Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) Classical Spree

American Rhapsody: From Folklore to Legend

The three composers on this program have found folklore to be rich soil for developing works that are emblematic of their cultures. Jacques Hétu revisits Quebec folk tales in Légendes, while Gershwin crystallized the sounds of jazz in Rhapsody in Blue, a work that will feature Argentinian pianist Sergio Tiempo. Finally, Márquez drew inspiration from the Mexican tradition to compose his Danzón no. 2, a masterpiece of wistful melodies and montuno rhythms, a vital force of Mexican music.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Rafael Payare, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano

Sergio Tiempo is regarded as one of the most individual and thought-provoking pianists of his generation. He made his professional debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw aged fourteen and soon became internationally renowned for his raw energy and musical versatility, from Brahms to Villa-Lobos and Ginastera.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sergio Tiempo began his piano studies with his mother, Lyl Tiempo. Whilst at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He continues to receive frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire and performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel.

Recent highlights have included an eight-concert tour across US and Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, performing Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto in the composer’s centenary year, a residency with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Jacques Hétu, Légendes, op. 76 (16 min)
Alexis le trotteur
Le diable au bal
La chasse-galerie
Gerswhin, Rhapsody in Blue (16 min)
Márquez, Danzón no. 2 (10 min)

Maison symphonique
Friday, August 12, 2022 at 6:30pm

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Classical SpreeCLASSICAL SPREE 2022

From August 10 to 14

Rafael Payare’s first Classical Spree will be synonymous with discovery and daring. From the Far North to the Tierra del Fuego, this OSM summer event in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles offers an occasion to immerse yourself in some of the various languages, music and cultures that have inhabited the vast land known as the Americas for centuries.

For this event, the OSM will welcome several high-calibre artists from both American continents: soprano Jeanine De Bique, trumpeter Pacho Flores, violinist James Ehnes, saxophonist Steven Banks and pianists Sergio Tiempo and Bruce Liu, among others.

The Festival will celebrate a wide array of musical and literary cultures of the Americas, ranging from sacred songs in the Quechuan language, to Argentinian tango, to Yiddish literature, to Canadian concert music.  www. osm.ca