A week in Quebec with OSM and OSQNovember 17, 2020
A week of concerts in Quebec sees Alexander conducting three varied programmes of music by Richard Strauss, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Sibelius, José Evangelista and Rimsky-Korsakov over the coming days alongside l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
With the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Alexander conducts two concerts (on November 18th and 19th) that will be filmed for broadcast later in the month. The first programme explores themes of life and death, opening with Strauss’s Four Last Songs (interpreted by Adrianne Pieczonka), Sibelius’s Valse Triste and ending with Strauss’s youthful vision of Death and Transfiguration.
The second programme explores the theme of love, with Tchaikovsky’s renowned Fantasy Overture on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde as the main orchestral works. OSM concert master Andrew Wan joins as soloist in this programme, performing Bernstein’s Serenade – a five movement exploration of classical Greek perspectives on love – which he recently recorded with the orchestra and Kent Nagano for the Analekta label.
Alexander then travels from Montreal to Quebec City to work alongside Quebec Symphony again, just a few weeks after last leading one of their live-streamed concerts, which featured Brahms Double Concerto, Jocelyn Morlock’s ‘My Name is Amanda Todd’ and Schumann’s 1st Symphony.
This Sunday he leads another video livestream, with José Evangelista’s Symphony Minute, Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capricioso and Rococo Variations as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade on the bill. Tune in to the live broadcast here.