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EDITOR’S CHOICE | The best classical music concerts in theaters and on webcast to discover this week

Classical music concerts in Montreal, week of February 21, 2022.

Even if some classical music concerts are unfortunately still canceled and the “gauge” is still 50% in theaters, music lovers have plenty to keep busy. Let yourself be tempted by one of our Editor’s Choice, in theaters February 21-27or online from the comfort of your home.

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Jacques Lacombe, conductor. (Photo: Steve J. Sherman)

Lacombe directs Rachmaninoff

LMontreal Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra (CMM) returns to the Maison symphonique de la Place des Arts for a concert under the direction of Jacques Lacombe. On the program, a creation by Geneviève Ackerman, student in instrumental composition with Nicolas Gilbert, entitled Requiem for Empedocles, as well as Symphony no 2 in E minor op.27 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. February 22, 7:30 p.m., Maison symphonique. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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The Bozzini Quartet. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Bozzini Quartet: Ways of returning

the Bozzini Quartet present Ways of returning, an exploration of the possibilities of timbre and sound color by interpreting works drawing on glitch art, minimalism, noise and dark ambient. This concert weaves links between the acoustic quartet and electronics with a creation by Nicole Lizée and works by Tom Johnson, Michael Oesterle and Anthony Tan. Lizée reworks musical motifs with the brilliance of a talented DJ. February 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Espace orange in the Wilder Building. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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The Molinari Quartet. (Picture: courtesy)

Molinari Quartet: results of the competition

This concert presents the four winning works of the 8th International Composition Competition of the Molinari Quartet. Selected from among the 115 scores received from 33 countries, unpublished works will be premiered during this concert. At the end of the concert, the jury, made up of Quartet musicians and composers Denis Gougeon and Jimmie Le Blanc, will meet to give the final order of winners. February 25, 7:30 p.m., concert hall of the Montreal Conservatory of Music. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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Historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd. (Credit Olivier Ruel)

Historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Schulich to Good Shepherd

The Schulich School of Music presents its teachers and students from the Early Music Program in concert. On the program, music for string quintet with harpsichord. February 24, 7:30 p.m., Historic Chapel. DETAILS AND TICKETS

The Schumann Universe

On Sunday, Myriam Leblanc, soprano, Geoffroy Salvas, baritone, and Jeanne Amièle, piano, present the second of five concerts retracing the creative journey of Robert Schumann, emblematic composer of romanticism, and Clara Schumann, virtuoso pianist and accomplished composer. February 27, 3 p.m., Historic Chapel. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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Agora Orchestra. (Photo: Stephane Bourgeois)

Bach and his influencers

harpsichord in concert presents this concert of theAgora Orchestrawhere we can hear works by Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach under the direction of Nicholas Elliswith Luc Beausejour at the harpsichord. The event is described as follows: “The Italian masters of the 17th century perfected the modern string orchestra, creating, to bring out all possible textures, both the sinfonia, from the operatic overtures, as the concerto grosso, with Corelli, and the soloist concerto, with Vivaldi. Bach remains the first great German heir to this new writing. From him, the concert offers the sumptuous Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 as well as two concertos for harpsichord. » February 25, 7:30 p.m., Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. DETAILS AND TICKETS

Montreal Symphony House
Jean-Willy Kunz. The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously donated to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais. (Photo: Antoine Saito)

Sleepless Night at the OSM: Mix n Org

On the occasion of Nuit blanche à Montréal, the OSM invites you to discover the Maison symphonique and the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique differently, in an “electro-organic” duet with Jean Willy Kunz (organ) and Pascale Project (D.J.). In addition, Espace OSM, which will be open for the occasion from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., will offer a virtual reality tour of the king of instruments using virtual reality headsets that will be disinfected between each use. As for the Maison symphonique, it will be possible to attend improvisation concerts at 8:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. or 11 p.m.. Seats are free and will be available by reservation only. February 26, Maison symphonique. DETAILS AND TICKETS

André Laplante, Canadian pianist
André Laplante, pianist. (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

André Laplante at the Metropolitan

UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 25: André Laplante being unfortunately ill, he will be replaced on Sunday by the pianist Serhiy Salov.

André Laplante is the guest soloist of theMetropolitan OrchestraSunday, in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, conducted by Nicholas Ellis. Also on the program: Dances of Galantaof Kodály, and the Symphonic dances by Rachmaninoff. February 27, 3 p.m., Maison symphonique. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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Symon Henry (Photo: Courtesy)

I am calm and enraged, by Symon Henry

In this transdisciplinary show carried by the poetry of Roxane Desjardins, Symon Henry composes six sound paintings for voice, harmonicas, electronics and an ensemble of improvisers that question our relationship to history and to imminent ecological disasters. With l’SuperMusic Set (flutes, trumpet, violin, cello, double bass and percussion) and the Ad Lib Collective (solo voices, electronics and harmonica). Presented by SuperMusique and Le Vivier. February 27, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., multimedia room of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. DETAILS AND TICKETS

To learn more about Symon Henry, composer, painter and poet, read these two interviews:



The Goldmund Quartet.  (Picture: courtesy)
The Goldmund Quartet. (Picture: courtesy)

The Goldmund Quartet at the LMMC

From Germany, the Goldmund Quartet will make their debut this Sunday at the LMMC in a program of Mozart, Dvorak and Beethoven. February 27, 3:30 p.m., Pollack Hall.


Webcast classical music concerts and recitals

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Bourgie Hall. (Photo: Bernard Fougere)

Not convinced to go out yet? Never mind, many high-quality concerts are still available on webcast, as evidenced by the long list below, which surveys what you can listen to online in your living room, your bedroom, and even in your pajamas.

Bourgie Hall

The Omicron variant having forced the cancellation of concerts by international artists at the Bourgie Hall in February, its programming turns to webcasts. We can therefore watch the concerts of the Trio Fibonacci (Schubert) until the 28th, of the Happy Ideas (Chaconne and chocolate) until March 1, and of the Doxas Brothers (jazz) from February 17 to March 3. The next live recitals in Bourgie Hall will be those of Charles Richard-Hamelin, on March 2 and 3, as part of his upcoming Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane. DETAILS AND TICKETS

Stéphane Tétreault at I Musici

In this concert recorded on February 10 at the Pierre-Mercure hall, Stephane Tetreault is the guest ofI Musici of Montreal, of which he is the artist in residence for this reason. He performs the Concerto in D major for cello and orchestra by Joseph Haydn and joins their cello section for the Quartet in D minor D 180 The girl and death by Schubert, in an arrangement for string orchestra. Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 “Fire” opens the program. Available until March 6. DETAILS AND TICKETS

Le Vivier: several concerts at $10

If you like creative music and innovation, dozens of concerts lasting an average of one hour are available via webcast from the Vivier website, for only $10. DETAILS AND TICKETS

SMCQ: portraits of composers and others

The Quebec Contemporary Music Society also broadcasts several concerts on demand, including the first in its Portraits of composers series, dedicated to André Hamel and Simon Bertrand, with whom I conducted interviews. DETAILS AND TICKETS.



Zubin Mehta conducts the OSM

The OSM rebroadcasts Zubin Mehta returns to the OSM with Wagner and Brahms, a major concert captured at the Maison symphonique, available from February 15 to March 8. DETAILS AND TICKETS

40 years of OM: the web documentary

The web documentary 40 years of OM: a love affair with music is still available free of charge on the Orchester Métropolitain website, to learn more about this orchestra which is part of Montreal’s DNA.

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