EDITOR’S SELECTION | Classical concerts not to be missed from November 6th to 12th

Gordon Bintner (Photo: courtesy of Salle Bourgie), Alicia Silverstein (Photo: courtesy of OSM), Barbada (Photo: Pierre-Yves Montpetit)
Gordon Bintner (Photo: courtesy of Salle Bourgie), Alicia Weilerstein (Photo: courtesy of OSM), Barbada (Photo: Pierre-Yves Montpetit)

During this first week of Eastern Standard Time, as darkness falls upon us ever earlier, why not add a concert to our calendar just to bring a little light? Here are our editorial team’s recommendations from November 6th to 12th, 2023.

Left: Romain Olivier Gray; right: William Deslauriers-Allain. (Photos: courtesy of the OSM competition)

Tests of the 84th OSM competition

The tests of the 84th OSM competition, dedicated this year to strings, are open to the public free of charge. They will also be webcast live on the competition website.

Would you like to be there? Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Semifinals, Tanna-Schulich Hall (McGill University)
  • Wednesday, November 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Semifinals, Tanna-Schulich Hall (McGill University)
  • Thursday, November 9th, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: special JS Bach test, Tanna-Schulich Hall (McGill




Tomas Netopil

OSM competition final

The grand finale of the OSM competition will take place this Saturday under the direction of the conductor Tomas Netopil. The three finalists of the OSM competition will perform a concert – the program will be announced at the end of the semi-finals, on Wednesday, November 8th.

November 11th, 2:30 p.m., Maison symphonique DETAILS AND TICKETS

Llyr Williams, pianist (Photo: courtesy)

Llyr Williams, pianist

After two remarkable performances at Bourgie Hall, the Welsh virtuoso returns with a program that presents great pages of piano literature inspired by the musical traditions of various European countries.

November 7th, 7:30 p.m Room Bourgie DETAILS AND TICKETS

Christoph Eschenbach. (Photo: with kind permission)

Christoph Eschenbach find thatOSM with the violinist Augustin Hadelich. The latter will perform the concert “In Memory of an Angel” by Berg, a work that pays tribute to Alma Mahler’s daughter, who died far too early. Also on the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

November 8th and 9th, Maison symphonique DETAILS AND TICKETS

Jean-Michel Dubé, pianist (photo; with kind permission)

Jean-Michel Dubé: romantic impulses

The pianist Jean-Michel Dube plays Schubert, Brahms, Liszt and Blumenfeld as part of the season in the historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

November 8, 7:30 p.m., Paul Desmarais Room, Canadian Center for Architecture DETAILS AND TICKETS

Alisa Weilerstein (Photo: courtesy of OSM)

Montreal Bach Festival: Alicia Weilerstein presents fragments

FRAGMENTS was initiated by the internationally renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein. It is an innovative project that combines lighting effects and scenic architecture with music to create an ever-changing range of emotions. Each fragment connects past and present and combines movements from one of Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello with newly commissioned works. An original concert format to experience as part of the Montreal Bach Festival, in partnership with theOSM.

November 10th, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique DETAILS AND TICKETS

Gordon Bintner (Photo: with kind permission)

The Canadian bass-baritone Gordon Bintner and the pianist Michael McMahon offer an evening of romantic songs as well as French and English melodies from the 20th century.

November 10, 7:30 p.m., Bourgie Room DETAILS AND TICKETS

Electro-acoustic concert and film screening in the Vivier

Matthias Kruger is a composer of contemporary music who lives between Paris and Hamburg. He is a recipient of the New Music Residency (2023 – 2024) of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Le Vivier Group and the Goethe-Institut. This meeting is the opportunity to discover his work and his artistic project.

November 10, 5:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut Montreal. DETAILS AND TICKETS

Francis Choinière, head of the OPCM. (Photo: artist’s Facebook page)

Bach incognito: concert for children

Bach incognito returns this year with a concert as interesting as it is entertaining, designed for our young audience. Accompanied by his two companions, the violinists Guillaume Villeneuve and Diane Bayardthe conductor Francis Choinière offers a varied program between baroque and romanticism with pieces by Airat Ichmouratov, Bach and Grieg.

November 11, 2 p.m., St. Andrew & St. Paul Church DETAILS AND TICKETS

Choir night at the Montreal Bach Festival. (Photo: with kind permission)

Choir night is back ! The most important amateur choirs in Montreal will come one by one to enchant and entertain you with their cheerful songs. Admission is free and we will again serve our delicious mulled wine, along with German cookies and chocolates.

Montreal Classical Choir, Louis Lavigueur
Ensemble Da Capo, Danielle Lavoie
The Little Singers of Laval, Philippe Ostiguy
Vocal ensemble À ContreVoix, Marc-Olivier Lacroix
Anima Musica, Francis Guérard
Saint Lambert Choral Society, Gabrielle Gaudreault
The Muses Choir, Gohar Manvelyan
Creo Vocal Ensemble, Lilit Yedigaryan
Seraphim, John Guzik
Ensemble Liszt, Claude-Marie Landré
Grand Choir of Montreal, Rémi St-Jacques
Ensemble Phoebus, Roseline Blain

Mária Budáčová, organ
Mario F. Paquet, master of ceremonies

Barbada (Photo: Pierre-Yves Montpetit)

Barbarda and members of OM

The first of three musical stories told by Barbada to a soundtrack created by musiciansMetropolitan Orchestra ! Three friends go into the forest and travel from one season to the next to find the famous colorful dew beads that create music that makes people happy.

November 12th, 2 p.m., Bourgie Room DETAILS AND TICKETS

The University of Montreal Orchestra opens its season in grand style Symphony House Under the direction of Jean-François Rivest with a concert spanning three centuries of music. First the 21st century, with a creation of Snežana NešićWinner of the composition competitionOUM 2023, then the 20th with excerpts from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel. As for the 19th century, it is illustrated by one of its most famous exponents, Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote a lively concerto for two pianos to be performed with Sister Fanny.

November 12th, 3 p.m., Salle Claude-Champagne DETAILS AND TICKETS

Danish string quartet
Photo credit: Caroline Koren-Raffns

The Danish String Quartet in the LMMC

THE Danish string quartet will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2022-2023, characterized by a deep friendship between its members and the joy of making music together. The ensemble is a guest at LMMC this Sunday. The program includes works by Purcell, Haydn, Shostakovich and Schubert.

November 12, 3:30 p.m., Pollack Room. DETAILS AND TICKETS

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