Maison symphonique de Montréal presents

Angela Hewitt and Ravel’s Stunning Piano Concerto in G

Angela Hewitt is unique among today’s leading pianists. Renowned for her wide-ranging repertoire, frequent appearances as a soloist or with orchestras, and award-winning recordings, she has established herself as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach. After her performances of the composer’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, the critic of the London Times wrote, “[…] the freshness of Hewitt’s playing made it sound as though no one had played this music before.”

Hewitt’s award-winning cycle of all the major keyboard works of Bach for Hyperion Records has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times). Her diverse, award-winning discography also includes albums of Couperin, Rameau, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Faure, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, Messiaen and Granados. In 2015 she was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Angela Hewitt began learning the piano at three, performed in public at four and won her first scholarship at five. She pursued studies with Jean-Paul Sevilla at the University of Ottawa and in 1985, won the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, which launched her career. She received the OBE (2006), was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (2015) and was awarded the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018). She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, has seven honorary doctorates, and is a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse College in Cambridge. Hewitt is the founder of the Trasimeno Music Festival, an annual event which draws an audience from all over the world.

Jacques Lacombe, conductor
Music and Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse in France, Jacques Lacombe has also served as Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera, Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and of the Orchestre de Lorraine in Metz, France. From 2010 to 2016 he was Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and from 2002 to 2006, principal guest conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Renowned as a “gifted and ambitious” conductor (The New York Times), his artistic integrity and rapport with musicians and orchestras have propelled him to international stature.

In recent seasons, Lacombe has conducted the Dallas and Boston Symphonies, leading the Boston Symphony twice for opening nights at Tanglewood, as well as the Orchestre National de France. Lacombe’s opera work includes all-star productions at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera, the world premiere of Marius et Fanny with the Opéra de Marseille, and productions including Ariadne auf Naxos, Der fliegende Holländer and Eugene Onegin with the Deutsche Opera Berlin. He has led productions with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, most recently La Favorite by Donizetti with tenor Juan Diego Florez. Recently he conducted the Bonn Opera in new productions of Holofernes by Reznicek, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor and Peter Grimes with, in the title role, José Cura who also staged this new production. In addition to releases for the CPO and Analekta labels, Lacombe recorded Janáček’s Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Verdi Requiem on releases with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012, he received a Juno Award for his recording of Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle featuring Marie-Nicole Lemieux. As an orchestral conducting teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec and a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honors in the country.


Jacques Hétu, Sur les rives du Saint-Maurice, op. 78 (15 min.)

Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major (23 min.)

Stravinsky, The Firebird, Suite (1919, 23 min.)

WEBCAST – Tuesday, Novemer 10, 2020 at 7:00pm

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