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.
“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.
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.
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
“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
The Orchestra is heading to Saguenay for a concert as part of the 15th anniversary of the Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière, under the direction of Nicolas Ellis on Sunday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m.! Read More
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.