LYRIC & ECLECTIC : 83rd Season

Following a very emotional season, the Orchestre Classique de Montréal is proud to announce the programming for its 83rd season and the arrival of two principal guest conductors: Geneviève Leclair and Alain Trudel! For the majority of the season, the OCM will be back in residence at Salle Pierre-Mercure. This “lyrical and eclectic” season will focus on the vocal arts and an eclectic mix of repertoire with which the OCM has become synonymous, ranging from Bach to Britten, and major new works by David Bontemps and Maxime Goulet.

The OCM will also spotlight Anishinaabe composer Barbara Assiginaak and Cree composer Tomson Highway. Join us for what promises to be a season of fun, inspiration and inspired joy dedicated to our maestro Boris Brott!

Maestro Boris Brott and I planned this season together reflecting the DNA of the OCM: the eclecticism of repertoire and our shared love of the vocal arts. Despite the tragic loss of our dear Boris, the OCM is proud to continue its legacy of excellence with two guest chefs with strong ties to him: Geneviève Leclair and Alain Trudel. They will allow us to maintain the high musical level to which our orchestra and our public are accustomed.” says Taras Kulish, Executive Director of the OCM.

6 CONCERTS SUBSCRIPTION STARTING FOR AS LOW AS $100!

In a concert as unique and distinctive as the man himself, the OCM pays tribute to its beloved Artistic Director, Boris Brott, in an evening of works illustrating significant moments of his life. 

Sylvia Lécuyer, host
Tariq Harb, guitare
Stéphane Tétreault, cello
Antonio Figueroa, tenor
Elizabeth Polese, soprano
Geneviève Leclair, conductor

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This concert will feature some of J. S. Bach’s most virtuosic works for violin and voice. Audiences will be treated to exhilarating performances by one of Canada’s most renowned young violinists, Kerson Leong, and internationally acclaimed soprano Dominique Labelle.

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Presented in its world premiere, Unruly Sun is a song cycle by Matthew Ricketts and Mark Campbell, written for solo tenor and sextet, inspired by the life of queer activist and director Derek Jarman and his celebrated memoir, Modern Nature.

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A time-honoured holiday tradition taking place in the Crypt of Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Up-and-coming conductor Simon Rivard will lead the OCM and the Montréal choirs Filles de l’île and Chantres musiciens.

Hélène Brunet, soprano
Julie Boulianne, mezzo
Zach Rioux, tenor
Phillip Addis, baritone

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For the world premiere of this opera for four voices and chamber orchestra, Haitian-born Québec composer David Bontemps has conjured a universe of mystical melodies, whose Afro-Haitian motifs blend perfectly with the libretto by Haitian playwright Faubert Bolivar.

Suzanne Taffot, Soprano
Catherine Daniel, Mezzo
Paul Williamson, Tenor
Alain Trudel, Conductor

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The crystalline voice of soprano Magali Simard-Galdès will be featured in Britten’s celebrated Les Illuminations. Canadian composer Brian Cherney’s own Illuminations is inspired by elements of Jewish mysticism. The program will also feature Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.

Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano
Alain Trudel, conductor

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The eclectic mix of musical styles in this concert create a vibrant sensory experience: the world premiere of Anishinaabe composer Barbara Assiginaak, the Quebec premiere of Robert Rival’s violin concerto featuring OCM’s concertmaster Marc Djokic, and Michel Legrand songs performed by Sharon Azrieli.

Barbara Assiginaak, pipigwan
Sharon Azrieli, soprano
Marc Djokic, violin

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With his famous charisma and voice, tenor Marc Hervieux and the OCM take us on a musical escape to Italy featuring songs of well-loved and popular Italian favorites. 

Marc Hervieux, Tenor
Geneviève Leclair, conductor

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Join us for this Benefit concert at the Maison Symphonique featuring two grand works, one a classic and one sure to become a classic. 

Aline Kutan, Soprano
Spencer Britten, Tenor
Hugo Laporte, Baritone
Choeur de Laval & Les Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal
Alain Trudel, conductor

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