The Orchestre symphonique de Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean has launched its 2012-2013 season, five full orchestra programs (all performed at home in Saguenay, and some repeated in Alma and Dobeau-Mistassini) and a chamber series, all under the leadership of music director Jacques Clément. Featured soloists include violinist Alexandre Da Costa, pianist Jimmy Brière, and Tango Boréal, among others. The chamber series prominently features the orchestra’s resident string quartet, the Quatuor Alcan. For more information about the orchestra, please visit lorchestre.org.
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra has launched its 40th season, a nine-concert series at Winnipeg’s Westminster United Church assembled by music director Anne Manson. Special guests include Janina Fialkowska, Tracy Dahl, Roy Goodman, Scott Yoo, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Daniel Taylor and The Winnipeg Singers, and highlights include a “near replica” of the first-ever MCO concert; the completion of a recording project; a performance of Hans Krása’s children’s opera from Theresienstadt, Brundibar; and a series of lively pre-concert activities, often accompanied by a box dinner. For more information, please visit themco.ca.