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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jean-Marie Zeitouni and I Musici de Montréal present the Requiem by Mozart at the Maison Symphonique accompanied by the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

MONTRÉAL, October 24, 2014 – Jean-Marie Zeitouni will direct the new version of the Requiem by Mozart, as completed by Robert Levin, in conjunction with the commemorations marking Remembrance Day on November 14, 2014. This event will see two iconic cultural institutions share the stage at the Maison symphonique: the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, which will mark 30 and 40 years of existence (respectively) this year. Soloists Charlotte Corwin (soprano), Emma Char, (alto), Yann Beuron (tenor, replacing Antonio Figueroa) and Aleksey Bodganov (baritone) will accompany them in the performance of this major work, the last Mozart wrote before he died. Two works by Beethoven will round out the program.

Latter-day musicologists have succeeded in lifting the veil on several aspects of the mystery surrounding the Mozart Requiem. More recently, a handful of musicians not satisfied with the work of Süssmayer – the Mozart pupil who completed the score after his teacher’s death – have proposed alternate versions. Among them is the version by Robert Levin, which has continued to find favour among conductors partial to this universally loved masterpiece. And why favour Levin’s version? That’s what I Musici invites you to discover.

Program details:

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Charlotte Corwin, soprano
Emma Char, alto
Yann Beuron, tenor (replacing Antonio Figueroa)
Aleksey Bodganov, baritone
Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Elegischer gesang
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet no. 11 in F Minor, opus 95 (orch. Gustav Mahler)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D Minor K. 626 (orch. Robert Levin)

Place des arts’ Studio ARTV will present an overview of the program on November 13, the eve of the concert, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Pre-concert talks
I Musici invites the public to set the stage for their concert experience by attending a 30-minute talk prior to each concert in the Downtown Series. On November 14 at 7 p.m., cultural journalist and host Marie-Christine Trottier will lead the discussion in the Maison symphonique lobby alongside Jean-Marie Zeitouni and a few guest artists. This activity is open to the public.

Tickets for the concert on November 14, 2014 are available at the I Musici de Montréal ticket office (514-982-6038 or info@imusici.com), the Place des arts ticket office (514 842-2112 or www.placedesarts.com) at a cost of $69 - $79 (regular), $61 - $70 (seniors) or $40 - $47 (30 years old and under).

The subscription period for the 2014-2015 season is still underway. The subscription form and the season brochure (in electronic format) are available on the I Musici website: www.imusici.com


Founded in 1983 by the late Yuli Turovsky, the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is composed of 15 musicians whose varied repertoire ranges from Baroque music to contemporary music. Jean-Marie Zeitouni serves as its principal conductor and artistic director. Mr. Zeitouni is known for his expressive and compelling style. I Musici’s uniqueness stems from the great passion that drives its exceptionally talented musicians. The ensemble showcases emerging Canadian artists and performs with renowned artists from Canada and abroad. I Musici de Montréal also forges partnerships and synergies with other musical ensembles. www.imusici.com

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