We’ve been stockpiling a series of announcements about concerts this summer until the Solstice passed. The time has come, and we’re proud to unveil a non-exhaustive inventory of Canadian orchestras’ July performance plans, ordered from west to east!
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents its 25th annual summer concert at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on July 14. The program is led by resident conductor Gordon Gerrard, and will feature pianist Avan Yu in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. July 19 and 20, the VSO will be resident in scenic Whistler for a pair of free concerts (one Light Classics, and one Masterworks program) led by guest conductor Sean Newhouse.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra takes part in a flurry of activities leading into Canada Day, with free concerts in Kenora, ON, at Winnipeg’s Lyric Theatre, and at The Forks on Canada Day. In addition, members of the orchestra are prominently featured in a series of free noon hour chamber concerts at the Millennium Centre, downtown.
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s summer training program has just kicked off on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus, and the orchestra (and chamber ensembles drawn from its membership) will be heard in concert in Waterloo, Cambridge, London, Toronto, and Ottawa in July.
From July 1-26, the Niagara Symphony, based in St. Catharines, ON, presents its annual Summer Music Camp and Academy, a comprehensive day camp program for young musicians at all stages of development.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra is busy in July, giving a concert with songstress Sarah Slean as the culmination of the NAC’s Canada Day celebrations, and also on hand for the unveiling of a bust of their late founding music director, Mario Bernardi. In addition, the orchestra is participating in the Music and Beyond festival (in a program with pianist Stewart Goodyear on July 7) and presenting its own summer concert series with distinguished guest soloists, July 11, 12, 18, and 19. One highlight of the series shall be a live recording by the Hyperion label of a pair of Mozart piano concerti, performed with the orchestra by Angela Hewitt.
I Musici de Montréal will give at least three festival performances this summer, in programs that reveal the chamber orchestra’s range and power. They’ll be at Domaine Forget, Lanaudière, and Montreal’s Festival International de Jazz, and featured artists include Karina Gauvin, DJ Champion, and a massed choir!
Montréal’s Orchestre Metropolitain has an active summer series that will include a pair of appearances at the Festival de Lanaudière, six concerts in 3 different parks in Montréal, and a brunch series in Old Montréal.
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (led by outgoing resident conductor, Nathan Brock, and featuring host Charles Lafortune) performs a three concert series in Montréal parks, starting July 31.
Following an intensive, 10-day preparation session at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, the Orchestre de la Francophonie (led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay) undertakes a 12-concert tour to venues ranging from Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre (on July 29) to the Société des arts technologiques. This summer’s commissioned works include new orchestral pieces by Frédéric Chiasson and Olivier Larue, and the orchestra will also perform with Montréal’s Sistema-like Garage à Musique.
Les Violons du Roy has an exceptionally busy summer season, performing at festivals throughout the province of Québec in June, July, and August. Guest artists range from singer Diane Dufresne to pianist Alexandre Tharaud, and venues range from Orford (where the orchestra will open this year’s festival) to Domaine Forget, and Lanaudière.
July 18 and August 1, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (led by guest conductor Gilles Bellemare) will give a pair of performances devoted to the music of Jacques Brel. As well, the orchestra will perform varied repertoire at key Québec music festivals, including the unique Festival d’opéra de Québec.