The Orchestre Métropolitain is pleased to announce an international tour—the first in its history—with its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Germany ⇢ Netherlands ⇢ France

Two renowned Quebec soloists will join the Orchestre, namely contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux and cellist Stéphane Tétreault, as will two other artists frequently seen and heard in Quebec, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Two programs are to be performed during the tour. Besides showcasing the Orchestre’s talent, the programs will each include a work by a Quebec composer and, in a nod to our roots, works by French and English composers.

“Tours are part of my life. This time, it gives me great pride to tour with my Orchestre Métropolitain, which is so close to my heart. To present this ensemble to European audiences, who know it through its recordings but have not yet had the opportunity to hear it in concert, is especially exciting for me, who has performed in all these cities and all these famous venues with my other orchestras.

This tour with the Métropolitan’s musicians is an important step on our shared musical path. I am filled with immense joy at the prospect of touring with my friends in the Métropolitain, and I am all the more proud to share these moments with exceptional artists such as Alexandre Tharaud, Jean-Guihen Queyras and, of course, Stéphane Tétreault and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, great musicians who are celebrated around the globe.”

Yannick Nézet-Séguin,
 Orchestre Métropolitain’s artistic director and principal conductor

The Works

PROGRAM 1
Mercure : Kaléidoscope
Berlioz : Les Nuits d’été
(Marie-Nicole Lemieux)
Saint-Saëns : Concerto pour violoncelle No.1
(Jean-Guihen Queyras)
Elgar : Variations « Enigma »

PROGRAM 2
Champagne : Exil intérieur
Ravel : Concerto pour la main gauche
(Alexandre Tharaud)
Elgar : Concerto pour violoncelle
(Stéphane Tétreault)
Debussy : La Mer

Schedule

Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Dortmund, Germany (Konzerthaus) – Program 1
Monday, November 27, 2017 – Cologne, Germany (Kölner Philharmonie) – Program 2
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Concertgebouw) – Program 2
Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Rotterdam, Netherlands (De Doelen) – Program 1
Friday, December 1, 2017 – Hamburg, Germany (Elbphilharmonie) – Program 1
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Paris, France (Philharmonie) – Program 1
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Paris, France (Philharmonie) – Program 2

Acknowledgement

The Orchestre Métropolitain gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais,
without whom this tour would not be possible.


The Orchestre Métropolitain warmly thanks the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard for its support.

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A big thank-you as well to Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Renaud for their generosity.


The Orchestre Métropolitain expresses its gratitude to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its support in realizing its annual program of concerts and preparing this tour.

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The Orchestre Métropolitain also thanks the Canada Council for the Arts, which invested $153 million last year to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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