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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Orchestre Métropolitain and Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin celebrate Easter with a presentation of the St. Matthew Passion

Montreal, Monday, April 14, 2014 Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestre Métropolitain and its Choir invite music lovers to an Easter celebration at the Maison symphonique de Montréal on Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.The Maestro returns to conduct a work of deep personal significance in this large-scale concert featuring six of the most sought-after Canadian singers on the international scene. The Orchestre Métropolitain has made it a tradition to present a major work from the choral repertoire at this time of the year. A memorable concert evening on a grand scale is in store! This concert is sold-out.
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Lawrence Wiliford, Tenor, Jesus
Alexander Dobson, Baritone, Evangelist
Suzie LeBlanc, Soprano
Julie Boulianne, Mezzo-Soprano
Isaiah Bell, Tenor
Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone
Featuring the Chœur de l'Orchestre Métropolitain, prepared by François A. Ouimet and Pierre Tourville and the English-Montreal School Board Choir, prepared by Patricia Abbott.
Approximate duration: 3:05, including a 20-minute intermission
Soprano Suzie LeBlanc replaces Hélène Guilmette
Soprano Hélène Guilmette was obliged to cancel her participation in the concert due to health problems. She will be replaced by Suzie LeBlanc, one of the finest early music sopranos of her generation and a gifted interpreter of lieder, French melodies, Acadian repertoire and contemporary music. Ms. LeBlanc travels extensively for concert engagements all over the world, and she has made over 50 recordings with the world's leading early music ensembles.
Pre-performance talks 
Orchestre Métropolitain violinist and speaker Claudio Ricignuolo will present a 25-minute bilingual talk one hour prior to theconcert. This free activity allows music-lovers to discover the details of works they will hear on the evening program. The talks are part of the Orchestre Métropolitain's mission to foster passion for classical music and to make it accessible to everyone.
Limited seating 

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