Pelleas et Mélisande
Maeterlinck's timeless drama Pelléas et Mélisande
inspired many artists of the twentieth century. Julian Kuerti's second concert of the season brings together three musical versions of this great work exploring forbidden love, jealousy and secrecy. Whether composed for the theatre or in the form of a symphonic poem, the music inspired by this beautiful story hauntingly explores the contrast between dark and light. The resulting musical shadows will be interspersed with key scenes from the drama brought to life by two talented actors - Sophie Desmarais and Benoît McGinnis - who share the stage with Fauré, Sibelius and Schönberg.
On the program:
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite derived from the incidental music
Sibelius: Pelléas och Mélisande, Suite derived from the incidental music
Schönberg: Pelleas und Melisande, Symphonic poem
Julian Kuerti, Principal Guest Conductor
One of the most significant conducting talents to emerge in recent years, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has quickly made a name for himself with his confident style, artistic integrity and passion for musical collaboration. The Orchestre Métropolitain is pleased to welcome Julian Kuerti back for a third season as Principal Guest Conductor. Recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Concepción in Chile, Kuerti has led numerous orchestras across North America, including the Boston, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Montréal, and Toronto symphony orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Since graduating in theatre from Collège Lionel-Groulx, Sophie Desmarais has racked up a long list of credits. In 2013, she stood out in two movies presented at the Cannes Festival: Chloé Robichaud's Sarah préfère la course
and Sébastien Pilote's Le démantèlement
. The same year she played a leading role in Éric Morin's Chasse au Godard d'Abbitibbi
. Sophie Desmarais is also very present on the stage, shining in Les muses orphelines, L'avare,
and Norway Today
, among others. In 2010, she won the Olivier Reichenbach prize for her protrayal of Héro in the play Beaucoup de bruit pour rien
at TNM. On the small screen, she has appeared in La galère, Roxy
Graduating from the National School of Theatre in 2001, Benoît McGinnis quickly made his way through the artistic community. Television brought him to the public with Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, Vice caché, Smash, Aveux, Belle-Baie
, among others. He has performed on stage in plays such as Bob, Le vrai monde, Le fou de Dieu, Hamlet
and Being at home with Claude
, to name a few. On the big screen, he has appeared in Sébastien Rose's Le banquet
and Denis Bouchard'sDélivrez-moi
Pelléas, Mélisande... and the students!
On September 26, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) launched the Pelléas et Mélisande project
, bringing author Mario Brassard together with about 30 Secondary 4 students at École Saint-Luc (CSDM). The goal was to have the students write poems inspired by Maeterlinck's words and the symphonic music of Fauré, Sibelius and Schönberg on the program for the upcoming concert of Pelléas et Mélisande
. The compiled texts will be inserted into the program for the Orchestre's concert to be presented on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Maison symphonique de Montréal with the students in attendance. Launched in 2008, the Hydro-Québec Music Lovers of the Future
program is one expression of the Orchestre Métropolitain's education mission to provide young people access to symphonic music through a wide variety of pedagogical activities and projects that are updated every year.
A free 30-minute bilingual conference will be presented one hour before the concert at Maison symphonique de Montréal at 6:30 p.m. Claudio Ricignuolo, a violinist with the Orchestre and speaker, invites music lovers to learn about the works on the evening's program. This activity is just one expression of the Orchestre Métropolitain's desire to share its passion for classical music and to make this repertoire accessible to everyone.
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