting a concert of motets and madrigals that were dedicated to Elizabeth I, the Studio de Musique Ancienne Montréal (SMAM) pays homage to this queen who promoted poetry, theatre, and music, both sacred and profane. Daughter of Henry VIII, and the last of the Tudors, she was dubbed the “Virgin Queen” because she never married and, according to rumour, she also never gave in to the few favourites who courted her during her reign. Program: Tallis, Byrd, Mundy, Tomkins, Morley (Oct. 16, 3PM, Church of Saint-Léon de Westmount). www.smamontreal.ca

 

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