By: Sharman Yarnell – Montreal Times
I love music. It doesn’t matter the genre. Swing, Rock, Broadway Musicals. (Okay, I’m somewhat overly partial to those!) Music soothes the mind, lifts the spirit and transports the listener to places unknown. Gershwin, Sondheim, Mozart and Brahms can raise the emotions and bring such rapture to the mind.
There’s a special spot in my soul for classical music…and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra.
The power behind the music of the MCO is Artistic Director and Conductor, Wanda Kaluzny, who founded the company in 1974. Kaluzny is a delight to talk with and even more so to watch in action. She plants her feet firmly on the stage with the upper part of her body moving to the sound in a most conductive musical form.
She founded the MCO at the age of twenty, thus giving her the prestige of being, not only the youngest conductor of a professional orchestra in Canada but the only female conductor as well.
Since then, Maestra Kaluzny has risen to extraordinary heights in this otherwise male profession: She was the first woman to guest conduct the Baden-Baden Symphony in Germany. Glamour Magazine chose her as one of North America’s ‘Ten Most Outstanding Women’. The Women’s Executive Network honoured her in the Trailblazer category of the 2004 Canada’s Most Powerful Women – Top 100 Awards.
Joy, oh joy, she’s a Montrealer!
What makes the MCO stand out beyond the usual, is its unique philosophy geared to the encouragement of young musicians making their way in the oftentimes difficult world of music and composition.
Each season, it gives their talent exposure by featuring them as soloists. In many cases, this serves as their debut and they have gone on to work on stages across the world – Ben Heppner, Sara Davis Buechner and Sharon Kam, to name a few.
The MCO also exposes the audience to little known works, as well as mixing the classical with contemporary. There’s something for everyone at an MCO concert.
This year is special. It’s the 40th anniversary of the MCO. Indeed, it’s time to Celebrate 40 Years of Discovery! It’s time to recognize the tremendous contribution to the Arts in Montreal by the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. Tuesday, June 3, at the Bourgie Concert Hall, is that celebration with a concert featuring some of the talent that the orchestra has promoted in the past…those young musicians whose talent received that needed boost.
Pianist Sara Davis Buechner returns with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major, K467 “Elvira Madigan”. Soprano, Gianna Corbisiero, will perform arias by Puccini, Catalani, Rossini, Bizet and Lehar. Then it’s Bach to the Beatles with trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann. (Yes…the Beatles!) Staying with the mandate to introduce Montrealers to young, exceptional talent, violinist Fumiaki Miura will treat us to Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin in E Minor, op.64. This is his North American debut.
This is not an evening to miss!
For more information and tickets:
Or Call: 514-285-2000, Ext. 4
Bourgie Concert Hall
1339 Sherbrooke West
Opposite Montreal Museum of Fine Arts