- ≈ 2 hours · With intermission
Québec superstar Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors, acting simultaneously as music director of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Known for his consummate musical skill and deft touch with singers, he is peerless in his ability to draw from performers a vast range of emotions, from gravitas to joy, brilliantly expressing each moment in the music.
Under Nézet-Séguin’s baton, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain presents Symphony No. 5 by the late Jacques Hétu , commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and premiered just three weeks before Hétu’s death in February 2010. With its martial rhythms, lush strings, and swirling woodwinds, the Symphony No. 5 is by turns playful as a child, then a portent of the gathering storm, easily capturing the spirit of Paris in the 1930s and ‘40s.
In Part 2 of our program, Mozart’s celebrated Mass in C Minor comes to life with chorus and four acclaimed soloists. Known as the Great Mass, this work is considered one of Mozart’s grandest creations for orchestra and choir, truly almost too beautiful for this world.