The Orchestre Classique de Montreal proudly presents BACH: VIOLIN & VOICE 


November 15th 2022, the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s most technically challenging pieces for violin and voice for their second concert of their 83rd season.

The members of the OCM invited young, Canadian violin virtuoso Kerson Leong to perform concertos no. 1 ( in A minor) and 2 ( in E major) , as well as the outstanding Montreal soprano Dominique Labelle for Bach’s beautiful wedding cantata ( Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten), under the masterful direction of maestra Geneviève Leclair.

Moreover, Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 was also performed with vigor by the OCM , led by first violinist Marc Djokic.

Soprano Dominique Labelle performed with deep expressiveness Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Dissipate, you troublesome shadows) , that spoke directly to the romantic heart residing in all of us.

Kerson Leong performing with the OCM led by maestra Genevieve Leclair


As Kerson Leong drew the closing notes of Bach’s Allegro assai, in A minor, (Bach’s most animated and carefree movement in the minor mode, whose meter and rhythm form a joyful gigue ), the crowd gave the talented violinist a standing ovation, to which he responded by performing as an encore , J.S. Bach: Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, Andante .

A beautiful meditative piece that allowed time for audience members to ponder upon the secrets of the universe and other musings on their way home …

UNRULY SUN – World Premiere

Unruly Sun 
A theatrical song cycle inspired by Derek Jarman’s memoir, Modern Nature

Unruly Sun is the world premiere of a dramatic song cycle by Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts and renowned American librettist Marc Campbell, whose operas have won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and a GRAMMY Award. The cycle includes nineteen songs that were inspired by this biography.

This is being presented as part of World AIDS Day in conjunction with BrottOpera, 21C Festival, and Pride Montreal.

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