I Musici and its conductor explore musical treasures that are dear to their hearts, including a Tchaikovsky piece imbued with nostalgia to close the concert. All of the splendors of 20th and 21st century Slavic music shine in this program as it travels through Russia, Serbia, and even Transylvania. This concert will now how to highlight passionate works for an evening that combines tradition with modernity and gives pride of place to emotion and lyricism.

Thursday April 15 2021, 4pm

Webcast live

Webcast live and replay of the concert at St. Jax Church in Montreal from April 15 at 8:30 p.m. to Friday, April 23 at midnight.


Ticket price : 20$ taxes included

Update COVID-19 – October 2020 
With the health of our musicians and our audience at heart, and according to the current restrictions issued by Public Health, tickets on sale for St. Jax Church are only available for webcasting at this time.


Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

Danses populaires roumaines, SZ 56 

  1. « Jocul cu bâtă » (Danse du baton)
  2. « Brâul » (Danse du châle)
  3. « Pe loc » (Danse sur place)
  4. « Buciumeana » (Danse de la corne)
  5. « Poarga românească » (Danse roumaine)
  6. « Măruntel » (Danse rapide)


Henryk Goreki (1933-2010)

Three Pieces in Old Style (Trois pièces dans le style ancien)


Peteris Vasks

Musica Dolorosa (1983)

Britta Byström

A Walk to Tchaikovsky (2017)

Première nord-américaine


Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski (1840-1893)

Souvenir d’un lieu cher : Méditation

Julie Triquet, violin


Sandor Veress (1907-1992)

Quatre danses de Transylvanie

    1. Lassu
    2. Ugrós
    3. Lejtos
    4. Dobbantós

Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays Nicolas Vuillaume 1850 violin and a bow by Sartory generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Annie Guénette plays a Joseph Gagliano 1768 violin and a bow by Lamy generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Tim Halliday plays a Mira Gruszowand Gideon Baumblatt’s Kolia cello (2014), generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.


Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Artistic director and director


Jean-Marie Zeitouni is recognized as one of the brightest conductors of his generation for his eloquent yet fiery style, in repertoires ranging from baroque to contemporary. He studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, most notably under Maestro Raffi Armenian, and graduated in conducting, percussion, and composition. He is currently artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, and he is principal guest conductor of the Colorado Music Festival.


Jean-Marie Zeitouni’s résumé also includes stints as music director of the Columbus Symphony, in Ohio, and the Opera as Theatre program at the Banff Centre, as assistant conductor and chorus master of the Opéra de Montréal (and music director of its artist-in-residence program, the Atelier lyrique), as chorus master of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Opéra de Québec and as music director of Université Laval’s opera workshop and orchestra. While with the Violons du Roy, an orchestra with which he enjoyed a fruitful collaboration for a dozen years, he was alternately conductor in residence, assistant conductor and principal guest conductor.


Greatly appreciated as a lyrical director, he recently conducted the Opéra national de Montpellier and Orchestre national de Lorraine of Nancy. He has also conducted numerous productions at the Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Glimmerglass Opera, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Opéra national de Lorraine, as well as productions in Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Cincinnati and St. Louis. Among the many Canadian symphony orchestras Jean-Marie Zeitouni has conducted are those of Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and London, not to mention the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Arion Baroque Orchestra and Club musical de Québec. No stranger to the international stage, Mr. Zeitouni has conducted the symphony orchestras of Tucson, Houston, Oregon, Monterey, San Antonio, Omaha, Honolulu, Huntsville and Cincinnati, in addition to the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonique de Marseille, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Arco Ensemble and Detroit Symphony. He is also a regular at the Festival international de Lanaudière, Festival international du Domaine Forget, Elora Festival, Parry Sound Festival and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. You may also have seen him at festivals in Round Top, Texas, and Grant Park, Illinois. He recently made his debut in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées of Paris.


In 2020-2021, Jean-Marie Zeitouni will continue his engagement with the Edmonton Symphony as Artistic Partner. He will also conduct at the Opéra de Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Opéra de Montréal and Opéra national de Montpellier and will return several times at the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lorraine.