April 30, 2012 – For fans of chamber music, the Montréal Chamber Music Festival, from May 10 to June 2, is a must on the musical calendar.
That’s because the festival’s Founding Director, Dennis Brott, has promoted delivering the crème de la crème of chamber music for over 15 years.
When Brott first envisioned this fest, he sought to demystify chamber music and make it accessible to as many people as possible. Since then, he and his team have cultivated some truly impressive collaborations with creative forms that include word, dance, visual art, and other musical genres.
The 2012 edition opens with performances of Liszt, Respighi, and Berlioz by Isabel Bayrakdarian, an astounding soprano with a quality of voice and a stage presence that has made her one of the most sought-after Canadian artists in the world. Also, three nights of the festival will be dedicated to the music of Bach, presented by renowned cellist, Colin Carr. The works of Shostakovich as well will be showcased for three nights, with performances by the highly esteemed Pacifica Quartet.
One of the many melodious partnerships that have sprung out of the festival over the years is that of chamber music and jazz. This year, jazz will be featured for four evenings with pianist Eldar Djangirov, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, guitarist Sylvain Luc, bassist Alain Caron, and the Angelo Debarre Quartet.
For a taste of the talents of tomorrow, the Montréal Chamber Music Festival and Domtar are proud to present Les Concerts dans les Rues, five free concert evenings as a preview of the festival, May 5 to May 9, taking place outdoors at the Espace culturel Georges-Émile Lapalme.
True to chamber music’s cozy character, the festival will be held downtown at St. George's Anglican Church, which has updated its lighting and electric system to make your experience even more enjoyable and memorable.