Summer Season 2019

This summer, the Orchestre Métropolitain invites you to experience symphonic music outdoors. In collaboration with the organizers of the summer’s leading music events, the OM returns for a number of concerts eagerly anticipated by audiences.

Discover its Summer 2019 programming, the most substantial yet, with 13 concerts, including nine conducted by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

David Martin, conductor
Pierre Lapointe

The OM at the Francos de Montréal

 

Pierre Lapointe, La Science du cœur symphonique avec l’Orchestre Métropolitain
Thursday, June 20, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m.

Maison symphonique de Montréal 


After an excursion with his group Beaux Sans-Cœur into the crazy rock universe of the Ton corps est déjà froid project in August 2019, Pierre Lapointe presents his new show, La science du cœur, inspired by the album of the same name, on which he worked with David François Moreau and which was released simultaneously in Quebec and Europe in October 2017. This major concert will feature pieces from the album as well as some of Lapointe’s classics. His lyrics, which go straight to the heart and draw you into his emotional, soul-bearing universe, will be exalted by the presence of the Orchestre Métropolitain.

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

BIZET, Carmen, Suite No. 2
ELGAR, Enigma Variations
Alejandra ODGERS, Menahanis (premiere)
RAVEL, Boléro

L’OM Grandeur nature


Inauguration of Espace 67 at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 p.m.
Espace 67, Parc Jean-Drapeau


Join the OM and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a magnificent evening at this newly redesigned and even more impressive venue with its panoramic view of the city forming a breathtaking backdrop. Come one, come all!

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano

Louise FARRENC, Symphony No. 2
BERLIOZ, Mort de Cléopâtre
BERLIOZ, Roméo et Juliette (excerpts)

The OM at the Festival de Lanaudière


Berlioz in Love
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.
Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

All his life Berlioz was a theatre man. He regarded Shakespeare as the true master of the stage, a kindred spirit, an alter ego two centuries removed. The famous actress Harriet Smithson, whom Berlioz saw on stage in Romeo and Juliet, would become his muse and later his wife, the source of a consuming flame, a creature who inspired him, particularly when it came to writing his symphonie dramatique, Roméo et Juliette. Susan Graham, queen of French opera for the past two decades, joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain for an evening of pure romanticism.

 

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Nicolas Ellis, conductor
Stéphane Tétreault, cello

RIMSKI-KORSAKOV, Capriccio espagnol
CHOSTAKOVITCH, Cello Concerto No.1
MOUSSORGSKI, Pictures at an Exhibition

The OM at the Festival de Lanaudière


Tétreault, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m.
Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

Inspired by the works of his friend, the painter and architect Victor Hartmann, Mussorgsky wrote his Pictures at an Exhibition in a remarkable burst of creative energy within the space of just a few weeks. Through these “sounds and ideas suspended in air,” he takes us on an imaginary tour of an art collection. Cellist Stéphane Tétreault, a Lanaudière favourite, appears with the Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Nicolas Ellis (making his Festival debut) in Shostakovich’s first cello concerto.

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

GRIEG, Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The OM Alfresco… at the foot of Mount Royal 

 

Thursday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Mount Royal Park, near Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument (access to site at the corner of Parc and Duluth)

The sixth edition of this concert, which has become one of the highlights of the summer over the years, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be held at the foot of Mount Royal, specifically at the intersection of Avenue du Parc and Avenue des Pins, where the Montréal symphonique event was held during Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebration. A musical rendez-vous in a magical, laid-back setting!

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Seong-Jin Cho, piano

BEETHOVEN, Piano Concerto No. 4
BRUCKNER, Symphony No. 7

The OM at the Festival de Lanaudière


The Debuts of Seong-Jin Cho
Vendredi 26 juillet, 20 h
Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

Since winning first prize at the renowned International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015, Seong-Jin Cho has become one of the most in-demand pianists in the world. For his Quebec debut, he joins recording partner Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Beethoven’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 4, a work especially championed by Mendelssohn. The Quebec conductor also conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 whose quasi-mystical profundity holds lasting appeal to concertgoers.

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

BRAHMS, Tragic Overture
BRAHMS, Piano Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS, Piano Concerto No. 2

The OM at the Festival de Lanaudière

 

(Brahms)2
Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.
Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

Brahms’s two piano concertos sit at the very summit of the concerto repertory for the instrument, closely approaching his symphonies in their enormous breadth and irresistible romantic appeal. Marc-André Hamelin, a virtuoso among virtuosos and one of the Festival’s most popular attractions, performs these two magnificent creations in tandem at the same concert.

 

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Prolong the experience!
At 5 p.m., after the concert, attend a screening of the documentary Ensemble directed by Jean-Nicolas Orhon. One year behind the scenes with the Orchestre Métropolitain, then preparing for its first international tour, to Europe, under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

BRAHMS, Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 4 and 6
GRIEG, Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The OM and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

 

Monday, August 5, 8 p.m.
Saint-Sauveur (under the big top)

And now, music. Orchestre Métropolitain, whose annual appearance in Saint-Sauveur is an established tradition, closes the 2019 Festival on a high note. Under the direction of its esteemed conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the OM offers a program whose highlight is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, a repertory favourite in which the composer addresses one of his pet themes, fatum, the idea that humanity battles in vain against destiny. The work will be preceded by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances (Nos. 1, 4 and 6) and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. A rare pleasure.

 

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

GRIEG, Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The OM Alfresco… in Verdun

 

Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.
Verdun, Ile-des-Sœurs District (Parc West Vancouver)

Under the enlightened direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the OM offers a program whose centrepiece is Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Symphony No. 5, one of the composer’s most emblematic works. Among its more remarkable features are the fatum theme, which appears in each movement, the consoling melody that opens the second movement, the third movement’s graceful waltz and an especially tumultuous finale. The work will be preceded by Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, a musical gem that charms the ear and plunges us into the title character’s eventful journeys.

 

FREE

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

GRIEG, Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The OM Alfresco… at Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot

 

Friday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin)

Under the enlightened direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the OM offers a program whose centrepiece is Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Symphony No. 5, one of the composer’s most emblematic works. Among its more remarkable features are the fatum theme, which appears in each movement, the consoling melody that opens the second movement, the third movement’s graceful waltz and an especially tumultuous finale. The work will be preceded by Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, a musical gem that charms the ear and plunges us into the title character’s eventful journeys.

 

FREE

Please note that, in the event of continuous rain or storms only, the performance will be cancelled.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

GRIEG, Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY, Symphony No. 5

The OM Alfresco… in Granby

 

Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.
Granby (Parc Daniel-Johnson)

Under the enlightened direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the OM offers a program whose centrepiece is Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Symphony No. 5, one of the composer’s most emblematic works. Among its more remarkable features are the fatum theme, which appears in each movement, the consoling melody that opens the second movement, the third movement’s graceful waltz and an especially tumultuous finale. The work will be preceded by Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, a musical gem that charms the ear and plunges us into the title character’s eventful journeys.

 

FREE

Please note that, in the event of continuous rain or storms only, the performance will be cancelled.
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Past concerts

Alain Trudel, conductor
Stéphane Tétreault, cello
Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, piano

OFFENBACH, La belle Hélène, overture
HÉTU, Piano Concerto No. 2
BERLIOZ, Roméo et Juliette, Scène d’amour (Love scene)
ROUSSEL, Cello Concertino
OFFENBACH, Harmonies des bois
(Les Larmes de Jacqueline) for cello and strings
BERLIOZ, Marche hongroise (Hungarian March)

The OM at the Festival Classica


Les Larmes de Jacqueline
Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Town of Mount Royal (Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish)


Conducted by Alain Trudel, the Orchestre Métropolitain, pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre and cellist Stéphane Tétreault pay tribute to the composers being celebrated in this 9th edition of Festival Classica. The program features works by Hector Berlioz, Jacques Offenbach and Albert Roussel, along with Quebec composer Jacques Hétu’s outstanding Piano Concerto No. 2.