Conservatoire de musique de Montréal presents


The musicians of the l’Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal return to the Maison symphonique to present Sheherazade under the direction of conductor Jacques Lacombe.

Sheherazade, Op. 35, is a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888 and based on One Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights. This orchestral work combines two features typical of Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular: dazzling, colorful orchestration and an interest in the East, which figured greatly in the history of Imperial Russia, as well as Orientalism in general. It is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work.

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.

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.

Léa Moisan-Perrier, student in direction
Chloé Dumoulin, piano

John Estacio, Bootlegger’s Tarantella
George Gershwin, Concerto in F major
Nikolaï Rimsky-Korsakov​​​​​​​, Sheherazade, op. 35

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 8:00pm
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