Montreal, April 29, 2019. Fresh from a festive 70th anniversary season of exceptional concerts attended by more than 8,000 people, Pro Musica is proud to announce its 2019-20 season, with plenty of wonderful surprises in store for music lovers.
Pro Musica is a chamber music specialist that offers Montreal audiences the best in live chamber music. The finest local and visiting musicians perform for Pro Musica’s audience, giving concerts in which high artistic quality and unique musical moments come together. Pro Musica’s concerts are aimed at building special relationships between musicians and audiences by making the artists available to the public and keeping the concerts exceptionally intimate. There are several different series throughout the season.
The prestigious Pierre-Rolland series presents world-class musicians in the comfort of Salle Pierre-Mercure at Centre Pierre-Péladeau. Interaction between musicians and the audience is at the heart of these concerts. On Friday, November 1, the Borodin Quartet will open the series with a program centered on the works of Shostakovich. For more than 70 years, the Borodin Quartet has been recognized as the gold standard in the chamber music repertoire, particularly for its brilliant interpretations of Russian music.
On November 21, Isabelle Faust (violin) and Alexander Melnikov (piano) will play violin and piano sonatas by Beethoven and Bartók as well as Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant. These two incredibly talented international musicians have performed with some of the world’s great orchestras, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Bertrand Chamayou, a first-rate French pianist whose transcendent technique, precise interpretations and signature sound have earned him global acclaim, will perform with Pro Musica on Tuesday, March 8, 2020.
One month later, on April 9, the highly acclaimed Canadian trio of Kerson Leong (violin), Stéphane Tétreault (cello) and Serhiy Salov (piano) will perform in Montreal. Leong is the winner of the coveted Junior First Prize at the prestigious Menuhin Competition in 2010; Salov won first prize at the Épinal International Piano Competition in 2004; and Stéphane Tétreault became first soloist in residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain in 2014. All have built thriving careers.
If one series deserves the “very popular and accessible” label, it is the Mélodînes series, which offers a stage to early-career musicians. With its lunchtime format and concerts clocking in at less than an hour, the Mélodînes concerts can reach a large audience, giving them a very pleasant midday break from routine. These musical gatherings all take place at 12:10 p.m. in Salle ClaudeLéveillée at Place des Arts.
Benjamin Morency (flute) and Matt Dupont (harp) open the series on October 17 with Volutes et arabesques. On November 28, Isabella D’Eloize Perron will dazzle with her “ambidextrous” talent on viola and violin. Guillaume Martineau (jazz piano) and Janna Kate (voice) will bring
some warmth on December 12 with Sur les traces de l’hiver. The 2020 portion of the Mélodînes series will begin with Guitare au corps performed by Félix Dallaire on January 16. Shortly after Valentine’s Day, Emily Oulousian and Sarah Oulousian will play pieces for two pianos in a performance fittingly titled À deux, c’est mieux! Pro Musica has a springtime tradition of celebrating the new season with the Atelier lyrique de Montréal: the ensemble’s young singers will perform De fleurs et de printemps on March 19.
Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) was a talented but seldom played French composer. Antoine Laporte will help rectify that with a selection of Pierné’s piano works on April 16, 2020.
The series concludes on May 21 with the winner of the Canimex Canadian Music Competition.
The Recitals series welcomes international classical music stars for a series of recitals. As soloists and duets, the musicians will play on the large stage at the Maison symphonique, a humbling, vulnerable setting. On Sunday, October 13, Denis Matsuev “meets” Liszt and Scriabin. Since his victory at the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Matsuev has matured into a virtuoso who stays true to the great Russian piano tradition, establishing himself as one of his generation’s most remarkable pianists. Daniil Trifonov has emerged as one of the world’s most inspired pianists; he will return to Montreal, much to music lovers’ delight. A true piano phenom, he will open a dialogue among the works of Beethoven and Schumann, with Sonata No. 8 by Prokofiev, the enfant terrible of Russian music, on February 23, 2020. A month later, on March 20, Canadian musician Gerald Finley is one of the world’s great bass-baritones, whose interpretations are noted for their deep sensitivity. Accompanied by internationally renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, he will perform a program focusing on melody, an art of which he is a grand master. From Schumann’s A Poet’s Love to Ravel’s daring Histoires naturelles, savour the talent of these two distinguished artists. Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary performers of our time. For more than 50 years, he has appeared with the world’s most famous orchestras and conductors. On February 6, 2020, he will play a selection of well-known pieces by Bach and Beethoven.
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