Orchestre Métropolitain presents

Milot, Tétreault, Gougeon

With the fascinating marriage of Valérie Milot’s harp and Stéphane Tétreault’s cello, the orchestra delivers the debut performance of Denis Gougeon’s masterful composition. Composed in a state of anguish, Shostakovich’s fifth symphony is a stunning piece that triumphed despite attempts at repression from the Soviet Union. The concert starts off with the elegant Petite suite from the French impressionist composer Germaine Tailleferre, a deliberately subtle composition featuring Les Six’s sparkling colours.

Orchestre Métropolitain
Nicolas Ellis, conductor

Valérie Milot, harp

Valérie Milot is a musician and entrepreneur who walks an unconventional career path. Championing her instrument into the spotlight, she reinvents the harp and its clichés, putting forth its powerful sound and astonishing colours.

A sought-after soloist, Valérie regularly performs a rich solo repertoire with prestigious orchestras (Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal) and with reputed conductors (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Labadie, Nicolas Ellis, Mathieu Lussier, Jean-François Rivest, amongst others). An active musician online, her YouTube channel boasts over three million views.

An eager pedagogue, Valérie is a professor of harp at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. There, she heads numerous projects in line with her mission of increasing the harp’s discoverability.

After obtaining her Prix avec Grande Distinction upon completion of her studies at the Conservatory with Caroline Lizotte in 2008, she is awarded the Prix d’Europe. The first harpist to win the prize in almost a century, this esteemed award allows her to further her studies with Rita Costanzi in New York. Her accomplishments continue thereafter, where she is named Révélation Radio-Canada and receives multiple prizes.

Stéphane Tétreault,  cello

Germaine TAILLEFERRE, Petite suite
Denis GOUGEON, Double Concerto for Cello and Harp (premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH, Symphony No. 5

Maison symphonique
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:30pm

Pre-concert Talk – 6:30pm at the concert hall
One hour before the concert, you’re invited to discover the works on the program with Benjamin Goron, head of programming for the OM. For this concert, he will have a conversation with composer Denis Gougeon.

OM Prelude – 7:00pm
Foyer Antonia-Nantel ( located at the first balcony level of the Maison symphonique)
Thirty minutes before the concert, attend a performance by young musical talent.

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