The Orchestre Métropolitain announce first ever international tour



We are delighted to be working with the Orchestre Métropolitain on their first ever international tour, announced yesterday and taking place from 23 November to 4 December 2017.

Along with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the orchestra will perform seven concerts in six European cities across Germany, the Netherlands and France. Joined by soloists Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Stéphane Tétreault, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Thauraud, they will perform two programmes, each including works by French, English and Quebec composers.

Yannick said of the tour, “It gives me great pride to tour with my Orchestre Métropolitain, which is so close to my heart. To present this ensemble to European audiences, who know it through its recordings but have not yet had the opportunity to hear it in concert, is especially exciting for me, who has performed in all these cities and all these famous venues with my other orchestras. This tour with the Métropolitan’s musicians is an important step on our shared musical path.”

Jean R. Dupré, Presdient and CEO of the orchestra said, “This tour arrives at a key period in our orchestra’s history. It is a confirmation of the place that the Orchestre has carved out for itself on the international music scene in its more than 35 years of existence. The energy, affection and special relationship that has developed between Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the musicians of the Métropolitain are unique. We are dedicating this tour to our Montreal audiences. Those who have been with us since our earliest days constantly motivate us to excel. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to share our love of music with European audiences.”

PERFORMANCES

26 November 2017 – Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany – Programme 1
27 November 2017 – Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany – Programme 2
29 November 2017 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Programme 2
30 November 2017 – De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Programme 1
1 December 2017 – Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany – Programme 1
2 December 2017 – Paris Philharmonie, France – Programme 1
3 December 2017 – Paris Philharmonie, France – Programme 2

PROGRAMME 1

Pierre Mercure: Kaléidoscope
Berlioz: Les nuits d’été (Marie-Nicole Lemieux)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 (Jean-Guihen Queyras)
Elgar: Enigma Variations

PROGRAMME 2

Éric Champagne: Exil intérieur
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Alexandre Tharaud)
Elgar: Cello Concerto (Stéphane Tétreault)
Debussy: La Mer

More information

Read the full press release [PDF]
Visit the orchestra’s website
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Article in the Montreal Gazette

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