The fall of all classical music strategies

How was the musical world going to manage the resumption of activities? We were betting on prudence. In the end, we find a lot of recklessness. Fascinating fall, which says a lot about the profiles of the various institutions. Two swords of Damocles hung above the heads of the organizers.

What would be the constraints weighing on the travels of foreign artists? In front of how many people could the concerts be held? The gauge, and therefore the recipe, has a direct impact on the profile of the artists we bring in.

This settled, other questions arise: what will be the role of digital and webcasting in this new world – or, in other words, when the famous “Blue Concert” will be something other than a project, will there be- there still things to put on it? – and how to manage customers in a world where the concept of long-term commitment, and therefore subscription, has taken a back seat?

Back to school offers us a range of profiles. In the “Pandemic, which pandemic? Stand out the OSM, the Bach Festival, Bourgie Hall, the Montreal Classical Orchestra, the Chamber Music Festival, the SMCQ and the Vivier.

On the other hand, there are the “We see you again in 2022”, like the Opéra de Montréal or Pro Musica, orphaned by its collaboration with the OSM. In the middle, the “Let’s be careful”.

Among the latter, I Musici warns us that we will not know anything about its season before September 28 and that it will start in November, and the Orchester Métropolitain overweight 2022 compared to 2021.

There is also the Ladies’ Morning which attacks tomorrow, but very 2021 since there are three Canadian artists (Blake Pouliot, Matt Haimovitz and Stewart Goodyear) among the five posters for the fall. The quartets Doric and from Cremona will be the international visits to Ladies’, on October 3 and November 14.

The degree of confidence and boldness can be measured by the “internationality” and the profile of a program. Thus, when the Orchester symphonique de Montréal opens on September 14, Rafael Payare in the 5e Symphony from Shostakovich, invites the following week Hilary Hahn to play the Violin Concerto of Dvorák and program, in December, The childhood of Christ by Berlioz with Hervé Niquet, we understand the direction of the wind. He can also be seen in the posters Petrenko-Bronfman,Bringuier-Tetzlaff, Zinman-Lortie and Payare-Barnatan. We will obviously watch for the return of the tandem Kent Nagano-Fred Pellerin. An additional one is already planned.

Even if the OM, hyperactive during the pandemic, will start with Yannick View-Séguin and Helene Grimaud September 30, the profile of his fall is wise.

We will mention two symphonies of female composers: the First from Florence Price and the Third from Louise Farrenc.

The Bach Festival is one of the most daring organizations. The demonstration, in rolling fire from November 21 to December 5, unfolds as if nothing had happened: visit of the people of Prague from Vaclav Luks opening, luxurious recitals by Sergei Babayan (1is book of Well-tempered keyboard) and Martin Helmchen (the Partitas for keyboard) and The art of running away directed by Bernard Labadie. Great first: no Variations Goldberg This year.

Another surprise: the Chamber music festival, which organizes concerts at the Bourgie hall between October and December and concludes it all on December 7 with the arrival (in Bourgie, when even the Maison symphonique would be too small!)Emanuel Ax in a Chopin recital.

The inspired SMCQ

Bourgie room, which enters the 7e season of his complete Bach cantatas, is running smoothly again.

Its 10 years will be celebrated on Sunday September 19 jointly by Jonathan Cohen and Rafael Payare, the Roy’s violins and musicians from the OSM. The season will start in earnest in October, with the cellist Victor Julien-Laferriere, the 4th, the 24th, Andreas Staier will inaugurate a new pianoforte. The other prestigious tours are Jean-Guihen Queyras the 26th; Gidon Kremer November 3; the Dover Quartet November 16 and Marie-Nicole Lemieux 1is December.

Among the organizations that the pandemic has inspired, we must mention the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), with a simple but extremely useful concept: a series of “portrait concerts” dedicated to a composer, which, we hope, allows us to identify a style, a language.

The series begins September 26 with André Hamel and will continue in January. Meanwhile, on October 10, a program will be dedicated to female composers and in mid-December, the SMCQ will celebrate its 55 anniversary.

Le Vivier multiplies the events at the Wilder building and at the CIRMMT of the Schulich School. THE’Paramirabo set, the Four Molinari, the Four Bozzini, Akousma, Sixtrum and others will be part of this season. The NEM will contribute to the presentation by Chants Libres of L’orangeraie from Zad Moultaka and Larry Tremblay at the Monument-National on October 19, 20 and 21.


Among emerging organizations, Ballet Opera Pantomime will create Torch of the night, opera Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Olivier Kemeid partner, on September 25 and 26, at Riders to the Seaby Vaughan-Williams. I Musici will be part of this project displayed by the Opéra de Montréal.

The young chef Francis Choinière will conduct the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of Music Lovers in the Gloria by Vivaldi at the Maison symphonique on October 23, the evening Caprice program le You gods by Charpentier. Boris Brott and its Classical Orchestra of Montreal set up shop, like I Musici, in the Pierre-Mercure Hall and multiply the concerts there, but will give their Messiah December 7 at the Oratory.

Karina Gauvin will be at Bourgie Hall with Harpsichord in concert September 28, and for the Chamber music festival October 19. The Happy ideas will play Vivaldi on October 6 and Arion a French concert in association with the Old music studio from November 19 to 21.

A week later, the Borées will interpret the four Short masses from Bach to St. John the Baptist. Les Violons du Roy will announce their season on September 16. A concert will bring together Jonathan Cohen and Sandrine Piau at the Maison symphonique on September 24.

As for the universities, they will deploy their entire programming as and when. McGill Opera is planning Tiresias udders de Poulenc in November, and his Symphony Orchestra will give concerts on September 24 and 25, October 29 and 30 and December 3 and 4, while the Université de Montréal will be concentrating its events from November 24 to December 4.

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