MESSAGE FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR    
Dear Friends,
 
Presenting a new season is always a source of pleasure and pride. In founding our orchestra and later the choir, we aimed to share our passion for music and strove to win the respect and confidence of Quebec’s music lovers. Thanks to you, thirty years later, we are still guided by that same passion, and we are pleased to present a new season full of firsts!
 
At Maison symphonique de Montreal, we look forward to our first collaboration with the extraordinary American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, a shining star of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. We again will present major works—Haydn’s Te Deum and Theresienmesse, and Handel’s Solomon—never before performed by the orchestra, continue our collaboration with Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Helene Guilmette, and again bask in the beautiful voices of La Chapelle de Quebec.
 
At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall, flutist Kersten McCall will make his Montreal debut alongside Les Violons du Roy, while the original Maurice Steger and inspiring Richard Lester will lead the orchestra for the first time as guest conductors. To mark the memorable occasions of the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth and the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, we will present works by these celebrated composers—Gluck’s Don Juan and Rameau’s Les Boréades. Mathieu Lussier, our resident conductor, will have the honor of opening this series presented by the Arte Musica Foundation with a concert of Viennese music.
 
To celebrate our thirty years together, we have added a non-series concert to our already festive schedule. The great Natalie Dessay, the world-renowned opera star, will be accompanied by composer and pianist Michel Legrand. We again invite you to join us in two absolutely magnificent musical venues, Maison symphonique de Montreal and Bourgie Hall. We want to express our deep gratitude for your attendance and support, and we look forward to sharing a wonderful season with you!
 
Bernard Labadie