December 3, 2018

Music inspired by the works of Shakespeare is at heart of the programmes this week, as Alexander makes his debut with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain in five concerts, including at the Maison Symphonique in the Place des Arts on Thursday December 6th. Repertoire favourites, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo, will be heard alongside music by Richard Strauss’s and Anders Hillborg. 

Strauss’s ‘Macbeth’ was one of the composer’s first attempts in the genre of the tone poem, written when he was in his early twenties, just before conceiving of the extraordinary series of works which followed immediately thereafter: Death and Transfiguration, Don Juan, Don Quixote, a Hero’s Life and An Alpine Symphony. The twenty minute, deeply virtuosic work chronicles the inner turmoil of the central characters in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

Alexander and the OM will be joined by clarinet soloist, Canadian-Portuguese David Dias da Silva for Anders Hillborg’s concert ‘Peacock Tales’, a work commissioned by the Swedish Radio Orchestra and premiered in Stockholm by soloist Martin Fröst in January 2000.

Find out more about the venues for this week’s concerts, as well as timings and tickets by clicking here.