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McGill Chamber Orchestra promises eclectic season

McGill Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) 75th season will feature a wide range of music including instrumental and choral works as well as world-class solo singers.

All concerts will be conducted by Boris Brott, who will host a pre-performance talk one hour before each concert.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of MCO’s founder, Alexander Brott (1915-2005), violinist, composer, and champion of Canadian music. This anniversary will be marked by a concert entitled Poetry in Music February 24 at Bourgie Hall.

In collaboration with the Bach Festival, the new season begins November 25 at Bourgie Hall with Bach’s concertos for several harpsichords. Three concertos for two harpsichords, two concertos for three harpsichords, and the concerto for four harpsichord will be performed by Luc Beauséjour, Hank Knox, Mark Edwards and Rona Nadler.

Four renowned Canadian soloists will be featured December 15 at Christ Church Cathedral in Handel’s Messiah. The concert features soprano Aline Kutan, Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, tenor Michael Colvin and baritone Peter McGillivray, with The Cathedral Singers directed by Patrick Wedd.

Other concerts include chamber operas by Francis Poulenc and Leonard Bernstein February 3 at Outremont Theatre,performed with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. May 5 at Salle Bourgie, music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Tschaikowsky, will be performed by Marc Bouchkov, first prize winner at the Concours musical international de Montréal.

The season closes June 9 with the St. Lawrence Choir at Maison Symphonique featuring Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Ode to Joy with singers Shrien Azriel Perez, Stéphanie Pothier, Antoine Bélanger and Gordon Bintner.

Depending on your section, a seniors’ subscription to eight concerts runs from $190 to $280. Four concerts of your choosing will cost $110 to $150.

Info: 514-487-5190. For a complete listing of concerts and other events, visit ocm-mco.org.

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