Concert solidaire: a tribute to healthcare workers

The Orchestre de l’Agora will perform a live concert, to be broadcast on social networks as well as on its website. The Orchestre will also release 50 in-house tickets to medical support workers and other healthcare professionals for this concert at the Maison symphonique on Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m. Healthcare workers have stepped up as true heroes and heroines of this province over the past three months. We wish to offer them a moment of respite and tranquility, show them our gratitude and formally thank them. There is strong evidence that this cultural and social gesture will make the Orchestre de l’Agora the first North American orchestra to give a symphonic concert for a live audience since mandatory shutdown of concerts since March 2020. Funds raised from this concert will also go to support the Hero Project initiative, which offers meals to all health workers at the Jewish General Hospital, one of the main hospitals in Montreal treating patients with COVID-19. The Orchestre de l’Agora has committed to donating all its profits from this concert’s ticket sales to this initiative, which has already raised $150,000 and a donation from Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. To spectators tuning in from their home or care facility, we wish to send a message of hope in the current health crisis that affects so many lives.

Each of the works chosen for this concert by conductor and Artistic Director Nicolas Ellis bears a distinct connection with the present-day context. Since 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, it seems vital to perform   a work by this composer which conveys the spirit of solidarity, hope, and triumph: the Egmont Overture. The Orchestra will also perform Montreal-based German composer Matthias Maute’s Noncerto Vieux Montréal RR10, a tribute to

Montreal’s rich culture, beauty, and diversity, and which envisions the city as a welcoming haven. The pandemic has also revealed more convincingly than ever, the importance of consuming local; musically, this translates to featuring local composers. To complete the program, a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante will prove a historic first, bringing together on the same stage OSM Concertmaster Andrew Wan and Orchestre Métropolitain Concertmaster Yukari Cousineau. Written originally for violin and viola, this work will showcase two “captains” of major Montreal symphonic institutions. For the occasion, Yukari Cousineau will take on the viola part. This encounter is not only symbolic for the classical music community; it is a direct tributary and a message of mutual aid, solidarity and collaboration, crucial elements of the revival of cultural, social and other activities in the months to come.

After more than three months of public musical silence due to the pandemic, the Orchestre de l’Agora and its conductor Nicolas Ellis are thrilled to be back in the heat of the action, to reconvene with their colleagues and to do the work they were trained to do: make live music. Reconnecting with their audience in a concert is a unique opportunity for these musicians to reclaim the cultural space left vacant in the past months. The Orchestra returns to the concert stage to offer tranquility to listeners amid the exceptionally turbulent present-day circumstances. It has chosen to make this concert accessible in person primarily to healthcare workers, who experience such turbulence from the front lines.


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The Orchestre de l’Agora donates $138,000 to three environmental organizations

The activities of the Orchestre de l’Agora, like those of all cultural organizations in Quebec, have been greatly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The most ambitious project of the Orchestra’s 2019-2020 Season, the Gala de la terre, was scheduled for today, April 22, and has unfortunately been cancelled. However, thanks to the initiative of philanthropist Bita Cattelan and the generous donations of many corporate and private patrons, the Orchestre de l’Agora is proud to announce that it will donate $138,000 to the three environmental beneficiary organizations of Gala de la terre: Jour de la terre, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation and Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The funds raised by these three organizations will support the implementation of important projects to protect the fragile ecosystem of the St-Lawrence Gulf and Estuary. The projects are described in these videos: Sierra Club Canada Foundation / Jour de la terre / Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The benefit concert of Gala de la terre was to take place with guest soloists Andrew Wan, Yukari Cousineau and Rose Naggar-Tremblay. This concert was part of a global ecological & cultural campaign, the Beethoven Pastoral Project, and was also supposed to be broadcasted live on ICI Musique 100.7 FM. Andrew Wan and Nicolas Ellis decided to prepare an excerpt from Beethoven’s Spring Sonata in honour of the Gala de la terre, and to mark both the 250th anniversary of the composer and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (above link)!

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The Orchestra once again thanks all the private and corporate patrons of the Gala de la terre 2020 for their great generosity, despite the cancellation of the event.

News from the Orchestre | COVID-19 Crisis

We hope that this period of containment and great upheaval still finds you in good shape. This unprecedented crisis, which is affecting us all to varying degrees, calls for reflection and brings us back to basics, particularly to the arts, culture and music. It is a time that makes us realize how important music is in our lives, because without it, the current situation would be all the more painful. Ironically, however, the pandemic makes it impossible to perform any form of art before an audience and plunges the cultural scene into uncertainty.

At the Orchestre de l’Agora, we had to abruptly interrupt our tour of Quebec in string orchestra format; this tour was supposed to end in March with four unfortunately cancelled concerts in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Lévis, Victoriaville and Montreal. The most ambitious project of our season, the Gala de la terre, scheduled for April 22, is cancelled. We will still donate the funds raised for the three environmental beneficiary organizations of Gala de la terre.

The list of cancellations is growing throughout the summer. The current circumstances will greatly disrupt our activities in the upcoming months and affect our revenues. However, this is a period that allows us to develop certain projects that are important to us, to continue to build the Orchestra’s structure and to prepare with our conductor Nicolas Ellis the 2020-2021 programming, which we look forward to unveiling to you.

To help us get through this crisis and continue our activities and development, you can make an online donation by clicking here.

We also accept donations by cheque, by mail :
40, avenue Querbes, apt. 10, Outremont (QC) H2V 3V6

Your donation would be more useful to us than ever and would help our musicians and support our social mission. Every donation counts, and every amount is appreciated! The Orchestre de l’Agora is a registered charity organization recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency 813209939RR0001. We can issue tax receipts for donations of $25 and more.

As a sign of solidarity with musicians, artists and other cultural organizations, we also invite you to waive the reimbursement of tickets already paid for cancelled events, if you can afford it.

Music is more essential than ever in these uncertain times. We hope to see you at one of our concerts in the upcoming months!


Jean-Frédéric Caron
Executive Director, Orchestre de l’Agora

Le cadeau idéal, juste à temps pour les fêtes!

Ne manquez pas ce concert festif de l’Orchestre de l’Agora en partenariat avec l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, le jeudi 13 février 2020 à 19 h 30, au magnifique Théâtre Rialto!

Une occasion d’entendre les meilleurs jeunes chanteurs canadiens dans une atmosphère décontractée de type « cabaret ».

Au programme : des airs et ensembles célèbres du style bel canto de Bellini, Donizetti et plusieurs autres compositeurs. Ce concert mettra à profit un orchestre de 37 musiciens et 10 merveilleux solistes de l’Atelier, le tout dirigé par notre chef Nicolas Ellis!

The Orchestre de l’Agora launches its season

The Orchestra organized a friendly unveiling of the 2019-2020 Season on September 10th, at the Restaurant La Petite Marche!

Thank you to Chloé Chabanole, Julien Patrice, Cynthia Blanchon, Thomas Beard, Samuel-San Vachon and Noémie Caron-Marcotte for their mini-concert, that gave a preview of our participation in the Bach Montreal Festival, one of our many projects this season.

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