Gala de la terre 2020
Orchestre de l'Agora presents

Gala de la terre 2020

April 22nd 2020
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm / Doors: 6:15 pm

2020, rue William, Montréal, QC, Canada
For more information about this event, please contact Orchestre de l'Agora at jean-frederic@orchestreagora.com.

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2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - 50 years of campaigning for action to safeguard our planet. 2020 is also the 250th birthday anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven – one of our greatest composers who shared a special bond with Nature.

To mark this double celebration, the GALA DE LA TERRE 2020 aims to draw attention to the theme of mankind and nature, represented in the romantic sense in the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, and to deal actively with today’s urgent questions of environmental protection and global sustainability, and achieving the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Orchestre de l’Agora will be participating in a global cultural campaign by hosting Gala de la Terre 2020, a musical tribute and concert performance, promoting awareness and action addressing today’s environmental challenges. Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Jour de la Terre and Nature Conservancy of Canada, active in the protection of the marine life and habitat of the St Lawrence Gulf and Estuary, have been selected as beneficiaries of the proceeds of the concert event on April 22, 2020.

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More info : https://www.galadelaterre.com/

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - 50 years of campaigning for action to safeguard our planet. 2020 is also the 250th birthday anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven – one of our greatest composers who shared a special bond with Nature.

To mark this double celebration, the GALA DE LA TERRE 2020 aims to draw attention to the theme of mankind and nature, represented in the romantic sense in the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, and to deal actively with today’s urgent questions of environmental protection and global sustainability, and achieving the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Orchestre de l’Agora will be participating in a global cultural campaign by hosting Gala de la Terre 2020, a musical tribute and concert performance, promoting awareness and action addressing today’s environmental challenges. Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Jour de la Terre and Nature Conservancy of Canada, active in the protection of the marine life and habitat of the St Lawrence Gulf and Estuary, have been selected as beneficiaries of the proceeds of the concert event on April 22, 2020.

2020 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R8

Valet Parking available.
The Gala de la terre 2020 is a carbon neutral event. Electric shuttle options from the Georges-Vanier metro will be offered; more details to come.

Nicolas Ellis, chef / conductor

Nicolas Ellis Artistic Director and Founder, Orchestre de l’Agora Nicolas Ellis is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Orchestre de l’Agora and currently serves as Artistic Partner to the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Ellis has been invited as guest conductor with Les Violons du Roy, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre Métropolitain, Symphony Nova Scotia, the McGill Chamber orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He completed his Master’s Degree at McGill University in conducting with Alexis Hauser and was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Robert Spano. For summer 2019, he will be part of the Verbier Festival Academy where he will act as assistant conductor to Music Director Valery Gergiev. In 2013, he founded the Orchestre de l’Agora, an orchestra whose mission is to position the classical musician as an agent of social change within the community. The ensemble has built collaborations with the music program of the Share the Warmth Foundation and Les Porteurs de musique, giving workshops to kids coming from underprivileged neighbourhoods and to people who don’t have access to music such as psychiatric centres, prisons and shelters for battered women. Their recent production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in collaboration with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal was recorded by ICI Musique and CBC Music and has been broadcasted nationally. He is the recipient of the 2017 Bourse de carrière Fernand-Lindsay and the Heinz Unger Award 2015 delivered by the Ontario Arts Council and was recently named Revelation of the year (2018-2019) by Radio-Canada.

Andrew Wan, violon / violin

Andrew Wan Concertmaster, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 2008, Andrew Wan is also Assistant Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Artistic Director of the OSM Chamber Soloists, a member of the Juno and Opus award-winning New Orford String Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival. During the 2017–2018 season, he served as Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His relationship with the OSM began with the performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, hailed in La Presse as one of the top two musical moments of 2007. As a soloist, Andrew Wan has appeared in Canada, the United States, China, New Zealand, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, and Switzerland under conductors Maxim Vengerov, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, the late James DePreist, and Michael Stern, among others. Mr. Wan has performed extensively throughout the world, at distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Taipei’s National Theatre, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and has given chamber music performances with artists and ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet, Daniil Trifonov, Vadim Repin, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Marc-André Hamelin, Jörg Widmann, Menahem Pressler, and Cho-Liang Lin. He has served as Guest Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Houston, Toronto, National Arts Centre, and Vancouver symphonies, and has been both an invited artist and faculty member of the St. Prex, Seattle, Colorado College, Aspen, La Jolla, Toronto Summer, Morningside Music Bridge, Olympic, and Orford Music festivals. Andrew Wan’s discography includes recordings on the Analekta, Onyx, Bridge, ATMA, and Naxos labels, and features collaborations with James Ehnes and the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the OSM Chamber Soloists, the Metropolis Ensemble and the New Orford String Quartet. His live recording of Saint-Saëns’ three Violin Concertos with Kent Nagano and the OSM was released on the Analekta label in the fall of 2015 to wide critical acclaim, garnering both an Opus Award and ADISQ nomination. More recently, he his first volume of Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin received a Juno nomination. Andrew Wan holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, as well as the Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, where he studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. He plays a 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi violin, generously loaned to him by the benefactor David Sela. He also gratefully acknowledges Canimex for the loan of an 1860 bow by Dominique Peccatte.

Yukari Cousineau, alto / viola

Yukari Cousineau Concertmaster, Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) Yukari Cousineau is concertmaster of Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain (OM), conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Since her debut in the orchestra in 1998, she has also held the positions of assistant concertmaster and associate principal viola. As a soloist, Yukari has appeared numerous times with the OM, most notably in Berg’s violin concerto under the direction of Julian Kuerti (2014), Mendelssohn’s E Minor Concerto under the direction of Kensho Watanabe (2016), and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violist Marina Thibault under the direction of Daniele Callegari (2018). In 2020, she will perform the rarely-heard Nielsen violin concerto with the OM under conductor Nicolas Ellis. Her performance of Locatelli’s 12th Violin Concerto with the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra was broadcast on CBC radio. Yukari is a member of several chamber music groups including the Ensemble Magellan (with colleagues Olivier Thouin, Yegor Dyachkov and Jean Saulnier) and the Ensemble Jean Cousineau. She has also played with the Trio Cousineau, the Quatuor Molinari and founded the Quatuor La Muse in 2008. Her past recital partners include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alvaro Pierri, Jean Saulnier and Julien LeBlanc and she now forms a duo with pianist Mateo Creux. She is a regular guest at music festivals such as the Festival de Lanaudière, the Mountain View Festival, the Concerts aux Îles du Bic and Un Été à Bourges. In addition to her job as concertmaster of OM, Yukari has played as concertmaster and principal viola with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, La Pietà, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. Daughter of Jean Cousineau, founder of the Montreal-based music school les Petits Violons, Yukari was immersed in music from a very young age. Highly gifted, she became concertmaster of l’Ensemble Les Petits Violons at the age of 11 and, at the age of 12, toured the province of Quebec as soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Her years spent at the school were also filled with numerous concerts and recordings. Yukari has taught at Les Petits Violons and at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and is regularly invited to give masterclasses. Since September 2018, she is guest professor at the Université de Montréal.

Rose Naggar-Tremblay, mezzo-soprano / mezzo-soprano

Rose Naggar-Tremblay Mezzo-soprano, Opéra de Montréal Rose Naggar-Tremblay is a versatile mezzo-soprano, noticed for the richness of her voice and the intelligence of her interpretations. "This was a voice to make one sit up and take notice. It’s a dark and resonant contraltoish timbre and very expressive but she showed in the Liszt that she has genuine unforced high notes too. Definitely one to watch."John Gilks, Operaramblings She makes use of her creativity and love of languages through varied artistic projects including song writing, composing original librettos and music and dramaturgical conception of staged concerts and of musical workshops for children. She is particularly inclined to perform contemporary opera. She recently took part into the Opera de Montreal production of Svadba (Sokolovic) that won the Opus Prize for musical event of the year. She also sang the lead role of Gertrude Stein in the Atelier Lyrique’s production of Twenty-Sven (Gordon and Vavrek) and she will create the role of Gabrielle in La nuit est ma femme (Côté and Ivy) over the 2019-2020 season. Her vast musical experience and curiosity allowed her to explore a very diverse repertoire. She was recently heard at the Opéra de Montreal, the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, with La Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal, the Opéra de Lévis, Stella Musica, Production point d’arrêt, the Lyric Montreal Ensemble,and Opera McGill, appearing most notably in the roles of Zora (Svadba, Sokolovic), Tisbe (Cenerentola, Rossini), Carmen (Carmen, Bizet), Dejanira (Hercules, Handel), and Dido (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell). Her interpretation of Dido was warmly described by L'Opéra - Revue québécoise d'art lyrique ''La voix sombre et veloutée de Rose Naggar-Tremblay- presque une voix de contralto- intrigue et séduit'' Anne Denise Carette. Rose is also a very active chamber music performer, taking part in many concerts and recitals. She is recently heard in the Mozart Requiem (Orchestre philharmonique et chœur des mélomanes), in the Duruflé Requiem (Chœur de l’Orchestre Métropolitain) in the cantatas BWV 7, BWV 89, BWV 21 (Serenata at St-John) and in recital with Festival Montréal Baroque, the Highlands Opera Studio and the Toronto Summer Music festival. Joseph So enthusiastically described her performance in Ludwig Van Toronto: ''I loved “Von ewige Liebe” by Brahms, which she sang with dramatic acuity. “Comment disaient-ils” showed off her excellent technique, complete with a beautifully controlled pianissimo. But the best was “Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer” which really showed off the richness and resonance of her sound. '' Rose has been awarded the Schulich Scolarship, the Maureen Forrester – MontrealMusician's Guild Scholarship, the Foundation McAbbie Scholarship, the Maureen Forrester Award, the E.M Wirth Scholarship, the Peter and Mary White Award and the Schulich Entrance Scholarship. Her second year at the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Wirth and Lucien Fauteux.

Orchestre de l'Agora

The Orchestre de l’Agora, under the direction of Nicolas Ellis, is a multifaceted musical collective that is reinventing the role that classical musicians play in their community by focusing on their talent and commitment. Our musicians, who are young professionals from the Montreal area, are among the finest of their generation. Through their music, they actively take part in our bold concerts and outreach efforts. Together, we are out to change the world, one note at a time. Since it was founded in 2013, the Orchestre has had a twofold purpose: to showcase art and classical music, and to contribute to society. Much like its founder, Nicolas Ellis, the Orchestre is focused on the core values of initiative, collaboration, commitment, impact, and boldness. These values have been reflected in the Orchestre’s many undertakings over the years. Artistic projects have given the Orchestre the opportunity to join forces with such writer-composer-performers as Philippe Brach, as well as with established classical musicians like Andrew Wan (concertmaster, OSM) and Martin Chalifour (concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic). Some of Canada’s greatest soloists—including violinist Kerson Leong, pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, and harpist Valérie Milot—have performed with the Orchestre. The Orchestre has also had the opportunity to work with talented stage directors like Maxime Genois and Isabeau Proulx-Lemire for innovative opera projects—notably the horror opera The Turn of the Screw by Britten in 2018-2019, recorded by ICI Musique. More and more producers are calling on the Orchestre to take part in their events, including the Bach Festival, the OSM Classical Spree, Spectra, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Orford Musique, Festival Lachine and Concerts populaires de Montréal. The Orchestre recorded the soundtrack for the film Brad’s Status with Ben Stiller (2017) and also performed on the CD Le silence des troupeaux by Philippe Brach. From season to season, the Orchestre has continued to evolve in a most astonishing way. While its very first concerts came together through the efforts of a handful of musicians convinced of the power of music as a tool for social change, the Orchestre has since been able to shine a spotlight on their talent and award them with over $100,000 in bursaries. Since 2013, the Orchestre’s musicians have given music lessons and free performances for hundreds of underprivileged children, through a partnership with the music program of the Share the Warmth Foundation and Les Porteurs de musique. The Orchestre has also contributed tens of thousands of dollars to local community organizations, by giving concerts to raise funds for them.