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!

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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.

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Nicolas Ellis and the Orchestra in concert with the young participants of Espace Transition

On November 30, conductor Nicolas Ellis and the Agora wind quintet accompanied the young participants of the “Espace Transition à l’opéra” project, associated with the CHU Sainte-Justine, for a musical performance in front of an audience entitled “Le monde de la beauté“. This project, initiated by the Opéra de Montréal, aims to inspire young participants (14 to 25 years old) to rewrite the story of an opera.

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11 concert-workshops will be held for prisoners at Bordeaux Prison

The Orchestre de l’Agora will present 11 concert-workshops at the Montreal Detention Centre (Bordeaux Prison) over the course of the 2021-2022 season. The Bordeaux prison is the largest of Quebec’s provincial prisons, housing male prisoners sentenced to less than two years’ imprisonment and defendants awaiting trial. The goal of the OA’s concert-workshops (one per month until July 2022) is to use music as a tool for social rehabilitation. Read More

Virtual concert: Gratitude for caregivers and loved ones

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart. It is the most beautiful flower that springs from the soul” (quotes from Hans Christian Andersen and Seneca)

To not forget – Join the musicians of the Orchestre de l’Agora, accompanied by poems recited by Sophie Faucher, for a concert that aims to show gratitude towards caregivers during the pandemic. This concert is available for free online from the link below. Read More

Interview with Nicolas Ellis in Le Devoir

Read the article about Nicolas Ellis “homme-orchestre” by Christophe Huss, published on July 10th, 2021 in Le Devoir. Learn more about the activities of the founder and conductor of the Orchestre de l’Agora during this last year of the pandemic.

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