Run with the Orchestra at the Montreal 21k!
On this beautiful early spring day, the Orchestra invites you to run at the Montreal 21k on Saturday, April 22, with Nicolas Ellis, conductor and founder of the OA, and Jean-Frédéric Caron, general director of the OA.Read More
Viola Borealis wins the 2022 JUNO award
Congratulations to Marina Thibeault, our conductor Nicolas Ellis, and the musicians of Orchestre de l’Agora! Viola Borealis wins the 2022 JUNO award for “Classical Album of the Year,” awarded at the Juno Awards ceremony this past weekend!Read More
New episode of the Ellistrations!
The second episode of the series “The Ellistrations” titled l’Anche-gardien is now available!
The illustrator Frédéric Ellis and conductor Nicolas Ellis have developed together a series of illustrated videos, featuring endearing characters and musicians from the orchestra. The well-thought-out narrative structure has been fine-tuned with the aim of introducing students to classical music and encouraging them to explore this world they are all-too-often unaware of! This new educational capsule will soon be presented in schools, in partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada.
Nicolas Ellis named principal guest conductor of Les violons du roy
Nicolas Ellis, artistic director and founder of the Orchestre de l’Agora has been named Principal Guest Conductor of Les Violons du Roy as of the 2023–2024 season! Les Violons du Roy and Nicolas Ellis began their collaboration back in 2018, when he was invited as guest conductor of the orchestra to replace Bernard Labadie.
Gala de la Terre pour les enfants : Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
On June 22, 2022, Orchestre de l’Agora held the most ambitious project in its short history at the Maison symphonique: Gala de la Terre pour les enfants. This fundraising event built around Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, with more than 200 musicians and choristers on stage under the direction of conductor Nicolas Ellis, raised $255,000 to support Nature Conservancy Canada, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and UNICEF Canada.Read More
New album coming out with Marina Thibeault this Friday ! 💿
This Friday, March 25, the Orchestra will release its very first album with violist Marina Thibeault, under the direction of our conductor Nicolas Ellis and in collaboration with ATMA Classique! For the occasion, Marina Thibeault wanted to bring together on her new album the very first viola concerto in history, the one by Telemann and also the one by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. Viola Borealis also weaves together different Nordic cultures by presenting two classical works for solo viola by Melody McKiver, from the Anishinaabe Nation. The album is already available for purchase on Amazon or through the purchase this Website!
Concert for Peace in Ukraine 🕊🇺🇦
Relive with us the most beautiful moments of the concert with these images
What a memorable evening! Enfers des Lumières was a unique concert featuring the fascinating French Baroque repertoire with the Orchestre de l’Agora, ten fabulous soloists from the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, our conductor Nicolas Ellis, and our stage director Francois Racine.
Art, more than just entertainment
“These tears, which prison chaplain Stéphane Roy observes while following up with the inmates after the concerts, show that culture, far beyond simple “entertainment”, acts as a powerful revealer of our humanity.”
A new article published by journalist Caroline Montpetit in Le Devoir last Friday, reminds us of the importance of art and culture in our society.