The Colors of Here concert will present the works of three composers from very different eras and countries, but who all embody a Nordic identity according to the orchestra. At the start of the show, Nézet-Séguin’s troupes will tackle two Canadian works of contemporary music: The Life of a Hero , by Quebecer Walter Boudreau, and Trajín , by Canadian-Mexican Alejandra Odgers.
As a dessert, the public will be able to hear the third symphony of the Finnish Jean Sibelius. Written at the turn of the twentieth century, the romantic and very patriotic repertoire of this great composer is considered one of the first manifestations of Finnish national identity.
“Sibelius is of course not from here, but the fact that he is Nordic and that his work is very centered on his country means that it goes well enough with classical Quebec music,” says Laurie. -Anne Riendeau, public relations manager at the Orchester Métropolitain. This choice of composer is a continuation for the ensemble, which has already recorded several of Sibelius’ symphonies since the beginning of the year.
There are still seats available for each of the two performances, which will take place at the Maison symphonique de Montréal on Saturday and Sunday. The end of the regular season does not mean that the orchestra will remain silent until September, because it will perform this summer at several classical music festivals across the province.