Kerson Leong: The Red Violin

Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni
and the musicians of I Musici invite music lovers to a double
homage – to the cinema and the Americas – in a concert featuring one of the
most remarkable Canadian talents. For the occasion, violinist Kerson Leong
revisits I Musici in the spellbinding music from François Girard’s stunning
film The Red Violin. Strings and guest percussionists will then
explore the City of Angels in one of Arvo Pärt’s most polished works, his
Fourth Symphony, entitled Los Angeles.

Kerson performed for the first time with I Musici at the age of eight. In 2011, when still only thirteen, he was back with I Musici to play the first movement from the Paganini Concerto No. 1, Op. 6. Claude Gingras wrote at the time: “Technique, speed, accuracy, caressing phrasing, the smoothest sound: a born violinist, by all appearances.” It will be a that much more mature and seasoned artist that takes to the stage at Bourgie Hall on January 23.

Described as “Canada’s next great
violinist” by Ludwig Van Toronto, Kerson Leong has played in some of the
world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Stern Auditorium at
Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre, Wigmore Hall, and the National Center
for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Since 2015 he has been artist in residence
at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. He also distinguished himself
as the 2018-2019 artist in residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain under
Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesù violin, courtesy
of Canimex Inc.

Following the
concert, the audience is invited to enjoy a mix-and-mingle with the artists in
the Bourgie Hall lobby.

I Concertini series – At the heart of the music

In a reconceived Bourgie Hall, with the
orchestra at its center, the I Concertini concert series is an intimate
wraparound formula. For over an hour, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni takes the spectator on
a tour of works that he seasons with a series of remarkable and unusual little
tales. And for the 11 a.m. performance, a cup of coffee awaits all
ticket-holders, while at the 6 p.m. concert, everyone will be greeted with
a glass of wine.


J. Corigliano,
Suite from “The Red Violin”

Main Title

Anna’s Theme

Death of Anna

Coitus Musicalis

Journey to China


vii.  Pope’s

viii. Victoria’s

The Auction

Gypsy Cadenza

xi.   Anna’s Theme

A. Pärt,
Symphony No. 4, “Los Angeles”

i.     Con sublimità –
Marcando con maestrà

ii.    Affannoso

iii.   Deciso

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