The OCM presents the
Forever Handel concert

Orchestre classique de Montréal welcomes the Ensemble Caprice and Karina Gauvin

April 13, 2022

The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) will share the stage with the excellent Ensemble Caprice in a co-production with the group led by conductor Matthias Maute, on Thursday, April 28 at Salle Pierre-Mercure. Presented by RPIA, the concert will also feature the renowned Quebec soprano Karina Gauvin.

The aria Lascia ch’io pianga will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Boris Brott, who tragically passed away on April 5. A tribute to him, the details of which will be announced shortly, will be performed in the coming months.

The OCM and Ensemble Caprice will join forces on themes from Handel’s Water Music, conducted by Matthias Maute. The musicians will transport the audience to a riparian paradise in this co-production of the two Montreal orchestras.

The great Quebec soprano Karina Gauvin will perform Handel’s most virtuosic arias interspersed with works by two Montreal composers: A world premiere composition by Dutch-Canadian Jaap Nico Hamburger and Alexander Brott‘s Arabesque, featuring the OCM’s accomplished principal cellist Chloé Dominguez.

Soprano Karina Gauvin

Recognized for her work in the Baroque repertoire, Karina Gauvin has been awarded several honours throughout her career, including Soloist of the Year by the Communauté international des radios publiques de langue française, First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition, and the Virginia Parker Prize.

The musicians will transport the audience to a waterside paradise in this co-production of the two Montreal companies.

The renowned soprano has collaborated with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as a number of Baroque orchestras such as Les Talens Lyrique, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy.

As part of its 82nd season, entitled ‘’Women of Distinction,’’ the OCM honours a great woman outside the music world who has left her mark on the community at each concert. At the concert, the OCM will pay tribute to the Honourable Monique Bégin, one of the first women from Quebec to be elected to the federal Parliament and also a minister in Pierre Trudeau’s cabinet.

Forever Handel concert

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Chloé Dominguez, cello
Matthias Maute, conductor
Ensemble Caprice
Orchestre classique de Montréal


Water Music: Suite II & III (HWV 349 & 350), by G. F. Handel

Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo, HWV 7, by G. F. Handel

Da tempeste from Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, by G. F. Handel

Sweet bird from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, by G. F. Handel

Let the bright Seraphim from Samson, HWV 57, by G. F. Handel

Arabesque, by A. Brott

Concerto Antico​ : ‘through a smoky mirror’ by Jaap Nico Hamburger (PREMIERE)

Forever Handel
Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 pm
Salle Pierre-Mercure

Tickets: : 25 $ – 59$
Available to purchase online at orchestre.ca


Boris Brott

Long-time Artistic Director and conductor of the OCM, an extraordinary ambassador and advocate for classical music, Maestro Boris Brott passed away on April 5, 2022.

Boris Brott was the heart and soul of the Orchestre Classique de Montréal, and his sudden passing leaves a deep void in the artistic community.

This season’s concerts and future activities of the orchestra will continue.



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The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM), previously named the McGill Chamber Orchestra, became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. The OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians presenting concerts throughout the year and now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure. orchestre.ca 

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