Montreal Chamber Music Festival presents

Les passions de Clara

What is life without passion? Clara Schumann’s was filled with a passion for music and for two important men in her life, her husband Robert Schumann, and the brilliant aspiring composer Johannes Brahms, a protégé of the Schumanns. The fact that Brahms lived in the Schumann home, helped look after their seven children, and, after Robert’s death, remained with Clara in the family home for decades has been the subject of intense speculation. It is not a stretch to imagine Clara and Johannes’ relationship was more than musical. This concert features a world premiere text by actress/writer Geneviève Rochette. Original letters between these three musical icons are the springboard for imagined scenarios of a personal and musical sort. Violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Denis Brott will join the Barbican Quartet, actor/pianist Jean Marchand, and Geneviève Rochette in this exceptional assemblage of performers on the occasion of this world premiere presentation.

World premiere script by: Geneviève Rochette
Barbican Quartet

Four international musicians, four unique personalities, one string quartet. The Barbican Quartet is an original voice on the chamber music scene, delighting audiences with their intimately powerful performances and virtuosic ensemble playing.

Giora Schmidt, violin & viola

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared as soloist with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic.

Denis Brott, Cameron Crozman, cello
Illia Ovcharenko, piano
Jean Marchand, piano/actor

Salle Bourgie
Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 3:30pm

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