L’Orchestre de l’Agora, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Claudie Bertounesque, Richard Strauss, Élizabeth St-Gelais | Nicolas Ellis explains the Gala de la Terre

Interview by Alain Brunet
Genres and styles : classique / Contemporary / post-romantique

Additional Information

For the third time in six years, the previous of which was celebrated with an Opus Prize, the Orchestre de l’Agora and its conductor Nicolas will present the Gala de la Terre. The event takes place on June 12, 8pm, at the Maison symphonique. This time, the program is built around Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and also the premiere of a composition both orchestral and electroacoustic, composed by Claudie Bertounesque.

For this creation, the Orchestre de l’Agora will be reinforced by 75 choristers from the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, an electro-acoustic framework and the songs of belugas collected near Tadoussac using hydrophones from the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM).The Gala de la Terre is an environmental initiative: it aims to raise public awareness of environmental issues, by supporting the efforts of local organizations dedicated to protecting our planet: GREMM, WWF Canada and Sierra Club Canada.

Plus de 100 musiciens se trouveront scène pour le pat principal de la soirée, soit la Symphonie alpestre de Strauss, choisie pour ses évocations de la splendeur des Alpes, tout en abordant de facto la beauté universelle de nos environnements naturels planétaires et aussi de leur inquiétante fragilité dans le contexte des changements climatiques.

In addition, Innu poet and event ambassador Natasha Kanapé Fontaine will declaim her own writings, created especially for the Gala de la Terre. Last but not least, Innu soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais, recently named Révélation Classique Radio-Canada and winner of the prestigious Prix d’Europe 2023, will perform Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder .

Contacted a few days ago on a train bound for Quebec City, Nicolas Ellis tells Alain Brunet how excited he is to be directing the next Gala de la Terre.

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