Distant Light

P. I. Tchaïkovski: Elegy for Strings in G major (8′)
P. Vasks: Tālā Gaisma (Distant Light)* (30′)
D. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (orch. JMZ) (38′)

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin*

I Musici’s next contribution to the Montréal en lumière festival will not be without emotion as it presents a program of Slavic music for strings, thereby reconnecting with the ensemble’s origins and those of its founding conductor, Yuli Turovsky. It is said that the Slavic soul is fundamentally dark and nostalgic, but through works representing three generations, from Romanticism to present day, Tchaïkovski to Chostakovitch and Vasks, I Musici and guest violinist Vadim Gluzman will demonstrate how irresistibly intoxicating and luminous this soul can also be.

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In collaboration with the Arte Musica Foundation. Part of the Montréal en lumière festival.

Photo credits: Marco Borggreve



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Gargantua et autres fantaisies

C. Saint-Saëns : Prélude, extrait du Déluge, op. 45
G. Fauré :
Nocturne, extrait du Shylock, op. 57
J. Françaix:
The Inestimable Chronicles of the Good Giant Gargantua

Mathieu Lussier, guest conductor
Claude Prégent, comedian-narrator

In its latest collaboration with the Blue Metropolis Foundation, I Musici offers you the rare opportunity to hear The Inestimable Chronicles of the Good Giant Gargantua for narrator and strings by that worthy heir to the impressionists, Jean Françaix (1912-1997). With its 40 twist-filled minutes, this delicious slice of Romanesque musical is set to be the centrepiece of a program dedicated to French literature and music. “By putting these extracts from Gargantua to music, I hope to spark an interest in reading Rabelais,” said Françaix. We’re willing to bet that after hearing it, you won’t be able to resist the temptation…

In collaboration with the Blue Met Festival.


Photo credits: Marc-Antoine Zoueki



Le Bœuf sur le toit – Un portrait de Marc Chagall en musique

S. Prokofiev: Ouverture sur des thèmes juifs (orch. JMZ)
E. Bloch: Concerto grosso no 1*
D. Shostakovich: Quatuor no 2 (orch. JMZ)
I. Stravinsky: Danse russe de Pétrouchka* (réd. JMZ)
N. Gilbert: Création pour orchestre de chambre inspirée de Chagall
D. Milhaud: Le Bœuf sur le toit** (arr. JMZ)

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano*
Julie Triquet, violin**

To mark the opening of the Chagall, colour and music  exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, I Musici has assembled a program of works that reflects the artist’s era and which is as varied as his many cultural connections. Like his pictorial universe, each piece is joyous, colourful and filled with imagery. First, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Ernst Bloch’s Concerto Grosso and excerpts of Petrouchka by Stravinski bring to mind the artist’s cross-cultural Russian and Jewish roots. Darius Milhaud’s The Ox on the Roof then evokes how Chagall chose France as his adoptive country. And, finally, acclaimed Quebec writer and composer Nicolas Gilbert will perform an I Musici-commissioned piece inspired by the iconographic treasures bequeathed by the painter who wondrously captured the joie de vivre.

In collaboration with the Arte Musica Foundation.

Photo credits: Elizabeth Delage, Roger Proulx