MEZZO LIVE HD! A musical world tour for the Music Festival on June 20 and 21 // Free access from June 19 to 23 on Videotron, Cogeco and CCAP

On the occasion of the Music Festival, Sunday, June 21, the television channel MEZZO LIVE HD offers a real world tour of the best venues, the best performances in classical music, jazz, opera and dance. During the weekend of June 20 and 21, viewers will be able to travel, be moved and even (re)see Quebec artists or events: Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Seguin with Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Stéphane Tétreault, or concerts captured at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. There will also be another special evening (June 29) of the famous festival to enjoy recordings of previous editions. In addition, MEZZO LIVE HD is already celebrating its five-year anniversary in the country and, on this occasion, is pleased to offer five days of access for Videotron, Cogeco Cable and CCAP subscribers from June 19 to 23.


Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m. to Sunday, June 21, midnight, MEZZO LIVE HD takes you on a musical world tour to experience some of the best of classical, jazz and dance. So from Tokyo to Montreal, via St. Petersburg, Vienna, London, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Cleveland, 40 hours of music, more than 40 programs, more than 30 musical capitals, dozens of masterpieces, hundreds of artists will be offered.

The celebrations will begin on Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m. from Tel Aviv and end in Montreal on the evening of June 21, with concerts recorded at the Montreal International Jazz Festival: Gregory Porter, Béla Fleck and Donny McCaslin.


Saturday, June 20 – 6:54 p.m. – The Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano at the Montreal Symphony House: Grieg, Mozart (with Piotr Anderszewski), Sibelius

Followed by 2 excerpts from concerts by the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Stéphane Tétreault (Finale du Concerto d’Elgar) and Marie-Nicole Lemieux (from Berlioz’s Summer Nights) Nuits d’été

Sunday, June 21 Montreal International Jazz Festival Special Night with:

8:22 p.m.: Gregory Porter – 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival

With his warm timbre worthy of the great American voices, in the lineage of a Marvin Gaye or a Nat King Cole, Gregory Porter knows how to distill the best of contemporary jazz for a powerful and inhabited concert.

9:15 p.m.: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

The banjo virtuoso with the Flecktones — Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy, for a highly anticipated concert, a musical medley featuring bluegrass, African music, electric blues or Eastern European folklore.

10:55 p.m.: Donny McCaslin – Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017

The brilliant jazz saxophonist continues to amaze with his virtuosity, versatility and fruitful collaborations. Here at the Gesù, McCaslin pays a moving tribute to David Bowie by dedicating Beyond Now to him.


Other highlights of this exceptional program include:

Germany In: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons and Yo-Yo Ma in Munich

Argentina: Tugan Sokhiev and the Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra in Buenos Aires

Canada : Gregory Porter at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano

Spain : I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini with Joyce DiDonato in Barcelona (extract)

France : Tosca de Puccini at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with Joseph Calleja and La Damnation de Faust at the Paris National Opera with Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel (extract)

Great Britain Elgar’s Enigma Variations by Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra in London

Hungary Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform Beethoven

IsraelMartha Argerich performs Ravel’s concerto with Lahav Shani and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv

Japan: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by The Bejart Ballet in Tokyo

Italy : Requiem Verdi’s Requiem by Teodor Currentzis in Milan

Netherlands : The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Bernard Haitink, Daniele Gatti, Janine Jansen and Mitsuko Uchida in Amsterdam (excerpts)

Czech Republic : Smetana by the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov in Prague

Russia : Coppelia by the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet of Moscow and Prokofiev by Daniil Trifonov and Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg

Switzerland : Richard Bona at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Maurizio Pollini and Claudio Abbteen at the Lucerne Festival

Ukraine Avishai Cohen at the Alfa Jazz Fest in Lviv

More from Olga Peretyatko, Evgueny Kissin, Jordi Savall, Riccardo Chailly, les Berliner Philharmoniker, leipzig le Gewandhaus.


In this special year, MEZZO LIVE HD is even more important to highlight the renowned Montreal International Jazz Festival with the broadcast of recordings made over the past five years. In addition to the evening of June 21 with Gregory Porter, Béla Fleck and Donny McCaslin, Monday, June 29, the public will be able to enjoy two concerts captured in 2018 at the Gesù: Mark Guiliana and then Shabaka and The Ancestors. They were just scheduled to play this year.

Monday, June 29

8pm: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet with Bigyuki – Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

One of the most esteemed young drummers on the jazz planet for his innovative playing and creative use of electronics, Mark Guiliana presents his beat music project, where jazz and electro mix with as much audacity as creativity. For the occasion, he enlisted the services of the phenomenal New York keyboardist Bigyuki with whom he explored at leisure the different worlds of jazz.

21h15 : Shabaka & The Ancestors – Festival international de Jazz de Montréal 2018

London tenor saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings places African and Caribbean music at the top of his list of influences. In 2018, he presented the album The Wisdom of Elders, which he describes as Afrofuturist.

The full MEZZO LIVE HD lineup is available at

MEZZO LIVE HD is available in Quebec via the following broadcasters:

Videotron: channels 721 in HD and 121 in SD – and a large catalogue in video on demand – available from June 19 to 23

Cogeco: Channel 585 – 19-23 June

CCAP Cable: channels 721 in HD and 121 in SD – 19-23 June

Bell Tv Fibe: Channel 1129 – video on demand

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