Boudreau Premiere in Ottawa with Alain Lefèvre

February 17, 2018

Next week Alexander and the National Arts Centre Orchestra welcome two great Canadian artists to the Southam Hall stage – pianist Alain Lefevre and composer Walter Boudreau.

The two men are featured on the orchestra’s ‘Arabian Nights’ programme, which begins with Ravel’s miniature masterpiece ‘Pavane pour use infante défunte’ and ends with Rimsky-Korsakov’s spellbinding orchestral showcase ‘Scheherazade’.

Between these two symphonic favourites, Alain Lefèvre takes the stage to play Walter Boudreau’s ‘Concerto de l’asile’.  The Concerto comes from a piece he wrote for Claude Gauvreau’s play The Asylum of Purity (2004). Alain Lefèvre attended the play and asked Boudreau for a piano version of the waltz, which he wrote.  They became good friends, and Alain asked him to write a Concerto based on the original waltz.  The Concerto de l’asile depicts the bridge between Gauvreau’s visionary poetic world (represented by the piano) and the obscurantist society of the time (the orchestra).

Concert master Yosuke Kawasake will also be featured on the programme performing the solo violin part that represents the voice of the storyteller Scheherazade, as she recounts ancient tales of love and adventure to her cruel, jealous husband. By turns thrilling, suspenseful, sinister and beautiful, the music of Scheherazade is sure to evoke, in the words of the composer, “an Oriental narrative of some numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders.” All details of the performance here.