The new leader will make his presence felt

Since a new leader, Jean-Michel Malouf, will lead the Saguenay-Lac-Jean Symphony Orchestra, it will be appropriate to open the 2016-2017 season with the New World Symphony. Performed on 2 October at the Theatre National Bank of Chicoutimi, the work of Dvorak will mark the debut of the successor to Jacques Clement.

She was selected prior to his appointment earlier this spring. However, the maestro who joined another Czech composition, Opening The Bartered Bride, Smetana. “He and Dvorak were using their roots to create the music,” he recalled Wednesday during an interview with the Daily.

It is therefore little touches that Jean-Michel Malouf has shaped the programming of major concerts. We feel more its presence in the gallery where his long silhouette will profile during four of the five appointments of the year. The only exception will be the Christmas concert in the family, where Nicolas Ellis will take over.

In German engineering, a program offered on February 5, the new leader will offer works by Wagner and Schumann opening and Symphony No. 102 Haydn. “We will start with very dense pieces before tackling the Haydn, he announced. I like that there is a rhythm in the concert, to experience different emotions to the public. ”

After Wind and movement, which will be mobilized Valérie Milot (harp) and Louise Bouchard (flute), the orchestra will evolve Land of the Tsars. In addition to the representation given at the Theatre National Bank of Chicoutimi, April 22, there will be at the Salle Michel Côté Alma to mark the 150th of the city and the 20 years of Concerto Group.

The highlight of the program will be the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, the soloist will be Marianne Dugal, a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. “I’m glad to have a musician of such a large level. We’re spoiled, “says Jean-Michel Malouf speaking interpreter from the region.

New Serie

A major change affects the series dedicated to chamber music. It will migrate the Theatre National Bank to Jacques Clement Hall Saguenay Conservatory of Music, of which 125 seats will promote greater intimacy. It will play four times and made report, the public will have the option to come to 17 h or 20 h.

“The first meeting aims to reach for people who have the desire to attend a concert after work,” says the executive director of the orchestra, Christine Boily. She added that this sector has attracted an average of 200 people during last season, a figure that had become dangerously stable.

In addition to the change of location and opening afternoon, direction setting prestigious guests to inflate assistance. The host of the series, the Alcan Quartet and soprano Suzie Leblanc will host the Lafayette Quartet and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, second prize winner at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

We should also mention the creation of the musical series Discoveries in collaboration with Diffusion Saguenay. “It’s for the audience development”, states Christine Boily. Four times, within the Théâtre National Bank, we will show a different face of music.

In addition to continuing with jazz dating, courtesy of trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin, this sector will favor an approach tinged with humor. It will show the concert Comic pretext to explore the world of opera, clarinetist Christopher Hall and Piano in Chaplin, the tribute to the master of cinema.

Finally, the Youth Orchestra will resume service with concerts held in the fall and spring. Led by Jean-Michel Malouf, they will highlight the talent of two musicians from the region, cellist Aline Gilbert-Thevard and violinist Karina Gaudreault.

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