Festival Vibrations: Six Not-to-miss College Music Concerts

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University of Montreal College of Music’s Vibrations Festival features an explosive program developed under the label Creativity, Discovery and Collaboration.

Presented from November 24th to December 3rd at the Salle Claude-Champagne of the University of Montreal’s College of Music, the Vibrations Festival will present six major concerts at low or free prices. These concerts will allow the public to appreciate the talent of the students, as well as the faculty, and see all the nuances that bring the lives of the faculty to life.

This festival testifies to the importance that the Faculty of Music attaches to the creativity of research and the intersection of the different disciplines taught. From party to party, we can hear several musical genres. From jazz to opera, from chamber music to digital and creative music, without forgetting the symphonic repertoire, this will be an opportunity to discover the excellence, richness and diversity of what is done in the Faculty of Music at UdeM “, confirms Jean-Michael Lavoie, Vice Dean for the Development of Community Commitments and Professional Partnerships at the Faculty .

Among the highlights, the Orchester de l’Université de Montréal (OUM) will kick off with Symphony nOh 4 By Mahler, Atelier d’Opéra will present selections of exquisite tunes accompanied on piano, the big band will welcome acclaimed double guitarist Dave Holland and a white order will be presented to composer Robert Normandeau.

Before each concert, an audio-visual installation, produced by Professor Emeritus Jean Pecci and Mathieu Arsenault, a student of composition and sound creation, will be presented in the foyer of the Salle Claude-Champagne, lighting the large bay window.

Festival vibration programming

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Thursday, November 24: OUM and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

OUM and its leader Jean-François Rivest will launch the festival with a performance Symphony nOh 4 by Mahler, with soprano Juliette Takeno, a graduate of the College of Music who is currently pursuing her career at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Violin Concerto Written by Brahms, with Emanuel Alejandro Quijano Vazquez, PhD student and first prize winner of the OUM Concerto Competition.

The Violin ConcertoAnd the Op. 77, by Brahms is in line with the Great Romantic Concerto, but is distinguished by its semi-symphonic stature and writing. While entrusted to the violin part virtuoso crowned b ultimate Brahms, full of gypsy accents, brings together the orchestra and the soloist in equal measure. In the neoclassical style, the Symphony nOh 4 It is presented by Mahler with a rustic and sometimes humorous personality and an orchestrated aspect thanks to the short interventions of solo instruments; It quietly ends an aria for soprano imbued with a “cheerful, childish expression”. A concert full of contrasts, it combines one of Mahler’s most original symphonies with the irresistible power of Brahms’ music.

Friday 25 November: From Kart to Robert Normando

Professor at the Faculty of Music, Robert Normando, obtained his first doctorate (1992) in photovoltaic installation from the university under the supervision of Marcel Deschain and Francis Dumont. His artistic career over a period of 40 years was closely linked to the development of the College. Presented under a dome of speakers, this evening will allow you to rediscover four great works, reflecting the composer’s creative approach: Game (1989), Glass (2006), language game (2009) and rapture (2021).

Atelier and UdeM Opera Choir present an exciting musical journey through great opera arias and ensembles.

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Saturday 26 November: An evening at the opera

Conducted by Richard Margeson and Robin Wheeler, the Atelier and Opera Choir offers an exciting musical journey through exquisite opera arias and ensembles. In the program are excerpts from the works of Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Mozart and Rossini. Let yourself be seduced by the exquisite voices of classical singing students from the College of Music, in excerpts from the most famous lyric pages accompanied on piano, all in a staging by François Racine.

Dave Holland

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Thursday 1Verse Dec: The UdeM Big Band welcomes Dave Holland

Under the direction of Ron de Lauro, the Université de Montréal Big Band will perform alongside distinguished guest, acclaimed double guitarist and composer Dave Holland. A pioneer of the jazz avant-garde, Dave Holland has collaborated for decades with Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, and Steve Coleman, as well as leading numerous formations, from quartets to big bands.

During his residency at the College of Music, Dave Holland will be giving a free master class on Wednesday, November 30th at 4:30pm at the Salle Claude-Champagne.

Friday, December 2: UdeM Professors Gala

Many fine artists here and elsewhere make up the faculty of the College of Music. Les profs de l’UdeM series offer free concerts to appreciate the quality of their playing.

This evening will bring together harpsichordist Caroline Lizotte, soprano Monique Bagge, violinists Guillaume Sutter and Emmanuel Alejandro Quijano Vazquez, faculty student, violinist Juan Miguel Hernandez, cellist Igor Diachkov, and pianist Carissa Vandecas, PhD student. In the program are excerpts from folk songs, by woods, close to the corridor, by Caroline Lizotte, W quintet, from frank.

Contemporary Music Ensemble UdeM

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Saturday, December 3: Contemporary Music Ensemble – Against Nature

Led by Jean-Michel Lavoie and Lauren Vaillancourt, the UdeM Contemporary Music Ensemble and performers of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the College of Music’s resident organization, present a free grand concert to close the Vibrations Festival. We will hear filigra, by Iannis Xenakis; a new work by Alethea Ripoll; Carrots From Keiko Devaux, an alumnus of the college and winner of prestigious awards, including Juno; And the Lost, by Fausto Romitelli.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Vibrations Festival

College of Music Thank you Journalism, Media partner for the Vibrations Festival and season 2022-2023.

The College of Music benefits from the support of the University of Montreal’s Sophie Desmarais Big Band Fund.


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