Kleztory | Photo: Sergei Bergen


Thursday, November 4, 2021
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

Under the direction of
Jean-François Rivest
Kleztory, klezmer music group
Mathilde K Richer, circus artist

± 80 minutes
no intermission

We decided to relaunch the season with a great celebration. Kleztory recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Made up of eight seasoned musicians, Kleztory will fill you with happiness as you listen to irresistible rhythms typical of major Jewish celebrations and Eastern Europe. In addition to traditional and new repertoire, Airat Ichmouratov, the group’s founder and a prolific composer, will present his fantasia for clarinet inspired by klezmer tunes. To take you to the skies and round out the evening’s touching and intimate moments, enjoy a performance by circus artist Mathilde K. Richer. She really knows how to defy the laws of gravity.

—    Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

At Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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Kleztory | Photo: Sergei Bergen

Klezmer Music Group

Airat Ichmouratov – conductor, clarinets & duclar
Elvira Misbakhova – violin & viola
Mélanie Bergeron – accordion
Dany Nicolas – guitar
Mark Peetsma – double bass
David Ryshpan – (guest musician) piano
Bertil Schulrabe – (guest musician) percussion


Kleztory is a rich mosaic of Russian, Quebec, and Canadian culture, trained and self-taught backgrounds, and classical, jazz, blues, and folk styles, all performed with enthusiasm along with  klezmer music. When the ensemble comes together, musicians show their virtuosity and emotions unique to klezmer, an Eastern European style hailing from the Ashkenazi Jewish instrumental tradition. The group offers a unique approach, creating innovative arrangements in line with tradition and writing original compositions.

With its extraordinary musical performances, Kleztory delves into the stirring motions of klezmer music and brings us to an altered state of excitement. The ensemble has gone on world tours in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, providing a unique sound and presenting an amazing show.

Mathilde K. Richer | Photo: Marie-Andrée Lemire

Mathilde K. Richer
Circus Artist


Mathilde K. Richer is a young Montreal-born, up-and-coming circus artist specializing in aerial straps and aerial rope. Through her practice, she seeks to broaden the possibilities of expression using her body in the hope that it will allow for a more expansive reading of acrobatic language. She tries to push beyond the standards of beauty by intuitively translating energy to gestures. Initiated to classical music as a child, her approach leans towards the creation of an intimate, lyrical and eclectic vocabulary rooted in a state of authentic presence through performance, acrobatics and dance. She is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal since june 2021.


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Airat Ichmouratov
One Day of an Almost Ordinary Life Op.47                                                          

Composition and arrangement d’Airat Ichmouratov
Kleztory’s Freylekh

Rabbi Mordechai Dov-Ber Twerski, arrangement by François Vallières
Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim

Poem written and interpreted by Alina Ichmouratov
L’essence de ton coeur

Dany Nicolas, arrangement by Airat Ichmouratov
Liteul Biteul

Traditional music, arrangement by Airat Ichmouratov
Moldavian Hora

Traditional music, arrangement by Airat Ichmouratov
Oy Tate s’iz Gut

Traditional music, arrangement by Elvira Misbakhova & Airat Ichmouratov
Violin Doina in C

Andy Statman, arrangement by Airat Ichmouratov
Andy’s Ride

Composition and arrangement by Airat Ichmouratov

Traditional music, arrangement by Elvira Misbakhova & François Vallières
Ajde Jano

Traditional music, arrangement b François Vallières
Die Goldene Chasen

Program inspired by Kleztory’s repertoire

Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a 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