23 May I Musici’s 35th Anniversary Concert: A Memorable Event by a Celebrated Orchestra
Jean-Marie Zeitouni and I Musici invite you to what is sure to be a memorable concert to mark the 35th anniversary of the orchestra, Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at the Maison Symphonique. To celebrate this joyous event, three of Quebec’s finest soloists will join the ensemble’s musicians, as well as several guest musicians, for a concert featuring signature works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin. The celebrations will reach a crescendo with the performance of a creation by Quebec composer Denis Gougeon specially commissioned for the occasion. To round out the festivities, the orchestra will lend its rich tones to the overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, and to Beethoven’s First Symphony.
Guest artist and soprano Marianne Fiset will mark the occasion with arias from two of Mozart’s most famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. These passionate pieces will without a doubt dazzle the audience. Music lovers will also have an opportunity to hear the elevated style and virtuosity of pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as he interprets works by Frederic Chopin.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni is pleased to be renewing his collaboration with composer Denis Gougeon. This celebrated musician has been a long time partner of I Musici, having already created original works for the orchestra’s 15th and 30th anniversaries. Denis Gougeon’s new work will be interpreted by another great friend of the ensemble, cellist Stéphane Tétreault, who will shine in a composition for cello and string orchestra.
This unique concert will highlight the friendship, creativity and excellence of an orchestra that continues to bring together and touch audiences at home and abroad.
Quebec composer Denis Gougeon has created more than 100 works. His sensitive, lyrical compositions have been acclaimed the world over. Ranging from solos to orchestral pieces and concertante music, from chamber opera to musical storytelling and ballet, his work has earned him numerous national and international awards. Also a full professor in composition at the music faculty of the Université de Montréal, Denis Gougeon has made a significant contribution to the vitality of Quebec’s young musical talent.
Charles Richard-Hamelin has distinguished himself as one of the most important pianists of his generation. His career has truly taken off since he won the silver medal at the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Sought after by the biggest international festivals, he has performed with about 50 ensembles around the world. Critics across the globe praise his virtuosity, sophistication and depth of musicianship.
Soprano Marianne Fiset is known for her charismatic stage presence and the rich colour of her voice. Recent successes have led to appearances with the Opéra national de Paris, Calgary Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has also given recitals in London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec.
Stéphane Tétreault was a student of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, the founding director of I Musici. He is one of the most in-demand Quebec cellists on the international scene. Having garnered one award after another over the past 10 years, this young prodigy was named the first-ever Soloist-in-Residence of the Orchestre Métropolitain in 2014-2015. He performed with, among others, Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the Orchestre Métropolitain’s European tour in 2017-2018. He is renowned for the sensitivity of his playing and his exceptional mastery of his instrument. Stéphane Tétreault plays the 1707 Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini Stradivarius cello, on generous loan from Mrs. Sophie Desmarais.
About I Musici de Montréal
Founded in 1983 by Yuli Turovsky, the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra is made up of 15 exceptional musicians. Its varied repertoire spans from the 17th century to today. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, a visionary conductor and artist, has been its artistic director since 2011. I Musici de Montréal interprets, and is an advocate for, highly original programming that blends discovery, tradition and innovation in classical music. Since its beginnings, the orchestra has reserved a special niche for emerging Canadian talent and regularly joins forces with renowned artists from here and abroad, as well as acting as a creative catalyst in the city of Montreal. I Musici de Montréal has performed for music lovers in 20 countries and boasts a discography that includes more than 40 recordings.
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