Orchestre classique de Montréal presents


This eclectic concert marking the changing of the seasons, while continue the orchestra’s “Musical Tour of the World” with works from Italy, Argentina and Canada’s First Nations.

The concert will begin with an Italian delicacy, Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, op. 3, no. 11, under the baton of Xavier Brossard-Ménard, the OCM’s current assistant conductor. Maestro Boris Brott will then take to the podium to lead two songs by Indigenous Canadian composers: Barbara Croall’s Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost) for mezzo-soprano and solo flute, and Tomson Highway’s Some Say a Rose, arranged by François Vallières. Both pieces will feature the sumptuous voice of internationally renowned Quebec mezzo-soprano, Julie Boulianne.

The heart of the concert will be a celebration of Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday, as the MCO presents the composer’s renowned Cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) featuring talented violinist and OCM concertmaster Marc Djokic. To round out the season-themed evening, the OCM will perform La primavera (Spring), the first movement of Vivaldi’s beloved Concerto No. 1 in E major, op. 8, RV 269, better known as The Four Seasons.

Orchestre classique de Montréal

Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano

Originally from Dolbeau-Mistassini, Julie Boulianne is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She took home first prize at the Canadian Music Competition and the Joy of Singing Competition in New York. In 2007, she was awarded the Prix de la Chambre des Directeurs for Most Promising Career at the Concours musical international de Montréal. Her career has taken her to most of the major opera stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

Naama Neuman, flute

Canadian-Israeli flutist Naama Neuman is a distinguished chamber musician and orchestra player who has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Israel, Canada and Germany. Naama holds a Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, and an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She specializes in contemporary music.

Marc Djokic, violin

Halifax-born violinist Marc Djokic is the winner of the 2017-2018 Goyer Prize and former Canada Council Instrument Bank recipient. He first studied with his father, Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the violin master Ivan Galamian. He continued his studies with David Russell, Donald Weilerstein and Jaime Laredo.

Boris Brott, conductor

Xavier Brossard-Ménard, guest conductor

Concerto Grosso in D minor, op. 3, no. 11 – A. Vivaldi
Zasakwaa – song by Barbara Croall, with flutist Naama Neuman and mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne
Some Say a Rose from The (Post) Mistress – song by Tomson Highway, arranged by François Vallières, with Julie Boulianne
La Primavera Spring” Concerto No. 1 in E major, op. 8, RV 269, from The Four Seasons – A. Vivaldi, with violinist Marc Djokic
The Four Seasons – A. Piazzolla, with Marc Djokic

The concert will be livestreamed on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 pm from the Pierre-Mercure Hall and will be available for on-demand viewing until April 13, 2021.

To purchase your virtual ticket visit: www.orchestre.ca

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