NEW: The Orchester Métropolitain is back with its major summer concerts

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Orchester Métropolitain once again offers the Montreal public a concert at the foot of Mount Royal.

In 2019, the Orchester Métropolitain concert attracted 35,000 people at the foot of Mount Royal. (Photo: Marc-Andre Donato)

On this day when the masks fall and the sun beats down, we begin to think with anticipation of summer activities. Music lovers can now add the dates of open-air concerts to their calendarMetropolitan Orchestra. The orchestra is also returning to its traditional concert on Mount Royal, which since 2019 has descended from the heights of the mountain to its foot, in the space along Park Avenue.

This summer, it will take place on Tuesday August 2 at 8 p.m. Yannick View-Séguin will be at the controls of his orchestra in works byAïrat Ichmouratovfrom Barbara Assiginak and two movements from a symphony by Louise Farrenc. After these discoveries, the program will close with the famous Fifth Symphony of Beethoven.

Concerts in borough parks

Some of the works mentioned above will be performed during concerts in parks in LaSalle (July 8), Rivière-des-Prairies (July 9) and Ahuntsic-Cartierville (July 13). On these occasions, Louise Farrenc’s Third Symphony will be presented in its entirety, together with Beethoven’s Fifth. The Montreal chef Melanie Leonard will conduct the orchestra.

Antoine Tamestit
Antoine Tamestit will be the soloist at the Epic Romance concert on July 23 at the Domaine Forget concert hall. (Photo: Julien Mignot)

Escapade au Domaine Forget

Before offering these concerts to music lovers in the Greater Montreal area, the orchestra will have traveled to Domaine Forget on July 23, where it will share the stage for the first time with the great French violist Antoine Tamestit. He will deploy his ample sonority in two pieces for viola and orchestra by the romantic composer Max Bruch, namely the Romance in F major and the Kol Nidrei.

The rest of the program is to match, on the romantic side: Of a spring morninga work by composer Lili Boulanger, and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, called the Pathétique, will complete the evening entitled romantic epic.

This concert will punctuate the orchestral conducting course of the Académie du Domaine Forget. A deserving student, having received the teachings of Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the course, will be chosen to take the baton and conduct a work during the concert of the Metropolitan Orchestra.

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