As usual, our colleagues in the province of Quebec lead the way in scheduling concerts in the summer months. Never fear, however: you can hear orchestras in other parts of the country this summer as well. Here’s the first of at least two round-ups of summer concerts by OC member orchestras.
I Musici de Montréal has three concerts on its schedule for this summer, all at festivals. They have already performed at the Francofolies de Montréal on June 14; on the 19th of July, they’ll play at the Festival Saint-Zenon-de-Piopolis, and on July 26, they’ll perform with Vadim Gluzmn at the Festival International du Domaine Forget.
The Orchestre Metropolitain’s summer season runs from June 26 to August 10, and includes an array of parks concerts in and around Montreal (including a concert at the Mount Royal Chalet), three performances at the Festival de Lanaudière, and a performance at the Festival international du Domaine Forget. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead three programs, while a gifted array of guest conductors will lead the rest; soloists include soprano Aline Kutan, pianists Stewart Goodyear and Charles Richard-Hamelin, and Cirque Eloize.
August 14-16, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents the third edition of its Classical Spree/Viree Classique, an intensive immersion in all that’s most celebratory in our art form! It opens with a massive performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Parc Olympique on August 14, and continues with 30 different 45-minute performances throughout the Place des Arts complex on August 15 and 16.
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada has announced its 2014 summer season, with principal conductor Emmanuel Villaume. The training program is headquartered at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo ON, and this year’s tour will include five performances in Ontario venues, and jaunts to Montreal, Kelowna, Edmonton and Vancouver, where the tour wraps up August 10. This year’s program includes new works by Jordan Pal and Neal Gripp; for more information, please visit nyoc.org.
After a brief break at the end of the season, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is back for its summer season, a celebratory series of concerts that sees the orchestra anchoring an International Cello Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Winnipeg’s iconic Pantages Playhouse Theatre on June 29, and ornamenting three different Canada Day celebrations. In late August, the WSO performs in Dauphin, and serenades the Forks from a barge! And there’s more – which you can read all about, here.