A word from the Artistic Director It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to our 32nd series of Montreal concerts, taking place in the magnificent Bourgie Concert Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Hosting internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, Arion will present programming that is sure to satisfy both avid fans of baroque music and those exploring its power of expression for the first time. Each concert will carry you off to a new world, taking you on a journey that will showcase the original colours of magnificent works of music. A guarantee of excellence and emotion!
Claire Guimond Artistic Director, Arion Baroque Orchestra
An authentic baroque experience Arion Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1981, is Quebecâ€™s only baroque orchestra that performs on period instruments. This arrangement notably allows the splendour of the pieces to be recreated in their original light. The prestigious Montreal Series, composed of more than twenty musicians and guest appearances of internationally renowned conductors, is the heart of Arionâ€™s programming. Since 2011 they have been performing in Montrealâ€™s Museum of Fine Arts Bourgie Concert Hall, where the exceptional acoustic qualities and modern accommodations allow for a truly intimate experience between the audience and the musicians. Thanks to the quality and finesse of their interpretations, Arion has won many prestigious awards. They continue to perform locally and have toured in the United States and Mexico, as well as Europe and Japan. Their music library, which currently houses a collection of 26 recordings, is sure to delight the palette of music lovers worldwide.
Baroque music in a few words This musical period spanning from the beginning of the 17th through the mid-18th centuries, a time when the orchestra reached its highest level of significance yet, illustrates rich harmonic contrasts, captivating melodies and rhythmical clarity. The leading composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi, possess a timeless brilliance and continue to sound as new and breathtaking as they did centuries ago.
Soloist and guest conductor: Stefano Montanari, violin (Italy) Works by Christian Joseph Lidarti, Maddalena Laura Sirmen and Pietro Antonio Locatelli Forgotten pieces that will reveal their resplendent beauty
After having elated and charmed Arion audiences in 2010 with his performance of Vivaldiâ€™s Four Seasons, violinist Stefano Montanari is back to entrance us once again with forgotten Italian musical treasures that will reveal their resplendent beauty! Oct. 12 . 8 pm - Oct. 13 . 4 pm - Oct. 14 . 2 pm
Illustrations: Damien Vignaux
Bach A Family Affair
Guest conductor: Alexander Weimann, harpsichord Soloists: Alexander Weimann and Hank Knox, harpsichords, Claire Guimond, flute Concerto for two harpsichords in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for flute and strings in D minor by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sinfonia in D minor “Adagio and fugue”, 2 flutes and basso continuo by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach A Legacy of Genius
Arion has the great pleasure of welcoming Alexander Weimann, renowned harpsichordist, to the stage during this year’s Montreal Bach Festival. Accompanied by Arion’s musicians, along with flautist Claire Guimond and harpsichordist Hank Knox, the impressive harmonic rigour of J.S. Bach will be united with the audacity and ardour of his sons … for your utmost enjoyment. Dec. 7 . 8 pm - Dec. 8 . 4 pm - Dec. 9 . 2 pm Presented as part of the 2012 Montreal Bach Festival
Guest conductor: Jaap ter Linden, cello (Netherlands) Guest soloist: Johannette Zomer, soprano (Netherlands) Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Luigi Boccherini, and Pietro Antonio Locatelli An arousing musical journey
With flamboyant lyricism, Vivaldi, Boccherini and Locatelli will shake listeners to the core. The great passion of the Italian soul will be brought to life with infinite finesse by cellist Jaap ter Linden, soprano Johannette Zomer, and Arion, who will carry you through a range of emotionsâ€Ś from melancholy to bliss. Feb. 8 . 8 pm - Feb. 9 . 4 pm - Feb. 10 . 2 pm
Vivaldi in Dresden Guest conductor: Mathieu Lussier, bassoon La Folia “Dresden Version”, op. 1, n° 12 RV 63 and Concerto in F major for violin, two horns, two oboes and bassoon RV 569 by Antonio Vivaldi; works by Pisendel, Fasch, Graun and Heinichen. Music beyond borders
Although Vivaldi never visited Dresden, a thriving city in the 18th century, he dedicated many of his works to the court composer, Pisendel. Mathieu Lussier will open our ears to the influence Vivaldi had on musicians in Dresden, underscoring once again that music does indeed transgress all geographic borders. March 8 . 8 pm - March 9 . 4 pm - March 10 . 2 pm
Epic Passions Guest conductor: Jaap ter Linden (Netherlands) Guest soloist: David Breitman, pianoforte (United States) â€œLa Passioneâ€? by Joseph Haydn, Concerto for pianoforte K 449 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Exhilarating states of mind
The two great masters of the Classical Period, Mozart and Haydn, expressed both grand and profoundly intimate sentiments to a degree never before seen. Guest conductor Jaap ter Linden, an Arion regular, and distinguished pianofortist David Breitman join forces with the Orchestra to carry the audience through varied exhilarating states of mind. April 19 . 8 pm - April 20 . 4 pm - April 21 . 2 pm
Pre-concert conferences and post-concert chats A conference will be held 1 hour before every concert and a chat with the soloists will be held after each program. Bourgie Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1339 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal Guy-Concordia, Peel
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