Arion Baroque Orchestra presents

Mozart and Montgeroult

Theatricality has always been central to Mozart’s music, even in his instrumental works. Such is the case with his brief Symphony No. 26, written when he was 17, and even more so in his masterful Piano Concerto No. 24, composed at age 30, which explores the recesses of the human soul. A virtuoso pianist and eminent pedagogue, Hélène de Montgeroult was also a composer of great talent whose style evolved at the end of the 18th century. While her Piano Concerto No. 1, an adaptation of Viotti violin concertos, is still in a very classical vein, her later works for solo piano are increasingly forward-looking. The Arion Baroque Orchestra is delighted to welcome once again, Québec rising-star pianist now living in London, Élisabeth Pion.

Arion Baroque Orchestra
Mathieu Lussier, conductor

Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra since June 2019, and recently appointed Artistic Director of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for more than two decades throughout North America and Europe. He also devotes considerable time to chamber music as a member of ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal, and is Professor and Vice-Dean at the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal.

Élisabeth Pion, fortepiano

An enquiring and innovative artist, pianist Élisabeth Pion enjoys an active career internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and artistic collaborator.

Élisabeth presented a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2022, made her Wigmore Hall solo recital debut in 2021, and her BBC Radio 3 broadcasting debut in 2019. She has notably played concerti with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, Arion Orchestre Baroque, the Orchestre Classique de Montréal and the Ensemble Volte, and has collaborated with numerous conductors, notably Alain Trudel, Thomas Leduc-Moreau, Jacques Lacombe, Geneviève Leclair and Mathieu Lussier. She will make her debut with Brott’s Festival Orchestra this upcoming July 2023, and her debut with the Orchestre Métropolitain this upcoming January 2024.

Hélène de Montgeroult (1764-1836)
Piano Concerto no. 1 in E-Flat Major
Overture “L’impératrice” (arr. Mathieu Lussier)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto no. 24 in c minor, K. 491
Symphony no. 26 in E-Flat Major, K. 184

Bourgie Hall
Friday, October 6, 2023 – 7:30pm
Saturday, October 7, 2023 – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 8, 2023 – 2:30pm

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