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Allegra Chamber Music

On Oct. 12, Allegra Chamber Music will host its 42nd Annual Gala Concert at McGill University’s Tanna Schulich Hall. The program is a tasteful combination of works by Schumann and Beethoven, with the former’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, and his Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano in E-Flat Major, and the latter’s String Trio, and Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in E-Flat Major. Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg will be at the piano, with Simon Aldrich (clarinet), Alexander Lozowski (violin), Pierre Tourville (viola) and Sheila Hannigan (cello).

Orchestre Classique de Montréal Remembers Maestro Brott

Oct. 18 will be a memorable and sombre occasion for the Orchestre Classique de Montréal, as musicians and audience members are invited to celebrate the life of the inimitable Maestro Boris Brott. The OCM will pay tribute to their beloved Artistic Director with a concert hosted by Sylvia L’Écuyer, featuring such works as Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch; excerpts from The (Post) Mistress by Thomson Highway, arranged by François Vallières; Manuel Ponce’s Concierto del Sur for guitar; and excerpts from West Side Story. An evening not to be missed at Salle Pierre-Mercure.

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Les Reverdies : les Journées médiévales

The 2022 edition of Medieval Music Days is coming to Montreal this month, with a focus on music of the 12th– and 13th-century troubadours and trobairitz. In collaboration with Bourgie Hall, they will present a weekend of concerts, workshops and a banquet, with events at both Bourgie Hall and Westmount Park United Church. Musical offerings will be presented by Ensemble Reverdies Montreal, Ensemble Comtessa, and Ensemble Diabolus in Musica, from France. Events are set to run Oct. 19 to 24.

GFN Productions: Jean-Philippe Sylvestre

Pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre visits Montreal (Maison symphonique on Oct. 22) and Quebec City (Salle Raoul-Jobin on Nov. 11) for a program of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Ravel’s Miroirs and Pavane pour une infante défunte, and André Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec. Produced by GFN Productions, this recital promises to be a memorable one.

Ladies Morning Musical Club: Talich Quartet

Celebrated as one of Europe’s finest chamber ensembles, the Czech Talich Quartet will be in Montreal on Oct. 23 to perform as part of this year’s LMMC season. Founded in 1964, the group has performed around the world, at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. They will present a program of Kalivoda, Janáček, and Beethoven, with details to be announced.

Les Idées Heureuses: La Forêt Enchantée

Now in their 36th season, Les Idées Heureuses will start their year off with a concert titled The Enchanted Forest, on Oct. 28 at Salle Pierre-Mercure. A collaboration with the Festival Classica and Les Jardins Chorégraphiques, the program is dedicated to the works of Franscesco Geminiani, master of the baroque era, and will include works for harpsichord, English guitar (or cittern), as well as folk songs, and La Forêt Enchantée, a musical scena dating back to 1761.

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Opéra de Québec: Don Pasquale

Opéra de Québec will open its season with a run of Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, from Oct. 22 to 29. Conducted by Laurent Campellone and directed by Jean-Sébastien Ouellette, the production, which sets the scene in a 1960s fantasy, features Olivier Déjean in the title role, with Hugo Laporte taking on Dr. Malatesta, Patrick Kabongo as Ernesto, Hélène Guilmette as Norina, and Michel Desbiens as the Notary.


Canadian Opera Company

The Canadian Opera Company has a thrilling lineup of performances this October, with not one but two operas taking the stage at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Conducted by Johannes Debus, the Christopher Alden production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander) will open on Oct. 7 and run until Oct. 23. Johan Reuter will star in the title role, with Marjorie Owens as Senta and Franz-Josef Selig in the role of Daland. J’Nai Bridges will make her COC debut in the titular role of Carmen, alongside a star-studded cast—with Marcelo Puente in the role of Don José, Joyce El-Khoury as Michaëla, and Lucas Meachem as Escamillo, to name a few. Directed by Joel Ivany, and conducted by Jacques Lacombe, the production will run from Oct. 14 until Nov. 4.

Toronto Symphony

Yefim Bronfman is sure to astound audiences with his Roy Thomson Hall performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, programmed alongside a world première of Christina Volpini’s Celebration Prelude, the Canadian première of Unsuk Chin’s subito con forza, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 39, to name just a few. Performances will take place Oct. 12-15. Not long after, on Oct. 20-22, Yuja Wang joins the TSO to première Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 3, at which time the orchestra will also perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

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