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.
Last week, the production “L’enfant et les sortilèges” staged by Sylvain Scott was presented to 400 children. The three concerts were also sold out! The artists of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal shared the stage with the Orchestre de l’Agora’s musicians under the direction of Nicolas Ellis, accompanied by Chœur des enfants de Montréal at Share the Warmth. Thank you to Opéra de Montréal, to the audience and to the kids for their enthusiasm! Relive these beautiful moments in pictures by clicking below.
Photo by Ludovic Rolland-Marcotte
On Sunday, February 5th, the Orchestra won its first Opus Prize for the “Musical Event of the Year” for Gala de la Terre pour les enfants: Mahler’s 3rd Symphony 🌟!