Classical Music & Kids
The OCM strongly believes that first experiences with classical music can make a tremendous difference in the mental and emotional development of children. Our objective is to build a strong rapport & love of classical music with children of all ages. When they tell us “That was cool!” as they often do, we know we have succeeded in touching their lives.
OCM’s annual concerts are interactive, multi-media events geared to hold the child’s attention in 50 minutes or less.
Maestro Boris Brott says: “I am thrilled to have been writing and producing children’s concerts for over 50 years, no doubt highly influenced by my mentor Leonard Bernstein.
My wife Ardyth, a recognized children’s author, has helped me create scripts for these concerts that not only present a story but also tackle important social issues such as prejudice, bullying, the importance of family.”
Youth Initiative 2021-2022
Symphonic Opera Candy: The Gourmet Adventure of Hansel and Gretel
OCM’s annual children’s concerts are interactive events geared to hold the child’s attention in 50 minutes or less while exposing them to classical music and the various instruments in the orchestra.
Once upon a time, two cheerful singers wanted to tell the tale of Hansel and Gretel in music. Their mischievous pal wanted to help out, but he was so greedy and easily distracted that he kept putting his foot in his mouth… or was it candy?
To keep their friend focused, the singers gave him an important role to play in the story. Find out what happens in this fanciful mini-opera with narration, a co-production between the OCM and Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
Children between 6 and 12 years old and their families will discover this comic re-imagining of a story savoured by candy lovers everywhere.
Language : French
Finalist at the 22nd Opus Awards for Production of the Year – Young Audiences
Cécile Muhire, soprano – Gretel
Charlotte Gagnon, mezzo-soprano – Hansel
Guillaume Rodrigue, actor and singer – Narrator
Carl Matthieu Neher, pianist
Orchestre Classique de Montréal
Boris Brott, conductor
Alain Gauthier, stage director
Pascal Blanchet, text and adaptation of opera libretto
With the generous support of