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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Press Release/Montreal Lyric Orchestra illuminates winter with Britten and his Canadian contemporaries

Montreal, January 27th, 2015 – The Montreal Lyric Orchestra (MLO), under the direction of Simon Rivard and Ben Kepes invites you to an intimate concert: Les Illuminations, February 12th, 2015 at 8pm, at the Montreal Conservatory Concert Hall. This evening will feature two works from Benjamin Britten, beacons of hope during the World War II period. Three renowned Canadian artists, soprano Éthel Guéret, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, and hornist Louis-Pierre Bergeron will be highlighted. In addition, the MLO is proud to program two inspired Canadian works that highlight Canadian art music: Alexander Brott’s Ritual and Jean Coulthard’s Ballade: A Winter’s Tale.

Founded in 2014 by Simon Rivard and Ben Kepes, the MLO is a non-profit organization which aims to create an appreciation for the vocal arts in placing the voice as the centerpiece of the musical process. The MLO’s artistic mission also consists in promoting the creation and performances of Canadian music while showcasing talented local singers and orchestral musicians.

Let Les Illuminations bring musical incandescence to our long winter!

Thursday, February 12th 2015, 8 pm
Montreal Conservatory Concert Hall
4750 Henri-Julien avenue
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2C8

Tickets available at:
Montreal Conservatory Concert Hall
(514) 873-4031 ext. 313
Regular : $35 / Student : $20
From Tuesday to Friday, 2 to 6 pm
1h before the concert
Regular : $33.50 / Student : $18.50
+ Applicable fees
Concert program

Edward Elgar, Introduction and Allegro for Strings (1905)
Featuring the first chairs of the Montreal Lyric Orchestra.

Alexander Brott, Ritual (1942)
Ritual reveals Alexander Brott’s profound musical imagination for dark, shimmering colors. Brott is a Montreal composer and founder of the McGill Chamber Orchestra.

Benjamin Britten, Illuminations, op. 18 (1939)
The mysterious evocative verses written by poet Arthur Rimbaud featured in this composition will be sung by virtuoso Éthel Guéret. A renowned artist who teaches voice at Rimouski Music Conservatory.


Jean Coulthard, Ballade: A Winter’s Tale (1940)
A journey through a winter odyssey composed by Jean Coulthard, one of the great Canadian composers of the 20th Century.

Benjamin Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op. 31 (1943)
A demanding masterpiece that reflects the remnants of daylight, represented through a dialogue between tenor Benjamin Butterfield and hornist Louis-Pierre Bergeron.

For more details about the program of MLO’s first season, visit

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