Festival Update and a ''Virtual'' Concert Invitation!

Date: March 13, 2020 Author: russell@festivalmontreal.org Categories: News | Press Releases


Dear Friends:

As this worldwide crisis evolves and we are all so deeply and personally affected, my thoughts are with you, our audience, as well as all of our cherished Festival musicians and team.

For the moment, we have postponed our Gala (originally scheduled for April 27).  A decision regarding the Festival concerts, currently scheduled to take place from June 12 through 21, will be made in the coming weeks.  We will keep you updated.

In the meantime, we would like to invite you to join us in reliving last season’s closing concert, « Tchaïkovski, je vous aime ».  This extraordinary concert paid tribute to Quebec’s legendary actor and and director Albert Millaire (1935-2018) through the performance of Millaire’s unique script, commissioned by the Festival in 2011.  This re-enactment of Tchaikovsky’s intimate letters with his patron Nadezhda von Meck is a superb synthesis of words and music, performed in French and English by extraordinary Quebec actors Jean Marchand, Monique Miller, Frédéric Millaire Zouvi, and Stéphanie Germain.  And, in what is now a Festival tradition, this closing concert highlights the winners of the 2018 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, here led by the outstanding Canadian violinist Martin Beaver.  The programme includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

We have scheduled the online concert for this Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00 p.m.  Please join us on our Facebook page or on YouTube

Looking forward to being together in spirit and in music on Sunday afternoon!

With warmest wishes,

Denis Brott
Artistic Director