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Alongside renowned Canadian artists, the Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will webcast (delayed) four magnificent concerts and two coproductions with the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, captured with state-of-the-art sound and video quality.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin hosts Stéphane Tétreault — November 20 – 27

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The OM Preludes: Azat Vartanian

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Haydn’s eloquence, lyricism and spirit come to life under Stéphane Tétreault’s bow. Both tragic and complex, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 takes shape around a simple, poignant theme that leads us from turmoil into darkness before exploding with transformative violence. Without a doubt one of his most tormented and celebrated pieces.

 Son of an African slave and a rich Frenchman, the Chevalier de Saint-George was a violin virtuoso whose light, elegant compositions are in the purest tradition of 18th-century France. Lost for 200 years and rediscovered in 1961, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C is beloved by audiences and cellists alike for its technical brilliance and scope of melody.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor — Live webcast on December 6

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All of Bach’s splendour in one composition. Intended to be a finely chiselled portrait of Bach’s style, the Mass in B minor was written, polished and perfected over a nearly 30-year period. Popular for its poignancy, it is a universal gem.

One need not have faith to be transported by this masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach. The symmetry of the movements, the complex architecture, the captivating counterpoint and the power of voices are a testament to the man’s tremendous genius. As someone who loved reading scores himself, Bach did not compose his Mass for enjoyment during his own lifetime, but he composed it for future generations to experience the power of an 18th-century mass. Mission accomplished.

From Berlin to Buenos Aires
— January 15 – 22, 2021

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A masterful tribute to Martin Luther, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 invokes the spirits of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Soloist-in-residence Blake Pouliot brings the intoxicating rhythms of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires to life with dazzling virtuosity.

Rich in chorales and rooted in the belief that all the faithful can celebrate the Christian God, the Protestant musical tradition inspired many musicians. Felix Mendelssohn transposed his devotion into a visionary work of complex counterpoint. With its vibrant energy, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires gives an occasional nod to Vivaldi.

Fauré’s Requiem — November 6 – 13

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The OM Preludes: Rania Boudrias

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“Tenderness is invincible,” as the saying goes. Fauré’s Requiem, arguably his most masterful work, comforts the bereaved and pays tribute to the victims of the pandemic. The Chariot Jubilee, written by African American Nathaniel Dett, celebrates Black lives through music.

Fauré considered death “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than a painful experience,” a conviction embodied in his peaceful Requiem. Precise and luminous, the work uses timbre and instruments with restraint, paying tribute to their sound, their voice, and lifting the souls of the living as well as the departed. Nathaniel Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee evokes gospel classics with the expressivity of late Romanticism.

The Little Prince
— October 30 – November 8

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Familiar, otherworldly and timeless: the sounds of the wind quintet magnify the dreamlike, surreal universe of the Little Prince, the boy-monarch who fell from the stars to speak of love, friendship, innocence and humanity to a pilot stranded in the desert. Come revel in the sonorous and the poetic atmospheres with the talents of Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, Sophie Desmarais and Benoît Brière.

An original work by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Cast: Benoît Brière, Jean-François Casabonne, Sophie Desmarais, Fayolle Jean, Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon and Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon

Accompanied by OM musicians
Under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Peter and the Wolf — October 16 – 25

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In French only — Orchestra musicians and acclaimed actors take to the stage of the TNM to deliver the charming story of how Peter stands up to the Big Bad Wolf. Playfully showcasing the sounds of the orchestra, Prokofiev pairs each instrument with an animal and a recurring melody—a leitmotif—to followWho knows? The Wolf might be hiding behind the tree in the Russian forest taking shape before our eyes.

Cast: Benoît Brière, Jean-François Casabonne, Sophie Desmarais, Fayolle Jean, Benoît McGinnis, Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon

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Under the baton of Nicolas Ellis

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Das Lied von der Erde — October 2 – 9

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From the intimate to the universal, Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Vivian Fung’s Prayer transcend suffering and struggle to give a voice to humanity. These emotive pieces evoke feelings of grief, fear, hope and wonder.

Mahler’s life was marked by a string of tragedies as he began to compose his ninth Symphony. In rapid succession he lost his daughter, his position at the Vienna Opera and his health. It was against this backdrop that Mahler found inspiration in Chinese poetry and penned one of his most compelling and personal compositions, a piece that showcases the talents of Quebec soloists Michèle Losier and Frédéric Antoun. Composed and created during lockdown, Prayer transfigures chants by Hildegard von Bingen.

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