A 39th season of I Musici that will make you travel

The I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, which is back in residence at Salle Pierre-Mercure, recently unveiled the details of its 39th season, during which it will stimulate our imagination and transport us in music to the four corners of the ‘Europe.

She will take us on a tour of the British Isles, France, Germany, Austria and Italy thanks to prestigious guests: Karina Gauvin (soprano), Tania Miller (guest conductor), Stéphane Tétreault (cello), Valérie Milot (harp), Vincent Lauzer (recorder), Ariane Brisson (transverse flute), Maxim Rysanov (viola and guest conductor), and, of course, Julie Triquet, violin-solo. The journey will begin on September 29 with the British Isles, so rich in myths and legends. These lands have always tickled our imagination thanks to the stories of the Round Table, Loch Ness, Robin Hood, dragons or druids that we will revisit thanks to the magic of the works of Britten, Walton, Holst or Elgar. During this Britannia evening, the Supreme Priestess will undoubtedly be the formidable soprano Karina Gauvin who gives us her unique version of the sublime Illuminations.

Subsequently, on October 20, thanks to the special event Carte blanche à Caroline Monnet, I Musici invites us to explore the artist’s universe, her musical choices as well as a creation by composer Ravon Chacon. Equipped with the freedom that was offered by this Carte Blanche and thanks to her choice of musical works or excerpts from her own films, the artist offers a fascinating sound and poetic landscape whose beacons are firmly anchored in the Aboriginal tradition. (nature, seasons).

Throughout this evening, you will hear works by Britten, Brahms, Shostakovich, Walker, Pärt and Ligeti, but also a creation by the composer Navajo Raven Chacon, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (2022) and first winner of this prestigious prize from the First Peoples. The city of Paris has always inspired everyone’s wonder and envy with the beauty of its architecture, the quality of its gastronomy and the richness of its nightlife. But it is the magnificence and sensitivity of her music that the fabulous harpist Valérie Milot will share with us, on November 17, with the complicity of the renowned conductor Tania Miller in this program where the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel rubs shoulders Boieldieu’s romanticism. The harp is certainly the most suitable instrument to reveal the whole palette of colors of these magical works. In the first part, you will rediscover two other great musicians: the violinists Amélie Benoit-Bastien and Hubert Brizard, in Arvo Pärt’s very hovering and meditative Tabula Rasa. On December 8, old tales will be told to you by André Robitaille and danced by Max Pollak, star of Broadway in New York.

In each and every one of us hides a reservoir of dreams, a vast imaginary land that enriches our reality with its dreamlike power. his very last quartet while he was in a hospital bed. Like a nightmare, this profoundly philosophical masterpiece instills both profound terror and immense admiration for its timeless beauty. In stark contrast to this dark first part, Max Pollak, a prodigious artist who communicates the joy of music through all the parts of his body, will dance two daydreams, Lucid Dream by Torres with its uplifting and torrid Latin rhythms, and Shabarsha of Ichmuratov, a tale of old peasant Russia.

Throughout the evening, the exuberant André Robitaille will guide us with enthusiasm in this poetic passage from darkness to light and joy Throughout the rest of the season, from February to May 2023, I Musici will take us on a journey from Germany (through Brahms’ String Sextet No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5), to Italy (with, among others, Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat major), via Austria (with Symphony No. 29 and Concertante Symphony for Violin and Viola by Mozart, will be accompanied by Variations on a Ukrainian Theme by Malcolm Arnold). And we will be invited, on April 13, to a celebration of the flute (solo, duet or with orchestra) whether by the dizzying virtuosity of Vivaldi and Telemann, the intoxicating sweetness of Debussy or the moving and timeless depth by Bach, during the Syrinx evening, which is the name of the essential organ that allows the birds to vocalize and charm us with their incredible songs. Clearly, I Musici de Montréal will once again offer us an original program focusing on discovery, tradition and innovation in classical music.

INFO | Thursday, September 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m. (also by webcast). BRITANNIA: Karina Gauvin and the Illuminations

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7 p.m. followed by a VIP cocktail. SPECIAL EVENT — FIRST NATIONS: Carte blanche to Caroline Monnet. Part of the funds raised during this evening will be donated to the Kiuna Institution.


Thursday, November 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m. PARIS: Valérie Milot and her harp


Thursday, December 8, 2022, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. DREAMS: André Robitaille and Max Pollak


Thursday, February 2, 2023, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (also by webcast). GERMANY: the quintessence of I Musici


Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7:30 p.m. AUSTRIA: Maxim Rysanov and Mozart


Thursday, April 13, 2023, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (also by webcast). SYRINX: the flute festival


Thursday, May 11, 2023, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (also by webcast). ITALY: Stéphane Tetreault
and Boccherini

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A 39th season of I Musici that will make you travel