Pentaèdre and the Penderecki String Quartet – Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

The Penderecki String Quartet and Pentaèdre join forces for this concert centered on Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. In the company of soprano Magali Simard-Galdès and their accomplices, they will present this masterful work from the symphonic repertoire in an arrangement by Klaus Simon in the unique acoustics of Bourgie Hall. In addition, a creation for voice, winds and strings by Julien Bilodeau will also be presented for the occasion.

Penderecki String Quartet

The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail). Their recent schedule has included concerts in New York (Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Los Angeles (REDCAT at Disney Hall), St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, and China. The PSQ champions music of our time, performing a wide range of repertoire from Haydn to Zappa as well as premiering over 100 new works to date. Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity”, the PSQ’s diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich (Eclectra and Marquis labels) and their recently released Bartok cycle. They enter their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano

Magali Simard-Galdès is a young Canadian soprano renowned for her shimmering tone, her refined musicality and her magnetic stage presence.

In past seasons, she has sung with Montreal Opera in Written on Skin (Agnès), Opera Carolina in Rigoletto (Gilda) and DiChiera’s Cyrano (Roxane), Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera in the world premiere of The Overcoat (Mad Chorus), Opéra de Montréal in Dialogue des carmélites (Constance) and Carmen (Frasquita), with Opéra de Québec in Werther (Sophie), with Wexford Festival Opera in Le pré aux clercs (Nicette) and with Opera Lafayette in Bonsoir voisin (Louisette).

On the orchestral stage, she has performed with the Houston Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Arion Orchestre Baroque, L’Harmonie des saisons, I Musici de Montréal, l’Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing, l’Opéra Grand Avignon, le Festival Classica et le Festival de Lanaudière.

Magali has graduated from Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and Montreal Conservatory of Music. She has received First-prize at both the Récital-concours international de mélodie française du Festival Classica and Canadian Music Competition.

Julien BILODEAU, Création internationale
Gustav MAHLER, Symphony no. 4

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:30pm
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