First European tour of the Orchestre Métropolitain, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-SéguinAmsterdam, Rotterdam From Wednesday, November 29, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017
The 2017 tour will mark the Orchestre Métropolitain’s first journey overseas. Seven concerts are wedged into eight days, starting on Nov. 26 in the 2002-vintage Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Germany and concluding on Dec. 2 in Philharmonie in Paris. Other stops are in Cologne (Kölner Philharmonie), Amsterdam (the celebrated Royal Concertgebouw, the only 19th-century hall on the agenda), Rotterdam (De Doelen, where Yannick Nézet-Séguin is well known as principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic) and Hamburg (the spectacular and soon-to-open Elbphilharmonie waterfront complex). Parisians will hear two programs in two nights.
Tour repertoire comprises four French selections, including Debussy’s La Mer; two works by Elgar, including the Enigma Variations; and two pièces by composers from Québec, Pierre Mercure’s colourful Kaléidoscope of 1948 and Exil intérieur (2012) by Éric Champagne, a former OM composer-in-residence.
Another interesting part of the program is Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Stéphane Tétreault as soloist. The presence of this young Quebecer and his Stradivarius instrument draws attention to the role of Jacqueline Desmarais as a supporter of the tour. The Montreal philanthropist, who made the Strad acquisition possible, is thanked explicitly in the tour press release for her generosity.
There are other Québécois touches. Quebec contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who is well known in France, sings Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été song cycle. Montreal-born Frenchman Jean-Guihen Queyras will play Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, a frequent soloist with Les Violons du Roy, is heard in Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand.
Wednesday November 29 at 08:15 PM
Concertgebouw (Main Hall)
1071 LN Amsterdam
Tel. : 00 31 20 671 83 45
Thursday November 30 at 08:15 PM
De Doelen (Main Hall)
3012 CL Rotterdam
Tel. : 00 31 10 217 17 17