Roots and Inspirations

Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni always takes it as his watchword to build a program in synch with the DNA of I Musici de Montréal’s guest artist. For the concert featuring the Sri Lankan-born Toronto resident Dinuk Wijeratne, a blending of musics will be on the bill.


The concert Roots and Inspirations should be as remarkable to the ear as the printed program is to the eye. Described as “exuberantly creative” by the New York Times, Dinuk Wijeratne will be inviting the audience on an exploration of his vast musical universe, from the Indian tabla to his own works by way of Bartók, Corigliano and Mozart. And he will add to the delight by performing in one of his own creations, the Suite for Piano and Strings, a co-commission of I Musici and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Above and beyond the talent of the 15 musicians in the I Musici ensemble, Dinuk Wijeratne, both as music director and at the piano, will also be backed by tabla master Shawn Mativetsky.

In a rethought Bourgie Hall, with the orchestra at its center, the I Concertini concert series is an intimate concert in-the-round formula. For over an hour, conductor Dinuk Wijeratne takes the spectator on a tour of works that he seasons with a series of edifying commentaries and fascinating anecdotes. And for the 11 a.m. performance, a cup of coffee awaits all ticket-holders, while at the 6 p.m. concert, everyone will be greeted with a glass of wine.



Wijeratne, The Poetry of Squares
A. Mozart, Quartet No. 19 in C major, “Dissonance”, K. 465, Adagio – Allegro
Corigliano, Voyage, Andante sostenuto
Wijeratne, “Gajaga Vannama” – Fantasy Variations on a Traditional Theme (premiere)
Bartók, Hungarian Folk Songs (string version)
Tabla solo (North India)
Wijeratne, Karmicblue


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I Musici de Montréal

Founded in 1983 by Yuli Turovsky, the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra is comprised of 15 exceptional musicians whose varied repertoire ranges from the 17th century to today.  Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor and artistic visionary, has served as artistic director since 2011. Each I Musici de Montréal concert is a unique experience combining discovery, tradition and innovation in classical music.


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