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Classical at Complexe Desjardins

From August 9th, 2019 to August 11th, 2019

As part of the OSM Classical Spree, Complexe Desjardins will host 3 days of musical performances from August 9 to 11.

 

The OSM invites you to the 8th edition of its Classical Spree, held in a perfect summer setting for festivities and gatherings. This one-of-a-kind festival in North America features 31 indoor concerts in addition to a multitude of free activities – and as many opportunities to discover classical music in new ways.

Masterful performers of all generations will dazzle you with symphonic concerts, chamber performances and recitals. To broaden the horizons of musical discovery, we also propose concerts of Indian classical music and performances by Indigenous artists.

 

Complexe DesjardinsMain stage

An exciting lineup of young performers and amateur musicians, offering hours of musical discovery.

 

  • Friday, August 9

12 p.m. - Montreal Video Game Orchestra

Group of 20 musicians performing a selection of video game music

 

5 p.m. - Figaro Presto ! Opéra

The Barber of Seville in French, condensed into a 60-minute performance with 4 singers and 1 pianist.

Rosine: Andréanne Brisson-Paquin

Figaro: Pierre Rancourt

Count Almaviva: Mathieu Abel

Don Bartholo: Pierre-Étienne Bergeron

Piano: Michel-Alexandre Broekaert

Stage director: Alain Gauthier

Adaptation: Pascal Blanchet

Set designer: Pierre-Luc Boudreau

 

7:30 p.m. - Ensemble Horizon

Brass ensemble comprised of 10 young professionals

 

  • Saturday, August 10

10:30 a.m. - Collectif9

Nine-member string ensemble, playing a selection of rearranged works by Gustav Mahler

 

1:00 p.m. - Montreal Video Game Orchestra

Seventy-member wind orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Dagenais performing a selection of video game music

 

2:30 p.m. - Classical Spree Symphony

Symphony orchestra made up of amateur musicians from all over Québec led by Kent Nagano and Adam Johnson

Goulet, Citius, Altius, Fortius!

Holst, Mars

Hétu, Sur les rives du Saint-Maurice

Saint-Saëns, Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Delilah—directed by Kent Nagano

 

4 p.m. - Big Band Intersection

Amateur jazz band with Ian Bousfield, joined by musicians from the OSM and Kent Nagano at the podium

30s-40s swing theme

 

6:30 p.m. - Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de la Montérégie

Under the direction of Georges-Étienne d’Entremont

Brahms, Dances No. 5 & 6

Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, New World

Encore: Strauss, Radetzky March

 

8 p.m. - Orchestre à vent classique de l’Île

High-school students from the Montréal region under the direction of Éric Levasseur. The Canadian Brass will join the group for 10-15 minutes of the concert.

Festive Overture, Op. 96, by Shostakovich – Transcribed by Donald Hunsberger, Shirmer Publisher

Mambo by Leonard Bernstein – Arr. by Michael Sweeney

Pictures at an Exhibition (Baba Yaga/Great Gate of Kiev) by Mussorgsky – Transcribed by Erik W. G. Leidzén

Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky – Arr. by L. P. Laurendeau, Carl Fischer Publisher

Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi – Arr. by Frank Bernaerts

Slavonic Dances by Dvorák

 

  • Sunday, August 11

12 p.m. - Orchestre à vent classique de l’Île

High-school students from the Montreal region under the direction of Éric Levasseur. Complete performance by the orchestra with no soloists.

Festive Overture, Op. 96, by Shostakovich – Transcribed by Donald Hunsberger, Shirmer Publisher

Mambo by Leonard Bernstein – Arr. by Michael Sweeney

Pictures at an Exhibition (Baba Yaga/Great Gate of Kiev) by Mussorgsky – Transcribed by Erik W. G. Leidzén

Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky – Arr. by L. P. Laurendeau, Carl Fischer Publisher

Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi – Arr. by Frank Bernaerts

Slavic Dances by Dvorák

 

1:30 p.m. - Westmount Youth Orchestra

Under the baton of Jean MacRae.

Rossini, Overture from the Barber of Seville

Bizet, Carmen Suites

Marquez, Danzón No. 2

 

3 p.m. - Ensemble Horizon

Brass ensemble comprised of 10 young professionals. Amateur musicians will join the group for this performance. A rehearsal will be held on the Sunday morning to allow the musicians to meet and prepare for the afternoon concert.

 

Complexe Desjardins – Small stage on the terraces

Chamber music groups

Chœurs de clarinettes amateur group