Kent Nagano conducts: Music, Fashion and Movement

Maison symphonique March 27 and 28, 2020

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In accordance with government directives, Place des Arts has suspended its activities until further. These measures have been put into effect due to circumstances relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, the Kent Nagano conducts: Music, Fashion and Movement concert scheduled on March 27 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be reimbursed directly.

The idea of combining classical music, movement, dance and clothing has led to an unprecedented meeting between the universes of fashion creator Marie Saint-Pierre and Maestro Kent Nagano.

On the programme: the nobility of Bach’s concertos, the frenetic pace and atmosphere of the needle industry (upon entering the concert hall with Le fil conducteur by Robert Normandeau) that inspired Régis Campo’s work, the grace and virtuosity of Anna Burden in Lamentatio, and finally, the music of Strauss’ Le bourgeois gentilhomme, which reminds us that … we shouldn’t judge an emperor by his clothes! These works are heard alongside the music of the runway, fashion and dance while incorporating gesture, music and theatricality.

Some great feminine figures set the tone for the evening. Apart from Marie Saint-Pierre, who first collaborated with the OSM about a decade ago, choreographer and dancer Louise Lecavalier, and actress Julie Le Breton also take part in the event. Le Breton plays M. Jourdain, the famous Molière character who now makes a landing on the stage of the Maison symphonique after a modernistic interpretation by talented stage director Mani Soleymanlou.

The textures and the fluidity of Marie Saint-Pierre’s clothing are showcased in this concert, magnified by the models with within a choreography that brings movement to the forefront.

On Friday night, this “soirée éclatée” makes its way to the foyers at the Maison symphonique after the concert!

J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BVW 1048
Giovanni Sollima, Lamentatio, for solo cello
Régis Campo, Heartbeats
R. Strauss, Der Bürger als Edelmann [The Bourgeois Gentleman], Suite, TrV 228c


  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Producer / Presenter : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
  • Conductor : Kent Nagano
  • Designer : Marie Saint Pierre
  • OSM associate principal cello : Anna Burden
  • Choreographer and dancer : Louise Lecavalier
  • Actress : Julie Le Breton
  • Actor, playwright and stage director : Mani Soleymanlou
  • With : the participation of composer Robert Normandeau and models
  • Duration (subject to change without notice) : 65 minutes
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