Genevieve PM Roy
Musicians of the World Symphony OrchestraMusicians of the World Symphony Orchestra - Jazz and Symphony at the Rialto Theater .
A wonderful concert for all Jazz and Symphony lovers:
On Thursday May 9th 2013, The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Milo, celebrated 7 years of extraordinary music making with a Gala concert entitled JAZZ AND SYMPHONY held at the Majestic Rialto Theater.
Every year, Montreal is the host city for thousands of new immigrants arriving from around the world. The Montreal Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra speaks the universal language of music, but their orchestra is uniquely composed of talented, professional, immigrant musicians that reflect the multicultural, ethnic and national diversity that makes Montreal as a city so unique.
From chef Joseph Milo’s statement of “There is no business like show business” to the grand opening salute performance to Cole Porter, throughout the evening, attendees were treated to a wonderful variety of medleys from some of the most beautiful works of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Dave Brubeck, George Gershwin and many others!
Highlights of the evening included the numerous performances of star pianist and guest soloist: Julie Lamontagne. Titled as one of the most brilliant pianists in Québec today, her latest album "Opus Jazz" has just won the prestigious "Jazz creation album of the year" prize at the most recent ADISQ gala 2012.
Julie’s compositions were magically imaginative, driven and creative. Her phrasings and emotional interpretations showed introspection and depth. One of my favorite pieces was inspired by Claude Debussy and entitled: “Trilogie colorée: Doré, Violet, Jaune”. Translated as: “Colored trilogy, Gold, Violet and Yellow”, she explained that she visualized different colors as she composed the piece and that the listening experience would be very different and personal for every individual. I had fun associating the mentioned colors to the various solos performances by members of the orchestra: gold for the piano, violet for the violin and yellow for the cello. I truly felt like she captured the hearts of the audience who met her performance with thunderous applause.
Another notable performance was the orchestra’s touching tribute to recently deceased composer Dave Brubeck. << It’s about Time >> incorporated some of his best known pieces including the memorable and crowd inclusive Take Five.
An exclusive exhibition of various works of art by various Montreal artists, such as James St Laurent and Véronique Bésancon was held, followed by a silent auction. A generous portion of the profits went towards the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
To make the evening even more memorable, several exciting door prizes was offered including a special invitation to wine and dine at Hungarian gypsy chef and first violinist Istvan Lakatos’s Budapest restaurant !
MWSO next performance will be held at Pollack Hall McGill on Sunday the 9th of June. Entitled Libiano , it will feature opera excerpts from Verdi, Delibes, Puccini, Bizet, Borodin and Offenbach to name just a few !
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