It’s Better with Music! The McGill Chamber Orchestra 74th Season Fundraising Event hosted by Sharon Azrieli PerezThe McGill Chamber Orchestra held a charming black tie fundraiser for its 74th season at the newly inaugurated Azrieli Perez Pavilion, located at 4192 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Westmount,
It’s Better with Music! The McGill Chamber Orchestra 74th Season Fundraising Event hosted by Sharon Azrieli Perez
Featuring: Soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez, baritone Étienne Dupuis and concertmaster Jean-Sébastien Roy. Guest of honour: Joseph Rouleau
By definition, Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments - traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. Although the palatial art of Chamber music is a tradition forgotten by many in our day and age, the flame for intimate recitals and general romanticism is kept burning right here in the heart of Montreal.
Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as "the music of friends". This expression, first used by Richard Walthew in London, perfectly described the general atmosphere that reigned last Wednesday when the McGill Chamber Orchestra held a charming black tie fundraiser for its 74th season at the newly inaugurated Azrieli Perez Pavilion, located at 4192 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Westmount,
For many, a fundraising event should be a high spirited evening, complete with enchanting guests and just the right mix of tradition and persuasive magic. APOLLO Agency certainly lived up to its mandate in delivering a dynamic event: Among the evening’s many highlights were tasty appetizers, wine and cocktails, a silent auction, speeches by dignitaries and honored guests (including a moving dialogue by veteran, Canadian opera singer Joseph Rouleau) and of course, a set of brilliant performances led with much gusto by maestro Boris Brott of the MCO.
The McGill Chamber Orchestra is the oldest chamber orchestra in Québec, with 74 years of history. The MCO’s current mission is to present a wide variety of music to the general masses. This year’s program specially highlights several young Canadian talents.
The hundred or so elegant ladies and fine gentlemen assembled in the lobby of the new Azrieli pavilion were treated to an impressive recital sung with panache by soprano and gracious benefactor of the event, Mrs Sharon Azrieli Perez, who gave a powerful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “In the Din of the Ball” in Russian.
The MCO’s principal quintet, led by violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy (who also performed a soulful andante from Bach’s Sonata No.2 in A minor), including Veronica Thomas, Annie Parent, Catherine Perron and pianist Louise-Andrée Baril, started the evening with Rossini. Special guest baritone and native Montrealer, Étienne Dupuis gave a charismatic and theatrical performance of the famous “Figaro” aria from The Barber of Seville before joining Mrs Azrieli Perez to sing a playful duet from Verdi’s La Traviata, in which they invited guests to sing along with their champagne glasses held high to the famous joyful aria.
Supporters of the event were very appreciative of the special program carefully chosen to delight their ears, tickle their senses and make their hearts soar. All proceeds of the evening as well as funds raised from the silent auction, were given to the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
Here below is a video recap of the wonderful evening :
The next performance by MCO will be held at the New Symphonic House on September 28th, featuring several American classics played by renowned violinist and composer Mark O'Connor
For more information on up-coming recitals and events please consult the MCO's official website: http://www.ocm-mco.org/