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.”
Orchestre Métropolitain’s artistic director and principal conductor
Mercure : Kaléidoscope
Berlioz : Les Nuits d’été
Saint-Saëns : Concerto pour violoncelle No.1
Elgar : Variations « Enigma »
Champagne : Exil intérieur
Ravel : Concerto pour la main gauche
Elgar : Concerto pour violoncelle
Debussy : La Mer
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 2
Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Paris, France (Philharmonie) – Program 1
MEZZO LIVE HD, a world reference for classical music, jazz, and dance, brings you the OM’s concert at the Philharmonie in Paris on Saturday, December 2. Performance airs in Quebec at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Don’t miss a beat with RADIO-CLASSIQUE. To catch the highlights of the Orchestre Métropolitain’s European tour, tune in to Le continental hosted by Gregory Charles, with Winston McQuade at 8:15 a.m. from Monday to Friday, and to Le plus beau matin du monde hosted by Jasmin Hains on Saturdays and Sundays. Stay tuned daily to not miss out between Thursday, November 23 and Tuesday, December 5, on radio 99,5!
The Orchestre Métropolitain partners up with Montréal talent.
Elle Québec takes us behind the scenes of this collaboration. (in french)
The Orchestre Métropolitain gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais,
without whom this tour would not be possible.