The University of Montreal Music Faculty’s Vibrations Festival features an exploding program designed around creation, discovery and collaboration.
Presented at the Salle Claude-Champagne of the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal from November 24th to December 3rd, the Vibrations Festival offers six major concerts at low or free prices. These concerts will allow the public to appreciate the talent of the students and faculty and see all the excitement that enlivens faculty life.
“This festival is a testament to the importance the music faculty places on research, creation and the intersection of the various disciplines taught. From one concert to the next we hear different styles of music. From jazz to opera, from chamber music to digital and creative music, without forgetting the symphonic repertoire, this will be an opportunity to discover the excellence, richness and diversity of what is being done at the UdeM Music Faculty”, emphasizes Jean-Michaël Lavoie, Vice Dean for the development of community engagement and professional partnerships at the faculty.
Among the highlights, the Orchester de l’Université de Montréal (OUM) will begin with the symphony nOh 4 by Mahler, the Atelier d’Opéra will present an anthology of great arias with piano accompaniment, the Big Band will welcome renowned double bass player Dave Holland and composer Robert Normandeau will be given carte blanche.
Before each concert, audiovisual installations produced by honorary professor Jean Piché and Mathieu Arsenault, student in composition and sound design, are presented in the foyer of the Salle Claude-Champagne, illuminating the large bay window.
Festival vibration programming
Credit: Faculty of Music
Thursday, November 24: The OUM and Mahler’s 4th Symphony
The OUM and its conductor Jean-François Rivest open the festival with the performance of symphony nOh 4 von Mahler, with soprano Juliette Tacchino, a music graduate who is currently pursuing her career at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the violin concerto von Brahms, with Emmanuel Alejandro Quijano Vásquez, doctoral student and first prize winner of the 2022 OUM concert competition.
the violin concerto, op. 77 by Brahms joins the ranks of the great romantic concertos, but is characterized by its almost symphonic size and movement. While the violin is entrusted with a virtuoso part that culminates in a final playful with gypsy accents, Brahms brings orchestra and soloist together on an equal footing. In the neoclassical style, the symphony nOh 4 von Mahler has a sometimes rustic, humorous character and a concerted aspect thanks to the short interventions of the solo instruments; it ends in the serenity of a song for soprano imbued with a “cheerful and childlike expression”. A concert full of contrasts that combines one of Mahler’s most original symphonies with the irresistible power of Brahms’ music.
Friday, November 25: Free letter to Robert Normandeau
Robert Normandeau, Full Professor at the Faculty of Music, received his first PhD (1992) in Electroacoustic Composition from the University under the tutelage of Marcelle Deschênes and Francis Dhomont. His artistic career has been closely linked to the development of the faculty for 40 years. Presented under a dome of speakers, this carte blanche evening will allow you to rediscover four outstanding works that reflect the composer’s creative approach: Game (1989), crest (2006), language game (2009) and the rapture (2021).
The studio and the UdeM opera choir offer an exciting musical journey through great opera arias and ensembles.
Credit: Faculty of Music
Saturday, November 26th: An evening at the opera
The Atelier and the UdeM Opera Choir, conducted by Richard Margison and Robin Wheeler, offer an exciting musical journey through great operatic arias and ensembles. On the program excerpts from works by Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Mozart and Rossini. Let yourself be seduced by the remarkable voices of classical music students, in excerpts from the most famous lyrical pages, accompanied by the piano, all in a production by François Racine.
Credit: University of Montreal Music Department
Thursday 1ah December: The UdeM Big Band welcomes Dave Holland
Conducted by Ron Di Lauro, the Université de Montréal Big Band will perform alongside a distinguished guest, renowned British double bass player and composer Dave Holland. A figurehead of the jazz avant-garde, Dave Holland has worked with Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock and Steve Coleman over the decades, and has also led a variety of groups, from quartets to big bands.
During his stay at the music faculty, Dave Holland is offering a free public master class on Wednesday 30 November at 4:30 p.m. in the Salle Claude-Champagne.
Friday, December 2nd: UdeM professors in concert
Many brilliant performers here and elsewhere make up the faculty of the music faculty. The Les profs de l’UdeM series offers free concerts to appreciate the finesse of their playing.
This evening brings together harpist Caroline Lizotte, soprano Monique Pagé, violinists Guillaume Sutre and Emmanuel Alejandro Quijano Vásquez, faculty student, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, cellist Yegor Dyachkov and pianist Charissa Vandikas, PhD student. On the program, excerpts from folk songs, by Britton, close corridor, by Caroline Lizotte, and the Quintet, from Frank.
The UdeM ensemble for contemporary music
Credit: Faculty of Music
Saturday December 3rd: The contemporary music ensemble – Against Nature
Conducted by Jean-Michaël Lavoie and Lorraine Vaillancourt, the UdeM Contemporary Music Ensemble and performers from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, an organization in residence at the Faculty of Music, offer a large free concert to close the Festival Vibrations. we will hear phlegra, by Iannis Xenakis; a new work by Alithéa Ripoll; Ebb, by Keiko Devaux, a graduate of the Faculty and winner of prestigious awards including a Juno; and Lost, by Fausto Romitelli.
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The music faculty thanks you The press, Media partner of the Festival Vibrations and the 2022-2023 season.
The Faculty of Music benefits from the support of the Sophie Desmarais Fund for the University of Montreal Big Band.