Buoyed by its Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year in 2022 (for Viola Borealis) and its Opus Prize for Musical Event of the Year in 2022 (for the Gala de la Terre pour les enfants during its 9th season), the Orchestre de l’Agora (OA) today announces the program for its 10th season. The OA will present four ambitious concerts, while at the same time keeping up its social commitment through various projects and concerts in the community. From Monteverdi to new music to leading works of the symphonic repertoire—like Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony—, the OA is presenting a diverse series of exciting concerts in 2023-2024.
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, 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.
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
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!