March 25, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (led by music director Alain Trudel) presents an all-Respighi program at the Église Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, featuring star Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. She’ll be featured in the composer’s symphonic poem, Il Tramonto. The concert has not only been designed to please the audience; it’s also hoped that the repertoire can be recorded to create the orchestra’s first CD with Maestro Trudel. The OSL has launched a fundraising campaign to raise the funding necessary to undertake this project.
March 26, 27 and 28, I Musici de Montréal (led by music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni) is partnering with literary festival Metropolis Bleu on a concert that explores the link between words and music. The program features the world premiere of a new work for string orchestra and narrator by composer and novelist Nicolas Gilbert, Au tout dernier instant. Also on the program: a performance of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, with the movements punctuated by a poetry reading given by actor Renaud Paradis. The concert takes place at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.
On March 29, the Esprit Orchestra (led by founding music director Alex Pauk) presents its final concert of the season at Toronto’s Koerner Hall. The varied program includes works by Xiaogang Ye (featuring violinist Steven Sitarski as soloist), Canadians Andrew Staniland and Scott Good, and Marc-Andre Dalbavie. As Esprit’s media release notes, “the Chinese countryside and ethnic elements surface in Xiaogang Ye’s musical images of paradise. Staniland, thinking Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, smashes musical protons at the speed of light to enjoy the collisions and resulting fallouts. Good explores and extends the realm of spectral techniques while Dalbavie immerses the listener in a spatial sensation of continuous transformation.”