2015-16 Artistic Season of the JMC
Jeunesses Musicales Canada
Happy Hour Concerts – Concertinos famille – Emerging Artists Concerts – Opera
Montreal, Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) proudly presents a jam-packed 2015–16 performance season featuring concerts to please all age groups in Montreal at JMC House's Joseph-Rouleau Hall, touring Emerging Artist Concerts, and the all-new opera Roméo & Juliette. JMC's 2015–16 programming has something for everyone – from sure bets the kids will love, to bold innovation and excellence for adults!
Roméo & Juliette: JMC's 12th Opera Production, in Association with New Partner the Azrieli Foundation
The Azriel Foundation will support JMC productions and serve as a proud JMC opera partner for the next five years.
"The JMC Touring Opera Programme has become an important part of the Canadian musical landscape, promoting culture and love of music to a diverse audience in regions that would otherwise not have access to live performances. The Azrieli Foundation is delighted to participate in the career development of emerging Canadian artists through these annual opera productions.”
Dr. Sharon Azrieli Perez, Director on the board of the Azrieli Foundation
This Shakespearean classic, set to music by Charles Gounod, is JMC's 12th opera production. Each year, JMC recruits Canada's best young vocal talent to star in a fully staged opera. This highly unique production is the only one of its kind to embark on a 25-city tour to share the art of opera with all Canadians, from Halifax to the Magdalen Islands to Toronto. Director Oriol Thomas and musical director Louise-Andrée Baril will guide the two casts of singers appearing in Roméo & Juliette.
Montreal performances of JMC's latest opera are also scheduled for October 29, 2015, at Maison de la culture Frontenac (curtain 8 p.m.), and March 31, 2016, at Maison de la culture Villeray – Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension (curtain 8 p.m.). On April 2, 2016, Roméo & Juliette will be accompanied by Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke under the direction of conductor Stéphane Laforest, in Salle Maurice-O'Bready at the Centre culturel de l’université Sherbrooke