OF presents a summer series of four chamber music concerts

After two years of online academy activities, the Orchestre de la francophonie (OF) is returning to its in-person educational mission from July 4 to July 29. This season, exceptionally, the OF is proposing a chamber music academy, with a progressive return to in-person events leading to a full orchestral academy in 2023.

While participating in the OF, students are helped to prepare themselves for the competitive world that awaits them by developing the best technical and musical tools. This year, we want to show them the particular aspects of chamber music. They’ll develop group listening skills as they work with their colleagues and benefit from the guidance of coaches and mentors,” explains Jean-Philippe Tremblay, artistic and pedagogical director of the OF since its creation.

The academy is composed of 28 musicians from different countries (Canada, USA, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Spain, Colombia and Albania). They include players of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, violin, viola, cello and double bass, whom the OF will get to know better during their learning experience.

Meet the musicians of the 2022 season.

Partnership with Garage à musique

The social and educational mission of the organization continues this year with a component in which the musicians will participate, among others, in activities involving musical engagement on a community or social level.

In partnership with Dr. Julien’s Garage à musique (GAM), the musicians of the OF will first be introduced to social pediatrics and the use of music as a therapeutic tool and as an aid to pedagogical cohesion at GAM. The OF musicians will then lead musical and initiation activities with youths aged 5 to 18.

Special guests and masterclasses

The students will have access to masterclasses with Robert Uchida, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Douglas Payson Sturdevant. There will also be special presentations by Jeff Nelsen (performance technique without fear) and Dr. John Chong (anxiety, muscular fatigue, depression, stress, nerve entrapment syndrome).

Four in-person concerts

The students will offer four Montreal concerts to live audiences at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul and at the Salle Joseph-Rouleau of Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC).

Concert 1: July 13, 2022, 7:30 pm, Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal

  • Giancarlo Scalia, String Quartet
  • Amy Beach, Pastorale for Wind Quintet, Op. 151
  • Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Quartet in D Major, K285
  • Giuseppe Torelli, Concerto in D Major for Trumpet and Strings
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

The apprentice musicians of the OF
Guest:  Robert Uchida, violin

Concert 2: July 21, 2022, 7:30 pm, Salle Joseph-Rouleau, JMC, Montreal

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Septet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 114
  • Karen Sunabacka, Crazing
  • Cris Dirksen, 5 Bucks a Head
  • Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

The apprentice musicians of the OF
Guests: Robert Uchida, violin; Serhiy Salov, piano; and Mathieu Gaudet, piano

Concert 3: July 25, 2022, 7:30 pm, Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montréal

  • Louis Spohr, Octet in E Major, Op. 32
  • Cris Dirksen, White Man’s Cattle
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
  • Richard Wagner, Siegfried-Idyll

The apprentice musicians of the OF

Concert 4: July 29, 2022, 7:30 pm, Salle Joseph-Rouleau, JMC, Montréal

  • Paul Hindemith, Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2
  • Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn, String Quartet in E-flat Major
  • Ian Cusson, Movement for String Quartet
  • Robert Schumann, Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

The apprentice musicians of the OF
Guest:  Jimmy Brière, piano