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Happening in Montréal this month:
Concerts and Shows
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2013 - 2014)
April 03, 06, 08, 13, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26, 27 & 30, 2014 - Place des Arts Maison symphonique
Following the inauguration of the Maison Symphonique de Montréal and the remarkable success enjoyed during 2011-2012 season, the OSM invites audiences to take part in the 2012-2013 season, which will explore all the possibilities offered by this world-caliber concert hall.
Maestro Nagano has reserved a season highlighted by large-scale productions - Mahler, Berlioz, Brahms, Honegger - and the presentation of the new OSM Choir. The French repertoire - a great tradition at the OSM - will be in the limelight. The Maison symphonique de Montréal makes it possible for us to welcome newcomers - like Haydn, as well as to present programs not heard before, offering contrasts - classical music with DJ for example - and many other surprises. In addition, our Maison is opening its doors, for the first time, to great ensembles and internationaly renowned artists. www.pda.qc.ca
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2013-2014)
April 19 & 30, 2014 – Place Des Arts & Various Locations
The upcoming season will feature more programs and several exciting additions - not least the new concert hall at Place des Arts. Combining exceptional acoustic qualities with a closer proximity between the musicians and the audience, this new hall is sure to foster an intimate and powerful concert experience.
To mark its 31st season, the orchestra will present 10 musical programs including some of the greatest repertoire classics as well as works drawn from other genres such as jazz, tango and world music. In total, the 2011-2012 season will feature 29 concerts in 11 different locations, and it will see the , Ontarian conductor Julian Kuerti, American soprano Angela Meade, the Quasar saxophone ensemble, the Montreal-based group Quartango, and percussionist Marie-Josée Simard. OM play host to famous artists such as Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, cellist and Montréal native Stephen Tetreault
Added to this impressive lineup is a weekend featuring the complete symphonies of Brahms as well as his Violin Concerto, played by young American violinist Benjamin Beilman, plus the continuation of Haydn's London symphonies and the end of the Mahler cycle with the presentation of the Adagio from Tenth Symphony. A new after-work chamber music series will also be presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art's new Bourgie concert hall, and details will be announced in the weeks to come. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
Opéra de Montréal (Saison 2013-2014) – Hansel & Gretel
March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2014 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
An enchanting opera filled with refreshing melodies and colorful characters. A fairytale for young and old that combines the richness of a Wagnerian orchestra with the simplicity of folk songs. An exceptional collaboration with the National Circus School and the National Theatre School of Canada. Emerging artists, opera, and circus arts… it promises to be magical. Two children, off picking strawberries, lose their way in the forest. Along the way, they come across the Dew Fairy, the Sandman, and a mouth-watering gingerbread house… not to mention a threatening cannibalistic witch. www.operademontreal.com
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens – Marie-Antoinette
De Stanton Welch
April 10 to 12, 2014 – Place des Arts/ Salle Wilfrid-Pelle
Visiting company Houston Ballet will be performing Marie-Antoinette, a sweeping narrative ballet about the life and death of French queen Marie Antoinette. Featuring sumptuous costumes and regal sets by Canadian designer Kandis Cook, Marie charts the progression of Marie Antoinette from innocent child bride to frivolous royal fashionista to ruined queen, with energy, richly choreographed gestures and a contemplative score by Shostakovich. The ballet opens with the young, vivacious Marie being stripped of her Austrian clothes and redressed in the French style; from there, it evocatively charts how she eventually grows into the tender wife and mother who finally accepts the kiss from Madame Guillotine. www.gransballets.com
Kurios - cirque du Soleil ** NEW SHOW**
April 24, 2013 to May 18 2014 - Quais du Vieux-PortDietrich Group - Danse Danse ( Contemporary Danse)
Reality is Relative
The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: "is it realm or just a figment of my imagination?" Step into the curio cabient of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him.
Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turmed upside down ina place that's as beautiful as mysterious.
Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosity is an ingenious blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess from Cirque du Soleil. Let Kurios show you that anything is possible through the power if imagination.
April 15 to 19, 2014 – Place des Arts/Cinquième Salle
An independent choreographer and visual artist who engages in highly eclectic collaborations, the non-conformist D.A. Hoskins gives free rein to his wildest creative fantasies in The Dietrich Group, which he founded in 2008. Surrounded by artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, he has galvanized the alternative scene in Toronto with his explosive, uncompromising works. Embracing every extravagance, at times with great hilarity, this piece for 9 performers unabashedly explores the meanings of “fuck”. Dance, theatre, music and performance combine in a sensual hybrid of the joyous and the demonic. THE LAND OF FUCK is a landscape of the unexpected, for an informed audience. www.laplacedesarts.com
Edgar et Ses Fantômes
April 17, 18 & 19, 2014 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
IMAGINE BACH, MOZART, BEETHOVEN AND SATIE ON THE SAME STAGE. IMAGINE AN ORCHESTRA AND THE GREATEST COMPOSERS THAT EVER LIVED. IMAGINE THEATRE, MUSIC, COMEDY, DRAMA AND ROMANCE…
A fresh art form brings classical music to life on stage in a theatrical setting. Classical music and drama open up an imaginary world through the ghosts of the musical greats, sharing the stage for our pure enchantment. The play and the score are designed for sheer audience pleasure. In a gourmet’s invitation to music and theatre, the spirits of classical music’s greats leave no doubt they will live on forever. Culture has rarely been such fun as in this delightful outing the whole family will enjoy. www.pda.qc.ca
Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands
February to May 04, 2014 - Museum of Fine Arts
This is the first major exhibition to be devoted to this remarkable painter in North America! After Edinburgh, where the artist was born, it’s now the turn of Montreal – where he grew up and where he returned for some years in his late twenties – to host this historic presentation, the only one in North America, which has already received critical acclaim.
His work follows in the great tradition of artists like Bonnard, Matisse, Gauguin and Munch, but also of James Wilson Morrice and Tom Thomson, Canadian painters he admires, and of Wifredo Lam and Armando Reverón, celebrated West Indian artists. If there exists a legitimate successor to these truly great masters, Peter Doig is widely held to be the one. His genius with images and colours is unequalled among his contemporaries.
The exhibition covers Doig’s output since he settled in Trinidad in 2002, a turning point in his painting. It also reveals a previously unknown side of his art: the preparatory works, drawings and sketches that reveal the formal genius of this master colourist. The exhibition features a total of almost a hundred drawings and paintings as well as a wealth of personal documents. www.mbam.qc.ca 4000 miles
March 25 to April 20, 2014 – Centaur theatre
After completing a cross-country bike trip, Leo visits his lefty, 91 year-old grandmother in Greenwich Village and stays for a while. They have great affection for each other but the unlikely roommates start to bicker and berate each other in an Odd Couple kind of way. Both are at painful crossroads in their lives. The prickly Vera is grappling with the realities of life in her senior years and Leo is wrestling with a family crisis and the haunting memory of a tragic accident. Not to mention a girlfriend who rebuffs him even though he’s crossed the country to woo her. 4000 Miles is a funny and moving play that dignifies old age and illuminates the healing power of companionship and intergenerational relationships. www.centaurtheatre.com
April 27 to May 18, 2014 – Segal centre for Performing Arts
Marlene has been promoted to the top of a London employment agency, and she’s celebrating. On the guest list of her fantastic dinner party: an intrepid Victorian adventuress, a Japanese Emperor’s mistress, Pope Joan and a Flemish avenger. As the champagne flows and the women toast to Marlene’s newfound success, it becomes clear that being on top comes with a price. www.segalcentre.orgFestivals
21 BALANCOIRES: A SPRINGTIME RITUAL
April 08 to June 02 - Quartier des Spectacles
The 21 balancoires installation is back in Quartier des Spectacles for a third year runningm until June 2. Day and night, this interactive installation - part street furniture, part game - invites passers-by to enjoy a cooperative musical experience. As each swing moves a note is played, and when several people swing a melody emerges.
After sunset, the swings are accompanied by an intercative video projection on UQAM's President Kennedy building called 21obstacles, inspired by classic pinball machines' the installation's return was eagerly anticipated, to judge by the response on social networks and the crowds around the installation since it reopened.
2 Pianos 4 Hands
April 29 to May 25, 2014 – Centaur Theatre
Two wunderkinds work tirelessly toward concert pianist stardom. They endure hours of practice, cut-throat competitions and pressure from teachers and pushy parents. As years of sacrifice and learning the art of playing the piano unfold on stage, they come to the sobering realization that becoming the next Glenn Gould or Vladimir Horowitz may be out of their reach. The two actors/pianists portray an impressive and often hilarious range of characters and perform pieces by classical, pop and jazz legends, mesmerizing audiences with their piano wizardry. www.centaurtheatre.com
Maple Syrup Season -Sugaring Off
Entire month of March & part of April 2014
Sugaring off is a cultural rite-of-passage in Montreal. A short-lived season that varies every year, somewhere from late February to early May, perhaps the best known activity is eating hot maple taffy off fresh snow.
Hot taffy-on-snow stands start appearing in town around early March near Mont-Royal Metro, the Jean-talon Market and other select locations around the city. While they soothe urgent maple cravings, they also bring up the nostalgia for an authentic sugar shack or cabane à sucre experience.
Montréal Canadiens Hockey
Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. During February, our home team will challenge several NHL opponents at the Bell Center. www.centrebell.ca
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
April 23, 2014 – James Blunt
April 25, 2014 - Cher
Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)
April 26, 2014 – Lisa Williams
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