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Bach and Mendelssohn

Maison symphonique December 5, 2021

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Mendelssohn was still a boy when he composed his first symphony to honour his sister Fanny, a sign of brotherly love that has propelled the piece’s success from 19th century London to 21st century Montréal. The symphony’s vigour, grace and imagination make it a cornerstone of the repertoire, with a palpable influence of the classical legacy of Mozart and Beethoven.

Two solo violins perform a musical dialogue as they challenge, imitate, and chase one another throughout the Bach’s double concerto, which was one of the composer’s most popular pieces in Leipzig. Listen for the ritornello, a refrain commonly used in Baroque style, featured in the first and third movements. The overture and suite from J. C. Bach’s Parisian opera Amadis de Gaule open the program, recounting the tumultuous story of a pair of jealous lovers that takes the form of a patently classical Sinfonia.

J.C. Bach, Overture and suite from Amadis de Gaule
J.S. Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1


  • Producer / Presenter : Orchestre Métropolitain
  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Conductor and Artistic Partner : Nicolas Ellis
  • Violin : Nancy Ricard and Lyne Allard
  • Presented : as part of the Festival Bach Montréal
Performance presented WITHOUT physical distancing

Procedural masks must be worn at all times

Vaccine passport required
Performance presented WITHOUT physical distancing

Procedural masks must be worn at all times

Vaccine passport required

Please note that this show will be presented in a performance hall that can be filled to maximum capacity, which means that physical distancing does not apply once spectators are sitting in their assigned seats.

To attend the performance, ticketholders must comply with the usual health and safety measures, in addition to meeting the following two criteria:

  • All spectators aged 13 and up must show a vaccine passport, along with a proof of ID, at the entrance to the performance hall. A photo ID is required for people of ages 16 to 74.

  • All spectators aged 10 and up must wear a procedural mask at all times: when circulating and during the performance (masks are also strongly recommended for children of ages 2 to 9).

For more information on the health and safety measures in effect at Place des Arts or to read our FAQ, please see the COVID-19 page.

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